• Arabian Business

    Neom Airport planned for Saudi Arabia's $500 billion mega-city

    Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion city of the future, Neom, will see its own airport being built near the kingdom’s Tabuk area. The mega-city, part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to diversify the country’s economy away from oil, is planned for Saudi’s Red Sea coast and revolves around artificial intelligence. Neom Airport is reportedly located 10 kilometers from Sharma, 75 kilometers from Daba and will be initially coordinated with Prince Sultan City. The airport’s code registered with the International Civil Aviation Organization is OENN. Moreover, it will boast a runway of 3,757 metres long at 151 degrees on one side and 331 degrees on the other. Neom, short for Latin-Arabic term Neo-Mustaqbal,

  • CNN

    Hezbollah is a terror group. The West needs to wake up

    Even in the days before the sanctions were announced, Hezbollah -- in a show of force -- published a picture of a squadron of its drones on its al-Ahed news site to highlight its continuing "message of resistance". Given Hezbollah's history of deadly attacks and military success, these are unlikely to be empty threats or mere posturing. Hezbollah, which emerged amid the Lebanese Civil War, embraces the principles of Iran's Islamist ideology. The group sees armed struggle not only as justified, but as a sacred imperative and has implemented this vision with devastating success, from the 1983 bombing of US Marine barracks in Beirut to a 2012 attack on a bus in Burgas, Bulgaria. Much of its violence

  • BBC News

    Madonna at 60: Career in pictures

    Celebrated pop star, actress, director and writer Madonna celebrates her 60th birthday on Thursday. The artist - full name Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone - has performed on 10 concert tours and sold more than 300 million records, making her the best-selling female recording artist of all time, according to the Guinness World Records. We take a look at the star's career and life in pictures, from her early beginnings studying dance in New York, to her chart success, film career and family life. Madonna, seen below in a photo from her high school yearbook, grew up in Rochester, Michigan. She moved to New York in 1977 where she studied dance and worked as a model. Madonna is seen below posing for

  • BBC News

    'Why I never want babies'

    An increasing number of South Korean women are choosing not to marry, not to have children, and not even to have relationships with men. With the lowest fertility rate in the world, the country's population will start shrinking unless something changes. "I have no plans to have children, ever," says 24-year-old Jang Yun-hwa, as we chat in a hipsterish cafe in the middle of Seoul. "I don't want the physical pain of childbirth. And it would be detrimental to my career." Like many young adults in South Korea's hyper-competitive job market, Yun-hwa, a web comic artist, has worked hard to get where she is and isn't ready to let all that hard graft go to waste. "Rather than be part of a family, I'd

  • Arab News

    US unveils action group to run policy on ‘malign’ Iran

    WASHINGTON/JEDDAH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has named Brian Hook as the new 'special representative' for Iran, who will head up an 'Iran Action Group.' Pompeo declared he is forming the dedicated group to coordinate and run US policy toward Iran as the Donald Trump administration moves ahead with efforts to force changes in the country's behavior after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. Officials said the group will be headed by Brian Hook, who is currently the State Department's director of policy planning. Hook led the Trump administration's ultimately unsuccessful attempt to negotiate changes to the nuclear deal with European allies before the president decided in May to pull

  • BBC News

    Missing US mum and girls' bodies 'found'

    Investigators in Colorado believe they have found the bodies of a missing pregnant woman and her two daughters, as the husband appeared in court. Chris Watts, 33, was denied bail in Thursday's hearing when he said nothing other than to acknowledge his rights. Shanann Watts, 34, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and the couple's daughters Celeste, three, and Bella, four, were reported missing on Monday. No indictment has yet been filed in the case. But Mr Watts could face murder charges and three counts of tampering with evidence, Weld County Jail officials say. Judge Marcelo Kopcow reportedly told prosecutors to file formal charges next Monday, and set a hearing date for Tuesday. Colorado Bureau of

  • BBC News

    Man settles £36k Dubai speeding fines

    A Welsh tourist has been allowed to return home from Dubai after settling £36,000 in speeding fines. Farah Hashi, 25, had his passport seized by a hire car firm after setting off dozens of speed cameras in a rented £160,000 Lamborghini. The firm said it would not give him his documents until he paid the fines. But police officers have helped Mr Hashi come to an agreement with the firm meaning he will now pay £26,000. Mr Hashi, from Newport, hired the luxury supercar from Saeed Ali Rent a Car on 7 August while visiting friends in Dubai. In four hours he triggered every speed camera on the Sheikh Zayed Road by driving at up to 150mph (240km/h). His fines totalled 175,000 dirhams, or £36,000. Saeed