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(CNN) - Flying home for the December holidays can be a stressful experience, with passengers carrying gifts for their nearest and dearest as well as their own luggage. Now Australian airlines have announced a renewed push to enforce hand luggage weight limits at the busiest time of the year. Both Virgin Australia and Qantas have told domestic passengers that their hand luggage will be weighed at various points in the journey to ensure that it complies with seven-kilogram (15-pound) limit. Budget airlines such as Tigerair Australia and Jetstar already weigh hand luggage for all passengers. "As an industry, we're seeing many passengers trying to bring everything but the kitchen sink on domesticAl Jazeera
Qatar's emir skipped a summit in Saudi Arabia on Sunday with fellow Arab Gulf leaders whose boycott of the small but energy-rich neighbour has sparked a major regional diplomatic crisis. Riyadh is hosting the annual gathering as crises rumble on over the 18-month-old dispute with Doha, the war in Yemen, and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia invited Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to attend the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) talks, but the foreign ministry in Doha said he would not go. The absence of Sheikh Tamim, as well as Qatar's recent decision to withdraw from the Saudi-dominated OPEC oil cartel, underlinedCNN Style
Chartered jets arriving in Udaipur for Indian heiress Isha Ambani's wedding contributed to a four-fold increase in flight traffic at the city's airport Saturday. The next day, celebrity guests were treated to an intimate private concert by Beyoncé. The most lavish Indian wedding of the year is underway in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, as 27-year-old Isha Ambani -- daughter of the country's wealthiest man -- prepares to tie the knot with businessman Anand Piramal. Isha Ambani (far left) pictured next to her father, Mukesh Ambani, and other family members.Credit: -/AFP/AFP/Getty Images The pair won't officially wed until a Wednesday ceremony at the bride's family residence in Mumbai. ButEgypt Independent
Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani asked public prosecution to summon experts to verify a video filmed on top of the Giza Pyramids by Danish photographer Andreas Hvid and his girlfriend in November, containing a pornographic photo by the pyramids. Anani claimed that the video contained two violations: unauthorized climbing to the top of the Great Pyramids of Giza and an obscene photograph. During a meeting with the Media, Culture and Antiquities Committee at House of Representatives, Anani said, “I am not specialized to say that the pornographic photo is punishable. This is a job for the public prosecution.” The video and photograph “outraged officials at ministry of antiquities. I confirmArab News
DUBAI: Miss Lebanon and Miss Egypt are set to represent the Middle East at Dec. 16’s Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand. Miss Lebanon, Maya Reaidy, and Miss Egypt, Nariman Khaled, are the only Arab contestants at the 67th edition of Miss Universe, which will see 93 contestants smile, wave, sashay and generally delight the crowd next week. The show is set to be hosted by US comedian Steve Harvey, who in 2016 made international headlines in a hilarious, cringe-worthy slip-up where he announced the wrong winner. Harvey will be joined - perhaps saved - on stage by US model Ashley Graham. Reaidy is a pharmacy student at the Lebanese American University, while Khaled is studying businessenglish.alarabiya.net
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has “ordered” the central bank to boost the value of rial, the bank’s governor said on Saturday, after a months-long plunge in the currency due to a faltering economy and US sanctions. The state news agency IRNA quoted Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati as saying Ayatollah Khamenei “ordered the bank at a recent meeting to increasingly strengthen the national currency and called for the observance of the independence of the central bank”. “The central bank and the banking system will use all of its managerial power and expertise to fulfill the Leader’s goals,” Hemmati said. He did not say which policies he would follow to support the rial, which has lost aboutArab News
The month-long Abu Dhabi Festival, set to be held in March 2019, announced its art-and-culture filled lineup in a press conference at the Emirates Palace hotel on Monday, with the packed itinerary set to entertain culture vultures in the capital in what will be the festival’s 16th edition. Dubbed ADF19, the festival will feature more than 100 events across 25 venues in Abu Dhabi, including 18 productions, two co-productions and two commissioned artworks. If that isn’t enough, the festival will also feature more than 500 artists from 17 different countries. The festival’s headline program includes performances by the Korean National Ballet - set to perform “Giselle,” a romantic ballet about a peasant girl with a passion for dance - and the Korean Symphony Orchestra.