• Arab News

    Truffle hunting: Seeking Saudi Arabia's 'Diamonds in the dirt'

    JEDDAH: During the wet winter months Saudis flock to the desert to look for truffles, the pungent yet highly prized culinary ingredient. The edible fungus, known locally as fage'a, grows mostly in Riyadh's Al-Thumama desert. Southern and eastern regions in the Kingdom are popular with families for winter camping - and they are also where Saudis go hunting for the delicacy dubbed “diamonds in the dirt.” Ali Al-Hazmi, from the eastern city of Qatif, has posted photos of his truffle quest on Instagram. “Truffles can be found in clean spaces of the desert where there are no humans or cars, 10 days to a month after rainy days,” he told Arab News. “I usually go to look for truffles with my friend and

  • Al Jazeera

    Serena Williams ousts world number one Halep at Australian Open

    American tennis star Serena Williams has knocked out world number one Simona Halep to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, staying on course to equal Australian Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam wins.  The seven-time champion powered past her Romanian opponent in Melbourne on Monday night, sealing a hard-fought 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 fourth round victory in one hour and 47 minutes. "It was a really intense match and there were some incredible points but I love playing tennis... It's really cool to be back out and playing again on this court," Williams said in her courtside interview. "I really needed to elevate my game, she's the number one player in the world and there's a

  • 4 boys, ages 12 to 14, arrested for rape

    NEW CASTLE COUNTY -- Police in Delaware are investigating a disturbing crime involving the rape of a girl by four boys all under the age of 15, and they fear more victims may be out there. The attack happened inside a home on the unit block of Auckland Drive back on December 11th. New Castle County officials say one 14-year-old, two 13-year-olds, and one 12-year-old forced the girl inside a home. The alleged assailants, who we are not identifying because of their ages, then attacked her. One teen reportedly threatened the girl with a gun, warning her not to report it. All four have been charged as juveniles with felony rape. If you have any information on the attack or other victims, contact

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Iran air force chief threatens to make Israel 'vanish from earth'

    The commander of Iran's air force, Brigadier Aziz Nasirzadeh, said that Iran will “eliminate Israel from the Earth” in a fiery statement to the Young Journalist Club, a website supervised by state television. This comes after Israel's military said on Monday it struck Iranian Quds targets inside Syria and warned Syrian forces not to attack Israeli territory or forces. The Israeli air strikes and ground-to-ground missiles killed at least 11 fighters including two Syrians, a Britain-based war monitor said.

  • Emirates24|7

    Priyanka Chopra debuts honey-blonde ombre

    Priyanka Chopra posted a picture to her social media of her sporting new honey-blonde ombre highlights alongside a caption revealing that in ten years she has "grown" into the woman she is today. Photo: Instagram The 36-year-old actress - who married Joe Jonas last month - showed off her new honey-blonde ombre look while reflecting on the way she's changed in the last 10 years, and also teasing the announcement of a new project. Speaking to her 34.6 million followers on Instagram, Priyanka wrote: "With this #10yearchallenge taking over the internet, it's got me thinking about the past ten years of my life, like probably all of you. So much has changed! Not just my hair or my clothes (or my husband!),

  • CNN Travel

    Virgin reveals adults-only cruise ship

    (CNN) - The words "cruise holiday" and "rock star" don't usually go together. Unless you're talking about Virgin Voyages' first ship, the adults-only Scarlet Lady, which will depart Miami for the Caribbean in 2020. The Richard Branson-backed cruise line has just released renderings of the ship's 78 luxury "RockStar Suites," which will be located on the ship's 15th deck. These will include 15 Mega RockStar Suites, which are further divided into Massive, Fab, Posh and Gorgeous Suites. The rock star theme is quite literal, too. The Massive Suite will feature a music room stocked with guitars, an amp and a special private lookout point at the front of the ship. It's got a private terrace with a standing

  • Emirates24|7

    Indian man killed by lion after scaling zoo wall

    An Indian man was mauled to death by a lion after he scaled the wall of a zoo in northern Punjab state, officials said Monday. The man climbed the 20-foot (six-metre) wall of Chhatbir Zoo, home to four lions, on Sunday and entered the restricted area where he was attacked. Hearing his screams, the staff rushed to try and rescue the man. "He was an intruder in the zoo. We took him to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries," said Roshan Sunkaria from the state forest department. The animal that attacked the man was an Asiatic lion -- a critically endangered species and a major tourist draw. Only around 500 exist in the wild, all in the Gir sanctuary in the western Indian state of Gujarat.