• Emirates24|7

    Millions malnourished in Pakistan despite abundance of food

    The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a poverty and hunger watchdog, estimates around one in five of Pakistan's more than 200 million people are malnourished. The issues, experts say, are socio-economic - that is, just because food is available, does not mean people can access it. "There are four key pillars of food security in Pakistan: The first is availability, then accessibility, utilisation and stability," says Dr Ambreen Fatima, senior research economist at the Applied Economic Research Centre of the Karachi University. "Pakistan is quite well off in wheat production," comments Dr Kaiser Bengali, a veteran economist, who has done field research on poverty and hunger in the country, but adds that much of it is sold for export.

  • Al Jazeera

    Masoumeh Ebtekar: 'The whole world was against Iran'

    In November 1979, a group of Iranian students took over the United States embassy in Tehran. Fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days, in what became the longest hostage crisis in modern history.  The students were part of a revolution that overthrew the Shah and replaced his government with the Islamic Republic just months earlier. Masoumeh Ebtekar, a prominent figure at the time, was both spokeswoman and translator for the students. Asked by Al Jazeera whether she has any regrets about her involvement with the hostage incident, the Iranian vice president for Women and Family Affairs remains resilient about the intention behind the students' actions. "I don't

  • Emirates24|7

    Flight attendant 'just so happy' to be free

    A flight attendant just released from the custody of U.S. immigration authorities after more than a month of detention says her release feels “incredible.” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it released Selene Saavedra Roman on Friday evening from a Conroe, Texas, detention center. In a statement issued through a spokesman, Saavedra Roman said that when she left the detention center, “I cried and hugged my husband and never wanted to let go.” She expressed gratitude for those who argued for her release, saying “it fills my heart.” Roman's attorney, Belinda Martinez Arroyo, said Mesa Airlines had mistakenly reassured the enrollee in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

  • Emirates24|7

    NASA publishes images of the meteor no one saw

    NASA on Friday published satellite photos of a powerful meteor which appeared just above the Bering Sea on December 18 but went unnoticed until months later.   The explosion unleashed around 173 kilotons of energy, more than 10 times that of the atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima in World War II.   Images captured minutes after the fireball disintegrated in the atmosphere show the shadow of the meteor's trail cast on top of clouds, elongated by the sun's low position.   The super-heated air turns the clouds to an orange tint in the meteor's wake.   The photographs were taken by two NASA instruments on board the Terra satellite.   A still image was taken at 2350 GMT, while five of the of nine cameras

  • Arab News

    Catholic priest stabbed live on TV at Canada's biggest church

    MONTREAL: A Canadian Catholic priest was stabbed in front of dozens of stunned worshippers as he was celebrating mass Friday morning at Montreal's St. Joseph's Oratory. Montreal police said a 911 call was placed at around 8:40 a.m. local time. When officers arrived at the landmark church, a male suspect was already detained by security guards. Philip Barrett, who was sitting near the front of the church, said he saw a tall man, who appeared to be a Caucasian in his 30s, rise from a pew and quickly walk to attack Rev. Claude Grou, the Oratory's rector. “He walked over behind the altar and he seemed to strike the priest's body,” Barrett said. “I think the priest fell down at that time. I do remember

  • Arab News

    Banned Egyptian singer appeals to president

    CAIRO: In her first media appearance since her singing ban, Sherine Abdel Wahab broke down and appealed to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi after the Syndicate of Musical Professions banned her from working while they investigate her for allegedly abusing Egypt's reputation. Lawyer Samir Sabri filed a complaint against the Egyptian performer and said that she had used festivals and foreign parties to speak ill of the country. He explained in his statement that he also attached a CD containing what was said by Sherine in a concert in Bahrain. “Egypt is working to restore its global cultural role as well as organize international festivals and conferences to encourage investments. It is known that

  • Arab News

    Around 2.82 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

    RIYADH: Nearly 2.82 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report. Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,827,564 offenders, including 2,204,460 for violating residency regulations, 432,461 for labor violations and 190,643 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The report said that 47,863 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities. 2,015 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and