US President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he had spoken by telephone with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Earlier, US National Security Advisor John Bolton confirmed that the talks on Khashoggi’s death were continuing with Saudi authorities, referring to Washington’s desire to know the full details into the investigations. For his part, White House adviser Jared Kushner described Saudi Arabia as a vital partner and important ally.Egypt Independent
ISTANBUL (AP) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom announced early Monday, to express condolences for the death of the journalist killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by officials that allegedly included a member of the royal’s entourage. King Salman similarly made a condolence call as international pressure on the kingdom continues to rise, even after it acknowledged on Saturday that the Washington Post journalist was killed Oct. 2 at the consulate under still-disputed circumstances. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that details of Khashoggi’s killing “will be revealed in all its nakedness” in a speech in parliament on Tuesday,emirates247.com
Meghan, the pregnant wife of Britain's Prince Harry, emerged from her break from official duties Monday to greet excited fans on the stunning World Heritage-listed Fraser Island during the royal couple's Australian tour. The Duchess of Sussex skipped most of the day's events on the island off Queensland state, after a packed tour that has seen the pair travel to Sydney, Melbourne and the regional town of Dubbo since touching down in Australia last Monday. Wearing a striped linen maxi dress with a thigh-high split, reportedly by sustainable LA brand Reformation, the pair walked down the jetty and received more baby gifts -- including quilts and stuffed toys -- from the locals. One 16-year-old boy, who was carrying the sign "Meghan Markle you make my world sparkle" was so excited that he had met the Duchess that he forgot what she said to him.english.alarabiya.net
Despite the stunning pictures that Qatar is sending to the world regarding its FIFA 2022 preparations, the reality on the ground looked different on Monday after a year’s worth of rain showers exposed Doha’s poor constructions and infrastructure. Critics’ doubts on the feasibility of the 2022 tournament - already surrounded by suspicions of corruption and human rights violations - took another turn when Qatar announced a strange plan to accommodate the tens of thousands of fans expected to show up in four years’ time. The proposed plan reveals a difficult Qatari predicament caused by the fact that the country is small and lacking in preparations, with many doubting whether Doha could accommodate the large number of fans between Nov. 21 and Dec. 18, 2022. The company of Katara, the largest hotel owner in Qatar, announced on Sunday that it will equip about 20,000 hotel rooms on cruise ships in the Gulf to host tens of thousands of visitors.Gulf News
Dubai: The major visa policy changes that are taking into effect starting today will not just benefit expatriates, but boost the local economy as well, sources have said. Starting today, October 21, sweeping changes to visa regulations in the UAE are being implemented, and these include the extension of entry permits for visitors and visas for women. The Federal Authority for identity and Citizenship confirmed last week that it will begin extending the residency visa for widows and divorced women and their children for a year without a sponsor. For foreigners in the UAE whose entry permits will expire, they will get an extension of 30 days without leaving the country at a cost of Dh600.Gulf News
The new season of Koffee With Karan kick-started, rather ‘quip-started’, with plenty of giggles and nudges to whet viewers’ appetites. Sadly, at the end of the wildly conversational carousal, I knew nothing about Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and Karan Johar that I didn’t already know. Or nothing that I wanted to know. Except that Johar has private Whatsapp conversations with Padukone’s fiance Ranveer Singh, which from what we gathered from the secret smiles, was proof of a secret crush that Johar harbours for Singh. Well, good for them. What happens to that crush after Singh weds Padukone? We weren’t told. In fact, we weren’t even told about the Ranveer-Deepika wedding which, coincidentally,english.alarabiya.net
The Jamal Khashoggi case has taken the world by storm, all in favor of the Iranian regime to take attention from its domestic and international crises, and place the spotlights elsewhere. What should not go overlooked is the fact that Iran has a long history of brutal methods to eliminate dissidents inside the country and abroad, especially Europe. This goes alongside the Iranian regime’s atrocious report card of massive terrorist attacks, killing scores of innocent people. Unfortunately, through the past 39 years, the West’s appeasement approach has saved Tehran from any meaningful accountability in this regard.