• Al Jazeera

    India, Saudi Arabia sign investment agreements as MBS meets Modi

    Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced infrastructure and trade agreements after meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday. Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, arrived on a two-day visit to India on Tuesday hoping to boost trade and energy ties following a high-profile trip to neighbouring Pakistan. India and Saudi Arabia signed five agreements on infrastructure, investment, tourism, housing, broadcasting and for the setting up of a "strategic partnership council". The Indian prime minister broke with protocol when he went to the airport and hugged the embattled Saudi prince, who has been trying to rebuild his reputation in the wake of the murder

  • Emirates24|7

    Meghan Markle enjoys dinner with friends in New York

    Meghan Markle headed to Ralph Lauren's The Polo Bar in Midtown Manhattan for dinner with friends on Tuesday night. Photo: AP The Duchess of Sussex - who is expecting a baby with her husband Prince Harry - looked happy to be with her friends as they sat down for dinner at Ralph Lauren's The Polo Bar in Midtown Manhattan following her baby shower. Meghan dined with tennis ace Serena Williams, designer Misha Nonoo, 'Suits' actress Sarah Rafferty, brand consultant Benita Litt and her college friend Lindsay Roth. Photo: Reuters The 37-year-old royal had marked her baby's impending arrival with her friends on Tuesday at a hotel on New York's Upper East Side. Photo: Reuters An insider told the Daily

  • Egypt Independent

    India, Pakistan tensions threaten to derail MBS trip

    Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday, with his business mission under threat of being overshadowed by soaring tensions between India and Pakistan. The crown prince, who wants to persuade the world's fastest growing major economy to consume more Saudi oil, was greeted at the airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who gave his traditional bear hug for honored guests. The prince arrived from a two-day stay in Pakistan as it clashed with its giant neighbor over responsibility for a suicide attack in Kashmir last Thursday that left at least 40 members of Indian security forces dead. The attack was claimed by Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammed

  • CNN

    Beluga XL spreads its wings at long last

    One of the aviation world's most hotly anticipated planes, the Airbus Beluga XL, has just completed a key round of testing at Hawarden Airport in Wales, ahead of entering service later this year. Modified A330 The Beluga XL is the successor to the Beluga, or Airbus A300-600ST, which has been in operation since 1995. Starting with an A330 airliner, Airbus engineers lowered the flight deck and grafted a huge cargo bay onto the fuselage to create this unusually shaped plane. Through an upward-opening forward hatch on the "bubble," completed aircraft wings, fuselage sections and other components easily slide in and out. The XL's bubble is six meters longer and one meter wider than the original, meaning

  • Arab News

    Lockheed unveils new F-21 fighter jet configured for India

    NEW DELHI: Lockheed Martin offered India a new combat jet, F-21, on Wednesday to be made locally, in a bid to win a large military order worth over $15 billion. The US defense firm had earlier offered its F-16 fighter used by countries around the world for the Indian air force's ongoing competition for 114 planes to be made in India. But Lockheed, unveiling the plan at an airshow in the southern city of Bengaluru, said it was offering India a new plane configured for its needs. “The F-21 is different, inside and out,” Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, said in a statement. The company will build the plane in collaboration with Tata

  • Emirates24|7

    KUWTK: Kim almost missed Kanye West's Valentine's surprise - Emirates 2

    Kim Kardashian West almost missed Kanye West's impressive Valentine's Day surprise because she was running late to volunteer at their daughter's school. Photo: Instagram The 38-year-old reality star was left stunned when her husband surprised her with a Kenny G performance on the romantic holiday last week, but has said she very nearly ruined the plans after she got held up when she was supposed to be the "class mom" at their five-year-old daughter North's school. Photo: Instagram Kim - who also has son Saint, three, daughter Chicago, 13 months, and is currently expecting another tot via surrogate - said: "I was running out the door to go be the class mom for my daughter's Valentine's Day." But

  • Arab News

    Pakistan 'ready to talk' with India on Kashmir, will retaliate if attacked: PM

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is ready to help India investigate the deadliest attack in Kashmir in decades, but will retaliate if Delhi attacks, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday as tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals soared. "Pakistan won't just think to retaliate. Pakistan will retaliate," said Khan in a nationally televised address, calling on Delhi to share proof of Islamabad's involvement in last week's suicide blast in Indian-held Kashmir, which killed at least 41 Indian paramilitaries. Pakistan's foreign minister appealed to the UN Secretary General to help ease tension with India that has escalated sharply following a suicide bomb attack in the Indian part of disputed Kashmir, that India blamed on Pakistan.