• Al Jazeera

    Is the GCC dead?

    Last year, the emir of Qatar was the only head of state, besides the host, to attend the GCC summit in Kuwait. In response, this week Qatar sent a low-level delegation to the Riyadh summit. It was yet another clear indication that the Gulf crisis is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. Over the past 18 months, it has become increasingly clear that GCC members have developed diverging interests, foreign policy options, and threat perceptions, which have seriously undermined the organisation's raison d'etre. Threat perception In 1981, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the late ruler and brother of the current emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, suggested the establishment of a collective

  • emirates247.com

    Leonardo DiCaprio ordered to return Oscar statue

    Leonardo DiCaprio has been ordered to return an Oscars statue given to Marlon Brando in 1954 because of an ongoing investigation involving Jho Low, who gifted him the trophy. The 44-year-old actor - who ended a long career journey when he was named best actor for his role in 2015's 'The Revenant' - was gifted Marlon Brando's 1954 trophy for 'On The Waterfront', and he will have to hand it over to authorities due to an ongoing court case. As reported by the New York Times, Malasian financier Jho Low gave Leonardo the award after originally buying it at an auction for $600,000. Low - who financed the actor's movie 'The Wolf of Wall Street' in 2013 - is accused of committing fraud against an investment

  • Arab News

    Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas enjoy mini honeymoon in Oman

    DUBAI: Here are some gift ideas for this holiday season. Long-distance love Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger ($100) A 21st-century version of the classic love letter - perfect to let distant loved ones know you’re thinking of them. When you send a new message through the app, the heart on the recipient’s box revolves and your message is displayed on the screen inside. Point-and-click. And print HP Sprocket 2-in-1 Camera Printer ($160) This smartphone-sized instant camera also lets you print your Instagram pics while you’re on the move. So now you can let disinterested strangers in the real world, too, know just how perfect the presentation of your smashed avocado toast was this morning. For the

  • Egypt Independent

    Beyonce, Bollywood, Hillary as India's richest daughter weds

    Topping anything in hit film “Crazy Rich Asians”, the only daughter of India’s richest man ties the knot Wednesday after days of lavish celebrations that included a Beyonce concert in a lakeside palace. Isha Ambani, whose father is tycoon Mukesh Ambani, was set to wed Anand Piramal, son of Indian billionaire industrialist Ajay Piramal, in the Ambanis’ 27-storey home in Mumbai. Days of pre-wedding festivities at a sprawling palace in Udaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan included a concert by Beyonce, purportedly the bride’s favorite singer. Attendees included Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State John Kerry and dozens of Bollywood stars including Salman Khan and Aamir Khan as well

  • Egypt Independent

    Mekong women pressed into marriage in China

    Everyone did well from Nary’s marriage to a Chinese man, except the young Cambodian bride herself, who returned home from the six-year ordeal destitute, humiliated and with little prospect of seeing her son again. Her brother ran away with $3,000 after cajoling the then 17-year-old to leave Cambodia to marry. Brokers split the remaining $7,000 paid by her Chinese husband, who got himself a longed-for heir. But her wedding to a stranger thousands of miles from home, in a language she could not understand, was ill-fated from the start. “It was not a special day for me,” Nary told AFP. She is one of tens of thousands of young Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laos and Myanmar women - and girls - who marry

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Trump reiterates standing by Saudi Crown Prince

    US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, that he stood by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Trump reiterated on Tuesday that the “crown prince vehemently denies” involvement in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Senators, airlines say Qatar using proxy flights to access US

    Three U.S. airlines and 11 Republican senators say Qatar is using an Italian carrier to establish a “fifth freedom” flight to the U.S, according to Fortune. Delta, United Airlines, American Airlines, and their allies in Washington D.C. are accusing Qatar of using Air Italy as a proxy to get into the U.S. in violation of the terms of an Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and Qatar.