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.english.alarabiya.net
An extremist militant group has claimed responsibility for the abduction of 12 Iranian security personnel near the border with Pakistan, Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA reported Monday. “The terrorist group Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice in Arabic) has posted two photos... claiming that those in it are the forces abducted” on October 16, ISNA said. Jaish al-Adl, formed in 2012, is a successor to the Sunni extremist group Jundallah (Soldiers of God) which has carried out a spate of attacks on Iranian security forces in recent years in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.english.alarabiya.net
Ever since Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing in Istanbul, the name Hatice Cengiz has dominated the scene and remained at the forefront of news headlines amid the mysterious aura of the past 13 days. Hatice graduated from the Sharia college in the University of Istanbul in 2013 and got her MA in 2017 from the Faculty of Social Sciences - History Department at Salahaddin University after finishing a field study about sects in Oman.emirates247.com
Alia Bhatt was trying to leave town on the weekend and her face helped her sail through. The Raazi actress was at the airport and she was trying to locate her ticket on the phone and could not do so. The CISF constables on duty recognised her but were waiting for her to show her ticket. “The paparazzi were clicking her continuously and she was looking back and smiling for the cameras, but she was getting very late. She tried to look into her phone for her e-ticket, but was unable to locate it as she was also in a hurry. The constable soon realised that she was in a hurry and let the actress pass,” says an eye witness. Alia is a frequent traveller and like most stars, does not arrive early atemirates247.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.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
MANILA: A Philippine judge rejected on Monday an effort by President Rodrigo Duterte to arrest one of his fiercest critics, a decision hailed by opponents as a check on the leader and a victory for the rule of law. The decision from a Manila court denied a government petition to take Senator Antonio Trillanes into custody on charges for which the lawmaker had already been granted amnesty. Trillanes has attacked the president's deadly narcotics crackdown, but also accused Duterte of corruption and his son of involvement in drug dealing. "We wish to thank Judge Andres Soriano who has singlehandedly upheld justice and the rule of law in the country despite extreme pressure coming from the Duterte regime," a beaming Trillanes told reporters.