• Arabian Business

    Pakistan's PM Khan starts maiden foreign visit to Saudi amid bailout speculation

    Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia Tuesday on his first foreign visit since coming to power, with speculation swirling that he may be seeking economic assistance from the oil-rich ally. The two-day trip began exactly one month after Khan assumed office, with Pakistan possibly seeking billions of dollars in assistance from allies as it seeks to avert a balance-of-payments crisis. Khan, who was accompanied by Finance Minister Asad Umar and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, was set to meet Saudi King Salman in the western city of Jeddah, local officials said. "A state banquet will be hosted by King Salman at the Royal Court," the Saudi information ministry’s Centre for

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    Serena Williams is 'proud' of the Duchess of Sussex

    Tennis champion Serena Williams has revealed she's "proud" of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex after she launched a cookbook in support of the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The 37-year-old royal has written the foreword to a recipe book from cooks at the Hubb Community Kitchen, which is based in London, and the duchess has revealed she felt "connected" to the Community Kitchen because it offers a "place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together". Responding to the announcement, the Duchess' good friend Serena wrote on her Twitter account: "I used to call you Meghan (and I still do) but dear Duchess of Sussex your first project "Together" a cookbook bringing women of all cultures together.

  • CNN

    Incredible drumming skills of young Iranians

    Beyond formal drumming techniques, tonbak players have -- over the instrument's long history -- devised a seemingly limitless range of deviations using different parts of the hands, fingers and nails to create entrancing solos and accompaniments. The modern generation's top players have taken innovation a step further, incorporating elements of melody by applying pressure to the drum's skin with the right hand and producing melodic phrases with the left. I was astounded by the tonbak's versatility -- it can produce enough different sounds for an entire solo concert, from chilled out grooves to high-speed, virtuoso finger work. The tonbak through time The story of the tonbak drum tracks Iran's

  • BBC News

    Heartbreaking photo raises $43,000 in day

    A photograph of a boy weeping next to his father's body moved Indian social media users to raise more than three million rupees ($43,829; £33,350) for his family in a day. The picture was shared on Twitter more than 7,000 times. Anil, 37, was a sewer worker in the capital Delhi, who died when the rope lowering him into a sewer snapped, causing him to fall inside. By some estimates, about 100 sewer workers die in India every year. Unions have alleged that this is because they are not given proper safety equipment. Shiv Sunny, a reporter at The Hindustan Times, who tweeted the picture on Monday, told the BBC that he was "shaken" by the sight of the man's grieving son, who is 11. "I am a crime reporter

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    Sheikh Sultan: Qatar tribe expulsion world’s largest proportionate displacement

    Qatar’s leading opposition figure from its ruling family has hit out against the regime in Doha after the al-Ghufran tribe were made stateless by the government last year. “The largest forced displacement in the world has been seen in Qatar after ‘Two Hamad regime’ expelled about 5,000 people from the tribe of al-Ghufran, when its population was 200,000 at the time, or 2.5% in total,” Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim tweeted on Tuesday. “Injustice has been done by ‘Two Hamad regime’ against the rights of the dear al-Ghufran tribe, their deportation, and the revocation of their citizenship without any right,” he added.

  • BBC News

    Leaders ease tension over Russian deaths

    The leaders of Russia and Israel have sought to defuse tension after a Russian plane was shot down by Syrian forces amid an Israeli air raid. In a call to Vladimir Putin, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu expressed regret at the loss of 15 Russian personnel, but stressed again that Syria was to blame. Mr Putin had earlier called the incident "a chain of tragic accidental circumstances". The Il-20 plane was downed over the Mediterranean Sea on Monday evening. Russia is supporting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war. A case of diplomatic fence-mending Mr Putin and Mr Netanyahu spoke by telephone on Monday, shortly after the Russian president had made his conciliatory statement in Moscow.

  • Gulf News

    Long-term visa: Move help UAE expatriates’ transition to retirement confidently

    Abu Dhabi: A UAE Cabinet decision announced on Sunday granting long-term visas for expatriate retirees is seen as a major social stabiliser and economic booster, attracting more people with advanced skills and enhancing the UAE’s ability to build a knowledge-based economy, experts said. Experts said it would help residents’ transition to retirement confidently. Dr Abdullah Al Suwaiji, a leading Emirati human resources expert, said the new Cabinet decision reflects the visionary and wise approach of the UAE leadership and government in caring for its human resources, both Emiratis and expatriates, and in moving towards building a strong and integrated national economy - based on competitiveness at a regional and international level.