• BBC News

    Whales in mass stranding on Australia beach

    About 150 whales have become stranded on a beach in Australia, prompting a major rescue effort. The animals were spotted by a fisherman at Hamelin Bay, about 300km (180 miles) south of Perth, early on Friday. About half of the whales were already dead, according to authorities in Western Australian (WA). Conservation officials said they were trying to save the surviving animals on the beach. "The strength of the animals and the windy and possibly wet weather conditions will affect when and where we attempt to move them out to sea," said Jeremy Chick, from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Officials said the animals were thought to be short-finned pilot whales, a species

  • CNN

    Intercept: Saudi crown prince bragged about Kushner relationship

    Eager to consolidate power and rein in the sprawling orbit of the Saudi royal family and aristocratic class, Prince bin Salman listened intently and a week later cracked down on corruption in the country by imprisoning more than 200 members of the country's ruling class inside the confines of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh, charging each with corruption. "What we did in Saudi Arabia was extremely necessary," the Saudi crown prince told CBS in his first interview with a Western outlet. "All actions taken were in accordance with existing and published laws." A spokesman for Kushner declined to comment on the allegation. But a spokesman for Kushner's lawyer -- Peter Mirijanian -- slammed the report.

  • CNN

    World's best airport for 2018 revealed

    (CNN) - If you're flying across the planet in the next 12 months, you might want to think about routing that trip through one of Asia's top airports. Maintaining its position at the top of that chart for an amazing sixth year in a row is Singapore's Changi Airport The city-state's gleaming facilities fended off stiff competition from the likes of Doha's Hamad International and Hong Kong's International Airport. "To be voted the World's Best Airport for the sixth consecutive year is a fabulous achievement for Changi Airport, and this award yet again demonstrates the airport's popularity with international air travelers," Edward Plaisted, CEO of UK-based Skytrax, said in a statement. The annual

  • BBC News

    Photo of US-Saudi meeting sparks outrage

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's meeting with President Donald Trump was notable for many reasons. Ahead of his arrival in the US, the crown prince pledged that Riyadh would "enter a nuclear arms race" if Iran ever acquired nuclear weapons. And during the visit, Congress rejected a bill to withhold US military aid to Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen. But for social media users, something else stood out: a meeting of at least 20 men and no women. The two leaders and over a dozen of their advisors and senior officials attended the working lunch on 20 March, but the only women in the room were part of the press corps. The disparity was pointed out on Twitter in a post shared over 10,000

  • BBC News

    Liam Payne admits 'struggles' with Cheryl

    Liam Payne has opened up about his life with Cheryl, admitting: "We have our struggles." The former One Direction singer's relationship with the pop star has come under scrutiny in recent months. After being accused of putting on a "stunt" with a loved-up display at the Brit Awards in February, he says they're just like anyone else. "I'm not gonna sit here and say that everything's absolutely fine and dandy," he told ES Magazine. "Of course you go through different things, and that's what a relationship is. "But we go through them together as a family and that's the most important thing for me." All relationships "go through a spot like that", he added. Liam and Cheryl, whose son Bear is nearly

  • Arabian Business

    Oil giant BP squeezed out of Abu Dhabi concessions

    When oil-rich Abu Dhabi put a string of offshore fields up for auction, suitors from China to Italy vied for a slice of the pie. Surprisingly, that piece was snatched from one of the world’s largest energy conglomerates. BP missed out on a chance to renew its partnership in oil concessions off the emirate’s shores, which expired this month. The loss of barrels - estimated at 100,000 a day - will offset growth from BP’s new projects, meaning its total oil output will stay flat this quarter. Competitors Total, Eni and others will take a share of the three licenses in Abu Dhabi, an emirate that produces 6 percent of the world’s oil. Now out of the picture offshore, BP will need to focus on the country’s

  • CNN

    The Austin bombings weren't labeled 'terrorism.' Here's why

    But people in Austin, Texas, were also terrified over the past three weeks as 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt unleashed a wave of deadly bombings. Authorities won't call what Conditt did terrorism, especially since a 25-minute confession video found on his cell phone doesn't shed light on his motive. "He does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate," Austin police Chief Brian Manley said. "But, instead, it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life that led him to this point." That characterization of Conditt's actions -- that this was just the work of a troubled young man -- angers some people, who