• Egypt Independent

    Egypt's Ministry of Aviation investigates suspension of British Airways flights

    Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation stated that the ministry contacted the British embassy in Egypt on Sunday to investigate the news on the suspension of all British Airways flights from London to Cairo International Airport for seven days as a security precaution. The ministry added that the embassy asserted that “the decision has not been released by the Department of Transport or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).” The ministry said that facts will be checked with agents of the British Airways company in Cairo. Senior officials in the ministry revealed that British Airways has inspected Egyptian airports six times so far since July 2017, giving Cairo International Airport and Hurghada

  • Egypt Independent

    Britain urges Iran to free seized tanker

    Britain on Saturday urged Iran to de-escalate tensions in the Gulf by releasing a UK-flagged ship it said had been illegally seized in Omani waters in an “utterly unacceptable” gambit. Tehran was defiantly ignoring mounting European appeals to free the captured oil tanker and its mostly Indian crew, as the United States prepared to redeploy troops to Iran's regional arch-rival Saudi Arabia. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it seized the Stena Impero ship on Friday for breaking “international maritime rules” in the Strait of Hormuz, a Gulf choke point for about a third of the world's sea-borne oil. The oil tanker was impounded off Bandar Abbas port for allegedly failing to

  • Emirates24|7

    Priyanka Chopra celebrates her birthday in Miami

    Priyanka Chopra celebrated her 37th birthday by enjoying a luxurious trip to Miami with Nick Jonas. The Hollywood star - who married Nick, 26, last year - was joined by her husband, mother Madhu Chopra and a group of friends as she toasted her birthday on board a yacht. An eyewitness told E! News: "They had a great time going for a sunset sail and being out on the water. "They sat on the deck having drinks and socialising. Priyanka was next to Nick the entire time and they sat close together on one side of the table. "At one point, Priyanka went for a swim in the ocean and took a ride on a wave runner. She was fearless, going very fast and doing quick turns and jumps. She looked happy. "When

  • Al Jazeera

    US to launch plan for 'free passage' of ships in Iran's waterway

    Aspen, Colorado - The United States is concerned that a "miscalculation" by Iran could cause an "unintended conflict" in the Gulf, as it prepares to launch a new surveillance and intelligence initiative with its allies to ensure "free and open passage" for ships. "We are starting a concept called Sentinel in which we will have a series of countries engaged to preserve the free and open passage of commerce in the Strait of Hormuz and in the Persian Gulf," US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood said at the Aspen Security Forum on Saturday. The US has had discussions with NATO allies, some "partners in the Gulf" and others to join the effort to keep the "vital waterway" open, said Rood,

  • Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman on points to take WBA Super welterweight title

    Manny Pacquiao said he had "fun" as he became the oldest welterweight champion in history by beating WBA Super champion Keith Thurman in a split decision in Las Vegas. Thurman - previously undefeated - had promised to send the 40-year-old Fillipino into retirement, but was knocked down in the first round before a thrilling fight went the distance. "I knew it was too close," said American Thurman. "He got the knockdown so he had momentum in round one. This was a beautiful night of boxing." The 30-year-old had been looking for his 30th straight win. Two judges scored it 115-112 to Pacquiao, while the other gave it 114-113 to Thurman. Pacquiao - a world champion at eight weights - was fighting for

  • Arab News

    Iran forces Algerian tanker into its waters

    LONDON: The Iranian coast guard forced an Algerian tanker to head into Iranian waters on Friday before a confrontation ended, the Algerian state oil and gas company Sonatrach said.  Algeria's state-run news agency APS, quoting Sonatrach, said Saturday the empty tanker "MESDAR" was forced into Iranian waters Friday night as it moved through the Strait of Hormuz. An emergency hotline between Algeria's energy and foreign ministries was quickly put into place and the incident concluded an hour and 15 minutes later. APS quoted Sonatrach as saying that "no human or material incident was registered." It said that the tanker was heading to Tanura in Saudi Arabia to onload oil for the Chinese company

  • Emirates24|7

    GoAir launches new flights from Mumbai, Delhi to UAE capital

    Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed GoAir's launch of two new daily flights, the first between Mumbai International Airport and Abu Dhabi, and the second to Delhi International Airport, further connecting the UAE capital to the two major Indian cities. GoAir's inaugural flights from Delhi, India's capital and Mumbai, the financial capital of the world's 6th largest economy to Abu Dhabi, was received with warmth and fanfare yesterday, as the Indian subcontinent remains one of the most popular destinations for travellers departing from Abu Dhabi. Commenting on the announcement, Maarten De Groof, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said, "GoAir is one of our most promising new partners,