What do Trump and Macron want from each other?

    On the trade front, Macron is ready to do battle and Trump has shown no immediate willingness to give in without some substantial concessions. Already, the French leader has prepared for this issue in which Trump badly needs a strong win -- in large part to take the minds of Midwest voters off a big hit to their prime markets for soybeans, grain and pork as a result of the potential trade war with China. Last Thursday, to prepare for this visit, Macron met in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will be following Macron to Washington on Friday, though not in a formal state visit. Both are ready to present a united front to Trump's demands that European markets be more open to American

  • Arab News

    Moroccan actress Wiam Dahmani dies aged 34

    RIYADH: Stand-up and comedy lovers are in for a special treat as international Hollywood star and part of the legendary Wayans family - Marlon Wayans is coming to Riyadh for his May 11 scheduled show at Princess Noura University Conference Center. Supported by the General Entertainment Authority, various sponsors, and organized by Future Dimensions Entertainment who are committed to delivering distinguished entertainment events to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. On this occasion, Ratib Abdo - Executive Manager at Future Dimensions Entertainment said, “Marlon Wayans is an international superstar and a distinguished figure in comedy; His movies have generated over 1.1 billion dollars in global revenue, not to mention he has been in the game for a very long time.

  • BBC News

    Is Bollywood ready for #MeToo?

    Actresses open up about sexual harassment in Bollywood and why more women haven't spoken out. Video by Rajini Vaidyanathan, Pratiksha Ghildial and Varun Nayar.

  • BBC News

    Reality Check: Are you getting enough bank holidays?

    Claim: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the UK has the fewest public holidays of any European Union nation. Verdict: It's true of England and Wales, but not Scotland or Northern Ireland. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's promising four more public holidays for UK workers if his party wins the next general election, arguing they're missing out compared with those in other countries. England and Wales currently have eight a year, while Scotland has nine and Northern Ireland has 10. UK bank holidays England and Wales (8): New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Early May bank holiday, Spring bank holiday, Summer bank holiday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day Scotland (9): Similar, but without Easter Monday

  • BBC News

    'Normal lives can be beautiful stories'

    It may feel like the world isn't the happiest of places at the moment. But first-time author Libby Page is hoping that shining a light on the power of community and friendship in The Lido will be the uplifting read people need. Positive reviews of The Lido - about how residents rally together to save their local pool from closure and developers threatening to use the land for luxury flats - started coming in before it was published on Thursday. While Libby, 25, is delighted, she is also surprised - not least because she almost gave up on the novel after a year of pitching it to agents with no success. "I think people are hooking onto the fact that it's an uplifting story," she says. "It's nice

  • Egypt Independent

    Assault on woman by Iranian cops sparks headscarves debate

    A grainy video of female officers from Iran’s morality police assaulting a young woman whose headscarf only loosely covered her hair has sparked a new public debate on the decades-long requirement for women in the Islamic Republic. While officials of all ranks up to President Hassan Rouhani have weighed in on the incident, it has seen women in Iran not only question the rule that they must wear the hijab in the street but also their faith in the theocratic Shiite-dominated nation. Even before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the long, flowing black robes for women known as chadors and the headscarves, or hijabs, were both a political and religious symbol in the Shiite-dominated nation. “I used to

  • Arab News

    Abu Dhabi’s aviation ambitions up in the air

    LONDON: The inaugural non-stop Qantas flight between Perth and London last month may have been hailed as the future of aviation by the airline industry, but it’s unlikely to have prompted much celebrating in Abu Dhabi. The prospect of ultra-long haul flights, which reduce journey times by cutting out the need for stopovers, strikes at the heart of the business model of the likes of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which have risen to prominence in recent years as major transit centers for global air travel. “The Gulf airports burst onto the scene as the airframe technology changed and the long-haul hubbing model was created,” Andrew Charlton, the managing director of consulting firm Aviation Advocacy.