• Al Jazeera

    China walks Saudi-Iran tightrope as MBS visits

    Shenzhen, China - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has arrived in China where he will meet President Xi Jinping in hopes of bolstering an image tarnished internationally over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey last year. The two-day visit in Beijing is expected to focus on energy deals for resource-hungry China and regional economic agreements that align with Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative [BRI], Xi's signature infrastructure initiative spanning across Southeast, South and Central Asia to the Horn of Africa. "The leadership in Riyadh and Beijing probably realise the strategic importance of their relationship on the energy front and most recent attempts have

  • CNN Style

    Beyonce and Jay-Z pay unexpected tribute to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

    Beyoncé and Jay-Z have paid tribute to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, by swapping her with one of art history's most recognizable figures -- the Mona Lisa. While the Carters were not in attendance at Wednesday's Brit Awards, the UK's equivalent of the Grammys, they accepted the award for best international group via video message. In a scene reminiscent of their 'Apes**t' music video, in which they famously pose in front of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" at the Louvre, the pair are seen standing either side of a portrait. But the famous painting has been replaced with an image of Meghan, or as Beyoncé later put it: a "Melanated Mona." "Thank you so much to the Brit Awards for this incredible honor,"

  • Al Jazeera

    After catsuit controversy, women's tennis 'modernises' dress code

    The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) says it has "modernised" its dress code with the rollout of a new rule, allowing leggings and mid-thigh length compression shorts to be worn without a skirt or dress during matches. Although there was no prior rule prohibiting a player from wearing leggings without a skirt, the WTA said it "approved language to make its position explicitly clear". "We wanted to be progressive and make sure that we were current with where fashion is going and competitive-wear may be going," WTA CEO Steve Simon said in an interview, explaining the changes. Top female players, who are often seen wearing leggings or three-quarter length tights during practise, have welcomed the change.

  • Arab News

    Saudi Crown Prince sends Modi letter of thanks after leaving India

    DUBAI: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a letter of thanks to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his departure from India on Wednesday. In the letter, the crown prince expressed “gratitude and appreciation” for Modi's hospitality during his visit with the Saudi delegation.   “The talks we had confirmed the strength of the strategic relations between our countries, and the importance of improving cooperation in all fields, in a way that would serve the best interests of our states and nations,” the letter said. After his visit to India, the crown prince arrived in China on Thursday, on the third leg of his Asia tour that started in Pakistan. Here is the letter

  • Egypt Independent

    UAE eases Qatar shipping ban: circular, source

    DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has eased a ban on the shipping of goods between it and Qatar enforced under a political and economic boycott of Doha, according to port circulars and an industry source. An Abu Dhabi Ports circular dated Feb. 12 canceled previous directives that banned cargoes of Qatar origin from UAE waters and ports and those of UAE origin from Qatar. It maintained a ban on vessels flying the Qatar flag, owned by Qatari shipping firms or nationals.  An industry source told Reuters the circular applied to all ports in the UAE. Government authorities in both Gulf Arab states were not immediately available to comment. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain severed

  • Arab News

    FlyDubai ends 2018 with $43.5m loss

    DUBAI: The Dubai government-owned budget carrier FlyDubai said on Wednesday that its revenues increased to $1.7 billion in 2018, though the airline ended the year with a loss of $43.5 million. The airline that flies out of both Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central's Al Maktoum International Airport blamed fuel costs, rising interest rates and “unfavorable currency exchange movements” for the loss. It had made $1.5 billion in revenue in 2017, earning a narrow profit of $10 million that year. “In line with expectations, 2018 was a challenging year, however we have continued to invest in our capacity and increased revenue,” FlyDubai CEO Ghaith Al-Ghaith said. FlyDubai, which now has

  • Al Jazeera

    Trump in no hurry for North Korea to denuclearise

    Almost a week before his second summit with Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump of the United States says he wants North Korea to end its nuclear programme - but is in no rush for Pyongyang to do so. Speaking to reporters at a White House event on Tuesday, Trump said that if North Korea did not conduct any nuclear tests, then he was not under pressure to achieve one of his leading foreign policy goals - convincing the country to abandon nuclear weapons. "I have no pressing time schedule," Trump said. Trump said his second meeting with the North Korean leader on February 27 and 28 in Hanoi, Vietnam, would be "very exciting," but did not disclose details of what he hoped would be achieved. "I look