Mohammed bin Salman is on a make or break mission

    MBS was (and still is) defense minister, so any Saudi blood lost would be on his hands. He would be measured by the course and outcome of the war. Soon after he green-lighted the confrontation, a border guard was killed in Najran, the first member of the Saudi forces to die in the conflict. I raced up there from a nearby town and met the guard's family. MBS arrived soon after. Winning the war was important for him, but so was keeping Saudis on side with his grander plans. Over the intervening years the conflict has escalated, several thousand Yemenis have been killed, a third of the country's population is short of food, and Houthi-fired, Iranian-made missiles frequently scud over hundreds of

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    The Indian who cycled to Russia to meet Messi

    Clifin Francis was sitting at home in southern India when a friend asked if he was going to the World Cup. "Of course," he replied. "I might even travel to Russia to watch the extravaganza." That was in August - but he had no idea how he would afford the air tickets from Kerala where he lives. Mr Francis is a freelance maths teacher and earns $40 (£30) a day. "I realised I wouldn't have enough money to travel to Russia and stay for a month. Then I asked myself - what could be the cheapest way of travelling? Bicycle was the answer." Friends didn't believe him, but by then he'd made up his mind. On 23 February, he started on an epic journey that took him by air to Dubai, and then ferry to Iran.

  • CNN

    MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018: Photos from the red carpet

    See what celebrities wore at this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards in Santa Monica, California.

  • CNN

    Iran lose to Spain, but Iranian women celebrate landmark moment

    However, it remains to be seen whether Wednesday's event signals a permanent shift in allowing Iranian women to watch men's sporting events In a statement sent to CNN when Iran played their first World Cup game against Morocco on Saturday, FIFA said President Gianni Infantino had been reassured by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a March visit that the ban on women would eventually be lifted, though no time frame was provided. The Center for Human Rights in Iran also posted photos of women inside the Azadi Stadium, saying: "All they are asking for is to be treated as EQUALS." The Center is not in Iran, but was posting other people's photos. According to the Twitter account of Tara Sepehri

  • CNN

    Ivanka encouraged him to act to stop separations, Trump tells lawmakers

    But asked if the President acknowledged he could change the policy or said he would, Curbelo said "no." Ivanka Trump has not yet commented publicly on the situation on the border, where more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents as a result of the administration's policy. The White House declined to comment on the President's remarks regarding his daughter, which were closed to press. There has been rare daylight between Ivanka Trump and her father publicly. It's no secret that Trump, one of the President's most trusted advisers, counsels her father on issues where she disagrees with other members of the administration, but the first daughter and mother of three does not

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    Saudi cities launch community driving events for women

    Commencing on Thursday and for three consecutive days, and in preparation for the implementation of the decision to allow Saudi women to drive, a number of community awareness events will be launched in the Kingdom. According to the General Directorate of Traffic, the activities in the form of competitions,  educational and entertainment activities are lined up in the cities of Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah and Tabuk, to promote concepts of safety during, on how to use roads, and familiarize with the traffic system and rules. The activities and road shows will introduce and seek to familiarize the drivers as well as the public on the mechanical parts of the vehicle, safety belt use and benefits, driving practise using simulators, parking, and traffic safety principles.

  • Arabian Business

    UAE issues updated travel advisory for Emiratis

    A travel advisory to 13 countries has been issued by authorities in the UAE, while warning Emiratis against travelling to three countries including Qatar, Lebanon and the mountainous area of Karabakh. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation made the announcement in line with the start of summer holidays, warning travellers to steer clear of some countries due to reasons ranging from politics to security and health concerns. Regional destinations include war-torn Yemen and Syria, which authorities have warned against travelling to since 2013 due to security situations, alongside Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ukraine, Somalia, Nigeria and the Republic of South Sudan. Caution