• Arabian Business

    Jason Mamoa, Jackie Chan, Shah Rukh Khan and Nobu chef attend Saudi entertainment forum

    International actors Jason Mamoa, Jackie Chan, Shah Rukh Khan and Jean-Claude Van Damme and Japanese chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa were among the attendees at an entertainment and cultural industry event in Riyadh this week. The Joy Entertainment Industry Forum was a two-day event organized by the Saudi Arabian General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and brought together leading global entertainment personalities and executives interested in investment and growth opportunities in the kingdom's entertainment sector. The forum highlighted Saudi Arabia's developing entertainment sector, one that is expected to generate 200,000 jobs and attract local and global investment exceeding $69 billion by

  • Al Jazeera

    Saudi Arabia and Iran may finally be ready for rapprochement

    The October 11 attack on an Iranian oil tanker in Red Sea waters off the coast of Saudi Arabia stoked further friction in a region rattled by attacks on tankers and oil installations since May and increased fears of war between Riyadh and Tehran.  Thus far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Tehran, despite its history of swiftly blaming the United States and Israel for any perceived sabotage of its interests, refrained from accusing any specific party. The National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), which owns the targeted vessel, confirmed that its hull was hit by two separate explosions off the Saudi port of Jeddah, but made a point of denying reports that the attack had originated

  • Egypt Independent

    Mohamed Salah's lookalike claims he alternates for Salah in TV ads

    A lookalike of Mohamed Salah, electronics engineer Ahmed Bahaa, revealed that he occasionally substitutes for the Liverpool striker in TV advertisements due to his busy schedule, according to his interview with TV presenter Amr Eleithy on the al-Nahar TV channel. 'I do some of Mo's shots for his advertisements when he is busy with the English Premier League.' Bahaa said. Bahaa claimed that he participated in some of Salah's TV commercials for Vodafone and Pepsi, adding that he appears in the wide shots filmed in Egypt while Salah does the rest in England. He also appeared in Salah's anti-drugs campaign. “I would spend a couple of days shooting here, while they complete filming with him in England,”

  • Egypt Independent

    Kim's horseback ride spurs policy shift speculation

    New pictures of Kim Jong Un riding a white horse through a winter landscape to the summit of Mount Paektu, a sacred peak for North Koreans, have fueled speculation that the young leader may be set for a major policy announcement. The images released by the official KCNA news agency were accompanied by a gushing text, that noted the “noble glitters” in Kim's eyes, and labelled his snowy, horseback ride “a great event of weighty importance” for the nation. Accompanying officials were left convinced that “there will be a great operation to strike the world with wonder again and make a step forward in the Korean revolution,” the agency said. Analysts said the hike may signal a new policy direction

  • Egypt Independent

    Britain's William and Kate begin 'complex' tour of Pakistan

    Prince William and his wife Kate arrived in Pakistan to a red carpet welcome late Monday for their “most complex” tour to date, with Islamabad eager to tout improved security after years of violent militancy. The couple - the Duchess of Cambridge in a sea-green shalwar kameez, and the Duke in a dark suit - were greeted by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and presented with flowers after they landed in a British government plane at a military base in Rawalpindi, the garrison city adjacent to the capital Islamabad, state television images showed. Details of the five-day visit are being kept under wraps. Security is expected to be tight for the couple's first official trip to Pakistan, and

  • Al Jazeera

    Trump hits Turkey with sanctions, calls for ceasefire

    US President Donald Trump on Monday imposed sanctions on Turkey over Ankara's military operation in northeast Syria, and called for an immediate ceasefire. Turkey launched the cross-border assault on Kurdish fighters last Wednesday after Trump withdrew some US troops from the region, drawing sharp criticism from fellow Republicans who accused him of abandoning allies who had helped him fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group. Turkey says the offensive aims to remove the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the border area and create a "safe zone" to which millions of Syrian refugees can be returned. Ankara considers the Kurdish People's Protection

  • Woman arrested and fined for wearing tiny bikini

    (CNN) - A Taiwanese tourist was arrested and fined for wearing a particularly revealing bikini on the beach at the Philippines' newly reopened resort island of Boracay, local media reported. Traveling with her boyfriend, PNA reported the woman had been told by staff at her hotel that the swimwear was "inappropriate" -- but she wore it anyway. "They were told not to by the hotel management, but they said it was a form of art," Boracay Inter-Agency Management and Rehabilitation Group (BIAMRG) chief Natividad Bernardino said in a phone interview with PNA. The woman was arrested the next day when she wore another string bikini to the beach. A police spokesman said she was fined PHP2,500 (US$48.40)