• Egypt Independent

    Khashoggi family receives condolences after Riyadh proffers murder culprits

    Mourners paid their respects on Friday to the family of Jamal Khashoggi, the prominent Saudi writer murdered by agents of his own government, after the authorities said they had identified the culprits and cleared the crown prince of any involvement. Two of Khashoggi’s brothers and one of his sons received a few hundred men in the coastal city of Jeddah a day after the Saudi public prosecutor said it would seek the death penalty for five unnamed suspects in the killing inside the country’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2. Earlier on Friday, tens of thousands of worshipers prayed for the deceased in Mecca and Medina, Khashoggi’s hometown, though the imams did not name him. In rainy Istanbul, mourners

  • emirates247.com

    Rare snake with 2 heads found in Virginia has died

    A wildlife expert says a rare, two-headed snake found several months ago in Virginia near the nation’s capital has died. The Washington Post reports state herpetologist JD Kleopfer said in a Facebook post this week that the snake had died. He says it passed away peacefully last week for no apparent reason, and was discovered dead one morning. The Copperhead snake was found in a northern Virginia neighborhood in September. The Wildlife Center of Virginia previously said in a statement that an examination of the reptile found it had two tracheas and two esophagi, but shared one heart and a set of lungs. Biologists believe both heads were capable of biting and distributing venom. Kleopfer says two-headed

  • Al Jazeera

    Will Saudi Arabia execute one of its top clerics?

    In this week's UpFront, we ask Silicon Valley visionary Jaron Lanier about the latest New York Times allegations against Facebook and explore his main criticisms against social media. And in a Special Interview, we talk to Abdullah Alaoudh, the son of imprisoned Muslim cleric Salman al-Awdah, about the Saudi crown prince's crackdown on dissent. Is Facebook ruining the world? Facebook is once again under fire. This time it follows a report by the New York Times that claims the giant tech company hired a political consultancy firm to target opponents, in an attempt to distract from growing pressure over alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election using Facebook. Jaron Lanier is

  • Arab News

    Gwen Stefani dons Reem Acra gown for fairytale show

    DUBAI: Hollywood singer Gwen Stefani wore an ethereal gown by Lebanese designer Reem Acra for a performance at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, last week - and she looked like a princess. The former “The Voice US” coach arrived in Disneyland in a horse-drawn carriage, wearing a pink tulle ruffled gown, complete with a glittery bodice and a green satin bow adorning the neckline. Acra - whose creations have been worn by numerous world-renowned personalities, including US First Lady Melania Trump - posted an image of Stefani wearing the festive gown, which is part of the design huse’s pre-fall 2018 collection. Stefani is no stranger to Acra’s gowns - she once wore another one of the Lebanese fashion icon’s creations to the 43rd People’s Choice Award in 2017.

  • CNN

    Airplane so big it needs special hangar doors

    (CNN) - When it comes to accommodating the world's largest passenger plane, the team at Munich Airport understands there's just a little more to love. So when its hangar doors couldn't close around the tail-fin of the 73-meter-long Airbus A380, leaving maintenance workers shivering as the German winter drew in, they didn't panic. They just got design firm Butzbach to build a set of custom-made doors with an A380-sized hole in the middle. The new rail-mounted gates are 22 meters tall and 11 meters wide and took four weeks to build. The gap is designed to snugly fit the tail of the A380, leaving no chilly drafts. The airport revealed the new addition in a Facebook post on November 9, captioned

  • Arab News

    Pakistan is rapidly becoming a “digital-first country”, Google

    KARACHI: Destine to become the fourth fastest growing economy by 2030, Pakistan, supported by a growing population, fast growing business and increasing penetration of Internet, is poised to grab first position among the digital economies, Information Technology (IT) experts say. US technology giant, Google, says Pakistan is quickly becoming a “digital-first country”, which means there are new opportunities for brands to reach and engage with consumers that may have previously been overlooked. “It shows that Google has realized the marketing potential of the country and they are now encouraging businesses to focus on Pakistan as a potential market,” Badar Khushnood, vice president of growth at Fishry.Com and vice chairman of [email protected], commented.

  • Al Jazeera

    Iraq to establish free-trade zone along border with Iran

    Iraqi President Barham Salih has announced that his country has agreed to establish a "free-trade zone" along its border with Iran, following a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani in Tehran.  In a joint press conference in the Iranian capital on Friday, Salih declared that the relationship between the two neighbouring countries is a "fixed principle" that is "rooted in shared history, faith and geography".  "We care about our relationship with Iran," Salih declared. Salih did not give full details about the free-trade zone. But Rouhani was quoted on Friday by state television as saying that he wants to raise bilateral trade between the two countries from the current $12bn to