• Al Jazeera

    Warsaw conference: Gulf ministers slam Iran in leaked video

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has leaked video of Gulf Arab ministers slamming Iran during a closed-door session of a Middle East conference in Warsaw, Israeli media reported on Friday. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states that do not recognise Israel sent top diplomats to attend this week's conference alongside Netanyahu, something the prime minister and his United States ally have talked up as a new regional axis against Iran. Israeli correspondents who travelled with Netanyahu to the two-day conference said the prime minister had hinted to them during a briefing that his staff had footage of Gulf ministers addressing a session on Iran on Wednesday. Israel's Maariv newspaper

  • Emirates24|7

    Prince William knows about 'fear' of fatherhood; Duchess Catherine was naive

    Father-of-three Prince William has confessed he knows all about the "fear" of fatherhood and the nerves he felt about having newborn babies around. The 36-year-old royal - who has Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, nine months, with his wife Duchess Catherine - openly discussed the struggles of becoming a dad and the "fears" of having a newborn baby around. During a visit to a 'Future Dads' session, which helps to provide practical guidance and advice for fathers-to-be, he said: "The fear of having a newborn baby, that's very vulnerable and that's what you spend most of your time worrying about, thinking what do I do? The Duke of Cambridge met with Rick Karadia-Hudson, who was attending the sessions ahead of the arrival of his first child in May, and Prince William drew on his own experience and quipped that it only got more hectic the older the child got.

  • Al Jazeera

    EU blacklists Saudi Arabia: What does it mean?

    Other countries including Pakistan, Libya and Panama have also been added to the list, which the European Parliament is expected to ratify within one month. After a string of high-profile scandals involving EU-affiliated financial institutions and international accounts, the EC is acting. Sven Giegold MEP told Al Jazeera "it's a sign of European self-confidence … the EU will insist on imposing its standards". Saudi effect The effect on Riyadh is likely to be three-fold. First is the threat to investment from EU-related financial institutions, who had been targeted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) as part of his Vision 2030 reform package. Second is the public relations damage from alleged

  • Arab News

    I did it for my daughter, says woman arrested for headscarf protest in Iran

    WARSAW, Poland: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday called Iran the top threat in the Middle East, and said confronting the country is key to reaching peace in the entire region. Pompeo, who was attending a security conference in Warsaw, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the opening session at the conference. He said “pushing back” against Iran was central to dealing with all the region's other problems. “You can't achieve peace and stability in the Middle East without confronting Iran. It's just not possible,” Pompeo said alongside Netanyahu. The Israeli leader lauded the participation of high-profile Arab dignitaries at the conference, saying it marked a “historical

  • Emirates24|7

    Meghan Markle hounded like Diana? Hardly, British papers say

    Could Meghan Markle really face the same fate as Princess Diana? Britain's newspapers on Wednesday angrily challenged US actor George Clooney's claim that their treatment of Prince Harry's wife resembled the hounding of his late mother. Clooney, who attended the couple's wedding last year, on Tuesday stirred up a hornet's nest of discontent by accusing the London tabloids of giving the new Duchess of Sussex "a raw deal". "She's a woman who is seven months pregnant and she is being pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was," the Hollywood superstar told Australian magazine WHO during an interview in Los Angeles. "It's history repeating itself," Clooney warned. "And we've seen

  • Arab News

    In war-torn Ukraine, women get taste of combat training

    MARIUPOL, Ukraine: In a gym in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, not far from the frontline with Russia-backed separatists, 20 women fall to the floor and pull back the rifle bolts of dummy Kalashnikovs. Next to them a bearded instructor in camouflage barks out orders: "Get on your knee, reload, take aim, get on the ground, reload, take aim." A policeman by day, the 28-year-old who goes by the alias Kazhan ("bat" in Ukrainian) teaches combat training for women on the weekends. The free courses -- dubbed "White angels" -- were put together by police officers and former members of a far-right battalion who fought against the separatists in the east of the ex-Soviet country. "Our country is in

  • Emirates24|7

    Sheikh Hamdan attends UAE SWAT challenge

    Crown Prince of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended today the fifth and final day of the first edition of the UAE SWAT Challenge. The international event took place at Dubai SWAT Training Facility, Al Rowaiyah. The challenge is held under patronage of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lt General His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan and under the directive of Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri. 60 SWAT teams from 50 country participated in the event. During the visit, Sheikh Hamdan inspected the challenge's range and talked with some of the participants. He was briefed on the SWAT's operations