• Arab News

    Iraq hosts Saudi Arabia and Iran at parliamentary conference

    BAGHDAD: Iraq is hosting senior parliamentary officials from Saudi Arabia and Iran on Saturday as Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi seeks to bolster his country's nascent role as a mediator in the region. Delegations including the heads of parliament from Turkey, Kuwait, Syria and Jordan are also attending the one-day conference in the Iraqi capital to discuss regional security, diplomacy and economic issues. The speaker of Iraq's parliament Mohammed Al-Halbousi, who is chairing the gathering in Baghdad, said that his country's relations with neighboring states are strong and that Iraq intends to develop them. Visiting officials pledged support for reconstruction and development efforts in Iraq

  • Egypt Independent

    Extreme Easter: Flogging, crucifixions in Philippines

    Eight men and a woman were nailed to crosses while hundreds of barefoot men beat themselves with flails on Good Friday, in a blood-soaked display of religious fervor in the Philippines. Frowned upon by the Church, the ritual crucifixions and self-flagellation in the north of the country are extreme affirmations of faith performed every Easter in Asia's Catholic outpost. Wilfredo Salvador stared at the sky and appeared to mumble a prayer after the slight 62-year-old with wild grey hair and a long beard became the first local zealot this year to hang from a wooden cross. “I will not stop this for as long as I am alive, because this is what gives me life,” said Salvador, a fisherman who has been

  • Al Jazeera

    Australia feels its hottest and coldest April day for decades

    As a frontal system ushers Antarctic air into Western Australia giving Perth the coldest April day since 1939, a breeze from the hot interior has just given Adelaide a spell of late summer weather with daily temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius since Tuesday. That active front caused some wind damage in Perth. Trees and power lines were brought down as the system hit the coast on Thursday night, bringing gusts of 90 kilometres an hour. About 10,000 properties lost electricity. Surfers no doubt enjoyed the following monster swell with Cape Naturaliste and Albany recording wave heights of up to five metres early on Friday. Inland weather reflected the origin of this cold air: snowfall on Bluff

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Saudi embassy in Georgia says passports of runaway sisters are valid

    The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Georgia stated on Friday that the passports of citizens Maha and Wafa Zayed are valid, adding that any allegations that the passports are canceled are incorrect. The sisters, identified as Maha al-Subaie, 28, and Wafa al-Subaie, 25, traveled from Riyadh to Istanbul and then went to Georgia by land. Maha and Wafa claim that they were physically abused by their family, and they applied for asylum in Georgia.

  • Emirates24|7

    Victoria Beckham talks to Brooklyn's girlfriend about 'everything'

    Victoria Beckham talks to her son Brooklyn's girlfriend Hana Cross about "everything", and even gives her fashion advice. The 20-year-old star has been dating 21-year-old model Hana Cross since November last year, and she has revealed she is already getting on very well with the fashion designer. Speaking in the May edition of Tatler magazine, she said: "We talk about everything. She's helping style me for Coachella - probably Levi's shorts, a crop top and Converse. I'm quite a tomboy." Brooklyn - son of Victoria and David Beckham - confirmed the pair's relationship when he was spotted hand-in-hand with Hana after the Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London in December. The duo partied

  • Al Jazeera

    Turkey arrests suspected UAE spies, probes Khashoggi link

    Turkey has arrested two men suspected of spying for the United Arab Emirates and is investigating whether the suspects were linked to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to media reports.  The state-run Anadolu Agency, citing judicial sources on Friday, described the two men as "intelligence operatives" working on behalf of the UAE, and said they were "referred to a court on charges of political and military espionage".  The agency also released apparent surveillance images of the pair in the streets, as well as photographs of the two men taken following their arrest on Monday. Reuters, citing a senior Turkish official, said one of the two men had arrived in Turkey in October

  • Arab News

    Daesh kills almost 60 regime fighters across Syria

    BEIRUT: Militants have killed almost 60 Syrian regime troops in 48 hours, a monitor said on Saturday, in some of the deadliest attacks on pro-Damascus forces in recent weeks. Kurdish-led forces in March announced the defeat of Daesh in eastern Syria, but the militants have retained hideouts there and in other parts of the country as well as the ability to carry out deadly assaults. Since Thursday, Daesh militants have killed 35 pro-Damascus fighters in regime-held parts of central and eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman described those attacks as producing “the highest death toll among regime forces” since the proto-state was declared