• The National

    Young family stuck in Dubai after man dies onboard Emirates flight

    The UAE expat community has rallied around a young family after a man died on a flight bound for Dubai. A British man, who was a permanent resident in New Zealand, died onboard an Emirates flight from Christchurch to Dubai on March 18. He was travelling to the UK with his wife and children, who are now in a Dubai hotel while they await autopsy results. After a call went out on various Dubai, and New Zealand, social media channels, offers of help have been rolling in for the family. Complete strangers rushed to the hotel in the hopes they could be of some assistance. The man's wife, who did not want to be named, said she was getting "all the support that we need" and was grateful for the aid.

  • The National

    Prince Alwaleed supports Saudi's anti-corruption crackdown

    Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said that he supported the kingdom’s sweeping crackdown on corruption in which he was detained along with more than 200 other high-profile figures. “I am for the anti-corruption [crackdown] that took place in Saudi Arabia. Now, unfortunately, I was added to that group, but fortunately, I am out of it right now and life is back to normal,” he told Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker in an interview set to air on Tuesday. “So, I am not a person who is going to come and say - you know - I forgive but don’t forget. I say ‘I forgive and I forget’ at the same time also.” Prince Alwaleed, one of the country’s most prominent tycoons, was released late January

  • News

    Ahmadinejad accuses Iran’s Khamenei of stealing $190 bln

    In an uncommon escalation of the brewing power struggle within the different wings in Iran, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad disclosed the size of Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei's fortune estimated at $800 billion toman, the equivalent of about $190 bln, accusing him of stealing people' money and advancing oppression to silence critics. The dolatebahar website, associated with Ahmadinejad, published two lengthy letters on Sunday from Ahmadinejad addressing Khamenei, criticizing the acquisition of some $190 bln in illegal ways that are not subject to financial control by the institutions of the Supreme Leader.

  • Egypt Independent

    Rome prosecutor opens investigation into Mariam Mostafa's death in UK

    Following the death in the UK of an 18-year-old Egyptian national born in Rome after having been assaulted by a group of 10 other young women, Italian prosecutors opened an investigation on Sunday into the “atrocious” attack, Italy’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “In relation to the tragic case of compatriot Mariam Moustafa, brutally killed in Nottingham, we express our deep condolences and sympathy to her family, and additionally wish that those responsible for this atrocious crime are soon brought to justice,” the Foreign Ministry statement read. An engineering student, Mostafa, who moved from Italy to the UK five years ago, was left in a coma after being attacked in central Nottingham

  • News

    Saudi Crown Prince says black abayas not obligatory ‘decent attire’ for women

    In his first televised interview with a US media outlet, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed women’s rights and the black gown, or “abaya,” traditionally worn by Saudi women. The young royal told CBS This Morning’s Norah O’Donnell that women should be free to choose their interpretation of decent attire, and that this should not be limited to the black abaya. This, however, does not particularly specify a black abaya or a black head cover. O’Donnell had asked the crown prince to elaborate on earlier remarks he had made on taking Saudi Arabia back to a time of ‘moderate Islam’.

  • BBC News

    Fifth Harmony to go their separate ways

    Fifth Harmony have announced they're going to be taking a break to focus on their solo careers. In a message to fans on Twitter, the band said they were going their separate ways "in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you". "We're all very excited and grateful to be able to take this time to learn and grow creatively and really find our footing as individuals." They promised to bring their new experiences back to the band. The girl group haven't confirmed how long their break will be but assured fans their remaining shows in 2018 would still be going ahead. The four-piece band, who were put together on the US version of the X Factor, thanked their supporters, adding: "With you love and

  • Arab News

    Overseas Filipinos ‘hopeful’ ahead of opening of bank that pledges lower remittance charges

    No VAT on expat remittances in Saudi Arabia, say bankers DUBAI: Marifhe is a nurse at a hospital in Jeddah - she has been for 24 years - while her husband, Noel, has been employed in Saudi Arabia’s retail industry for three decades. The couple managed to raise and send their three children back home through college during their long stay in the kingdom, regularly remitting money through banks or money exchanges for their children’s tuition and other expenses. “It has always been like that since we started working in Saudi Arabia. It would have been better if there was a system that made it easier for us; and the remittance charges were lower so we could send more to our relatives,” Marifhe told Arab News.