• Egypt Independent

    US could lose in war with China or Russia, panel warns

    The United States is facing a national security and military crisis and could lose in a war against Russia or China, a bipartisan congressional panel warned in a report Wednesday. Congress had tasked the National Defense Strategy Commission to look at President Donald Trump’s sweeping National Defense Strategy (NDS), which highlights a new era of “Great Power competition” with Moscow and Beijing. The panel, run by a dozen former top Democratic and Republican officials, found that just as the US military faced budget cuts and diminishing military advantages, authoritarian nations like China and Russia are pursuing buildups aimed “at neutralizing US strengths.” “America’s military superiority -

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    Spotted: Jacqueline Fernadez, Alia Bhatt, Arjun Rampal...

    Jacqueline Fernadez Shraddha Kapoor Alia Bhatt\ Arjun Rampal with girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades Sunny Leone's husband Daniel Weber and daughter Nisha. Inaaya Naumi Khemu and Soha Ali Khan Katrina Kaif Vidya Balan and her husband Siddharth Roy Kapoor. Taimur Ali Khan learns horse riding. Akshay Kumar with his Kabaddi team. Kareena Kapoor at Prithvi Theatre Festival launch. Varun Dhawan and Aayush Sharma at the gym. Taimur Ali Khan Priyanka Chopra Photo: Instagram

  • CNN Travel

    How to (legally) crash an Indian wedding

    Crashing a random couple's nuptials isn't advisable -- but there might still be a way to snag an invite. A global initiative co-founded by entrepreneur Orsi Parkanyi in 2016, it connects Indian couples tying the knot with travelers keen for the ultimate cultural experience. "You get to experience all the different cultural elements in one go: meet with local people, taste the local cuisine, dress [in] Indian attire, music, ambiance, entertainment, learn about the local customs, even architecture, depending on wedding venue," Parkanyi tells CNN Travel. About three years ago, Parkanyi found herself back in Hungary chatting with a woman who was told her about the dozens of weddings she was attending that summer.

  • Egypt Independent

    Iran executes 'Sultan of Coins' for financial crimes

    (CNN)- Iran executed two men for financial crimes early Wednesday, punishments that were quickly assailed by Amnesty International as disproportionate and reflective of Tehran’s “shameless disregard for the right to life.” Vahid Mazloumin, a mogul known for his work in the gold coin trade and nicknamed the “Sultan of Coins,” and his accomplice Mohammad-Esmaeil Qassemi were found guilty of forming a “smuggling gang” that manipulated the domestic currency market and made “illegal deals,” Iran’s state-run IRNA news said. Mazloumin, 58, was arrested in July and sentenced to death in October for allegedly hoarding the coins, a move which Iran said destabilized the country’s currency market, IRNA reported.

  • Egypt Independent

    The ‘cursed’ sarcophagus in Alexandria

    No archaeological discovery has enjoyed attention such as the discovery of the granite sarcophagus weighing about 30 tons found under a house in Alexandria. I would like to point out that hundreds of foreign and Egyptian journalists have spoken to me about this subject. Most of the questions revolved around the question of whether this sarcophagus belongs to Alexander the Great, because Alexander’s tomb is still a dream for people everywhere, and many scientists and non-scientists have tried to search for this tomb in many places. This dream led a Greek waiter named Stelios Koumoutsos to collect donations from rich people all over the world, especially in Greece, in order to search for the tomb.

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    Latifa bint Mohammed Inaugurates the sixth Downtown Design

    H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, inaugurated today the sixth edition of Downtown Design which saw the participation of 175 exhibitors, including 40 regional designers. Downtown Design is a major component of Dubai Design Week which returns in its fourth edition this year. On this occasion, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum commented: "In line with Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision, as represented in Dubai Plan 2021, Dubai is building a vibrant, organic and sustainable creative industry that brings together the best of international and home-grown talent.

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    Queen Elizabeth hails Prince Charles 'dedicated heir' on 70th birthday

    Queen Elizabeth led a toast to Prince Charles at his 70th birthday bash at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday night. The Prince of Wales turned 70 on Wednesday, and the royal celebrated at a glamorous bash at the 92-year-old monarch's London residence. Charles' wife, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, Prince William and Duchess Catherine and Prince Philip were among those in attendance. During a lengthy speech in honour of the first in line to the throne, the Queen hailed her eldest child a "wonderful father" and applauded him for his charity and conservation work. She said: "Over his 70 years, Philip and I have seen Charles become a champion of conservation and the arts, a