• Politics
    Arab News

    'Sad day for rule of law' as Turkey passes legal bill

    The law has alarmed legal experts and members of the international community, including Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists, who fear that it will politicize the judiciary, limit lawyers’ independence and reduce bar associations’ ability to monitor human rights. Representatives of 80 bar associations have opposed the plan, and staged nationwide marches and protests in Ankara.

  • Entertainment
    Al Arabiya English

    Instagram says Bella Hadid's post on Palestinian father 'shouldn't have been removed'

    An Instagram story supermodel Bella Hadid had posted of her father’s American passport with Palestine listed as his birthplace “shouldn’t have been removed,” a spokesperson from Facebook told Al Arabiya English. Bella Hadid criticizes Instagram for removing her story about her Palestinian father. (screengrab) Last Update: Sunday, 12 July 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47

  • Politics
    Arab News

    UAE cancels visa extension for expatriates

    DUBAI: Almost 1.5 million expatriate workers are expected to leave Kuwait by year’s end as economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic forced companies to cut their workforce to save on costs and remain afloat. Likewise, the government’s decision to lower the number of expats living in the country, through a new residency law, and its continuing Kuwaitization of jobs in the public sector also hit migrant workers.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    UAE sets dates to renew expired visas, ID cards after coronavirus restrictions eased

    The UAE's authorities set on Saturday dates to start receiving applications to renew expired residency visas and ID cards. A day earlier the Cabinet announced that their decisions regarding extending the validity of expired documents such as visas, Emirates ID cards, and entry permits due to the coronavirus pandemic will no longer be in effect. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) said on Friday that the decision was “in line with the return to normalcy in various fields and sectors and to support continuity of business activity." During the early months of the coronavirus pandemic amid lockdowns and travel bans, the UAE had extended the validity of residency visas, entry and residency permits, and ID cards expired after March 1 until December 31.

  • Lifestyle
    CNN

    Before the virus, Asia's ecosystems were buckling under overtourism. When the tourists return, it has to be different

    An example As one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia, the Philippines welcomes millions of tourists each year, many who visit outlying tropical islands for their sandy beaches and clear waters. In 2018, so many tourists visited Boracay island that President Roderigo Duterte famously said it had been turned into a "cesspool," and ordered it to close for six months for a massive cleanup.

  • Politics
    Arab News

    Kuwait expects nearly 1.5 million expats to leave by end of year

    DUBAI: The UAE Cabinet has revised its earlier regulations for residency visas of expatriates whose stay in the country was affected by the coronavirus pandemic. UAE residents, whether they are in or outside the country, whose visas expired between March 1 and March 31 this year were given three months to renew their documents after the government took back its earlier decision to extend the validity until the end of December.

  • News
    Arabian Business

    UAE Minister calls for preservation of cultural heritage in light of Hagia Sophia decision

    A leading UAE official has called on cultural heritage to be safeguarded in reference to the ancient Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, which is controversially set to open again as a mosque later this month. The Hagia Sophia was built 1,500 years ago as an Orthodox Christian cathedral, but was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest in 1453. The UNESCO World Heritage site in Istanbul has been a museum since 1934.