• Egypt Independent

    Undeterred by Khashoggi murder, global executives return to Saudi Arabia

    RIYADH (Reuters) - Global finance chiefs who boycotted a Saudi investment summit last year following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi returned to Riyadh this week as the Gulf kingdom gets business back on track. Dozens of Western politicians and business executives pulled out of Saudi Arabia's showcase summit in October amid global uproar over Khashoggi's killing at the hands of Saudi agents inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate three weeks earlier. A Saudi court has charged 11 suspects in a secretive trial and Western allies imposed sanctions on individuals. But Riyadh still faces criticism with some Western governments saying Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder. Saudi

  • CNN

    25 of the most beautiful places around the world

    Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda Dense, lush and otherworldly, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the last redoubts of the mountain gorilla. Over 400 call this UNESCO-protected national park home, with the chance for visitors to trek to and meet habituated groups. Its biodiversity extends far beyond its most famous inhabitants, however; 348 bird species and 220 butterfly species can be found within its 331-square-kilometer expanse. Samburu, Kenya Thanks to its relative inaccessibility, Samburu, in the heart of Kenya, is a haven for some of Africa's most beguiling wildlife. The grassland and acacia-dotted landscapes of its national reserve are home to the endangered reticulated giraffe and

  • Emirates24|7

    Avengers get epic send-off at 'Endgame' world premiere

    There were more than a few sniffles from the audience at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" Monday night in Los Angeles, which Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth proudly admitted contributing to. "I don't know about you, but I cried like six times," Evans said standing alongside dozens of his Marvel Cinematic Universe co-stars like Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson and Robert Downey Jr. after the first public screening of the film. Hemsworth chimed in too: "I cried more than six times, Chris." It was an emotional affair for many as "Avengers: Endgame," which opens nationwide Thursday, closes the book on the first 11 years and 22 films of the MCU, and ends the year-long cliffhanger of "Avengers: Infinity

  • Al Jazeera

    US gives exemptions to sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard

    The Trump administration on Wednesday granted important exemptions to new sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), watering down the effects of the measures while also eliminating an aspect that would have complicated the United States's foreign policy efforts. Foreign governments and businesses that have dealings with the IRGC and its affiliates will not be subject to a ban on US travel under waivers outlined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in two notices published in the Federal Register. That weakens the effect of the measures and will frustrate members of Congress backing tough measures against Iran who are already concerned that the Trump administration won't fully enforce sanctions

  • Al Jazeera

    Modi returns as the prodigal son of the far right in India

    On April 21, as terror gripped Sri Lanka in the aftermath one of the worst attacks witnessed by the country in recent years, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a message of condolence to Colombo. Two days before the prime minister said these words, he inducted Pragya Thakur, a seer from the province of Madhya Pradesh, into his party and gave her an election ticket to contest one of the most coveted seats in the North Indian belt, which over the past two decades has witnessed multiple episodes of intercommunal tensions. Thakur - or Sadhvi (priestess) Pragya as she is referred to by her followers - was introduced into the electoral race by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supposedly to correct for the gender imbalance on their list of candidates.

  • Emirates24|7

    Spotted: Deepika Padukone, Karisma Kapoor, Amrita Arora...

    Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora (Instagram) Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Anisha Padukone (Instagram) Karisma Kapoor poses for photographs during a promotional event for the jewellery brand 'Forevermark' launch at Khurana Jewellery House, in Amritsar. (AFP) Sara Ali Khan Gautam Gulati Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas. Photo: Instagram Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora in London. Photo: Instagram Amrita Arora Photo: Instagram Iulia Vantur Pooja Hegde Sonakshi Sinha Ananya Panday (L), Tiger Shroff (C) and Tara Sutaria perform during the first song launch of upcoming romantic comedy drama Hindi film "Student of the Year 2". (AFP) Shweta Bachchan Alia Bhatt Suhana Khan Varun Dhawan Kareena

  • Al Jazeera

    'A generation lost': The victims of Sri Lanka bombings

    Entire families attending Easter Mass, a mother and daughter enjoying breakfast on the Christian holy day, a newlywed man on honeymoon - these are the victims of the devastating bomb blasts that rocked churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Scores of children, many of them from the same family, are among the 359 people killed when the coordinated assaults hit a church and three hotels in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, and the towns of Negombo, just north of the capital, and Batticaloa on the east coast.  The vast majority of victims were worshippers from Sri Lanka's Christian minority. Dozens of foreign tourists, many visiting the country for the holiday period, were also killed Here