• Kuwait Times

    Saudi fitness center shut

    RIYADH: Saudi sports authorities shut down a female fitness center in Riyadh Friday over a contentious promotional video that appeared to show a woman in figure-hugging workout attire. “We are not going to tolerate this,” Saudi sports authority chief Turki Al-Sheikh tweeted as he ordered that the center’s license be withdrawn. Sheikh, an adviser to powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also told authorities to investigate and prosecute those behind the video. The video, which was widely circulated on social media showed a woman with uncovered hair in what appeared to be a gym and kicking a punching bag. The General Sports Authority said the video contained scenes that could corrupt public

  • Kuwait Times

    Cinema makes return to Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia hosted its first public film screening in over 35 years on Friday, two days after US movie giant AMC unveiled the kingdom’s debut theatre in Riyadh. Clutching prized tickets for what AMC said was a sold-out showing of Hollywood blockbuster action film “Black Panther”, men and women walked into the movie hall with tubs of popcorn and fizzy drinks. Families huddled around movie posters to take selfies, soaking up an experience that is mundane in most parts of the world but a novelty in the ultra-conservative desert kingdom. Saudi Arabia lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas last year as part of a far-reaching modernization drive, with AMC Entertainment granted the first license to operate movie theatres.

  • News

    India approves death penalty for rape of girls under 12

    India’s cabinet on Saturday approved the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an emergency meeting in response to nationwide outrage in the wake of a series of cases. The executive order, or ordinance, amends the criminal law to also include more drastic punishment for convicted rapists of girls below the age of 16, government officials said. The order, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, will come into effect once it is signed by India’s president. India launched fast-track courts and a tougher rape law that included the death penalty after a gruesome assault on a young woman shocked the country in 2012, but India’s rape epidemic has shown no sign of dying down.

  • CNN

    Arsenal: 'Wenger Out' campaign finally gets its wish

    "Wenger Out." Many Arsenal fans across the world have clamored for the club's long-term manager Arsene Wenger to step down in recent years, taking to the streets, stadiums, Twitter and, in one extreme case, even to the sky. It began as response to a downturn in Arsenal's fortunes on the pitch. After three English Premier League titles and four FA Cups between 1998 and 2005, Wenger oversaw a nine-year run without a trophy. A placard with "Wenger Out" splashed across it appeared at a protest against Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe early last year, while a couple of months later one Arsenal fan made his views clear at the WWE's annual Wrestlemania extravaganza.

  • BBC News

    North Korea's leisure time revolution

    While the majority of people in North Korea live in poverty, experts say there is a growing middle class with money to spend and free time to enjoy. From dolphin aquariums to shopping centres, this is how the country is changing to meet the demands of its most wealthy citizens. When Jayden first used the internet he was overwhelmed by what he found. "I had access to information that enlightened me. Every day was a surprise to me because I could get completely different perspectives that I'd never thought about. It made me outraged and sad," he says. Jayden (not his real name) is a North Korean defector who fled to South Korea five years ago. Only a small number of people manage to escape the

  • CNN

    Outrage after 'morality police' confront woman

    An amateur video shows a member of the "morality police" physically confronting a woman in Iran. The video went viral, triggering a response from the Iranian government.

  • CNN

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II turns 92

    London (CNN)Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest reigning monarch, celebrated her 92nd birthday on Saturday. To mark the occasion, the Royal Family Twitter account released archive photos of a young Queen Elizabeth and paid tribute to her lifelong dedication to public service. The Queen and other members of the royal family will attend a star-studded concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night, according to the official royal Twitter account.