• Arab News

    Bangladesh 'Tree Man' returns to hospital as condition worsens

    DHAKA: A Bangladeshi father dubbed “Tree Man” for the bark-like growths on his body returned to hospital on Sunday after his condition worsened, he said. Abul Bajandar has had 25 surgeries since 2016 to remove the growths from his hands and feet at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Doctors were on the verge of declaring their treatment a success before a sudden relapse prompted Bajandar to flee the clinic in May without notifying staff. But on Sunday he was readmitted to the hospital after his condition deteriorated, with the growths now covering almost the entirety of his hands and feet, the 28-year-old said. “I made a mistake by leaving the hospital. I sought alternative treatment but could not

  • Arabian Business

    New Emirates baggage policies from February 4

    Changes to Emirates airline's checked baggage policy will come into effect on February 4, the airline announced on Sunday. According to the a circular sent out by the airline, passengers holding economy-class 'special' or 'saver' tickets will now be permitted to carry 15 kg and 25kg of checked baggage, respectively. The figures are 5 kg less than the airline's previous policy. Baggage allowance for 'flex' ticket holders will remain 30 kg, while 'flex plus' ticket holders will still be allowed 35 kg. Hand baggage allowance remains 7 kg, compared to 40 kg for business class passengers and 50 kg for first class passengers. Passengers holding tickets issued before February 4 will be subject to the

  • Al Jazeera

    Qatar to bolster Lebanese economy with $500m

    Qatar will invest $500m in Lebanese government US dollar bonds to support Lebanon's economy, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said. Lebanon has the world's third highest public debt compared with the gross domestic product (GDP) and stagnant growth. Comments from its finance minister 10 days ago about Lebanon's public debt triggered concerns it might be restructured, leading to a sell-off in the country's dollar-denominated sovereign bonds. The decision to invest came after Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani made a brief visit to the Arab economic summit in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Sunday, during which he met President Michel Aoun. Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin

  • Emirates24|7

    Brad Pitt 'is dating Charlize Theron'

    Brad Pitt is reportedly dating Charlize Theron. The 55-year-old actor and the Oscar-winning actress are said to have been dating for almost a month after they were introduced to each other by her ex-fiance Sean Penn. A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "They have been casually seeing each other for nearly a month now. They've been friends for some time - ironically through Sean - but things have developed." The rumoured romance is Brad's first serious love interest since his split from ex-wife Angelina Jolie. The actor - who was also previously married to Jennifer Aniston - recently enjoyed a date with Charlize, 43, in Los Angeles after attending a screening. The insider explained: "Brad

  • Egypt Independent

    Israel strikes Syria in more open confrontation with Iran

    BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel struck in Syria early on Monday as part of its increasingly open assault on Iran's presence there, shaking the night sky over Damascus with an hour of loud explosions in a second consecutive night of military action. The threat of open confrontation between arch-enemies Israel and Iran has long simmered in Syria, as the Iranian military has established a presence there since early in its civil war in support of President Bashar al-Assad against rebels Israel, regarding Iran as its biggest threat, has repeatedly attacked Iranian targets and those of allied militia, including Lebanon's Hezbollah, in Syria, aiming to push them far from its frontier. The Israeli

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Bahrain to open world's largest underwater theme park

    Covering an area of over 100,000 square meters, Bahrain is set to launch the world's largest underwater theme park just before the summer of 2019. According to Bahrain News Agency (BNA), the President of the Supreme Council for Environment, Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, announced on Saturday the building of the eco-friendly project, which will be done in partnership with the Supreme Council for Environment, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), and the private sector. Additionally, the project will also provide multiple diving experiences to promote marine life growth, set around artificial coral reefs, and replicas of traditional Bahraini pearl merchant's houses. Speaking to BNA, Sheikh Abdullah stressed the importance of preserving Bahrain's marine habitat by abiding by the highest international environmental standards, in hopes of making the country a go-to international destination in the field of ecotourism and for diving enthusiasts.

  • CNN Travel

    Gender of penguin raised by same-sex parents revealed

    (CNN) - It feels like just yesterday that Sphen and Magic, the same-sex penguin couple living at Sydney's Sea Life Aquarium in Australia, melted the Internet's hearts by bringing a baby chick into the world. Well now we have an update on the adorable trio. Sea Life Aquarium has just announced that the beloved penguin chick born in October -- known as Baby Sphengic -- is female. "Backup" penguin chick Sphen and Magic -- AKA Sphengic -- are two male gentoo penguins who became inseparable last year, right before breeding season. Visitors would often spot the pair waddling around and going for swims together, which was why they were deemed to be suitable prospective parents. When another penguin