• Al Jazeera

    Border tensions boil over as France 'dumps' migrants in Italy

    Relations between Italy and France hit a new low this week, with Rome accusing French border guards of illegally crossing the border to "dump" unwelcome migrants inside Italian territory. On Monday, a delegation from the Italian interior ministry was expected in the Italian mountain village of Claviere, 80km north of Turin, to investigate increasing reports of illegal crossings by French officers. "The French are trespassing, dumping migrants at their pleasure … but Italy is no longer the refugee camp of Europe," said Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, as he ordered a fresh military deployment to check the border on Sunday. Italian authorities claim that French officers disregard the frontier

  • Gulf News

    New visa changes take effect today in UAE

    Dubai:  The major visa policy changes that are taking into effect starting today will not just benefit expatriates, but boost the local economy as well, sources have said. Starting today, October 21, sweeping changes to visa regulations in the UAE are being implemented, and these include the extension of entry permits for visitors and visas for women. The Federal Authority for identity and Citizenship confirmed last week that  it will begin extending the residency visa for widows and divorced women and their children for a year without a sponsor. For foreigners in the UAE whose entry permits will expire, they will get an extension of 30 days without leaving the country at a cost of Dh600.

  • Egypt Independent

    Saudi king, crown prince call slain writer Khashoggi’s son

    ISTANBUL (AP) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom announced early Monday, to express condolences for the death of the journalist killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by officials that allegedly included a member of the royal’s entourage. King Salman similarly made a condolence call as international pressure on the kingdom continues to rise, even after it acknowledged on Saturday that the Washington Post journalist was killed Oct. 2 at the consulate under still-disputed circumstances. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that details of Khashoggi’s killing “will be revealed in all its nakedness” in a speech in parliament on Tuesday,

  • Filipina rape bid victim speaks out

    Dubai: A Filipina victim of a rape bid who won her case against her attacker urged her compatriots to seek help and not cower in fear nor let their non-confrontational culture get in the way of justice. M.S., a Filipina receptionist, was given justice last week when Dubai Court gave a guilty verdict to an Emirati who beat her after failing to rape her. The single mother of one was looking for a job when the crime happened. The accused lured her to a villa in January with the promise that she would be taken to a company-provided accommodation. She said she was hired to work in a travel agency owned by the accused. “I managed to outsmart him and called for help but he beat me up badly,” M.S., 26,

  • Gulf News

    Manila's Pasig River wins International River Prize

    Manila: A key river in the Philippines has won the inaugural 2018 Asia Riverprize. Once the object of criticism for being an eyesore, the Pasig River - Metro Manila and Laguna’s arterial waterway - has redeemed its reputation after years of rehabilitation. The 27-kilometre-long Pasig River emerged winner over another finalist, China’s Yangtze River. “The Riverprize is not a competition of which river is more beautiful or cleaner,” the award giving body, the International River Foundation (IRF) said. Rehabilitation “This is the reason why the IRF, comprised of river management experts and professionals from around the world, has given importance and consideration to the rehabilitation efforts

  • Al Jazeera

    Opposition protests in India over 'corrupt' French jets deal

    A multibillion-dollar deal for 36 Rafale French fighter jets has got the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition in India at loggerheads. Over 100 left-affiliated organisations will hold week-long protests across the country beginning Monday against what they allege is a "corrupt" deal favouring one of India's richest industrialists. Demonstrations and sit-ins, under the banner of "Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andolan" (People's Unity and Rights Movement), are being organised by left-backed outfits at state and district-levels to "raise awareness" about the "scam" from October 22-28. As India gears up for what is expected to be a tightly contested general election in a few months, the protests are seeking to highlight the alleged "wrongdoings" of the ruling right-wing government.

  • Al Jazeera

    Review of facts around Khashoggi murder

    Despite the differing narratives about what happened to Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, some facts are indisputable, pieced together using security footage and Turkish intelligence. Turkish sources say the leader of what they call the Saudi "hit team" was Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman's bodyguard Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb. Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons looks back at Jamal Khashoggi's last day.