• BBC News

    Palestinian slap video teen gets jail term

    A Palestinian teenager arrested after slapping an Israeli soldier has accepted a plea deal that will see her serve eight months in prison. Ahed Tamimi had agreed to plead guilty to four of the 12 charges she faced, including assault, her lawyer said. She will also pay a fine of 5,000 shekels ($1,440) and accept a further eight-month jail term, suspended. The 17 year old was detained after being filmed confronting two armed soldiers outside her home in December. The court's decision means she will be released this summer because the sentence includes time served, her lawyer Gaby Lasky was quoted by AFP news agency as saying. For Palestinians, Ahed Tamimi, who was 16 at the time of the incident

  • BBC News

    'Unpopular' Bollywood remix gets 18m views

    A remake of an iconic 1980s Bollywood song has been viewed more than 18 million times on YouTube in two days but has generated largely bad reviews. The song, Ek Do Teen which was released in 1988, immediately became a blockbuster hit that catapulted its heroine, Madhuri Dixit, to stardom. The remake, which was released on YouTube on 19 March, has not gone down well with fans of the original version. Many took to Twitter with the hashtag #ekdoteen to express their displeasure. Some fans even said that the remake objectified women unlike the "quirky" original. Ek Do Teen translates from the Hindi into "one, two, three" and the song lyrics describe a woman counting down the seconds as she waits

  • News

    Doha releases terror list with links to anti-terror quartet and Qatar itself

    Qatar has released a terror list that includes individuals and entities linked to the anti-terror quartet. The list included 11 Qataris, one Saudi, four Egyptians and two Jordanians. Of the entities, Yemen’s Ihsan Charity Association, Egypt’s Wilayat Sinai and six Qatari entities that used to be backed by the government were on the list. The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said that 10 of the individuals on the list were already included in three of the terror lists issued by the quartet.

  • BBC News

    Duchess carries out last duties before leave

    The Duchess of Cambridge has been carrying out her final royal duties before starting maternity leave. Catherine and Prince William have taken part in a quiz and met wheelchair basketball players at London's Olympic Park, as part of a number of events to celebrate the Commonwealth. The duchess is due to give birth to her third child in April. Kensington Palace said her Commonwealth appearances would be her "last before starting her maternity leave". The duke and duchess are due to help locals and volunteers prepare a meal for this year's Commonwealth Big Lunch - a project that aims to bring together as many people as possible for a sit-down meal. They are also taking part in a recipe workshop

  • BBC News

    Mum begs hospital to allow daughter home

    A mother has pleaded with health bosses to end her disabled daughter's "prolonged" stay in hospital. Laura Clode, 26, was admitted to Llandough Hospital in Cardiff nine months ago and has not yet been allowed to return home. Ms Clode, who suffered from involuntary seizures, was told she could leave the mental health unit six months ago. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said it was sorry for delays putting a care package together. Her mother, Pamela Dungey, 53, from Barry, said: "She is well enough to come home, but she is still stuck in hospital. "The longer she is there the more and more depressed she is becoming. She is constantly in tears and just wants to come home." Ms Dungey said

  • Arabian Business

    US investments in Saudi Arabia exceed $55bn

    The total volume of US investments in Saudi Arabia reached over SR207 billion ($55.1 billion) by February, according to a report of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). The industrial activities make up the lion’s share of these investments with a total amount of SR193 billion for 95 projects followed by the service sector (SR13.5 billon for 245 projects). The report, cited by the UAE's state news agency WAM, also showed nine commercial activities with a total investment of SR300 million and two real estate projects with a total funding of SR16 million. It added that temporary licences have been given for 16 US projects with total investments of SR2 million. As many as 16 new

  • News

    UAE expat community show support to family after husband dies on Emirates flight

    The UAE’s expat community has come together in a time of need after a young British family residing in the country lost a husband and father onboard an Emirates Dubai-bound flight. The late man, a New Zealand resident, died on a flight from Christchurch to Dubai on March 18, reported The National. The family currently awaits autopsy results at a hotel in the emirate. Upon hearing the news, social media platforms buzzed calling for support to the young family.