• Egypt Independent

    Egypt releases camel operator accused of facilitating Pyramids pornographic

    After a five-hour interrogation session, the Cairo appeals court released a camel tour operator at the Giza Pyramids on LE5,000 bail, over charges of helping a Danish photographer and his girlfriend shoot a pornographic video atop the pyramid. The prosecution released a second woman, who knew the photographer and his girlfriend online. According to police investigations, 33 year-old Andreas Hvid, the Danish photographer, arrived in Cairo in November 19, and left in December 4. His girlfriend, 20 year-old Josephine Sara, arrived in Cairo on November 28 and left November 30. The camel operator Moussa Omar Moussa helped the two climb Khofu Pyramid on November 29, in return for LE4,000, in coordination

  • Al Jazeera

    How Britain stole $45 trillion from India

    There is a story that is commonly told in Britain that the colonisation of India - as horrible as it may have been - was not of any major economic benefit to Britain itself. If anything, the administration of India was a cost to Britain. So the fact that the empire was sustained for so long - the story goes - was a gesture of Britain's benevolence. New research by the renowned economist Utsa Patnaik - just published by Columbia University Press - deals a crushing blow to this narrative. Drawing on nearly two centuries of detailed data on tax and trade, Patnaik calculated that Britain drained a total of nearly $45 trillion from India during the period 1765 to 1938.  It's a staggering sum. For

  • Al Jazeera

    'Peace is possible': US, Iran hail progress in Yemen talks

    The United States and Iran have welcomed breakthroughs in UN-brokered peace talks between Yemen's warring parties, who agreed on Thursday to cease fighting for the vital port city of Hodeidah and withdraw their troops. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a statement on Twitter, called the ceasefire between the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels "encouraging". "The work ahead will not be easy, but we have seen what many considered improbable begin to take shape," he said hours after UN announced the outcome of the week-long talks in Sweden. "The end of these consultations can be the beginning of a new chapter for Yemen," Pompeo said,

  • Arab News

    Air Berlin’s administrator sues Etihad for up to €2 billion

    LONDON: The administrator of German airline Air Berlin is suing Abu Dhabi-based Etihad for up to €2 billion in damages, a Berlin court heard on Friday. The administrator alleges that the Abu Dhabi airline did not meet its financial obligations to Air Berlin, in which it was the majority shareholder. “The claims are for payment of $500 million and the establishment that the defendant is obliged to pay further damages. The Chamber has provisionally set the amount in dispute at up to €2 billion,” the court said in a statement, Reuters reported. "We confirm that we have received a claim filed at the Berlin Regional Court by the insolvency administrator of Air Berlin," Etihad said in a statement to

  • Egypt Independent

    One of Khashoggi killers said 'I know how to cut' on audio, Erdogan says

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - One of the killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was heard saying “I know how to cut” on the audio of the killing Turkey shared with US and European officials, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Erdogan also slammed Riyadh for its changing account of how Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and prominent critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2. The journalist had gone there to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage. The case has caused global outrage and has damaged the international standing of the 33-year-old crown prince, the kingdom’s de facto ruler. The US Senate on Thursday delivered

  • emirates247.com

    Beauty queen from slum is crowned Miss Venezuela

    The new beauty queen in a country that loves this kind of pageant is Isabella Rodriguez, 25, from a Caracas shantytown called Petare - home to well over half a million people. "From Petare to the world, dreams can in fact come true," Rodriguez, who works as a model, said during the question and answer session of the contest. Girls in her crime-ridden slum want to emulate her, she added. The ceremony lasted four hours and some people on Twitter called it tedious and boring. It had its share of gaffes, such as one contestant walking out on stage without the sash indicating what state she represented and another whose dress slipped off during a dance number. With the organizers seeking to cut costs,

  • emirates247.com

    Woman sues Royal Caribbean over husband’s zip line death

    A woman claims Royal Caribbean Cruises is responsible for a zip line accident that killed her husband on the Honduran island of Roatan. Court records show that attorneys for 27-year-old Shir Frenkel sued the company in Miami federal court last month, seeking more than $1 million in damages. The lawsuit says Frenkel and her husband, 24-year-old Igal Tyszman, were passengers on the Allure of the Seas in July when they booked the Extreme Caribe Zip Line Tour at the ship’s excursion desk. The suit claims they collided in midair, killing Tyszman and seriously injuring Frenkel. The suit says the excursion was operated by an independent contractor, but guests were misled to believe it was operated by