• Al Jazeera

    Sudan's ex-president al-Bashir 'received $90m from Saudi Arabia'

    Omar al-Bashir received millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, a police investigator has told a court in Sudan's capital at the start of the former president's corruption trial months after he was toppled by the military in the wake of mass protests against his autocratic rule. Al-Bashir, who is charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting gifts in an unofficial manner, admitted to receiving the $90m in cash from Saudi royals, Brigadier General Ahmed Ali testified on Monday.  Nearly seven million euros ($7.8m) was found at al-Bashir's residence, as well as smaller amounts in US dollars and Sudanese pounds, he said.  "The accused told us that the money was part of a sum of

  • Arab News

    Meet Aya Barqawi, the Saudi-born social media star

    LONDON: Born in North West London to Moroccan and Pakistani parents, model Mariah Idrissi has made quite a name for herself - starring in campaigns for major high street retailers, hosting TED Talks and sharing snaps of her travels with her 88,000 Instagram followers. The hijab-wearing model has been vocal about her preference for modest fashion and spoke to Arab News about her style, faith and achievements. “I wear hijab to represent my faith, my culture, and because I genuinely love the idea of modest dress,” she said. “I think it's important to feel comfortable in what you wear and also not lose a sense of your personality, hence why there is so much diversity in modest styles.” Her breakthrough

  • Arab News

    Iran tanker heads to Greece after release, Iran warns US against seizure attempt

    DUBAI: An Iranian tanker sailed through the Mediterranean toward Greece on Monday after it was released from detention off Gibraltar, and Tehran said that any US move to seize the vessel again would have “heavy consequences.” The Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, left anchorage off Gibraltar about 11 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Sunday. Refinitiv ship tracking data showed on Monday that the vessel was heading to Kalamata in Greece and was scheduled to arrive next Sunday at 0000 GMT. The seizure of the tanker by British Royal Marines near Gibraltar on July 4 on suspicion of carrying oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions led to a weeks-long stand-off between Tehran and the West. It also

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Satellite images reveal another Iran satellite launch looms

    Iran appears to be preparing another satellite launch after twice failing this year to put one in orbit, despite US accusations that the Islamic Republic's program helps it develop ballistic missiles. Satellite images of the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan province this month show increased activity at the site, as heightened tensions persist between Washington and Tehran over its collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. While Iran routinely only announces such launches after they occur, that activity, coupled with an official saying a satellite would soon be handed over to the country's Defense Ministry, suggests the attempt will be coming soon.

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be holding public meeting during UAE visit

    Dubai: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UAE does not include a public meeting. India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday announced the agenda of Modi's meeting and it did not mention about a public meeting here, which several Indian expats were looking forward to. Modi is expected to arrive in the UAE on August 23 and the official engagement is expected to be held in Abu Dhabi on August 24. As announced earlier, Modi will hold talks with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The presentation of the Order of Zayed will be held, followed by a banquet hosted in honour of the Indian

  • Al Jazeera

    No-deal Brexit could lead to 'drug and food shortages, protests'

    Leaked documents show the potentially devastating effects a no-deal Brexit could have on British society, ranging from food and medicine shortages to protests at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The classified documents, obtained by The Sunday Times newspaper, list the most likely results of a no-deal Brexit when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in October. According to the documents, compiled by the UK's Home Office, up to 85 percent of trucks using the main channel crossings "may not be ready" for French customs, meaning disruption at ports would potentially last up to three months before the flow of traffic improves. This could result in shortages of fuel, food

  • Egypt Independent

    Islamic State claims Afghan wedding suicide blast that killed 63

    KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underling the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agree a pact with the United States. The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of US forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's US-backed government. Islamic State (IS) fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and US-led international