• Iraq hosts Saudi Arabia and Iran at parliamentary conference

    CAIRO: Egyptians were voting on Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the former coup leader who presents himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region.Voters were being asked to back amendments to the constitution to allow El-Sisi, 64, to run for another six-year term while boosting his control over the judiciary and giving the military even greater influence in political life. At a polling station in Manyal, a Cairo suburb overlooking the Nile, Mohamed Abdel Salam, 45, told AFP he was voting enthusiastically in support of the changes. "I don't care about the presidential terms," he said. "Sisi could stay forever as long as he's doing

  • Arab News

    Extreme Easter: Flogging, crucifixions in Philippines

    SAN FERNANDO, Philippines: Hundreds of barefoot men beat themselves with flails and at least 10 were to be nailed onto crosses throughout Good Friday in a blood-soaked display of religious fervor in the Philippines. Frowned upon by the Church, the ritual crucifixions and self-flagellation are extreme affirmations of faith peformed every Easter in Asia's Catholic outpost. Barefoot men wearing crowns of twigs walked silently on the side of a village road in the scorching tropical heat of the northern Philippines, flogging their backs with bamboo strips tied to a length of rope. While many of the 80 million Filipino Catholics spend Good Friday at church or with family, others go to these extreme

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    Saudi embassy in Georgia says passports of runaway sisters are valid

    The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Georgia stated on Friday that the passports of citizens Maha and Wafa Zayed are valid, adding that any allegations that the passports are canceled are incorrect. The sisters, identified as Maha al-Subaie, 28, and Wafa al-Subaie, 25, traveled from Riyadh to Istanbul and then went to Georgia by land. Maha and Wafa claim that they were physically abused by their family, and they applied for asylum in Georgia.

  • Emirates24|7

    Spotted: Shweta Bachchan, Suhana Khan, Kareena Kapoor...

    Shweta Bachchan Alia Bhatt Suhana Khan Varun Dhawan Kareena Kapoor Sidharth Malhotra, Ekta Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra Janhvi Kapoor Kareena Kapoor (Instagram) Kareena Kapoor and Karisma Kapoor (Instagram) Shilpa Shetty and family. Anushka Sharma Arjun Kapoor Sonam Kapoor and husband Anand Ahuja Priyanka Chopra shares photo with brother Siddharth. (Instagram) Priyanka Chopra (Instagram) Kareena Kapoor at the gym. (Instagram) Rajkummar Rao (L), Neha Dhupia (C) and Ishaan Khatter (R) pose for photographs during a shooting of the reality talk show 'Vogue BFFs' season 3 in Mumbai. (AFP) Neha Dhupia (AFP) Janhvi Kapoor Sonakshi Sinha Aditya Roy Kapoor Farhan Akhtar Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna

  • Al Jazeera

    Turkey arrests suspected UAE spies, probes Khashoggi link

    Turkey has arrested two men suspected of spying for the United Arab Emirates and is investigating whether the suspects were linked to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to media reports.  The state-run Anadolu Agency, citing judicial sources on Friday, described the two men as "intelligence operatives" working on behalf of the UAE, and said they were "referred to a court on charges of political and military espionage".  The agency also released apparent surveillance images of the pair in the streets, as well as photographs of the two men taken following their arrest on Monday. Reuters, citing a senior Turkish official, said one of the two men had arrived in Turkey in October

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    Trump to be first foreign leader to meet Japan's new emperor: White House

    US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will be the first foreign state guests to visit Japan and meet with Crown Prince Naruhito after his elevation to the emperor, the White House said Thursday. Trump will travel to Japan from May 25 to 28 “as the country's first state guests following the enthronement of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito on May 1, 2019,” Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

  • Egypt Independent

    Mild weather expected for Saturday, Cairo 23C

    Egypt's meteorologists predict mild weather across the northern coasts, Lower Egypt and Cairo while moderate weather is expected for north of Upper Egypt on Saturday. Hot weather is expected for the south of Upper Egypt in the daylight, growing very cold at night. Maximum temperatures expected for the following cities are as follows: 23C in Cairo, 20C in Alexandria, 28C in Qena, 30C in Luxor and 32C in Aswan. Mist will impact visibility in the morning from the country's northern areas to the north of Upper Egypt. Low- and Medium-level-clouds will cover the north of the country, accompanied by rainfall on the northern coasts. Winds will be northwesterly and active on the northern coasts, South