• Emirates24|7

    Flight attendant 'just so happy' to be free

    A flight attendant just released from the custody of U.S. immigration authorities after more than a month of detention says her release feels “incredible.” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it released Selene Saavedra Roman on Friday evening from a Conroe, Texas, detention center. In a statement issued through a spokesman, Saavedra Roman said that when she left the detention center, “I cried and hugged my husband and never wanted to let go.” She expressed gratitude for those who argued for her release, saying “it fills my heart.” Roman's attorney, Belinda Martinez Arroyo, said Mesa Airlines had mistakenly reassured the enrollee in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

  • Arab News

    Banned Egyptian singer appeals to president

    CAIRO: In her first media appearance since her singing ban, Sherine Abdel Wahab broke down and appealed to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi after the Syndicate of Musical Professions banned her from working while they investigate her for allegedly abusing Egypt's reputation. Lawyer Samir Sabri filed a complaint against the Egyptian performer and said that she had used festivals and foreign parties to speak ill of the country. He explained in his statement that he also attached a CD containing what was said by Sherine in a concert in Bahrain. “Egypt is working to restore its global cultural role as well as organize international festivals and conferences to encourage investments. It is known that

  • Arab News

    Catholic priest stabbed live on TV at Canada's biggest church

    MONTREAL: A Canadian Catholic priest was stabbed in front of dozens of stunned worshippers as he was celebrating mass Friday morning at Montreal's St. Joseph's Oratory. Montreal police said a 911 call was placed at around 8:40 a.m. local time. When officers arrived at the landmark church, a male suspect was already detained by security guards. Philip Barrett, who was sitting near the front of the church, said he saw a tall man, who appeared to be a Caucasian in his 30s, rise from a pew and quickly walk to attack Rev. Claude Grou, the Oratory's rector. “He walked over behind the altar and he seemed to strike the priest's body,” Barrett said. “I think the priest fell down at that time. I do remember

  • Al Jazeera

    Masoumeh Ebtekar: 'The whole world was against Iran'

    In November 1979, a group of Iranian students took over the United States embassy in Tehran. Fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days, in what became the longest hostage crisis in modern history.  The students were part of a revolution that overthrew the Shah and replaced his government with the Islamic Republic just months earlier. Masoumeh Ebtekar, a prominent figure at the time, was both spokeswoman and translator for the students. Asked by Al Jazeera whether she has any regrets about her involvement with the hostage incident, the Iranian vice president for Women and Family Affairs remains resilient about the intention behind the students' actions. "I don't

  • Arab News

    Around 2.82 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

    RIYADH: Nearly 2.82 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report. Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,827,564 offenders, including 2,204,460 for violating residency regulations, 432,461 for labor violations and 190,643 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The report said that 47,863 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities. 2,015 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and

  • Emirates24|7

    Nick Jonas: Married life is amazing

    Nick Jonas says married life has been "amazing" so far, as he says it is an "incredible thing" that has made his life "way better". The 26-year-old singer tied the knot with 'Quantico' actress Priyanka Chopra late last year, and has said he's loving being a husband so far, as he says it's an "incredible thing" that has made his life "way better". Speaking about how he and Priyanka support each other emotionally, the Jonas Brothers star said: "Well, I think that we both obviously look out for each other in every way that we can. Nick recently announced he is reuniting with his older brothers Joe and Kevin Jonas to revive their band the Jonas Brothers, and says he's "anxious" but "excited" to get back out on the road, especially now that all three of them are adults with their own families and partners.

  • Emirates24|7

    New Zealand's PM receives UAE delegation

    New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Friday received a delegation from the UAE, headed by Dr. Ali Rashid Al-Nuaimi. The delegation arrived in New Zealand to express the UAE's solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attack at a mosque in Christchurch. The reception was attended by Saleh Ahmed Al Zareem Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to New Zealand and Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of Hedayah. Dr. Al-Nuaimi, the head of the delegation, conveyed the condolences of the leadership and the people of the UAE to the New Zealand government and people, praising the efforts of the government headed by Ardern since the terrorist attack last Friday.