• Arab News

    Turkey says its air strikes kill 35 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

    ANKARA: Turkish warplanes killed 35 militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq’s Qandil mountain region on Friday, the Turkish military said. Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan had said on Saturday that Turkish warplanes had struck a meeting of the outlawed PKK in Qandil, where he believed high-profile militants had been hit. The Turkish military in its statement on Sunday, released via Twitter, did not specify whether the air strikes it referred to were the ones Erdogan had talked about on Saturday. The Turkish military has ramped up air strikes in northern Iraq, targeting PKK bases in Qandil, close to the Iraq-Iran border, where Ankara suspects high-ranking

  • CNN

    Living in Dubai is about to get easier

    (CNN)Last month the United Arab Emirates announced it would ease restrictions on foreign business ownership and residency rights in a move to increase investment and attract fresh talent. The changes -- expected to be implemented by the end of the year -- will allow full foreign control of businesses outside of economic free zones and long-term residency visas of up to 10 years for skilled professionals and students. In 2016, Bahrain allowed 100% ownership to certain foreign companies, and in 2017 Saudi Arabia announced a plan for a green card-like program for expatriates and Qatar approved a law granting permanent residency to some skilled workers. "The region is competitive, you need to stay ahead and move with the times," says Tim Fox, chief economist at Emirates NBD, one of the largest banks in the region.

  • BBC News

    Moscow crash driver 'feared mob lynching'

    The Moscow taxi driver who ploughed into pedestrians says he fled because he feared the crowd would kill him. Footage shows people chasing and then kicking him after Saturday's crash in which at least seven people - including Mexican World Cup fans - were injured. The man says he had been at the wheel for 20 hours, and mistakenly pressed the accelerator instead of the brake. Detained at the scene, he has been identified by police as a 28-year-old national of Kyrgyzstan. A criminal investigation is now under way. Driver's account CCTV footage published in Russian media shows the taxi veer out of a queue of stationary traffic and accelerate into pedestrians before coming to a halt. The driver then

  • Arab News

    Qatar’s BeIN Sport Arabic channel slammed for politicizing commentary during World Cup

    LONDON/ST. PETERSBURG: The World Cup is supposed to bring people together - but for one Qatar-owned broadcaster, it has become a game of political point-scoring, critics say.  BeIN Sport, which owns the rights to broadcast the tournament games in the Middle East and North Africa, has been accused of infringing broadcasting standards by “politicizing” coverage of the football tournament. It has led legal experts to claim that FIFA should launch an investigation into why the broadcaster brought politics into play during coverage of World Cup games. Other commentators have also pointed out that - as with the Al Jazeera news channel - BeIN takes a wildly different political stance on its Arabic and

  • BBC News

    'I'm a modern-day wet nurse'

    Any woman who has ever felt judged over her decision not to breastfeed her baby will have welcomed a statement issued by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) this week. On Tuesday, the organisation said if a woman decides to formula-feed her baby it is her choice and must be respected. But before the introduction of the feeding bottle in the 19th Century, women who were unable or unwilling to breastfeed turned to another option - a wet nurse. Here, a mother-of-three from Caerphilly shares her experience of breastfeeding other women's babies. Samantha Gadsden knows breastfeeding can be a contentious issue - especially when the baby you are feeding belongs to another woman. She has been volunteering

  • CNN

    'Dancing With the Stars' pros Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson engaged

    "Dancing With the Stars" pros Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson announced their engagement Thursday. "I knew the moment I met you, you were the man of my dreams and I wanted to be with you forever," Johnson said in a caption of photos on Instagram showing Chmerkovskiy popping the question.

  • CNN

    Millie Bobby Brown leaves Twitter

    (CNN)Millie Bobby Brown has deactivated her Twitter account after becoming the target of a cruel hashtag and meme. The hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown started last year, according to one Twitter user, when someone claimed in a tweet that the actress refused to take a picture with her unless she removed her hijab. When the woman refused, she alleges Brown then pulled off the hijab for her. The hashtag was used to spread stories -- many of them with outrageous details -- falsely linking Brown to homophobia.