- Egypt Independent
DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian oil tanker has broken down in the Red Sea but the crew are safe and repairs are underway, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday. “The ship's crew are fixing the defect and the vessel is in a stable condition from a safety standpoint. Fortunately, the ship's crew are in a safe condition,” IRNA quoted Akbar Jabal-Ameli, technical director of the state-run National Iranian Tanker Company, as saying. The report identified the tanker as HELM. A vessel with that name is among individuals, companies and vessels which are under U.S. sanctions, according to the U.S. Treasury's website. Iran has one of the largest tanker fleets in the world, but Tehran is running
- Al Jazeera
Pakistan has lodged an official complaint with the United Nations, demanding the removal of Indian actress Priyanka Chopra as a UN goodwill ambassador over her "support for war" amid heightened tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. In a letter to the UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore, Pakistan's human rights minister Shireen Mazari accused the 37-year-old actress and former Miss World of publicly endorsing the position of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government in Indian-administered Kashmir. Earlier this month, the Indian government revoked the partial autonomy of the Muslim-majority region and imposed an unprecedented security lockdown and communications blackout,
Delving into the archives of pop culture history, "Remember When?" is a new series offering a nostalgic look at the celebrity outfits that defined their eras. Remember when Liz Hurley made fashion history at the premiere of a movie she wasn't even in? This isn't to say that 1994's "Four Weddings and a Funeral" wasn't a big deal. The film grabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and became the highest-grossing British production of all time -- a title it held for 15 years. But the movie's premiere will only be remembered for one thing: Hurley's black Versace dress, riven with deep slits and seemingly held together by a string of novelty-sized gold safety pins. The model-slash-actress, then
Over 1,000 Saudi women above the age of 21 went through passport control in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province on Monday without the consent of their male guardians, according to al-Yaum newspaper, a Dammam-based Saudi daily. Earlier in August, Saudi Arabia issued new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing any citizen to apply for a passport and travel freely. According to the law's amendments, Saudi women above 21 will be allowed to apply for passports and travel freely without a male guardian's permission. It also stipulates that a father or mother can be the legal guardian of a child.
- Arab News
NEW DELHI: An unmanned spacecraft India launched last month began orbiting the moon Tuesday as it approaches the far side to study previously discovered water deposits. The Indian Space Research Organization said it successfully maneuvered Chandrayaan, the Sanskrit word for “moon craft,” into lunar orbit, nearly a month after it left Earth. The mission is led by two female scientists. Chandrayaan will continue circling the moon in a tighter orbit until reaching a distance of about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the moon's surface. The lander will then separate from the orbiter and use rocket fuel to brake as it attempts India's first moon landing on a relatively flat surface between two craters
- Egypt Independent
An employee of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong who went missing earlier this month is being held in China, Beijing confirmed Wednesday. The incident comes as relations between Britain and China have become strained over what Beijing calls London's “interference” in pro-democracy protests that have wracked Hong Kong for three months. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press briefing the detained man had been “placed in administrative detention for 15 days as punishment” by Shenzhen police for breaking a public security law. Geng said the employee was from Hong Kong and therefore the issue was an internal matter. “Let me clarify, this employee is a Hong Kong citizen,
The UAE Cabinet announced on Tuesday that from January 1, 2020 the list of excise taxable products will be expanded to include sweetened beverages, sugary drinks and electronic smoking devices. “The decision comes to support the UAE government's efforts to enhance public health and prevent chronic diseases directly linked to sugar and tobacco consumption,” the Cabinet General Secretariat said in the statement. A beverage with added sugar or sweeteners of any kind will now be subject to a 50 percent tax. Manufactures will also need to identify the sugar content of their product in order for consumers to make healthy choices.