• BBC News

    'I lost my entire family to a cult'

    A South Korean church which believes global famine is imminent has set up base in Fiji, where it's gained considerable influence but faced growing allegations of abuse. One woman who fled what she believes is a cult told the BBC's Yvette Tan she lost her family in the process - but has no regrets. Seoyeon Lee had one chance to escape and she took it, running down the road in Fiji in her pyjamas and flip-flops. "I was crying and I looked hysterical," she told the BBC. The then 21-year-old was being pursued by members of Grace Road - including her own mother - who she says had tricked her into going to the Pacific island nation. "I would have killed myself if they'd made me stay," she says. 'I

  • Arab News

    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives in Madinah during maiden visit to Saudi Arabia

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, beginning the initial leg of his first foreign tour since taking office in August. The premier was welcomed at Madinah Airport by the Governor of Madinah, Faisal bin Salman, Pakistani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Hasham bin Saddique, and other members of the Pakistani consulate. Khan, accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Adviser for Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, is also scheduled to perform Umrah during his two-day stay in Saudi Arabia. “The prime minister will call on His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz and hold a bilateral meeting with the

  • Gulf News

    'Frozen Filipino' at retail giant?

    Some Filipino-Americans were thrown into a tizzy when a US retail giant apparently labelled a section of chilled food items as "Frozen Filipino". What appears to be a merchandising snafu started trending on Facebook on Monday, with the picture of a signage indicating frozen delights for the Asian crowd inside a hypermart outlet. It was not immediately clear if the signage was displayed in a single store, or across the entire retail network.   The background of the signage shows the signature "Low Prices" call to action of Walmart, which has 5,000 stores across the US and Puerto Rico. Social media users took the apparent mixup in stride. Alena-Viray-Jacobs, who shared the picture on her Facebook

  • Gulf News

    100,000-year-old archeology site discovered in Riyadh

    Dubai: Archaeologists in Saudi Arabia have uncovered a 100,000-year-old site in the mountain range south of Riyadh dating back to the Paleolithic period. The joint Saudi-French mission was carried out at archaeological sites under the supervision of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, which included field surveys at the hills surrounding the Al Kharj Mountains, part of the hills overlooking the Mawan valley, Ein Farzane and the hills overlooking the town of Al Shadidah. This is the first time that sites from the Paleolithic period were discovered in Al Kharj as well as sites that originated from the Upper Paleolithic period, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). The Paleolithic

  • Gulf News

    Airlines cut UAE fares to as low as Dh185

    Dubai: Airlines have again slashed their fares and this time, travellers from UAE can score tickets to select destinations for as low as Dh185 or just a little over Dh2,000. Carriers catering to the UAE market, such as Air Arabia, Emirates and flydubai, have just announced discounted fares that are up for grabs for a very limited time. The  budget fares apply to trips to Georgia, Armenia and India, and to other select cities in Europe , the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The latest price cuts are in a bid to stimulate air travel demand during the lean season. According to an industry source, airlines tend to lower their fares in September and early October, when fewer UAE residents fly out.

  • Emirates24|7

    Spotted: Shahid Kapoor, Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma...

    Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma Sussanne Khan Abhishek picks-up Aishwarya and Aaradhya at the airport. Shahid Kapoor Jahnvi Kapoor and Manish Malhotra Tiger Shroff performs a stunt at the launch of innerwear brand. Saif Ali Khan and son Taimur spotted in their building compound. Gauri Khan Priyanka Chopra Photo: Instagram\ Kareena Kapoor at Mehboob Studios Shah Rukh Khan and daughter Suhana Mouni Roy Kangana Ranaut spotted with sister Rangoli Chandel, her husband Ajay Chandel and son Prithviraj. Tushar Kalia, Varun Dhawan, Madhuri Dixit, Anushka Sharma and Shashank Khaitan on the set of COLORS Dance Deewane. Deepika Padukone graces Ficci Flo event in New Delhi.

  • Arab News

    India avoid Hong Kong upset after Dhawan’s hundred

    DUBAI: As delirium sweeps the UAE ahead of the mouth-watering encounter between arch rivals India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup, it seems one man - at least outwardly - is not as excited as the rest of the country and cricketing fans the world over. India captain Rohit Sharma played with a straight bat when asked about the biggest clash in world cricket, set to take place today at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. On his first Asia Cup media outing the 31-year-old seemed unconcerned by the impending showdown with their fiercest opponents, his focus instead on facing Hong Kong, who Sharma and Co. had a big scare against on Tuesday. “Right now, we are not focusing on Pakistan as (first) we are playing Hong Kong,” Sharma said on Sunday.