• Al Jazeera

    Trump appoints John Abizaid as new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

    US President Donald Trump has named a former army general with long experience in the Middle East as ambassador to Saudi Arabia, a post that has been vacant since Joseph Westphal left in January 2017.    John Abizaid, a retired four-star army general of Lebanese Christian descent, is prominent for his stint as the longest-chief of US Central Command - of which the Middle East is part - starting shortly after the Iraq war in 2003 all the way through to 2007. He graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, after which he earned a scholarship to go study Arabic in Jordan, a language he did not speak as a child.  Abizaid also attended Harvard University where he obtained a Master of Arts

  • emirates247.com

    Emirates launches special fares to over 20 global destinations

    Emirates is offering special fares in the UAE to over 20 global destinations in its network. Passengers can now take advantage of the upcoming UAE National Day long weekend and plan a short holiday getaway, or visit family and friends back home, within Emirates’ vast network. The offer applies to bookings made today until 22nd November 2018 for travel until 31st July 2019. Economy Class passengers can enjoy fares to Colombo starting at AED 1,495, London starting at 2,665, Seychelles starting at AED 2,935, Cape Town starting at AED 3,635, Bangkok starting at AED 2,305, Beirut starting at AED 1,065 and Milan starting at AED 3,005. Business Class passengers can enjoy fares to Colombo starting at

  • Al Jazeera

    Khashoggi killing: 'Tell your boss deed is done'

    A member of a Saudi assassination squad phoned a superior shortly after Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and told him "tell your boss" their mission had been accomplished, The New York Times reported. Citing three people familiar with a recording of Khashoggi's killing collected by Turkish intelligence, the newspaper said while he was not mentioned by name, US officials believe "your boss" was a reference to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. US intelligence officials view the recording as some of the strongest evidence yet linking bin Salman to the murder, it said. Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, one of 15 Saudis sent to Istanbul to target Khashoggi, made the phone call and spoke in Arabic, sources told

  • CNN

    Why fashion's #MeToo moments keep being ignored

    This is an edited version of an article originally published by Refinery29, the leading next-gen media and entertainment company focused on women. In October, US news site Vox attempted to collate the name of every influential person accused publicly of sexual misconduct over the last 18 months. The shockingly extensive list (which currently contains more than 250 names) includes everyone from business and media moguls, to academics, actors, and politicians -- highlighting not only the extent of the problem, but also how power, wealth and influence is often weaponized to keep alleged victims silent. "(I have been) contacted by someone intimately involved in the case of a powerful businessman using non-disclosure agreements and substantial payouts to conceal the truth about serious and repeated sexual harassment, racist abuse and bullying which is compulsively continuing," Hain said, noting that Green had recently slapped The Telegraph newspaper with an injunction, essentially preventing them or any other publication from reporting details of the case.

  • emirates247.com

    Deepika Padukone's wedding looks inspired by her movies

    The Chennai Express and Padmaavat connection Deepika Padukone has readied two different costumes for her wedding ritual. Since there will be a Sindhi style wedding as well as a Konkani one - she will be seen draping a saree for the Konkani ritual and a lehenga for the Sindhi one. For the Konkani style wedding Deepika drape her Konkani saree which will have hues of gold, marigold and orange apart from the jewellery she purchased recently, she will also have Konkani accessories like the Vaki, Ambada Aati, Pake and Jada Choti. This is a little similar to her Chennai Express look. But then her Sindhi wedding ceremonies, Deepika will wear a lehenga with hues of pink and purple. Do you remember the

  • emirates247.com

    Spotted: Katrina Kaif, Daniel Weber, Vidya Balan...

    Sunny Leone's husband Daniel Weber and daughter Nisha. Inaaya Naumi Khemu and Soha Ali Khan Katrina Kaif Vidya Balan and her husband Siddharth Roy Kapoor. Taimur Ali Khan learns horse riding. Akshay Kumar with his Kabaddi team. Kareena Kapoor at Prithvi Theatre Festival launch. Varun Dhawan and Aayush Sharma at the gym. Taimur Ali Khan Priyanka Chopra Photo: Instagram

  • emirates247.com

    Officers catch huge lizard that terrified Florida neighbors

    Florida authorities have caught a huge lizard that has terrified residents of a suburban Miami neighborhood for months. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Thursday the Asian water monitor lizard measures more than 8 feet (2.5 meters) long. The lizard is an escaped pet. It was first reported loose in August in a Davie neighborhood. Residents said it lurked in their backyards and scratched at their patio doors. Wildlife officers and Davie police officers caught it Tuesday after getting a tip from a resident who said the lizard frequently appeared on his property around midday. A wildlife commission statement says the lizard will be returned to its owner, who received a criminal