• BBC News

    Photo of US-Saudi meeting sparks outrage

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's meeting with President Donald Trump was notable for many reasons. Ahead of his arrival in the US, the crown prince pledged that Riyadh would "enter a nuclear arms race" if Iran ever acquired nuclear weapons. And during the visit, Congress rejected a bill to withhold US military aid to Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen. But for social media users, something else stood out: a meeting of at least 20 men and no women. The two leaders and over a dozen of their advisors and senior officials attended the working lunch on 20 March, but the only women in the room were part of the press corps. The disparity was pointed out on Twitter in a post shared over 10,000

  • BBC News

    Liam Payne admits 'struggles' with Cheryl

    Liam Payne has opened up about his life with Cheryl, admitting: "We have our struggles." The former One Direction singer's relationship with the pop star has come under scrutiny in recent months. After being accused of putting on a "stunt" with a loved-up display at the Brit Awards in February, he says they're just like anyone else. "I'm not gonna sit here and say that everything's absolutely fine and dandy," he told ES Magazine. "Of course you go through different things, and that's what a relationship is. "But we go through them together as a family and that's the most important thing for me." All relationships "go through a spot like that", he added. Liam and Cheryl, whose son Bear is nearly

  • CNN

    World's best airport for 2018 revealed

    (CNN) - If you're flying across the planet in the next 12 months, you might want to think about routing that trip through one of Asia's top airports. Maintaining its position at the top of that chart for an amazing sixth year in a row is Singapore's Changi Airport The city-state's gleaming facilities fended off stiff competition from the likes of Doha's Hamad International and Hong Kong's International Airport. "To be voted the World's Best Airport for the sixth consecutive year is a fabulous achievement for Changi Airport, and this award yet again demonstrates the airport's popularity with international air travelers," Edward Plaisted, CEO of UK-based Skytrax, said in a statement. The annual

  • Arabian Business

    Oil giant BP squeezed out of Abu Dhabi concessions

    When oil-rich Abu Dhabi put a string of offshore fields up for auction, suitors from China to Italy vied for a slice of the pie. Surprisingly, that piece was snatched from one of the world’s largest energy conglomerates. BP missed out on a chance to renew its partnership in oil concessions off the emirate’s shores, which expired this month. The loss of barrels - estimated at 100,000 a day - will offset growth from BP’s new projects, meaning its total oil output will stay flat this quarter. Competitors Total, Eni and others will take a share of the three licenses in Abu Dhabi, an emirate that produces 6 percent of the world’s oil. Now out of the picture offshore, BP will need to focus on the country’s

  • Kuwait Times

    At Riyadh gold souq, 'Saudization' spells scarcity of salesmen

    RIYADH: A Riyadh gold souq festooned with glittering jewelry has run short of salesmen after a government edict to replace foreign workers with Saudis, part of contentious efforts to tackle high unemployment. The oil-rich kingdom has long relied on foreign labor for jobs in sales and services, both for skills and cost, but these positions are increasingly being reserved for Saudi workers. The problem is that many Saudis, long accustomed to a generous cradle-to-grave welfare system that has been scaled back, regard such jobs as degrading. In the capital’s labyrinthine Tiba gold market, the widening policy known as Saudization has upended businesses. Some gold shops have shut down and others are

  • BBC News

    Iran officials mocked over foreign links

    It began with a televised address in Iran in celebration of Persian New Year on Tuesday, when Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei urged Iranians to support local products rather than importing from abroad. Soon afterwards, photos began to emerge on social media of some officials purportedly failing to follow that advice - including Khamenei himself. A photo of the Supreme Leader apparently getting out of a BMW was liked more than 1,200 times, with some people reposting the image alongside a picture of pre-Islamic Republic Prime Minister Amir-Abbas Hoveyda driving the first Iranian-made Paykan car in the 1960s. This tweet reads: "The PM of the corrupt Pahlavi regime driving a domestically made car, but

  • Kuwait Times

    Man arrested with 125 liquor bottles in Subhan

    KUWAIT: An Asian man was arrested in Subhan with possession of 112 homebrewed liquor bottles and 13 imported ones. He was sent to concerned authorities. Swindling A Kuwaiti woman accused a Lebanese man of swindling her out of KD 4,500 by promising to remodel her restaurant in Salhiya. The woman said that she met the man and agreed with him to decorate her Italian restaurant and paid him the deposit. The woman could not reach him four days later and his phone was switched off. Under the influence A citizen and a Saudi were found under the influence of drugs when stopped in Oyoun in Jahra. The two resisted arrest and hurled insults at police. They were taken to Taima police station, where it was