• Emirates24|7

    UAE Rulers condole King Salman on death of Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki

    President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on the death of Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki, the First (1st) bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, have also dispatched similar cables of condolences to King Salman. Sharjah Ruler condoles King Salman on death of Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme

  • Al Jazeera

    Saudi crown prince in India as 'trade, investment' top agenda

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, looking to boost ties with Asian allies, has arrived in India for a two-day visit amid rising expectations of further investment deals following a high-profile trip to Pakistan. The Saudi crown prince, also known as MBS, was welcomed at the New Delhi airport by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who embraced him in a characteristic bear hug. On Wednesday, Prince Mohammed is likely to hold talks with Modi, who is a recipient of Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honour, the King Abdulaziz Sash.  "Trade and investment, defence and security, including counterterrorism, and renewable energy" will be discussed during the crown prince's meeting with Modi,

  • Al Jazeera

    Migingo Island: Africa's 'smallest war' |

    Migingo island, Lake Victoria - A round rock crammed with corrugated metal shacks rises out of Lake Victoria right at the border between Kenya and Uganda. The deep waters that surround it are rich with fish. Migingo Island covers less than half a football pitch but more than 500 people, according to the Ugandan police, live in less than 2,000 square metres area. The rock island, with its poorly constructed huts, a tiny port, some bars, a brothel and an open-air casino, is heavily contested by Kenya and Uganda that both claim ownership. Migingo was little more than a rock jutting out of the water before the lake started receding in the early 1990s, according to Emmanuel Kisiangani, a senior researcher

  • Al Jazeera

    The Salman Rushdie affair: Thirty years and a novelist later

    Who still remembers, or cares to remember, or cares at all about the "Salman Rushdie affair"?     Thirty years ago, on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1989, the late Ayatollah Khomeini, then the supreme leader of Iran, issued a religious decree, a fatwa, condemning the British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie to death. Up until that fateful decree, the name Salman Rushdie was known only to a community of South Asian literary aficionados admiring a gifted Mumbai-born novelist whose piercing prose and wicked sense of humour had given the world such literary gems as Midnight's Children (1981) and Shame (1983). The book was written and published in English. The ayatollah did not read English. He was

  • Emirates24|7

    KUWTK: Kim almost missed Kanye West's Valentine's surprise - Emirates 2

    Kim Kardashian West almost missed Kanye West's impressive Valentine's Day surprise because she was running late to volunteer at their daughter's school. Photo: Instagram The 38-year-old reality star was left stunned when her husband surprised her with a Kenny G performance on the romantic holiday last week, but has said she very nearly ruined the plans after she got held up when she was supposed to be the "class mom" at their five-year-old daughter North's school. Photo: Instagram Kim - who also has son Saint, three, daughter Chicago, 13 months, and is currently expecting another tot via surrogate - said: "I was running out the door to go be the class mom for my daughter's Valentine's Day." But

  • Arab News

    Life lessons from inspirational women - Alexis

    DUBAI: The UAE-based singer-songwriter, who just released her album “This Is Me,” talks tolerance, proving yourself, and the power of words I'm very demanding of myself, which is a contradiction, because I'm so understanding and accepting of the weaknesses of other people, but I'm not that kind to myself. But I don't mind laughing at myself either. I've been guilty, earlier in my career, of trying to force situations. Sometimes pushing is good, but allowing things to happen in their own time is also a valuable skill. It's not necessarily about the destination; it's the journey. And if you can allow yourself to enjoy the journey, you'll get there eventually - perhaps in a better condition. My

  • Egypt Independent

    Egypt announces high alert to confront desert locusts

    Egypt's Ministry of Agriculture has announced maximum alert to confront desert locusts swarms on the Egyptian-Sudanese border, especially after the rains and floods in southeastern Egypt, Eritrea and northeastern Sudan. Extreme weather events, such as heavy rainfall, can trigger massive growth in locusts. Rain provides wet soil to develop locust eggs, and helps grow plants that provide food and shelter for the locusts. Head of the Central Department to Control Pests at the Agriculture Ministry, Mamdouh al-Sebaay, submitted a report on the desert locust situation to Agriculture Minister Ezz Eddin Abu Steit. Sebaay said that the current winter breeding season of the desert locust (2018/2019) has