• Al Jazeera

    Saudi coalition hits Houthi positions in Yemen capital: Report

    A Saudi-led coalition has launched air attacks on Houthi rebel forces in Yemen's capital Sanaa, Saudi state television reported early on Saturday, part of an escalation of tit-for-tat attacks that has stoked regional tensions. The raids hit air-defence systems and other military positions in the Houthi-controlled city, days after the Houthis launched a missile attack on a Saudi airport, according to the TV report. No casualties were reported. Houthi forces have yet to comment on Saturday's reports.  The Western-backed coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been battling the Houthis in Yemen since 2015 to restore the internationally recognised government that was

  • Arab News

    Head of 32,000-year-old wolf found in Russian Arctic

    MOSCOW: A first intact head of a gigantic adult wolf which died about 32,000 years ago and was preserved in permafrost has been found in the Russian Arctic, scientists have said. Covered with thick fur, the head was found by a local on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh River in Russia's remote Arctic region of Yakutia last summer. It features a well-preserved brain, soft tissue and a set of powerful teeth and measures 41.5 centimeters (16 inches) in length. By comparison, the torso of a modern-day wolf is between 66 and 86 centimeters long. The head was handed to local palaeontologists who teamed up with scientists from the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo to study it. “It is the first

  • Arabian Business

    Tanker damaged in attack arrives at Sharjah anchorage

    A Japanese tanker, attacked in the Gulf in an incident that sparked a new standoff between Washington and Tehran, "arrived safely" Sunday at an anchorage off the UAE, its management said. The Kokuka Courageous was carrying highly flammable methanol through the Gulf of Oman on Thursday when it and the Norwegian-operated Front Altair were rocked by explosions. The US and Saudi Arabia have accused Iran of responsibility. "Kokuka Courageous has arrived safely at the designated anchorage at Sharjah", an emirate neighbouring Dubai, the vessel's Singapore-based BSM Ship Management said in a statement Sunday. The crew, who remained on board, were "safe and well", it said, adding that a damage assessment

  • Egypt Independent

    Trump blames Iran in tanker blasts, says sea lane not at risk

    US President Donald Trump declared Friday that a mysterious attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman had Iran “written all over it,” rejecting Tehran's denial that it had any involvement. As US-Iranian tensions soared, Trump dismissed previous threats by Tehran that in case of conflict it could block the Hormuz Strait - a narrow seaway vital to the world's oil supplies. Speaking hours after the US military released grainy footage it said showed an Iranian patrol boat removing an “unexploded limpet mine” from one of the tankers, Trump was emphatic. “Iran did do it,” Trump told Fox News. “You know they did it because you saw the boat. I guess one of the mines didn't explode and it's probably

  • Emirates24|7

    Obama family begin holiday in southern France

    Former US president Barack Obama and his family arrived Friday evening in southern France for a week's vacation near Avignon, the Provencal city that was home to the pope in the 14th century, local authorities said. Obama, his wife Michelle and their two daughters Sasha and Malia landed at Avignon airport around 10:00pm (2000 GMT) and headed to Villeneuve-les-Avignon, on the other side of the Rhone river from the historic city. No official information has been released about the exact location of where the former first family will be staying. According to the daily Midi Libre and other local media, the Obamas will stay on Bathelasse island at an 18th century home owned by an American family.

  • CNN

    The $450 million question: Where is the 'Salvator Mundi'?

    When bids for Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" hit $200 million there was an audible gasp in the auction room. At the $300 million mark, onlookers broke into applause. "Salvator Mundi" hasn't been seen in public since that evening in November 2017. Its whereabouts have become the source of intense speculation after the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which had previously announced it would display the painting, last year postponed the grand unveiling without explanation. The most common theory is that the 500-year-old artwork is sitting in storage in Switzerland -- specifically in Geneva, where, according to The New York Times, more than a million works of art are kept in secretive tax-free warehouses

  • Arabian Business

    Russia 'closely following' case of citizen on trial in Kuwait

    Russia is closely following the case of its citizen Marsha Lazareva, who was jailed in Kuwait for over 470 days on charges of embezzlement before being released on bail last week, according to Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  “Russia's MFA will continue to closely follow the situation around Maria Lazareva and efforts to provide a thorough and objective investigation of her case, as well as respect of the legitimate rights and interests of the Russia citizen, including rights to judicial protection and qualified medical care,” it told Arabian Business in a statement. An unnamed Kuwaiti supporter paid Lazareva's KD1 million ($3.29 million) bail, which was in addition to 11 million Kuwait