• CNN Travel

    11 of the best beach spots you need to try in Dubai

    (CNN) - For winter sun, there's nowhere better than the glimmering city of Dubai. With miles of coastline, Dubai's beaches range from super simple (just sun, sand and sea) to ultra-luxury. Most public beaches have been built up in recent years, meaning you can expect to find cabanas for changing, spots to grab food and rental water sports equipment. For something more decadent, there are numerous Ibiza-inspired beach clubs and high-end hotels with private beach access. When it comes to attire, bikinis and swimming trunks are absolutely acceptable. Just cover up before heading off the sand -- particularly in the free public beaches listed below. Kite Beach - Free With views of the Burj Al Arab

  • Al Jazeera

    Is Saudi Arabia torturing women's rights activists?

    A Saudi human rights commission, which reports to Saudi Arabia's King Salman, is investigating the alleged torture of detained women's rights activists. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the commission began interviewing activists this past month and, according to reports, some of the detained activists have been subjected to torture such as waterboarding and electrocution. The Saudi government dismisses the allegations as "wild claims". Many of the activists were campaigning for women to be allowed to drive. Lynn Maalouf, the Middle East Research Director at Amnesty International, talks to Al Jazeera about the torture allegations.

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    Saudis call for boycott of Turkish products in protest against ‘Ankara’s plots’

    Saudi consumers in recent days launched a boycott campaign of Turkish products to protest against what they called “Ankara’s position on the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi”. Saudi activists took the campaign on social media against the policies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in handling the Khashoggi file. The campaign which was represented through the hashtag #Saudis_rejecting_the_Turkish_Products aimed at boycotting all Turkish products and replacing them with local or other products from “friendly countries”.

  • Egypt Independent

    Report: China is driving use of armed drones in Middle East

    BEIRUT (AP) - The use of armed drones in the Middle East, driven largely by sales from China, has grown significantly in the past few years with an increasing number of countries and other parties using them in regional conflicts to lethal effects, a new report said Monday. The report by the Royal United Services Institute, or RUSI, found that more and more Mideast countries have acquired armed drones, either by importing them, such as Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, or by building them domestically like Israel, Iran and Turkey. China has won sales in the Middle East and elsewhere by offering drones - otherwise known as UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles - at lower prices

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    Miss Philippines wins 2018 Miss Universe crown

    Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in Bangkok after a trailblazing ceremony. Catriona Gray, 24, finished first ahead of the South African and Venezuelan finalists in the glittering televised event hosted by American comic turned TV host Steve Harvey and supermodel Ashley Graham. Gray -- a student of music theory -- beat more than 90 contestants from around the globe in the 67th instalment of Miss Universe, which was held in the Thai capital's Impact Arena. This year's event drew positive feedback for themes of inclusivity and an all-women panel of judges made up of business leaders and former Miss Universe titleholders.

  • Emirates24|7

    Spotted: Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and Taimur Ali Khan

    Karisma Kapoor Varun Dhawan Priyanka Chopra Shah Rukh Khan Grandmother Babita Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Taimur Ali Khan. Aishwarya Rai at ad shoot Kareena Kapoor at the gym Kangana Ranaut Alia Bhatt at Nickelodeon. Deepika Padukone at Nickelodeon event Kajol Kareena Kapoor post a shoot In Bandra. Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani Disha Patani Song launch of Zero with Katrina Kaif Janhvi Kapoor Shah Rukh Khan snapped during Zero promotion.

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    Turkish FM claims freed US pastor is a ‘CIA agent’

    In a surprising statement, Turkish Foreign Minister Meblut Cavusoglu claimed at the Doha Forum on Sunday that US Pastor Andrew Brunson, who stood trial in Turkey over terrorism charges, is a CIA agent. Cavusoglu’s statements have been ridiculed in the US, with some even calling it a joke. “Everybody was focusing on this Pastor Brunson, who is also a CIA agent, I am also a very straightforward person like Erdogan, but it was a minor issue in our relations, we have more serious problems,” Cavusoglu said.