• News

    Gargash: Qatar paid up to $1 bln in funds to terrorist groups

    The Qatari government paid between $700 million to $1 billion in funding terrorist groups, said the

  • Saudigazette

    What the Crown Prince didn’t say!

    AGAIN, we make headlines! Again, our Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman “MBS” is making waves in world media. And, again, Iran and company are in a media blitz against the prince and his nation. “Tomorrow is going to be fully full!,” says Nabeel Maghrabi, the studio engineer responsible for TV satellite transmission at one of the top Jeddah providers. “I’ll be standby for the whole week, starting Monday. We had a lot of reservations and expect back-to-back recordings. Most of our clients are new. US, European and Asian TVs are taking every available spot, day and night,” he explains. He is not alone. Other providers are busy, too. Commentators, like me, are expecting the same thrust. Not that we

  • News

    Saudi Crown Prince says black abayas not obligatory ‘decent attire’ for women

    In his first televised interview with a US media outlet, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed women’s rights and the black gown, or “abaya,” traditionally worn by Saudi women. The young royal told CBS This Morning’s Norah O’Donnell that women should be free to choose their interpretation of decent attire, and that this should not be limited to the black abaya. This, however, does not particularly specify a black abaya or a black head cover. O’Donnell had asked the crown prince to elaborate on earlier remarks he had made on taking Saudi Arabia back to a time of ‘moderate Islam’.

  • BBC News

    UK teacher wins global best teacher prize

    A teacher from north London has been announced as winner of a competition to find the world's best teacher. Andria Zafirakou, who teaches art and textiles in a Brent secondary school, has won a prize worth $1m (£720,000). She has spoken of the hardship and overcrowded housing conditions facing many of her pupils. But in accepting the prize, she called for more support for the "power of the arts" in school, particularly for the "poorest communities". First UK winner Mrs Zafirakou becomes the first UK winner of the Global Teacher Prize, beating teachers nominated from more than 170 countries. The prize, launched in 2015 by an education charity, the Varkey Foundation, was created to give more status

  • The National

    Prince Alwaleed supports Saudi's anti-corruption crackdown

    Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said that he supported the kingdom’s sweeping crackdown on corruption in which he was detained along with more than 200 other high-profile figures. “I am for the anti-corruption [crackdown] that took place in Saudi Arabia. Now, unfortunately, I was added to that group, but fortunately, I am out of it right now and life is back to normal,” he told Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker in an interview set to air on Tuesday. “So, I am not a person who is going to come and say - you know - I forgive but don’t forget. I say ‘I forgive and I forget’ at the same time also.” Prince Alwaleed, one of the country’s most prominent tycoons, was released late January

  • Arab News

    UAE responds to Qatar claims it has been involved in ‘financial warfare’

    DUBAI: Qatar has asked US regulators to investigate the US subsidiary of the largest bank in the United Arab Emirates, accusing it of “bogus” foreign exchange deals designed to harm its economy as part of a blockade by Gulf neighbors. The Central Bank of Qatar’s law firm has written a letter to the US Treasury asking it to investigate NBAD Americas, the US subsidiary of First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), which is majority state-owned. In a second letter, the lawyers - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison - asked the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to investigate possible manipulation of Qatar’s currency, the riyal. The UAE bank has denied the claims and any wrong doing. In a statement

  • BBC News

    Fifth Harmony to go their separate ways

    Fifth Harmony have announced they're going to be taking a break to focus on their solo careers. In a message to fans on Twitter, the band said they were going their separate ways "in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you". "We're all very excited and grateful to be able to take this time to learn and grow creatively and really find our footing as individuals." They promised to bring their new experiences back to the band. The girl group haven't confirmed how long their break will be but assured fans their remaining shows in 2018 would still be going ahead. The four-piece band, who were put together on the US version of the X Factor, thanked their supporters, adding: "With you love and