Dubai: One day after Jordan’s King Abdullah II said his country will not to renew parts of its landmark peace treaty with the Israeli regime, an Israeli minister threatened to cut off water to Jordan. In a statement on Sunday, Abdullah had said he would be pulling out of two annexes from the 1994 peace agreement that allowed Israel to lease two small areas, Al Baqoura and Al Ghumr, from the Jordanians for 25 years. The leases expire next year. For nearly a quarter of a century, Israeli farmers and tourists have enjoyed the fruits and picturesque attractions of the areas. After the king’s announcement on Sunday, Jordanians took to social media, calling it a “historic and wise decision.” AbdullahEgypt Independent
ISTANBUL (AP) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom announced early Monday, to express condolences for the death of the journalist killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by officials that allegedly included a member of the royal’s entourage. King Salman similarly made a condolence call as international pressure on the kingdom continues to rise, even after it acknowledged on Saturday that the Washington Post journalist was killed Oct. 2 at the consulate under still-disputed circumstances. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that details of Khashoggi’s killing “will be revealed in all its nakedness” in a speech in parliament on Tuesday,emirates247.com
Meghan, the pregnant wife of Britain's Prince Harry, emerged from her break from official duties Monday to greet excited fans on the stunning World Heritage-listed Fraser Island during the royal couple's Australian tour. The Duchess of Sussex skipped most of the day's events on the island off Queensland state, after a packed tour that has seen the pair travel to Sydney, Melbourne and the regional town of Dubbo since touching down in Australia last Monday. Wearing a striped linen maxi dress with a thigh-high split, reportedly by sustainable LA brand Reformation, the pair walked down the jetty and received more baby gifts -- including quilts and stuffed toys -- from the locals. One 16-year-old boy, who was carrying the sign "Meghan Markle you make my world sparkle" was so excited that he had met the Duchess that he forgot what she said to him.Al Jazeera
Despite the differing narratives about what happened to Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, some facts are indisputable, pieced together using security footage and Turkish intelligence. Turkish sources say the leader of what they call the Saudi "hit team" was Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman's bodyguard Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb. Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons looks back at Jamal Khashoggi's last day.Gulf News
Dubai: The major visa policy changes that are taking into effect starting today will not just benefit expatriates, but boost the local economy as well, sources have said. Starting today, October 21, sweeping changes to visa regulations in the UAE are being implemented, and these include the extension of entry permits for visitors and visas for women. The Federal Authority for identity and Citizenship confirmed last week that it will begin extending the residency visa for widows and divorced women and their children for a year without a sponsor. For foreigners in the UAE whose entry permits will expire, they will get an extension of 30 days without leaving the country at a cost of Dh600.Gulf News
MANILA: A Philippine judge rejected on Monday an effort by President Rodrigo Duterte to arrest one of his fiercest critics, a decision hailed by opponents as a check on the leader and a victory for the rule of law. The decision from a Manila court denied a government petition to take Senator Antonio Trillanes into custody on charges for which the lawmaker had already been granted amnesty. Trillanes has attacked the president's deadly narcotics crackdown, but also accused Duterte of corruption and his son of involvement in drug dealing. "We wish to thank Judge Andres Soriano who has singlehandedly upheld justice and the rule of law in the country despite extreme pressure coming from the Duterte regime," a beaming Trillanes told reporters.english.alarabiya.net
Despite the stunning pictures that Qatar is sending to the world regarding its FIFA 2022 preparations, the reality on the ground looked different on Monday after a year’s worth of rain showers exposed Doha’s poor constructions and infrastructure. Critics’ doubts on the feasibility of the 2022 tournament - already surrounded by suspicions of corruption and human rights violations - took another turn when Qatar announced a strange plan to accommodate the tens of thousands of fans expected to show up in four years’ time. The proposed plan reveals a difficult Qatari predicament caused by the fact that the country is small and lacking in preparations, with many doubting whether Doha could accommodate the large number of fans between Nov. 21 and Dec. 18, 2022. The company of Katara, the largest hotel owner in Qatar, announced on Sunday that it will equip about 20,000 hotel rooms on cruise ships in the Gulf to host tens of thousands of visitors.