- Arab News
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Experts investigating a fatal airplane crash that killed four people working on improvements at Dubai International Airport say the aircraft involved had followed too close to other larger planes just before the crash. A preliminary report released Sunday by the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority focused on the May 16 crash of a Diamond DA62 aircraft flown by contractors working on the project. The report says the aircraft failed to keep the “minimum separation” between it and large jets landing at the airport. It also says that there was “inconsistency” by air traffic controllers in warning the small plane about turbulence from landing aircraft.
For Ethiopia's Orthodox Christians, the ancient city of Aksum is a sacred place, home to the Biblical Queen of Sheba and Ark of the Covenant. The ark is believed to contain the 10 commandments handed down to Moses by God, and is said to be under the guard of monks in the city. Some Muslim groups are campaigning to build a mosque in the city - a suggestion rejected by Christian leaders, saying they would rather die. "Aksum is our Mecca," declares senior cleric Godefa Merha, who believes that just as churches are banned in Islam's holiest site, mosques cannot exist in Aksum. "Aksum is a holy place. This city is a monastery," says Mr Godefa, the deputy head of Askum's Our Lady Mary of Zion Church.
- Al Jazeera
US President Donald Trump has said he is not seeking war with Iran, as he dispatched two top officials to the Middle East amid heightened tensions. "I'm not looking for war," Trump said on Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press programme. The downing of a US surveillance drone on Thursday by Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had brought the two foes to the brink of war. Tehran said the drone violated its airspace but Washington insisted it was flying over international waters in the Gulf. Trump had earlier said that he called off a military attack to retaliate for the downing of the unmanned aircraft out of concern it would have been a disproportionate response. Trump has indicated
Saudi Arabia opened on Sunday the online portal that will allow expats to apply for the Kingdom's new special residency scheme - similar to the Green Card system in the US - aimed at attracting high-skilled expats. Announced last month, the new “Privileged Iqama” (residency permit) law will see foreigners benefit from the new residency scheme. According to the law, the residency permits will be offered to highly skilled expatriates who will benefit from the ability to recruit workers, own property, and transport. Currently, over 10 million expats work and live in Saudi Arabia under a system that requires them to be sponsored by a Saudi employer and be issued an exit and re-entry visa whenever they want to travel outside the Kingdom.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday denounced as “child-like” a map released by Iran that purported to show that a US drone entered its airspace in May. “You've seen that child-like map that Foreign Minister (Mohammad Javad) Zarif put out that contrasts with the excellence and professionalism of America's military and intelligence services,” Pompeo told reporters as he left on a trip to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Ariana Grande feels "too grateful" to sleep. The 25-year-old singer woke up early on Saturday (21.06.19) morning, and took to Twitter to say that although she's currently battling bronchitis and should really be getting more sleep to help her recovery, she felt "too grateful to go back to bed". She wrote: "I'm sleeeep .... body, throat, everything tired as hell .... but grateful. too grateful to go back to bed if that's a thing" Although the '7 Rings' hitmaker didn't explain what's making her feel so thankful, she is currently on tour, and so her message could be in regards to the shows she's been performing. Earlier this week, Ariana revealed she has been struggling with bronchitis, but was
An Iranian military commander warned on Sunday that any conflict with Iran would have uncontrollable consequences across the region and endanger the lives of US forces, as tensions between Washington and Tehran have flared after the downing of an American surveillance drone. Maj. Gen. Gholamali Rashid made the remarks while addressing Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps during a field visit to a command center for Iranian radars and missile systems. The general oversees and coordinates joint military operations in the Iranian Armed Forces. “The US administration should behave in a responsible way to protect the lives of American forces,” he was quoted as saying in comments published by the semi-official Fars news agency.