• Al Jazeera

    The unsuccessful whitewashing of MBS' image as peacemaker

    On January 23, 2015, the world woke up to the news that Salman bin Abdul Aziz had been crowned king of Saudi Arabia, and he was making important decisions such as the appointment of his 29-year-old son as defence minister. Prince Mohammed bin Salman was new to the world of diplomacy. He had a degree in private law and had worked in commercial companies, but had only been part of the royal court for a few months. While analysts scrutinised the young minister of defence, Prince Mohammed made his first decisive move - one still being dissected today. On March 26, 2015, the crown prince launched Operation Decisive Storm against Yemen's Houthi rebels, turning the conflict into a devastating war that

  • Arab News

    Fake news watch: Saudi girl embraces Enrique Iglesias at Ad Diriyah concert

    JEDDAH: A video on social media alleging that a young girl jumped on stage and leapt into the arms of Spanish singer, Enrique Iglesias, during his concert in Saudi Arabia on Thursday has gone viral. Pro-Qatari Twitter users were sharing the video widely over the weekend. However, the video is actually a clip from the renowned artist’s concert in Baku, Azerberijan in June 2016 when he performed at the city’s Formula One grand prix, and not from his performance in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Users suggested that neither the girl, nor the security personnel attempting to remove her, were of Saudi origin. Iglesias performed on day one of the Ad Diriyah concert festival, ahead of the inaugural Formula

  • english.alarabiya.net

    ANALYSIS: What needs to be done over Iran’s crisis in 2019?

    For the Iranian regime, looking back at 2018 will mean looking back on a year of brutal crackdowns on its citizens, on increasing sanctions and failed European terror attacks. Despite its year of brutality and planned attacks, the protests that sprung up almost a year ago continue across the country, the economic situation continues to deteriorate and opposition groups, namely the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), continue to gain ground. So what should the international community’s 2019 resolution on Iran be? In this regard, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held an international conference in 50 cities around the world including Tirana, Paris, London, Berlin, Oslo, on Saturday 15 December, which were connected via video links.

  • Arab News

    Kylie Jenner can’t get enough of this Kuwaiti designer

    DUBAI: The third time’s proven to be a charm for makeup mogul Kylie Jenner as she took to Instagram wearing yet another sparkling outfit by Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al-Jasmi over the weekend. Jenner posted a photo on Instagram Friday in which she is seen wearing a sparkling, see-through dress by the designer, who is known for his love of crystals and all things sparkly. The Kuwaiti designer reposted the snaps on his own account, alongside a series of fire and heart emojis. The sheer, figure-hugging dress is embellished with dazzling gemstones and Jenner finished off the look with a sleek high pony tail and dramatic makeup. It seems that Jenner is quite the fan as in September the reality TV star

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    Saudi, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi crown princes attend Ad-Diriyah Formula E race

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan and Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa were pictured attending the closing ceremony of the inaugural Ad-Diriyah Formula E championship race held in Saudi Arabia. Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa came out on top to win the Formula E race held in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Saturday.

  • emirates247.com

    Indian man gets 9 years in prison for assault on flight

    An Indian man living in the U.S. on a work visa was sentenced to nine years in prison Thursday for assaulting a sleeping woman during an overnight flight to Detroit. Prabhu Ramamoorthy was in a middle seat between the victim and his wife on a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas last January. Prosecutors asked for a sentence of nearly 11 years, but U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg settled on a nine-year term. He said he hoped it would be “grave enough” to deter others from committing similar crimes. A jury convicted Ramamoorthy in August . He will be deported to India after serving his sentence. The victim, a model, declined an opportunity to speak in court. She watched the hearing from the

  • Al Jazeera

    Qatar Petroleum looks to invest $20bn in US

    Qatar Petroleum (QP) is looking to invest at least $20bn in the United States, its chief executive has said, after the Gulf Arab state quit OPEC, freeing Doha from potential legal risks in the US. Saad al-Kaabi, who holds the energy portfolio of the world's top liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer, also said on Sunday QP aimed to announce its foreign partners for the new LNG trains it is building by the middle of next year. But he added QP could carry out the project alone, with no international oil company at its side, if no good offers were made. "Mark my words, if I don't get a good deal, we go alone," Kaabi said in an interview at his office in Doha. Qatar announced on December 3 that it