Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is being mocked by Lebanese people online for calling for a boycott of American goods and products despite members of his organization owning American clothes and products. Nasrallah, who has led Hezbollah since 1992 and has close ties with Iran, called for the boycott during a speech on Sunday as “part of the battle” against US President Donald Trump's Middle East plan. In response, Lebanese people took to social media to share sarcastic memes and posts.
Fearing a low turnout in the parliamentary elections scheduled for Friday, President Hassan Rouhani urged Iranians once more on Sunday to vote. “Anyone who goes to the polls will be complicit in the regime's killing of the revolutionary youth and would be endorsing the regime and its crimes,” said 12 female activists, imprisoned in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, in a joint statement published on Monday.
- Arabian Business
Emirates airline has launched a spring holiday sale, urging UAE travellers to see the world at cheaper prices. Return flights to New York start from AED3,995, with business class AED18,995; there's also London Heathrow (AED2,275, AED11,985); Male (AED2,945, AED6,525); Mumbai (AED885, AED3,025); Barcelona (AED2,495, AED6,525); Moscow (AED1,995, AED10,995); Los Angeles (AED4,795, AED21,995); and Oslo (AED2,595, AED12,995). Travellers looking to stay in the Middle East can take advantage of flights to Jeddah (AED1,195, AED5,315); and Amman (AED1,695, AED5,985). The offer is valid for tickets bought until February 29, for travel until June 15. A statement from the company said: “Customers across
- Egypt Independent
Egyptian security services arrested members of a criminal ring involved in human trafficking and facilitating the illegal harvesting, sale, and transplantation of human organs. A statement from Egypt's Interior Ministry on Tuesday said that three people had formed an organized criminal group involved in crimes related to human trafficking, according to investigations conducted by the Department for Combating Illegal Migration and Human Trafficking. One of the gang members created an account on Facebook to attract individuals wishing to transfer kidneys illegally to the group. The group was in communication with others wishing to sell one of their kidneys, taking advantage of their desperation
NMC Health Plc, an operator of hospitals in the United Arab Emirates targeted by short seller Muddy Waters, said founder and co-Chairman Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty resigned after he was excluded from board discussions for possibly misrepresenting his holdings in the company. Shetty stepped down with immediate effect, along with Chief Investment Officer Hani Buttikhi and board member Abdulrahman Basaddiq, the company said Monday.
A US Senator held secret meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif last week, according to an unnamed source briefed by the French delegation to the Munich Security Conference, reported the Federalist. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy is the latest Western official to meet Iranian regime officials in the months after Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people on board. Last week, Zarif met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sparking criticism online.
- Al Jazeera
Nikita Pearl Waligwa, a Ugandan child actress who starred in a Disney movie on the extraordinary life of a local chess prodigy, has died at the age of 15. The teenage star of Queen of Katwe died of brain tumour, according to Gayaza High School, which she reportedly attended since 2018. Waligwa, who played the role of Gloria, a younger friend of the main character in the 2016 film, was "a darling to many", the secondary school wrote on Twitter. "No words can explain the pain at the moment," it added. Local media reported that Waligwa had first been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016. After making a recovery a year later, another tumour was found. The news prompted an outpouring of grief on