• Egypt Independent

    India, Pakistan tensions threaten to derail MBS trip

    Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday, with his business mission under threat of being overshadowed by soaring tensions between India and Pakistan. The crown prince, who wants to persuade the world's fastest growing major economy to consume more Saudi oil, was greeted at the airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who gave his traditional bear hug for honored guests. The prince arrived from a two-day stay in Pakistan as it clashed with its giant neighbor over responsibility for a suicide attack in Kashmir last Thursday that left at least 40 members of Indian security forces dead. The attack was claimed by Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammed

  • Emirates24|7

    Meghan Markle in New York for baby shower

    Meghan Markle will celebrate her baby shower with 15 of her closest friends in New York on Tuesday. The Duchess of Sussex - who is pregnant with her and Prince Harry's first child - has jetted across the pond to mark the impending arrival of her little girl or boy with her friends and family. Meghan's stylist Jessica Mulroney has been co-ordinating the event, which will take place at an exclusive Upper East Side hotel and they will be joined by 15 of her closest friends. Details of the party are being kept private but it is thought Benita Litt, whose daughters Rylan and Remi took part in Meghan's wedding, and Meghan's former 'Suits' co-stars Abigail Spencer and Sarah Rafferty will also be in attendance.

  • CNN Travel

    Beluga XL spreads its wings at long last

    One of the aviation world's most hotly anticipated planes, the Airbus Beluga XL, has just completed a key round of testing at Hawarden Airport in Wales, ahead of entering service later this year. You won't be able to ride in it, though. This is a super-transporter cargo plane, designed by Airbus to fly its aircraft components between European production sites and its final assembly lines in Toulouse, Hamburg and Tianjin. Modified A330 The Beluga XL is the successor to the Beluga, or Airbus A300-600ST, which has been in operation since 1995. Starting with an A330 airliner, Airbus engineers lowered the flight deck and grafted a huge cargo bay onto the fuselage to create this unusually shaped plane.

  • Arab News

    India looks to Saudi Arabia's crown prince for historic $1bn pledge

    NEW DELHI: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is expected to announce a $1 billion investment in India's infrastructure and farming sectors during his first visit to the South Asian nation, experts said. The crown prince was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is expected in New Delhi on Tuesday after visiting Pakistan. He will be accompanied by leading Saudi businessmen.  India is hoping the crown prince will announce an investment in its National Investment Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), a sovereign wealth fund that includes private companies and foreign investors. The fund focuses on upgrading India's infrastructure, including railways and highways. “We can expect a commitment

  • Emirates24|7

    UAE Rulers condole King Salman on death of Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki

    President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a cable of condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on the death of Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki, the First (1st) bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, have also dispatched similar cables of condolences to King Salman. Sharjah Ruler condoles King Salman on death of Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme

  • Egypt Independent

    Brexit: May heads back to Brussels but EU not budging

    Prime Minister Theresa May heads back to Brussels on Wednesday to renew her quest to reopen the terms of Britain's Brexit divorce, but appears headed for disappointment. With less than six weeks until Brexit day, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has agreed to meet May once again, but EU leaders insist they will not restart negotiations. “I have great respect for Theresa May, for her courage and her assertiveness. We will have a friendly talk tomorrow but I don't expect a breakthrough,” Juncker said Tuesday. May and the other 27 EU leaders approved a Brexit withdrawal agreement at a summit on November 25 last year, but the British leader's own parliament rejected it on January

  • Emirates24|7

    Deepika wants Ranveer to follow rules

    Deepika Padukone is trying to make sure that her husband follows some rules at home when it comes to eating and sleeping. “I think he should follow more rules. The more successful you get you forget taking care of yourself,” says the actress. Meanwhile, the preparations for the Laxmi Agarwal biopic finally began on Tuesday. The Meghna Gulzar directed film called Chhapaak has been in the news for a while because of Deepika Padukone playing the role of an acid attack “We will start shooting next month and that's all I can reveal,” says the actress about the film's progress. Initially, Rajkummar Rao and then Vicky Kaushal were considered for the male actor's role in the film which is now being played