• News

    Doha releases terror list with links to anti-terror quartet and Qatar itself

    Qatar has released a terror list that includes individuals and entities linked to the anti-terror quartet. The list included 11 Qataris, one Saudi, four Egyptians and two Jordanians. Of the entities, Yemen’s Ihsan Charity Association, Egypt’s Wilayat Sinai and six Qatari entities that used to be backed by the government were on the list. The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said that 10 of the individuals on the list were already included in three of the terror lists issued by the quartet.

  • BBC News

    YouTube gun ban drives bloggers to PornHub

    YouTube has banned videos that show people how to manufacture or modify guns and their accessories. It had already banned videos linked to the sale of guns and accessories. Many firearms enthusiasts noticed that some of their videos had been removed from the video-sharing website and some had their channels suspended. Prominent gun video-bloggers said the move was an erosion of US citizens' rights, and some said they would move their content to PornHub instead. YouTube's policies now prohibit videos that: show how to make a firearm, ammunition, high-capacity magazine or homemade silencers are designed to sell guns or specific accessories including high-capacity magazines and tools that convert

  • BBC News

    Liam Payne admits 'struggles' with Cheryl

    Liam Payne has opened up about his life with Cheryl, admitting: "We have our struggles." The former One Direction singer's relationship with the pop star has come under scrutiny in recent months. After being accused of putting on a "stunt" with a loved-up display at the Brit Awards in February, he says they're just like anyone else. "I'm not gonna sit here and say that everything's absolutely fine and dandy," he told ES Magazine. "Of course you go through different things, and that's what a relationship is. "But we go through them together as a family and that's the most important thing for me." All relationships "go through a spot like that", he added. Liam and Cheryl, whose son Bear is nearly

  • BBC News

    Iran officials mocked over foreign links

    It began with a televised address in Iran in celebration of Persian New Year on Tuesday, when Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei urged Iranians to support local products rather than importing from abroad. Soon afterwards, photos began to emerge on social media of some officials purportedly failing to follow that advice - including Khamenei himself. A photo of the Supreme Leader apparently getting out of a BMW was liked more than 1,200 times, with some people reposting the image alongside a picture of pre-Islamic Republic Prime Minister Amir-Abbas Hoveyda driving the first Iranian-made Paykan car in the 1960s. This tweet reads: "The PM of the corrupt Pahlavi regime driving a domestically made car, but

  • Arabian Business

    Oil gains as US-Saudi talks raise risk of Iranian crude curbs

    Oil extended gains as investors assessed geopolitical risks with speculation that the US president and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince discussed countering the influence of Middle East producer Iran. Futures rose 0.1 percent after climbing to the highest level in more than three weeks on Tuesday. Donald Trump hinted at a withdrawal from a deal curbing Iran’s nuclear programme as a US visit by Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Bin Salman began. Such a decision would raise the risk of the OPEC member’s oil exports being curbed by sanctions. Meanwhile, industry data was said to signal an unexpected decline in American crude inventories last week. The spectre of conflict involving giant producers is jolting prices,

  • CNN

    Intercept: Saudi crown prince bragged about Kushner relationship

    Eager to consolidate power and rein in the sprawling orbit of the Saudi royal family and aristocratic class, Prince bin Salman listened intently and a week later cracked down on corruption in the country by imprisoning more than 200 members of the country's ruling class inside the confines of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh, charging each with corruption. "What we did in Saudi Arabia was extremely necessary," the Saudi crown prince told CBS in his first interview with a Western outlet. "All actions taken were in accordance with existing and published laws." A spokesman for Kushner declined to comment on the allegation. But a spokesman for Kushner's lawyer -- Peter Mirijanian -- slammed the report.

  • Arabian Business

    Oil giant BP squeezed out of Abu Dhabi concessions

    When oil-rich Abu Dhabi put a string of offshore fields up for auction, suitors from China to Italy vied for a slice of the pie. Surprisingly, that piece was snatched from one of the world’s largest energy conglomerates. BP missed out on a chance to renew its partnership in oil concessions off the emirate’s shores, which expired this month. The loss of barrels - estimated at 100,000 a day - will offset growth from BP’s new projects, meaning its total oil output will stay flat this quarter. Competitors Total, Eni and others will take a share of the three licenses in Abu Dhabi, an emirate that produces 6 percent of the world’s oil. Now out of the picture offshore, BP will need to focus on the country’s