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Queen Elizabeth II's 97-year-old husband Prince Philip was “very shocked and shaken” after being involved in a car accident that left his Land Rover flipped on its side, a witness reportedly said. The duke emerged unharmed but two people in another car were injured in the crash that occurred Thursday when the duke was driving near the Sandringham Estate, according to police and Buckingham Palace. Norfolk Police said two women - the driver and passenger of a Kia - required hospital treatment but were later discharged. It would not confirm reports that a baby was also in the car. The BBC reported that Prince Philip's vehicle turned on its side after pulling out of a Sandringham driveway onto aEgypt Independent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - At the height of his power in 1971, Iran's Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi drew world leaders to a wind-swept luxury tent city, offering a lavish banquet of food flown in from Paris to celebrate 2,500 years of Persian monarchy in the ruins of Persepolis. Only eight years later, his own empire would be in ruins. The fall of the Peacock Throne and the rise of the Islamic Revolution in Iran grew out of the shah's ever-tightening control over the country as other Middle East monarchies toppled. While successfully riding rising oil prices in the 1970s, the shah failed to see that Iranians had begun to expect more as the country's people moved from the countryside to citiesenglish.alarabiya.net
The company building the world's first superfast hyperloop train system in the United Arab Emirates will complete a first phase of its construction next year, a top executive said Thursday. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, based on Elon Musk's concept of high-speed hyperloop transportation, plans to build 10 kilometers (six miles) of a 150-kilometer route linking Abu Dhabi and Dubai next year, company chairman Bibop Gresta told the official WAM news agency. Gresta did not give a specific date for the launch of the high-speed transport system but said estimates put the cost at $3 billion to $6 billion. Last April, Hyperloop signed a memorandum of understanding with Al-Dar Properties, a major real estate firm based in Abu Dhabi, for the construction and operation of the near-supersonic transport link.Egypt Independent
Princess Fawzia, daughter of King Ahmed Fouad II, is set to get married on Saturday, January 19 at the residence of her father in Geneva, Switzerland. She will marry a French electronic engineer working in Monaco. Sources close to the former royal family said the princess's wedding would be limited to family and close friends. On the first day of February 1982, in the state of Monaco on the northern Mediterranean Sea coast, the last granddaughter of King Farouk was born with beautiful features. Fawzia was the daughter of King Ahmed Fouad II from his French-Jewish wife Dominique-France Loeb Picard, known also as Princess Fadila of Egypt. She was named Fawzia after her grandfather's sister, EmpressAl Jazeera
The son of an American journalist working for Iranian state television said his mother has been imprisoned in the United States for reasons unknown. Marzieh Hashemi, 59, an anchorwoman for Iran's English-language Press TV, was arrested on arrival at St Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday and transferred by the FBI to a detention facility in Washington, DC, the broadcaster reported on Wednesday. "We still have no idea what's going on," Hossein Hashemi, her elder son, told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Washington. "Everyone we ask is very vague and the information is still limited." He said no charges have been filed against his mother, and he and his siblings were subpoenaedEmirates24|7
Troy Justice played a leading role in Satnam Singh becoming the first Indian to be drafted into the NBA, telling AFP it is such "life changing" events that that make his job so rewarding. Justice, the NBA's Associate Vice President, International Basketball Operations, came across Singh, who joined the Dallas Mavericks in 2015 - although he is currently in the Canadian League with St John's Edge - when he was based in India for the organisation. Justice, who features in the Netflix documentary 'One in a Billion' which charts Singh's remarkable journey from a remote Punjab village to the Mavericks, says it is the human aspect that makes him enjoy his job. "I am a heart guy," he told AFP aheadEmirates24|7
A stranger's comment on one's growing stomach may not always be welcome but a pregnant Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, took it all in her stride on Wednesday when a pensioner called her "a fat lady". Prince Harry's wife, who told well-wishers this week she is six months pregnant, laughed off the remark, meant as a compliment about her growing baby bump. On a visit to animal welfare charity Mayhew, of which she is patron, Meghan was being introduced to pensioners who have benefited from the organisation's animal therapy programme when an elderly woman named Peggy took a more casual approach to speaking to a member of the royal family. "And you're a fat lady," she added, smiling and looking at Meghan's tummy.