• Al Jazeera

    Saudi king invites Qatar's emir to GCC summit in Mecca

    Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has received an invitation from Saudi King Salman to attend the emergency Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit on May 30, the Qatari foreign ministry said in a statement.  Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani received the message while meeting the GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani in Doha on Sunday. In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cut off ties with Qatar and imposed a land, sea, and air blockade on the Gulf state.  The quartet accuses Doha of supporting "terrorism" and proscribed opposition political movements, such as the Muslim

  • Arab News

    Dubai crown prince arrives in Jeddah

    RIYADH: Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed arrived in Jeddah on Sunday. Sheikh Hamdan was received at King Abdulaziz International Airport by the UAE's ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan Al-Nahyan, the deputy governor of Makkah region Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz as well as other officials. King Salman received the crown prince at the Al-Safa Palace in Makkah later on Sunday where they had iftaar together, along with other officials including  Kuwait's National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and the chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.  The visit of Dubai's crown prince follows his wedding in a religious

  • Egypt Independent

    Giza student abducts boyfriend to force him marry her

    A female university student from Giza abducted her boyfriend to force him to marry her, after he told her that he wouldn't be able to marry her following his family's refusal. She agreed with six people to abduct him, film him naked and force him to sign cash receipts. Head of the Qalyubiya Security Directorate Reda Tabliya was notified from the family of the 23-year-old student at the Faculty of Commerce saying that he had been abducted on his way to the exam by six people. Investigation revealed that the victim had been seeing the girl for a year. Legal measures were taken regarding the incident and several of the suspects were arrested. Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

  • Egypt Independent

    Iran can sink US warships with 'secret weapons', military official says

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran can sink US warships sent to the Gulf region using missiles and “secret weapons”, a senior Iranian military official was quoted as saying by the semi-official news agency Mizan on Saturday. The United States on Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, describing it as an effort to bolster defenses against Iran as it accused the country's Revolutionary Guards of direct responsibility for this month's tanker attacks. “America.. is sending two warships to the region. If they commit the slightest stupidity, we will send these ships to the bottom of the sea along with their crew and planes using two missiles or two new secret weapons,” General Morteza

  • CNN

    Why China is building hundreds of new airports

    (CNN) - When China's air industry hits the news, stories are typically centered on passengers going rogue, punching each other, trying to wrestle open emergency doors mid-takeoff or dangerously tossing coins into airplane engines for luck. While alarming and fascinating in equal measure, these headlines conceal another tale -- one of a country undergoing a breakneck expansion into the world of flying as its people take to the sky in rapidly increasing numbers. In the space of barely more than a decade, China has transformed from a nation where few had ever experienced air travel to one where millions of its citizens are flying not only across their own vast territory, but to destinations around

  • Arab News

    UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan subjected to abuse

    KABUL, Afghanistan: The UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan have been subjected to abuse, ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it interviewed 13 detainees from a group of 53 recently rescued from the Taliban. They were mainly members of the Afghan forces but also civilians and government officials captured by the Taliban. The group was freed on April 25 when Afghan troops raided a Taliban-run detention facility in the Khas Uruzgan district in southern Uruzgan province. The UNAMA statement, released on Sunday, says most of the captives were held since 2018, with three since 2016. It says they were kept in poor conditions and subjected

  • Arab News

    India's beleaguered Jet Airways founder held at airport

    MUMBAI: Indian Immigration authorities on Saturday stopped former Jet Airways chief Naresh Goyal and his wife from traveling to London, an official said, months after the debt-laden company grounded its fleet. Goyal was taken into custody at Mumbai's international airport along with his wife Anita after authorities recalled the Dubai bound Emirates flight as it headed to the runway for take-off, a spokesperson for the immigration department said in a statement to AFP. Officials gave no explanation for the couple's travel ban but media reports said they were allowed to leave the airport later. Goyal is not under investigation but a number of high-profile businessmen have fled India over their