• Egypt Independent

    Princess Fawzia to tie the knot on Saturday

    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, Empress

  • Emirates24|7

    Crocodile mauls woman to death in Indonesia

    An Indonesian woman has been mauled to death by a huge pet crocodile on the island of Sulawesi, officials said Wednesday. Deasy Tuwo, the head of a laboratory at a pearl farm in Minahasa in North Sulawesi, was killed by the 4.4-metre (14-foot) reptile last Thursday, authorities said. The 44-year old's badly mauled body was found by colleagues the following morning, Hendrik Rundengan, from the local conservation agency, told AFP. "The indication is that she fell into the crocodile's enclosure," he said, adding the incident was still being investigated by police. Photos: AFP The crocodile, named Merry, had eaten one of the woman's hands and most of her abdomen was missing, Rundengan said. "These

  • Al Jazeera

    Another Saudi woman takes to Twitter to 'escape abusive family'

    Another Saudi woman has turned to social media for protection from her father, just days after Canada granted refuge to Rahaf Mohammed (who dropped her family name of al-Qunun after her family denounced her), the 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family. Identified only as Nojoud al-Mandeel on Twitter, her case differs from that of Mohammed. She has not fled the kingdom, has not revealed her face and has only made her pleas for help on Twitter in Arabic. On Monday, al-Mandeel posted an audio clip on Twitter, alleging that her father had beaten and burned her "over something trivial". She also posted a video looking onto a neighbour's gated pool, where she says she jumped from her bedroom window

  • Arab News

    From tourism to terrorism: How the revolution changed Iran

    DUBAI: Forty years ago today, Iran's then-shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, fled the country after a 37-year reign, in the first stage of a revolution that would replace 2,500 years of monarchy with an Islamic republic. Prior to the revolution, Iran very much resembled Western countries, with a flourishing economy and tourists flocking to the country for its breath-taking landscapes, beaches and various activities, including hiking and skiing.  The shah's departure, prompted by mass protests, paved the way for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to return from exile in France, assuming power on Feb. 11, 1979.  It was “a genuine social revolution against tyranny, domestic and foreign - the first represented

  • Al Jazeera

    North Korea's Secret Money

    One man was sent to a construction site in Kuwait. Another went to work in a bank in Singapore. Over the years, an estimated 150,000 North Korean workers have been sent abroad to raise money for the ruling Kim family. 101 East meets defectors who say the cash earned overseas goes directly to the Kim family and has helped fund the development of their nuclear missile program. A former high-ranking official reveals how former leader Kim Jong Il created Office 39, which manages thousands of companies and factories overseas and provides half of the country's gross domestic product. That money comes from labourers like Lim II. He describes how he worked day and night on a construction site in Kuwait

  • Emirates24|7

    Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger 'already planning' wedding

    Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger have reportedly already started planning their wedding, despite only getting engaged over the weekend. The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' star and the author - who is the daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver - got engaged over the weekend, and sources have claimed the couple are already thinking about possible wedding venues, with a location in California seemingly being the favourite. A source said: "[They are] already starting to plan. They are thinking about Martha's Vineyard which is a special place for Katherine and where she spent a lot of time growing up. Chris wants her to have her perfect day and whatever she wants. It will be a big

  • Arab News

    Arab stars take the viral #10YearChallenge on Instagram

    RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: It's only three words on a T-shirt or embroidered on a denim jacket in Palestinian designer Yasmeen Mjalli's collection, but they carry a powerful message: “Not your habibti,” or darling. She sees the clothes as helping empower Palestinian women facing unwelcome male attention in public. “When a woman is exposed to so much harassment on the street, she begins to dress to protect herself, to hide herself as opposed to expressing herself,” the 22-year-old art history graduate says, leaning against the counter of her shop in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. On fabrics of muted colors and on canvas bags from her BabyFist label, she places messages in English and Arabic inside drawings of flowers and other designs.