• Al Jazeera

    Saudi king extends allowances as biggest budget ever is announced

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday ordered the continuation of public sector cost-of-living allowances and then announced a $295bn budget for 2019, the kingdom's biggest ever. The budget announcement projected a $35bn shortfall, amounting to a deficit for the sixth year in a row because of low oil prices. "We are determined to go ahead with economic reform, achieving fiscal discipline, improving transparency and empowering the private sector," King Salman said in a televised speech. In a pre-budget statement in September, the government said it would increase spending by more than 7 percent in 2019 to help cut unemployment and increase sluggish economic growth. Unemployment - hovering at about

  • Michael Jordan dances with fans in nightclub

    There are certain perks of playing for a Michael Jordan-owned team or being a Jordan Brand athlete-like being able to "wobble" with M.J. himself. Charlotte Hornets guard Dwayne Bacon gave fans an inside look at what it's like to party with His Airness: What a time.

  • Arab News

    Miss Universe host sends message to Egypt as Philippines nabs crown

    DUBAI: Miss Universe 2018 host Steve Harvey took to social media to share a video message with Egyptian fans of the pageant show, which saw Miss Philippines nab the crown on Sunday night, saying they should be “proud” of Miss Egypt. “She represented the country so very, very well. Everybody in Egypt should be so proud, she’s not only beautiful, she’s an absolutely wonderful person. Egypt, you’ve got a lot to be proud of,” Harvey said in a video posted on the @missegyptuniverseofficial Instagram account.  “It’s been a pleasure meeting you @iamsteveharveytv and thanks for connecting with me. It means a lot and I really appreciate it,” Miss Egypt Nariman Khaled posted on her own Instagram account.

  • CNN

    Miss Universe 2018: Catriona Gray, from the Philippines, claims crown

    Catriona Gray from the Philippines claimed the Miss Universe crown for 2018 on Monday, beating contestants from 93 other countries. The 24-year-old Filipina-Australian has become the fourth Filipina to bring home the coveted title. Thailand's own Sophida Kanchanarin made it to the final 10, to huge cheers from the home crowd, but did not progress further. History and controversy Ahead of Monday's final, much attention was on Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, the first transgender contestant in the competition's history. "I'm competing because it's what I've wanted to do since I was a little girl," Ponce told Time ahead of the competition. "I'm showing that trans women can be whatever they want to be:

  • Emirates24|7

    Spotted: Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and Taimur Ali Khan

    Karisma Kapoor Varun Dhawan Priyanka Chopra Shah Rukh Khan Grandmother Babita Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Taimur Ali Khan. Aishwarya Rai at ad shoot Kareena Kapoor at the gym Kangana Ranaut Alia Bhatt at Nickelodeon. Deepika Padukone at Nickelodeon event Kajol Kareena Kapoor post a shoot In Bandra. Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani Disha Patani Song launch of Zero with Katrina Kaif Janhvi Kapoor Shah Rukh Khan snapped during Zero promotion.

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Saudis call for boycott of Turkish products in protest against ‘Ankara’s plots’

    Saudi consumers in recent days launched a boycott campaign of Turkish products to protest against what they called “Ankara’s position on the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi”. Saudi activists took the campaign on social media against the policies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in handling the Khashoggi file. The campaign which was represented through the hashtag #Saudis_rejecting_the_Turkish_Products aimed at boycotting all Turkish products and replacing them with local or other products from “friendly countries”.

  • Al Jazeera

    Justin Trudeau: Canada looking for way out of Saudi arms deal

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said for the first time that his Liberal government is looking for a way out of a multibillion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Speaking in a TV interview that aired on Sunday, the comments represented a notable hardening in tone from Trudeau, who previously said there would be huge penalties for scrapping the $13bn agreement for armoured vehicles made by the Canadian unit of General Dynamics Corp. Last month, Trudeau said Canada could freeze the relevant export permits if it concluded the weapons had been misused. "We are engaged with the export permits to try and see if there is a way of no longer exporting these vehicles to Saudi Arabia," Trudeau told CTV.