• Egypt Independent

    OPEC exit frees Qatar from US legal concerns

    DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) - Even before taking over Qatar’s energy policy in a government reshuffle last month, Qatar Petroleum (QP) CEO Saad al-Kaabi had long wanted the Gulf state to leave OPEC. Kaabi was concerned OPEC membership could be a stumbling block for QP’s ambitions in the United States, where it has one of the world’s biggest LNG terminals, and a distraction as Doha doubles down on gas production, three industry sources said. Proposed US legislation known as NOPEC (No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act) could expose members of the oil exporters club to antitrust lawsuits, a risk for QP at a time it is planning to invest billions more in the United States. The sources said Qatar’s

  • Al Jazeera

    US Senate rebukes Saudi Arabia over Yemen war, Khashoggi murder

    Washington, DC - As the US Senate moved to vote on Thursday on a resolution condemning Saudi Arabia for its conduct of the war in Yemen and the assassination of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a bipartisan group of senators vowed to impose concrete sanctions on the kingdom in legislation next year. Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, said on Wednesday that the group plans to advance legislation imposing financial penalties and prohibiting arms sales when the new Congress begins in January. In some of their strongest comments to date, senators signalled they would like to see Saudi Arabia remove Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

  • emirates247.com

    Jennifer Lopez: My fans want me to have a fairy tale wedding

    Jennifer Lopez knows her fans want her to have a "fairy tale" wedding with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, but she says they are still taking things "day-by-day". The 49-year-old singer and actress went public with her romance with Alex in May 2017 and has been plagued with questions about an engagement ever since, but has now said she understands why her fans are so invested in her love life, because they want "a happy ending" for her. She said: "Everyone wants a fairy tale. They all want a romantic comedy, a happy ending. We all do. But it's not a movie, even if you see us on Instagram or on the shows." And although the couple aren't engaged yet, they're taking their romance "day-by-day" and are

  • Egypt Independent

    Beyonce, Bollywood, Hillary as India's richest daughter weds

    Topping anything in hit film “Crazy Rich Asians”, the only daughter of India’s richest man ties the knot Wednesday after days of lavish celebrations that included a Beyonce concert in a lakeside palace. Isha Ambani, whose father is tycoon Mukesh Ambani, was set to wed Anand Piramal, son of Indian billionaire industrialist Ajay Piramal, in the Ambanis’ 27-storey home in Mumbai. Days of pre-wedding festivities at a sprawling palace in Udaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan included a concert by Beyonce, purportedly the bride’s favorite singer. Attendees included Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State John Kerry and dozens of Bollywood stars including Salman Khan and Aamir Khan as well

  • Arab News

    Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas enjoy mini honeymoon in Oman

    DUBAI: Here are some gift ideas for this holiday season. Long-distance love Lovebox Spinning Heart Messenger ($100) A 21st-century version of the classic love letter - perfect to let distant loved ones know you’re thinking of them. When you send a new message through the app, the heart on the recipient’s box revolves and your message is displayed on the screen inside. Point-and-click. And print HP Sprocket 2-in-1 Camera Printer ($160) This smartphone-sized instant camera also lets you print your Instagram pics while you’re on the move. So now you can let disinterested strangers in the real world, too, know just how perfect the presentation of your smashed avocado toast was this morning. For the

  • emirates247.com

    Leonardo DiCaprio ordered to return Oscar statue

    Leonardo DiCaprio has been ordered to return an Oscars statue given to Marlon Brando in 1954 because of an ongoing investigation involving Jho Low, who gifted him the trophy. The 44-year-old actor - who ended a long career journey when he was named best actor for his role in 2015's 'The Revenant' - was gifted Marlon Brando's 1954 trophy for 'On The Waterfront', and he will have to hand it over to authorities due to an ongoing court case. As reported by the New York Times, Malasian financier Jho Low gave Leonardo the award after originally buying it at an auction for $600,000. Low - who financed the actor's movie 'The Wolf of Wall Street' in 2013 - is accused of committing fraud against an investment

  • Egypt Independent

    Having eco-friendly hotels is priority: Tourism Minister

    Egypt’s Tourism Ministry is keen on having eco-friendly hotels as part of its sustainable development goals, Youm7 reported Tourism Minister Rania al-Mashat as saying on Wednesday. For hotels established under the term “Green Destinations”, the ministry has set standards that comply to certain rules when it comes to energy consumption, water consumption and the reduction of emissions, she added. During the presentation of her plan to promote the tourism sector, Mashat said that Egypt has 80 hotels with about 20,000 rooms that have obtained the Green Star certificate. The Tourism Ministry is encouraging more hotels to seek the eco-friendly certification in cooperation with the Chamber of Tourism