• Egypt Independent

    Undeterred by Khashoggi murder, global executives return to Saudi Arabia

    RIYADH (Reuters) - Global finance chiefs who boycotted a Saudi investment summit last year following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi returned to Riyadh this week as the Gulf kingdom gets business back on track. Dozens of Western politicians and business executives pulled out of Saudi Arabia's showcase summit in October amid global uproar over Khashoggi's killing at the hands of Saudi agents inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate three weeks earlier. A Saudi court has charged 11 suspects in a secretive trial and Western allies imposed sanctions on individuals. But Riyadh still faces criticism with some Western governments saying Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder. Saudi

  • Emirates24|7

    Avengers get epic send-off at 'Endgame' world premiere

    There were more than a few sniffles from the audience at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" Monday night in Los Angeles, which Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth proudly admitted contributing to. "I don't know about you, but I cried like six times," Evans said standing alongside dozens of his Marvel Cinematic Universe co-stars like Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson and Robert Downey Jr. after the first public screening of the film. Hemsworth chimed in too: "I cried more than six times, Chris." It was an emotional affair for many as "Avengers: Endgame," which opens nationwide Thursday, closes the book on the first 11 years and 22 films of the MCU, and ends the year-long cliffhanger of "Avengers: Infinity

  • Emirates24|7

    CCTV shows bomber calmly entering Sri Lanka church

    Chilling CCTV footage has emerged showing a suicide bomber calmly patting a child on the head and shoulder moments before he walked into a packed Sri Lankan church, unleashing carnage. The images capture the final seconds of serenity before the calm was shattered with a series of coordinated attacks that would between them claim more than 350 lives at six sites across Sri Lanka. Security camera footage from outside St Sebastian's Church in Negombo shows a bearded man in a light blue shirt, navy trousers and sandals appear on a pathway and cross a courtyard outside the church. As he approaches his target, he passes a young girl and briefly pats her head and shoulder, with the young girl glancing

  • Emirates24|7

    Hawksbill turtles arrive at Al Taweelah beach

    Hawksbill turtles have started to arrive Al Taweelah beach as the annual nesting season for the critically endangered species begins. According to Emirates Global Aluminium, EGA, four turtle nests have been spotted on the company's Al Taweelah beach site by EGA's sustainability team so far, with more turtles expected to come ashore throughout the season. In addition, three sick migrating turtles that washed up on the beach adjacent to EGA's Al Taweelah facility have been rescued. The turtles are currently being rehabilitated by the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Centre based at Burj Al Arab. Once healthy, the turtles will be released back into the wild. Nearly a hundred Hawksbill turtles have laid

  • Emirates24|7

    Spotted: Priyanka Chopra, Sara Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor...

    Sara Ali Khan Gautam Gulati Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas. Photo: Instagram Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora in London. Photo: Instagram Amrita Arora Photo: Instagram Iulia Vantur Pooja Hegde Sonakshi Sinha Ananya Panday (L), Tiger Shroff (C) and Tara Sutaria perform during the first song launch of upcoming romantic comedy drama Hindi film "Student of the Year 2". (AFP) Shweta Bachchan Alia Bhatt Suhana Khan Varun Dhawan Kareena Kapoor Sidharth Malhotra, Ekta Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra Janhvi Kapoor Kareena Kapoor (Instagram) Kareena Kapoor and Karisma Kapoor (Instagram) Shilpa Shetty and family. Anushka Sharma Arjun Kapoor Sonam Kapoor and husband Anand Ahuja Priyanka Chopra shares photo

  • Al Jazeera

    US gives exemptions to sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard

    The Trump administration on Wednesday granted important exemptions to new sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), watering down the effects of the measures while also eliminating an aspect that would have complicated the United States's foreign policy efforts. Foreign governments and businesses that have dealings with the IRGC and its affiliates will not be subject to a ban on US travel under waivers outlined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in two notices published in the Federal Register. That weakens the effect of the measures and will frustrate members of Congress backing tough measures against Iran who are already concerned that the Trump administration won't fully enforce sanctions

  • Rahul Gandhi: Can India's Congress leader unseat PM Modi?

    India's main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi was all but written off after his crushing defeat in the last elections. But he has energised a struggling Congress party and increasingly set the agenda with a combative campaign. The BBC's Geeta Pandey visits his constituency to assess whether he can unseat the prime minister this time. The main roads in the small town of Amethi were choked with supporters when Rahul Gandhi turned up to file his nomination papers last week. Mr Gandhi - smiling and waving on an open truck, accompanied by his sister Priyanka - was greeted all along the 3km route to the district collector's office by party workers. Many waved flags, others carried their photographs and