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Chartered jets arriving in Udaipur for Indian heiress Isha Ambani's wedding contributed to a four-fold increase in flight traffic at the city's airport Saturday. The next day, celebrity guests were treated to an intimate private concert by Beyoncé. The most lavish Indian wedding of the year is underway in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, as 27-year-old Isha Ambani -- daughter of the country's wealthiest man -- prepares to tie the knot with businessman Anand Piramal. Isha Ambani (far left) pictured next to her father, Mukesh Ambani, and other family members.Credit: -/AFP/AFP/Getty Images The pair won't officially wed until a Wednesday ceremony at the bride's family residence in Mumbai. ButAl Jazeera
Manila, Philippines - The whole country was watching as President Rodrigo Duterte decided last year to put Sung Kim, the ambassador of the United States to the Philippines, on the spot. "At this point, allow me to take a step back in time, in 1901," Duterte said, as his televised state of the nation address in July 2017 took a surprise turn towards the US colonisation of the Philippines. "In 1901, there was known as Balangiga," the Philippine president continued - and the audience knew right away where he was heading. If there is one thing Filipinos know the rural town of Balangiga for, that is the so-called "massacre" that also involved three church bells ending up in the US's possession. "Giveenglish.alarabiya.net
A Saudi female fitness instructor has introduced women in her community to a new, fun way to keep fit by teaching them Nia dance cardio classes. In the last few years, many Saudi fitness trainers have been opting to try new and different kinds of physical fitness training to offer women in the kingdom a variety of workout styles. Manal Al-Dabagh fell in love with the Nia technique straight away, with its music and moves, during her time in the United States. Dabagh learnt the Nia dance cardio fitness classes and was licensed in the Nia Technique.CNN Travel
(CNN) - Flying home for the December holidays can be a stressful experience, with passengers carrying gifts for their nearest and dearest as well as their own luggage. Now Australian airlines have announced a renewed push to enforce hand luggage weight limits at the busiest time of the year. Both Virgin Australia and Qantas have told domestic passengers that their hand luggage will be weighed at various points in the journey to ensure that it complies with seven-kilogram (15-pound) limit. Budget airlines such as Tigerair Australia and Jetstar already weigh hand luggage for all passengers. "As an industry, we're seeing many passengers trying to bring everything but the kitchen sink on domesticenglish.alarabiya.net
A Mexican model and volunteer was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on Saturday. Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, has a degree in international business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on the board of directors of a rehab center for girls, according to the Miss World website.Egypt Independent
(Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israeli airliners would be able to overfly Sudan en route to South America, part of Israel’s drive to improve ties with Muslim countries and isolate arch-foe Iran. Encouraged by the Trump administration, Israel has sought better relations with formerly hostile Arab and Muslim countries that share its worries about Iran or see potential economic benefits. Last month, Netanyahu and Chadian President Idriss Deby renewed relations severed by N’Djamena in 1972. Netanyahu told a briefing of diplomats his talks with Deby had helped open up a new air corridor to South America. “At this time, we can overfly Egypt. We can overfly Chad, thatArab News
DUBAI: Beyonce took center stage Sunday night to perform at a private pre-wedding event in India. Isha Ambani, the daughter of India's richest man, and Anand Piramal, son of another Indian billionaire, are tying the knot this Wednesday in Udaipur. The event, known as a sangeet, had Beyonce performing songs such as “Crazy in Love” and “Perfect”. The details of the event are being kept under wraps, but in a photo posted to Instagram, the songstress showed off her figure in a stunning red Indian-inspired dress, embellished all over with gold studs, that featured a plunging neckline and a high slit on the side. She polished off the look with traditional Indian jewelry and an ornate golden headpiece.