• Egypt Independent

    Giza student abducts boyfriend to force him marry her

    A female university student from Giza abducted her boyfriend to force him to marry her, after he told her that he wouldn't be able to marry her following his family's refusal. She agreed with six people to abduct him, film him naked and force him to sign cash receipts. Head of the Qalyubiya Security Directorate Reda Tabliya was notified from the family of the 23-year-old student at the Faculty of Commerce saying that he had been abducted on his way to the exam by six people. Investigation revealed that the victim had been seeing the girl for a year. Legal measures were taken regarding the incident and several of the suspects were arrested. Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

  • Arabian Business

    Saudi Arabia construction contract awards grow 113% to $13bn in Q1

    The US-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC) revealed that the value of contract awards in Saudi Arabia grew to $13bn (SAR48.9bn) in Q1 2019, a staggering 113% increase from $6.1bn (SAR23bn) in the same period in 2018, Construction Week reports.  According to USSABC's Contract Awards Index (CAI) report, the total value of contracts covers megaprojects in various sectors, with oil and gas; water; and transportation projects making up 67% of the total value, accounting for $8.7bn (SAR32.6bn). The value of awarded contracts in Q1 2019 alone represented approximately 48% of the total value of contracts awarded in 2018. Makkah accounted for 17% of the total contracts in Q1 2019, recording $2.2bn

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Iran can sink US warships with 'secret weapons,' military official says

    Iran can sink US warships sent to the Gulf region using missiles and “secret weapons”, a senior Iranian military official was quoted as saying by the semi-official news agency Mizan on Saturday. The United States on Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, describing it as an effort to bolster defenses against Iran as it accused the country's Revolutionary Guards of direct responsibility for this month's tanker attacks. “America.. is sending two warships to the region. If they commit the slightest stupidity, we will send these ships to the bottom of the sea along with their crew and planes using two missiles or two new secret weapons,” General Morteza Qorbani, an adviser

  • CNN

    Why China is building hundreds of new airports

    (CNN) - When China's air industry hits the news, stories are typically centered on passengers going rogue, punching each other, trying to wrestle open emergency doors mid-takeoff or dangerously tossing coins into airplane engines for luck. While alarming and fascinating in equal measure, these headlines conceal another tale -- one of a country undergoing a breakneck expansion into the world of flying as its people take to the sky in rapidly increasing numbers. In the space of barely more than a decade, China has transformed from a nation where few had ever experienced air travel to one where millions of its citizens are flying not only across their own vast territory, but to destinations around

  • Arab News

    Saudi Arabia to impose fines for breach of new public decency laws

    JEDDAH: People breaking any of 10 new rules on public behavior in Saudi Arabia face being fined up to SR5,000 ($1,333). A list of offenses relating to breaches of public decency came into force throughout the Kingdom on Saturday. Cabinet members last month approved the regulations which aim to uphold the values, principles and identity of Saudi society in public places such as parks, beaches, malls, hotels and restaurants. Shoura Council member Dr. Muadi Al-Madhhab told MBC channel: “The Kingdom isn't the only country to implement such regulations. Many countries already have them, and the regulations apply to citizens and expatriates.” With rising tourism, he said that the 10 provisions would

  • Arab News

    India's beleaguered Jet Airways founder held at airport

    MUMBAI: Indian Immigration authorities on Saturday stopped former Jet Airways chief Naresh Goyal and his wife from traveling to London, an official said, months after the debt-laden company grounded its fleet. Goyal was taken into custody at Mumbai's international airport along with his wife Anita after authorities recalled the Dubai bound Emirates flight as it headed to the runway for take-off, a spokesperson for the immigration department said in a statement to AFP. Officials gave no explanation for the couple's travel ban but media reports said they were allowed to leave the airport later. Goyal is not under investigation but a number of high-profile businessmen have fled India over their

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Trump cites Iran threat to bypass Congress on massive arms sales to Saudis, UAE

    US President Donald Trump, saying there is a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress and cleared the sale of $8 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. The Trump administration informed congressional committees on Friday that it will go ahead with 22 military sales to the Saudis, United Arab Emirates and Jordan, infuriating lawmakers by circumventing a long-standing precedent for congressional review of such sales. In documents sent to Congress and seen by Reuters, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listed a wide range of products and services that would be provided to the three countries. Last Update: Saturday,