• Al Jazeera

    China walks Saudi-Iran tightrope as MBS visits

    Shenzhen, China - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has arrived in China where he will meet President Xi Jinping in hopes of bolstering an image tarnished internationally over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey last year. The two-day visit in Beijing is expected to focus on energy deals for resource-hungry China and regional economic agreements that align with Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative [BRI], Xi's signature infrastructure initiative spanning across Southeast, South and Central Asia to the Horn of Africa. "The leadership in Riyadh and Beijing probably realise the strategic importance of their relationship on the energy front and most recent attempts have

  • Al Jazeera

    After catsuit controversy, women's tennis 'modernises' dress code

    The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) says it has "modernised" its dress code with the rollout of a new rule, allowing leggings and mid-thigh length compression shorts to be worn without a skirt or dress during matches. Although there was no prior rule prohibiting a player from wearing leggings without a skirt, the WTA said it "approved language to make its position explicitly clear". "We wanted to be progressive and make sure that we were current with where fashion is going and competitive-wear may be going," WTA CEO Steve Simon said in an interview, explaining the changes. Top female players, who are often seen wearing leggings or three-quarter length tights during practise, have welcomed the change.

  • Egypt Independent

    UAE eases Qatar shipping ban: circular, source

    DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates has eased a ban on the shipping of goods between it and Qatar enforced under a political and economic boycott of Doha, according to port circulars and an industry source. An Abu Dhabi Ports circular dated Feb. 12 canceled previous directives that banned cargoes of Qatar origin from UAE waters and ports and those of UAE origin from Qatar. It maintained a ban on vessels flying the Qatar flag, owned by Qatari shipping firms or nationals.  An industry source told Reuters the circular applied to all ports in the UAE. Government authorities in both Gulf Arab states were not immediately available to comment. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain severed

  • Emirates24|7

    KUWTK: Khloe Kardashian confirms Tristan Thompson cheating rumours? - Emirates 2

    Khloe Kardashian has seemingly confirmed that rumours of her boyfriend Tristan Thompson being unfaithful could be true. Photo: Instagram The NBA star - who has 10-month-old daughter True with Khloe - became the subject of cheating rumours this week after Instagram account Hollywood Unlocked claimed that Jordyn Woods, who is the best friend of Khloe's sister Kylie Jenner, stayed at his house until 7am after a house party. And now Khloe has commented on the Instagram post, seemingly confirming the rumours are true. Photo: Instagram The 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' star simply responded with a series of shouting emojis, but the image is often used when agreeing with a statement. What's more,

  • CNN Style

    Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld's pampered cat, became an Instagram star

    He spoke openly of his adoration for her; she was photographed staring tenderly at him. Their bond was the stuff of fairytale. The only odd thing about this otherwise unremarkable love story is that he was an aging fashion designer, and she was his cat. Karl Lagerfeld, who died in Paris on Tuesday, aged 85, was best known as the legendary designer behind the luxury fashion house Chanel. But in his latter years, he also gained fame as the adoptive parent of Choupette Lagerfeld, a Birman breed cat that came to stay one Christmas and never left. Lagerfeld told CNN of his enduring love for Choupette in 2013: "There is no marriage, yet, for human beings and animals... I never thought I would fall

  • Arab News

    Putin: We'll target USA if Washington deploys missiles in Europe

    MOSCOW: Russia will respond to any deployment of intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where those missiles are stationed, but the United States itself, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. In his annual address to parliament, Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first step to deploy missiles in response to the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. But he said that Russia's reaction to any deployment would be resolute and that US policy-makers should calculate the risks before taking any steps.

  • Egypt Independent

    India, Pakistan tensions threaten to derail MBS trip

    Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday, with his business mission under threat of being overshadowed by soaring tensions between India and Pakistan. The crown prince, who wants to persuade the world's fastest growing major economy to consume more Saudi oil, was greeted at the airport by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who gave his traditional bear hug for honored guests. The prince arrived from a two-day stay in Pakistan as it clashed with its giant neighbor over responsibility for a suicide attack in Kashmir last Thursday that left at least 40 members of Indian security forces dead. The attack was claimed by Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammed