Here's what we know now about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance

    There is a big question mark hanging over whether French Minster for Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire will travel to the Saudi conference dubbed "Davos in the desert" as the furor around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi intensifies. The summit was set up by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a bid to transform the oil-dependent economy. It is due to commence on October 23. Le Maire will make a decision on his attendance later this week, according to the French economy ministry. He's not the only one still mulling over attendance at the conference. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is still scheduled to attend but President Donald Trump said a final decision would be

  • Gulf News

    Investors panic as Heera Group chairperson is arrested in India

    UPDATE as of 11.38am  Dubai/Sharjah/Ras Al Khaimah: Hundreds of investors in the UAE are believed to have been affected by the Heera Group ponzi scam which has left a trail of devastated lives across India and the Middle East. On Wednesday, several investors trooped down to Heera Group's office in Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai looking for answers. The office, however, remained locked and phones of all their representatives in the UAE had been switched off. Visits to their offices in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah also drew a blank. Arrest On October 16, the arrest of an entrepreneur-cum-politician in India has sparked panic. Dr Aalima Nowhera Shaik, chairperson of Heera Group, was taken into custody

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    Harry and Meghan 'gift' rain to drought-stricken Aussie outback

    Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan visited a drought-stricken region of Australia Wednesday, bringing a rare and welcome rainstorm with them. The prince commended resilient farmers for persisting through years-long dry spells as he and the Duchess of Sussex received an enthusiastic welcome and one heart-warming hug on day two of their tour Down Under. "The rain was a gift," the prince quipped while addressing farmers in one of the country's hardest-hit drought regions. Throngs of locals brandishing cardboard cut-outs of the royals gathered in the outback town of Dubbo to get a glimpse of the pair, while others wore royal fancy dress. "You are the salt of the earth. Honest, hard-working,

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    VP receives Romanian Prime Minister

    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, received today at Zabeel Palace, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, also attended the reception. Sheikh Mohammed welcomed Dancila's visit while stressing the UAE's keenness on developing ties with Romania. The parties reviewed bilateral relations between the UAE and Romania and ways to

  • Al Jazeera

    How will Khashoggi's suspected killing affect MBS?

    Saudis close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be involved in what Turkish sources say is the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Al Jazeera has been told that a royal bodyguard controlled the operation, which allegedly led to Khashoggi's torture and death in Istanbul. He was last seen entering the consulate of Saudi Arabia 15 days ago. A joint Saudi-Turkish investigation team has searched the building, but complained of a lack of cooperation by the Saudis to the request to search the home of the Saudi consul general. The kingdom continues to deny any links to the journalist's disappearance. And MBS is distancing himself from the scandal. Will it affect his grip on power? Presenter:

  • Al Jazeera

    Who are the Saudi suspects in the Khashoggi case?

    It has been 15 days since Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was allegedly murdered after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. Turkish authorities have said that a "hit squad" of 15 men may have been involved. Now, the Turkish newspaper Sabah published a list of the suspects and the New York Times has claimed some of them have ties to Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Al Jazeera's Rob Matheson has more on some of the Saudi men identified by the media.

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    Pippa Middleton welcomes baby boy

    Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews have welcomed their first child - a baby boy. The 35-year-old socialite and author and her husband James Matthews have welcomed their first child into the world and both mother and baby are doing well. A representative for the couple said: "Everyone is delighted and mother and baby are doing well." The baby boy - whose name has yet to be released to the public - was born at 1.58pm on Monday October 15, weighing 8lb and 9oz. The baby arrived at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, the same place where her sister Duchess Catherine gave birth to her three children. Pippa sparked speculation she was due to give birth any time soon when she was spotted