Qatar is reportedly considering an offer from Iran to host teams participating in the 2022 World Cup. "This is part of the operational plan, but obviously it will have to be done with FIFA," chief organiser Hassan Al Thawadi told AFP when asked whether teams could be based in Iran. Iran had previously offered to host teams who will play in the World Cup in Qatar, which starts in just over four years’ time. Al Thawadi added that Qatar had received "numerous proposals from countries with regard to hosting teams" around the time of the World Cup.Arab News
TEHRAN: Iran executed the so-called “Sultan of Coins” and his accomplice on Wednesday for hoarding gold coins and other hard currency, signaling zero tolerance as it tries to shore up its currency in the face of an economic crisis. State TV reported that Vahid Mazloumin and his accomplice, Mohammad Ismail Ghasemi, were hanged early Wednesday. They were convicted of manipulating coin and hard currency markets through illegal and unauthorized deals as well as smuggling. An unspecified number of other accomplices went to prison. Iran detained Mazloumin, 58, in July for hoarding two tons of gold coins. Iranians have stocked up on gold coins and other safe-haven investments as the local currency hasEgypt Independent
President Tayyip Erdogan said recordings related to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, which Turkey has shared with Western allies, are “appalling” and shocked a Saudi intelligence officer who listened to them, Turkish media reported on Tuesday. Khashoggi, a critic of de facto Saudi ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 in a hit which Erdogan says was ordered at the “highest levels” of the Saudi government. Six weeks after Khashoggi’s death, Turkey is trying to keep up pressure on Prince Mohammed and has released a stream of evidence that undermined Riyadh’s early denials of involvement. Prince Mohammed won support on Tuesday from US Nationalemirates247.com
Pippa Middleton - the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge - has reportedly named her son Arthur. The 35-year-old sister of the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her first child with husband James Matthews at St Mary's Hospital in London last month, and according to the Mail on Sunday newspaper, the couple have chosen to name their son Arthur Michael William Matthews. The name Michael is reportedly a tribute to Pippa's father and her husband's younger brother, who died in 1999 while he was climbing Mount Everest. The couple's baby arrived a matter of hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - who tied the knot at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May - announced they were also expecting their first child.emirates247.com
The Chennai Express and Padmaavat connection Deepika Padukone has readied two different costumes for her wedding ritual. Since there will be a Sindhi style wedding as well as a Konkani one - she will be seen draping a saree for the Konkani ritual and a lehenga for the Sindhi one. For the Konkani style wedding Deepika drape her Konkani saree which will have hues of gold, marigold and orange apart from the jewellery she purchased recently, she will also have Konkani accessories like the Vaki, Ambada Aati, Pake and Jada Choti. This is a little similar to her Chennai Express look. But then her Sindhi wedding ceremonies, Deepika will wear a lehenga with hues of pink and purple. Do you remember theCNN Travel
(CNN) - One airline has literally gone to great lengths to prove it's the best in the past 12 months, and it appears to have paid off. It's a big upset for Air New Zealand, which has spent five consecutive years in the top spot. The awards celebrate the carriers soaring highest -- from the swankiest first-class suites to the comfiest economy seats, via the roomiest lounges and tastiest culinary offerings. "For years Singapore Airlines has been the gold standard and now it is back to its best leading in passenger innovations and new state-of-the-art aircraft models," says AirlineRatings Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas. "The editors said that the competition for top spot was tight with Air NewCNN Travel
Several airborne sightings of at least one "very bright" unidentified flying object were seen last Friday, according to air traffic control audio logs. Chatter between airline pilots and Irish air traffic control focused briefly on the sightings, with at least four aviators confirming that they'd seen the phenomenon. The exchange began when one pilot asked Shannon air traffic control if there was nearby military activity. When the air traffic controller replied in the negative, the pilot said that she had seen something moving "so fast." "It came up on our left hand side (rapidly veered) to the north, we saw a bright light and it just disappeared at a very high speed ... we were just wondering.