• Egypt Independent

    Saudi account of Khashoggi's death meets growing scepticism

    Saudi Arabia faced a growing chorus of incredulity Sunday over its belated explanation of how critic Jamal Khashoggi died inside its Istanbul consulate, as world powers demanded answers and the whereabouts of his body. After a fortnight of denials, Saudi authorities admitted on Saturday that the Washington Post columnist was killed after entering the consulate on October 2, a disappearance that sparked outrage and plunged the Gulf kingdom into a spiraling international crisis. Turkish officials have accused Riyadh of carrying out a state-sponsored killing and dismembering the body, with pro-government media in Turkey reporting the existence of video and audio evidence to back those claims.

  • Gulf News

    Britney Spears back in Vegas in 2019

    Britney Spears will return to Las Vegas with a new residency next year. MGM Resorts International on Friday said the pop superstar in February will kick off a series of regularly scheduled shows at Park Theater inside the Park MGM casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Spears in a statement says she is happy to be returning to Sin City, which she described as her “second home.” Spears wrapped up a residency at a different Las Vegas venue last year. Tickets for the Britney: Domination show start at $79 (Dh290). They go on sale to the general public on October 26. Concerts are scheduled for February, March, May, July and August. Lady Gaga and Aerosmith also have scheduled residencies at Park Theater.

  • Gulf News

    10-year-old Indian boy wins international wildlife photography award

    Dubai: Some photographs are simply picture perfect. Ten-year-old Arshdeep Singh made India proud by winning the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Asia) award for his photograph, ‘Pipe Owls’. Social media users congratulated him and praised him for his skill. Singh won in the 10-years-and-under category in what is known as the world's most prestegious wildlife photography competition.  According to a report by Indian newspaper Hindustan Times, Singh clicked the award winning photograph outside the city of Kapurthala, Punjab. In the picture, two owlets are seen sitting huddled together, inside a pipe. In the report Singh said: “I often travel to Kapurthala with my father for nature photography.

  • 3 tourists get 6 months jail for beating, disfiguring taxi driver

    Dubai: Three tourists were sentenced to six months in jail each, for beating up a taxi driver and leaving him with a permanently disfigured nose during a heated argument. In March, the Pakistani driver was sitting in his car outside a hotel in Al Muraqqabat, when he saw the three Saudi tourists assaulting a resident, who was in another vehicle in front of the hotel. When the driver stepped out of his car and tried to get the Saudi trio to stop beating the resident, he ended up in a heated argument with them. The three Saudis, aged 25, 28 and 30, beat up the Pakistani driver and fractured his nose. The three were taken into custody once the police were called to the location. On Thursday, the

  • emirates247.com

    British royals give gift of dignity to Australia's war dead

    Britain's Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, brought the gift of dignity to Australia's war veterans on Saturday, laying a wreath for those who died at an Anzac war memorial. The Prince, in military uniform, and his wife, respectfully clothed in a high-necked black dress by New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, silently and gently placed the wreath to rest together before fighter jets thundered past. The memorial, in Sydney's Hyde Park, was first opened in 1934 by Harry's great, great uncle and namesake, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. Retired General David Hurley, Governor of New South Wales, said there had been a crowd 100,000-strong at that opening where the Duke unveiled a plaque that

  • Arab News

    Indian temple priests turn back women, defying court ruling

    NEW DELHI: Dozens of Hindu priests on Friday joined conservative protesters to block women of menstruating age from one of the world’s largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, defying a ruling from India’s top court to let them enter. The priests threatened to stop rituals and prayers in hillock Sabarimala temple in southern Kerala state if women ages 10-50 tried to enter the shrine. “We have decided to lock the temple and hand over the keys and leave. I stand with the devotees. I do not have any other option” said Kandararu Rajeevaru, the head priest of Sabarimala temple. Two young women, a journalist and an activist, were forced to turn back after they had reached the temple precincts under a heavy

  • emirates247.com

    Police dash cam shows gigantic spider

    A video has emerged from a police officer's dash cam showing a gigantic spider crawling towards him. The footage was captured in Texas and portrays a terrifying optical illusion in which a huge arachnid is crawling towards a policeman whilst his back is turned to face a driver in a car. In a hilarious twist, the spider crawls across the windscreen of the police car where the dash cam is filming and gives the appearance that it's massive. The Fulshear Police Department shared the scary video to its Facebook page and the clip has since gone viral, with fans sharing the clip and confessing they will have "nightmares" because of the scary video. One user wrote: "Happy almost Halloween! (sic)" Another