• 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

  • 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

    Iraqi protesters urge Baghdad to stay out of US-Iran dispute

    Thousands of supporters of populist Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged political and factional leaders on Friday to stay out of any conflict between Iran and the United States. Protesters from the movement of Moqtada al-Sadr, who once led Shiite militiamen against US forces and is also vocally critical of Iranian influence in Iraq, chanted “no to war” and “yes to Iraq” in central Baghdad and the southern city of Basra. Iraqis worry that their country will be caught up in any escalation of US-Iranian tensions, which spiked earlier this month when President Donald Trump's administration said it had sent additional forces to the Middle East to counter alleged threats including from Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.

  • 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

  • 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's president says country could hold vote over nuke deal

    Iran's president is suggesting the Islamic Republic could hold a public referendum over the country's nuclear program amid tensions with the United States. The state-run IRNA news agency reported Hassan Rouhani made the comment late on Saturday. Rouhani says he previously suggested a referendum to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2004, when he was a senior nuclear negotiator.

  • Al Jazeera

    The media momentum for war with Iran

    On The Listening Post this week: Hyped-up headlines, 'anonymous' sources and unspecified threats - Iran is back in the news in the US. Plus, the online horrors faced by female journalists. And our own network - Al Jazeera - comes under fire. We set the record straight.  The media momentum for war with Iran This would not be the first time the US media have made the case for war on the basis of vague, anonymously sourced intelligence. In 2003, it was Iraq - in 2019, it is Iran. Much of American news reporting on US-Iran relations glosses over President Donald Trump's role and the history of American aggression against Iran. While Islamic Republic - ruled by authoritarians and involved in wars