• 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

  • emirates247.com

    Priyanka Chopra's comfortable wedding dress

    Priyanka Chopra has two deciding factors for her wedding dress - it must be "cute and comfortable". The 'Quantico' star may have only recently got engaged to Nick Jonas but she already has a good idea of what sort of gown she wants for her big day. She told Entertainment Tonight: "I always believed that anything and everything that I wear, I have to be comfortable and cute. So it's going to be cute and comfortable." And Priyanka and Nick are keen to get married "sooner than later". A source shared: "Priyanka and Nick are ready to tie the knot sooner than later. The couple has had an accelerated relationship, and are very comfortable with one another. Priyanka has already been planning the wedding

  • Al Jazeera

    Khashoggi case: Is Saudi-Turkish investigation a mere formality?

    Istanbul, Turkey - A joint probe team formed by Saudi Arabia and Turkey to investigate the disappearance of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi is nothing more than a cosmetic cover, analysts say. The case of Khashoggi, who disappeared on October 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, has caused an international uproar, with European and US officials demanding an answer as to his whereabouts. Over the past two weeks, Turkish intelligence has disclosed a steady stream of uncorroborated leaks to the media, saying it has audio recordings that prove Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate building. The killing, according to these leaks, was carried out by a 15-man Saudi hit squad,

  • emirates247.com

    Pakistan hangs child killer after death sparked riots

    Pakistani authorities Wednesday executed a man convicted of raping and murdering a six-year-old girl, in an incident that shocked the country and sparked riots earlier this year. Chilling CCTV footage broadcast on television following the killing purportedly showed the young girl - Zainab Fatima Ameen - walking hand-in-hand with an unidentified man, in what may have been her last moments. Imran Ali, 24, was handed four separate death sentences for the rape and murder, which took place in the eastern city of Kasur in January. In all he confessed to eight attacks on children in the city, including five murders, in a spate of violence that terrorised society. "He was hanged this morning in the presence

  • emirates247.com

    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 (MBS) 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 Saudi Arabia's consulate 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:

  • CNN

    'There is no God,' says Stephen Hawking in final book

    "For centuries, it was believed that disabled people like me were living under a curse that was inflicted by God," he adds. "I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature." Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, for most of his adult life. The scientist died while still working on the book, which his family and colleagues finished with the help of his vast personal archives. 'Increasingly looking inward' While Hawking spoke of his lack of belief in God during his life, several of his other answers are more surprising. "There are forms of intelligent life out there," he