• Egypt Independent

    Elderly Egyptian woman arrested in Saudi Arabia to return to Egypt: Foreign Ministry

    The Egyptian Consulate General in Jeddah has completed the legal procedures for the return of Saadia Abdel Salam, an elderly Egyptian woman who went to Saudi Arabia on an Umrah trip and would up being arrested for drug smuggling charges. Abdel Salam was tricked by three Egyptians, who told her she would be paid the price of an Umrah trip by a Saudi philanthropist in return for transferring a bag in Saudi Arabia that turned out to contain drugs, leading to her arrest. The consulate thanked all the official bodies in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, especially the public prosecution services of the two countries, which cooperated to reveal the truth and end the case. The Foreign Ministry stressed in a statement

  • BBC Sport

    Philippines v Australia basketball: 13 players suspended after on-court brawl

    The International Basketball Federation (Fiba) has suspended 13 players after an on-court brawl during a World Cup qualifying tie between the Philippines and Australia earlier this month. Ten Philippine players have been banned for 35 games between them, while three Australians will miss a sum of nine. Both sides' national federations have been charged, with the Philippines fined 250,000 Swiss francs (£191,703). Australia have been fined 100,000 Swiss francs (£76,681). In addition to the player bans, the Philippines have been ordered to play their next home game behind closed doors, and head coach Vincent 'Chot' Reyes has been suspended for one game and fined 10,000 Swiss francs (£7,668). Fiba

  • BBC News

    Trump sheds light on his crucial Putin error

    As the lights briefly went out at the White House, Donald Trump said he was in the dark about why he faced a backlash over Monday's summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Can changing one word fix that? The BBC's Anthony Zurcher examines the US president's explanation.

  • Al Jazeera

    No, Israel hasn't 'won over' the Syrians

    Israel can bomb Iranian occupiers in Syria from here to eternity, but it will never be able to whitewash its occupation and aggression. But as yet another offensive of the Assad regime and its allies overtakes these very areas in the Deraa and Quneitra provinces, resulting in another wave of forced displacement, it has become clear that Israel's Operation Good Neighbour has not had such a stabilising effect after all. More importantly, normalising relations with the occupier Israel or carrying a torch for the Israeli army are not priorities of the Syrian people, no matter how many Syrians are forced to go to Israel for medical treatment or ask to be let in at the fence in the Golan Heights after

  • BBC News

    Nelson Mandela: Hero or sell-out?

    One hundred years after the birth of Nelson Mandela, racial inequality in South Africa is still a major issue. Some young people have begun to reassess his legacy, calling him a “sell-out”. The BBC went to Nelson Mandela Bridge in central Johannesburg to ask young South Africans for their views of the anti-apartheid icon.

  • BBC News

    Baby snake fossil 'frozen in time'

    The fossil of a baby snake has been discovered entombed inside amber. The creature has been frozen in time for 99 million years. The snake lived in what is now Myanmar, during the age of the dinosaurs. Scientists say the snake fossil is "unbelievably rare". "This is the very first baby snake fossil that we have ever found," Prof Michael Caldwell of the University of Alberta in Canada told BBC News. The baby snake lived in the forests of Myanmar during the Cretaceous period. It has been given the name, Xiaophis Myanmarensis, or dawn snake of Myanmar. A second amber fossil was discovered, which appears to contain part of the shed skin of another much larger snake. It is unclear whether this is

  • Arab News

    Iran indicates talks with US on nuclear program unlikely

    DUBAI: China’s Xi Jinping will arrive in the UAE Thursday for a three-day state visit, marking his first overseas trip since he was re-elected as president earlier this year. Xi’s visit to the Emirates is part of his five-nation diplomatic tour - including Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa and Mauritius - to coincide with the Chinese leader’s attendance at the 10th annual BRICS summit in Johannesburg from July 25 to July 27. Prominent UAE buildings - including the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Frame in Dubai and Emirates Palace Hotel and Abu Dhabi Global Market in Abu Dhabi - have been lit up in red to resemble the Chinese flag in celebration of Xi’s visit. His appointments during the three days include