Around the time that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi first went missing in Istanbul 13 days ago, the Qatari government urgently dispatched several individuals to the United States. Among them was Hassan Ali bin Ali, an important Qatari regime insider and businessman. Bin Ali is believed to have met with several American and non-American media personalities. A congressional source told Al Arabiya English, on condition of anonymity, that Bin Ali had hired the New York City lobbying firm Friedlander Group, founded by Ezra Friedlander, to mend the bilateral relations between Qatar and the United States.CNN
"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," heCNN
The actress typically shies away from talking about her ex. "Being married to Tom Cruise at 22 is something I'm always reluctant to talk about, because I'm married now to the man who is my great love [Keith Urban], and it almost feels disrespectful," Kidman said. But she added "That said, I got married very young, but it definitely wasn't power for me -- it was protection." "I married for love, but being married to an extremely powerful man kept me from being sexually harassed. I would work, but I was still very much cocooned," Kidman wrote. "So when I came out of it at 32, 33, it's almost like I had to grow up." The star is currently playing journalist Gretchen Carlson alongside fellow actressesCNN
Experts have dismissed claims that a recording of the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been transmitted using his Apple Watch. The Turkish newspaper Sabah reported Saturday morning that Khashoggi turned on the recording function of his Apple Watch before walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, and that audio clips of his "interrogation, torture and killing were audio recorded and sent to both his phone and to iCloud." CNN could not independently verify the Sabah report and was seeking comment from both Saudi and Turkish officials. Saudi Arabia firmly denies any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance and says he left the consulate that afternoon.Gulf News
Dubai: A video showing the son of a former Indian parliamentarian, waving a gun and hurling abuses at a couple outside a five-star hotel in Delhi, went viral online in India today. Many Twitter users called out the “VIP brat” in “pink pants”, and requested Delhi Police to arrest him soon. Tweep @rohini_sgh posted: “Who is the BSP leader whose son is a brat, wears pink pants and goes around threatening people with a gun?” The young man in the video was identified as Ashish Pandey, the son of Ritesh Pandey, a former Member of Parliament (MP) of India’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The Delhi Police have booked Ashish Pandey after the video was widely shared on social media. The video appears to haveenglish.alarabiya.net
Effecting a complete regime change in Iran will be close to impossible right now, as such is the military structure covering the country, with military bases in every province, it cannot be achieved through people power alone. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, knew only too well that through installing his own form of clerical government, there were certain to be those opposing his theory of divine rule, velayat-e-faqih. Another fact that Khomeini bore in mind, was how Shah Pahlavi’s regime was so ill-prepared for the revolution that dethroned him, brought about by an ill-trained military, even though on paper it seemed to be the most powerful army in the Middle East, and one of the best equipped.CNN
The Saudis are preparing a report that will conclude Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey, according to two sources.