• english.alarabiya.net

    Saudi finance minister on Khashoggi: Govt determined to fix system fallout

    At this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Saudi Arabia's Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said that the Kingdom is undergoing significant social reforms, and ensuring reforms continue at all levels, including legally and economically. In an interview with CNBC, Jadaan was also asked if he was happy that investors are confident that the links between the Jamal Khashoggi murder and the Saudi crown prince are not there. “I believe the investors believe what we said. When we went to the market in January the investors gave us a vote of confidence in our economy but also in our commitment to making sure that the reform continues at all levels: Legal, economic, fiscal and obviously social, and we have significant social reform taking place in Saudi Arabia that is embraced by the people,” he said.

  • rss.cnn.com

    One of the world's most powerful oilmen drops out

    The International Monetary Fund released Monday its updated economic outlook with a dire warning: The world's economy is slowing and it could get much worse if countries keep fighting over trade. The agency lowered estimates for growth in 2019 by 0.2 percentage points to 3.5% - its second downward revision. The biggest risks are the unresolved trade war between the US and China, and the possibility of Britain exiting the European Union without a deal. "After two years of solid expansion, the world economy is growing more slowly than expected, and risks are rising," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Monday, adding the "risk of a sharper decline in global growth has certainly increased."

  • Emirates24|7

    Priyanka Chopra debuts honey-blonde ombre

    Priyanka Chopra posted a picture to her social media of her sporting new honey-blonde ombre highlights alongside a caption revealing that in ten years she has "grown" into the woman she is today. Photo: Instagram The 36-year-old actress - who married Joe Jonas last month - showed off her new honey-blonde ombre look while reflecting on the way she's changed in the last 10 years, and also teasing the announcement of a new project. Speaking to her 34.6 million followers on Instagram, Priyanka wrote: "With this #10yearchallenge taking over the internet, it's got me thinking about the past ten years of my life, like probably all of you. So much has changed! Not just my hair or my clothes (or my husband!),

  • Egypt Independent

    Braving dangerous waters, Iranians seek better life in Britain

    LIVERPOOL (Reuters) - The traffickers told Fardin Gholami that a fishing boat would take him from France to England at midnight, but when he and five other Iranians got to the beach, all they found was an inflatable dinghy with nobody to sail it. Gholami had paid 16,000 euros to human traffickers to take him from Kamyaran, in western Iran, to Britain. But on the seashore near Calais he realized he and his compatriots would now have to fend for themselves. “They showed us a red light on the horizon and said we should sail toward that,” said Gholami, 31, one of hundreds of Iranians who have risked their lives to cross the English Channel. The Channel is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes,

  • Emirates24|7

    Duchess Catherine's parenting struggle

    Duchess Catherine has admitted parenthood can be "so hard". The 37-year-old royal - who has children Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and nine-month-old Prince Louis with husband Prince William - spoke candidly during a visit to charity Family Action on Tuesday as she acknowledged the "struggle" that comes when support "falls away" for new families. Speaking as she helped launch a new national support line for the organisation - which provides community assistance for families in south London - she said: "It's so hard. You get a lot of support with the baby as a mother particularly in the early days, but after the age of one, it falls away. After that, there isn't a huge amount

  • CNN Travel

    International tourism hits 2020 forecast two years early

    (CNN) - Last year was a very good year for international tourism, according to a new report from the United Nations World Tourism Organization. In 2018, there were 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals, a figure the UNWTO didn't expect global tourism to hit until 2020. "The growth of tourism in recent years confirms that the sector is today one of the most powerful drivers of economic growth and development," said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, in a statement. A long-term forecast from the UNWTO in 2010 predicted 1.4 billion international arrivals by 2020. Reaching it two years ahead of forecast is due in part to stronger economic growth, greater visa facilitation and more

  • Arab News

    Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo accepts $21.6 million fine for tax evasion, avoids jail

    MADRID: Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was fined almost €19 million ($21.6 million) for tax fraud on Tuesday but will avoid serving a 23-month prison sentence after agreeing a deal. Ronaldo, holding hands with his Spanish fiancée Georgina Rodriguez, came out of the court room smiling, pausing to sign autographs before leaving in a black van. The 33-year-old Juventus forward, who played for Real Madrid from 2009-18, agreed to settle the case by paying an €18.8 million fine and accepting a suspended jail sentence. Under Spanish law, a first offender can serve anything less than a two-year sentence under probation and Ronaldo will not have to go to prison. His court appearance lasted about