• Egypt Independent

    US could lose in war with China or Russia, panel warns

    The United States is facing a national security and military crisis and could lose in a war against Russia or China, a bipartisan congressional panel warned in a report Wednesday. Congress had tasked the National Defense Strategy Commission to look at President Donald Trump’s sweeping National Defense Strategy (NDS), which highlights a new era of “Great Power competition” with Moscow and Beijing. The panel, run by a dozen former top Democratic and Republican officials, found that just as the US military faced budget cuts and diminishing military advantages, authoritarian nations like China and Russia are pursuing buildups aimed “at neutralizing US strengths.” “America’s military superiority -

  • emirates247.com

    Spotted: Jacqueline Fernadez, Alia Bhatt, Arjun Rampal...

    Jacqueline Fernadez Shraddha Kapoor Alia Bhatt\ Arjun Rampal with girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades Sunny Leone's husband Daniel Weber and daughter Nisha. Inaaya Naumi Khemu and Soha Ali Khan Katrina Kaif Vidya Balan and her husband Siddharth Roy Kapoor. Taimur Ali Khan learns horse riding. Akshay Kumar with his Kabaddi team. Kareena Kapoor at Prithvi Theatre Festival launch. Varun Dhawan and Aayush Sharma at the gym. Taimur Ali Khan Priyanka Chopra Photo: Instagram

  • emirates247.com

    Bollywood stars Padukone, Singh wed in Italy

    Bollywood superstars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have tied the knot in Italy, Indian media reported Thursday. The celebrity couple got married in a private ceremony at Lake Como on Wednesday, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. The pair have yet to comment or release pictures from the event which was closed to the media. Padukone is arguably Indian cinema's biggest female star currently, and she has also broken into Hollywood, starring in "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" opposite Vin Diesel. Padukone, 32, and Singh 33, announced in a joint statement last month that their wedding would take place on November 14 and 15. The couple reportedly started dating in 2013 but have kept

  • Al Jazeera

    Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi murder

    Saudi Arabia's deputy public prosecutor has said the kingdom is seeking the death penalty for five people who have been accused of carrying out the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Shaalan al-Shaalan told a news conference in Riyadh on Thursday that Ahmed al-Assiri, the kingdom's former deputy head of intelligence, dispatched a team to Turkey to pursuade Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia. He said after "talks with him failed", the head of the Saudi team in Istanbul ordered for Khashoggi to be killed. The 59-year-old then died from a lethal injection and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, he said. Shaalan said 21 people were now in custody, with 11 indicted

  • Arab News

    Iran executes ‘Sultan of Coins’ convicted of hoarding

    TEHRAN: Iran executed the so-called “Sultan of Coins” and his accomplice on Wednesday for hoarding gold coins and other hard currency, signaling zero tolerance as it tries to shore up its currency in the face of an economic crisis. State TV reported that Vahid Mazloumin and his accomplice, Mohammad Ismail Ghasemi, were hanged early Wednesday. They were convicted of manipulating coin and hard currency markets through illegal and unauthorized deals as well as smuggling. An unspecified number of other accomplices went to prison. Iran detained Mazloumin, 58, in July for hoarding two tons of gold coins. Iranians have stocked up on gold coins and other safe-haven investments as the local currency has

  • Al Jazeera

    Trump aide departs West Wing after rebuke from first lady

    An angry Donald Trump removed a senior adviser after his wife demanded her sacking, with more heads set to roll in a White House reshuffle triggered by infighting and setbacks in the midterm elections. Aides said Mira Ricardel clashed with First Lady Melania Trump's staff over her visit to Africa last month. Yet it is highly unusual for a first lady or her office to weigh in on personnel matters, especially the president's national security staff. The protocol-busting move followed a falling out that press leaks say was partly linked to a dispute over seating arrangements on the plane that took the first lady for a tour of African countries in October. Ricardel was also reportedly blamed for

  • CNN

    UAE's lavish gold-covered palace hotel

    Its hallways, rooms and lobbies feature more than 1,000 Swarovski chandeliers, which bring to light the palace's iconic golden ceilings, according to the palace. More than 1,000 Swarovski chandeliers fill the hallways, rooms and lobbies of the hotel. But more than a decade after its grand opening, keeping the hotel's opulence in suitable splendor for the travel set is a full-time job for Manoj Kuriakose, an engineer from Kerala in southern India -- and an expensive endeavor for the hotel. Kuriakose and his team are tasked with the upkeep of the 2,000 square meters (6,560 square feet) of ornate ceiling adorned with 22-carat gold and silver leaves. The gold leaf typically lasts for just four to