- Egypt Independent
It's not something most avid travelers think about, but knowing you're in reliable hands when flying from one side of the world to the other is always a plus. Which is why it's worth a glance at the annual AirlineRatings.com list naming the world's safest airlines - and discovering which one is rated the best. For 2019, the airline at the top of the list, once again, is Australian carrier Qantas. Accidents involving air transport are still incredibly rare, although the past 12 months saw a year-on-year rise in fatalities. Last year AirlineRatings was unable to single out one airline over its rivals. This year the Australia-based safety and product rating website had a more definitive outlook,
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will spend Christmas with Meghan's mother Doria Ragland. The royal couple have celebrated the festive season with their fellow royals - including Harry's brother Prince William, and father Prince Charles - at Queen Elizabeth's home in Sandringham for the past two years, but it has now been confirmed they will not be joining the other royals this year, as they will instead be spending time with Meghan's mother. A statement from Buckingham Palace - which was posted to Twitter by royal reporter Omid Scobie - read: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month. Having spent the last two Christmases
Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the UK Prince Khalid bin Bandar al-Saud formally presented his letter of credence to Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday at Buckingham Palace. The day coincided with the one hundred year anniversary since bin Bandar's grandfather, Saudi Arabia's King Faisal, first visited London to meet with then-King George V.
- Al Jazeera
Nankana Sahib, Pakistan - When Sikh devotee Gurmit Singh crossed the Indian border to visit Sikhism's holiest sites in Pakistan this month, he set out on the journey alone. At 67, Gurmit Singh had hoped his family in the Indian city of Chandigarh would join him, but their applications were rejected. More: 'Big moment': Indian Sikhs on historic pilgrimage to Pakistan Guru Nanak and the promise of an inclusive Pakistan Pakistan to launch university in honour of first Sikh Guru Nonetheless, Gurmit Singh had grown up dreaming of visiting Sikhism's most cherished sites and was determined to fulfil his lifelong dream of seeing Kartarpur, the town where Sikhism's founder, Guru Nanak, was believed to
Kareena Kapoor was caught trekking and her look of Laal Singh Chaddha was revealed when she was shooting for the film at Chandigarh. The actress who is looking extremely simple and is seen in a very deglamourized look on the sets of her film Laal Singh Chaddha where she shares screen space with Aamir Khan. There is also a portion in the film where Kareena looks much younger and she will be using prosthetics for her role. But the picture that has emerged now sees her in a very simple avatar. “Kareena also went off to trek around the area in Chandigarh and was spotted and caught on camera in her usual glamourous avatar. But the simplicity of her look in this film is something we haven't seen in
Americans will “not tolerate visitors disregarding our laws and violating our founding principles on US soil,” US Representative Mike McCaul said on Wednesday, expressing his concern over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's upcoming visit to the White House. McCaul, the top Republican on the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said that he was “extremely concerned” by reports of violence committed by Turkey in northeastern Syria, and urged Ankara to end its incursion in the country.
- Egypt Independent
Venetians woke Wednesday to devastating scenes after the highest tide in 50 years washed through the historic Italian city, beaching gondolas, trashing hotels and sending tourists fleeing through rapidly rising waters. Shopkeepers on the Grand Canal raged against those who have failed to protect the UNESCO city from the high tide, blaming corruption for the much-delayed barrier protection system which could have prevented the disaster. “The city is on its knees,” Venice's mayor Luigi Brugnaro said in an interview with national broadcaster RAI. “There's widespread devastation,” he said in the famed St. Mark's Square, which bore the brunt of the flooding. Tourists lugging heavy suitcases waded