The Duchess of Sussex has said friends advised her not to marry Prince Harry to avoid pressure from the media. Meghan, 38, said she was told "you shouldn't do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life". In an ITV documentary, she admitted motherhood was a "struggle" due to intense interest from newspapers. Prince Harry also responded to reports of a rift between him and his brother William, Duke of Cambridge, by saying they were on "different paths". The duke, 35, said he and Prince William have "good days" and "bad days". He added: "We are brothers. We will always be brothers. "We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him as I know he will
- Arabian Business
Saudi Arabia's airport taxis have gone green. According to Ibrahim Al-Ruassa, spokesman of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), the colour has been chosen for taxis which will serve all airports in the kingdom. The taxi venture, which is a collaboration between the GACA and the Public Transport Authority (PTA), is to be offered to public tender. Photos of the taxis at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah were posted on social media, although the Saudi Gazette stressed these were for “experimental purposes” and full details of the project would be revealed following completion of the tender process. Further agreements and memorandum of understanding (MoU) have been signed
- Al Jazeera
Beirut, Lebanon - As tear gas canisters fired by Lebanese soldiers whizzed closer and closer to them, a group of young men in downtown Beirut intensified their effort to crack open a parking meter and get to the coins inside. Across the street, another group was doing the same. More: Lebanon protests: Five things you need to know 'Reclaiming our country': Protesters take back public spaces Is Lebanon going through a true social revolution? "Break it, rip the whole thing apart," came a cry from the crowd. The young men lifted and tossed the rectangular box from side to side. Then, they rammed a street sign into the box again and again, until it finally cracked, spilling coins on to the ground.
- Egypt Independent
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's foreign ministry says it has sent a list of names it is demanding in a prisoner swap Tehran is proposing with the United States and other Western nations. Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi says Monday the Islamic Republic has relayed the Iranian detainees that “should be released.” Mousavi didn't detail the names but said Iran has made efforts to release Iranian nationals who were detained over what they say are “baseless” accusations of bypassing unilateral American sanctions on Iran. Iran holds several Western dual nationals. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he hopes to hear “good news soon” about the release of Iranian scientist professor Masoud Soleimani.
Disney's new “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” topped the North American box office for the weekend with an estimated take of $36 million despite falling far below the original 2014 film, an industry group reported Sunday. The original “Maleficent,” also starring Angelina Jolie, took in $69.4 million in its debut weekend, going on to earn $758 million globally. Both films follow the evil sorceress of “Sleeping Beauty” fame; Michelle Pfeiffer plays a scheming Queen Ingrith in the latest movie. Slipping to second in its third week out was “Joker” from Warner Bros., at $29.2 million for the Friday-to-Sunday period, Exhibitor Relations said. It stars Joaquin Phoenix in a backstory about the rise of
- Al Jazeera
India and Pakistan blamed one another for cross-border shelling in the disputed Kashmir region which killed and injured soldiers and civilians on both sides and made it one of the deadliest days since New Delhi revoked Kashmir's special status in August. Officials from the two countries accused each other's militaries of firing across the de facto border, known as the Line of Control (LoC), as the death toll in the latest round of firing rose to at least 10, according to an AFP news agency tally. India said there was heavy shelling by Pakistan across the border in northern Kashmir's Tangdhar region late on Saturday night, killing two Indian soldiers and one civilian. General Bipin Rawat, India's
Men, women and children gathered in the Lebanese capital Beirut Sunday to protest corruption and tax hikes for a fourth day, after the resignation of a key Christian party rocked the country's fragile coalition government. Demonstrations had flared on Thursday in response to a proposed $0.20-tax on calls via WhatsApp and other messaging services. While the government quickly dropped the plans, the protests morphed into demands for a sweeping overhaul of Lebanon's political system, with grievances ranging from austerity measures to poor infrastructure.