• US politics
    Al Jazeera

    US journalist held in Lebanon freed after call by rights groups

    Lebanese authorities have released a freelance American journalist who was detained in Beirut last month, hours after two international human rights groups called her detention arbitrary and demanded that she be set free, her lawyer said. Nada Homsi was detained on November 16 after her home in Beirut was raided by members of Lebanon’s General Security Directorate “without judicial order” and was denied access to a lawyer, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint statement on

  • US politics
    Al Arabiya English

    UAE government moves to 4.5 day working week, weekends to be on Saturdays, Sundays

    The United Arab Emirates has announced that it is to move to a 4.5 day working week, with weekends to transition to Saturdays and Sundays. The new system will apply to federal government entities, the country’s media office announced on Tuesday, with Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday forming the new weekend. From Monday to Thursday, official working hours will be between 7:30 am until 3:30 pm.

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    Kuwait Times

    Stars shine on the Red Sea International Film Festival red carpet

    Speaking to Arab News, Saudi actress Sumaya Rida, who starred in the Saudi film “Rupture,” said how much of an honor it was to represent the Kingdom in the film industry, with “Rupture” the only Saudi feature competing on an international scale as part of the festival. I had the opportunity to be part of two films for the festival. Rupture’ is directed by Hamzah Jamjoom and produced by Aymen Khoja.

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    Al Arabiya English

    UAE minister urges private sector to adopt shorter work week, adjust benefits

    UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization, Abdulrahman al-Awar, urged on Tuesday private sector companies to adopt the new shorter work week to be implemented by the public sector at the beginning of 2022, and amend internal operations to ensure employees are guaranteed adjusted benefits. The Gulf country changed the public sector’s work week to 4.5 days from Mondays to Thursdays, with Friday working hours starting from 7:30 AM and ending at 12:00 PM.

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    Al Jazeera

    Can Iran's president persuade the world to end sanctions?

    After nine months and seven rounds of talks, negotiations to limit Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief seem to be heading towards a standstill. Leaders of the new Iranian administration resumed talks in Vienna last week. But negotiations with the signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal ended without progress.

  • Entertainment
    Arab News

    Models Shanina Shaik, Sara Sampaio touch down in Jeddah

    And she’s not the only star slated to attend the event — US-Somali model Halima Aden landed in Dubai on Monday ahead of the forum, and promptly took to Instagram to share snaps with her 1.4 million followers. The two-day event invites artists, entrepreneurs, economists, changemakers and leaders to discuss “human mobility and steps towards a more sustainable future. Aden, 24, shared a sneak peak of her beach view at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah hotel in Dubai on her Instagram Story on Monday.

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    Al Arabiya English

    Helicopter carrying Indian defense chief crashes

    A helicopter carrying India’s defense chief General Bipin Rawat crashed in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, the air force said. The 63-year-old chief of defense staff was travelling in a Russian-made Mi-17V5 chopper that “met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu”, the Indian Air Force said on Twitter. Rawat is India’s first chief of defense staff, a position that the Indian government established in 2019, and is seen as close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.