- 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. "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. Greedy hands searched the tarmac for loose change. "I have no income. This will help me with expenses and food and drink," said a soot-covered young man who said he
The unnamed woman was spotted by a fellow passenger, Peter Blosic, who alerted the crew. "While on my balcony, I saw the woman climb on her railing. It happened so quickly. Not knowing what her intentions were, I alerted the crew. If I said nothing, and she was going to jump, that would be horrible," he told CNN. Blosic later posted a picture of the woman wearing a blue bathing suit with hands over her head on social media. The ship's crew later tracked down the woman and removed her when the ship docked in Falmouth, Jamaica, Blosic said. A Royal Caribbean spokesperson confirmed the incident, telling CNN in a statement: "Earlier this week on the Allure of the Seas a guest was observed recklessly
An Iraqi government source has challenged the story of the arrest of an Iranian opposition journalist put forward by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Ruhollah Zam, who Iran's IRGC claimed to have captured in a “complex operation,” was in fact arrested by Iraqi intelligence services in Baghdad and handed over to Iran, according to an Iraqi government source cited by media reports.
Britain will still leave the European Union on October 31 as scheduled if the latest Brexit deal is voted down by lawmakers, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday. “We will leave the European Union on October 31st,” Johnson told the BBC television in an interview on the eve of a parliamentary vote on his agreement with the EU. Johnson said there was “no better outcome” than his Brexit deal, as MPs prepared for a knife-edge vote on the terms of Britain's departure from the EU.
- Arab News
BEIRUT: Lebanese celebrities joined thousands of protesters on the streets of Beirut on Saturday to voice their anger at the country's ruling elite. Singers, actors and playwrights were among a host of high-profile artists who backed demands for action over government corruption and to counter Lebanon's spiralling economic crisis. Beirut has been shrouded in smoke for three days following widespread protests and rioting over government tax plans. A video emerged on social media showing actress Nadine Al-Rassi preparing to set fire to a car tire in downtown Beirut and crying inconsolably about her financial state. The actress, wearing jeans and her face blackened, told protesters: “I am Nadine
- Egypt Independent
Egypt's Antiquities Ministry on Saturday unveiled details regarding the fourth cache of mummies and pharaonic coffins discovered at Thebes cemetery in the west of Luxor, the first cache of coffins to ever be uncovered by an Egyptian archeological mission. Amid international media coverage, Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani officially announced the Egyptian archaeological mission's success. Headed by the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, the mission unveiled the al-Assasif cache which includes a distinct group of 30 colored wooden coffins belonging to men, women and children, so well preserved that details such as inscriptions are still intact. He stated
- Arabian Business
Tens of thousands of protesters filled the streets for a third day in Lebanon on Saturday, demanding the removal of a political elite they say has lined its pockets at the nation's expense. Flag-waving demonstrators converged once again on Beirut's central business district, home to bank and government headquarters, where rioters clashed with police late into the night Friday. The protests first erupted Thursday night after the government said it might impose a fee on WhatsApp calls as part of broader efforts to shore up government revenues and avert an economic collapse Highlighting the depth of anger with political elites, the demonstrations have cut across sectarian and party lines that normally