- PoliticsAl Jazeera
A commercial vessel owned by an Israeli firm was attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Gulf waters, pro-Iran media and an Israeli television channel said on Tuesday. Israel’s Channel 12 quoted unnamed Israeli officials as blaming arch foe Iran for the assault, which it described as a missile strike. There were no casualties and the ship continued on its course, the TV channel added, though it was “lightly damaged”.
- EntertainmentEgypt Independent
When Prince Philip’s funeral takes place on Saturday, it will be more than a focal point for national mourning. Many will also be watching for any signs of reconciliation between Prince Harry and the royal family, especially with his elder brother Prince William. It will be the first time that Harry comes face-to-face with the royal family since he and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, stepped away from royal duties last March and moved to California with their young son, Archie.
- NewsAl Jazeera
A dozen people have gone missing at sea off the US state of Louisiana after a commercial ship capsized in the Gulf of Mexico, sparking a rescue operation that saved six others. The United States Coast Guard and a fleet of volunteers were deployed to search for the 18 crew on board after the vessel capsized in a storm near Port Fourchon, about 160km (100 miles) south of New Orleans, on Tuesday night.
- HealthAl Jazeera
India has reported a record 200,739 COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry, as Delhi government announces weekend lockdowns in the capital and hospitals treating patients report severe shortages of beds and oxygen supplies. Deaths stood at 1,038, taking the total to 173,123, the data showed on Thursday. The country’s total caseload reached 14.1 million, just behind the United States that leads the global tally with 31.4 million cases.
- NewsEgypt Independent
According to the Emirates Ministry of State for Advanced Sciences, women make up 80 percent of the science team behind the current Mars mission. The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual Global Gender Gap Report lists the UAE as a “leader in promoting gender equality in the Middle East” and ranks it among the “five most improved countries in the overall index,” with gender gaps narrowed by at least 4.4 percentage points. As of this year, the UAE is ranked 72 of 153 countries.
- EntertainmentAl Arabiya English
Queen Elizabeth II has returned to royal duties, four days after the death of her husband, Prince Philip. The 94-year-old British monarch attended a retirement ceremony for a senior royal official on Tuesday, according to the Court Circular, the official record of royal engagements. The royal family is observing two weeks of mourning for Philip, who died Friday at the age of 99.
- NewsAl Arabiya English
Multiple people were shot at a Fedex facility in Indianapolis and the suspected gunman killed himself, police said. When police arrived Thursday, officers observed an active shooting at the facility, Indianapolis police spokesperson Genae Cook told reporters Friday. Cook confirmed multiple people were shot but did not give a specific number.