• Egypt Independent

    Emirates opts for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in revised deal

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The Middle East's biggest carrier, the Dubai-based Emirates, announced on Wednesday a firm order for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in a deal valued at $8.8 billion. The order, however, does not represent additional spending by Emirates because it replaces a previous agreement with the Chicago-based plane manufacturer at a near trade at list prices, which are negotiated by airlines. Emirates CEO and Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the new order replaces a previous agreement for 150 777x Boeing aircraft. That $56 billion deal had been announced at the 2013 Dubai Airshow. Instead, Emirates said it is purchasing 126 of the 777x aircraft and 30 of the

  • Arab News

    Makkah siege: laying the ghost of 1979 to rest

    JEDDAH: Today, Saudi Arabia's leadership is working to reverse the years of social regression triggered in part by the November 1979 siege of the Grand Mosque in Makkah. Speaking at the Future Investment Initiative conference in 2017 in Riyadh, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: “We are returning to what we were before - a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world.” And in an interview conducted last year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that before the Iranian Revolution and the siege of Makkah rocked the Muslim world, “we were just normal people developing like any other country in the world until the events of 1979.” If there is a specific date that

  • Why Seychelles has world's worst heroin problem

    The island paradise of Seychelles is suffering from a drug epidemic of huge proportions. Known for its coral reefs, mangroves and white sandy beaches, 360,000 tourists travel to the Indian Ocean archipelago each year for a holiday of a lifetime. But look beyond the private islands, the boutique resorts and high-end restaurants, and the small nation is battling a heroin epidemic of huge proportions. Between 5,000 and 6,000 people out of a total population of 94,000 - the equivalent of nearly 10% of the working population - are addicted to heroin, according to the Agency for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation (APDAR) in the Seychelles. Per capita, the Seychelles suffers from the highest

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Iran's fuel price crisis shows sanctions are crippling its economy

    Iran's latest decision to hike fuel prices by nearly 50 percent is a desperate attempt to lower domestic consumption and free up more gasoline for exports, industry sources told Al Arabiya English, as the country faces pressures from US sanctions and its failing proxies across the Middle East. “We believe the new pricing policy is aimed at controlling sky-rocketing local consumption in Iran, thus, to increase fuel smuggling to neighboring countries when the government is suffering from low oil revenues,” FGE Energy said in a note.

  • Al Jazeera

    Experts in India find out how 18,000 birds died in 10 days

    After an estimated 18,000 birds are found dead along an Indian saltwater lake in the western state of Rajasthan, experts said they suspect avian botulism to be the cause. Migratory birds such as plover, shoveller, teal and mallard were the worst affected in the incident, which, according to experts, was unprecedented in India's wildlife history. More: India to implement nationwide citizenship count Indian soldiers killed after avalanche hits Siachen Glacier Police round up students in India's capital as fee protests grow According to local officials, tourists on November 10, while visiting Sambhar Lake - situated 80km (49 miles) southwest of Rajasthan's main city of Jaipur - noticed thousands

  • India's 'living bridges' get stronger as they grow

    They're not the world's tallest or longest bridges, but a string of humble river crossings sculpted from tree roots in India are engineering marvels that contain lessons for modern architects. Researchers say these little-studied structures, which can stretch for up to 50 meters and last for hundreds of years, could help our cities adapt to rising temperatures associated with the climate crisis. "It's really incredible how strong they are and they are growing stronger over time. They are really anchored to the earth but they don't have any negative impact on the environment -- they part of it," said Ferdinand Ludvig, professor for green technologies in landscape architecture at the Technical

  • Bolivia crisis: New elections proposed as violence rages

    Bolivia's interim president has asked Congress to approve new elections as violence rages following the resignation of Evo Morales. However, Jeanine Áñez did not set a date for the poll. Mr Morales resigned on 10 November and later sought asylum in Mexico after facing claims of electoral fraud. The death toll since October's disputed general election has risen to 32 as clashes continue between supporters of Mr Morales and security forces. Mr Morales accused security forces of committing "genocide" against his indigenous supporters, and requested assistance from the international community. His supporters have been blocking main roads linking the capital La Paz and other major cities, causing