• Arabian Business

    Dubai marks one-year countdown to Expo 2020

    Fireworks exploded over Dubai's skyline on Sunday to mark the one-year countdown to Expo 2020. Megastar Mariah Carey headlined at a concert underneath the illuminated Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, where thousands gathered for the centrepiece of festivities across the United Arab Emirates. At exactly 20:20 local time, the skyscraper was lit up with "1 year to go" and "the world's greatest show" in both English and Arabic. "These spectacular nationwide celebrations will usher in the final leg of a historic journey," said Reem Al-Hashimy, a government minister and also director general of Expo 2020. "The next 12 months will see us put the finishing touches to ensure an exceptional

  • Al Jazeera

    Hacking the hackers: Russian group 'hijacked' Iran spy operation

    Russian hackers piggy-backed on an Iranian cyber-espionage operation to attack government and industry organisations in dozens of countries while masquerading as attackers from the Islamic republic, British and US officials said on Monday. The Russian group, known as "Turla" and accused by Estonian and Czech authorities of operating on behalf of Russia's FSB security service, has used Iranian tools and computer infrastructure to successfully hack organisations in at least 20 different countries over the last 18 months, British security officials said. The hacking campaign, the extent of which has not been previously revealed, was most active in the Middle East but also targeted organisations

  • Arabian Business

    Saudi Arabia's airport taxis set to go green

    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

    Lebanon reforms 'must start from politicians' bank accounts'

    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. Numerous hands scrabbled around on 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

  • Egypt Independent

    Egypt's education ministry investigates child locked in school after classes

    Egypt's Education Ministry initiated an urgent investigation over a child locked in a school and left behind after the end of the school day in a village in Hamoul city, Kafr al-Sheikh governorate. The fifth-grade pupil had forgotten some of her books in the classroom after the school day. When she returned to pick them, she found herself locked in the corridor. By afternoon, a passerby heard a child shouting and asking for help coming from the school, and contacted a teacher who knows the headmaster to send someone open the gate for the child. The head of the Kafr al-Sheikh Education Directorate Bothaina Kish said that all officials responsible for the incident have been referred to internal

  • Al Jazeera

    Syrian female plumbers break taboos in Jordan

    Jordan has one of the highest levels of water scarcity in the world. A warming planet and population growth are only making the problem worse. But there are plenty of people taking matters into their own hands. Al Jazeera's Andrew Chappelle reports from Amman.

  • The door knock that killed a Japanese teenager in Baton Rouge

    In October 1992, Yoshihiro Hattori knocked on the wrong door. Yoshi, as he was known, was a 16-year-old Japanese exchange student on his way to a Halloween party in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was with his friend Webb, and they were lost. "I didn't know that part of town too well, and I guess I took a couple wrong turns," Webb recalled in a recent interview. The two boys, decked out in fancy dress, thought they had found the right place. But they'd made an innocent mistake that cost Yoshi his life. A media frenzy followed, and later a massive campaign to change America's gun laws. Twenty-seven years on, Yoshi's parents, his host family in the US, and a Louisiana lawyer recalled the day that changed