Airlines are having some fun responding to the U.S. government’s ban on most electronic devices in the cabin aboard U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa. Carriers such as Royal Jordanian began implementing the ban Friday after the federal government announced a new directive this week notifying the airports that they would have to keep passengers from carrying on devices like laptops, tablets and other devices bigger than a smartphone. Officials didn&rs...
Amazon.com has agreed in principle to buy 100% of Dubai-based online retailer Souq.com from its shareholders, sources familiar with the deal said on Wednesday. Souq.com, which sells consumer electronics, fashion, household items and other goods, is one of the best-known names in the Middle East’s online shopping market and lays claim on its website to being the largest e-commerce site in the Arab world. E-commerce in the Middle East is expanding quickly due to the region’s young and...
New rules banning many electronic items from passenger cabins on U.S.-bound flights will force a rethink now on fire safety concerns in consigning them to the hold, and some experts question whether the limited ban can improve passenger security. The regulations shed light on a juggling act between airline safety, where authorities worry about technical risks such as lithium-powered goods catching fire in the hold, and security measures against damage or loss of life by deliberate attacks. The r...
Britain is expected to issue similar limits on electronic devices for travelers from some airports after the United States imposed restrictions on travelers on U.S. bound flights from 10 airports in eight countries. U.S. officials briefed on the plan said there are some differences in the UK rules compared with the new American requirements, which ban passengers from taking electronic devices larger than a cellphone in hand luggage from airports in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, United Ar...
The United States is about to introduce sudden travel restrictions on flights from Middle Eastern countries, preventing passengers on certain flights from carrying laptops and other electronic devices on board with them. The news came as a surprise on Monday night and, since the Trump Administration has yet to formally announce how this will work, travelers are struggling to make sense of exactly what is going on. But based on reports, here’s what we know so far: Which flights are affected...
The Trump administration confirmed Tuesday it is imposing new restrictions on electronic devices carried by travelers coming to the United States from 10 airports mainly in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified terror threats. The Department of Homeland Security will require passengers coming to the United States from airports in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Morocco and Qatar to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone such as ...
The Trump Administration is banning personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone on flights to the U.S. from 10 overseas airports, the Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security announced early Tuesday. The government issued an Emergency Amendment/Security Directive to affected airports and airlines at 3 a.m. Tuesday, giving them 96 hours to ensure compliance. All passenger electronics larger than a smart phone will be required to be placed in checked ba...
DEARBORN, Mich. — Zahraa Ballout isn’t “white,” and she certainly isn’t “some other race.” If the government gives her the choice of checking a new “Middle East/North Africa” box on a census form, would she? Yes, she says, despite some reservations about what it would mean to stand out after Americans elected a president who wants to ban travel from some countries in the region and has spoken favorably of registering Muslims in the U.S. ...
On the list of documents that changed history, the Balfour Declaration — the 1917 statement of official British support for the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine — has surely earned a place. So it’s no wonder that the declaration is one of the focal points of a new exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH), which takes a deep dive into a strange, history-shaking year. The show — 1917: How One Year Changed the World, which opens Friday and w...
The Israeli government voted to decriminalize marijuana nationwide Sunday, further solidifying its position as the most chill country in the Middle East. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is officially no longer a narc, said the following, “On the one hand we are opening ourselves up to the future. On the other hand, we understand the dangers and will try to balance the two.” We’re happy that Israel has decided to stop locking people up for tossing the devil’s salad,...
David Rubinger, who died on March 1 at age 92, was the most famous photographer in Israel, the nation whose creation, conflicts and leaders he made his life’s work. Rubinger’s black-and-white images for TIME and sometimes for LIFE were the iconic images of the Jewish state. And his personal elegance over nine decades of life carried an essential quality of the country’s founding generation into a more prosaic present. Think of a photograph from Israel, and chances are it was ...
Nike continues their commitment to inclusivity following their “Equality” initiative with a new ad spot that’s gone viral on the Internet. In a powerful new commercial made for Nike Middle East, the brand prominently features Arab and Muslim women athletes exercising and competing. The clip opens with a women running in a hijab as pedestrians stare at her. The rest of the footage shows women in the suburbs of Dubai running, skateboarding, fencing, boxing, and ice skating bolst...
A new poll found that 66% of Americans are worried about the U.S. becoming involved in another war in the next four years. Of that number, 36% are very worried about the prospect and the other 30% are somewhat worried, according to an NBC News and SurveyMonkey poll. Respondents were rigidly divided between party lines, with 88% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters are concerned about the likelihood of the U.S. going to war, while 60% of Republican and GOP leaning voters say they are not w...
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Bank boosting its presence in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar, and opening its first branch in Saudi Arabia this yearDoha, Dubai: Qatar National Bank (QNB), the biggest bank in the Middle East and Africa, is turning its focus to Southeast Asia for growth after hitting expansion goals in the region earlier than planned.“Our previous target to become a Middle East and Africa icon by 2017, was achieved in 2014, so we have upscaled our aspiration to become a Middle East, Southeast Asia and A...
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has declined to criticise a new Israeli law that has been condemned by the United Nations, the French and United Kingdom governments. Last week, when Israel announced it would build 3,500 new units for settlers in the West Bank, Ms Bishop called on both sides to avoid unilateral actions that diminish prospects for a negotiated peace. The ABC asked Ms Bishop if she believed the controversial new law contradicted that call, but she declined to comment on the develop...
The company behind the popular photo and video app Snapchat has opened its first Middle East office in Dubai to target regional markets. Snap Inc has taken space in Dubai Internet City with the office headed by general manager Hussein Freijeh, who was previously with Yahoo-Maktoob, according to local reports. Snap has expanded to the region to primarily work with advertisers and local partners in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, it said. Snapchat, which was first launched in 2011 as Picaboo, current...
In December, the Trump transition team refused to meet with Palestinian officials visiting Washington, putting them off until after the Jan. 20 inauguration, according to senior Abbas aide Saeb Erekat, the main point man for official contacts with the United States. Other advisers say Abbas tried to arrange a phone call with Trump after the November election and again after the inauguration, but received no response to his requests. The White House did not respond to a January letter in which Ab...
FILE - In this June 9, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who spent hundreds of hours on the phone and in meetings with U.S. presidents and secretaries of state over the years, has tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to reach out to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who sp...
LONDON, Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- "Release coatings market to grow at a CAGR of 5.6% (2016-2021)"The global release coatings market is projected to reach USD 6.20 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 5.6% between 2016 and 2021. Increased demand for water-based coatings and emergence of digital label printing technology act as key driving factors influencing the growth of the global release coatings market. However, differences in release control that may result in the failure of release coatings act...