Coming crack-up, President’s plans and Tamil timing | Daily FT

Published by Daily Financial TimesPresident Gotabaya Rajapaksa TNA Leader R. Sampanthan Susil Premjayanth is one of the good ones; educated, intelligent, experienced, a fine speaker and debater be it in parliament or on TV. He is not one of those the protesting peasants refer to rudely as “the buffaloes in Parliament”. An SLPP member, he represents what is best in the SLFP tradition: he is a moderate, progressive centrist. Someone…

Officials: Islamic State Group Plot in Morocco Foiled With US Help

RABAT, MOROCCO — Moroccan security forces with U.S. support have foiled a suspected bomb plot by the so-called Islamic State group and arrested an alleged supporter of the outlawed organization, counterterror police said Friday."This arrest is the culmination of close collaboration between (Moroccan security forces) and U.S. law-enforcement," Morocco's Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) said in a statement without giving further details about the joint operation.The arrested suspect was…

Israeli prime minister meets UAE crown prince as ties strengthened

Published by DPAThe United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed staged talks with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday, the highest-level meeting since the two countries signed a deal to establish official ties last year. The two met in Abu Dhabi and discussed cooperation on the economy, trade and development, the Emirates' WAM news agency reported. A video shared by Bennett's office showed the two shaking hands before…

Joe Show: Egypt screams from the rooftops for Prince Charles

Published by Al-ArabyAl-Araby TV, the home of the Joe Show, is part of the same family that includes al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper and The New Arab. Stay tuned each week for a translated round-up of the funniest jibes on Joe Show and English-language subtitled clips from the show's most biting digs. This week's round up is chosen from episode 27. Egypt cracks down on YouTube musicians Since 2020, Egypt's government has…

Feature: Chinese Films Appeal To Egyptian Audiences, Artistes at Cairo Film Festival

CAIRO– The small theatre of the Cairo Opera House seemed packed, as the audience were watching a group of short films, starting with China’s ‘Poem for a Distant Village,’ which is one of the 22 works, contesting in the International Short Film Competition, in the 43rd edition of Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF).Directed by Liu Bing, the 30-minute fiction, which makes its world premiere at CIFF, tells a story of…

Eminent Sudanese guitarist laments COVID-19 and on-off coups

Published by Al-ArabyIn 2008, Abazar Hamid had to hide 200 traditional jazz songs after his performances infuriated Sudan's then autocrat, Omar al-Bashir. Now in exile in Norway, like many of Sudan's refugee musicians, he is squeezed between a relentless Covid-19 pandemic that has grounded live performances, and on-off coups back home in Khartoum that makes a return improbable. “I was destroyed,” Abazar tells The New Arab of his feelings after…

Suspect Arrested in Death of Philanthropist Jacqueline Avant

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA — A 29-year-old man has been arrested in the death of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, who was fatally shot this week at the Beverly Hills home she shared with her husband, legendary music executive Clarence Avant, police said Thursday.Aariel Maynor, who was on parole, was taken into custody early Wednesday by Los Angeles police at a separate residence after a burglary there, Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook…

Poll: Most Germans in favour of tightened rules for the unvaccinated

Published by DPAThe majority of Germans are in favour of further restrictions for the unvaccinated to combat the coronavirus pandemic, according to a poll from YouGov commissioned by dpa. Some 31 per cent of respondents were in favour of a stricter implementation of rules allowing only those vaccinated against or recovered from Covid-19 to enter venues such as restaurants, cinemas or concerts, while another 25 per cent were in favour…