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Sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid are storming Men’s Fashion Week runways

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From Florence to Milan.
'From Florence to Milan.It looks like sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid are enjoying a stylish few days in Italy while walking the runways at Men’s Fashion Week.View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on Jun 14, 2019 at 12:33pm PDT In Florence the models both walked for CR Runway x LUISAVIAROMA 90th Anniversary Show which was part of the Pitti Immagine Uomo.Bella strutted out in an archival Thierry Mugler look featuring a dramatic hat, while Gigi showcased an edgy Versace gown.They both then attended the afterparty and were snapped alongside designer Virgil Abloh.The models then travelled to Milan where they both walked for the Versace Men’s spring 2020 show which Donatella dedicated to the Prodigy frontman Keith Flint who died in March.The clothes were a perfect reflection of the rebellious spirit of the music featuring plenty of leather, oversized suiting, biker jackets and denim.View this post on Instagram   A post shared by (@bellahadid) on Jun 15, 2019 at 3:37pm PDT Both Gigi and Bella evoked a modern-day tribute to the punk era; Gigi in a leather coat worn over a blue button-down shirt and tie, and Bella in a shimmering tailored suit.It may be Men’s Fashion Week in Italy, but there’s also room for these supermodel sisters.For more about Dubai’s lifestyle, news and fashion scene straight to your newsfeed, follow us on Facebook  Images: Instagram . The post Sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid are storming Men’s Fashion Week runways appeared first on Emirates Woman .'

Everything that went down at the Dubai Royal Wedding this weekend

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'The celebrations continue Last month, UAE residents were surprised when news broke out that three of HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid, Ruler of Dubai’s sons have officially tied the knot.The Crown Prince of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his two brothers HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum all got married in an Islamic ceremony on May 15.The news of their engagement first broke out last year, so who are they married too?Sheikh Hamdan is married to his cousin Shaikha Shaikha Bint Saeed Bin Thani Al Maktoum, while Sheikh Maktoum is wed to Shaikha Maryam Bint Butti Al Maktoum, and Sheikh Ahmed is married to Shaikha Midya Bint Dalmouj Al Maktoum.Even though their wedding took place in Ramadan, the first ceremony took place during Eid on June 6.As per tradition, the groom and bride hold separate receptions where the male and female guests are segregated.Therefore, the reception for the Royal brothers was held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the region’s largest events venue.It was attended by Rulers of all Emirates, Crown Princes, Sheikhs, ministers, and a large number of dignitaries.Also in attendance were state and senior officials, tribal chieftains, businessmen, entrepreneurs and heads of top international and Arab companies operating in the UAE.View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Latifa M R Al Maktoum (@latifamrm1) on Jun 6, 2019 at 8:46am PDT However, the wedding for the brides of the royal princes was held a week later.On Friday, June 14, the women celebrated in a ceremony held in South Dubai.It was a star-studded event, as it was attended by several well-known figures from the Arab world, including Saudi TV presenter Lojain Omran and Emirati singer Ahlam Al Shamsi.The television personality was the MC at the event, and donned several dresses by Lebanese designer Charbel Karam.View this post on Instagram   A post shared by فانز لجين عمران (@lojain7) on Jun 15, 2019 at 9:59am PDT Meanwhile, the UAE singer, Ahlam entertained the guests in at the ceremony by performing some of her biggest hits.She later took to Instagram to share pictures from the night, and show off her stunning Zuhair Murad gown.She wrote: Congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai and Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum for the wedding of their sons: HH Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai and HH Sheikh Ahmed and HH Sheikh Maktoum.I am honoured to be the Arab artist asked to preform at this great ceremony.I consider it a badge of honour.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Ahlam Alshamsi (@ahlamalshamsi) on Jun 14, 2019 at 6:30pm PDT However, Ahlam wasn’t the only source of entertainment for the night.Another performer who took the stage at the wedding is highly successful Iraqi singer, Majid al-Muhandis.In honour of the Royal Wedding, the 47-year-old singer released a song titled “Ahla Al-Bashayer.” The lyrics were written by Emirati poet Jamouh, celebrating the happiness and joy that the UAE citizens have experienced celebrating this occasion, under the title of the joy of a homeland.We can only assume that this was one of the songs that Majid sung at the event.View this post on Instagram   A post shared by نوف المهندس (@noofalmohandiis) on Jun 15, 2019 at 5:35pm PDT Mabrook!!! – For more about Dubai’s lifestyle, news and fashion scene straight to your newsfeed, follow us on Facebook  Media: Instagram  . The post Everything that went down at the Dubai Royal Wedding this weekend appeared first on Emirates Woman .'

Emirates Official Store collaborates with Joseph & Alexander on an environmentally conscious collection of ‘father and son’ shorts

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DUBAI: Emirates Official Store has launched Emirates Landing, a limited edition ‘father and son’ shorts collection in collaboration with sustainable fashion label, Joseph & Alexander.A thoughtful gift for Father’s Day and the summer holidays,
'DUBAI: Emirates Official Store has launched Emirates Landing, a limited edition ‘ father  and  son’  shorts collection in collaboration with sustainable fashion label, Joseph & Alexander.A thoughtful gift for Father’s Day and the summer holidays, the Emirates Landingcollection uses recycled fabric derived from ocean plastics and eco-friendly ink in the textile designs.The shorts are a departure from the airline’s traditional red colour palette, and the attention-grabbing aircraft designs in the Emirates Landing shorts collection use light blue and turquoise shades, mimicking the natural hues found in the earth’s oceans.David Staff, Manager Merchandising for Emirates Official Store said “Our collaboration with Joseph & Alexander taps into the growing community of fashion-conscious consumers who want more sustainably made clothing to extend their positive impact on the environment.At Emirates Official Store, we are already taking steps to use sustainable materials in our collections, such as bamboo and plastic-free products, as well as packaging made of recycled materials.Our focus on sustainability reflects Emirates airline’s commitment and proactive leadership in environmentally efficient air travel.” Front JA x Emirates Joseph& Alexander Founder, Alana Sorokin, said that the Emirates collaborationprovides a phenomenal platform to beckon consumers globally to “wakeup”, unite and begin tackling sustainability issues head-on: “Creatingclothing that really has something to say was part of our strategy to inciteraised levels of awareness.The Joseph & Alexander and Emirates shorts tella story, encouraging an educational conversation between adult and child aroundsustainable practices.” Tosupport its  environmental conservation goals , Emiratesoperates an eco-efficient fleet, comprised of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s.Onboard, Emirates provides sustainably made blankets for its Economy Classpassengers on long-haul flights.Each blanket is made from 28 recycled plasticbottles.Through these initiatives and others, Emirates continues to improvesustainability across its supply chain as well as in numerous aspects of itsoperations.Theairline also supports important conservation and biodiversity initiatives suchas the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in the UAE, the Wolgan Valley inAustralia’s Blue Mountains, and United for Wildlife’s efforts to combat theillegal wildlife trade.Quirky,sustainable, durable, and laced with imagination, Joseph & Alexander isfashion with a conscious.Specialising in chic childrenswear, specificallyshorts, Joseph & Alexander’s environmentally conscious pieces are designedto inspire the imagination and provoke curiosity.With each piece designed tospark an “educational conversation”, critical world issues andchampioning environmental action are at the heart of the brand.Operatingconsciously each collection depicts awareness-raising narratives of minimisingthe global environmental footprint, and having fun whilst doing so.The‘father and son’ matching limited edition shorts are available forpurchase online at  www.emirates.store.com  and allEmirates Official Store locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.Price of ‘Emirates Landing’ shorts: Boys – 185 AED/ Men – 280 AED . The post Emirates Official Store collaborates with Joseph & Alexander on an environmentally conscious collection of ‘father and son’ shorts appeared first on Biz Today .'

The Latest: Damaged oil tanker arrives off UAE coast

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Updated 1:52 am CDT, Sunday, June 16, 2019 A wooden boat sits on the beach with the Port of Khorfakkan behind it in Khorfakkan, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, June 15, 2019. The Japanese owner of the Kokuka Courageous said Friday, June 14, 2019,
'Updated 1:52 am CDT, Sunday, June 16, 2019 A wooden boat sits on the beach with the Port of Khorfakkan behind it in Khorfakkan, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, June 15, 2019. The Japanese owner of the Kokuka Courageous said Friday, June 14, 2019, that the vessel, one of two oil tankers targeted in an apparent attack in the Gulf of Oman, would be brought to the Emirati port of Khorfakkan. less A wooden boat sits on the beach with the Port of Khorfakkan behind it in Khorfakkan, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, June 15, 2019. The Japanese owner of the Kokuka Courageous said Friday, June 14, 2019, that … more Photo: Jon Gambrell, AP Photo: Jon Gambrell, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A wooden boat sits on the beach with the Port of Khorfakkan behind it in Khorfakkan, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, June 15, 2019. The Japanese owner of the Kokuka Courageous said Friday, June 14, 2019, that the vessel, one of two oil tankers targeted in an apparent attack in the Gulf of Oman, would be brought to the Emirati port of Khorfakkan. less A wooden boat sits on the beach with the Port of Khorfakkan behind it in Khorfakkan, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, June 15, 2019. The Japanese owner of the Kokuka Courageous said Friday, June 14, 2019, that … more Photo: Jon Gambrell, AP The Latest: Damaged oil tanker arrives off UAE coast 1  /  3 Back to Gallery DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 10:45 a.m. The Norwegian-owned oil tanker Front Altair, which caught fire after being apparently attacked last week in the Gulf of Oman, has arrived off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. The ship’s position was some 20 miles off the coast of the Emirati port city of Khorfakkan on Sunday. The Front Altair caught fire after the attack Thursday, sending a thick cloud of black smoke visible even by satellite from space. On Saturday, Associated Press journalists saw the crew members of Front Altair after their Iran Air flight from Bandar Abbas, Iran, landed at Dubai International Airport. The U.S. has blamed Iran for what it described as an attack with limpet mines on the two tankers. Tehran rejects the allegation, instead accusing the U.S. under President Donald Trump of pursuing an “Iranophobic” campaign against it. ___ 10:35 a.m. Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says the kingdom isn’t seeking war in the region, but won’t hesitate to deal with any threats to its people and vital interests. In his first public remarks since attacks last month on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, the powerful Saudi prince accused Iran of using militias to destabilize the region. He said the attacks days earlier on vessels in the Gulf of Oman, as well as on an oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia and a civilian airport in the kingdom’s southern city of Abha, “confirm the importance of our demands of the international community to take a decisive stance” against Iran’s behavior. He made the remarks in an interview published Sunday by the pan-Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. ___ 7 a.m. Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they’ve launched a new drone attack against Saudi Arabia. The kingdom says it shot down one Houthi drone. The Houthi’s Al-Masirah satellite news channel announced the attack late Saturday night. Yahia al-Sarie, a Houthi spokesman, said their drones targeted airports in Jizan and Abha in Saudi Arabia. Early Sunday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it shot down a drone near the Abha regional airport. A statement from spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki did not address the Houthi claim regarding a drone attack on Jizan. The Houthis say they launched a cruise missile that struck the Abha airport Wednesday. Saudi Arabia says that attack wounded 26 people.'

Kim Kardashian wore Vetements to announce a new initiative at the White House

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Ultimate power suit.
'Ultimate power suit.Kim Kardashian West continues to advocate for prison reform in the US with her recent visit to the White House.Kim Kardashian West spoke at a White House event on felons re-entering the workforce: “These people want to work.They want the best outcome.” She thanked Pres.Trump for “standing behind this issue.” https://t.co/qxkJEoRglF pic.twitter.com/S2ytb4hPRT — ABC News (@ABC) June 13, 2019 Standing alongside president Donald Trump, the reality TV star (who has taken on a four-year law apprenticeship with a goal of taking the bar in 2022) was dressed in an oversized green suit from Vetements that she styled with a Hermes Birkin bag.Second Chance Hiring & Re-entry event at the White House today pic.twitter.com/kEUgqITmIE — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 13, 2019 She was in Washington to discuss her ride share partnership with Lyft –  transportation network company based in San Francisco, California – to give credit to recently released prisoners in order to help them get to and from job interviews. “Today, I’m honored to be a part of the announcement that the administration and the private sector are stepping up to create opportunities for these men and women to succeed once home,” she wrote on Twitter. “Proud to partner on this initiative with @Lyft, a company with a history of taking bold action to do what’s right for our community.” Kardashian West has become a regular at the White House.Notably last year she persuaded the president to to pardon 63-year-old grandmother Alice Marie Johnson who was serving a life sentence without parole for drug offences.Thank you @KimKardashian for your passionate advocacy of CJR and Second Chance hiring! pic.twitter.com/CMV1t1hoaO — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 14, 2019 She has continued to show passion for the law and is determined to create opportunities for those coming home from prison, writing on Twitter: “While I have been able to offer support to some of the individuals I have met, the obstacles to success are an everyday struggle for thousands and more needs to be done.” For more about Dubai’s lifestyle, news and fashion scene straight to your newsfeed, follow us on Facebook  Images: Twitter . The post Kim Kardashian wore Vetements to announce a new initiative at the White House appeared first on Emirates Woman .'

Iran summons UK envoy over 'unfounded' tanker accusations

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'DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran on Saturday summoned the British ambassador to Tehran after London blamed it for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the semi-official Students News Agency ISNA reported, a claim denied by the British government. “During the meeting with Iran’s foreign ministry official, Iran strongly condemned the unfounded allegations and criticized Britain’s unacceptable stance regarding the attacks in the Gulf of Oman,” it said.The ambassador was asked for an explanation and correction after Britain was the only nation to echo U.S. accusations, ISNA reported.A British foreign ministry official said the report was wrong and the ambassador has not been summoned.British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt issued a statement on Friday blaming Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for the attacks, saying no other state or non-state actor could have been responsible.Iran has denied any involvement.The attacks have raised fears of a confrontation in the vital oil shipping route of the Strait of Hormuz at a time of increased tension between Iran and the United States.Source: Read Full Article . The post Iran summons UK envoy over 'unfounded' tanker accusations appeared first on Best World News .'

Saudi seeks oil supply protection as U.S and Iran face off

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By Asma Alsharif DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia called for swift action to secure Gulf energy supplies, after the United States blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in a vital oil shipping route that have raised fears of broader confrontation
'By Asma Alsharif DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia called for swift action to secure Gulf energy supplies, after the United States blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in a vital oil shipping route that have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region. Thursday’s tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman exacerbated the antagonistic fallout from similar blasts in May that crippled four vessels. Washington, already embroiled in a standoff with Iran over its nuclear programme, has blamed Tehran. Iran has denied any role in the strikes on the tankers south of the Strait of Hormuz, a major transit route for oil from Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, and other Gulf producers. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said “there must be a rapid and decisive response to the threat” to energy supplies, market stability and consumer confidence after the attacks in the Gulf area, the Saudi Energy Ministry reported on Twitter. The U.S. military released a video on Thursday, saying it showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were behind the explosions that damaged the Norwegian-owned Front Altair and the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous. “Iran did do it and you know they did it because you saw the boat,” U.S. President Donald Trump told Fox News on Friday. The United States has tightened sanctions on Iran since Washington withdrew from a 2015 nuclear pact between Tehran and global powers last year. Washington’s stated aim is to drive Iranian oil exports, the mainstay of its economy, to zero. Tehran has said that if its oil exports were halted, it could block the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow channel of water separating Iran and Oman through which a fifth of the oil consumed globally passes. ENERGY SECURITY Oil prices have climbed 3.4% since Thursday’s attacks. Ship insurers said insurance costs for ships sailing through the Middle East have jumped by at least 10%. “The kingdom is committed to ensuring stability of global oil markets,” the Saudi energy minister said in Japan at a meeting of energy ministers from the G20 group of nations. Japanese Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said ministers agreed on the need to “work together to deal with the recent incidents from (an) energy security point of view.” Trump, who pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal under which world powers agreed to ease international sanctions on Iran in return for curbs on Tehran’s nuclear work, said any move to close the Strait of Hormuz would not last long. He also said he was open to holding talks with Iran, although Tehran said it had no plans to negotiate with the United States unless it reversed a decision on the nuclear deal. Tehran and Washington have both said they have no interest in a war. But this has done little to assuage concerns that the arch foes could stumble into conflict. A U.S. official told Reuters a surface-to-air missile was fired from Iranian territory on Thursday morning at a U.S. drone that was near Front Altair following the attack on the tanker. The missile did not hit the drone, the official said. U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the United States was “planning various contingencies” when asked if more military forces would be sent to the area, but added that the focus was on building an international consensus. “We also need to broaden our support for this international situation,” he told reporters. RESTRAINT As well as blaming Iran for the tanker attacks, Washington has also said Tehran was behind May 14 drone strikes on two Saudi oil-pumping stations. Tehran has denied all those charges. Britain has backed the United States in blaming Iran for the tanker attacks, saying no other state or non-state actor could have been responsible. But others have urged caution. Germany said the video was not enough to prove Iran’s role, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an independent investigation to determine responsibility. China and the European Union called for restraint. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani renewed Iran’s threat to continue scaling back compliance with the nuclear deal unless other signatories to the pact show “positive signals”. He did not specify what Iran wanted in his comments to a meeting of Asian leaders in Tajikistan. France and other European signatories to the nuclear deal, have said they wanted to save the accord, but many of their companies have cancelled deals with Tehran, under pressure from the United States. (Additional reporting by Michele Kambas in Nicosia, Nazarali Pirnazarov in Dushanbe, Yuka Obayashi in Karuizawa; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)'

Red Is So Overrated; Ferrari SF90 Stradale Is Much Better In Azzurro Dino Blue

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The SF90 Stradale uses a twin-turbo V8 and three electric motors - and looks stunning in that hue.
'Now that the SF90 Stradale is out in the open, we imagine prospective customers (or just Ferrari fans) around the world are already speccing out the hybrid supercar in various different colors and paint schemes. This rendering shows the new hybrid supercar in a particularly eye-catching finish. The SF90 Stradale pictured here is finished in a shade of blue dubbed Azzurro Dino and sports a racing stripe in yellow and white. There’s no denying that most Ferrari customers opt for the default red for their Prancing Horses. However, this SF90 shows that something a little more unique can look just as good, if not better. Also Read: Azzurro Dino Blue Ferrari F12tdf Is A 770hp Smurf Azzurro Dino was made particularly famous thanks to a prolific car collector in Dubai. The businessman owns an impressive collection of exotics and has had many of his cars wrapped or painted in Azzurro Dino with yellow and white racing stripes. These include a LaFerrari, Enzo, F40, 458 Speciale, Porsche Carrera GT, and a rare Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster . The design of the SF90 Stradale appears to be dividing opinions on the interwebs, but one thing everyone can agree on is just how fast the supercar is. Sitting beneath the skin is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 pumping out 769 hp and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. This engine is paired to a hybrid system with three electric motors, two of which are located at the front axle while the third is found between the V8 and the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission – and performance is stunning, as the SF90 hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.5 seconds, 124 mph (200 km/h) in 6.7 seconds and a 211 mph (340 km/h) top speed. View this post on Instagram The New SF90 Stradale What do you guys think? Love it or hate it, what would you change? #Ferrari #SF90Stradale #AzzurroDino A post shared by Nicolas Proulx (@fmpnick) on May 29, 2019 at 1:55pm PDT'

Turkey rises in popularity as shopping destination; Foreign tourist spend climbs to new highs

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By Jennifer De Guzman DUBAI: One in every eight Turkish Lira is now generated by the nation’s travel and tourism sector.According to a recent report[1], the sector contributed TL 461.3 billion (USD 95.6 billion) to the country’s economy in 2018,
'By Jennifer De Guzman DUBAI: One in every eight Turkish Lira is now generated by the nation’s travel and tourism sector.According to a recent report [1] , the sector contributed TL 461.3 billion (USD 95.6 billion) to the country’s economy in 2018, with the sector now representing a 12.1% share of the Turkish economy.Growth in the Turkey’s tourism sector has in fact outpaced the global growth rate: the nation’s travel and tourism economy grew by 15% in 2018, significantly higher than the global growth rate of 3.9%. ‘Thetravel and tourism sector plays a crucial role as a driver of economic growth,job creation and social inclusion.Repeat visits from tourists from the GCCcountries in particular help fuel the growth of this sector.We expect touristspending in Turkey to continue undeterred through to the end of this year asthe number of visitors bound for Turkish cities rises,’ noted Salih Ozer,Attaché of Culture and Information, Turkey to the UAE.Thereport further ranked the Turkish city of Istanbul eighth in the world for internationalspend, accruing USD 16.3 billion in visitor exports, ahead even of otherpopular European destinations such as London, Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam.Alarge slice of this spend has been attributed to Turkey’s growing popularity asa shopping destination.A significantspike has been reported in the number of international tourists — particularly touristsfrom neighbouring Arab Countries — travelling into Turkey to shop, especiallyfor high-end designer and luxury brands.According to recent estimates [2] , foreign tourists held anotable share in the turnover of shopping centres in Turkey last year: shoppingwith foreign cards amounted to TL 26.3 billion in 2018, representing anincrease of 76% year-on-year. ‘Thisincrease in foreign tourist spend within Turkey has also resulted in growth forthe nation’s retail sector.Travellers can enjoy greater value for their moneyin Turkey when compared to other popular destinations around the world across awide spectrum of goods and services,’ added the attaché. The2018 research also shows that leisure travellers primarily drove the tourismsector in Turkey with 87% spending generated by leisure visitors and 13% frombusiness travellers.The sector is also strongly weighted towards internationaltravel: 61% of the spending came from international travellers and 39% fromdomestic travel. [1] Source: World Travel and Tourism Council’s City Travel &Tourism Impact Report ; Turkey tops European Travel &Tourism growthranking in 2018 [2] Source: Shopping with foreign cards up 76%, hits over TL 26Bin 2018 . The post Turkey rises in popularity as shopping destination; Foreign tourist spend climbs to new highs appeared first on Biz Today .'

Trump says 'Iran did do it,' as U.S. seeks support on Gulf oil tanker attacks

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DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf and said it was seeking international consensus about the threat to shipping, despite Tehran denying involvement in the
'DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf and said it was seeking international consensus about the threat to shipping, despite Tehran denying involvement in the explosions at sea.Thursday’s attacks raised fears of a confrontation in the vital oil shipping route at a time of increased tension between Iran and the United States over U.S. sanctions and military moves in the Middle East, Tehran’s proxy groups in the region and its nuclear program. “Iran did do it and you know they did it because you saw the boat,” U.S.President Donald Trump told Fox News.He was referring to a video released on Thursday by the U.S. military which said it showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were behind the blasts that struck the Norwegian-owned Front Altair and the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous in the Gulf of Oman, at the mouth of the Gulf.Iran said the video proved nothing and that it was being made into a scapegoat. “These accusations are alarming,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.Iran has dismissed earlier U.S. charges that it was behind the attacks and has accused the United States and its regional allies such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of “warmongering” by making accusations against it.Last month, the United States sharply tightened economic sanctions that are damaging the economy of Iran, which in response has threatened to step up its nuclear activity.Tehran has said it could block the Strait of Hormuz, the main route out for Middle Eastern oil, if its own exports were halted.Trump, who last year pulled the United States out of an agreement between world powers and Tehran to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief, said any move to close the Strait of Hormuz would not last long but added that he was open to negotiations with Iran.Iran has repeatedly said it will not re-enter talks with the United States unless it reverses Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal.Tehran and Washington have both said they have no interest in starting a war.But this has done little to assuage concerns that the two arch foes could stumble into a conflict.A U.S. official told Reuters on Friday a surface-to-air missile was fired from Iranian territory on Thursday morning at a U.S. drone that was near Front Altair following the attack on the tanker.The missile did not hit the drone, the official said.Related Coverage U.S. focus is to build global consensus after Mideast oil tanker attacks: Shanahan Britain blames Iran for attacks on tankers in Gulf of Oman Trump’s administration is focused on building international consensus here following the attacks, U.S.Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said.Asked whether he was considering sending more troops or military capabilities to the Middle East, Shanahan said: “As you know we’re always planning various contingencies.” But he emphasized the issue of building consensus. “When you look at the situation, a Norwegian ship, a Japanese ship, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, 15 percent of the world’s oil flows through the Strait of Hormuz,” he said. “So we obviously need to make contingency plans should the situation deteriorate.We also need to broaden our support for this international situation,” he told reporters.GRAPHIC: Attacks in Gulf of Oman – tmsnrt.rs/2X8ePpU OIL, INSURANCE Oil prices rose about 1% on Friday, reflecting the jitters.Insurance costs for ships sailing through the Middle East have jumped by at least 10% after the attacks, ship insurers said.U.N.Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an independent investigatihere of the attacks.The tanker attacks took place while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan – a big buyer of Iranian oil until it was forced by the new U.S. sanctions to stop – was visiting Tehran on a peacemaking mission, bringing a message from Trump.Iran dismissed Trump’s message, details of which were not made public. “I do not see Trump as worthy of any message exchange, and I do not have any reply for him, now or in future,” Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said.Washington has also blamed Iran or its proxies for attacks on May 12 that crippled four oil tankers in the same area, and has said Tehran was behind May 14 drone strikes on two Saudi oil-pumping stations.Tehran has denied all those charges.The U.S. military said black-and-white footage it filmed from a U.S. aircraft showed Iran’s Guards on a patrol boat drawing up to the Kokuka Courageous and removing an unexploded limpet mine from its hull.The Japanese-owned tanker, abandoned by its crew, was being towed to a port in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, after a Dutch firm said it had been appointed to salvage the ships.The second tanker, the Front Altair, which was set ablaze by a blast, was still languishing at sea, although the fire that had charred the hull had been put out.Iranian military fast-boats in the Gulf of Oman were preventing two privately owned tug boats from towing away the Front Altair, a U.S. official said on Friday.China, the European Union and others have called for restraint from all sides.In a notable signal that close U.S. allies are wary of Washington’s position, Germany said the U.S. video was not enough to apportion blame for Thursday’s attack.But British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt differed, saying no other state here or non-state actor could have been responsible.Last month Washington scrapped waivers that had allowed some countries to continue importing Iranian oil, effectively ordering all countries to blacklist Iran or face sanctions themselves.Iran’s crude exports fell to about 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) in May, starving Iran’s economy of its main source of revenue.Iran says it is still abiding by the terms of the nuclear deal, but cannot do so indefinitely unless it receives some of the economic benefits that were promised.There have been conflicting accounts of the cause of Thursday’s blasts.An initial report that Kokuka Courageous was struck by a torpedo was dismissed by a source familiar with the issue.The owner of the tanker, which carried methanol, later said it was hit by two “flying objects”. Iranian TV showed 23 crew in Iran believed to be from Front Altair on Friday, and said its experts would assess whether they could return to the ship.The crew from Kokuka Courageous were picked up and handed to a U.S.Navy ship on Thursday.Position of tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman – tmsnrt.rs/2XR9D76 Source: Read Full Article . The post Trump says 'Iran did do it,' as U.S. seeks support on Gulf oil tanker attacks appeared first on Best World News .'

In Gulf, US Contends With Shadowy New Head of Iran’s Fast-Boat Navy

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A second U.S.Navy destroyer, the Mason, was en route to the Gulf of Oman on Friday in a show of force, set to join the destroyer Bainbridge in the region following reported attacks on two civilian oil tankers.
'A second U.S.Navy destroyer, the Mason, was en route to the Gulf of Oman on Friday in a show of force, set to join the destroyer Bainbridge in the region following reported attacks on two civilian oil tankers . U.S. leaders have blamed the attacks, which damaged the vessels but appear to have caused no casualties, on the fast-boat navy of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), now led by a shadowy figure, Adm.Alireza Tangsiri. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Tangsiri maintains that the U.S. is bluffing.The Americans “just want to exert pressure in order to have negotiations,” Tangsiri, the newly appointed commander of the IRGC navy, said last month of a recent buildup of U.S. forces in the region led by the carrier Lincoln and its strike group.In his only known public statement, Tangsiri told Iran’s Fars news agency that “we are fully prepared and, if the enemy makes any mistakes, we can in the first stage hit all American installations in the area.Surely, the enemy will not make such a mistake.” Related content: Who is this saber-rattling admiral? \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “Not much is known about him,” American Enterprise Institute analyst Michael Rubin said of Tangsiri, who replaced Adm.Ali Fedavi with a mandate from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni for “accelerated growth of military capabilities and preparations.” Since Tangsiri took over earlier this year, “there’s been a huge increase in Iranian [unmanned aerial vehicle] activity” over the region to monitor U.S. movements, said Rubin, an Iran specialist with close ties to the U.S.Navy.Iran has long relied on a “good cop, bad cop” strategy at sea with the U.S.Navy, he said, with the regular Iranian navy maintaining professional contacts with American ships while the IRGC navy threatens to go rogue. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t In the current crisis, Rubin said he doesn’t immediately foresee the U.S. returning to the so-called “tanker wars” strategy of the 1980s, when Navy warships escorted re-flagged Kuwaiti tankers through the Gulf and the Straits of Hormuz.Retired Vice Adm.Michael Franken agreed. “There’s nothing to be gained by running to the gun here” in response to two abandoned tankers burning in the Gulf, said Franken, a 36-year veteran with long experience in the region and now an analyst at the Stimson Center.In addition, the Navy lacks the assets for prolonged escort duty, Franken said. “It becomes a huge, huge lift for the Navy,” he said. “No, I don’t think we’re going to be headed to tanker escorting duties.” On Friday, President Donald Trump blamed Iran for the explosions aboard the two tankers and ramped up pressure on Tehran.At the same time, he left room for the possibility of negotiations.Trump went on the cable program “Fox & Friends” and said that the video released by U.S.Central Command showing a small Iranian boat pulling what was said to be a limpet mine from the side of one of the tankers was evidence of Iran’s culpability. “Well, Iran did do it, and you know they did do it because you saw the boat.They didn’t want the evidence left behind,” Trump said. “It was them that did it.” “They’re a nation of terror,” he said of Iran, but “they’ve changed a lot since I’ve been president.” “They’re in deep, deep trouble” because of sanctions imposed by the U.S., Trump said, but “we want to get them back to the table if they want to get back.I’m in no rush.” He added that if Iran seeks to close the Straits of Hormuz, through which passes about 30% of the world’s oil, “it won’t be closed for long.” In a series of releases Thursday, the Navy and U.S.Central Command said the service had received a pair of distress calls within an hour from the tankers Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous, which were proceeding about 10 nautical miles from each other in the Gulf of Oman.The Bainbridge, which had been about 40 miles from the general area, took aboard 21 crew members from the Kokuka Courageous, the Navy said.The Mason was joining the Bainbridge in the Gulf of Oman on Friday, it added. “This is what we’re out here for,” said Cmdr.M.Kathryn Devine, commander of the Bainbridge, according to the Navy release. “Our mission is to ensure maritime safety and to answer the call for aid when we can.” The 23 crew members of the Altair, who had abandoned ship, were initially picked up by the cargo ship Hyundai Dubai and then transferred to an Iranian naval vessel and taken to the port city of Jask, according to a statement from the Bermuda-based Norwegian company Frontline Ltd., owner of the Front Adair.Frontline Ltd. said the crew members were unharmed and are expected to be repatriated shortly.The ship remained afloat, it said, adding, “The cause of the explosion remains unknown to the company, although we have ruled out the possibility that it was caused by mechanical or human error.” Iran’s English-language Press TV showed footage of several of the Front Adair crew members apparently in good condition. “This video refutes false reports by some media outlets claiming that Iran avoided helping the sailors working on the vessel,” Press TV said.At a news conference Thursday, U.S.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the tanker attacks. “It is the assessment of the United States that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks,” Pompeo said. “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication,” he added.In response, Amir Abdollahian, chief adviser to the Iranian Parliament speaker, said in a series of Tweets on Friday that U.S. intelligence agencies and Israel’s Mossad intelligence service were responsible for the tanker attacks, Iran’s Fars news agency reported. “The main suspects of the recent insecurities in the region of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman are the U.S. intelligence services and Mossad,” Abdollahian said Friday, in a post on his Twitter page.Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, said solid evidence of Iran’s involvement in the tanker attacks is lacking, but the toll on Iranians of the U.S. sanctions makes it increasingly likely that the Tehran regime will lash out. “Iran is looking for some kind of concession,” Slavin said. “If the U.S. continues to force the embargo, you’re going to see more incidents like this.” In a statement Friday from its United Nations mission, Iran acknowledged frustration at the economic sanctions. “The U.S. economic war and terrorism against the Iranian people, as well as its massive military presence in the region, have been and continue to be the main sources of insecurity and instability in the wider Persian Gulf region and the most significant threat to its peace and security,” the statement said. — Richard Sisk can be reached at Richard.Sisk@Military.com . 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Iranian Gunboats Forcibly Detain Rescued Tanker Crew

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Iranian gunboats reportedly tried to round up the crews of both tankers attacked Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, but were only able to take one crew into custody, according to a Fox News report and U.S.Central Command.
'Iranian gunboats reportedly tried to round up the crews of both tankers attacked Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, but were only able to take one crew into custody, according to a Fox News report and U.S.Central Command.Sailors on the Front Altair were reportedly first rescued by the Hyundai Dubai, however, Iranian gunboats closed in and demanded the crew be turned over, U.S.Central Command said in a statement. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t The statement said that aircraft dispatched to the attack site observed “an IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) Hendijan class patrol boat and multiple IRGC fast attack craft/fast inshore attack craft (FAC/FIAC) in the vicinity of the M/T Altair.” The statement said that the Iranian craft acted aggressively. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “(T)he Iranians requested that the motor vessel Hyundai Dubai, which had rescued the sailors from the M/T Altair, to turn the crew over to the Iranian FIACs.The motor vessel Hyundai Dubai complied with the request and transferred the crew of the M/T Altair to the Iranian FIACs,” the statement said.TRENDING: American Medical Association Successfully Rejects ‘Medicare for All’ In the meantime, the statement said 21 sailors from the Kokuka Courageous were picked up by the Coastal Ace, a Dutch tugboat, and then transferred to the destroyer USS Bainbridge. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “While the Hendijan patrol boat appeared to attempt to get to the tug Coastal Ace before USS Bainbridge, the mariners were rescued by USS Bainbridge at the request of the master of the M/T Kokuka Courageous,” the statement said.The 23 crew members from the Front Altair are now being held in Iran, Fox News reported.Iran was quick to show an image of what it says is the sailors in good health. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Iran’s English-language Press TV showed film and images and said they were in “full health.” Video shows crewmembers of a tanker hit by suspicious blast in Sea of Oman who were saved by Iranian rescue teams and transferred to Jask port. #SeaofOman pic.twitter.com/XE2Nd5cynF — Press TV (@PressTV) June 13, 2019 “This video refutes false reports by some media outlets claiming that Iran avoided help the sailors working on the vessel,” Press TV said.It said that of the 23 people in the crew 11 were Russian, 11 Filipino and one Georgian.It is unclear when the sailors will leave Iran.USS Mason, a guided-missile destroyer, is now patrolling the area of the Gulf of Oman where the attacks took place.RELATED: US Navy Releases Footage of Tanker Attack Aftermath That Has ‘Iran Written All Over It,’ Trump Says The U.S. has blamed Iran for the attacks and on Thursday, released video of what it said was an Iranian vessel removing an unexploded mine from the hull of the Kokuka Courageous. “You saw the boat.It has Iran written all over it,” President Donald Trump said during an interview Friday on “Fox & Friends.” Is Iran trying to start a war? 100% (18 Votes) 0% (0 Votes) “They didn’t want the evidence left behind.They don’t know that we have things that we can detect in the dark that work very well.We have that.It was them that did it,” he said.Iran has denied any role in the attacks. “Fire has been contained on both tankers … We have sent experts to evaluate whether the crew rescued by Iran can return to (one) tanker,” Allahmorad Afifipour, head of ports in the Iranian province of Hormozgan, said, according to Reuters . Meanwhile late Thursday, Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo shipping company which owns the Kokuka Courageous, said he doubted a mine caused the damage to his vessel. “Our crew said that the ship was attacked by a flying object,” he said according to The New York Times . He stated that the holes in the ship’s hull were above its waterline. “There is zero possibility that they were torpedoes,” he said.We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism.Read our editorial standards . Source link . The post Iranian Gunboats Forcibly Detain Rescued Tanker Crew appeared first on EPeak World News .'