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  1. Prince Alwaleed, whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes magazine at $17 billion, is chairman and owner of international investment firm Kingdom Holding-Reuters DUBAI/JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia?s billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said. Prince Alwaleed, whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes magazine at $17 billion, is chairman and owner of international investment firm Kingdom Holding, and one of the country?s most prominent businessmen. ?He offered a certain figure but it doesn?t meet the figure required from him, and until today the attorney-general hasn?t approved it,? the official said on condition of anonymity under government briefing rules. A second source familiar with Prince Alwaleed?s case told Reuters on Saturday that he had offered to make a ?donation? to the Saudi government, which would avoid any admission of wrongdoing, and to do so from assets of his own choosing. But the government refused those terms, the source said. Since early November Prince Alwaleed has been held, with dozens of other members of Saudi Arabia?s political and business elite detained in the crackdown, in Riyadh?s opulent Ritz Carlton hotel as authorities seek to reach settlements with the detainees. Saudi officials say they aim to claw back some $100 billion of funds that rightfully belong to the state. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who launched the crackdown, has indicated he wants to close existing cases quickly and expects most suspects to cut a deal. The allegations against Prince Alwaleed include money laundering, bribery and extorting officials, a Saudi official told Reuters soon after his detention. Neither he nor his company has commented publicly on the charges. Kingdom Holding, which has said it is continuing to operate normally, did not respond to requests for comment when asked about any settlement talks. Construction giant Saudi Binladin Group said on Saturday that some of its shareholders might transfer part of their holdings to the state in a settlement with authorities. Chairman Bakr Bin Laden and several family members were detained in the crackdown. In late November, senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching a settlement with authorities that involved paying more than $1 billion, according to a Saudi official.
  2. Britain?s Prince Harry and his US fiancee Meghan Markle were given some street-level tips for their wedding music LONDON: Britain?s Prince Harry and his US fiancee Meghan Markle were given some street-level tips for their wedding music as they visited a pioneering radio station in south London on Tuesday. Harry, fifth-in-line to the throne, and actress Markle, best known for the TV legal drama ?Suits?, announced their engagement in November, with the wedding set for May at Queen Elizabeth?s Windsor Castle home to the west of London. On their second official royal outing together, the couple were greeted by large crowds when they visited the Reprezent radio station in Brixton which was set up in 2008 as part of a response to a rise in knife crime among young people. The station trains hundreds of young people each year in media and employment skills. It offers training in topics ranging from audio and radio production and editing to communication skills and work experience. It also runs programs supporting youngsters with specific issues like mental health challenges, a cause dear to Harry?s heart. The station trains hundreds of young people each year in media and employment skills Presenter Gloria Beyi, 17, said the couple showed a keen interest in the station?s music. ?The main thing I observed is they go quite well together,? she told Reuters. ?This is genuine - this is real stuff. Having both of them in one room trying to talk to you and having interest in the station, how it works, the relationship between everyone, it?s just so amazing.? Asked about possible wedding music recommendations, she said: ?A little bit of house, a little bit of hip-hop, cos Harry did say that he is interested in hip-hop and house. ?So, that mixed together at a wedding? Then you?re pretty good. Those two genres if they?re there, you?re pretty sorted for your wedding.? Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, will marry at Windsor?s St George?s Chapel on May 19.
  3. As a nation, India is thriving hard to steer fast into becoming a super economy but when you realise that there are issues of debate that surprises one to no end, you wonder are we really developing? While, the nation continues debating Section 377 and the whole idea of how we perceive homosexuality in general, Manvendra Singh Govil, an Indian prince and the heir of Maharaja of Rajpipla of Gujarat, is doing something which few would even dare to think. © wikimedia The prince has decided to open his palace in support of the LGBT community. He even runs a centre called the 'Lakshya Trust'. He wants to ensure a proper social system in place for the people belonging to this community in order to protect their welfare. In an interview with International Business Insider he opened up about the whole idea behind this noble thought. “If I could undergo these problems then any other gay person could face a similar situation. In India, we have a family system and we are mentally conditioned to be with our parents. The moment you try to come out, you are told you will be thrown out and society will boycott you. You become a social outcast. A lot of people are financially dependent on their parents. I want to give people social and financial empowerment, so eventually people who want to come out won't be affected. They will have their own social security system. It won't make a difference if they are disinherited.” © YouTube When the Prince first came out in the open about his sexual orientation, he was shunned by his own family. His story was voiced out by many TV shows which wanted to throw light on the situation and make the world more aware about how this is not supposed to be a 'taboo'. He even appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network back in 2007 and spoke about how he had no regrets about the whole thing. He won a lot of support and even inspired many to come out and accept their reality. He was recently spotted in the last season of 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' as well, where he spoke to the family about the issues that surround people from this community. One needs to realise that when we try to address issues of communal harmony and dream of developing our nation, how callously we shun the LGBT community who deserve to live in peace like every one else. We have mad respect for the prince and hope he continues to inspire more people to open their hearts to this sensitive issue.
  4. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Files PARIS: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is to travel to Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron at around the end of February or early March, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told French TV CNEWS. Asked if Prince Mohammed ? known as MbS ? would be visiting Paris, Jubeir said: ?Yes, god willing. He received an invitation from President Emmanuel Macron. We?re thinking about an end February-early March date.? He said the exact date had not been finalised yet but would be decided upon in the coming weeks. Jubeir?s comments were broadcast via a French translation. Spearheaded by Prince Mohammed, Saudi Arabia has detained dozens of senior business people and government officials, accusing them of crimes including money laundering although not of terror financing. Prince Mohammed is also leading sweeping economic and social reforms intended to remodel the world?s top oil exporter and biggest Arab economy into a modern state no longer dependent on petroleum. These include the planned the sale of five percent of state oil giant Saudi Aramco, which could be the biggest IPO in history.
  5. Reza Pahlavi ? the last heir apparent to the defunct throne of the Imperial State of Iran and the current head of the exiled House of Pahlavi ? speaks during an interview with Reuters in Washington, US, January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts WASHINGTON: The Trump administration should encourage US technology companies to provide communication services to Iranians as they protest their country?s clerical rulers, Reza Pahlavi ? the last heir to the Iranian monarchy ? said. In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Pahlavi also criticized the Trump administration?s ban on travel to the United States by most Iranians, calling it ?ridiculous?. Anti-government protests have gripped Iran for nearly a week in the most sustained challenge to the Islamic Republic?s clerical elite in almost a decade. Pahlavi has lived in exile for nearly four decades since his father ? the US-backed Shah ? was overthrown in the 1979 Revolution. The opposition to Iran?s clerical government is atomized, with no clear recognized leader. But some demonstrators have in recent days chanted slogans in favour of Reza Shah ? Pahlavi?s grandfather ? breaking a longstanding taboo. Pahlavi said he wants to see Iranians ?determine their own fate out of their own free will?, and praised US President Donald Trump and members of his cabinet for speaking in support of Iranian protesters. But he said they also should take steps to ensure that Iranians have access to communication and social media tools, which they have used to share videos and messages documenting protests and clashes with security forces. Iran ? which bars the use of major social media platforms ? also has restricted access to the Telegram messaging app, and Iranian users in recent days have reported major hurdles in accessing the internet. ?We need more than lip service. We need to see concrete actions,? Pahlavi said. ?This has to be immediate... As we speak, the regime is attempting yet again to try to shut down whatever it is, whether it?s Instagram or Telegram.? There is a precedent for this type of US intervention. In 2009, amid mass protests over a disputed election, an Obama administration official asked Twitter executives to delay scheduled maintenance so Iranians could continue to use the service to communicate. Technology experts have documented numerous examples of commercial services being denied to Iranians, often because of concerns about running afoul of US sanctions. Activists have urged tech companies to loosen their Iran policies, but say the Trump administration could expand exemptions to make clear that some services are allowed. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a news briefing on Tuesday that the United States wants to see Iranians have access to social media and other tools. But when asked if Google was ?over-interpreting? US sanctions on Iran by blocking access to one of its services there, Nauert said she had ?no idea?. Asked if the State Department is urging tech companies to do more to ensure access for Iranians, a State Department spokeswoman did not answer directly but said US support for the free flow of information to Iranians ?is a key element of the President?s new US strategy for Iran?. Exemptions to sanctions The Obama administration approved exemptions to US sanctions that allowed for providing chat, email, social networking, photo sharing, web browsing, blogging, and other personal communication services. Twitter and messaging service Signal did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Facebook and Google declined to comment. ?The policies of these companies are not really clear,? Amir Rashidi ? an internet security researcher at New York-based non-governmental organization (NGO) Center for Human Rights in Iran ? said. Pahlavi critiqued the Trump administration?s decision to ban nearly all Iranian travellers and immigrants from the US as part of a broader travel ban targeting several mostly Muslim countries. ?Iranian diplomats still can travel (here) but innocent Iranians, who, in fact, work and have built this country are barred from coming,? said Pahlavi, who lives in the United States. ?Why? Because they?re under the so-called ban. That?s ridiculous.? A State Department spokeswoman said US support for the Iranian people ?is a fundamentally separate issue? from the travel ban.
  6. Britain's Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace in London, Britain, November 27, 2017. Photo: Reuters file Harry, Queen Elizabeth?s grandson and fifth-in-line to the throne, will tie the knot with Markle on May 19 at Windsor Castle, the royal palace home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. According to the Office for National Statistics, the wedding of Harry?s elder brother William to wife Kate in April 2011 led to an increase of 350,000 visitors to the UK compared to the same month the year before and business valuation consultancy Brand Finance predicted a similar surge in May. In total, it estimates the nuptials will generate some 500 million pounds ($680 million). ?We think approximately 200 million pounds will come from tourism, travel, hotels,? the company?s chief executive David Haigh told Reuters. About 150 million pounds would be spent on people having parties and celebrating with 50 million coming from people buying T-shirts, hats and other commemorative items, he said. The wedding would also be worth about 100 million pounds in free advertising for Britain around the world, he added. Businesses in Windsor are already gearing up to take advantage of the worldwide interest in the couple, with Harry, 33, one of the most popular members of the British royal family and Markle, 36, best known for her starring role in the TV legal drama ?Suits?, providing some Hollywood sparkle. ?It?s going to be a massive boost for the economy, it?s going to be great to see so many people here for the wedding and actually to host the wedding itself,? said Andrew Lee, manager of the Harte and Garter hotel opposite Windsor Castle. British tourism bosses are already predicting 2018 to be a bumper year for the industry, aided by a fall in the value of the pound since the 2016 vote to leave the European Union which has attracted visitors and deterred Britons from vacationing abroad. VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, estimates that 41.7 million visits from overseas will be made to the United Kingdom in 2018, generating 26.9 billion pounds in the process.
  7. The Sharifs held a 1.5 hour-long meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman late Monday night, Sharif family's spokesman confirmed RIYADH: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a 1.5 hour-long meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman late Monday night, Sharif family's spokesman confirmed. Nawaz then left for Madinah and visited Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH) before leaving for Jeddah. He will now proceed to Makkah for Umrah, after which the PML-N chief will fly back to Islamabad today, the spokesman added. Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of the former premier, posted on twitter that her father would return to Pakistan tonight after performing Umrah. She also shared a picture of Nawaz offering salam at Jannat-ul-Baqee. 'Went to Saudi Arabia on being invited for Umrah' Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif returned to Pakistan on Tuesday after his six-day visit. Later addressing media at the inauguration of a kidney centre, Shehbaz said that he went to Saudi Arabia after being invited for Umrah, in response to increasing criticism by opposition parties on Sharif brothers' multiple Saudi visits. "Saudi Arabia is among the best friends of Pakistan. It has helped Pakistan without any conditions and has been there in times of difficulty. Both countries have blind faith in each other," he said. Shehbaz added that there is nothing unusual about his impromptu visit to Saudi Arabia. Earlier today, Geo News reported, citing sources, that Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with the crown prince twice in last 24 hours. Matters of mutual interests were discussed by both the leaders. Shehbaz appreciated the role Saudi Arabia played in the ongoing Palestine issue, sources added. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/015017a514343846af6ab969d7660b89.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MS8yLzIwMTggNjowMDo1NSBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPXA3aWg5NzF2dlV0NTNhcmN2cURXZXc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] Meanwhile, Punjab government spokesperson Mohammad Ahmed Khan condemned the allegations levelled against Shehbaz on his visit to Saudi Arabia, saying the statements being spread were baseless. Nawaz will share Saudi visit details if deemed appropriate: Marriyum Aurangzeb 'Nawaz will share visit?s purpose on his return if he deems appropriate,' Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting says According to the spokesperson, Saudi Arabia is an ally of Pakistan and it was an honour for Shehbaz to be sent an aircraft from there. Mohammad Ahmed added that to criticise the Saudi government or the chief minister on the move was tantamount to being against national interests. The Punjab government spokesperson said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have brotherly ties which no ?negative propaganda? can break. Opposition parties have questioned the motive behind visits by the Sharif brothers to Saudi Arabia, and have asked if an agreement is being negotiated to save the Sharifs. On Monday, Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari commented on the Sharif brothers? visit to Saudi Arabia, saying an agreement might be ?cooking? in the country. ?No one knows what is cooking. There are a couple of rumours surrounding their visits to Saudi Arabia,? he said while talking to media
  8. RIYADH: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud twice in last 24 hours, sources informed Geo News on early Tuesday morning. Matters of mutual interests were discussed by both the leaders. Shehbaz appreciated the role Saudi Arabia played on the ongoing Palestine issue. The chief minister is expected to leave for Lahore today. Meanwhile, Punjab government spokesperson Mohammad Ahmed Khan has condemned the allegations levelled against Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif on his visit to Saudi Arabia, saying the statements being spread were baseless. According to the spokesperson, Saudi Arabia is an ally of Pakistan and it was an honour for Shehbaz to be sent an aircraft from there. Mohammad Ahmed added that to criticise the Saudi government or chief minister Punjab on the move was tantamount to being against the national interest. The Punjab government spokesperson said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have brotherly ties which no ?negative propaganda? can break. Earlier in the day, Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari commented on the Sharif brothers? visit to Saudi Arabia, saying an agreement might be ?cooking? in the country. ?No one knows what is cooking. There are a couple of rumours surrounding their visits to Saudi Arabia,? he said while talking to media. Rumour mill has it that the motive behind the visits could be to negotiate a deal or to save their assets, Zardari added. The former president, however, added ?we respect Saudi Arabia, it is our brotherly state? but added that Pakistan should not take directives from them.
  9. Britain's Prince Harry sat down with former US president Barack Obama for a radio show the prince is guest editing after Christmas, December 18, 2017. ? Reuters LONDON: Britain's Prince Harry has kept away from opening up a diplomatic rift between the British and US governments over the guest list for his wedding to Meghan Markle and said plans had yet to be finalised. Asked on a BBC Radio 4?s programme, Today, on Wednesday if he would invite former US President Barack Obama and family to the wedding, Prince Harry ducked the question, saying he didn't want to "ruin that surprise." "We haven't put the invites or the guest list together yet so who knows whether he's going to be invited or not. I wouldn't want to ruin that surprise," he said. Speculation is rife in the British media that British officials fear the political consequences if the couple decide to invite Obamas, with whom they are friends, but not President Donald Trump. Markle, an American actor, has been critical of Trump in the past, and there is already a debate ongoing in the UK over the prospect of an official visit by the US president to the kingdom. Earlier, British media outlets reported bureaucrats in the British government have been urging Prince Harry not to invite the Obamas to his wedding, due to the fear of upsetting Trump. A report by The Sun stated that Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle have informed aides that they want the former US president and his wife to attend the wedding on May 19. "Harry has made it clear that he wants the Obamas at the wedding," The Sun quoted a senior government source saying. "Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen." Prince Harry became good friends with Barack Obama during the Invictus Games. With relations with the US worsening, there is a fear among British officials that a royal wedding snub would make it impossible for British PM Theresa May to engage with Trump. The royal wedding is not a state occasion and the government can only offer consultations on the heads of state to be invited.
  10. Photo: Reuters Recently betrothed Prince Harry held a rapid fire question session with the former US president Barack Obama and baffled him with an array of questions in an interview for BBC Radio 4?s Today programme. The prince asked the former president plenty of questions ranging from work to his personal choices. When asked whether Obama likes Buckingham Palace or White House, he responded in favour of the latter saying that the former?s lawn will be difficult to mow. The prince asked the former president?s preference for a good burger or a lottery ticket, to which Obama replied that he would rather have a good burger. When asked if it was Kim or Khloe, Barack Obama preferred to defer on that one, although, on the question about Aretha Franklin or Tina Turner, he said he liked Turner better. On the question about briefs or boxers, the former US president backtracked openly, saying he doesn?t ?answer those questions?. ?Lebron James or Michael Jordan?? For Obama, it was Jordan plain simple although he added that he loves Lebron too.
  11. Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal. Photo: Geo News RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian authorities are demanding $6 billion from Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, in return for his release after he was arrested in an anti-corruption purge last month in Riyadh, according to a foreign media report. The prince is the 57th richest man in the world, and was one of dozens of businessmen, detained last month in the capital?s Ritz Carlton hotel in a move led by the country?s crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman. The fee demanded for Prince Al-Waleed is believed to be one of the highest. Extortion, bribery and money laundering are allegations leveled against Prince Al-Waleed. However, reportedly the prince has refused to pay any fee for his release, as he claim that paying the fee would amount to an admission of guilt. A source close to the prince told The Wall Street Journal ?He wants a proper investigation. It is expected that al-Waleed will give [Prince Bin Salman] a hard time,? In an interview with the New York Times last month, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman claimed that as many as 10 per cent of government funds had been lost to corruption each year since 1980. He added that 95 per cent of those caught up in the corruption probe had agreed to such settlements, but said: ?About 1 per cent are able to prove they are clean and their case is dropped right there. About four percent say they are not corrupt and with their lawyers want to go to court.?
  12. Barack Obama and Prince Harry during an interview - Reuters Bureaucrats in the British government are urging Prince Harry not to invite the Obamas to his wedding, due to the fear of upsetting US President Donald Trump. A report by The Sun states that Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle have informed aides that they want the former US president and his wife to attend the wedding on 19 May. ?Harry has made it clear that he wants the Obamas at the wedding,? a senior government source told The Sun, adding that ?Trump could react very badly if the Obamas get to a Royal wedding before he has had a chance to meet the Queen.? Prince Harry became good friends with Barack Obama during the Invictus Games. With relations with the US worsening, there is a fear among senior Foreign Office and No10 officials that a royal wedding snub will make it impossible to British PM Theresa May to engage with Trump. The royal wedding is not a state occasion and the government can only offer consultations on the heads of state who will be invited.
  13. One of two official engagement photos released on December 21, 2017 by Kensington Palace of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle taken by Alexi Lubomirski at Frogmore House in Windsor, Britain. Picture taken in the week commencing December 17, 2017. REUTERS LONDON: Britain?s Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle have released a series of portraits by New York-based fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski to mark their engagement. Lubomirski, a former assistant to Mario Testino, famed for his photos of Harry?s mother Princess Diana, took the pictures this week at the royal retreat of Frogmore House, near Windsor Castle, west of London, where the couple are due to marry on May 19. ?I cannot help but smile when I look at the photos that we took of them, such was their happiness together,? Lubomirski said. Queen Elizabeth?s 33-year-old grandson, Harry, fifth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, 36, who stars in the US TV legal drama ?Suits?, announced their engagement last month.
  14. Whether it's a celebrity, a popular personality or a member from the Royal family, it's difficult to imagine them getting nervous while talking to someone, because it's usually the other way round. Our hands start shaking when we get a chance to click pictures with them or just get to stand next to them. But, Prince Harry was visibly nervous, when he got the chance to interview former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama and we can totally understand why. © Twitter When you share the same frame with Mr. Obama, and are sitting on the interviewer's chair, it's tough to keep calm and speak while trying not to sound like an over excited fan. As a part of guest editorship for BBC Radio 4's 'Today' programme, Prince Harry interviewed Obama, where he was asked to share memories from the day when he left office and his plans for his post-presidential life. The complete video of the interview will release next week on December 27, but the teaser is out and all we can say is that Obama and Prince Harry get full points for setting new standards of bromance. 'Do I need a British accent?' @BarackObama is interviewed by Prince Harry for his guest edit of @BBCr4today. In this warm-up, the prince jokingly warns the ex-president he'll get "the face" if he pauses too long between answers #r4today pic.twitter.com/2887dGlJkG — BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) December 17, 2017 Obama is hands down one of the coolest leaders we have seen so far, and this interview only goes on to prove the same. “Do I need to speak faster because I am slow speaker,” Obama said and before Prince Harry could finish answering that, Obama floored us all when he jokingly said “Do I need a British accent?” To which Harry said that if he takes long pauses during his speech, he will get 'the face' to which Obama laughed and said “I don't want to see that face.” © Reuters According to Kensington Palace, the interview was recorded in September in Toronto during the Invictus Games. The conversation with @BarackObama includes his memories of the day he left office and his hopes for his post-presidential life, including his plans to focus on cultivating the next generation of leadership through the @ObamaFoundation. — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 17, 2017 In fact, Obama had volunteered to interview a nervous prince Harry when he told him that, “You're excited about this, I'm nervous about this, that's what's quite funny.” © Reuters Barry and Harry have been friends for some time now, with the latter even attending the inaugural summit of the Obama Foundation in Chicago. Obama also congratulated Harry for his engagement with Meghan Markle and the chances are that the Obamas might be attending the royal wedding next year. Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement. We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together. — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 27, 2017 Well, after looking at this killer bromance, we are wondering what happened to Obama's best bud, Joe Biden? Can someone smell Biden's heart burning with jealousy?
  15. Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Chief Minister (CM) of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday welcomed Prince Karim Agha Khan to Karachi, the CM house spokesperson said. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Chief Minister (CM) of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday welcomed Prince Karim Agha Khan to Karachi, the CM house spokesperson said. Prince Karim Agha Khan and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pictured at the CM house on Saturday. Photo: Geo News A dinner, arranged by the CM Sindh in the honour of Prince Karim, was attended by Bilawal today (Saturday). Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, arrived in Islamabad on December 7 on the invitation of the Pakistani government. His visit is part of a series of tours that coincides with the commemoration of his Diamond Jubilee, beginning earlier this year on July 11. The Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years of his role as the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community. Aga Khan became the head of the Ismaili community on July 11, 1957, succeeding his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, at the age of 20. The Ismailis live in over 25 different countries, mainly in Central and South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as in Europe, North America and Australia.
  16. LONDON: Britain?s Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George?s Chapel in Windsor Castle near London, Kensington Palace announced on Friday. ?His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May, 2018," the couple?s official residence said in a statement. Royal officials announced last month 33-year-old Harry?s engagement to the 36-year-old divorcee, who is best known for her starring role as a lawyer in the hit television show Suits. Markle is planning to get baptised in the Church of England ahead of her marriage and will apply for British citizenship, as well as giving up her international charity campaigning. The couple is living in Harry?s cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace with Markle?s beagle Guy. St George?s Chapel is where Harry was baptised and has been the scene of numerous royal marriages, particularly in the 19th century. Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle to spend Christmas with UK royals ?You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day Hundreds of people greeted the couple on their first royal visit earlier this month in the city of Nottingham in central England. Markle will also spend Christmas with the British royal family at Queen Elizabeth II?s private Sandringham estate in eastern England. She is the first fiancée invited to Christmas by the royals.
  17. Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit a school in Nottingham, December 1, 2017. REUTERS LONDON: Prince Harry?s fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle, will join Queen Elizabeth and other senior Windsors for their family Christmas celebrations in what commentators said was a break with royal protocol. Last month, Queen Elizabeth?s grandson, the fifth-in-line to the British throne, and Markle, who stars in the US TV legal drama ?Suits?, announced their engagement with the marriage to take place at Windsor Castle in May next year. The queen and her close family usually spend the festive season at her Sandringham estate in eastern England and Buckingham Palace said she and the other senior royals would attend the service at the local church on Christmas Day as they have done for many years. However, in a break with tradition by which royal partners must wait until they are married before being invited, Markle would also be joining Harry?s elder brother William and his wife Kate, the prince?s office Kensington Palace said. ?You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day,? a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. British media said it was unprecedented for an unmarried partner to join the royals at Christmas and that Kate was not invited to Sandringham after their engagement was announced in 2010. However, William also did not attend as he was working as an air ambulance pilot in Wales at the time.
  18. Buckingham Palace released on Monday a new portrait of Prince Philip, painted by Australian-born artist Ralph Heimans in the year that Queen Elizabeth?s husband announced his retirement from active public life. The portrait, which shows the prince standing in the grand corridor at Windsor Castle, has been painted for display at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark. The Museum is holding a retrospective exhibition of Heimans? work in 2018, part of which aims to explore the historical and cultural connections between the royal families of Britain and Denmark, the palace said in a statement. The Duke of Edinburgh was born a Prince of Denmark and his ancestry spans both the British and the Danish royal families. Philip bowed out of public life in August, ending a royal career marked by occasional gaffes that landed him in hot water.
  19. Grammy-winning singer Ed Sheeran received an MBE - a British state honour - for services to music and charity from Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. The 26-year-old ?Shape of You? singer was the most-streamed artist on music service Spotify globally in 2017, and his third album ?Divide?, topped the US album charts. He has also used his celebrity to support several charities, including children?s hospices, anti-poverty campaigns and an AIDS charity. Speaking to reporters after the ceremony, Sheeran said his late grandfather would have been pleased with his honour. ?My grandfather was a massive royalist,? he told the BBC. ?He had all the commemorative plates and stuff, and he died on this day four years ago, so it?s actually quite a nice full circle thing, I guess he?d be pretty proud.?
  20. Prince Harry and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle greet a well-wisher as they tour the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham. -AFP NOTTINGHAM: Prince Harry and his American actress fiance Meghan Markle embarked Friday on their first joint royal visit since announcing their engagement this week. Harry and Meghan, who broke the news of their forthcoming marriage on Monday, went on a walkabout in the central English city of Nottingham, meeting members of the public as a couple for the first time. The two were due to visit an Aids Day charity fair at a museum and a school taking part in a programme to combat youth violence. "Ms Markle cannot wait to meet many of the young people Prince Harry has told her so much about," Harry's spokesman Jason Knauf said before the visit. In their engagement interview on Monday, Markle said she wanted to get to know the "different communities" which make up Britain. The couple will be going on a six-month tour of Britain before their marriage in May at Windsor Castle, the weekend residence of Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and the place where he was baptised. Knauf said Harry had visited Nottingham many times, and he was "looking forward to introducing Ms Markle to a community that has become very special to him". Hundreds of people gathered in Nottingham to see the 33-year-old prince and his 36-year-old fiance. One well-wisher put up an American flag and another clutched a pink hot-water bottle on a chilly morning. One royal fan brought his pet barn owl to the event. Transition to British royalty Harry and Meghan's engagement followed a 16-month transatlantic romance between the prince and the US television star. Harry, a one-time playboy and soldier who is now best known for his work on Aids awareness and veterans' issues, revealed he proposed to Markle over a roast chicken dinner at his cottage in the grounds of his family's sprawling Kensington Palace. In their first interview marking their engagement, the pair revealed they were set up on a "blind date" in London in July last year. They quickly grew close, but tried to keep their relationship private. Markle, who is mixed-race, divorced and an outspoken feminist, does not fit the mould of most British royal women and she admitted that some of the media coverage about her was "disheartening". But the queen has led a chorus of congratulations, saying she was "delighted for the couple". Harry has himself railed against the confines of royal life, recently admitting he came close to nervous breakdown in his 20s as he struggled to deal with the legacy of his mother Princess Diana's death. Harry is fifth in line to the throne and will soon be sixth when his brother Prince William's wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to their third child in April. Markle, who is best known for her role as a lawyer in the hit US television series "Suits", has said she is giving up acting, applying for British citizenship and getting baptised into the Church of England. She will also give up her work on gender quality for UN Women and take up royal charity duties instead, as she makes the transition from Hollywood celebrity glamour to a tradition-bound royal establishment. Harry and Meghan had tried to keep their relationship private for as long as possible and he lashed out at the media when the first reports about it emerged. In their engagement interview, he said media attention was "not easy for anybody". "But at the end of the day she chooses me and I choose her and whatever we have to tackle together or individually, we´ll always be together as a team," he said.
  21. Prince Harry on one of his earlier visits to Australia/MEDIA-MODE.COM SYDNEY: Australia´s tourism minister has made a shameless pitch to entice Prince Harry Down Under for his stag night or honeymoon, offering a James Bond-style "helicopter crawl" or seclusion in the Outback. The prince will marry Meghan Markle next May, and Steve Ciobo said Thursday he had written to Clarence House with a list of adrenaline-packed suggestions for a buck´s party, as well as "slower, contemplative" honeymoon options. "Australia can provide the perfect pre-wedding party and an amazing romantic honeymoon after the wedding," he said in a statement. The minister said the prince and his friends could replace the traditional Aussie pub crawl with a helicopter crawl of Outback drinking venues, or go fishing for barramundi in the Northern Territory. "We also have suggested they could come to the Gold Coast and go dune buggying," he told Channel Nine television. "Then for the honeymoon something a little bit more slower and contemplative. They could visit some of the magnificent parts of Australia." He suggested the Longitude 131 Lodge near giant red monolith Uluru -- also known as Ayers Rock -- where his brother Prince William and wife Kate previously stayed, or the Great Barrier Reef. UK newspapers try to guess Prince Harry and Meghan's mystery matchmaker The couple have been coy about the identity of the 'mutual friend' who brought them together "I told Prince Harry Tourism Australia stands ready to work with him and Ms Markle to design an itinerary to their tastes," Ciobo said in the statement. It is not known whether Markle has visited Australia, but Harry was in the country in June this year to promote the Invictus Games. The next version of the event for injured and sick service personnel is in Sydney in 2018, with local reports saying it could be the newly married couple´s first official overseas engagement.
  22. Britain's Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, London, Britain, November 27, 2017/REUTERS LONDON: Britain?s newspapers were rife with speculation on Wednesday about the mystery matchmaker of Queen Elizabeth?s grandson Prince Harry and his fiancee American actress Meghan Markle who met on a blind date in London last year. In a televised interview on Monday when they announced their engagement, the couple were coy about the identity of the ?mutual friend? who had brought them together. ?We should protect her privacy and not reveal too much of that,? said Markle, with Harry adding: ?We?ll protect her privacy yeah. But it was - it was literally - it was through her.? On its front page, the Times newspaper declared that it was the fashion designer Misha Nonoo, who was born in Bahrain and raised in London. The paper said her estranged husband is Alexander Gilkes, who went to the same exclusive school, Eton College, that Harry, 33, attended, while she is also a close friend of Markle and went on holiday with her in the summer of 2016. However, the Daily Telegraph had a different solution. It said Violet Von Westenholz, who had been friends with Harry since he was a teenager, was behind the romance. Westenholz, a PR director for fashion label Ralph Lauren, had helped organise a publicity day for ?Suits? in London in June last year, the U.S. TV legal drama in which Markle was one of the cast?s stars. Harry and Markle, 36, began dating the following month. ?I might leave that for other people to say (who the matchmaker was),? she told the Telegraph. ?It?s a great love story and I am sure they are going to be very happy together.? News of the engagement has drawn huge global interest thanks to Harry?s royal status and the Hollywood sparkle added by his wife-to-be. Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pose with Yeomen of the Guard and schoolchildren, after attending a Maundy Thursday service at St George's Chapel in Windsor, Britain March 24, 2016/REUTERS The couple announced on Tuesday they would wed in March next year at St George?s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. On Friday, the couple will take part in their first official royal engagement as a couple in the central English city of Nottingham, visiting charities working to prevent HIV/AIDS and youth crime. While the couple?s nuptials have dominated the news in Britain, a poll suggested more than a half of Britons were fairly non-plussed. A YouGov survey for the Times found 39 percent were pleased by the engagement, four percent disappointed and 52 percent indifferent. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail newspaper?s front page was dedicated to a 21-year-old picture of Markle sitting on railings with friend Ninaki Priddy outside Buckingham Palace, one of her future in-laws? London homes. ?I?m not shocked at all. She was always fascinated by the royal family,? Priddy was quoted by the paper as saying. ?It?s like she has been planning this all her life. She gets exactly what she wants and Harry has fallen for her play.?
  23. Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane in legal drama 'Suits' LOS ANGELES: US actress Meghan Markle has wrapped up her role on legal drama series "Suits" after seven seasons, USA Network and Universal Cable Productions said in a statement on Tuesday, a day after Markle and Britain´s Prince Harry announced their engagement. Markle, 36, played Rachel Zane on the cable network drama, rising up the ranks from paralegal to lawyer. The character is engaged to be married to Mike Ross, played by Patrick J. Adams. Markle has completed all her filming for the seventh season, which will return in early 2018, the network said. "We want to send our most heartfelt congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement," USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, both units of Comcast Corp, said in a joint statement. Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement earlier this week "Meghan has been a member of our family for seven years and it has been a joy to work with her. We want to thank her for her undeniable passion and dedication to Suits, and we wish her the very best," the statement added. Markle and Harry, 33, announced on Monday they were getting married in May 2018. The couple met on a blind date in July 2016 and said their relationship had blossomed "incredibly quickly.?
  24. Saudi Arabian Prince Miteb bin Abdullah at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Files DUBAI: Senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah ? once seen as a leading contender to the throne ? was freed after reaching an ?acceptable settlement agreement? with authorities paying more than $1 billion, a Saudi official said on Wednesday. Miteb ? who was head of the elite National Guard ? was among dozens of royal family members, ministers, and current and former senior officials who were rounded up in a graft inquiry at least partly aimed at strengthening Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's power. Miteb was released on Tuesday after reaching ?an acceptable settlement agreement?, an official involved in the anti-corruption campaign said, adding that ?the amount of the settlement was not disclosed but it is believed to be more than one billion US dollar equivalent.? ?It is understood that the settlement included admitting corruption involving known cases,? the official said. Officials from Miteb?s office could not immediately be reached for a comment. Royal family members and acquaintances of Miteb had earlier posted messages on social media suggesting that the prince was at his home in Riyadh, but did not say how his release had come about. Saudi authorities announced on November 4 the arrest of at least 11 royal family members, as well as four ministers and dozens of former officials and businessmen in what the government said was a crackdown on corruption. Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, an international investor, was among those detained. Saudi authorities had been working on striking agreements with some of those in detention, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom. In an interview with the New York Times published last week, Prince Mohammed bin Salman was quoted as saying that the vast majority of about 200 businessmen and officials implicated in the crackdown were agreeing to settlements under which they would hand assets over to the government. Apart from Miteb, the Saudi official said that at least three other people allegedly involved in corruption cases have also finalized settlement agreements. He added the Public Prosecutor had also decided to release a number of individuals and to prosecute at least 5 individuals. The official gave no details on their identities. As the Sandhurst-trained preferred son of the late King Abdullah, Miteb was once thought to be a leading contender to the throne. Before he was sacked by a royal decree on November 4, he headed the Saudi National Guard ? an elite internal security force originally based on traditional tribal units and run by his father for five decades. He was also the last remaining member of Abdullah?s Shammar branch of the family to retain a key position at the top of the Saudi power structure after brothers Mishaal and Turki were relieved of their posts as governors in 2015.
  25. Saudi Arabian Prince Miteb bin Abdullah at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Files DUBAI: Senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah ? once seen as a leading contender to the throne ? was freed after reaching an ?acceptable settlement agreement? with authorities paying more than $1 billion, a Saudi official said on Wednesday. Miteb ? who was head of the elite National Guard ? was among dozens of royal family members, ministers, and current and former senior officials who were rounded up in a graft inquiry at least partly aimed at strengthening Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's power. Miteb was released on Tuesday after reaching ?an acceptable settlement agreement?, an official involved in the anti-corruption campaign said, adding that ?the amount of the settlement was not disclosed but it is believed to be more than one billion US dollar equivalent.? ?It is understood that the settlement included admitting corruption involving known cases,? the official said. Officials from Miteb?s office could not immediately be reached for a comment. Royal family members and acquaintances of Miteb had earlier posted messages on social media suggesting that the prince was at his home in Riyadh, but did not say how his release had come about. Saudi authorities announced on November 4 the arrest of at least 11 royal family members, as well as four ministers and dozens of former officials and businessmen in what the government said was a crackdown on corruption. Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, an international investor, was among those detained. Saudi authorities had been working on striking agreements with some of those in detention, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom. In an interview with the New York Times published last week, Prince Mohammed bin Salman was quoted as saying that the vast majority of about 200 businessmen and officials implicated in the crackdown were agreeing to settlements under which they would hand assets over to the government. Apart from Miteb, the Saudi official said that at least three other people allegedly involved in corruption cases have also finalized settlement agreements. He added the Public Prosecutor had also decided to release a number of individuals and to prosecute at least 5 individuals. The official gave no details on their identities. As the Sandhurst-trained preferred son of the late King Abdullah, Miteb was once thought to be a leading contender to the throne. Before he was sacked by a royal decree on November 4, he headed the Saudi National Guard ? an elite internal security force originally based on traditional tribal units and run by his father for five decades. He was also the last remaining member of Abdullah?s Shammar branch of the family to retain a key position at the top of the Saudi power structure after brothers Mishaal and Turki were relieved of their posts as governors in 2015. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/b3df537b3d3093546245a43cfc8298ed.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMjkvMjAxNyA1OjU2OjQ1IEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9aFF6RGs5cHROVk1XWGZpbHZQWDZ2QT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center]