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June 29, 2017 11:56 AM UAE energy chief downplays gas shortfall amid Qatar standoff

PARIS (AP) - The United Arab Emirates' energy minister says his country has sufficient resources to ward off any energy shortfall stemming from Gulf countries' standoff with key gas supplier Qatar. Suhail al-Mazrouei told The Associated Press in Paris on Thursday that the UAE has "a backup plan that we can source fuel from." The UAE, he insisted, has no concerns 17

June 28, 2017 8:55 PM US demands airlines tighten security as it sets out new flight rules

The changes will include enhanced passenger vetting, explosives detection and efforts to root out insider threats. Compliance with the new rules, which are due to be set out by the US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, could lead to the lifting of the ban on laptops and other large devices already in place for airlines flying to the US from 10 airports 60

June 25, 2017 12:08 PM SriLankan 81st among Top 100 airlines

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of the country, ranked 81st among the Top 100 airlines of the world in 2017. The Top 100 airlines of this year were selected by the Skytrax based on the votes of airline customers around the world and the list was announced at the World Airline Awards held at Paris Air Show on June 20. The awards, described as "the Oscars 69

June 24, 2017 9:29 AM Iran, Qatar voice support for Saudi after Mecca suicide bombing

Both Iran and Qatar on Saturday voiced support for Saudi Arabia over a suicide bombing near Islam's holiest site in Mecca despite their severed ties. "Iran... as always expresses its readiness to assist and cooperate with other countries to confront these criminals, who deal death and ignorantly spread hate," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi 28

June 23, 2017 5:28 PM It's Official: The World’s Best Airline Is..

Can we have a drumroll please, because the Skytrax World Airline Awards results are in, the votes have been counted and verified, and the winner of World’s Top Airline is…. Awards are based on an annual passenger satisfaction survey, and this is actually the fourth year in a row the airline’s won the presitigious title, with Singapore Airlines 35

June 21, 2017 5:41 PM Trump, Saudi crown prince, vow to stifle terror financing

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has called Saudi Arabia's new crown prince to congratulate him on his elevation. The White House said Wednesday that Trump called Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to express their shared commitment to "cutting off all support for terrorists and extremists, as well as how to resolve the ongoing dispute with Qatar 18

June 21, 2017 1:41 PM Your pictures: Summer sport

Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week, it is "Summer sport". Alex Mitchell's photograph from the 2017 Bolesworth International Horse Show captures the moment when a horse tries to clear a fence. Steve Redknap: "This was taken at Qatar's first International Kite Festival held in Doha in April. Thousands attended 9

June 21, 2017 2:52 AM Qantas plunges to its lowest ranking ever in world's best airline list as Virgin Australia climbs

The passengers choice for the Skytrax World Airline Awards has seen Virgin Australia leap Qantas in the rankings as Australia's largest airline slipped from 9th to 15th place. Qatar Airways swept the awards for the second time in three years, topping the rankings, but the biggest surprise was Virgin Australia soaring ahead of Qantas and winning the Best Airline 17

June 16, 2017 4:26 PM Saudi foreign minister says working on list of Qatar "grievances"

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Friday that a list of grievances involving Qatar was being drawn up and would be made public soon. Speaking to journalists in London, the minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said: "I would not call them demands. I would say it is a list of grievances that need to be addressed and that the Qataris 17

June 15, 2017 7:40 PM Iraqi PM Abadi postpones visit to Saudi Arabia amid Gulf rift

BAGHDAD, June 15 (Reuters) - Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi postponed a Saudi Arabia to avoid taking sides in the rift between the kingdom and Qatar, Iraqi officials said on Thursday. Wednesday's planned visit was postponed "so that it would not be considered as supporting one side against the other", Jabbar al-Abadi, a lawmaker close to the prime 19