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You should visit 10 hot travel destinations this new year
Featured, Life Style

You should visit 10 hot travel destinations this new year

    1. Andaman Islands Think of the Andaman Islands as the new Maldives – except much more off-grid. The Indian archipelago consists of 300 uber remote islands characterised by palm-fringed sandy beaches and lush rainforest. Whereas the Maldives now has hundreds of resorts vying for your attention, the Andamans are only set to get its first luxury resort in March 2018 when the Taj Exotica opens. The 75-villa beachfront hotel will be set on the crescent-shaped Radhanagar Beach on Havelock Island, which is perfectly perched between dazzling coral reefs and jungle. 2. Belfast, Northern Ireland Provided by Evening Standard Limited Titanic Museum in Belfast (Lonely Planet) Belfast has been quietly reinventing itself in a post-Troubles era as a city break destination with...
UAE introduce VAT for first time in Saudi Arabia
Arab world, Featured

UAE introduce VAT for first time in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) introduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) for the first time from Monday. It is a five per cent tax on most goods and services to boost revenue. The VAT will be applied on food, clothes, electronics and gasoline, phone, water and electricity bills, as well as hotel reservations, the BBC reported. Some outgoings were exempt from the tax or given a zero-tax rating, including medical treatment, financial services and public transport. The UAE estimates that in the first year, VAT income will be around 12 billion dirhams ($3.3 billion). The imposition of VAT will help to raise tax revenues of the Saudi government to be utilised for infrastructure and developmental works, said Mohammed Al-Khunaizi, a member of the Shoura (cons...
Theresa May considers move for Boris Johnson in cabinet reshuffle
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Theresa May considers move for Boris Johnson in cabinet reshuffle

    Theresa May is preparing a new year reshuffle that could see a number of cabinet figures losing their positions in an attempt to refresh the Conservative front bench. The prime minister is said to be considering offering the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson a move to a Brexit delivery role based in another department, but he is likely to resist such a move. May’s decision to shake up her team comes after fierce disagreements within Downing Street about how sensible such a move would be. Some of those around the prime minister, including her former chief whip, Gavin Williamson, have urged caution because of the ramifications of placing sacked ministers on the backbenches. Others could also feel aggrieved at being overlooked. But May’s chief of staff, Gavin Barwell,...
Nuclear button is on my desk: Kim Jong Un warns
Asia, Featured

Nuclear button is on my desk: Kim Jong Un warns

    Kim Jong Un has used his New Year message to warn the US that he has a nuclear button on his desk that is always in reach. In his address, North Korea's leader said his country's nuclear forces are now a reality and not just a threat. Mr Kim also proclaimed that the isolated state achieved the historic feat of "completing" its nuclear forces in 2017. The speech, broadcast on North Korean television on Monday morning, suggests escalating tensions over the nation's weapons programme are not going to die down in the coming year. He reiterated that North Korea has developed the capability to strike all of the US mainland with its nuclear weapons, and claimed this meant that America would never be able to start a war against the country. Last week, the UN Security Counc...
Prince Philip joking with crowds and asked was bearded man terrorist
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Prince Philip joking with crowds and asked was bearded man terrorist

    The Duke of Edinburgh pointed out a bearded man and asked is that a terrorist? as he greeted crowds at Sandringham, it has been claimed. The 96-year-old was attending St Magdalene Church on New Year’s Eve accompanied by the Princess Royal, when it is reported he made the comment as he joked with onlookers. Witnesses who claimed to have heard the comment said the man had a ginger beard, The Sun and the Mail Online reported. The Duke traditionally marks the festive period with the Queen at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk, attending a church service on Christmas morning and New Year’s Eve with the royal family. Philip, who retired in August, is notorious for making controversial comments. The royal once famously asked a group of Aboriginal Australians during a vis...