Istanbul Airport Attack: 36 dead in Suspected Isil suicide Bombings

  • Three suicide bombers strike Istanbul Ataturk airport
  • Around 36 people killed and 150 wounded
  • Turkey PM says Islamic State most likely suspects
  • Third busiest airport in Europe, high security location

A triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s main international airport on Tuesday night has left 36 dead and as many as 150 injured in a suspected Isil attack.

The bombers detonated explosive vests in the arrivals hall of Ataturk airport, which is the third busiest in Europe.

They had been trying to pass through X-ray machines when they were stopped by Turkish security officials. When they began shooting with AK-47 rifles, the officers returned fire.

A police officer tried to wrestle one of the gunmen to the ground before he blew himself up in a bombing coordinated with two other suspects.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility, but Binali Yildirim, Turkey’s prime minister, said it appeared to have been an attack by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants.

“There is initial evidence that each of the three suicide bombers blew themselves up after opening fire,” he told reporters at the airport.

Mr Yildirim said the attackers had come to the airport by taxi and that preliminary findings pointed to Isil responsibility.

Isil had called for attacks during the holy month of Ramadan, and have focused attention on Turkey, which is currently bidding to join the European Union.

As many as 2.5 million Britons travel to Turkey each year, although the number of tourists is thought to have declined in recent months following a spate of Isil attacks in the country.

David Cameron described the terrorist attack as “hideous”. The Prime Minister said the UK would continue to work with the other countries after Brexit on “keeping our countries safe, keeping our people safe – and it’s particularly important to say that tonight again when there has been another hideous terrorist attack in Turkey”.

Footage from the airport showed terrified children and parents crouched among debris on the floor as screams were heard in the background.

A German tourist, who was at passport control entering Turkey, said she threw herself onto the floor with the sound of the explosion.

“Everyone started running away. Everywhere was covered with blood and body parts. I saw bullet holes on the doors,” she said outside the airport.

Gunfire was also reported by witnesses coming from the airport’s car park.

Turkey has suffered a spate of bombings this year, including two suicide attacks in tourist areas of Istanbul blamed on Isil, and two car bombings in the capital, Ankara, which were claimed by a Kurdish militant group.

Lionel Messi: Argentina forward Retires from International Football  

Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina lost a fourth major final in nine years.

“It’s not meant for me. For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion,” the 29-year-old said after defeat by Chile at the Copa America.

With Barcelona, Messi has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues.

But his only major international honour is 2008 Olympic gold.

Argentina were beaten 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final by Germany before two Copa America final defeats by Chile on penalties. Messi was also on the losing side against Brazil in the 2007 Copa America final.

“It’s been four finals, I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over,” he said.

After Sunday’s match finished 0-0 in 120 minutes, Chile won 4-2 on penalties.

Messi’s miss was Argentina’s first attempt in the shootout and it ballooned over the bar after Sergio Romero had denied Chile’s Arturo Vidal.

Lucas Biglia also missed from 12 yards, with Chilean substitute Francisco Silva scoring the decisive spot-kick in the final in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Messi had scored five times at the tournament, including a superb free-kick in the semi-final to become his country’s record scorer with 55 goals.

For Barca he has scored 453 times in 531 games, including a La Liga record 312 goals. He has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player five times.

In 2014 Messi was named as the best player at the World Cup, with then-Fifa president Sepp Blatter saying he was “a little bit surprised” and Argentina legend Diego Maradona calling the decision “unfair”.

The 5 Most Powerful Arab Women 2016

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

There won’t be many people who are surprised to see Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi retain top spot in this power list, such is her influence not only throughout the region, but across the world.

Number one for the fifth year in a row, Sheikha Lubna has continued to boost the UAE’s role as a major donor and key player in global human development through her role as the Federal Government’s Minister of International Cooperation and Development.

Carrying out her responsibilities with her trademark energy and enthusiasm, Sheikha Lubna has ensured the UAE’s overseas aid donations have continued to increase. A recent report shows that aid of this type more than tripled to nearly $6 billion in 2013 – the year she took up her role, after a lengthy spell as Minister of Foreign Trade.

During her time as Minister of Foreign Trade, and before that as Minister of Economy, from 2004-2008, the UAE enjoyed its most prosperous period  and highest volumes of foreign trade.

As well as her numerous ministerial responsibilities, Sheikha Lubna is also a board director at the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, a member of the governing board of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy – National University of Singapore, a board director at the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, a member of the board of trustees of the Dubai School of Government, and co-founder and board member of the Friends of Cancer Patients.

Also a great champion for women in business, Sheikha Lubna is a regular advocate for womens rights, education, and empowerment.

Earlier this year, in her role as president of Zayed University, she helped forge ties between the university and Dubai Women Establishment, in a bid to unite their efforts in boost the participation of UAE women, and to help them reach their personal and professional goals.

Last month, she also spoke at the Government Summit, calling for improvements for women, and highlighting UAE grants to educate girls in other countries such as Pakistan and Yemen.

She said: “When a society doesn’t focus on female education, you see after a while that it does not provide women with enough opportunities. In the UAE today, we’ve seen that education for women has been a priority since the inception of the state and women were able to access many sectors because of education.”

Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney – nee Alamuddin – shot into public prominence in 2014 when she married A-list Hollywood celebrity George Clooney.

But the truth is that the new Mrs Clooney has been one of the most high-profile – and busy – lawyers and activists in recent years, fighting numerous human rights, international law and criminal law cases, with clients such as Julian Assange and Yulia Tymoshenko on her books.

Educated at Oxford University and the New York University School of Law, Clooney started her career at Sullivan & Cromwell before moving to the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Working on high-profile cases representing the state of Cambodia, the former Libyan intelligence chief, and others, she was later appointed to a number of UN commissions, including as advisor to Special Envoy Kofi Annan on Syrian, and as Counsel to the 2013 Drone Inquiry by UN human rights rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC.

Clooney’s campaigning has seen her meet with William Hague during his tenure as British foreign secretary to discuss how to protect children in conflict zones from rape and sexual violence, and in October last year she became involved in the repatriation of the Elgin Marbles for the Greek government.

Earlier this year she began work on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, and recent reports suggest she is set to represent 14 Irish men who claim they were tortured by the British Army.

Loujain Al Hathloul

Occasionally a single incident can catapult a woman into the headlines, establishing her as a symbol for a particular cause.

Loujain Al Hathloul is one such woman, whose defiance of the Saudi Arabian driving ban for women led to her imprisonment, subsequent release, and a raising of the controversial topic at home in the GCC and around the rest of the world.

Al Hathloul was arrested along with Maysaa Al Amoudi and referred to a terrorism court in the Saudi capital of Riyadh last December. She was taken in by police when she attempted to drive from the UAE into Saudi Arabia, with Al Amoudi arrested when she went to the border to support her, according to reports.

The driver’s large social media following had been following her journey before the arrest, as Al Hathloul was tweeting regular updates as she got closer to the border.

Having been arrested on 1 December, the women were freed this February, prompting Al Hathloul to tweet for the first time since her arrest. “Peace be upon you, good people,” she wrote.

Lubna Olayan

It’s no surprise to see Lubna Olayan in the top five yet again, given her status as Saudi Arabia’s most prolific businesswoman.

Olayan is the CEO of Riyadh-based Olayan Financing Company, a group founded by her father in 1947 which has become one of the kingdom’s most successful conglomerates with operations across distribution, manufacturing, services and investments.

Sitting on the board of the group along with her brother Khaled and sisters Hayat and Hutham, it is thought that the private family has accumulated a fortune topping $10 billion.

With operations and participation in more than 40 companies, OFC is also one of the leading investors in the Saudi and regional stock markets.

As well as her work with OFC, Olayan is on the board of trustees of the Arab Thought Foundation – a think-tank focussing on issues within the Arab world – as well as a non-executive director to WPP, and on the advisory boards for Rolls-Royce and Ctigroup. She is a member of the International Business Council of the Word Economic Forum.

Further positions include sitting on the board of directors of INSEAD, membership of of college and university boards, and seats on boards of philanthropic organisations such as Alfanar, and medical associations.

Reem Al Hashimy

After having played an instrumental role in UAE’s successful Expo 2020 bid last year, Reem Al Hashimy’s workload has increased exponentially as she works towards the global event which will arrive in five years.

Expo 2020 is expected to provide 277,000 new job opportunities, and bring in almost $25 billion in added economic activities, and Al Hashimy is at the forefront of making that possibility a reality.

Not only is she responsible for laying the groundwork necessary to host 25 million visitors, but she is also an integral part of the team looking beyond 2020, ensuing Dubai makes the most of the event in subsequent years.

And that’s just one part of her responsibilities. As Minister of State for the UAE, Al Hashimy is a vital part of the federal government, as well as managing the International Affairs Unit of the Executive Office of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president and prime minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai.

In addition she chairs Dubai Cares, a charity aimed at improving children’s access to primary education in poorer parts of the world, as well as the Emirates Competitiveness Council, which works with public and private entities to endorse polices and undertake actions which will drive the UAE’s competitiveness agenda.

And it doesn’t stop there. Al Hashimy is also the chair of the National Bureau of Statistics, and has travelled the world to improve relationships between the UAE and other countries.


Groom Bitten by Rattlesnake as Couple Pose for Wedding Photos

A newlywed couple certainly had a wedding day to remember after a rattlesnake bit the groom while they were taking photos by a picturesque reservoir.

Laura Loretz, 33, and Johnny Benson, of Fort Collins, Colorado, got married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Monday afternoon.

Then, along with their bridal party, they headed to the Horsetooth Reservoir to take some pictures before making their way to their reception.

While the bridal party went to the reception venue, Johnny, 44, stayed behind to get the perfect shot at sunset with his new wife.

As their wedding photographer took pictures of the couple walking hand in hand along a trail, Johnny was bitten on his ankle – but after a quick stop at the hospital, they made it to their wedding reception to dance the night away with their guests.

‘All of a sudden it was like someone kicked me in the shin,’ he told the Denver Post. ‘Then I looked over and saw the snake sitting there, and it was rattling.’

A Larimer County park ranger soon came to their aid and the groom was taken to Poudre Valley Hospital to be treated for the bite.

Fortunately, it was a ‘dry bite’ – meaning no venom was injected – so after a tetanus shot, the couple made it to their evening reception.

Laura described the incident as ‘pretty epic’.

‘It was scary for a minute,’ she told the Post. ‘Once we got to the emergency room, it was super, super fast.’

The experience was thrilling for their wedding photographer Maddie Mae, who continued clicking away after the bite and while they waited for help to arrive. She said she can’t believe a church wedding in her hometown became ‘her craziest wedding story to date’.

‘As an adventure wedding photographer, I often wade in chest-high water, hike into jungles in Costa Rica, or go on 10-mile hikes with couples on their wedding day,’ she said.

‘I never would have guessed that my only indoor church wedding this year, in my home town, would actually become the biggest adventure, and my craziest wedding story to date.’

His lucky day! Fortunately, the snake bite was not venomous so Laura and Johnny were able to make it to their wedding reception together

More than Twenty People Dead in US floods

At least 20 people, including an eight-year-old boy and a toddler, have died in flooding in West Virginia, according to state officials.

Heavy storms and flooding have caused widespread damage throughout the state, said Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

A state of emergency was declared in 44 of the state’s 55 counties.

Rescue efforts were under way for about 500 people trapped in a shopping centre while officials continued to search for others stranded in devastated areas.

The flooding has destroyed more than 100 homes and knocked out power for thousands after a storm system dumped nine inches of rain on parts of the state.

The governor said 200 National Guard soldiers were carrying out search and rescue efforts as well as health and welfare checks in eight counties across the state.

A church pastor told the AP news agency an eight-year-old boy slipped, fell into a creek and was swept away.

The boy’s mother attempted to save him but lost her grip on the child, according to Harry Croft, pastor at Marwin Church of the Nazarene at Wheeling.

The child’s body was found about a half-mile from where the family lives.

The body of a four-year-old boy was also recovered a day after the child slipped into a creek swollen with flood waters.

Ravenswood Fire Department official Bob Bibbee said the toddler was with his grandfather when he fell into the water in Jackson County.

The grandfather jumped into the creek to try and save the boy, but was overcome by the rushing water.

Governor Tomblin called the flooding “among the worst in a century for some parts of the state”.

Ghana to Face Egypt, Congo, Uganda in 2018 World Cup Qualifying

The Black Stars will face very familiar foes, Egypt, in Group E of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers which starts later this year.

The other teams in the group are Congo Brazzaville and Uganda. The draw was done in Cairo on Friday.

20 teams were in the hat as they waited to see their route for the next World Cup.

While Ghana will consider its group as relatively kind, some teams will look at theirs with a lot more worry.

Nigeria find themselves in Group B with Zambia, Cameroon and the continent’s top ranked side, Algeria. The group boasts former AFCON winners and former World Cup campaigners.

Defending African champions, Cote d’Ivoire, are in Group C with Mali, Gabon and Morocco.

Senegal, South Africa, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde are in Group D.

Tunisia are in Group A with Libya, Congo DR, and Guinea.

The qualifiers begin in October and they run until November 2017.

Here is the full draw:

‘I don’t Plan to Transfer any Money to my Children’ Says Billionaire Mikhail Fridman

Billionaire Mikhail Fridman, whose net worth is $13.3 billion according to Forbes, is to leave his children out of his will. The businessman said he wants his children to create something on their own.

I’m not a big fan of such public statements, but I can say that I am going to transfer all my money to charity. I don’t plan to transfer any money to my children,” Fridman said, responding to a question from the audience at the Forbes club.
He says giving a young person large amounts of money risks ruining his life. He also doesn’t want his children to participate in his Alfa Group business.
Fridman said he wants his children to follow his footsteps and create something of their own. Another reason for that is that he doesn’t want his elder daughter Laura, who is now 22, to become a focus of people with bad intentions.
The tycoon added that the same decision was made by his business partners. Fridman has four children. The youngest is 10 years old, the eldest is 22.
In 2016, Forbes Russia estimated Fridman’s wealth at $13.3 billion; he is ranked second among the richest Russians. He is the principal owner of Alfa Group, which includes Russia’s largest private commercial bank Alfa Bank, X5 Retail Group that has a chain of supermarkets in Russia, A1 TV Channel and the LetterOne investment holding.

Top Insurance Companies in UAE

1.Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company Tel: +971-2-408-0100

Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Provider of personal insurance, business insurance and overseas insurance; offers home, car, boat, life, accident, cargo, fire & property, aviation, marine, engineering, energy, cargo, life & health and other insurance
2.Al Hamed Enterprises Tel: +971-2-667-5555
Business group based in Abu Dhabi; has interests in oil and gas, power and water generation, water treatment, telecommunications, civil engineering, security systems, recruiting, insurance broking, English language teaching, travel, car rentals, etc
3. Al Khazna Insurance Company, UAE Tel: +971-2-696-9700 
Al R’Doum Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Insurance company based in Abu Dhabi; offers motor, medical, life, cargo, hull, aviation, energy, fire, accident, reengineering insurance and reinsurance
4. Alliance Insurance Tel: +971-4-605-1111
Warba Centre, Deira, Dubai, UAE
Insurance company based in Dubai and transacting all types of insurance business, providing general, life, and medical/health insurance
5. Dubai National Insurance & Reinsurance Tel: +971-4-295-6700
Deira, Dubai, UAE
Company in Dubai offering insurance products: life, personal accident, health, motor, fire, engineering, accident and marine insurance
6.Emirates Insurance Company Tel: +971-2-644-0400 
Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Insurance company headquartered in Abu Dhabi; offers aviation, fire, general third party, workmen’s compensation, life, general accident, medical, motor, oil & gas, cargo, and marine hull insurance
7. Metlife Tel: +971-4-368-7555
The Gate Building, Dubai International Financial Centre, UAE
Company that offers life, health and accident insurance; part of the MetLife Group; operates in 14 countries of the Middle East, Africa and Asia region with its regional headquarters in Dubai and an office in Sharjah
8.National General Insurance Tel: +971-4-2222-772
Baniyas Street, Dubai, UAE
Insurance company based in Dubai; offers general, health and life insurance; medical insurance, motor insurance, fire insurance, burglary insurance, plate glass insurance, hull insurance, machinery insurance etc
9. Oman Insurance Company Tel: 800-4746
Al Maktoum Building, Dubai, UAE
Insurance company based in Dubai and having a presence in each emirate; products: life, health, motor, marine cargo & hull, fire and general accident, engineering, liability, and personal lines insurance
10.RSA Group Tel: +971-4-302-9800
Office Court Building, Oud Metha Road, Dubai, UAE
Insurance company which operates businesses in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Egypt and Bahrain with a regional support office in Dubai Internet City; offers personal insurance, commercial insurance, and risk management and claims solutions

Messi: Why I Won’t Shave My Beard

FC Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has explained the strange reason why he will not shave his newly grown beard.

The 28-year-old, who has grown a beard since joining up with his national team for the Copa America Centenario, has insisted his teammates won’t let him shave before the tournament ends.

“If I lose the beard, the others would kill me,” he told AS.

“We believe this is a kabbalah so we will be able to break our bad run and win the trophy.


“There’s no way I’m shaving it off now, my teammates wouldn’t let me.”

Argentina have not won a major trophy in 23 years, with the last coming in 1993, when they won the Copa America.

The Albiceleste have reached three Copa finals since, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup final, but were defeated on each of those occasions.

However, this year, it seems Messi and company have a great chance to lift the trophy after Brazil and Uruguay were eliminated from the competition in the group stages.

Argentina have won their three group matches at this year’s tournament and have already beaten Venezuela in the quarter-finals.

Ronaldo Misses Penalty as Portugal still Winless at Euro

PARIS—Cristiano Ronaldo experienced a night to forget on his record 128th Portugal appearance Saturday, missing a late penalty in a 0-0 draw against Austria that left his team winless after two matches at the European Championship.

As goalkeeper Robert Almer dived to his left, Ronaldo struck the spotkick in the opposite direction but it crashed against the post in the 79th minute.

Ronaldo then thought he had netted his 59th Portugal goal about five minutes later, but it was ruled out for offside.

It summed up a frustrating night at the Parc des Princes for the Portugal captain, who is still waiting to score in a record fourth European Championship.

If his team struggles again in its final Group F game against Hungary, Portugal could be going home early after also drawing its opening game against Iceland. Austria is off the mark after opening with a loss to Hungary.

There was a brief security scare after the final whistle when a fan rushed onto the field to approach Ronaldo. A steward intervened, but Ronaldo allowed the fan to pose for a selfie.

Ronaldo won’t want any pictures to remember this game. It was a landmark match but not a memorable one for the Real Madrid forward.

It was all Portugal but all frustration.

Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer was the initial barrier, blocking Nani’s shot and tipping Vieirinha’s effort wide in quick succession.

After belittling Iceland’s modest ambitions after last week’s draw, Ronaldo wasn’t living up to his own high standards.

Nani’s interplay with Raphael Guerreiro on the left flank led to the ball being squared invitingly to Ronaldo but he sent the shot wide in the 28th.

Ronaldo clasped his hands and looked up to the skies. The anguish was etched on his face and was there again 10 minutes later. Presented with another opening by Ricardo Quaresma, Ronaldo shot straight at Almer.

It was a strong performance by Almer, who turned Joao Moutinho’s shot over after Nani header’s came off the post before the break.

The second half opened with Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio called into action for the first time, turning Stefan Ilsanker’s shot away.

But Ronaldo couldn’t beat Patricio’s opposite number. Two free kicks hit the Austrian defensive wall — making it 36 such tournament set pieces Ronaldo has failed to score from — and a header was saved.

Even when Ronaldo was hauled down in the penalty area by Martin Hinteregger, Ronaldo couldn’t seize the opening as his spotkick struck the post.