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WATCH: How an Al Arabiya crew reached Iraqi Kurdistan after flight ban

Monday, 22 January 2018

Due to a ban imposed by Iraq banning all international flights to and from Kurdistan since September, reaching the country has become difficult according to a team from Al Arabiya who experienced the journey. An Al Arabiya crew was able to reach Kurdistan through one of the Turkish land crossings with the territory. The reporter and crew got visas from the Kurdish government, however it only allowed them to enter from the Baghdad airport. The crew reached the Sabiha airport in Istanbul, and ...

CNN takes the cake in Trump’s Fake News Awards

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Donald Trump unveiled the winners of his much-touted "Fake News Awards" and the "winners" included top networks and newspapers CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post. The brash Republican president announced the ten "honorees" using his preferred medium of Twitter, linking to a list published on the Republican Party's website that crashed minutes after his big reveal. CNN took the cake with 4 “prices” and the list begins with New York Times ...

Trump orders CNN’s Jim Acosta out of the Oval Office

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

US President Donald Trump kicked CNN’s star senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta out of the Oval Office on Tuesday after the latter pestered him with questions.Videos of the exchange poste online showed Acosta yelling for “Mr. President,” at least three times before finally getting Trump’s attention.“Mr President, did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway?” Acosta asked to which Trump responded: “I want them to come in from ...

Pakistani journalist critical of military escapes kidnap attempt

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

A Pakistani journalist, known for criticizing his country's military establishment, said on Wednesday he had narrowly escaped being kidnapped by armed men, in an incident that came months after he complained of being harassed by security services. Taha Siddiqui, who reports for France 24 and is the Pakistan bureau chief of Indian television channel WION, said the attempted abduction took place while he was being driven by taxi to the airport serving the capital Islamabad and the ...

Yemen’s Aden set to receive diplomatic missions and news agencies

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Yemeni Interior Minister Ahmed al-Maysari revealed plans to reorganize the security situation in Yemen in cooperation with the countries backing up the coalition forces to support the restoration of legitimate rule in the country. Hayat newspaper quoted the minister as saying that all locations need to organize their conditions taking into account priorities. Al-Maysari said the government is seeking to set the city of Aden as a model for a real capital that accommodates diplomatic and ...

Macron plans law to fight ‘fake news’ in 2018

Thursday, 4 January 2018

President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday he would overhaul French media legislation this year to fight the spread of “fake news” on social media which he said was a threat to liberal democracies. Macron has said he and his team were victims of fake news and a major data hack during his election campaign last year. Since coming to office in May 2017, he has particularly pointed the finger at Russian media, accusing TV channel RT of sowing disinformation about him via its ...

WATCH: Tunisian anchor cries on air while reading news of colleague’s death

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

A news anchor on Tunisian Television, Ikbal al-Kalbosi, cried on air as he read the news of the death of one of his colleagues, prompting the studio cameramen to abruptly end the bulletin. Al-Kalbosi was presenting the 8pm news bulletin on Monday night, when he received the news of his friend’s death. Abdelkhalik al-Sadawy, 45, was the head of the sport’s section at the station and died of health related issues. Al-Kalbosi’s editor asked him to broadcast the news on the spot, ...

NBC names Egyptian-American Hoda Kotb as Lauer replacement on ‘Today’

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

NBC News opened the new year by appointing Hoda Kotb as co-anchor of the “Today” show’s first two hours with Savannah Guthrie, replacing Matt Lauer following his firing on sexual misconduct charges in late November. Kotb will continue to co-host the show’s fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford. She has subbed for Lauer beginning on the day he was fired. Despite the turmoil, “Today” won four straight weeks in the ratings over ABC’s “Good Morning ...

Ellen DeGeneres gets her game on in new prime-time show

Friday, 29 December 2017

Ellen DeGeneres is known for keeping her comedy on the nice side. But she lets her inner meanie out for “Ellen's Game of Games.”That's NBC’s new prime-time game show, which begins its regular run Tuesday after a December sneak peek. The hour-long show subjects its contestants to minor-league torments that, it turns out, delight host DeGeneres - and offers a $100,000 top prize.She says she gets a kick out of seeing panic on contestants’ faces when they are in danger of ...

Myanmar frees journalists working for Turkish broadcaster

Friday, 29 December 2017

Myanmar on Friday freed two journalists for Turkey’s state broadcaster, their local interpreter and a driver after they completed a two-month jail sentence for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone, a prison official said.Cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore, reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia, Aung Naing Soe - a local journalist who was interpreting for the pair - and driver Hla Tin were released from a prison at Yamethin, near the capital Naypyitaw.Police detained the two ...

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