Category: News

Saudi Arabia’s Image Continues to be tainted after a BodyGuard is killed

As the world marks the 1st anniversary of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the image of Saudi Arabia continues to be tainted. This is after Maj. Gen. Abdulaziz al-Faghm, a personal bodyguard assigned to Saudi King Salman was shot dead. The man who was referred to as the ‘Keeper of Kings’ was killed over the weekend. 

The Killing

According to the news on the ground, Al-Faghm had an altercation with Mamdouh bin Meshaal bin Ali, a longtime friend who is said to have gotten angry and ultimately pulling the trigger. This happened when the two were visiting another friend in the port city of Jeddah. Al-Ali is said to have gotten angry to a point that he went for the gun, killed the bodyguard, and injured a Filipino worker and the owner of the house they were visiting. Al-Faghm was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Killing of the Assailant

Mahmoud al-Ali did not survive to at least explain his actions. The nature of the argument was not revealed as well and although investigations are ongoing, he will not be there to answer the charges. Police responded to the altercation and rushed to save the situation. They were met with gunshots as Bin Ali refused to surrender and instead opted to shoot at the police. He wounded five police officers but he was killed. 

Saudis Mourn the General

Saudis did not hesitate to mourn Al-Faghm using social media and other channels. His burial took place on Sunday in Mecca. People with black-and-white photos of the general could be seen on social media while others recited poetry for him. The photos were of him with the king. 

Long Service

The slain general has served the kingdom for 15 years serving both the Late King Abdulla and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and this probably the reason he was known as the keeper of kings. Initially, he was part of entourage but he was later promoted to be a personal bodyguard. This made him appear in many photos of the King whether he was within the country or abroad. 

The investigations are still ongoing to find out why the assailant decided to kill and injure others. The man who was referred to as the ‘Keeper of Kings’ or ‘the kings’ walking stick’ was mourned all over Twitter by Saudis including some news agencies. 

The Houthi Militants Claim Responsibility for The Drone Attack That Injured 9

In the last two months, there have been more than three attacks in Abha International Airport that is located in Southwestern Saudi Arabia. According to the latest news is that these are terror attacks conducted by Houthi militia who are shifting their attacks on civilians. In the latest attack which happened on Tuesday, nine people are said to have been injured and include one Indian National and eight Saudis. 

Houthi Claimed Responsibility

The Houthi militia that has been targeting civilians and raising tension in the country claimed responsibility for the recent drone attack. The targeting of the airport is something that is easily raising tensions especially to international travelers and airlines which is something that will jeopardize the operations of the airport and the economy of the country at large. 

Attacks on Airports

As the Houthi’s continue to attack innocent civilians, they are shifting focus to mass civilian attacks. They declared drone and missile attacks on warplanes at this particular airport. Prior to the attack on Tuesday, it had targeted the arrivals hall of the Abha International Airport whereby 26 people were injured during the mid-June attack on the airport. This prompted the Saudi ruling coalition to issue a stern warning to the militants. In another attack the same month, 21 civilians were reported to have been injured while one Syrian was killed.

Iran Involved in the Attacks

Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition stated that the Iranian regime is a major supporter of the Houthi militants. Iran is involved as it has been supplying weapons to the Houthi militants and especially in Yemen. The conflict that has been going on for years has seen thousands of people killed while others are displaced and economy jeopardized.

The United States Condemn the Attack

Speaking about the recent attack, the United States issued a statement condemning the attack since besides helping the militants attack innocent civilians, it recently shot a drone in international waters. The statement also said that Donald Trump’s government will support Saudi Arabia in all efforts to protect its international borders calling for an immediate end to the rising attacks.

The Houthi rebels have caused numerous damage and deaths since it started its attacks. Back in the year 2014, it forced the then President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi –led government out of power. This is after it took over important areas of the country including the capital city.

A Greek-Era Ancient Tomb Discovered in Egypt with Mummified Animals and Two Bodies

A group of grave robbers led to an odd discovery in the ancient town of Akhmim. They discovered a grave that is said to date back 2,000 years ago during the Ptolemaic era. The grave believed to be that of TuTu and T-Cheret Isis (his wife) is said to have consisted of mummified animals and other items. It is interesting that everything in that tomb including the bodies and the walls is in perfect condition considering that it has been ages.

What was found in the Tomb?

Besides the two bodies of the noble, there are several other things that were discovered in the tomb. About 50 mummified animals that included mice; falcons, cats, ibex, eagles were found in the tomb as they surrounded the two bodies. Other items that are being examined by archeologists after the discovery include funeral procession detailed paintings.

Robbers Trying to Dig

Due to the archeological importance of these areas, robbers try to dig up the graves to take what they can make money from. The final resting places of nobles are known to hold various valuable items. Thanks to these robbers that this discovery was made. If this did not happen, maybe this treasure could have never been discovered.

Inside the Tomb

This is not your usual tomb. It is unique in all aspects as it consists of underground rooms that are in good condition despite it being there for centuries. While getting into the tomb, once can see Tutu receiving the god Anubis which is then received by his wife. Right in front of the god Osiris, there is a trial scene. Besides these decorations, other things that make the tomb remarkable are the bright colors inside and the engravings.

The inscriptions in the interior of the grave is what helped in identifying who the grave is for. Their names and those of their parents are inscribed on the walls. There is also a winged sun disk.

This weird discovery is the seventh one to be discovered in the last few months in the area and there could be more. This has made Sohag a very rich city historically. Currently, archeologists are looking into the items found according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. This is a unique and thrilling discovery for archeologists and scientists at large and is a big milestone in their research.

The Rise of Obesity Cases Are Surprisingly on the Rise

Across the globe, some of the kids and adults are struggling with obesity. Once associated with wealth, this is an epidemic that is rising at worrying levels. It has become a major concern not only to those affected but also to the World Health Organization.

What is Obesity?

To some, an obese person is one who seems to have more weight than they should be having. Accumulating more fats in the body is dangerous and is also termed as obesity. On the other hand, having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 30 is considered as obesity. BMI is when the height, sex, and body weight are considered. A healthy BMI should be from 18.5 to 24.9.

Why is Obesity on the Rise?

In every day, there is a number of calories that our bodies burn. If your body takes in more than it consumes, it is highly likely that you will become overweight. Your body will have more fats than it requires.

Eating foods that are poor in nutrients especially carbonated drinks and junk foods as well as having low physical activities contribute greatly to obesity in the modern world. It is recommended that people embrace healthy foods and exercise their bodies on a daily basis.

What Are the Effects of Obesity?

Obesity can have extensive health issues on your body and this is the reason it should be controlled. It causes type 2 diabetes, it enhances blood pressure, can lead to heart diseases, respiratory disorders, joint, and bone damage as well as leakage of intestinal secretions into your esophagus. Once one has obesity, they become vulnerable to serious illnesses.

Ways that you Can Avoid Obesity

As the numbers of obese people in the world remain high, it’s not a challenge to maintain a healthy weight. There are several ways that you can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Increase your physical activities and even have a workout routine
  • Improve your eating habits by embracing healthy eating. Foods should include fruits, whole grains, and vegetables
  • Avoid junk foods by all means

Improving eating habits is a great way to avoid obesity in kids and adults. Even when tempted to snack on junk foods avoid it and instead opt for healthy snacks such as nuts and fruits. Avoiding processed foods and working out will help you fight obesity. As a parent who wants to protect their kids from this condition, feed them healthy meals as soon as they start eating.

Migrants Treatment is Not Improving on the Italy-French Border

As migrants try to make a better life, every day they are trying to cross over to Europe. Some have died while at sea but those who make it to the other side, they are not always welcome. In the recent past, there have been complaints of French police mishandling migrants crossing from Italy to the country.

Due to the fact that it’s becoming hard to get into France, most of the migrants are staying in Ventimiglia.

With the hope of leaving the Italian asylum system, unaccompanied minors have attempted their luck in France which has been met with a lot of hostility from the French police. This has significantly reduced the number of those traveling through Ventimiglia.

Harsh Living Conditions

Migrants living in the Italian-French border are subjected to harsh living conditions where they are not only verbally abused, but they are detained, they don’t sleep well, they have only one meal per day and bath in a nearby river. They are neither getting enough support from the Italian authorities nor the French relying only on volunteers.

Unaccompanied Minors Are Also Mistreated

One would be forgiven to think that the French authorities will give a little consideration to the unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the country. Besides being denied this right, they are sent back to Italy and detained without basic needs. This is not only wrong, but it is a human rights violation.

In the latest news, the French police have gone a notch higher in dealing with the unaccompanied minors crossing over to the country. They recently confiscated mobile phones and sim cards owned by these children while at the same time cutting off the soles of their shoes and sending them back to Italy.

They are also interfering with the birth date on documents so that these kids are treated as adults.

There is no hope that the situation will improve owing to the fact that Emmanuel Macron, French president vowed that illegal routes through Europe will be cracked down. A law was also passed that illegal entry to France will give a migrant one-year imprisonment.

On the other hand, Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Interior Minister vowed that his country will not be the refugee camp of Europe and with this, half a million migrants would be deported. This means that things will only get thicker for migrants looking for a better life in the two countries.

Use of Social Media as a News Outlet

There is no denying how digital technology has changed the news and media outlets over the years. Long are the days where renowned media brands would rely on their large audiences to secure revenues from advertisements.

The emergence of an alternative for news through the internet has changed the business models for many news outlets. The growth of social media has also compounded on the growth of online news.

The Millennials

The shift from the traditional use of news such as the newspaper to the modern technological forms has been blamed on the millennials or the younger generation.

The millennials consume news in a much different way from the older generations. They don’t rely on newspapers or news magazines instead; they use social media to receive their news. Use of social media, as news outlet has found out is that it has the potential to penetrate wider audiences. Social media platforms such as Facebook has been used by many outlets to post breaking news, short videos or receive feedback from viewers. Here are some of the ways that millennials consume news through social media.

Integrated Into their Lives

The older generation seems to allocate time to consume news. In most cases, they’ll read a newspaper for a certain amount of time or will spend a fair amount of time listening to lunchtime or evening news. On the other hand, millennials consume news through making it part of their lives. This is primarily due to social media with over 60% of millennials attributing it to their source of media.

Facebook, for example, will run news on its feed that can be viewed in between people post and through such, news outlets can convey news. The magic with social media is the ability to share news post from one person’s feed to another’s. News from Australia will reach an American in seconds through shared or “retweeted” news posts.

The news post will include a little bit of information on the post, and attach a link to it for people to read the full story. The attractive news will increase more traffic for the news outlet, and therefore interesting headlines attract Millennial’s attention faster.

Exposed to Opposing Viewpoints

Traditionally, people have been exposed to news that matches their views. Older generations would spend time reading through stories that collaborate their ideology instead of opposing views. However, with the millennials, their use of social media has exposed them to various viewpoints from different sources. Unlike publications that tend to publish articles that they think people will like, social media news post will have varying points of view.

This creates open-mindedness, and through the use of the internet, millennials can get facts easily and get into discussions armed with facts instead of relying on heresy.

Receive News from Familiar People

Millennials are using social media to receive news from their preferred news source and their friend’s sources. They will prefer to see the news that their friends have picked for them instead of the traditional way where people had to wait for a limited news source.

Social media has changed how news is being transferred and how people perceive it. News outlets with a huge social media presence are more likely to get their news read than upcoming ones. Learning how to integrate news in social media sites is the work of news outlet, to be creative and create newsworthy materials.

Best Online News Websites

Many people in the world today are confused on what websites to get unbiased news in order to avoid “fake news”, a trend that has been ongoing. Readers want to read facts and not fiction and will always search for the real, reported facts. In this age, the free media law has resulted in a lot of information on the press making it hard to get the truthful sources of news.

News organizations should ensure that the reporters get their story right and do not violate the journalist code of ethics by exaggerating and reporting false news. Some of the best online websites to find real news are The New York Times, CNN, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and BBC.

The New York Times

The New York Times is among the most influential and reliable newspapers in the U.S. The New York Times website leads in reporting the business, politics and has a culture coverage. The news coverage has a left –leaning, progressive view of the world. The New York Time also adheres to the ethical standards and journalistic integrity. The public considers it as a trustworthy site and has a large number of subscribers.


CNN is a Television news channel that was founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. It has a website that is one of the world’s leaders in online news and information delivery. It is staffed all throughout the day and night and has dedicated staff with a large team of professionals who ensure that the site is thoroughly updated throughout the day. also offers e-mail news alerts and downloadable audio and video reports.


Reuter’s websites provide international news and are honest in reporting. It is chiefly known for its public consciousness. The site also gives an unbiased and balanced viewpoint on all important matters in the world. This site provides its readers with intelligence, technology and human expertise they require. Reuters is a trusted news organization as it helps people in making decisions in matters of financial, risks, tax and intellectual property. Additionally, the website offers real time information, application products, and information management systems.

The Wall Street Journal

The wall street journal is mostly known for reporting news as it is. It broadcasts breaking news, business coverage and features from the Wall Street Journal. The site has journalistic integrity and avoids news that reports negative news headlines about other countries. People who read the Wall Street Journal site are usually better- informed and less offended by the reporter’s choice of words. The website is also relatively neutral and well written.


It is one of the largest standard bearers for a trusted world and local news. The site gives the latest global and local news, sports, weather, forums, in-depth articles, and documentaries. BBC website offers breaking news and has some creative energy than some of the U.S news organization. BBC is a more objective source outside he the America’s influence than most of the U.S news organizations that are censored and controlled by political direction.