Saudi Arabia is lifting a ban on voice and video calling apps such as WhatsApp and Skype, in a move aimed at boosting productivity and economic growth.
The ministry of communications said access to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) would be “widely available to users” from Wednesday.
It had previously blocked VoIP apps for failing to comply with “regulations”.
The announcement comes only days after Snapchat blocked Al Jazeera from its app in the conservative Gulf kingdom,BBC reports
Saudi officials accused the Qatar-based network of being a “harmful, propaganda-pushing channel that supports extremism”.
Al Jazeera, which denies the charge, said Snapchat’s actions were a “clear attack on the rights of journalists and media professionals to report and cover stories freely from around the world”.
Saudi Arabia blocked access to Al Jazeera’s website at the end of May, shortly before the country severed all links with Qatar over the emirate’s alleged support for terrorism and ties with Iran.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Wednesday ordered the army to build a wall around the country’s tanzanite mines to prevent smuggling and better control exports of the precious gems unique to the East African country.
The deep blue or royal purple stones are mined in the Mererani hills near Mount Kilimanjaro.
Magufuli ordered the army to “start building a wall around this whole area,” insisting the work be done as soon as possible. But he did not specify exactly where the wall should be built.
“Surveillance cameras will be installed and there will be only one entrance,” Magufuli said. “Even if you swallow tanzanite, it will be detected”.
The order seems to be the latest move by Magufuli — who swept to power in 2015 on an anti-corruption platform — to regulate the mining sector, which has faced allegations of fraud and underreporting of production and profits.
A commission of enquiry set up Magufuli estimated in June that 75 billion euros ($90 billion) had been lost in tax evasion arising from mining operations since 1998.
And a parliamentary report published earlier this month revealed that smugglers and mining operators are the ones reaping the benefits of the country’s tanzanite riches due to corruption and unfavourable contracts.
“This country is rich in natural resources. God has given us minerals which exist nowhere else but are we benefiting?” Magufuli said. “The theft of tanzanite is immeasurable. It has been going on for years and it must stop”.
Magufuli has locked horns with foreign mining companies, accusing them of under-valuing their production of gold, diamonds and tanzanite, resulting in a loss of billions of dollars in taxes and royalties since 1998.
The Tanzanian government this month seized diamonds worth nearly $30 million (25 million euros) after accusing British company Petra Diamonds of under-estimating their value when trying to export the gems.
Nicki Minaj and Nas’ seemingly overnight romance has had the internet buzzing since the duo were spotted being extra cozy during a recent outing. While everyone from Safaree to Wendy Williams has weighed in on the Queens emcees’ rumored relationship, Kelis couldn’t be less bothered.
While the R&B singer has yet to comment on her ex-husband’s new flame with the Head Barb, that doesn’t exclude her from entertaining the constant shade being thrown their way. A screenshot, courtesy of The Shade Room, has surfaced of Kelis liking a negative Instagram comment that was directed towards “Mi-Nas.”
“Nobody cares for a fake couple that’s trying to be the Walmart version of Jay Z & Beyonce,” the comment reads. “Go Kelis I’m proud of you & yourself your so drama free… so iconic fav idol.”
It’s been nearly 10 years since Kelis and Nas went their separate ways and five since the Queens lyricist drew inspiration from their divorce for his tenth studio album Life Is Good. But, we’re pretty sure neither artist is losing sleep over the love lost.
Take a look at Kelis serving up classy shade below.
It seems Blac Chyna and Mechie are making their split Instagram official. The loved up couple who have reportedly been at loggerheads over his flirtatious ways have unfollowed eachother on Instagram.
Maybe Chyna felt it’s time to move on as she has gotten her child support lawsuit settled with Rob for $20k a month.
Kim Kardashian has felt the wrath of Rihanna fans after they accused her of stealing the singer’s design for her pink fluffy children’s sliders.
Kardashian showcased the shoes from her The Kids Supply x AKID collaboration on Twitter, but users were quick to highlight the apparent similarities to Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma sliders.
The reality TV star shared a picture of the product, which retails at £36 ($48), alongside the caption: “Another Akid collab with nude faux fur slides.”
Her account was inundated with pictures of Rihanna’s shoes, with one user posting: “Kim…nah. Riri already has the fluffy slide-on game on lock. And she’s about to kick you out the make up game lol.”
Another tweeted: “Rihanna collaborate again with puma? Oh I smell cheap copy.”
Others defended the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, with one commenting: “Kim’s is a child’s shoe.. Rihanna doesn’t have children’s shoes. She also didn’t invent furry slides, she popularised them.”
The 36-year-old reality TV star looked almost ghostly as she showed off her tummy in a crop top while leaving an LA taping of her Keeping Up With The Kardashians show, which comes back for another season in October.
This comes after the pinup told Allure she was in the best shape of her life.
The wife of Kanye West wore an interesting cut-up and twisted white crop top that looked like it could be made at home with the help of a pair of scissors and a simple white Hanes T-shirt in extra small. More pics below…
One man took his passion for working out way too far this week – when he got his genitals stuck. Firefighters posted a warning to others after they were called to a hospital to free a man who had trapped his penis in the hole at the centre of a gym weight plate on Friday.
He was reportedly trying to strengthen his penis by using it to lift the 2.5kg disc.
Firefighters spent three hours trying to free him with cutting equipment,The Straits Times reports.
The crew in Worms, Germany, posted a picture of the broken weight on their Facebook page, issuing a warning to men not to try to copy the idiotic move.
“A message of a somewhat different kind was received on Friday morning, 15.09.2017, at the control centre.
“One person had a very sensitive part of the body trapped in the hole of a 2,5 kg-dumbbell disc.
“With the help of a cutting grinder, a vibrating saw and a hydraulic rescue device, the dumbbell weight could be removed after three hours.””Please do not imitate such actions!”