Trump says Republicans ready to impose gun background checks

US President Donald Trump. (Reuters pic) WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Friday that fellow Republicans will set aside resistance to restricting access to firearms by supporting background checks for people buying weapons in the wake of mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. The progress in efforts to curb the United States’ freewheeling relationship with firearms […]

Room with a view: Mecca hotels offer VIP hajj experience

Luxury hotels in Saudi Arabia’s Mecca cater to super-wealthy hajj pilgrims who dream of seeing the Kaaba holy site from their rooms ’24-hours a day’. (AFP pic) MECCA: Five-star hotels with views of Islam’s holiest site and luxury hajj pilgrimage packages are attracting a super-wealthy clientele and establishing Mecca as the capital of premium religious […]