38th GCC Summit concludes, issues Kuwait Declaration.

The 38th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit, hosted by Kuwait, concluded on Tuesday with a note on integration, according to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).The UAE delegation to the summit is headed by Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.R…


American Airlines Is Putting a Ban on Some Smart Luggage

High-tech suitcases that charge your phone, open at a single touch, and track your valuables may make traveling less anxiety-reducing (lost luggage worries, begone!), but they unleash a whole new risk for airlines, which is why American Airlines is imposing new rules on them.Effective January 15, American Airlines won’t let passengers check their smart suitcases if the lithium-ion battery can’t be removed, the airline announced on Friday. We’ve looked at the prevalence of these bags as they most likely are going to be a hot item, no pun intended, this holiday season, a spokesperson for the airline told The New York Times. Just make sure the battery is removable, he continued. If it’s not removable, we won’t be permitting it to fly in the cargo hold or in the cabin.After American’s announcement, Delta announced similar restrictions beginning on the same date. According to CNBC, United Airlines and Southwest are working on policies as well. The Federal Aviation Administration already bans spare lithium-ion batteries in checked luggage because the powerful energy source has the potential to overheat. The batteries particularly pose a high risk when luggage is stored in an aircraft’s cargo hold. Crew members are trained to put out fires in the main cabin with extinguishers and fire containment bags, but they are essentially powerless in reaching them in the hard-to-access luggage hold. If they aren’t checking their smart bag, passengers can leave the battery in the suitcase�but it still must be removable.The new policy is related to current ones for laptops and hoverboards, which pose similar risks when checked. Passengers will have to remove the batteries with screwdrivers approved by TSA. Some high-tech suitcase manufacturers already include batteries that can be uninstalled, including Raden and Away. Raden’s battery is stored in a removable electronics pouch while Away includes a TSA-approved screwdriver in its products. The brand Bluesmart, however, does not allow its batteries to be removed, though according to its website, the batteries are installed to comply with industry regulations.

Source: Civil Aviation Authority, Qatar.



SAO PAULO, The transfer of 22 million US dollars made by Qatar and allegedly linked to the Gulf state’s successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup is being investigated by the Brazilian Justice Ministry and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to a report in the French news website Mediapart on Sunday.

The Brazilian Football Federation’s former chief, Ricardo Teixeira. has had his bank statements investigated by Brazilian and US prosecutors. Teixeira had opened an account at Pasche Monaco, a Swiss-based facility controlled by Credit Mutuel until in 2013, according to media reports.

Prosecutors found that a 22 million USD payment from Qatar’s Ganem Bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group (CSSG) was made to this bank account in January 2011, shortly after Qatar was awarded the 2022 tournament.

Following investigations into money laundering and fraud between 2009 and 2012, Teixeira resigned from his powerful post in 2012. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of FIFA, which participated in the vote in December 2010 that awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Teixeira is suspected of having participated in the alleged system to buy votes for Qatar among the 22 voters of FIFA.

Mediapart also reported that In early 2013, several transfers were in effect, issued the same day from his account, to Jack Warner who was then president of the Confederation of Football [North America, Central America and the Caribbean], as well as Mohammad Bin Hammam, President of the Confederation of Asian Football and Nicolas Leoz, President of the Confederation of South America.



Airlines cancel Bali flights to early December

Many airlines have decided to cancel their flights to Bali for several days since Monday’s temporary closure of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport due to the eruption of Mount Agung on the resort island, reported on Tuesday.The airport…



Qatar and the United Nations’ Office in Geneva, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), on the renovation and modernisation of Hall 19, as an integrated project, as a donation from Qatar. The MoU was signed for Qatar by the Permanent Represent…