Babylon Reports – Qatar is on the outs, US visa applicants beware, Ariana Grande benefit concert
Written by Gabrielle Renaud on 2017-06-05
Drama is unfolding in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilizing the region. The countries say Qatar is supporting terrorist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State. The Saudi state news agency said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, sea and air contact and cited it was to “protect its national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”.
Meanwhile, be careful what you post if you’re hoping for a visa to the US. The Trump administration has now approved plans to ask US visa applicants for details of their social media use. Consular officials can ask for social media usernames going back five years via a new questionnaire. It also allows authorities to request email addresses, phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information.
Lastly, Ariana Grande returned Sunday to Manchester to honor the lives of those lost there. More than 50,000 people crowded into the sold out Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground to watch Grande headline the benefit. The singer and some of her famous friends held a benefit concert in the English city to benefit the victims of a terrorist attack that took place following her performance there nearly two weeks ago.