When is Eid al-Fitr this year?

Al Jazeera

The first day of Eid Al Fitr is expected to fall on Friday, June 15, in most Islamic countries, according to the International Astronomical Centre (IAC), including Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar. The official announcement depends on the moon sighting, if the new moon can be seen on June 14, then Ramadan will end on Thursday and Friday will be the first day of Eid. The International Astronomical Center expects the crescent moon to be visible from all Islamic countries with the naked eye or through a telescope on the night of June 14. Official Eid announcements are usually made within two hours from sunset because when the moon is new, it rises and sets with the sun (or within an hour). According to the IAC this year, the crescent is expected to rise 49 minutes after sunset in Rabat, 46 minutes after sunset in Mogadishu, Khartoum, Tripoli and Algeria, 45 minutes in Djibouti and Tunisia, 44 minutes in Sanaa, 43 minutes in Cairo, 42 minutes in Riyadh, Amman and Jerusalem, 41 minutes in Beirut, Doha, Damascus, Manama and Abu Dhabi, and 40 minutes in Baghdad, Kuwait and Muscat.


NEW TERROR WORRY Feds fear ISIS developing laptop bombs that evade airport security

FOX News

U.S. intelligence sources suggest ISIS and other terrorist groups can build laptop bombs capable of slipping past airport security scanners, Fox News has learned. The sources fear that terrorists have gotten their hands on sophisticated airport security equipment that allows them to properly conceal explosives in laptops and other large electronic devices, Fox News reported Friday. That intelligence is behind the recent decision to ban electronics in carry-on bags from flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries, Fox & Friends reported Saturday. The U.S. ban applies to nonstop U.S.-bound flights from 10 international airports in Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the Associated Press reports. About 50 flights a day, all on foreign airlines, are affected.


Laptop Ban Could Cost Middle East Airlines, International Travelers, To The Benefit Of European Carriers

International Business Times

Following a Monday ban by security agencies in the U.S. and U.K. on large electronics in cabins on flights from several countries in the Middle East, analysts predicted carriers whose hubs were subject to the ban, such as Qatar Airways and Emirates, might find themselves with empty business class seats, while European airlines such as British Airways and Lufthansa, could capitalize on their losses. "Hubs that don't impede the productivity of long-haul business travelers," like Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and London's Heathrow Airport, by allowing them to work on their laptops during flights would likely charge higher prices "at the expense of the Middle East," J. P. Morgan airline expert Jamie Baker told CNN, which compiled a list of the airlines that would fare the worst. Under the U.S. ban--which involved 10 international airports in or near Kuwait City, Amman, Cairo, Istanbul, Casablanca, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah and Riyadh--the airlines Egyptair, Royal Jordanian, Saudia and Turkish Airlines would be hit hardest, according to the broadcaster. The "tech-heavy corridor between the U.S. and India," which often involves layovers or transfers in the Middle East, would be a major area of lost business for the airlines in the region covered by the new security measures, Baker added. The International Air Transport Association predicted that India will host the fastest-growing air national travel market over the next couple of decades, according to a 2015 report.


Officials say no new threats tied to airline electronics curbs; Canada may follow suit

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA – U.S. and British officials said Tuesday the decision to bar laptops and tablets from the cabins of some international flights wasn't based on any specific threat but on longstanding concerns about terrorists targeting jetliners. Unimpressed, some travelers and civil liberties groups denounced the ban, raising concerns that included lost worktime on long flights and worries that checking laptops in baggage will make them more vulnerable to theft. Under the new bans, electronic devices larger than smartphones, such as laptops, tablets and gaming devices, will have to be checked on some international flights. American officials announced the U.S. ban early Tuesday, and the British followed later in the day after discussions between the countries. The U.S. ban affects flights from Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.


Ban Aimed at Electronics in Cabins of Some US-Bound Flights

U.S. News

A U.S. official told The Associated Press the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 international airports serving the cities of Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The ban was indefinite, said the official.