An Italian man held hostage in Syria for almost three years has been freed, the Italian prime minister's office said in a statement on Wednesday. The statement said Italian intelligence, police and the foreign ministry had worked together to secure the release of Alessandro Sandrini - a 32-year-old from the northern city of Brescia. Sandrini flew to Turkey in October 2016 for a holiday but soon disappeared. A year later, he called his family, telling them he had been seized off a street in Adana, southern Turkey.Al Jazeera
Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's president and foreign minister on Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they negotiated with world powers. The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he's criticised both politicians by name, came amid tensions with the United States a year after Washington's withdrawal from the accord. Khamenei has the final say on all matters of state, and his blaming the deal's unravelling limits the influence of President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif - relative moderates within Iran's theocracy who had struck the deal. It also shows the growing power of Iran's hardliners.Emirates24|7
Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian are both taking a break from dating, after going through splits in the past year. The reality star sisters recently enjoyed a getaway to Turks and Caicos together along with their close friends, and sources have now said the trip was a "much-needed girls trip" for the pair, who have both sworn off dating for a little while after going through break-ups in the past year. Kourtney, 40, split from Younes Bendjima last year and has been romantically linked to several people since, whilst Khloe ended her relationship with Tristan Thompson - with whom she has 13-month-old daughter True - earlier this year when he allegedly locked lips with Jordyn Woods. Both Kourtney and Khloe are single at the same time, which hasn't happened in a while.Emirates24|7
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, met with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at the Bateen Palace in Abu Dhabi today. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation. The leaders exchanged Ramadan greetings with a group of well-wishers and prayed to the Almighty Allah to maintain the security, peace and stability in the UAE. The meetingAl Jazeera
Islamabad, Pakistan - Pakistan's military has said it successfully conducted a test of its surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, a day after the country's foreign minister reiterated an offer to India to resume peace talks. The Shaheen-II missile, test-fired on Thursday, can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads to a range of up to 1,500km, the military said. "The training launch was aimed at ensuring operational readiness of Army Strategic Forces Command," said a military statement released on Thursday. The test comes as tensions between India and Pakistan remain high after a military standoff earlier this year that saw both countries launch air attacksAl Jazeera
Three leading Saudi Arabian scholars being held by Riyadh on multiple charges of "terrorism" will be sentenced to death, according to a report. Citing two government sources and one of the men's relatives, Middle East Eye on Tuesday reported the three individuals - Sheikh Salman al-Awdah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari - will be convicted and executed after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan concludes next month. There was no comment from Saudi authorities on the report. Al-Awdah is an internationally renowned progressive Islamic scholar described by UN experts as a "reformist", al-Qarni is a preacher, academic and author, and al-Omari is a popular broadcaster. "They will not wait to execute these
TEHRAN: US battleships in the Strait of Hormuz are "under the complete control of Iran's army and the Revolutionary Guards," the group's commander warned on Wednesday. More to follow...