• Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

    Qatar's Emir, whose country is facing a blockade by Saudi Arabia and its allies, has congratulated Mohammed bin Salman on his appointment as crown prince of Saudi Arabia, the state news agency QNA said. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent a cable to Prince Mohammed "wishing him success... for the good of the kingdom under the wise leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques... and for more progress for brotherly relations between the two brotherly countries". Turkey is sending food supplies to Qatar by sea on Wednesday to compensate for a recent embargo by Qatar's neighbour states, according to Turkey's economy minister. In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, Nihat Zeybekci said that nearly 105 cargo planes have already carried food from Turkey to Qatar.

  • Qatar says won’t negotiate until economic boycott ends

    DOHA: Qatar will not negotiate with Arab countries that have cut economic and travel ties with it unless they lift their measures against Doha, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said on Monday. “Qatar is under blockade, there is no negotiation. They have to lift the blockade to start negotiations,” he told reporters. “Until now we didnt’ see any progress about lifting the blockade, which is the precondition for anything to move forward.” He added that Qatar had still not received any demands from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which severed ties two weeks ago, triggering the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years. Qatar’s internal affairs are non-negotiable,

  • Religious merchants!

    “The land of the Two Holy Mosques is falling in the arms of America and Israel,” commented a member of an Arab-Turkish group. “Explain to me why would Saudi intellectuals shake hands with Israeli officials in international conferences, if not to normalize relationship? And how could Saudi Arabia bow to US president’s demands? Why your king did not respond to Trump when he attacked Hamas and called it a terrorist group?” In my response, I told him: “I can tell from your accent that you are an Iraqi. And if so, please just look around you… wherever you may live! Israelis are all over the Middle East! They are in Kurdistan training its Peshmerga forces, and investing in its economy. They have peace

  • Camila Cabello: Former Fifth Harmony singer flies solo

    As she prepares for the release of her debut album, former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello speaks to the BBC about the "nerve-wracking" process of flying solo. Few of us would like our careers to be defined by what we were doing at the age of 18. But when you've been discovered on national TV and been a member of one of the biggest girl groups in the world, it's difficult to step out of their shadow. It would be a daunting prospect for most - but that's exactly what Camila Cabello is doing. Six months on from her somewhat difficult exit from Fifth Harmony, the 20-year-old is gearing up for the release of her debut solo album. "I'm at this stage where I feel like people are seeing me as myself

  • Pakistan dominates Team of the Tournament

    LONDON - Victorious Pakistan players dominated the Champions Trophy team of the tournament which was announced Monday with its captain Sarfraz Ahmed named captain of the side. Fakhar Zaman, who scored a match-winning 114 in Pakistan’s 180-run victory over archrival India in the final, was picked alongside the tournament’s top scorer Shikhar Dhawan of India. Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal was slotted in at No. 3 after driving his side to its maiden semifinal at a major global tournament. Joe Root represented semifinalists England for his aggregate of 258 runs while Ben Stokes was rewarded for his all-round contribution. The bowling lineup was led by Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali, who finished with 13 wickets,

  • Missing Corrie Mckeague: Girlfriend April Oliver has baby girl

    The girlfriend of missing airman Corrie Mckeague has announced the birth of their baby in an online post. April Oliver, from Norfolk, uploaded an image on her Facebook page on Father's Day of her cradling the girl. Mr Mckeague's mother Nicola Urquhart later also posted a photo on the Find Corrie Facebook page, saying the baby, born a week ago, was "perfect". The RAF gunner, 23, went missing on a night out in Bury St Edmunds, with a search of a landfill site ongoing. Miss Oliver announced her pregnancy in January, four months after Mr Mckeague vanished. The baby girl was born on 11 June. Mrs Urquhart said: "She is beautiful and very healthy. "We are so proud of April and how well she has coped

  • Warmbier death raises pressure on White House

    The news quickly sparked calls from Congress for a tougher line. "The United States of America cannot and should not tolerate the murder of its citizens by hostile powers," Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said in a statement. "North Korea is threatening its neighbors, destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region, and rapidly developing the technology to strike the American homeland with nuclear weapons," McCain continued. "Now it has escalated to brutalizing Americans, including three other citizens currently imprisoned in North Korea." Warmbier's death comes two days before the annual US-China diplomatic and security dialogue in Washington where Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary