• BBC News

    Harry and Meghan release wedding photos

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released three official photographs taken on their wedding day. The pictures, taken by Alexi Lubomirski, include a group photograph with bridesmaids and close family, including their parents and the Queen. The couple would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations on Saturday, Kensington Palace said. "Their Royal Highnesses are delighted with these official portraits," a statement added. Mr Lubomirski, who also took the couple's official engagement pictures, said it had been an "incredible honour" to document the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's "inspiring journey of love". "This has been a beautiful chapter in my career and life, that I will happily

  • Al Jazeera

    'Who are you?' Iran hits back at US demands

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said the world will "not accept" US unilateralism just hours after Washington laid out a series of tough demands to be included in a potential new nuclear treaty with Iran. In remarks carried by Iran's ILNA news agency on Monday, Rouhani said the era of the US making decisions for the rest of the world was "over". "Countries are independent ... We will continue our path with the support of our nation," Rouhani said. "Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?"  Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump's defied efforts by European allies and announced Washington's withdrawal from a landmark multinational pact signed with Iran in Vienna in 2015 and a

  • BBC News

    Wedding 'landmark' for African Americans

    The diversity on display at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle represented progress that much of the westernised world has yearned to see. As an African American, I was happy to see Oprah Winfrey in attendance. She has long been, especially within the black community, American royalty. Watching her arrive alongside the actor Idris Elba set the tone for the rest of the wedding, and forged a connection to the ceremony that black Americans had never previously had. Harry is the British royal Americans can relate to more than any other. He befriended the Obamas and partied in Las Vegas long before his engagement to Ms Markle. He is more accessible and less formal than his immediate family,

  • Sport

    Svitolina dominates Halep to defend Italian Open crown

    Fourth seed Elina Svitolina successfully defended her Italian Open title on Sunday with a dominant 6-0 6-4 victory over an out-of-sorts Simona Halep. World number one Halep came through a tough three-set semi-final against Maria Sharapova on Saturday and was well off the pace, failing to coax even a single break point opportunity the entire match. It’s really something very special for me,” Svitolina said after defeating Halep in the Rome final for the second year in succession. The Ukrainian, who has now won the last eight finals she has appeared in, stormed out of the blocks and kept Halep under relentless pressure, serving at a high level and chasing down everything the Romanian sent her way.

  • Egypt Independent

    Coptic Christians angered over Ramadan series

    TV series “Khefat Yad” (Light Hand) has been accused of insulting the Christian clergy due to a scene in which actor Mohamed Tharwat disguises as a priest, committing acts of fraud and smoking contrary to the sanctity of his uniform. Angered reactions by Coptic Christians went viral across social media, with Facebook pages calling for a boycott of the series and demanding that its broadcast is stopped. Responding to the controversy, scriptwriter and actor Mufid Mounir told Al-Masry Al-Youm that they meant no offense and that respect towards the clergy is obligatory, even in a comedy series aiming for fun. Mounir stated that “masquerading as priests is unacceptable.” In the series Khefat Yad,

  • BBC News

    Dog 'adopts' nine orphaned ducklings

    A dog has "adopted" nine ducklings after their mother disappeared. Fred, a 10-year-old Labrador has become "dad" to the baby birds at Mountfitchet Castle, a tourist attraction near Stansted Airport in Essex. The ducklings' mother was nowhere to be found when staff noticed them waddling around alone, but "Fred... immediately took to them and has been babysitting ever since." They have even followed him into the castle moat for a swim, staff said. The reconstructed Norman castle is home to a number of rescued animals, but Fred is "the resident dog". A spokeswoman said staff were "very worried" when the ducklings' mother disappeared on Thursday, leaving them "looking a little bit lost". But Fred,

  • Arabian Business

    UAE approves 100% ownership of companies, new ten-year visa

    The UAE has approved a new long-term visa system aimed at attracting international investors and high-skilled professional workers. In a major announcement, the UAE cabinet also approved 100% foreign ownership of companies in the country, which has previously been limited to those companies based in freezones.  The ten-year visa will be made available to investors in the UAE, as well as those who are specialists in medical, scientific, research and technical fields, as well as for all scientists and innovators. A separate five-year residency visa will be made available to students studying in the UAE, and 10-year visas for "exceptional students", news agency WAM reported. The UAE will also review