• Al Jazeera

    Sanctions and threats will not trigger regime change in Iran

    From the free fall of the Iranian rial, to street protests demanding regime change, to the death sentence pronounced by the US towards normalised trade following the abandonment of the JCPOA known as the Iran nuclear deal, there is no shortage of news reports detailing the myriad "existential" crises the Iranian regime is currently facing. Therefore, the state must be on the verge of collapse, correct? The problem is that none of these crises is a new phenomenon for the regime. Since the 1979 revolution, which toppled the Shah and instated an Islamic government, the Iranian state has proven to be one of the most resilient in the region. It has survived a plethora of social, economic and political

  • Emirates24|7

    Spotted: Kareena Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Manushi Chhillar

    Kareena Kapoor Karisma Kapoor and Amrita Arora Janhvi Kapoor Miss World Manushi Chhillar Shahid Kapoor Anushka Sharma Ranveer Singh Sonakshi Sinha Shilpa Shetty with family Athiya Shetty\ Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma at Suidhaaga Trailer Launch at Yashraj Studio. Alia Bhatt at a new collection launch of a lifestyle brand Caprese Jhanvi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor and Boney Kapoor Kajol snapped at Helicopter Eela promotions. Vidya Balan at Sunny Super Sound. John Abraham arrived in an auto rickshaw for a screening of his film Satyamev Jayate. Aayush Sharma, Warina Hussain, Rohit Roy, Ram Kapoor with Salman Khan on the sets of ‘Dus Ka Dum' Mouni Roy and Akshay Kumar Anushka Sharma Deepika Padukone

  • BBC News

    Chopra and Jonas confirm engagement

    Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have confirmed they are engaged after just a few months together. The Texan singer, formerly part of the Jonas Brothers, and the Bollywood superstar held a private engagement ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday. Both wore traditional Indian clothes. The pair's engagement has been rumoured for about three weeks but they had not confirmed it until now. No date has yet been announced for the wedding. The couple shared identical photos from the ceremony on their respective Instagram pages, with Jonas calling Chopra the "future Mrs Jonas". The engagement party - called a roka - is a chance for the couple to exchange gifts and makes the union of their families public. Their

  • CNN

    Teen charged after pushing friend off bridge

    A teenage girl has been charged with reckless endangerment after video showed her pushing a friend off a bridge.

  • Arabian Business

    Saudi Arabia tests Japan-inspired 'nap pods' for hajj

    Mansour al-Amer swipes a card to reveal a narrow sleep pod, reminiscent of Japan's famed capsule hotels. But this pod is in Saudi Arabia, where the Muslim hajj pilgrimage begins Sunday. The kingdom has plans to introduce capsule rooms in the western city of Mina in the coming days, as an estimated two million Muslim faithful gather for the six-day hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam. The free nap pods are part of new measures Saudi Arabia is rolling out this year in a bid to modernise the centuries-old practice of hajj. The government has also introduced apps for on-the-spot translation and emergency medical care. Amer is the head of a Saudi charity, the Haji and Mutamer Gift Charitable Association,

  • Al Jazeera

    'Never again': Zarif calls US group coup attempt bound to fail

    Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, has said any US effort to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran was bound to fail, just days after Washington announced the creation of a group to coordinate and run the country's policy towards Tehran.   Zarif made the comments in a Twitter post on Sunday, on the anniversary of a US-backed coup that toppled Iran's first democratically elected government in 1953. "65 years ago today, the US overthrew the popularly elected democratic government of Dr. Mossadegh, restoring the dictatorship and subjugating Iranians for the next 25 years," Zarif said.  "Now an 'Action Group' dreams of doing the same through pressure, misinformation & demagoguery. "Never

  • Arab News

    Iran announces new fighter jet

    TEHRAN: Iran will unveil this week a new jet fighter and upgrade its missile defenses to meet threats from Israel and the US, Tasnim news agency said Sunday quoting the defense minister. “Our first priority is our missile capability and we must enhance it... given the enemy’s efforts in missile defense,” said Amir Hatami in an interview on television late Saturday, according to Tasnim. He added that a new fighter jet “will fly on National Defense Industry Day,” which falls on Wednesday. Hatami said the defense program was motivated by memories of the missile attacks Iran suffered during its eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s, and by repeated threats from Israel and the United States that “all