- Egypt Independent
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran on Wednesday threatened a crushing response to any military strike after attacks on Saudi oil sites blamed by Washington on Tehran, though it said the Islamic Republic had no desire for conflict in the Gulf region. In a letter sent on Monday to the United States via the Swiss embassy, which represents US interests in Iran, Tehran said it “denies and condemns claims” by US officials that “Tehran was behind the attacks”. “It was also emphasized in the letter that in case of any aggression against Iran, that action will face an immediate response from Iran and the response won't be limited to its source,” the state news agency IRNA reported. The Etemad daily newspaper describing
Saudi Arabia is capable of defending its lands and people and can respond strongly to these attacks, the Kingdom says in a Foreign Ministry statement. In its statement, Saudi Arabia said it will invite international experts including from the United Nations to participate in investigating an attack on its oil facilities and called on the world to condemn those behind it. “Saudi Arabia condemns this grave attack, which threatens international peace and security, and maintains that the aim of this attack is directed primarily at the global energy supply, and is an extension of previous hostile acts against pumping stations of Saudi Aramco through the use of Iranian weapons,” according to the statement.
Endless rows of stone slabs line Hong Kong's hillsides. Just a few spots of green are visible amid a vast expanse of gray blocks engraved with Chinese characters. These slopes are home to thousands of Hong Kongers -- or their earthly remains, at least. For his new photo series "Dead Space," photographer Finbarr Fallon visited nearly all of the city's cemeteries, capturing the sheer density of graves and the mountainous urban terrain surrounding them. Some of his most striking photos show cemeteries in the foreground, their small rectangular gravestones lined up in neat ordered rows, while skyscrapers loom behind. "I was trying to portray that relationship between the living and the dead in one
- Al Jazeera
Tensions in the Middle East have escalated following drone attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. The pre-dawn attacks on Saturday knocked out more than half of crude output from the world's top exporter - five percent of the global oil supply - and cut output by 5.7 million barrels per day. Yemen's Houthi rebels, who have been locked in a war with a Saudi-UAE-led coalition since 2015, claimed responsibility for the attacks, warning Saudi Arabia that their targets "will keep expanding". But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo swiftly accused Iran of being behind the assault, without providing any evidence. The claim was rejected by Tehran which said the allegations were meant to justify
- Al Jazeera
About 68 percent of the 5.88 million eligible voters in Israel and illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem were expected to take part in the poll on Sunday to choose the party that will lead the country's 22nd Knesset or parliament. Voting closed at 10pm local time (19:00 GMT) at 11,163 polling stations, with 31 parties competing for the 120 seats. Israel's President Reuven Rivlin will then decide who will be given the mandate to form a new government based on the recommendations of the Knesset members. That person is usually the leader of the party that wins the most seats, but if Rivlin thinks this person is unlikely to garner enough support from smaller parties
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that threaten global security and stability. The Crown Prince made the statement during a phone call with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in. The South Korean president called on the international community to take firm action and a firm stance against these destructive attacks.
- Al Jazeera
As more stadiums for the football World Cup 2022 in Qatar near completion, details are coming to light about some of the more luxurious elements in the stadiums being built. A video posted on Monday shows one of those details, a luxury hotel room in Al Bayt Stadium in the northern city of Al Khor. The video shows a large hotel suite with a balcony view of the football field below. The stadium, which should be completed in the coming weeks, is modelled after tents used in Qatar's deserts. Its surroundings will include a park and artificial lake, according to artist renders. The capacity of the stadium is about 60,000 people when it is finished. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which