• Al Jazeera

    Is Imran Khan the Pakistani military's 'favourite son'?

    A big storyline in the lead up to Pakistan's July 25 election has been the nature of the relationship between Imran Khan, the cricket star-turned-politician and leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, and the country's powerful military. According to the insinuations of some top leaders with the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, the military is working behind the scenes to engineer an electoral outcome that results in a government helmed by Khan. It's a theory - one could certainly call it a conspiracy theory - embraced by many commentators inside and outside Pakistan. Indeed, Pakistan's army - which has held direct power for nearly half of Pakistan's 70-year existence, and has enjoyed an outsize role in politics when not in direct control - does have a strong incentive to undercut the PML-N, with which it sparred frequently in recent years, and to help propel the PML-N's main challenger, the PTI, to victory.

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    Philippines to mandate a $10,000 insurance deposit for domestic workers in Kuwait

    Following rocky relations between the Philippines and Kuwait due to the murder and abuse of a Filipina maid earlier this year, a new mandate by the Philippines could further worsen ties between the two countries. The head of Kuwait’s domestic labor offices union, Khaled al-Dakhnan, told Gulf Business that the Philippines’ authorities issued an executive decision mandating Kuwait’s domestic labor offices to deposit $10,000 in local Filipino banks “for every Filipino worker” recruited in the country as a kind of insurance.

  • BBC News

    TV to get its first transgender superhero

    Supergirl is to become the first live-action TV series to feature a transgender superhero. Activist and actor Nicole Maines, who is transgender herself, will play the role of Nia Nal, who becomes known as Dreamer. "It seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to," she said after the announcement at Comic Con in San Diego, California. Nia Nal will be introduced in Supergirl's upcoming fourth season. The character has been described as "a soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others". Speaking to Variety, Nicole Maines said: "I want fans to take away an understanding of trans people. We can be anybody, we can be who we want, we can be superheroes

  • CNN

    Trump tweets explosive threat to Iran

    Pompeo calls Iran leaders 'polished front men'00:52 (CNN)US President Donald Trump has launched a furious all-caps Twitter rebuke of Iran declaring "you will suffer consequences the likes of which few have ever suffered before." The tweet, which was posted last Sunday night, follows an apparent warning issued by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, in which he cautioned American's "must understand that war with Iran is the mother of all wars and peace with Iran is the mother of all peace," according to Iranian state media reports. Rouhani also shared a message for Trump, saying "do not play with the lion's tail, because you will regret it eternally." Trump's tweet came shortly after US Secretary

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    Prince Khalid bin Salman calls on global community to firmly confront Iran

    The West, and all countries, need to unite on a broad strategy in order to address the Iranian regime’s destabilizing behavior, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, said in an opinion piece he wrote for Arab News on Monday. Recalling “thunderous echoes” from the 1930s, Prince Khalid called on the global community to act with resolve so as not to repeat the same blunders of that era, including an economic crisis and a void in leadership, which lead to the spreading of violence and hate. Eighty years ago, the guardians of global order looked on powerlessly as expansionist forces in Europe, Asia and Africa pierced what faith remained in the ideal of international law or in the League of Nations,” the ambassador said. “A similar danger presents itself now as Iran runs roughshod over the international order, stoking conflict beyond its borders and arming the extremists who do its bidding in pursuit of regional domination,” he added.

  • CNN

    The Philippines is building a green, disaster-resilient city

    In one of the most disaster-prone regions on the planet, a new city has been designed specifically to withstand natural calamities -- and it's being built using remnants of a major disaster. The Philippines has begun building a "back-up" city, from where government offices can still function should capital Manila succumb to a natural disaster such as an earthquake. The proposed metropolis, located 100 kilometers north of Manila, is called New Clark City. With plans to cover 9,450 hectares, it will be bigger than Manhattan and could accommodate as many as 1.2 million people. As well as being able to withstand typhoons, flooding, and earthquakes -- inevitable parts of life for a country located

  • CNN

    Baby girl born in Texas Chick-fil-A gets free food for life and a future job

    They stopped outside the restaurant to drop off their daughters with a friend. But his wife, whom he calls Maggie, went into "active labor" and needed to use the restroom, according to the father's post. The restaurant was closed, but the manager let her inside. Griffin wrote that he left the girls with the friend and returned to check on his wife. "She's in the restroom," the manager told him. "She's screaming." In a tiny restroom stall at the Chick-fil-A, with his wife straddling the toilet, Gracelyn's head started to emerge. "Sweetie," he said, "we are gonna have to do this right here, right now." The manager dialed 911 and brought over clean towels. Griffin said the umbilical cord was wrapped