• Arab News

    Syria vows to recover Golan as Trump policy shift draws international criticism

    BEIRUT: The Gulf Cooperation Council expressed regret on Friday at Donald Trump's call to recognise Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, territory captured from Syria in a 1967 war. Trump's statement "will not change the reality that (...) the Arab Golan Heights is Syrian land occupied by Israel by military force in 1967," said Abdul Latif Al Zayani, the GCC secretary general. "The statements by the American president undermine the chances of achieving a just and comprehensive peace." The GCC's comments came as the Syrian government vowed on Friday to recover the territory from Israel. Other countries, both Syria's allies and enemies, in the region and the West also condemned

  • Al Jazeera

    Mullah Omar and the art of hiding in plain sight

    A new book on the elusive former leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, revealed that the one-eyed rebel chief has not been hiding in Pakistan, as US officials and many in Afghanistan and beyond had said. Omar, instead, lived near a US base in Afghanistan for years, Bette Dam, author of the book, Op Zoek Naar De Vijand (Searching for an Enemy), wrote. The revelation has prompted a barrage of scrutiny from incredulous Afghan officials who denied that they had any part in a failure of intelligence gathering surrounding the whereabouts of the famous rebel leader. The Afghan president, via his spokesperson, strongly rejected the claim, saying there was sufficient evidence that Omar lived and died in

  • Arab News

    Jury awards $250,000 to US woman jailed without seeing a judge

    JACKSON, Mississippi: A Mississippi jury awarded $250,000 in damages Tuesday to a woman jailed 96 days without seeing a judge, a case spotlighting how Mississippi still struggles to provide access to lawyers or bail to people jailed before trial. The verdict included $200,000 in damages against Choctaw County Sheriff Cloyd Halford and $50,000 against the county. It was handed down Tuesday after a two-day trial in federal court in Aberdeen. The jury was only determining how much Jauch was owed, after US District Court Judge Sharion Aycock earlier ruled that the county and Halford were liable. Jessica Jauch was originally arrested on traffic charges in 2012 and held in Choctaw County after being

  • Al Jazeera

    Abu Dhabi crown prince 'proposed killing Taliban leaders': report

    Mohammed bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi's crown prince, proposed to set up an assassination programme targeting top Taliban leaders during a meeting with the top US diplomat earlier this year, the Middle East Eye (MEE) news website has reported. The crown prince made the offer during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the UAE on January 12 amid disagreements over the progress of peace talks between US and Taliban negotiators, MEE reported on Thursday, citing to a source with detailed knowledge of the meeting. According to the source, bin Zayed told Pompeo that Washington risked allowing Afghanistan to fall back into the hands of the "backward, bearded bad guys" and proposed hiring mercenaries to kill Taliban leaders to weaken the group's negotiating position.

  • Emirates24|7

    Hailey Bieber: Mental health is my top priority

    Hailey Bieber is making her mental health her "number one" priority. The 22-year-old model - who was known as Hailey Baldwin before tying the knot with Justin Bieber last year - has said she's making sure to keep her body physically healthy by eating right and drinking water, because in turn it helps to keep her mind healthy too. She said: "I think there's a lot of different levels of self-care, like eating right, drinking a lot of water and working out. It's really good for your mentality. I think your mental health should be number one, and it falls to the side of lot." The blonde beauty also takes the time to unwind on the beach. She added: "I think it's grounding. The sound of the ocean,

  • Al Jazeera

    New Zealand mosque attacks: Wrong person listed as a victim

    New Zealand police say they made a mistake when they charged the man believed responsible for the country's worst massacre that killed 50, and that the victim they allege he murdered is alive. Police charged an Australian citizen on Saturday with a single count of murder of one man, with further charges expected when the alleged attacker is due back in court on April 5. The police now say that victim is not dead.  "An error was made in the charging document prepared for the first court appearance of the man charged with murder in relation to the Christchurch terror attacks. The error saw an incorrect victim name included in the charging document," a police spokesman said in a statement. "We have

  • Al Jazeera

    Is Kashmir the most dangerous place in the world?

    In this week's UpFront, we ask award-winning author and activist Arundhati Roy about the disputed region of Kashmir and her criticisms of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And in the Arena, we debate the implications of a US intervention in Venezuela. HEADLINER: Arundhati Roy: Modi 'reckless' in Kashmir The military escalation between India and Pakistan may have abated, but tensions remain high following the latest series of aggressions triggered by a February 14 suicide bomb attack in Indian-administered Kashmir that killed at least 42 paramilitary personnel. When asked about the Indian media's role in perpetuating the conflict, Roy says journalists are "more than complicit". She added that