• Al Jazeera

    Khamenei backs threat to stop Gulf exports if oil sales halted

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has supported a suggestion by President Hassan Rouhani who hinted earlier this month that Tehran may block regional oil exports if its own sales are stopped following the US' withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Rouhani's apparent warning on July 3 that Iran may disrupt oil shipments from neighbouring countries came in reaction to looming US sanctions and efforts by the administration of President Donald Trump to force all countries to halt purchases of Iranian oil. Even though Rouhani did not mention the Strait of Hormuz, his comments were nonetheless seen as a threat to the narrow strategic passageway located between Iran and Oman,

  • CNN

    Kuwaiti Instagram star slams days off for Filipino domestic workers

    The reforms to Kuwaiti regulations for Filipino domestic workers were sparked by a diplomatic spat between the Philippines and the Gulf country. The murder of a Filipina maid earlier this year prompted Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to ban Filipino workers from traveling to Kuwait. In January, the body of Filipina Joanna Demafelis, 29, was discovered stuffed in the fridge of her Lebanese employer and his wife. Kuwaiti authorities have since sentenced the couple to death. "I will sell my soul to the devil to look for money so that you can come home and live comfortably here," Duterte said after news broke of Demafelis's death. The Philippines President said he was ready to take "drastic

  • BBC News

    'Brazilian butt lift gave me septicaemia'

    A model who travelled to Turkey for a "Brazilian butt lift" has told 5 live that she "could have lost her leg" after the surgery went wrong. 21-year-old Darcie Russell hoped the procedure would help her in the competitive modelling industry, but was rushed into hospital after noticing her hip was red and inflamed. This clip is originally from 5 live Breakfast.

  • BBC News

    Trump 'secretly recorded' by lawyer Cohen

    US President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen made recordings of his client discussing payments to a former Playboy model, US media report. The tapes were reportedly discovered during an FBI raid on Mr Cohen's property earlier this year in New York. The New York Times reports that on the recording Mr Trump and Mr Cohen discuss paying Karen McDougal, who says she had an affair with Mr Trump. The tape was reportedly made two months before the election. The Department of Justice is looking into alleged hush money paid to women who claim they had a relationship with Mr Trump. Undisclosed payments to bury embarrassing stories about a political candidate can be treated as a violation of US

  • CNN

    Mysterious sarcophagus opened in Alexandria

    (CNN)Egyptian archaeologists have unsealed and opened a mysterious granite sarcophagus discovered on a construction site in Alexandria -- only to find the remains of three mummies in a pool of leaked sewage water. Photos released Thursday evening by Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities show a team of archaeologists climbing down the 16-foot-deep (5 meter) pit and wedging the black sarcophagus open with a wooden plank. An archaeologist at the site, Shabaan Abdul, said that the remains most likely belonged to three military officers, according to a post on the ministry's Facebook page. A ministry official, Aiman Ashmawy Ali, told CNN that the sarcophagus had been found in a previously unexcavated section of one of Alexandria's largest ancient cemeteries.

  • CNN

    The week in 27 photos

    The prepared statement of US President Donald Trump is seen on his desk as he speaks to reporters in Washington on Tuesday, July 17. Trump was clarifying remarks he made the day before at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On his papers was a handwritten addition he made that said "THERE WAS NO COLUSION" -- with the final word missing an L. During his joint news conference with Putin, Trump declined to endorse the US intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, saying Putin was "extremely strong and powerful" in his denial. Back in Washington, facing bipartisan fury over his glowing remarks about Putin, Trump said he misspoke, and he voiced his

  • CNN

    New photo of Prince George released to mark his 5th birthday

    Prince George is third in line to the British throne. (CNN)An official photo of Prince George was released Saturday to mark his fifth birthday, which falls on Sunday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said the photograph, which shows the smiling prince in front of a brick wall, was taken in the garden of Clarence House by Matt Porteous following the christening of Prince Louis on July 9. Prince George Alexander Louis, the oldest child of Britain's Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, was born July 22, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital in London, weighing 8 pounds and 6 ounces. He is third in line to the British throne, behind his father and his grandfather, Prince