• BBC News

    Trump and Rouhani trade angry threats

    US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have traded hostile warnings, amid rising tensions between the two countries. Mr Trump tweeted Iran would "suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before" if it threatened the US. Mr Rouhani earlier said that war with Iran would be "the mother of all wars". In May, the US left a deal which curbed Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of international sanctions. Washington is now re-imposing the sanctions, despite objections from the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, who all signed the 2015 agreement. President Rouhani's comments, made to Iranian diplomats, did leave open

  • CNN

    5 things for July 23: Iran tweet, Branson duck boat, ride share livestreams

    Pompeo calls Iran leaders 'polished front men'00:52 2. Branson boat tragedy The duck boat that sank in a storm in a Missouri lake -- killing 17 people -- will be raised this morning as the investigation into the tragedy continues. Thirty-one people were on board the Ride the Ducks Branson amphibious vessel last week when it set sail on Table Rock Lake near Branson. None of the victims were wearing life jackets when they were found, a source told CNN. One woman who survived the incident lost nine family members, including her husband and her three children. The National Transportation Safety Board's investigation of the sinking could take up to a year to complete. Woman loses 9 family members

  • english.alarabiya.net

    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

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Rise in expat terminations result in $1.8 bln bad bank debts in Kuwait

    The number of foreigners terminated from public sector jobs in Kuwait has left banks in the country with a sizeable bad debt problem. Local media said that Kuwait’s efforts to create more jobs for nationals by releasing foreigners has created a problem when thousands of laid off expatriates became unable to fulfill their financial obligations towards local banks. Kuwait Times reported recent data from the Central Bank of Kuwait that shows the total bad debts for expatriates during the past four years reached $1.8 billion, a sizable portion of which comprise the debts of foreigners who were laid off by the government, according to sources.

  • Egypt Independent

    Turkish magician completely healed from Cobra poison: Hospital Director

    Director of Cairo University’s Kasr al-Eyni Hospital Ahmed Taha said on Sunday that Turkish magician Aref Ghafouri is ready to leave the hospital after being bitten by an Egyptian cobra during his show in Egypt last Monday. Taha told al-Masry al-Youm that Ghafouri first went to several hospitals in Turkey and the Pasteur Institute in France to receive the antidote to the bite, which was only available in Egypt. Taha further explained that the Cobra’s poison would paralyze Ghafouri’s nervous system if he did not come to Egypt for treatment. However, Ghafouri needed a visa to get to Egypt, putting him in a difficult situation. “The Turkish embassy communicated with the Egyptian which gave priority

  • 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