• Al Jazeera

    US gives exemptions to sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard

    The Trump administration on Wednesday granted important exemptions to new sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), watering down the effects of the measures while also eliminating an aspect that would have complicated the United States's foreign policy efforts. Foreign governments and businesses that have dealings with the IRGC and its affiliates will not be subject to a ban on US travel under waivers outlined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in two notices published in the Federal Register. That weakens the effect of the measures and will frustrate members of Congress backing tough measures against Iran who are already concerned that the Trump administration won't fully enforce sanctions

  • Emirates24|7

    Avengers get epic send-off at 'Endgame' world premiere

    There were more than a few sniffles from the audience at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" Monday night in Los Angeles, which Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth proudly admitted contributing to. "I don't know about you, but I cried like six times," Evans said standing alongside dozens of his Marvel Cinematic Universe co-stars like Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson and Robert Downey Jr. after the first public screening of the film. Hemsworth chimed in too: "I cried more than six times, Chris." It was an emotional affair for many as "Avengers: Endgame," which opens nationwide Thursday, closes the book on the first 11 years and 22 films of the MCU, and ends the year-long cliffhanger of "Avengers: Infinity

  • In India's democracy, Muslims feel increasingly marginalised

    New Delhi, India - As India conducts the biggest democratic exercise in the world, its Muslim minority has little to cheer amid their increasing electoral marginalisation. In the lower house of the outgoing parliament known as Lok Sabha, there were only 22 Muslims of 543 politicians. The South Asian nation's largest minority forms some 14 percent of the country's 1.3 billion population, but only four percent are represented in the Lok Sabha. It is the lowest Muslim representation in five decades, compared with more than six percent a decade ago and a peak of 9.6 percent in 1980. Many young Muslims Al Jazeera spoke to expressed pessimism about the future of Muslim politics in the country currently

  • Rodrigo Duterte: Philippines not a 'dump site' for Canadian waste

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has chastised Canada for failing to take action on waste it exported to the South East Asian nation years ago. The country has filed several diplomatic protests with Canada over tonnes of refuse shipped to the Philippines between 2013 and 2014. This week President Duterte threatened to ship the waste back to Canada. Canada says it is "strongly committed" to resolving the issue and will work with the Philippines to do so. President Duterte criticised Canada over the long-running diplomatic issue, saying it is turning his nation into a "dump site". "For Canada's garbage, I want a boat prepared," he said on Monday, adding: "They better pull that thing out or

  • Sri Lanka attacks: Bomber 'studied in UK and Australia'

    One of the attackers behind the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka once studied in the UK, officials say, as further details on the bombers emerge. He visited south-east England in 2006-7 to study but did not complete a full university degree, a senior Whitehall official told the BBC. The attacker later did a course in Australia, Sri Lanka's deputy defence minister said. The death toll has risen to 359, with more than 500 people wounded. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said the Islamic State (IS) group may be linked to the blasts. IS has said it carried out the attacks, which targeted churches and high-end hotels, although it did not provide direct evidence of its involvement. In another

  • Arab News

    California woman charged with dumping puppies in trash

    LOS ANGELES: A California woman could face up to seven years behind bars on a slew of charges filed Tuesday after authorities say surveillance video showed her casually tossing a bag of 3-day-old puppies into a trash can on a sweltering day. Deborah Sue Culwell, 54, was charged with seven felony counts of injuring the palm-sized puppies and seven misdemeanor counts of abandoning them. The puppies' mother may have been among 38 dogs found inside Culwell's home following her arrest, and authorities were determining whether a reunion would be possible, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. Though most of the 38 dogs in the home appeared to be “somewhat healthy,” some were

  • Emirates24|7

    Spotted: Priyanka Chopra, Sara Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor...

    Sara Ali Khan Gautam Gulati Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas. Photo: Instagram Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora in London. Photo: Instagram Amrita Arora Photo: Instagram Iulia Vantur Pooja Hegde Sonakshi Sinha Ananya Panday (L), Tiger Shroff (C) and Tara Sutaria perform during the first song launch of upcoming romantic comedy drama Hindi film "Student of the Year 2". (AFP) Shweta Bachchan Alia Bhatt Suhana Khan Varun Dhawan Kareena Kapoor Sidharth Malhotra, Ekta Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra Janhvi Kapoor Kareena Kapoor (Instagram) Kareena Kapoor and Karisma Kapoor (Instagram) Shilpa Shetty and family. Anushka Sharma Arjun Kapoor Sonam Kapoor and husband Anand Ahuja Priyanka Chopra shares photo