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Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has died aged 67 after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges, according to authorities. A top figure in the Muslim Brotherhood and the first democratically elected president in Egypt's modern history, Morsi had been in jail since he was toppled by the military in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. People around the world on Monday issued statements on the sudden death of Morsi. Here is what they had to say. Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani offered his condolences to Morsi's family and Egyptian people. "We received with great sorrow the news of the sudden death of former
The United States military on Monday released new photos it says incriminate Iran in an attack last week on a tanker ship in strategic Gulf waters. The US argument centers on an unexploded limpet mine on the Kokuka Courageous ship it says was removed by Iranians on a patrol boat. “Iran is responsible for the attack based on video evidence and the resources and proficiency needed to quickly remove the unexploded limpet mine,” the Pentagon said in a statement accompanying the imagery. The US released a grainy black and white video last week it said showed the Iranians removing the mine, but has not provided an explanation for why they allegedly did so while the US military was observing them.
Iran's military denied on Monday being behind attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week, and said if it decided to block the Strait of Hormuz, a vital gateway in the Gulf for the oil industry, it will do it publicly. Iran's Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri was quoted as saying by Fars news agency: “If the Islamic Republic of Iran decides to block exports of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, it is militarily strong enough to do that fully and publicly.” Last Update: Monday, 17 June 2019 KSA 14:05 - GMT 11:05
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Iran has accused its main regional rival Saudi Arabia of adopting a "militaristic, crisis-based approach" after Riyadh said Tehran was behind last week's attack on two tankers near the Strait of Hormuz. The comments by the Iranian foreign ministry on Monday came a day after Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), called on the international community to take a "decisive stand" over the attacks - but said the kingdom did not want a war in the region. "But we won't hesitate to deal with any threat to our people, our sovereignty, our territorial integrity and our vital interests," MBS told Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. US President Donald Trump backed MBS's claims, but Tehran
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed baby Archie's face for the first time in a sweet Father's Day (16.06.19) photo. The happy couple - who became parents to their first son last month - shared the adorable snap on the official Sussex Royal Instagram account in a post that also wished Prince Harry the best for his first year celebrating the occasion. The caption read: "Happy Father's Day! And wishing a very special first Father's Day to The Duke of Sussex." On Monday (10.06.19), Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan sent their well-wishes to Harry's grandfather on his 98th birthday, affectionately referring to the Duke of Edinburgh as "grandpa". shared two photos of Philip, one of him besides Harry
The airliner, set to be rolled out in 2023, has an "unprecedented" long range of up to 4,700 nm (nautical miles), Airbus said. The ability of a lower cost single-aisle craft to travel such distances will allow operators to open new long haul services, particularly on less heavily traveled routes such as India to Europe or China to Australia, according to the manufacturer. The new model has 15% more range than its predecessor, the A321LR -- paving the way the way for direct transatlantic flights between continental Europe and the Americas. The plane also comes with features that Airbus hopes will improve its "environmental performance." The manufacturer claims that it will have 20% lower fuel burn per seat, and will produce 5,000 tonnes less CO2 per year.
The chief salesman for Airbus says his company already has the technology to fly passenger planes without pilots at all - and is working on winning over regulators and travelers to the idea. Christian Scherer also said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday that Airbus hopes to be selling hybrid or electric passenger jets by around 2035. While the company is still far from ready to churn out battery-operated jumbo jets, Scherer said Airbus already has “the technology for autonomous flying” and for planes flown by just one pilot. “This is not a matter of technology - it's a matter of interaction with the regulators, the perception in the traveling public,” he told The Associated Press.