• Al Jazeera

    Trump's threats are empowering hardliners in Iran

    In a speech delivered on May 21, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out 12 demands that Iran has to fulfill in order to negotiate another nuclear deal with Washington. Pompeo's list came just two weeks after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and promised to impose new tougher sanctions on Tehran.  Feeling intensifying pressure at home, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had to respond forcefully: ""Who are you to decide for Iran and the world? The world today does not accept that the United States decides for the world. Countries have their independence," he said in a statement published on Iran's ILNA. This new list of demands and Washington's

  • BBC News

    Katy Perry criticises royal wedding dress

    American Idol judge Katy Perry has criticised Meghan Markle's wedding dress. Perry told Entertainment Tonight that the Duchess of Sussex's Givenchy gown needed "one more fitting". The pop star suggested it fell short of the bridal look Alexander McQueen designed for the Duchess of Cambridge's marriage to Prince William in 2011, adding: "Kate won!". Despite her criticism, Perry said she was "so happy" for the couple. "I would have done one more fitting," Perry quipped of the Duchess of Sussex's Givenchy gown. "I'm never not going to tell the truth! One more fitting, but I love you." The Duchess's wedding dress - which had been kept a closely-guarded secret - was finally revealed when she stepped

  • BBC News

    'Hero' nurse who died battling Nipah

    "I don't think I will be able to see you again. Sorry. Please raise our children well." Lini Puthussery, a 28-year-old nurse, wrote this note to her husband as she succumbed to the deadly Nipah virus on Monday in India's southern state of Kerala. She has two sons, aged five and two. At least nine other people have died in the outbreak in Kozhikode, formerly Calicut. Two others who have tested positive for the virus are critically ill. Some 40 people have been put into quarantine following the deaths. Health authorities across Kerala have been on alert, setting up medical camps and a control room to tackle the situation. The virus, which can be transmitted from animals to humans, is hard to diagnose.

  • Arabian Business

    Crane collapses at Grand Mosque in Makkah

    A crane being operated as part of construction work at the Grand Mosque in Makkah collapsed on Sunday due to a weight overload.  The General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque said inicident, which occured at 2.30pm on Sunday, involved a mobile winch that was working in an isolated zone in the premises of the holy grand mosque in Makkah, which happened to slip due to overload.  The driver of the crane was the only one to sustain any sort of injuries, which were described as being "slight".  The crane was operating in the vicinity of gate 160 of the Saudi third expansion project, according to the Saudi Press Agency. In 2015, at least 109 people were killed when the crane crashed

  • Al Jazeera

    'Who are you?' Iran hits back at US demands

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said the world would "not accept" US unilateralism just hours after Washington laid out a series of tough demands to be included in a potential new nuclear treaty with Iran. In remarks carried by Iran's ILNA news agency on Monday, Rouhani said the era of the United States making decisions for the rest of the world was "over". "Countries are independent ... We will continue our path with the support of our nation," Rouhani said. "Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?"  Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump defied efforts by European allies and announced Washington's withdrawal from a landmark multinational pact, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive

  • CNN

    Jennifer Aniston and Tig Notaro will play POTUS and FLOTUS

    (CNN)Jennifer Aniston is headed to the White House in an upcoming Netflix comedy film, and she's bringing her wife with her. The streaming network on Friday announced Aniston and comedian Tig Notaro will team up for a comedy called "First Ladies." Aniston will play the first female President of the United States and Notaro will play the First Lady.

  • BBC News

    Doctors unpick Michael Jackson's dance move

    Neurosurgeons have described in detail how Michael Jackson achieved biomechanically impossible dance moves in his music video Smooth Criminal. In the 1987 routine, Michael leans from the ankle at a 45 degree angle, while keeping his body straight as a rod. The illusion, which many have tried to copy, was thanks to specially designed shoes and the artist's core strength. The spine experts warn others against attempting the potentially injurious but mind-boggling move. Manjul Tripathi and colleagues from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, say in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine: "Most trained dancers with strong core strength will reach a maximum