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US President Donald Trump has said he is not seeking war with Iran, as he dispatched two top officials to the Middle East amid heightened tensions. "I'm not looking for war," Trump said on Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press programme. The downing of a US surveillance drone on Thursday by Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had brought the two foes to the brink of war. Tehran said the drone violated its airspace but Washington insisted it was flying over international waters in the Gulf. Trump had earlier said that he called off a military attack to retaliate for the downing of the unmanned aircraft out of concern it would have been a disproportionate response. Trump has indicated
Katherine Schwarzenegger called her husband Chris Pratt "darling angel face" in a sweet birthday collage. The 29-year-old author - the eldest child of Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger and broadcast journalist Maria Shriver - took to social media to pay tribute to the 'Jurassic World' star as he reached the milestone age of 40 on Friday, and admitted she is "blessed" to get to share a "magical life" with the hunky actor. Alongside a collage of the pair, Katherine wrote on Instagram "Happy birthday to my darling angel face! So beyond blessed to laugh with you, love you, go on adventures with you, kiss you and live this magical life with you. You make life joy filled! I love you so much! Happy
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday denounced as “child-like” a map released by Iran that purported to show that a US drone entered its airspace in May. “You've seen that child-like map that Foreign Minister (Mohammad Javad) Zarif put out that contrasts with the excellence and professionalism of America's military and intelligence services,” Pompeo told reporters as he left on a trip to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Experts investigating a fatal airplane crash that killed four people working on improvements at Dubai International Airport say the aircraft involved had followed too close to other larger planes just before the crash. A preliminary report released Sunday by the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority focused on the May 16 crash of a Diamond DA62 aircraft flown by contractors working on the project. The report says the aircraft failed to keep the “minimum separation” between it and large jets landing at the airport. It also says that there was “inconsistency” by air traffic controllers in warning the small plane about turbulence from landing aircraft.
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Premium Residency scheme took effect on Sunday, three years after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the program as part of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 reform plan. The crown prince stressed in an interview with Al Arabia TV that the new system will not undermine citizens' rights, rather it will serve their interests. He affirmed that the Premium Residency will be an important source of revenues to boost the Saudi economy and will contribute to the creation of jobs for the public. On Sunday, the Premium Residency Center began receiving applications for the new residency system through the electronic platform SAPRC (saprc.gov.sa). RIGHTS AND BENEFITS The Permanent
Phuket, Thailand (CNN) - It's 9:55 a.m. and all's quiet on Phuket's Mai Khao Beach. Tourists stand on the shoreline, scanning the cloud-free skies for approaching aircraft, some looking at their phones for flight data. As the blurry form in the distance begins to take shape, the crowds scatter across the light brown sand, which is already scorching in the 35-degree Celsius heat. A dozen or so more visitors rush out from the shelter of nearby trees to claim their spots on the shore. Partners, family members and friends dutifully squat down, phones and cameras at the ready. The plane is now fully visible and the crowd freezes in place, almost in unison. Some pose outlandishly, waving their arms,
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Tehran, Iran - "If we go to war, it will push us back a hundred years. Do I like going to war? No, but I'll go if I have to," Amirhossein Eliasi, who runs a fruit shop in central Tehran, told Al Jazeera. This fatalistic sentiment seems to carry the day among many Iranians in the capital on Friday, a day after a military escalation that, according to US President Donald Trump, brought the two nations to the edge of open conflict. Indeed, a quick loss of temper by Trump or a simple miscalculation by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) could drag the country's population of 80 million into a devastating war with the United States, many Iranians fear. But despite the looming threat, many