• Al Jazeera

    Israel strikes Syrian army base in Aleppo

    Israeli missiles have targeted a Syrian military post in the Aleppo province late on Sunday, Syrian state media reported. The Syrian state-run Syrian News Agency (SANA) quoted a military source as saying: "the Zionist enemy has repeated its desperate attempts to support the defeated terrorist groups in Deraa and Quneitra and targeted one of our military posts with rockets north of the al-Nairab airport." The agency said the strike caused only material damage, while the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that nine "pro-regime fighters" were killed. The military base was being used by the Syrian government's chief ally, Iran, the monitoring group added. In the past, Israel had

  • CNN

    Prince Louis' christening photos show grinning Prince George

    (CNN)Kensington Palace has released the first official photographs from the christening of Prince Louis, the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The four portraits released by the Palace show the young prince surrounded by his adoring family, including a grinning Prince George, who turns five next week. Newlyweds the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also present when the family, including Louis' parents and grandparents gathered together in Clarence House for a private afternoon ceremony last Monday. Another, more candid photograph, captures a radiant Duchess of Cambridge cradling her newborn son.

  • BBC Sport

    World Cup 2018: Bizarre trophy presentation caps superb tournament

    Media playback is not supported on this device The World Cup is over for another four years and the tournament's grand finale didn't disappoint. France won the biggest prize in football for the second time by overcoming Croatia 4-2 in a thrilling final in Moscow. But once the final whistle had gone, the chaos of the presentation ceremony got under way... eventually. It took more than 20 minutes after the end of the match for the trophy to emerge from the tunnel, leaving the teams to stand awkwardly on the pitch awaiting the ceremony. Having already had a pitch invasion earlier in the match, the Russian organisers were clearly taking no chances with security. Former Germany captain Philipp Lahm

  • BBC News

    Does Love Island have a diversity problem?

    We're six weeks in, there's been more than 30 contestants and at least 50,000 mentions of the word "loyal". But as Love Island continues to keep us hooked there's been an uncomfortable conversation around the show. It's all about diversity. Some fans have continually questioned why the majority of the cast appear to look the same. Leigh-Ann Pinnock from Little Mix waded in on the debate saying she was tempted to switch off because of its lack of diversity. Love Island says it's committed to diversity, but Newsbeat has been taking a look at the debate so far. 'Where are the south Asian women?' More than 85,000 people applied for Love Island this year. With such a huge number of singletons to choose

  • Egypt Independent

    Iran's supreme leader calls for government to be backed in face of US sanctions

    Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday called on state bodies to support the government of President Hassan Rouhani in fighting looming US economic sanctions, saying America’s “conspiracy” could be defeated, according to his official website. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used a speech to members of Rouhani’s cabinet to call for support for the government and action against alleged financial crime to ease popular concerns fueled by US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from world powers’ 2015 deal with Iran on its nuclear program. The likely return of US economic sanctions has triggered a rapid fall of Iran’s currency and protests by bazaar traders usually loyal to the Islamist rulers, and a public

  • BBC News

    'Africans and Muslims' win the World Cup

    A comment heralding the multicultural French World Cup winners has provoked an online debate about racism and immigration. Shortly after France beat Croatia on Sunday, Khaled Beydoun an American author on Islamophobia, called for "justice" for the diverse team. The post has been retweeted more than 163,000 times and gained 370,000 likes since being posted on Sunday following France's 4-2 victory. The French team is being recognised as one of the most multicultural teams in the competition - 15 out of the 23 players in the national squad can trace their heritage back to Africa, mainly from French colonies. You may also like: Many people on social media were keen to point out that despite their

  • Arabian Business

    Norway to showcase maritime innovation at Expo 2020 Dubai

    Norway will use Expo 2020 Dubai to showcase maritime technology and innovations, Norwegian and Expo officials announced on Monday. The Scandinavian country’s participation in the event was confirmed in a letter signed by Prime Minister Erna Solberg and delivered by Norwegian ambassador Jens Eikaas to Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and director general of the Dubai Expo 2020 bureau. Under the theme ‘pioneers of the ocean space’, Norway will use Expo 2020 to showcase its technology and innovations from a range of ocean industries such as oil and gas, maritime and seafood. Norway is considered a leader in sustainable ocean resource management and research, with