• Al Jazeera

    Saudi oil attacks: All the latest updates

    Tensions in the Middle East have escalated following drone attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. The pre-dawn attacks on Saturday knocked out more than half of crude output from the world's top exporter - five percent of the global oil supply - and cut output by 5.7 million barrels per day. Yemen's Houthi rebels, who have been locked in a war with a Saudi-UAE-led coalition since 2015, claimed responsibility for the attacks, warning Saudi Arabia that their targets "will keep expanding". But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo swiftly accused Iran of being behind the assault, without providing any evidence. The claim was rejected by Tehran which said the allegations were meant to justify

  • Egypt Independent

    India says expects to gain control over Pakistan Kashmir one day

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's foreign minister said on Tuesday that the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan belongs to India and that he expected India to gain physical control over it one day, raising the rhetoric over the territorial dispute. India rules the heavily populated Kashmir Valley while Pakistan controls a wedge of territory in the west that New Delhi describes as Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). “Our position on PoK is, has always been and will always be very clear. PoK is part of India and we expect one day that we will have the jurisdiction, physical jurisdiction over it,” Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar told a news conference. Last month, New Delhi abrogated the special

  • CNN

    Remember when Björk wore a swan dress at the Oscars?

    Delving into the archives of pop culture history, "Remember When?" is a new series offering a nostalgic look at the celebrity outfits that defined their eras. Remember when Björk showed up at the 2001 Oscars with a faux swan draped around her neck? It was, perhaps, one of the strangest outfits ever seen on a celebrity red carpet. And to make the moment even more surreal, the Icelandic music queen then proceeded to "lay" six eggs -- giant ostrich eggs, to be precise -- to the bemusement of onlookers and waiting cameras. It is precisely this outlandishness that made the look so iconic. The dress not only secured Björk's place as one of the entertainment business' most memorable personalities, it

  • Egypt Independent

    Iran's supreme leader: No talks with the US at any level

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's supreme leader announced on Tuesday that “there will be no talks with the US at any level” - remarks apparently meant to end all speculation about a possible US-Iran meeting between the two countries' presidents at the UN later this month. Iranian state TV quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying this is the position of the entire leadership of the country and that “all officials in the Islamic Republic unanimously believe” this. “There will be no talks with the US at any level,” he said. Khamenei said the US wants to prove its “maximum pressure policy” against Iran is successful. “In return, we have to prove that the policy is not worth a penny for the Iranian nation,”

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Iran fired cruise missiles, over 20 drones in attack on Saudi oil facilities: Report

    Iran launched nearly a dozen cruise missiles and over 20 drones from its territory in the attacks that targeted two Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Hijrat Khurais, a senior Trump administration official told ABC News on Sunday. The official said that US President Donald Trump is aware that Iran is responsible, but added that he was waiting on Saudi Arabia to announce it.

  • Egypt Independent

    IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi calls on fighters to free detained jihadis and families

    The leader of the “Islamic State” group released an alleged audio recording on Monday calling on followers to free jihadis and family members from prisons and camps in Syria and Iraq. In a 30-minute audio recording released by the terror outfit's propaganda arm, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made what were purported to be his first comments since he appeared in a video in April. “The prisons, the prisons, soldiers of the caliphate,” the elusive IS chief said in a recording published by the Al Furqan network. “Do your utmost to rescue your brothers and sisters and break down the walls that imprison them.” He also said IS continued to carry out operations across the globe. Thousands of suspected jihadis

  • Al Jazeera

    Akter, 20, expelled from university for being Rohingya

    Rahima Akter hid her Rohingya identity to enrol at a private university in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, but her dreams of pursuing higher education were dashed after she was suspended by her university earlier this month. The 20-year-old from Kutupalong refugee camp has become the face of the struggle of Rohingya refugees who want to study, as Bangladesh does not allow Rohingya to enrol in schools or colleges. Last October, she was featured in a video story by the Associated Press in which she talked about being a Rohingya and her dream to study human rights so she could raise her voice for her persecuted community. Nearly a year after it was published, the video went viral after which she was expelled from Cox's Bazar International University where she was studying law.