Iran accuses Saudi Arabia, UAE of financing parade attackers

    (CNN)Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Monday accused Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of financing the perpetrators of Saturday's deadly attack on a military parade in Ahvaz and threatened to "harshly punish" the masterminds. "According to the reports, this cowardly act was committed by the same people who are saved by the Americans whenever they are trapped in Syria and Iraq and whose hands are in the pockets of Saudi Arabia and the UAE," Khamenei said, according to his official website. "We will certainly give the perpetrators of this act a harsh punishment," he added. On Sunday, Anwar Gargash, the UAE Minister of State For Foreign Affairs, said "official incitement

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    Teenager survives 49 days adrift at sea

    An Indonesian teenager who looked after a fishing hut survived for 49 days at sea by cooking fish over wood taken from his vessel, it has emerged. Aldi Novel Adilang was on the hut 125km (77 miles) off the Indonesian coast in mid-July when heavy winds caused its moorings to snap, casting the 18-year-old adrift. He ended up thousands of kilometres away near Guam, where he was eventually picked up by a Panamanian vessel. The 18-year-old, from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, worked on a "rompong" - a floating fish trap without any paddles or engine. His job had been to light the rompong's lamps, which are designed to attract fish, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports. The trap, which is shaped

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    Versace set to be sold in $2bn deal

    Versace, the Italian fashion house founded by Gianni Versace 40 years ago, is set to be bought by Michael Kors, according to reports. The US fashion group has agreed to buy the Italian firm in a deal worth about €1.7bn ($2bn, £1.5bn), Reuters reported. The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera first reported the impending sale earlier on Monday. The Versace family still owns 80% of the company. Four years ago it sold a 20% stake to US private equity group Blackstone. Versace and Blackstone both declined to comment to Reuters. Last year, Michael Kors bought Jimmy Choo, the luxury shoemaker founded in London, for almost £900m. Donatella Versace, the firm's artistic director and vice-president,

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    Police warn against car thefts in Dubai

    Dubai: Police have issued a warning against car thefts following a spate of robberies in Dubai’s industrial areas. On its official Twitter account, Dubai Police warned residents about becoming an easy target for thieves, and urged drivers to “never leave the engine on while the vehicle is unattended”. Earlier this week, Dubai Police arrested four men for stealing car batteries from medium-sized vehicles that were parked in the industrial areas of Jebel Ali and Al Qusais.  •  Dubai police puts the brakes on car smuggling gangs •  Lodge your e-crime complaint online with Dubai Police Brigadier Mohammad Rashid Bin Sari Al Muhairi, Deputy Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Dubai

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    The untold story of Dubai's first skyscraper

    1966Photo: Dubai Petroleum Oil discovered Oil is discovered offshore in Fateh. Extraction operations begin in 1969 and in the 1970s three giant submarine tanks are completed, each capable of holding half a million barrels and known as the "Three Pyramids of Dubai." 1972Photo: Nasser Younes/AFP/Getty Port Rashid opens Dubai consolidates its position as a key maritime hub for the Gulf, constructing a deepwater harbor with 11 berths, rising to 35 with further development. 1979Photo: Rabih Moghrabi/AFP/Getty Dubai World Trade Centre inaugurated The city welcomes the Dubai World Trade Centre. Designed by British architect John Harris, the 489-foot structure dominates the sparsely populated skyline

  • Trump’s Iran threats dial up drama for UN meet

    New York - President Donald Trump will address the full United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and then host a UN Security Council session on Wednesday. Trump threw a wrench into the works on Friday by tweeting that the subject of the Security Council meeting would be Iran, after White House aides had insisted the agenda would broadly address proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. That opens the prospect that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may attend and confront the US president face-to-face. Trump may also find himself publicly isolated, as key US allies on the council including France and the UK have criticised his exit from the Iranian nuclear deal signed by his predecessor.

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    What 'Indian' Miss Japan Priyanka Yoshikawa says about Naomi Osaka

    TOKYO: Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka not only hit the cash jackpot with her historic US Open victory - she struck a blow for racial equality, according to a former Miss Japan. Following her 6-2, 6-4 thrashing of childhood idol Serena Williams in New York earlier this month, Osaka is set to become a global marketing force as sponsors prepare to break the bank to sign the 20-year-old. But Priyanka Yoshikawa, who two years ago was crowned Miss Japan, believes Osaka can also help break down cultural barriers in a country where multi-racial children make up just two percent of those born annually. "Naomi is definitely a role model," the half-Indian beauty queen told AFP. "Japan should be proud