• Al Jazeera

    Iran's Mossadegh 'would have negotiated with Donald Trump'

    On August 19, 1953, an American-led military coup toppled Iran's first democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, a move described in a declassified CIA document "as an act of US foreign policy". For the past 65 years, this event has continued to haunt the ties between Tehran and Washington - and in recent months has taken on a new significance amid a renewed diplomatic standoff between the two following US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions. The move angered Tehran and prompted a range of reactions - from President Hassan Rouhani saying Iran will not negotiate while sanctions are in place, to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declaring that all negotiations are off the table while Trump is president.

  • BBC News

    Chopra and Jonas confirm engagement

    Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have confirmed they are engaged after just a few months together. The Texan singer, formerly part of the Jonas Brothers, and the Bollywood superstar held a private engagement ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday. Both wore traditional Indian clothes. The pair's engagement has been rumoured for about three weeks but they had not confirmed it until now. No date has yet been announced for the wedding. The couple shared identical photos from the ceremony on their respective Instagram pages, with Jonas calling Chopra the "future Mrs Jonas". The engagement party - called a roka - is a chance for the couple to exchange gifts and makes the union of their families public. Their

  • Egypt Independent

    Rain brings more misery to India's flooded Kerala as death toll rises to 164

    BENGALURU/MUMBAI (Reuters) - The worst floods in a century in the Indian state of Kerala have killed 164 people and forced more than 200,000 into relief camps, officials said on Friday, with more misery expected as heavy rain pushed water levels higher. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to visit the southwest state later on Friday as its chief minister said he was hoping the military could step up help for the rescue effort which is already using dozens of helicopters and hundreds of boats. “I spoke to the defense minister this morning and asked for more helicopters,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told a news conference in the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram, adding that he planned to

  • BBC News

    Missing US mum and girls' bodies 'found'

    Investigators in Colorado believe they have found the bodies of a missing pregnant woman and her two daughters, as the husband appeared in court. Chris Watts, 33, was denied bail in Thursday's hearing when he said nothing other than to acknowledge his rights. Shanann Watts, 34, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and the couple's daughters Celeste, three, and Bella, four, were reported missing on Monday. No indictment has yet been filed in the case. But Mr Watts could face murder charges and three counts of tampering with evidence, Weld County Jail officials say. Judge Marcelo Kopcow reportedly told prosecutors to file formal charges next Monday, and set a hearing date for Tuesday. Colorado Bureau of

  • BBC News

    'I met my IS captor on a German street'

    A Yazidi teenager sold into slavery by Islamic State has told the BBC of her horror after she escaped to Germany, only to come face-to-face with her captor in the street. Ashwaq was only 14 when Islamic State fighters stormed into northern Iraq, including the heartland of the Yazidi people. They took thousands of women as sex slaves, including Ashwaq - sold for $100 to a man named Abu Humam. Raped and beaten, she managed to escape three months later and then went to Germany with her mother and one brother. A few months ago, on the street outside a supermarket, she heard someone call out her name. She says it was Abu Humam - and he said he knew where she lived. "I never in my life believed that

  • As Philippines’ Duterte starts to flag, his daughter reaches out to a Marcos

    MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thinks political dynasties are bad. But the way the prevailing political winds are blowing, it looks like a dynasty of his own might be taking shape. Nine months away from mid-term elections that could determine the success or failure of his presidency, his daughter, Sara Duterte, is fast emerging as a power-broker who is aiming to shore up support for his ambitious policy agenda, and, say some experts and insiders, his eventual succession. By his own admission, the 73-year-old president is flagging. On Tuesday, he lamented his uphill struggle to tackle illicit drugs and cut state corruption, predicting that he’ll “hardly make a dent” in his remaining

  • Emirates24|7

    Scarlett Johansson named highest-paid actress

    Forbes have revealed Scarlett Johansson was the World's Highest-Paid Actress over the last 12 months. Scarlett Johansson has been named 2018's World's Highest-Paid Actress. The 33-year-old actress pulled in a huge $40.5 million before taxes between June 2017-June 2018, topping Forbes' annual list of Hollywood females largely due to her Black Widow role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following behind her in second place was Angelina Jolie, whose $28 million earnings for the year mainly come from her paycheque for 'Maleficent 2', which she is currently filming. Jennifer Aniston may have had a quiet year in TV and movies, but her endorsement helped her take third place with earnings of $19.5