• 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

  • BBC News

    Trump's planned military parade postponed

    President Trump's plans for a Veterans Day military parade through the streets of Washington DC have been delayed until at least 2019. Mr Trump was impressed by France's Bastille Day parade on a visit in 2017 and said the US could "top it". But figures released on Thursday suggested the event could cost about $90 million (£71m) - more than three times the original estimate. Critics had also made comparisons to parades in countries led by autocrats. The parade was originally conceived to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, on 11 November. A Pentagon spokesperson, Colonel Rob Manning, said in a statement that the Department of Defense and the White House "have now agreed to explore

  • BBC News

    Fighting sexism in comic book covers

    An artist in India is challenging sexist drawings of women in comic books by parodying them using male heroes in poses typically associated with women. She-Hulk has superhuman strength and speed and is one of the most formidable hand-to-hand combatants in the Marvel world. Like Hulk, not only does she have physical power, she's also completely green. Yet, on a 1991 comic book cover, she is shown in a seductive pose, wearing a G-string bikini, with her curves sharply accentuated. Indian artist Shreya Arora was shocked when she saw the image. "For Hulk, the visual representation focuses on his strength. For She-Hulk, all we see is an emphasis on sexuality," says Arora, who grew up reading comic

  • Al Jazeera

    Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of blocking access to Hajj

    Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its nationals from performing this year's Hajj, a charge Saudi officials deny. Around 1,200 Qatari citizens are allowed to attend the pilgrimage under a quota system, but Qatari officials say it has become impossible to register for the annual religious event. Saudi Arabia, alongside the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, severed relations with Qatar in June 2017, and has placed the Gulf state under a land, sea, and air blockade.  Qatari nationals are also banned from entering the states, but Riyadh claims to have made an exception for the Hajj. In June, Saudi Arabia's ministry for the Hajj announced the opening of a website, which allowed Qataris

  • CNN

    The week in 25 photos

    The front page of the Thursday, August 16, edition of the Boston Globe newspaper reads "Journalists are Not the Enemy" at a newsstand in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hundreds of US newspapers joined together and published editorials decrying President Donald Trump's description of the media as the "enemy of the people."

  • Emirates24|7

    Nick Jonas and family arrive for engagement bash with Priyanka Chopra

    Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has already been spotted with a huge ring on her finger when she posed for a picture with Raveena Tandon earlier this week at Manish Malhotra’s bash. Priyanka has been dating American songwriter Nick Jonas for a while now and the couple have been spotted together at multiple locations all over the world. Earlier she had invited very close friends asking them to prepare themselves for a big bash on August 18. Ali Abbas Zafar the director of Bharat had also mentioned in his tweet that Priyanka had dropped out of the film in the ‘nick’ of time and wished her luck for the future. While PC has been mum on the issue Nick had thanked a fan, who wished him for his engagement

  • cairoscene.com

    Egypt Has Gone From ‘Crisis Zone’ to ‘Investor Haven’ According to Bloomberg Report

    A recently released report by Bloomberg has given Egypt's well-documented economic struggles a light at the end of the tunnel, with the report stating that Egypt’s currency has been 'relatively immune' in comparison to its neighbouring countries. If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably heard here and there that there’s friction happening between Turkey’s Lira and Egypt’s Pound, due to the impact that the latter’s floatation had on the former’s currency value ever since the $12 million IMF loan in 2016. When the Egyptian Pound was floated in 2016, international investors increasingly became more interested in investment opportunities in Egypt; in correlation to that, interest in Turkey