- Arab News
WASHINGTON/GENEVA: US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was "not talking boots on the ground" should military action be necessary against Iran, and said any conflict would not last long. Asked if a war was brewing, Trump told Fox Business Network: "I hope we don't but we're in a very strong position if something should happen." "I'm not talking boots on the ground," Trump said. "I'm just saying if something would happen, it wouldn't last very long." The comments come just days after Trump cancelled air strikes minutes before impact, with allies warning that the increase in tensions since the United States pulled out of a nuclear pact with Iran last year could accidentally lead to war.
- Al Jazeera
The man and his 23-month-old daughter lay face down in shallow water along the bank of the Rio Grande, his black shirt hiked up to his chest with the girl tucked inside. The searing photograph of the sad discovery of their bodies on Monday, captured by journalist Julia Le Duc and published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada, highlights the perils faced by mostly Central American migrants fleeing violence and poverty and hoping for asylum in the United States. According to Le Duc's reporting for La Jornada, Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, frustrated because the family from El Salvador was unable to present themselves to US authorities and request asylum, swam across the river on Sunday with his daughter, Valeria.
- Arab News
DUBAI: Images of US-Palestinian model Bella Hadid have been pulled down in some Dior outlets in the UAE, according to local media reports. The move follows uproar on social media last week after the 22-year-old model committed a seemingly innocuous faux pas on social media. It all kicked off when the 22-year-old supermodel uploaded a photo to her Instagram Stories on Monday, showing her boot pictured in front of an Emirates plane and a Saudia plane. The hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist started trending as some social media users felt the model was being disrespectful, but she quickly took to the Internet to set the record straight, saying “this was an honest mistake on an early morning” in a tweet.
Etihad Rail approves award of further two packages for Abu Dhabi-Dubai stretch of the National Railway Network
Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE national railway, has approved the award agreement for civil and track works of Packages B and C for Stage Two of the UAE national railway network connecting Abu Dhabi and Dubai, during a board meeting, chaired by H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Etihad Rail. The total value of the works is AED4.4 billion. Package B runs for 216km, and Package C runs for 94km, and the two packages are part of the 605km line from Ghuweifat to the Port of Fujairah on the eastern coast. H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan attended the contract signing ceremony to award the civil and track works on the two packages to
- Al Jazeera
Tourists in Rome and Paris have scaled back their sightseeing in sweltering temperatures, dousing themselves at fountains and cooling down with ice cream as a heatwave continued in continental Europe. "With this hot sun we try and keep to the cooler places," said Fari, a Spanish tourist to the Italian capital, speaking by the Trevi fountain on Tuesday. "From 8 o'clock we are out looking at Rome, and from midday we eat ice cream," he added. Southern France has also been particularly hot with the southern town of Carpentras breaking its temperature record. An average June provides a pleasant 28 degrees Celsius in Carpentras on any day. Tuesday brought 38.9C, beating the standing record by 0.6C.
- Arab News
SÃO PAULO: The group stage of the Copa America ended with Brazil and Uruguay still the favorites and Argentina still unable to meet expectations. Colombia also impressed early on, finishing with a perfect record and without conceding any goals, while two-time defending champion Chile stuttered after a good start. The quarterfinals of the South American competition begin Thursday with host Brazil taking on old foe Paraguay in Porto Alegre, and a day later in Rio de Janeiro it will be Argentina facing a Venezuela team it has struggled against recently. Also Friday, Colombia plays Chile in São Paulo, and on Saturday Uruguay's attacking duo of Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani will face Peru in Salvador.
- Al Jazeera
More than eight months since the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, his remains still haven't been found and individual responsibilities in the killing remain "clouded in secrecy and lack of due process", according to a long-awaited UN report. Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, is presenting her findings on Khashoggi's murder at the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, one week after her report on the matter was released. The report concluded that Saudi Arabia was responsible for Khashoggi's murder and that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) should be investigated for his possible role in ordering the killing. Here are five things you need