• BBC News

    Katy Perry criticises royal wedding dress

    American Idol judge Katy Perry has criticised Meghan Markle's wedding dress. Perry told Entertainment Tonight that the Duchess of Sussex's Givenchy gown needed "one more fitting". The pop star suggested it fell short of the bridal look Alexander McQueen designed for the Duchess of Cambridge's marriage to Prince William in 2011, adding: "Kate won!". Despite her criticism, Perry said she was "so happy" for the couple. "I would have done one more fitting," Perry quipped of the Duchess of Sussex's Givenchy gown. "I'm never not going to tell the truth! One more fitting, but I love you." The Duchess's wedding dress - which had been kept a closely-guarded secret - was finally revealed when she stepped

  • Al Jazeera

    'Who are you?' Iran hits back at US demands

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said the world would "not accept" US unilateralism just hours after Washington laid out a series of tough demands to be included in a potential new nuclear treaty with Iran. In remarks carried by Iran's ILNA news agency on Monday, Rouhani said the era of the United States making decisions for the rest of the world was "over". "Countries are independent ... We will continue our path with the support of our nation," Rouhani said. "Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?"  Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump defied efforts by European allies and announced Washington's withdrawal from a landmark multinational pact, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive

  • BBC News

    'Hero' nurse who died battling Nipah

    "I don't think I will be able to see you again. Sorry. Please raise our children well." Lini Puthussery, a 28-year-old nurse, wrote this note to her husband as she succumbed to the deadly Nipah virus on Monday in India's southern state of Kerala. She has two sons, aged five and two. At least nine other people have died in the outbreak in Kozhikode, formerly Calicut. Two others who have tested positive for the virus are critically ill. Some 40 people have been put into quarantine following the deaths. Health authorities across Kerala have been on alert, setting up medical camps and a control room to tackle the situation. The virus, which can be transmitted from animals to humans, is hard to diagnose.

  • Egypt Independent

    Fairouz releases new song about Jerusalem following Israeli massacre

    “O God! How long?” was the title of a new song released by Fairouz following the recent Israeli massacre of Palestinians last week. Fairouz appeared in front of a figure representing Christ and also performed the song “The Flower of the Cities”, which she first sung back in June 1967. On Monday her daughter Rima Rahbani posted the song’s lyrics on Facebook; “How long, O God, will you forget me… forever? How long will you look away from my face? How long will you whisper in my soul, spreading sadness in my heart… How long will my enemy be superior to me?” Kuwaiti writer Saadia Mafrah said, “Fairouz’s recent song released by her daughter Rima Rahbani proves her voice is just as captivating and

  • BBC News

    Victim worked two jobs for medical costs

    "The sweetest boy I have ever met." "A kind, compassionate and caring individual." "A beautiful nurturing angel." These are some of the words used to describe victims of a mass shooting at a Texas high school on Friday. Details of the 10 people who died are still emerging. This is what we know about them so far. Cynthia Tisdale Cynthia Tisdale, 64, was a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School and grandmother of 11. Family say that she was a "caring" person, who was working two jobs while helping her husband during his treatment for lung cancer. She worked at the school "not out of necessity but for the love of teaching and helping others," her oldest son Recie Tisdale Sr told KHOU-News. Her

  • Arabian Business

    Crane collapses at Grand Mosque in Makkah

    A crane being operated as part of construction work at the Grand Mosque in Makkah collapsed on Sunday due to a weight overload.  The General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque said inicident, which occured at 2.30pm on Sunday, involved a mobile winch that was working in an isolated zone in the premises of the holy grand mosque in Makkah, which happened to slip due to overload.  The driver of the crane was the only one to sustain any sort of injuries, which were described as being "slight".  The crane was operating in the vicinity of gate 160 of the Saudi third expansion project, according to the Saudi Press Agency. In 2015, at least 109 people were killed when the crane crashed

  • Al Jazeera

    No Plan B: New US demands on Iran 'set stage for war'

    A US air force plane was waiting for Mike Pompeo while he was taking the oath as the country's new secretary of state in late April in Washington, DC. Promising to get the state department's "swagger" back, Pompeo wasted no time after being sworn in, setting off on a whirlwind tour of the Middle East to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. At every stop, the US' top diplomat lambasted Iran, accusing it of being "the greatest sponsor of terrorism" in the world. He vowed to ensure Tehran never possessed a nuclear weapon. A few days later, on May 9, President Donald Trump announced Washington was abandoning the 2015 nuclear deal - signed between Iran and six major powers - under which Tehran accepted