• BBC News

    Python tries to strangle selfie taker

    An Indian forest ranger had a narrow escape after a rock python briefly attempted to strangle him while he posed for pictures with the giant snake. Sanjay Dutta was called in by frantic villagers in Sahebbari, West Bengal after they saw the 18ft (5.5m) python swallowing a goat. After rescuing the goat, the official picked up the python, wrapped it around his neck and posed for pictures. But Mr Dutta was almost strangled when the animal wound itself around his neck, forcing him to struggle to free himself from its grip. He escaped unscathed.

  • CNN

    MTV Movie & TV Awards 2018: Photos from the red carpet

    See what celebrities wore at this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards in Santa Monica, California.

  • Al Jazeera

    Saudi Arabia sacks chief of General Entertainment Authority

    Saudi Arabia has sacked the head of its entertainment authority after a Russian circus featuring women wearing tight costumes drew criticism in the kingdom. The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) announced on Monday that chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) Ahmad al-Khatib had been removed from his position, citing a royal decree, without giving a reason. The pro-government Sabq news website, however, said al-Khatib was dismissed over a circus performance in Riyadh, which included women wearing "indecent clothes". A video circulating on social media appeared to show a female performer in a tight pink costume, drawing outrage from Saudi conservatives. Al-Khatib's sacking

  • PICTURES: UAE presents evidence of Iran weapon links to Yemen’s Houthi militia

    PICTURES: UAE presents evidence of Iran weapon links to Yemen’s Houthi militia

    The UAE presented on Tuesday evidence of what it described as Iranian support for the Houthi militia in Yemen. The UAE is part of an Arab Coalition fighting against the militia to restore the country’s legitimate government and allow it to retake key areas across the country. The evidence, presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) and the UAE Armed Forces showcased “a wide range of military weapons and equipment acquired by the Arab Coalition during operations in Yemen on behalf of the legitimate Yemeni government,” a statement from Emirati news agency WAM said.

  • CNN

    'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery weds high school sweetheart

    (CNN)Their love story inspired his song and this weekend Scotty McCreery married his longtime girlfriend. The Season 10 "American Idol" winner wed Gabi Dugal in the North Carolina mountains Saturday, People reported. The pair first met in kindergarten in their hometown of Garner, North Carolina. "We've been dating six years and have known each other our whole lives," McCreery told People.

  • BBC News

    Why is this photo such a talking point?

    Family portraits often prove popular on social media, but this one has inspired people to click the like button more than most. American couple Aminat and Justin McClure posted it to celebrate their family's mixed heritage, prompting thousands of people to share their own stories about growing up in dual and multi-cultured families. The couple, who live in New Jersey, US, posed with their three children in West African-inspired outfits to honour Aminat's Nigerian heritage. She left Lagos, in south west Nigeria, when her family moved to the US when she was little. "We wanted to give the girls a lesson about how much diversity there is in the world so they learn to enrich themselves by opening

  • CNN

    Meghan and Harry attend Royal Ascot

    (CNN)Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has made her first appearance at the UK's prestigious Royal Ascot -- the jewel in the crown of the British horse racing calendar. Harry and Meghan, who got married at Windsor Castle one month ago, are expected to present the winning trophy for the St James's Palace Stakes, according to the Royal Ascot program. The couple arrived in a horse-drawn carriage -- a practice which began in 1825 with members of the royal family entering the course every day from Windsor Castle. The Duchess of Sussex arrived dressed in a cream coat, with a cream and black hat; the Queen wore yellow.