• Arab News

    US demands Iran free seized ship, vows to protect Gulf oil lifeline

    DUBAI: The US on Thursday demanded Iran immediately release a vessel it seized in the Gulf and a US military commander in the region said the US would work “aggressively” to ensure free passage of vessels through the vital waterway. Responding to an announcement by Iran's Revolutionary Guards that they had seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel, the US State Department insisted Iran had to free the ship and its crew and stop harassing vessels in and around the Strait of Hormuz. The US blames Iran for a series of attacks on shipping since mid-May in the world's most important oil artery, accusations Tehran rejects but that have raised fears the long-time foes could stumble into war. “The United

  • Al Jazeera

    Trump says US warship 'destroyed' Iranian drone in Gulf

    The United States says a US Navy ship has "destroyed" an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the vessel, a claim Iran promptly denied.  In remarks at the White House on Thursday, US President Donald Trump said the drone had flown to within 1,000 metres of the USS Boxer and had ignored "multiple calls to stand down".  "This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters. The US reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities and interests," Trump said. "The drone was immediately destroyed," he added. Abbas Araghchi, Iranian deputy foreign minister, dismissed the claim in a Twitter post on Friday.  "We

  • Emirates24|7

    Jennifer Lopez: Alex Rodriguez is my hero

    Jennifer Lopez says her fiancé Alex Rodriguez is her "hero" and the "MVP" after he helped her Madison Square Garden concert was plunged into darkness and had to be cancelled after a power cut in the city. The 'On The Floor' hitmaker is so grateful to have her fiancé by her side, especially when her Madison Square Garden concert was plunged into chaos and had to be cancelled after a power cut in the city. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, she said: "He was my hero that night, he was the MVP, as they say. I think because of what he's done and performing on such a big stage with the Yankees all over the United States, he understands my life in a way that nobody else really has, and we come from

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Kim Kardashian contacts White House over ASAP Rocky jailing

    Kim Kardashian West has reached out to President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner on behalf of the rapper ASAP Rocky, who has been detained in a Swedish jail since last month, US media said Thursday. Kardashian West contacted the White House out of concern for ASAP Rocky, who is imprisoned in Stockholm over his alleged participation in a brawl, according to The Washington Post - and Trump was reportedly sympathetic to his plight.

  • english.alarabiya.net

    US sanctions five people, seven entities over Iran nuclear program: Treasury

    The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday on five people and an international network of companies the US Treasury said are involved in the procurement of materials for Iran's nuclear program. They are the first punitive steps by Washington since Tehran announced earlier this month it would increase its levels of enriched uranium that can be used for bomb fuel. Tehran announced on July 1 that it had amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, marking its first major step beyond the terms of the pact since the United States withdrew more than a year ago. “Treasury is taking action to shut down an Iranian nuclear procurement network that

  • Emirates24|7

    KUWTK: Jordyn Woods OK without Kylie Jenner

    Jordyn Woods would be "OK" if her ex best friend Kylie Jenner didn't want to reconcile with her. The former best friends fell out when Jordyn confessed to kissing Kylie's sister Khloe Kardashian's boyfriend Tristan Thompson but neither Jordyn or Kylie are looking to rush into getting their friendship back on track. Photo: Bang A source told the New York Post's Page Six column: "This vacation makes it kind of clear that [Kylie and Jordyn] are moving on and doing what they have to do to move on with their lives. It is what it is. The writing's on the wall. Jordyn would love to be back on the same page with Kylie and love to have their friendship back, but she kind of has the attitude, 'I'm a grown

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Saudi prison provides entertainment, rehabilitation for prisoners

    A Saudi prison is providing prisoners with entertainment programs aimed at rehabilitating them into society. In partnership with the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), Jeddah's Briman Prison is providing prisoners with a range of theater, music and other rehabilitation programs. The rehabilitation programs give prisoners a chance to take part in cultural activities and performances which their families were allowed to attend.