• Al Jazeera

    Iran unveils new domestic fighter jet

    Iran unveiled a new domestic fighter jet with President Hassan Rouhani saying Tehran's military strength was only designed to deter enemies and aimed at creating "lasting peace". Images broadcast on state television on Tuesday showed Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new Kowsar fourth-generation fighter at the National Defence Industry exhibition in Tehran. State media said it had "advanced avionics" and multi-purpose radar, and it was "100-percent indigenously made" for the first time.  Footage of the Kowsar's test flights was circulated by various official media. But live footage of the plane taxiing along a runway at the defence show was cut before it took off. "When I speak of our readiness

  • BBC News

    Crazy Rich Asians tops US box office

    Crazy Rich Asians beat expectations to take the top spot at the US box office on its opening weekend. The Warner Brothers film starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding is the first romantic comedy in three years to take the top spot. Since opening five days ago, the film - which cost $30m (£23.5m) - has made an estimated $34m (£26.7m). It is the first major Hollywood film since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago to feature an all-Asian cast. Adapted from Kevin Kwan's bestseller, Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of an Asian-American woman who gets a culture shock meeting her boyfriend's ultra-wealthy family in Singapore. You might also like: Analysts have said its universal themes and entertainment

  • CNN

    Airline passenger convicted of sexually abusing a woman on a plane

    The 22-year-old woman said she fell asleep leaning against the window, the criminal complaint states. She woke up to a hand down her pants and noticed that her pants and her shirt were unbuttoned and the passenger next to her was fondling her, the court filing says. The passenger stopped when she woke up, and she immediately told a flight attendant what happened, the complaint states. Ramamoorthy was taken into custody when the flight landed. He said in a written statement that he was in "deep sleep," the complaint states. He also said the woman fell asleep on his knees and he is "not sure where [he] kept the hand on her." "Through my knowledge I didn't [sic] anything to her," Ramamoorthy said,

  • Al Jazeera

    Trump's secret cabal on Iran at the State Department

    The Department of State traditionally forms a task force when a certain country is facing a political crisis or is high on US priority, but typically no one bothers to make a fuss about it. President Barack Obama's administration was masterful in establishing the concept of "czar", which created parallel decision-makers to existing institutions and diplomats. When Trump came to power in January 2017, he closed these positions and declared them "wasteful spending". Last Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a "killer" presentation to announce a mere staff reshuffle: Brian Hook was demoted from policy-planning adviser to Special Representative on Iran and will be supported by few unnamed

  • CNN

    She was raped at 15. Two years on she's still fighting for justice

    It was then, as she walked in, that he closed and locked the door behind her. Maya screamed -- but the shopkeeper, who was twice her age, covered her mouth with his hand and threatened to kill her unless she kept quiet. He then forcibly undressed her, and raped her. Maya later told police in a complaint filed in May 2016 that her rapist locked her in the shop until she was rescued by her mother, four hours later. "It's still hard to think about what happened," said Maya's mother, who went looking for her daughter after she didn't return from the shop. More than two years on, Maya is still waiting for justice. CNN is not using her real name, in accordance with Indian law that prevents the naming

  • BBC Sport

    Virat Kohli the best in the world, says Michael Vaughan

    Media playback is not supported on this device Former England captain Michael Vaughan heralded Virat Kohli as the best player in the world after his century put the tourists in command of the third Test. Kohli scored 103 to add to his first innings 97 and declared on 352-7 to set England a mammoth 521 at Trent Bridge. "There are many really great players but he is the stand-out across all the three formats of this era by a country mile," Vaughan told Test Match Special. "He's got the gift to play all around the wicket in every single format." Kohli's second century of the series, coming after he was dropped by Keaton Jennings on 93, took him to 440 runs in six innings, more than twice as many

  • Arab News

    Process to place the Holy Kaaba's new 'Kiswa' begins for Hajj 2018

    JEDDAH: Every year, the old black silk cloth that covers the Kaaba is removed and a new one is draped on the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al-Hijjah, which falls on Monday Aug 20 this year. Known in Arabic as the “Kiswa,” the black and gold cloth that is wrapped around the Kaaba gets replaced once a year during the Hajj season. The move occurs when pilgrims head to Mount Arafat to witness a key ritual during pilgrimage. The older kiswa is removed and replaced with a new one. On Sunday, a team of technicians are assigned to conduct the task, by lifting the gold- embroidered pieces from the kiswa corners. This includes lifting the curtain draped over the Kaaba’s door, which is embroidered