- Al Jazeera
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has inducted a locally built air-defence system into the country's missile defence network at an unveiling ceremony in the capital, Tehran. The display of the new system, Bavar-373, on Tuesday came amid heightened tensions with the United States, which last year unilaterally withdrew from a multinational nuclear deal signed between world powers and Iran and reimposed crippling sanctions on it. Iranian officials have previously called Bavar, which means "believe" in Farsi, the country's first domestically produced long-range missile defence system. Iran began production after the purchase of Russia's S-300 system was suspended in 2010 due to international sanctions
A Saudi woman was reportedly kidnapped in Istanbul while on holiday in the Turkish city with her family, Asharq al-Awsat reported on Wednesday, citing her husband's appeal to authorities. The woman, known as Abeer, was sprayed in the face with a substance that knocked her unconscious and was taken away by a man, said the report, citing a source describing footage from a security camera. Abeer, her husband, and her children were staying in a hotel in the Asian part of Istanbul, next to which the attack took place, according to the report. There has been no communication with her since she was kidnapped “a few days ago,” the report says, and neither the Saudi consulate nor Turkish police were able to determine her whereabouts.
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration was seriously looking at ending the right of citizenship for US-born children of non-citizens and people who immigrated to the United States illegally. Trump has made cracking down on immigration a central plank of his presidency and re-election campaign, but many of the administration's sweeping rule changes and executive orders have been stymied by the courts. The Republican president had told Axios news website in October 2018 that he would end “birthright citizenship” through an executive order. Experts have said such a move would run afoul of the US Constitution. The Constitution's 14th Amendment, passed after the Civil
- Egypt Independent
KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Iranian women should be allowed to attend men's World Cup qualifiers in the Islamic Republic later this year, a top Asian soccer official said on Tuesday, ramping up pressure on Tehran to end a long-running ban. Iranian women have long been barred from watching men's teams play, but Tehran relaxed the rule last year to allow hundreds of women to watch the Asian Champions League final organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The AFC, the Asian football governing body which has 47 members that includes Iran, said it was working to help world soccer governing body FIFA find an “amicable solution” that would allow them to attend future games.
- Arab News
DUBAI: “The Kitchen,” starring Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish and Domhnall Gleeson, is an ode to the ever-popular gangster movie, but also a reimagining. Three women who can't pay the bills after their mobster husbands go to prison decide to take over the organization themselves - becoming violent criminals in the process. Gone is the Don, in his place are the Donnas. “I love mobster movies, they're some of my favorite movies, but I think I always watched them and thought, 'Where am I in that story? Where am I represented?' I never am. The opportunity to put those two things together - a real authentic, gritty mob story that has interesting, flawed, human women at the center
What is RuPay, the card that Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi will launch during his visit to UAE?
Abu Dhani: The UAE will be the first country in the Middle East to witness the launch of RuPay card, "an Indian indigenous equivalent of Mastercard or Visa," during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend, a top Indian diplomat told the Emirates News Agency, WAM. "A Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to establish a technology interface between the payment platforms in India and UAE, would be exchanged between the National Payments Corporation of India and UAE's Mercury Payments Services. This will enable the RuPay card to be used at point-of-sale terminals across the UAE," Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, said in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. "The
- Al Jazeera
The music videos began appearing on social media within hours of the announcement by India's Hindu-led nationalist government that it was stripping statehood from the disputed region of Kashmir that had been in place for decades. The songs delivered a message to India's 250 million YouTube users about moving to the Muslim-majority region, buying land there and marrying Kashmiri women. It is the latest example of a growing genre in India known as "patriotism pop" - songs flooding social media about nationalism and the country's burgeoning right-wing ideology. Earlier songs were limited to the rise of Hindus in India, defeating regional rival Pakistan and hoisting the Indian flag in every household.