- Egypt Independent
Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar branded Donald Trump a “fascist” on Thursday as the president sought to distance himself from mocking chants of “Send her back!” directed at the Somali-born lawmaker by his supporters. “We have said this president is racist, we have condemned his racist remarks,” said Omar, one of two Muslim women in Congress. “I believe he is fascist.” Chants of “Send her back!” broke out at Trump's “Make America Great Again” rally in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wednesday night when he attacked Omar and three other ethnic minority Democratic congresswomen known as the “Squad.” Omar received a very different reception when she returned home to Minnesota Thursday night and
On Thursday, Moody's Investors Service changed the outlook on the government of Sharjah's long-term issuer ratings from “stable” to “negative” and affirmed the long-term issuer ratings at A3. The agency stated that the negative outlook reflects the government's deteriorating fiscal position. In the absence of significant fiscal consolidation measures, the government of Sharjah could face further rating downgrades. Moody's expects the government's fiscal position to continue to deteriorate unless significant consolidation measures are taken.
Twenty-four years after first climbing into a professional boxing ring, Manny Pacquiao will attempt to defy the march of time here Saturday when he battles undefeated American Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight crown. The 40-year-old Filipino icon clashes with Thurman at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what is arguably his most challenging assignment since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2015's money-spinning "Fight of the Century". Pacquiao, who has managed to successfully juggle a political career in the Philippines while continuing to box at a high level, looked sharp in his last outing in January, a unanimous decision against Adrien Broner. But the eight-division world champion is facing
- Al Jazeera
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
American superstar Janet Jackson and British pop artist Liam Payne were among the A-list musicians that wowed fans at Saudi Arabia's biggest music festival on Thursday. The music festival in Jeddah also featured household names such as American rapper 50 Cent, DJ Steve Aoki, R&B artist Chris Brown, rappers Tyga and Future, and DJs R3wire and Varski MC. A video posted on Jeddah Season's Twitter page showed crowds rushing into one of Virgin Megastore's branches in the city when tickets went on sale. The performances marked the end of the Jeddah Season: Sea & Culture entertainment festival.
Iran's top military spokesman said all the country's drones had returned safely to base, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, after President Donald Trump said a US Navy ship had “destroyed” one. “All drones belonging to Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz ... returned safely to their bases after their mission of identification and control, and there is no report of any operational response by USS Boxer,” Abolfazl Shekarchi, a senior armed forces spokesman, was quoted as saying by Tasnim.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has condemned "naked populism" in the US and described chants made at a Donald Trump rally as "completely unacceptable". Mr Trump disavowed chants of "send her back" aimed at Democratic congresswoman and US citizen Ilhan Omar. Mr Javid said he was "deeply concerned" about polarisation in parts of the US. In a speech, he also warned of racism propelling extremist politicians to power around the world. Speaking about the chants, Mr Javid said: "This is going on in the US today. Imagine if people were saying to me "send him back". "I know how I'd feel but I'd like to think most of society would think that's just completely unacceptable in a modern liberal democracy, to