• Al Jazeera

    Russia scoffs at US criticism of bomber deployment to Venezuela

    Moscow has rejected US criticism of the deployment to Venezuela of two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to Monday's arrival of a pair of Tu-160 aircraft in Venezuela by tweeting: "The Russian and Venezuelan people should see this for what it is: two corrupt governments squandering public funds and squelching liberty and freedom while their people suffer." Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, dismissed Pompeo's comments as "undiplomatic" and "inappropriate". He told reporters on Tuesday such criticism sounds odd from a country "half of whose military budget would be enough to feed the whole of Africa". The bombers' deployment

  • Arab News

    ‘Hot sauce in my bag, swag:’ Beyoncé flaunts Lebanese chili-themed bag

    DUBAI: “I got hot sauce in my bag, swag.” It’s a lyrical line made famous in Beyoncé’s 2016 hit “Formation,” but now the superstar singer has taken to Instagram to take things one step further by showing off a chili pepper-themed bag by an up-and-coming Lebanese designer. Beyoncé posted a photograph of herself on Instagram while she was in Johannesburg, South Africa, to perform at the Global Citizen Festival celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of late international icon Nelson Mandela. In the snap, she wears a boxy clutch by small Lebanese brand Sarah’s Bag and a pair of rounded Elie Saab sunglasses. The Chili Marquetry clutch by Sarah’s Bag, which is helmed by creative director

  • Egypt Independent

    Bug business: Cockroaches crunch waste in China

    JINAN, China (Reuters) - In the near pitch-dark, you can hear them before you see them - millions of cockroaches scuttling and fluttering across stacks of wooden boards as they devour food scraps by the ton in a novel form of urban waste disposal. The air is warm and humid - just as cockroaches like it - to ensure the colonies keep their health and voracious appetites. Expanding Chinese cities are generating more food waste than they can accommodate in landfills, and cockroaches could be a way to get rid of hills of food scraps, providing nutritious food for livestock when the bugs eventually die and, some say, cures for stomach illness and beauty treatments. On the outskirts of Jinan, capital

  • Arab News

    Beyonce takes the stage at Indian billionaire wedding

    DUBAI: Beyonce took center stage Sunday night to perform at a private pre-wedding event in India. Isha Ambani, the daughter of India's richest man, and Anand Piramal, son of another Indian billionaire, are tying the knot this Wednesday in Udaipur. The event, known as a sangeet, had Beyonce performing songs such as “Crazy in Love” and “Perfect”. The details of the event are being kept under wraps, but in a photo posted to Instagram, the songstress showed off her figure in a stunning red Indian-inspired dress, embellished all over with gold studs, that featured a plunging neckline and a high slit on the side. She polished off the look with traditional Indian jewelry and an ornate golden headpiece.

  • Egypt Independent

    Benefits of reconciliation!

    The Gulf summit did not result in reconciliation among the countries of the boycott as some had speculated. Those who thought that a White House order has been issued to invite Qatar, as a superior resolution for reconciliation and restoring the Gulf to normalcy, did not take into account the possibility that reconciliation was not in the interest of Washington, Tehran or Ankara, and therefore the situation has been frozen! Many cheered when King Salman invited the Emir of Qatar to the GCC summit, with explanations in every direction. Some said that reconciliation was a decision at the White House, while others said that Egypt would go on the path of reconciliation following Riyadh, but Foreign

  • Al Jazeera

    Duterte's war on drugs to become 'killing field' if goes on: CHR

    Marrakech, Morocco - Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs will lead to a "killing field" if the Philippines president is allowed to continue his crackdown, the country's Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has warned. While officials have put the death figure close to 5,000 since Duterte came to office in 2016, rights groups and opposition politicians say more than 20,000 people have been killed by police. "We are questioning the very framework of this war on drugs and the intention behind it," Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana, commissioner of the CHR, told Al Jazeera on the sidelines of an intergovernmental conference in Marrakech, Morocco. "You just can't kill everyone. One life is one too many already. If it

  • Arab News

    Two Arab hopefuls make it to the Miss Universe competition

    DUBAI: Miss Lebanon and Miss Egypt are set to represent the Middle East at Dec. 16’s Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand. Miss ­Lebanon, Maya Reaidy, and Miss Egypt, Nariman Khaled, are the only Arab contestants at the 67th edition of Miss Universe, which will see 93 contestants smile, wave, sashay and generally delight the crowd next week. The show is set to be hosted by US comedian Steve Harvey, who in 2016 made international headlines in a hilarious, cringe-worthy slip-up where he announced the wrong winner. Harvey will be joined - perhaps saved - on stage by US model Ashley Graham. Reaidy is a pharmacy student at the Lebanese American University, while Khaled is studying business