• Al Jazeera

    Iran hits back at US demand on ballistic missiles

    Iran hit back at US President Donald Trump's call for new nuclear negotiations that encompass its ballistic missiles programme, accusing Washington of bringing the Middle East to the brink of "explosion" by selling arms to allies in the Gulf. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, made the comments in a wide-ranging interview that aired on NBC News on Monday. He said Iran would only sit down with the United States if it lifted punishing economic sanctions it has imposed on Tehran and rejoined the 2015 nuclear deal it abandoned last year. Trump pulled the US out of the landmark multilateral accord saying he wanted to negotiate a new deal that also addressed Iran's ballistic missiles programme

  • Egypt Independent

    In Iran, some take off their hijabs as hard-liners push back

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran's streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab. With every step, she risks harassment or even arrest by Iran's morality police whose job is to enforce the strict dress code imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. “I have to confess it is really, really scary,” the 30-year-old fire-safety consultant said in a WhatsApp audio message, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions. But she is also hopeful, saying she believes the authorities find it increasingly difficult to suppress protests as more women join in. “They are running after us, but

  • Emirates24|7

    Prince Louis' special gift from tennis legend Stan Smith

    Prince Louis was handed a pair of signed trainers by former tennis champion Stan Smith at Wimbledon on Sunday. The Duchess of Cambridge was seen being handed the special gift for her 14-month-old son as she and husband Prince William watched the Men's finals from the Royal Box on Sunday. Former world champion Stan, 72, passed a single trainer, which had "To Louis" emblazoned across the side and his signature on it, to Duchess Catherine and an Adidas box with the other shoe. Louis will now be the envy of his older sibling Prince George, five, who had a tennis lesson from Roger Federer. The Duke and Duchess' eldest child received a private session from the 37-year-old Swiss pro, who is his "favourite

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Khamenei warns that UK's seizure of Iran oil tanker won't be 'left unanswered'

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned on Tuesday that the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker on July 4 in Gibraltar will not be left unanswered, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. “England carries out maritime piracy and steals our ship … they commit crimes and then legitimize them … the Islamic Republic will not leave these actions unanswered,” Khamenei warned.

  • Emirates24|7

    'The Lion King' London premiere brings out Meghan Markle and Beyonce

    Entertainment royalty rubbed shoulders with the real thing at "The Lion King" premiere in London on Sunday evening. Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry, walked the yellow carpet at the Leicester Square premiere, as did a starry lineup from the US. and UK. Among the many stars in attendance were Beyonce, who voices Nala in the film, and her husband, Jay Z. They warmly greeted the British royals, with Beyonce congratulating the couple on the arrival of their first child, Archie. "We love you guys," the singer reportedly told the royal couple. Beyonce had already taken her eldest daughter, Blue Ivy, to the U.S. premiere of the movie. Jay-Z reportedly imparted some

  • CNN

    How did Kim get his Mercedes-Benzes? New report traces origin of North Korea's luxury rides

    On June 14, 2018, two armored Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard vehicles were shipped from the Dutch Port of Rotterdam, heading out on a journey that would take months and see the cars transported thousands of miles through six countries, according to a new report from the Washington-based Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS). After stops in China, Japan, South Korea and Russia, the two cars -- each worth about $500,000 -- are believed to have been flown to their final destination, Pyongyang. The origin and journey of the two Mercedes luxury vehicles were exposed in the C4ADS report. Sanctions passed by the United Nations as punishment for Pyongyang's nuclear weapons development are supposed to bar companies and individuals from selling luxury goods to North Korea.

  • Arabian Business

    Bus carrying 52 pilgrims from Makkah crashes in UAE

    A bus carrying 52 pilgrims has crashed in the UAE this morning (Tuesday). A statement from Abu Dhabi Police said the pilgrims were on their way back from the Holy City of Makkah - after performing Umrah - to Oman, when the bus they were travelling in hit a metal barrier. The accident happened on Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road. No injuries were reported. The Director of the Department of Traffic of the Outer Region at Abu Dhabi Traffic Police said that first responders immediately reached the site of the accident to rescue the pilgrims, who have been provided with accommodation, meals and drinks until an alternative transportation is arranged.