• BBC News

    Why the snobbery about superhero films?

    Stars of Avengers: Infinity War have defended superhero films against snobbery from some Hollywood quarters. Last week, Zoe Saldana spoke about "elitists" who accuse the cast of "selling out" with the films. "I've been in rooms with people in this industry who are great at what they do, but they're absolutely elitist. "They look down at movies like the Marvel films or actors like myself," the actress, who plays Gamora, in the Marvel universe said. Fellow Avengers actor, Josh Brolin, has also chimed in saying actors "totally" turn their noses up at superhero roles. 'Avenger fatigue' But it's not just elitism that's a problem. Some Hollywood greats think there are just too many superhero films

  • News

    Morality police officer behind assault on Iranian woman identified

    The female member of Iran’s morality police who violently assaulted an Iranian woman for violating the country’s dress code was identified. Activists took to social media to share a screengrab of the policewoman from the video which documented the assault and went viral. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had appeared to criticize the incident in a speech he gave on state television on Saturday.

  • News

    WATCH: Two accidents in Riyadh involving careless drifter, gas cylinders and a hot pursuit

    Several civilians were involved in a car chase to try and stop a man who had several gas cylinders in his car and was driving recklessly in the Saudi capital Riyadh. In a video shared on social media, one car was chasing the reckless driver who was driving in the opposite direction of a main road and endangering walking pedestrians. The car failed to catch the driver, which prompted other vehicles to join the chase and try to stop him. The reckless driver is then seen driving more dangerously, breaking red lights, driving into small alleyways and purposely driving into a few of the cars that were chasing him.

  • Kuwait Times

    Filipina kidnapped; Drunk man arrested

    KUWAIT: A man kidnapped a Filipina who was feeding chickens in her sponsor’s garden. He pulled up in a car driven by another person. The sponsor was on the balcony watching and was shocked by what he saw, then immediately went to the police station and told them what happened. Police searched the area but failed to find the culprits. The case is being investigated by detectives. Drunk man arrested A drunken Indian climbed a traffic lamppost and made himself comfortable there. Traffic police arrested him and took him to Salhiya police station, where he was charged with public drunkenness and damaging state property, Al-Rai reported. By Hanan Al-Saadoun and Agencies

  • Kuwait Times

    Iran threatens to 'vigorously' resume enrichment if US ditches nuclear deal

    Tehran warns of further ‘drastic measures’ NEW YORK: Iran warned yesterday it is ready to “vigorously” resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and said further “drastic measures” are being considered in response to a US exit. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in New York that Iran is not seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, but that its “probable” response to a US withdrawal would be to restart production of enriched uranium a key bomb-making ingredient. “America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear bomb, but we will pursue vigorously our nuclear enrichment,” added Zarif, who is in the United States to attend a UN meeting

  • BBC News

    Victorian garden restored to its heyday

    A walled garden in Pembrokeshire is being restored to how it might have looked in its Victorian heyday. Work began in 2013 to rebuild the walls and buildings of the old garden at Scolton Manor, a country house museum owned by the county council. Now horticulturalist Simon Richards, a walled garden specialist, has been given the task of replanting the one-acre space near Spittal. But he needs volunteers to help him. Mr Richards said it is a job which would have traditionally been done by a team of four or five employed gardeners. "The purpose of walled gardens was to be able to produce food and cut flowers for a large household, including the servants," he said. "The walls were generally high

  • CNN

    Michael Jackson's famous moonwalk shoes are going up for auction

    (CNN)The black loafers that Michael Jackson used to perform his signature moonwalk for the first time on stage are going up for auction. The star owned the Florsheim Imperial leather shoes and wore them while rehearsing his performance of "Billie Jean" for the "Motown 25" TV special in 1983. That rehearsal marked the first time the King of Pop performed his famous backward-sliding dance move on stage, according to GWS Auctions. "Anything related to Michael Jackson is extraordinary, and to have something so incredibly historical as these shoes worn by Michael when he first did that now famous moonwalk is beyond special," Brigitte Kruse, owner of GWS Auctions, said via email. "We are so very honored