• Al Jazeera

    Iran flood: More than a dozen killed in flash flooding

    Flash flooding in southern and parts of western Iran has left at least 23 people dead and more than 200 injured, according to news agencies citing officials, as the government urged people to cancel trips and warned of more rains. The Ministry of Interior advised Iranians on Monday evening to cancel any trips and take the warnings seriously with the Disaster Management Organisation sending nationwide text messages to warn people about taking routes that are prone to flooding, including those in mountains and river banks. The disaster comes during Iranian New Year, Nowruz, holidays when many Iranians travel in the country. "There were only two sets of 15-minute heavy rainfalls that caused the flood to spread through the city," a resident of Shiraz, the worst-affected city, told Al Jazeera.

  • Egypt Independent

    US decision on Golan Heights breaches international law: Arab League chief

    Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit denounced the Monday announcement by US President Donald Trump recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. In a statement, Gheit stressed that the declaration is void in form and substance and reflects a breach in international law, reducing the status of the United States of America in the region and even in the world. Gheit said that this American declaration does not change the legal status of the Golan Heights, which is an occupied Syrian territory. He added that unanimously issued resolutions by the UN Security Council confirm that Golan Heights is occupied Syrian territory-most notably resolution 497 of 1981, which unequivocally refers to

  • CNN Style

    Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone offers glimpse of upcoming acid attack film

    An Indian movie based on the true story of an acid attack victim is set to hit screens next year, featuring Deepika Padukone, one of Bollywood's biggest stars. The release of "Chhapaak," which translates to "Splash" in Hindi, marks the first time a mainstream Indian movie has tackled the subject of acid attacks. The movie is based on the true story of Laxmi Agarwal, who was disfigured by an acid attack in 2014 when she was just 15 years old, after rejecting the advances of a man twice her age. In 2016, 206 acid attacks were recorded, according to figures from India's National Crime Record Bureau. In most cases, women were attacked for spurning advances from men. In a sneak preview of the movie,

  • Egypt Independent

    Lebanese artist speaks on photo with Mohamed Salah

    In a telephone interview with Egyptian presenter Amr Adeeb on the TV program “The Story”, Lebanese actor and singer Jessy Abdo explained the truth behind her infamous picture with Mohamed Salah. “My meeting with Mohamed Salah didn't exceed two minutes. I learned about his presence in Dubai from a friend, and thus wanted to meet him,” Abdo told Adeeb. Abdo referred to Salah's support for the series she acted in last Ramadan, “Sok Ala Banatak” (Hide your Sisters) starring Egyptian actor Ali Rabie. During her short talk with Salah, he asked her whether they had met before, and she replied that they had not, adding that she had appeared in the series he had followed last year. She stated that they

  • Mueller report: President Trump 'did not conspire with Russia'

    President Trump's campaign did not conspire with Russia during the 2016 election, according to a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report submitted to Congress on Sunday. The report summary did not draw a conclusion as to whether Mr Trump illegally obstructed justice - not exonerating the president. The report was summarised for Congress by the attorney general, William Barr. President Trump tweeted in response: "No Collusion, No Obstruction." Mr Trump, who repeatedly described the inquiry as a witch hunt, said on Sunday that "it was a shame that the country had to go through this", describing the inquiry as an "illegal takedown that failed". The report is the culmination of two years

  • Egypt Independent

    Why do so many Egyptian statues have broken noses?

    The most common question that curator Edward Bleiberg fields from visitors to the Brooklyn Museum's Egyptian art galleries is a straightforward but salient one: Why are the statues' noses broken? Bleiberg, who oversees the museum's extensive holdings of Egyptian, Classical and ancient Near Eastern art, was surprised the first few times he heard this question. He had taken for granted that the sculptures were damaged; his training in Egyptology encouraged visualizing how a statue would look if it were still intact. It might seem inevitable that after thousands of years, an ancient artifact would show wear and tear. But this simple observation led Bleiberg to uncover a widespread pattern of deliberate

  • Egypt Independent

    Jordan's King Abdullah cancels Romania trip over Jerusalem embassy announcement

    On Sunday, Dancila told delegates at the AIPAC conference: “I am pleased to announce today … that, after the finalization of assessments and with all constitutional actors involved in the decision-making process and in full agreement, I as Prime Minister of Romania, and the government that I run, will move our embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel.”