• Al Jazeera

    Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of blocking access to Hajj

    Qatar has accused Saudi Arabia of barring its nationals from performing this year's Hajj, a charge Saudi officials deny. Around 1,200 Qatari citizens are allowed to attend the pilgrimage under a quota system, but Qatari officials say it has become impossible to register for the annual religious event. Saudi Arabia, alongside the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, severed relations with Qatar in June 2017, and has placed the Gulf state under a land, sea, and air blockade.  Qatari nationals are also banned from entering the states, but Riyadh claims to have made an exception for the Hajj. In June, Saudi Arabia's ministry for the Hajj announced the opening of a website, which allowed Qataris

  • Emirates24|7

    Nick Jonas and family arrive for engagement bash with Priyanka Chopra

    Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has already been spotted with a huge ring on her finger when she posed for a picture with Raveena Tandon earlier this week at Manish Malhotra’s bash. Priyanka has been dating American songwriter Nick Jonas for a while now and the couple have been spotted together at multiple locations all over the world. Earlier she had invited very close friends asking them to prepare themselves for a big bash on August 18. Ali Abbas Zafar the director of Bharat had also mentioned in his tweet that Priyanka had dropped out of the film in the ‘nick’ of time and wished her luck for the future. While PC has been mum on the issue Nick had thanked a fan, who wished him for his engagement

  • BBC News

    'I met my IS captor on a German street'

    A Yazidi teenager sold into slavery by Islamic State has told the BBC of her horror after she escaped to Germany, only to come face-to-face with her captor in the street. Ashwaq was only 14 when Islamic State fighters stormed into northern Iraq, including the heartland of the Yazidi people. They took thousands of women as sex slaves, including Ashwaq - sold for $100 to a man named Abu Humam. Raped and beaten, she managed to escape three months later and then went to Germany with her mother and one brother. A few months ago, on the street outside a supermarket, she heard someone call out her name. She says it was Abu Humam - and he said he knew where she lived. "I never in my life believed that

  • BBC News

    Trump cancels military parade over costs

    US President Donald Trump has cancelled a Veterans Day military parade in Washington DC planned for this year over high costs of staging the event. He tweeted that local politicians had asked for a "ridiculously high" figure. Reports say the event could have cost about $90 million (£71m) - more than three times the original estimate. Mr Trump said "maybe we will do something next year in DC", and he will instead attend parades in France and at Maryland's Andrews Air Force Base. Mr Trump was so impressed by France's Bastille Day parade on a visit to Paris in 2017, he previously said he wanted the US to "top it". When was it due to take place? The date set for the Washington parade was 11 November

  • BBC News

    WWE star hits back over 'body shaming'

    WWE stars have shared their support for fellow wrestler Peyton Royce, who criticised a journalist for his comments about her weight. Wrestling Observer Newsletter journalist Dave Meltzer said in a radio interview that Royce used to be "a lot lighter" and agreed with the interviewer that she "was more attractive" before she left WWE's NXT brand in April 2018. Royce now appears as part of the company's main roster of wrestlers on SmackDown, where she partners with fellow Australian Billie Kay. Meltzer has since apologised for his comments, calling Royce "an exceedingly attractive woman" and stating that he "realizes the lengths and pressures on women in the entertainment world to maintain unnatural looks".

  • Emirates24|7

    Chinese plane pulled from mud at Philippine airport

    A Chinese plane that slid off the runway at Manila airport was removed from the muddy spot where it had been stuck for more than a day, officials said, allowing normal operations to resume on Saturday. Around 165 international and local flights were cancelled on Friday and Saturday at the Philippine capital's main airport after the plane's bumpy landing, said airport media officer Connie Bungag. The Xiamen Airlines aircraft landed on its second attempt before skidding onto the grass, ripping off its left engine and blocking the runway late Thursday evening. The 157 passengers and eight crew aboard were able to disembark without suffering any major injuries. Moving the plane was complicated by

  • BBC News

    New CCTV shows stabbed teen's last hours

    CCTV showing new confirmed sightings of a teenager the day before she was found stabbed to death has been released. The body of Lucy McHugh, 13, was found early on 26 July at Southampton Sports Centre, the day after she disappeared. The images show her passing a convenience store in Wimpson Lane at 09:06 BST on 25 July and another of her near Southampton General Hospital at 09:22. Murder detectives hope the images will help piece together Lucy's final hours. Det Supt Paul Barton said one of the clips showed a number 17 bus passing Lucy near the hospital. He said: "Were you on that bus and did you see her later on? "It's never too late to get in touch - your piece of information could make the