• BBC News

    Iran unveils domestically-produced warplane

    Iran has shown off a new, Iranian-made fighter jet, the Kosar. State TV showed President Hassan Rouhani sitting in a Kosar's cockpit at a defence exhibition in Tehran. Aviation experts say the design is based on that of the US F-5 Tiger, dating back to the 1970s. International sanctions have made it hard for Iran to acquire weaponry from abroad, but it has developed a large domestic defence industry.

  • Al Jazeera

    Iran unveils new domestic fighter jet

    Iran unveiled a new domestic fighter jet with President Hassan Rouhani saying Tehran's military strength was only designed to deter enemies and aimed at creating "lasting peace". Images broadcast on state television on Tuesday showed Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new Kowsar fourth-generation fighter at the National Defence Industry exhibition in Tehran. State media said it had "advanced avionics" and multi-purpose radar, and it was "100-percent indigenously made" for the first time.  Footage of the Kowsar's test flights was circulated by various official media. But live footage of the plane taxiing along a runway at the defence show was cut before it took off. "When I speak of our readiness

  • Arab News

    Austria FM’s bow to Putin at wedding dance goes viral

    VIENNA: The Austrian foreign minister’s deep bow to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a dance at her wedding made waves Monday, causing more furor for the already-controversial visit. Putin was one of around 100 guests at Karin Kneissl’s wedding to a businessman in southeastern Austria on Saturday. Since the private visit was announced last week, the opposition has criticized Kneissl, saying the country’s reputation for political neutrality has been damaged. Austria currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency. Adding to the fire Monday was a screen grab from a video made by the pro-Kremlin RT television network that shows Kneissl, radiant, bending her knees in a deep curtesy

  • Emirates24|7

    Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra visit orphanage

    Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra visited an orphanage whilst in Mumbai, where they celebrated their engagement with friends and family over the weekend. The couple stopped by St. Catherine's orphanage over the weekend, where they met girls that reside there. The couple were already in the city to celebrate their engagement with family and friends. As part of their visit, Priyanka danced with one of the girls whilst Nick treated a whole group of them to a rendition of the Jonas Brothers' track 'Lovebug'. Sharing a video on her Instagram account, Priyanka wrote: "12 years of knowing these girls and they get all love struck by the #lovebug... thank you @nickjonas and our families. Thank you to the

  • BBC News

    Crazy Rich Asians tops US box office

    Crazy Rich Asians beat expectations to take the top spot at the US box office on its opening weekend. The Warner Brothers film starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding is the first romantic comedy in three years to take the top spot. Since opening five days ago, the film - which cost $30m (£23.5m) - has made an estimated $34m (£26.7m). It is the first major Hollywood film since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago to feature an all-Asian cast. Adapted from Kevin Kwan's bestseller, Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of an Asian-American woman who gets a culture shock meeting her boyfriend's ultra-wealthy family in Singapore. You might also like: Analysts have said its universal themes and entertainment

  • Al Jazeera

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Ottawa, Canada - Binto Mohamed hasn't had a good night's sleep since May. That's when she received a letter telling her that her family of 10 had until September 30 to find a new home. "There's a piece of me missing, because of the stress," she says, standing in the middle of her dimly-lit kitchen, the air thick and sticky in the overpowering August heat. Mohamed, a mother of eight, knows her house is far from perfect. The kitchen sink is about half full of dirty, brownish water; the drain hasn't worked for the past year, and despite putting in a request to have it repaired five months ago, it's still blocked. Without a working sink, dirty pots and pans sit unwashed on the stovetop, which itself

  • english.alarabiya.net

    ANALYSIS: A look at Iran’s growing regional and global isolation

    Coinciding with a dangerously explosive atmosphere inside Iran, the currency nosediving to less than half value in a mere five months and the relentless waves of protests spreading throughout the country, the noose of regional and international isolation is suffocating the clerical regime. The US is busy escalating sanctions against Tehran to end its malign regional meddling. In parallel fashion, the Iranian regime no longer has any hope in Europe and their “European package,” nor in Russia to provide cushioning in the face of Washington’s ongoing offensive. To add insult to injury, the US State Department has just launched the Iran Action Group headed by Brian Hook, the now US Special Representative on Iran.