• Al Jazeera

    Iran's Mossadegh 'would have negotiated with Donald Trump'

    On August 19, 1953, an American-led military coup toppled Iran's first democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, a move described in a declassified CIA document "as an act of US foreign policy". For the past 65 years, this event has continued to haunt the ties between Tehran and Washington - and in recent months has taken on a new significance amid a renewed diplomatic standoff between the two following US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions. The move angered Tehran and prompted a range of reactions - from President Hassan Rouhani saying Iran will not negotiate while sanctions are in place, to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declaring that all negotiations are off the table while Trump is president.

  • BBC News

    Chopra and Jonas confirm engagement

    Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have confirmed they are engaged after just a few months together. The Texan singer, formerly part of the Jonas Brothers, and the Bollywood superstar held a private engagement ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday. Both wore traditional Indian clothes. The pair's engagement has been rumoured for about three weeks but they had not confirmed it until now. No date has yet been announced for the wedding. The couple shared identical photos from the ceremony on their respective Instagram pages, with Jonas calling Chopra the "future Mrs Jonas". The engagement party - called a roka - is a chance for the couple to exchange gifts and makes the union of their families public. Their

  • BBC News

    In pictures: Kerala floods

    Weeks of monsoon rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala have triggered landslides and floods, leaving 324 people dead and thousands stranded. The Indian armed forces are stepping up efforts to rescue those affected. Many people are still believed to be trapped on rooftops. Dozens of boats including 51 navy vessels are involved in the evacuation. Naval forces are also involved in helicopter rescues. The Times of India newspaper said 23 military helicopters had been deployed. This man was pictured waiting on a stretcher for his airlift to safety. Others like this elderly woman had to rely on more primitive evacuation methods. Any available vehicles are being used to transport people to safety.

  • 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

    'Amazing hubby' held in US family deaths

    Colorado mother Shanann Watts depicted an idyllic family life online. But now her husband is suspected of killing her and the couple's two young daughters. The 34-year-old gushed that her spouse Chris Watts was an "amazing father" and "the BEST husband EVER!" But financial problems and suspicions of infidelity appear to have strained their relationship. Mr Watts, 33, was arrested less than a day after appealing for his family's safe return. The bodies of Mrs Watts, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and the couple's children Bella, four, and Celeste, three, have been found inside oil and gas tanks on the premises of a petroleum company where Mr Watts worked until he was fired on Wednesday after his arrest,

  • Egypt Independent

    Rain brings more misery to India's flooded Kerala as death toll rises to 164

    BENGALURU/MUMBAI (Reuters) - The worst floods in a century in the Indian state of Kerala have killed 164 people and forced more than 200,000 into relief camps, officials said on Friday, with more misery expected as heavy rain pushed water levels higher. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to visit the southwest state later on Friday as its chief minister said he was hoping the military could step up help for the rescue effort which is already using dozens of helicopters and hundreds of boats. “I spoke to the defense minister this morning and asked for more helicopters,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told a news conference in the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram, adding that he planned to

  • 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