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    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.

  • Kuwait Times

    Saudi fitness center shut

    RIYADH: Saudi sports authorities shut down a female fitness center in Riyadh Friday over a contentious promotional video that appeared to show a woman in figure-hugging workout attire. “We are not going to tolerate this,” Saudi sports authority chief Turki Al-Sheikh tweeted as he ordered that the center’s license be withdrawn. Sheikh, an adviser to powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also told authorities to investigate and prosecute those behind the video. The video, which was widely circulated on social media showed a woman with uncovered hair in what appeared to be a gym and kicking a punching bag. The General Sports Authority said the video contained scenes that could corrupt public

  • Kuwait Times

    Authorities to seize properties of India super-rich fugitives

    NEW DELHI: Indian authorities will be empowered to seize properties of super-rich fugitives whose economic offences or crimes involve sums over 1 billion rupees ($15 million), according to a government document seen by Reuters yesterday. The move comes as the country reels from a series of banking scandals, including a $2 billion fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank that was uncovered in February. Mumbai jewelers Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are prime suspects in the case and a special court of India’s Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) this month issued non-bailable warrants against them. But authorities say the two men left the country before the fraud was uncovered. Modi and

  • CNN

    Outrage after 'morality police' confront woman

    An amateur video shows a member of the "morality police" physically confronting a woman in Iran. The video went viral, triggering a response from the Iranian government.

  • BBC News

    I lost legs and part of my face after a dog scratch

    Dr Jaco Nel lost both his legs, all the fingers on one hand and suffered a facial disfigurement after he was scratched while playing with his dog. He told the Victoria Derbyshire programme he contracted sepsis caused by bacteria in cocker spaniel Harvey's saliva. Despite disinfecting the small scratch, Dr Nel was in a coma for several days and had to learn to walk again.

  • Kuwait Times

    Filipino envoy resummoned amid outrage over 'rescues'

    Embassy denies wrongdoing - 3 suspects identified - MPs slam violation of sovereignty KUWAIT: Kuwait yesterday summoned the Philippines’ ambassador for a second time yesterday in protest over “inflammatory comments” he made to a local newspaper, a foreign ministry source said. Remarks by Renato Pedro Villa, along with the “inappropriate behavior” of Manila’s diplomatic staff in Kuwait, have been deemed a threat to Kuwait’s sovereignty, the source noted. The move came following videos on social media showing a Philippines Embassy team helping Filipino domestic helpers flee their sponsors’ houses in vehicles with diplomatic license plates. Villa had allegedly confirmed to Al-Jarida daily that the

  • Kuwait Times

    Cinema makes return to Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia hosted its first public film screening in over 35 years on Friday, two days after US movie giant AMC unveiled the kingdom’s debut theatre in Riyadh. Clutching prized tickets for what AMC said was a sold-out showing of Hollywood blockbuster action film “Black Panther”, men and women walked into the movie hall with tubs of popcorn and fizzy drinks. Families huddled around movie posters to take selfies, soaking up an experience that is mundane in most parts of the world but a novelty in the ultra-conservative desert kingdom. Saudi Arabia lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas last year as part of a far-reaching modernization drive, with AMC Entertainment granted the first license to operate movie theatres.