• Al Jazeera

    Iran hits back at US demands on ballistic missiles

    Iran has hit back at US President Donald Trump's call for new nuclear negotiations that encompass its ballistic missiles programme, accusing Washington of bringing the Middle East to the brink of "explosion" by selling arms to allies in the Gulf. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, made the comment in a wide-ranging interview that aired on NBC News on Monday. He said Iran would only sit down with the United States if it lifted punishing economic sanctions it has imposed on Tehran and rejoined the 2015 nuclear deal it abandoned last year. Trump pulled the US out of the landmark multilateral accord saying he wanted to negotiate a new deal that also addressed Iran's ballistic missiles

  • Emirates24|7

    Lolo, then Malaika fills in for Bebo

    Kareena Kapoor may have wrapped up her shoot of Angrezi Medium in London, but then she wants to spend quality time with her husband Saif Ali Khan who is shooting for his film Jawaani Jaanemann in the British capital rather than judge a show she has been doing rather well for the past few weeks. The actress was due to return on time for her shoot, but certain “unavoidable circumstances”, led to her not reaching the sets on time last week. As a result, she requested her sister Karisma Kapoor to fill in last week for her on the show. Even though she returned to Mumbai, she did not wait to shoot for the next episode and went off with her son Taimur back to London. “This time she has requested her

  • Egypt Independent

    In Iran, some take off their hijabs as hard-liners push back

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran's streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab. With every step, she risks harassment or even arrest by Iran's morality police whose job is to enforce the strict dress code imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. “I have to confess it is really, really scary,” the 30-year-old fire-safety consultant said in a WhatsApp audio message, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions. But she is also hopeful, saying she believes the authorities find it increasingly difficult to suppress protests as more women join in. “They are running after us, but

  • Emirates24|7

    Prince Louis' special gift from tennis legend Stan Smith

    Prince Louis was handed a pair of signed trainers by former tennis champion Stan Smith at Wimbledon on Sunday. The Duchess of Cambridge was seen being handed the special gift for her 14-month-old son as she and husband Prince William watched the Men's finals from the Royal Box on Sunday. Former world champion Stan, 72, passed a single trainer, which had "To Louis" emblazoned across the side and his signature on it, to Duchess Catherine and an Adidas box with the other shoe. Louis will now be the envy of his older sibling Prince George, five, who had a tennis lesson from Roger Federer. The Duke and Duchess' eldest child received a private session from the 37-year-old Swiss pro, who is his "favourite

  • Emirates24|7

    'The Lion King' London premiere brings out Meghan Markle and Beyonce

    Entertainment royalty rubbed shoulders with the real thing at "The Lion King" premiere in London on Sunday evening. Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry, walked the yellow carpet at the Leicester Square premiere, as did a starry lineup from the US. and UK. Among the many stars in attendance were Beyonce, who voices Nala in the film, and her husband, Jay Z. They warmly greeted the British royals, with Beyonce congratulating the couple on the arrival of their first child, Archie. "We love you guys," the singer reportedly told the royal couple. Beyonce had already taken her eldest daughter, Blue Ivy, to the U.S. premiere of the movie. Jay-Z reportedly imparted some

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Duterte 'seriously considering' cutting ties with Iceland

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is “seriously considering” cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which spearheaded a resolution that asked the UN's top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects under his anti-drug crackdown. Human rights groups, however, have lauded the resolution as crucial to helping end the drug killings and bringing perpetrators to justice.

  • Egypt Independent

    Fifty years after Moon mission, Apollo astronauts meet at historic launchpad

    Fifty years ago on Tuesday, three American astronauts set off from Florida for the Moon on a mission that would change the way we see humanity's place in the universe. The crew's surviving members, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, are set to reunite at the same launchpad on Tuesday, the start of a week-long series of events commemorating Apollo 11. Their commander and the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, passed away in 2012. But Aldrin and Collins, 89 and 88 respectively, will meet Tuesday at precisely 9:32 am (1332 GMT) at the Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A to kick off the festivities. Their spacecraft took four days to reach the Moon, before its lunar module, known as “Eagle,” touched