• Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

    The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) has rejected a request by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, and Egypt to get Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) downgraded, according to NHRC chairman Ali bin Samikh al-Marri. Marri thanked GANHRI for supporting the work of the NHRC and urged civil society groups in the four countries to work with the committee to address the worsening humanitarian conditions imposed on GCC citizens due to the measures against Qatar. On Monday, several international human rights groups sent a letter to the UNHCR, asking them to reject the four countries' request. "As human rights organisations, we call upon your esteemed office to reject

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  • Carl Bernstein: This is the Trump story reporters need to cover

    Is President Trump stable and competent enough to do his job? Investigative reporter and CNN contributor Carl Bernstein says reporters must be asking those questions. "Republicans in Congress, the highest of intelligence officials, the highest of military officers in our country, leaders of the business community -- all of whom have dealt with the White House, and many of them dealt personally with Donald Trump -- have come to believe that he is unfit for the presidency," Bernstein told CNN's Brian Stelter on Sunday. "Maybe what I'm being told is not as pervasive as I believe it is. Let's find out," Bernstein said on "Reliable Sources." "We need as journalists to make this our primary function

  • Bros thank fans for support at O2 comeback show

    Eighties boy band Bros have returned to the stage for the first time in nearly 30 years and thanked fans for supporting their comeback. Twin brothers Matt and Luke Goss performed at a sold-out O2 Arena in London on Saturday. They told fans they hoped their comeback show would be the "first of many concerts". The band, who hit number one with I Owe You Nothing, last played live exactly 28 years earlier at Wembley Stadium. And they ended their comeback show with an encore of their signature song When Will I Be Famous? But the third member of the original Bros line-up, bassist Craig Logan, did not make an appearance as he announced last year that he had no interest in returning to the stage. Addressing

  • Is Taylor Swift about to drop a new album?

    (CNN)It seems Taylor Swift may be about to reveal something big and "Swifties" -- as her fans are affectionately called -- suspect it's a new album. The pop star has wiped out her internet presence -- her Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and website have gone black. A rep for Swift did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment. The dramatic move sent fans into a frenzy on social media, using the trending topic "#TS6IsComing" to announce their anticipation for Swift's sixth studio album.

  • Aryana Sayeed: Kabul concert goes ahead despite threats

    Hundreds of young men and women attended a concert by Afghan pop star Aryana Sayeed in the capital Kabul despite opposition from conservatives, and threats of an attack. The concert was held amid tight security at the heavily protected Intercontinental Hotel. It was a rare music concert in the city. Kabul has witnessed a series of suicide attacks and explosions in the past few months. Saturday evening's concert was originally scheduled to be held in Ghazi stadium to mark the country's Independence Day. More than 3,000 tickets were sold at premium rates. But the authorities said they could not guarantee security at that venue. Ms Sayeed did not give up. She went ahead with her performance, but

  • Neil Finn is recording an album live on Facebook

    Crowded House star Neil Finn is inviting fans to watch the creation of his new album on Facebook. Every Friday in August, the singer-songwriter is streaming sessions live from his studio in Auckland, complete with a full choir and orchestra. The project culminates on 25 August, when the entire album will be recorded in one marathon session. The record will then be mastered and released a week later. It's an ambitious undertaking - but Finn says it has sharpened his writing. "Normally in the studio, there's a lot of time to indulge and procrastinate," he tells the BBC. "But when you're in full view you just get down to it. He adds that recording songs live, with a full band, "is a reminder of