All military units in Kuwait must maintain their readiness in light of ongoing regional tensions, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah said during an inspection tour of the Kuwait Air Force and Air Defense Forces Operations' Command Center, state news agency KUNA reported on Saturday. Kuwait raised its security alert level at oil and commercial ports on Friday, according to KUNA, citing a decision made by the country's trade and industry minister.
- Al Jazeera
Iran's Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) want to "fight Iran to the last American". His comments come in response to the visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the Gulf. Al Jazeera's Zein Basravi reports from Tehran.
It was 2000, and Jennifer Lopez wore that plunging, green jungle-inspired Versace dress to the Grammy Awards, causing so many searches on Google that the company had to create Google Images. No, really. The dress went viral before viral was a thing. And now, almost 20 years later, J.Lo wore an updated version of it -- this time, at Versace's jungle-themed Spring 2020 show during Milan Fashion Week. J.Lo closed out the show with a bang, with the crowd rising to their feet as J.Lo strutted down the runaway in a remaking of the original dress from 2000. The crowd, for their part, immediately understood the magnitude of what they were witnessing. There was cheering, applause, a couple laughs and
- Egypt Independent
Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was hanging by a thread on Sunday after the iconic British travel firm struggled to find further private investment and is now relying on an unlikely government bailout. The operator said Friday that it needed £200 million ($250 million) - in addition to the £900-million rescue deal secured last month - or else face administration, which could leave thousands of holidaymakers stranded and require Britain's largest repatriation since World War II. A source close to the negotiations told AFP on Saturday that the company had failed to find the £200 million from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened. But ministers are unlikely to step
- Egypt Independent
Any country that attacks Iran will become the “main battlefield”, the Revolutionary Guards warned Saturday after Washington ordered reinforcements to the Gulf following attacks on Saudi oil installations it blames on Tehran. Tensions escalated between arch-foes Iran and the United States after last weekend's attacks on Saudi energy giant Aramco's Abqaiq processing plant and Khurais oilfield halved the kingdom's oil output. Yemen's Huthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the strikes but the US says it has concluded the attacks involved cruise missiles from Iran and amounted to “an act of war”. Washington approved the deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia at “the kingdom's request”, Defense
A Lebanese man accused of involvement in the hijacking of a TWA plane and the murder of a US navy diver has been arrested in Greece, police said on Saturday. Greek authorities said there was a European arrest warrant issued by Germany for the hijacking as well as a kidnapping committed in 1987. Greek media said he was involved in June 14, 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and the murder of an American passenger.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's administration has ordered the suspension of all loan and grant talks with foreign governments that backed a United Nations resolution to review human rights abuses during his signature anti-drug war. The Iceland-sponsored UN Human Rights Council resolution passed by a minority vote in July, drawing a sharp riposte from Duterte, who bristles at Western condemnation of his campaign which has killed thousands and drawn international condemnation but is widely supported by Filipinos. Last month, Duterte's chief aide issued a memorandum which he signed “by order of the president” to cut off all official development aid talks with the countries that voted for the resolution, according to the document.