• Al Jazeera

    Afghanistan: US confirms drone attack that killed 30 farmers

    The US forces in Afghanistan have admitted that a drone attack that killed at least 30 pine nut farmers in Nangarhar province on Thursday was conducted by them. At least 40 others were injured in the attack in Wazir Tangi area of Khogyani district that was previously attributed to the West-backed Afghan government. A spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan confirmed on Thursday that the drone attack was conducted by the US with the intention of destroying a hideout used by the fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group. "Initial indications are members of Daesh [ISIL] were among those targeted in the strike," Colonel Sonny Leggett, spokesman for the American-led

  • Egypt Independent

    El Gouna Film Festival's 3rd round to run September 19-27

    El Gouna Film Festival (GFF)'s third round will kick off at 6 pm on September 19 and run until September 27 in El Gouna's Marina Theater, witnessing the participation of stars and filmmakers from various countries, said the festival's administration.  GFF will give the festival's creative achievement prize to the Palestinian director and producer Mai al-Masri and will commemorate the Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud. The Egyptian singer Abu will perform a song during the ceremony, followed by the showing of the opening film “Ad Astra” starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler and Donald Sutherland and directed by James Gray. A large number of movie stars will attend the ceremony,

  • Gulf News

    Lebanese brothers involved in Etihad bomb plot sentenced to life in prison

    Beirut: Four Lebanese-Australian brothers were sentenced to prison in absentia by a Lebanese military court on Wednesday for plotting to bring down an Etihad plane that was taking off from Australia in 2017. A Lebanese military court sentenced Mahmoud, Tarek and Khalid Khayyat to life in jail, and their brother Mohammad, to 15 years, for conspiring to bring down the plane which was flying from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. Investigations revealed that the brothers had hid a crude bomb inside a meat grinder and a Barbie doll. A fifth brother, Amer, was cleared by the same court. A media statement issued by the Lebanon's National News Agency said the Military Prosecution charged the 5 brothers with being

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Iran attack on Aramco 'unprecedented, unacceptable': Saudi Crown Prince, Pompeo

    Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed that the Iranian attacks on Saudi Aramco's oil installations are “unprecedented and unacceptable,” the US mission to Saudi Arabia tweeted on Thursday. Last Update: Thursday, 19 September 2019 KSA 11:05 - GMT 08:05

  • Al Jazeera

    FIFA boss Infantino calls on Iran to lift stadium ban on women

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino has reiterated the world football governing body's calls for Iranian women be allowed entry into its stadiums. In a statement on Thursday, Infantino said he contacted Iran's football federation and Iranian authorities several times recently and was "hopeful" they were "receptive to our repeated calls to address this unacceptable situation". "Our position is clear and firm. Women have to be allowed into football stadiums in Iran." Foreign women are allowed to watch some matches in Iran and Infantino has been urging Tehran to lift the 40-year ban imposed on local female fans after the 1979 Islamic revolution.  Despite years-long efforts, including an ultimatum that

  • Egypt Independent

    Iraq's stability on the line as US, Iran tensions soar

    BAGHDAD (AP) - As the United States and Israel escalate their push to contain Iranian influence in the Middle East, countries in Tehran's orbit are feeling the heat. Pro-Iranian militias across Lebanon, Syria and Iraq are being targeted, both with economic sanctions and precision airstrikes hitting their bases and infrastructure. This is putting the governments that host them in the crosshairs of an escalating confrontation and raising the prospect of open conflict. Nowhere is that being felt more than in Iraq. It is wedged between Saudi Arabia to the south and Iran to the east and hosts thousands of U.S. troops on its soil. At the same time, powerful Shiite paramilitary forces linked to Iran

  • Al Jazeera

    Philippines police told to stop manhunt after Duterte reward

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's top justice official urged police on Friday to abort a manhunt for dozens of potentially dangerous convicts freed over the past few months, fearing violence after the president offered generous rewards to kill or capture them. The release of so many criminals guilty of violent offences as part of a programme to reward good behaviour has been a huge embarrassment for Duterte, a former prosecutor who won an election by promising to stamp out crime in the Philippines. Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra said he wants police to stand down after the midnight expiry of Duterte's deadline for inmates to turn themselves in, as the number of those who had reported to authorities roughly matched the 1,700 serious offenders freed. "We want to make sure that those remaining are actually people that need to be arrested," Guevarra told the Manila-based ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).