• BBC News

    Katy Perry criticises royal wedding dress

    American Idol judge Katy Perry has criticised Meghan Markle's wedding dress. Perry told Entertainment Tonight that the Duchess of Sussex's Givenchy gown needed "one more fitting". The pop star suggested it fell short of the bridal look Alexander McQueen designed for the Duchess of Cambridge's marriage to Prince William in 2011, adding: "Kate won!". Despite her criticism, Perry said she was "so happy" for the couple. "I would have done one more fitting," Perry quipped of the Duchess of Sussex's Givenchy gown. "I'm never not going to tell the truth! One more fitting, but I love you." The Duchess's wedding dress - which had been kept a closely-guarded secret - was finally revealed when she stepped

  • Al Jazeera

    'Who are you?' Iran hits back at US demands

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said the world would "not accept" US unilateralism just hours after Washington laid out a series of tough demands to be included in a potential new nuclear treaty with Iran. In remarks carried by Iran's ILNA news agency on Monday, Rouhani said the era of the United States making decisions for the rest of the world was "over". "Countries are independent ... We will continue our path with the support of our nation," Rouhani said. "Who are you to decide for Iran and the world?"  Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump defied efforts by European allies and announced Washington's withdrawal from a landmark multinational pact, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive

  • BBC News

    'Hero' nurse who died battling Nipah

    "I don't think I will be able to see you again. Sorry. Please raise our children well." Lini Puthussery, a 28-year-old nurse, wrote this note to her husband as she succumbed to the deadly Nipah virus on Monday in India's southern state of Kerala. She has two sons, aged five and two. At least nine other people have died in the outbreak in Kozhikode, formerly Calicut. Two others who have tested positive for the virus are critically ill. Some 40 people have been put into quarantine following the deaths. Health authorities across Kerala have been on alert, setting up medical camps and a control room to tackle the situation. The virus, which can be transmitted from animals to humans, is hard to diagnose.

  • Arab News

    Indian diplomat spied for Pakistan in ‘reverse honey trap’

    KARACHI: Abdul Aziz Shaikh, father of the Pakistani victim of the Texas school shooting, told Arab News on Monday that he would have to wait to see his daughter for the last time due to a delay in flights from the US. “Sabika’s body was due to arrive in Karachi on Tuesday morning; however, due to a change in flight schedules, we will receive her at 4 a.m. on Wednesday,” he said. “It’s really difficult but we have no option but to wait,” he continued, adding that officials at the Pakistan Consulate in Houston were striving to make the best possible arrangements for sending her body back to her home. The 17-year-old Pakistani foreign exchange student, participating in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program in the US, was killed, along with nine others, when a teenage classmate opened fire on fellow students in the Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday.

  • Kuwait Times

    Saudi urged not to turn Iraq into ‘cold war’ front

    DUBAI: Saudi Arabia should avoid turning Iraq into a “battleground in a cold war” with its regional rival Tehran, the International Crisis Group said yesterday. Iraq, located between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and predominantly Shiite Iran, could undergo political change following an upset election victory by cleric Moqtada Sadr. The key populist Shiite leader, seen as resisting Iran’s influence in Iraq, made a surprise visit to Riyadh last year. But a group of Iran allies won second place in last week’s polls, raising fears of a new proxy confrontation between Tehran and Riyadh which are already at odds in the Yemen and Syria conflicts. “In projecting its influence in Iraq, Riyadh should resist

  • BBC News

    Dog 'adopts' nine orphaned ducklings

    A dog has "adopted" nine ducklings after their mother disappeared. Fred, a 10-year-old Labrador has become "dad" to the baby birds at Mountfitchet Castle, a tourist attraction near Stansted Airport in Essex. The ducklings' mother was nowhere to be found when staff noticed them waddling around alone, but "Fred... immediately took to them and has been babysitting ever since." They have even followed him into the castle moat for a swim, staff said. The reconstructed Norman castle is home to a number of rescued animals, but Fred is "the resident dog". A spokeswoman said staff were "very worried" when the ducklings' mother disappeared on Thursday, leaving them "looking a little bit lost". But Fred,

  • Kuwait Times

    ‘Sheep death’ video threats ban on livestock shipment to Middle East

    KUWAIT: A number of Australian legislators yesterday demanded an official ban on exporting sheep to the Middle East in response to footage circulating in media outlets worldwide showing hundreds of sheep shipped from Australia to Middle Eastern countries including Kuwait and other GCC states dying because of thermal fatigue. Yesterday, parliamentarian Susan Lee introduced legislation that would “gradually phase out the live sheep export trade in the Middle East over the next five years.” The bill is titled “Long-term sheep export ban for 2018.” “A decision will be made to immediately suspend the export of live sheep over the three months of the summer, from July to September,” she said. The draft