• Emirates24|7

    Duchess Meghan to take three months maternity leave

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will only take three months of maternity leave after she gives birth to her first child. The 37-year-old former actress is expecting her first child with husband Prince Harry any day now, and although she has the opportunity to take a full year away from royal duties in order to care for her tot, sources say she's planning just three months off before she heads back to work. Meghan - who was known as Meghan Markle before joining the royal family in May last year - finished her official royal duties six weeks ago but continues to work behind the scenes with various charities, and reportedly wants to return to public life in time for Queen Elizabeth's official birthday in June. A source told The Sun newspaper: "Meghan has made it very clear she wants to return to work as soon as possible.

  • Al Jazeera

    US gives exemptions to sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard

    The Trump administration on Wednesday granted important exemptions to new sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), watering down the effects of the measures while also eliminating an aspect that would have complicated the United States's foreign policy efforts. Foreign governments and businesses that have dealings with the IRGC and its affiliates will not be subject to a ban on US travel under waivers outlined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in two notices published in the Federal Register. That weakens the effect of the measures and will frustrate members of Congress backing tough measures against Iran who are already concerned that the Trump administration won't fully enforce sanctions

  • Emirates24|7

    CCTV shows bomber calmly entering Sri Lanka church

    Chilling CCTV footage has emerged showing a suicide bomber calmly patting a child on the head and shoulder moments before he walked into a packed Sri Lankan church, unleashing carnage. The images capture the final seconds of serenity before the calm was shattered with a series of coordinated attacks that would between them claim more than 350 lives at six sites across Sri Lanka. Security camera footage from outside St Sebastian's Church in Negombo shows a bearded man in a light blue shirt, navy trousers and sandals appear on a pathway and cross a courtyard outside the church. As he approaches his target, he passes a young girl and briefly pats her head and shoulder, with the young girl glancing

  • Al Jazeera

    Zarif slams US silence on mass executions in Saudi Arabia

    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticised the administration of US President Donald Trump for not condemning a mass execution of prisoners in Saudi Arabia. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia beheaded 37 of its citizens for what it said were "terrorism"-related crimes, publicly pinning two of the bodies to a pole as a warning to others. "After a wink at the dismembering of a journalist, not a whisper from the Trump administration when Saudi Arabia beheads 37 men in one day - even crucifying one two days after Easter," Zarif said on Twitter, referring to the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi agents in October. "Membership of the #B_team - Bolton, Bin Salman,

  • Arab News

    India court reverses TikTok app restrictions

    NEW DELHI: An Indian court has reversed a decision that ordered Google and Apple to take down Chinese-owned video app TikTok over the spread of pornographic material, local media said. The controversial but wildly popular app allows users to upload and share short 15 second clips from their phones and claims to have 500 million users worldwide - more than 120 million of them in India. It is already banned in neighboring Bangladesh and was hit with an enormous fine in the United States for illegally collecting information from children. The Wednesday ruling by the Madras High Court in India's southern Tamil Nadu state requires the popular platform to prevent “obscene videos” from being posted.

  • Emirates24|7

    Spotted: Deepika Padukone, Karisma Kapoor, Amrita Arora...

    Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora (Instagram) Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Anisha Padukone (Instagram) Karisma Kapoor poses for photographs during a promotional event for the jewellery brand 'Forevermark' launch at Khurana Jewellery House, in Amritsar. (AFP) Sara Ali Khan Gautam Gulati Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas. Photo: Instagram Kareena Kapoor and Amrita Arora in London. Photo: Instagram Amrita Arora Photo: Instagram Iulia Vantur Pooja Hegde Sonakshi Sinha Ananya Panday (L), Tiger Shroff (C) and Tara Sutaria perform during the first song launch of upcoming romantic comedy drama Hindi film "Student of the Year 2". (AFP) Shweta Bachchan Alia Bhatt Suhana Khan Varun Dhawan Kareena

  • CNN

    EasyJet bans peanuts on all flights

    (CNN) - EasyJet has announced it's banning the sale of peanuts on flights. Not only will the British-based budget airline no longer serve peanuts, passengers are also being asked not to consume products containing nuts in order to protect travelers with allergies. However, most say they cannot guarantee a "nut-free environment" due to "cross-contamination." This means customers with peanut and peanut-dust allergies still need to indicate their allergies when booking flights and at the airport. EasyJet, which primarily serves European markets, has a specific option on its booking page for such requests. New nut policy "We ask that any customers with a nut allergy notify us ahead of travel and