• Egypt Independent

    Russian envoy plays down tensions with Israel over Syria strikes

    Russia’s ambassador to Israel on Wednesday played down tensions between the countries over Israeli attacks in Syria, saying they were not the reason for Moscow’s proposed supply of an advanced air defense system to Damascus. Since intervening in Syria’s civil war on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015, Russia has generally turned a blind eye to Israeli air strikes there against suspected arms transfers and deployments by his Iranian and Hezbollah allies. But Russia was quick to blame Israel for an April 9 raid that killed seven Iranian military personnel, and which came as the United States, France and Britain faced off with Damascus and Moscow over an alleged gas attack on a Syrian rebel

  • CNN

    Coming soon: World's longest non-stop flight

    (CNN) - Singapore to New York, nonstop. Almost 20 hours in the air. The airline is now taking delivery of Airbus' newest wide-body, the A350-900. It has 21 planes in its fleet, of an order for 67 aircraft. Singapore Airlines has ordered seven of the ULRs. On April 23, the plane had its first test flight, an almost five-hour round-trip that launched from the airframer's assembly plant in Toulouse, France. The ULR will be able to fly a remarkable 11,160 miles, an increase of more than 1,800 miles over the standard A350. It means that Singapore Airlines will reclaim the crown of running the world's longest nonstop air route. Day in the air The plane will feature the award-winning Airspace cabin.

  • BBC News

    India jails rapist guru Asaram for life

    A self-styled Indian spiritual guru who claims millions of followers worldwide has been given a life sentence for raping a 16-year-old girl. Asaram Bapu was convicted of the 2013 attack on the girl, a devotee at his ashram in Jodhpur, by a court in the city's jail. He is expected to appeal. The guru, who is 77, has 400 ashrams around the world where he teaches meditation and yoga. He is also on trial in another rape case in western Gujarat state. Jodhpur is on high alert because of concerns there could be violence from the guru's supporters, reports BBC Hindi's Priyanka Dubey who is in the city. The judge delivered his verdict from the city's jail because of concerns that it could provoke riots.

  • BBC News

    Why the snobbery about superhero films?

    Stars of Avengers: Infinity War have defended superhero films against snobbery from some Hollywood quarters. Last week, Zoe Saldana spoke about "elitists" who accuse the cast of "selling out" with the films. "I've been in rooms with people in this industry who are great at what they do, but they're absolutely elitist. "They look down at movies like the Marvel films or actors like myself," the actress, who plays Gamora, in the Marvel universe said. Fellow Avengers actor, Josh Brolin, has also chimed in saying actors "totally" turn their noses up at superhero roles. 'Avenger fatigue' But it's not just elitism that's a problem. Some Hollywood greats think there are just too many superhero films

  • Arabian Business

    Philippines seeks new jobs markets as it plans cut to Gulf reliance

    Russia and China are just some of the promising destinations for Filipinos looking for jobs abroad as the Philippines seeks to cut its reliance on the Middle East. “Russia is opening their market for the first time to the Philippines,” Bernard Olalia, head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, said in an interview in his office in Manila. “They want a government-to-government deployment scheme, just like what we did with China.” Russia is hiring skilled workers in construction and services and China is asking the Philippines to send over 2,000 English teachers this year, Olalia said on April 20. The Czech Republic and San Marino are also negotiating labour deals, he said. For

  • BBC News

    Police body slam woman in cutlery fee row

    When Chikesia Clemons was charged for plastic cutlery at a Waffle House in Alabama she cancelled her order and asked to speak to the district manager. Police were called to deal with the confrontation, and the situation escalated. Video courtesy Canita Adams

  • CNN

    Amy Schumer explains how 'I Feel Pretty' led to love

    (CNN)Amy Schumer met her husband at just the right time. The comedienne married chef Chris Fischer in February, just a few months after they started dating. In a recent interview with CNN for her film "I Feel Pretty," Schumer said that Fischer arrived in her life as the movie wrapped. Self-confidence is also the theme of "I Feel Pretty." Schumer said she hopes that women will see the film and walk away feeling more empowered to tackle life's challenges, especially teens who can be subjected to bullying.