• Al Jazeera

    Warsaw conference: Gulf ministers slam Iran in leaked video

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office has leaked video of Gulf Arab ministers slamming Iran during a closed-door session of a Middle East conference in Warsaw, Israeli media reported on Friday. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states that do not recognise Israel sent top diplomats to attend this week's conference alongside Netanyahu, something the prime minister and his United States ally have talked up as a new regional axis against Iran. Israeli correspondents who travelled with Netanyahu to the two-day conference said the prime minister had hinted to them during a briefing that his staff had footage of Gulf ministers addressing a session on Iran on Wednesday. Israel's Maariv newspaper

  • Emirates24|7

    Prince William knows about 'fear' of fatherhood; Duchess Catherine was naive

    Father-of-three Prince William has confessed he knows all about the "fear" of fatherhood and the nerves he felt about having newborn babies around. The 36-year-old royal - who has Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, nine months, with his wife Duchess Catherine - openly discussed the struggles of becoming a dad and the "fears" of having a newborn baby around. During a visit to a 'Future Dads' session, which helps to provide practical guidance and advice for fathers-to-be, he said: "The fear of having a newborn baby, that's very vulnerable and that's what you spend most of your time worrying about, thinking what do I do? The Duke of Cambridge met with Rick Karadia-Hudson, who was attending the sessions ahead of the arrival of his first child in May, and Prince William drew on his own experience and quipped that it only got more hectic the older the child got.

  • Arab News

    I did it for my daughter, says woman arrested for headscarf protest in Iran

    Azam Jangravi's heart was pounding when she climbed atop an electricity transformer box on Tehran's busy Revolution Street a year ago. “I was telling myself: 'Viana should not grow up in the same conditions in this country that you grew up in',” Jangavi recalled this week in an interview in an apartment in an undisclosed location outside Iran, where she now awaits news on an application for asylum. After her protest she was arrested, fired from her job at a research institute and sentenced to three years in prison for promoting indecency and wilfully breaking Islamic law. The court threatened to take her daughter away, but she managed to escape Iran - with Viana - before her jail term began: “I found a human smuggler with a lot of difficulty.

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Iran's Rouhani blames US, Israel for attack on Revolutionary Guards

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed the United States and its regional allies on Thursday for a suicide bombing in southeastern Iran that killed 27 members of the country's elite Revolutionary Guards, Iranian state TV reported. The force said on Wednesday a suicide bomber driving a vehicle laden with explosives had attacked a bus transporting members of the Guards in the province of Sistan-Baluchestan. A militant Sunni Muslim group, Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for the ethnic minority Baluchis, has claimed responsibility for the attack, Iranian media have reported.

  • Emirates24|7

    Meghan Markle hounded like Diana? Hardly, British papers say

    Could Meghan Markle really face the same fate as Princess Diana? Britain's newspapers on Wednesday angrily challenged US actor George Clooney's claim that their treatment of Prince Harry's wife resembled the hounding of his late mother. Clooney, who attended the couple's wedding last year, on Tuesday stirred up a hornet's nest of discontent by accusing the London tabloids of giving the new Duchess of Sussex "a raw deal". "She's a woman who is seven months pregnant and she is being pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was," the Hollywood superstar told Australian magazine WHO during an interview in Los Angeles. "It's history repeating itself," Clooney warned. "And we've seen

  • Arab News

    Qatar real estate hit hard ahead of World Cup

    DOHA/DUBAI: Qatar's Doha Tower, a spike-tipped cylinder that glows orange at night, won an award when finished in 2012 amid a Gulf-wide real estate boom, but today about half of its 46 floors are empty. The office tower, now a familiar part of the capital's high-rise skyline, has run foul of what real estate brokers, bankers and analysts say is an oversupplied Qatar property market ahead of the 2022 World Cup that mirrors a real estate downturn in the wider Gulf region after a drop in oil prices. Qatar has the added challenge of a diplomatic, trade and transport boycott imposed on the Gulf Arab state by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt over allegations that Doha supports extremist militants, a charge Qatar denies.

  • Arab News

    In war-torn Ukraine, women get taste of combat training

    MARIUPOL, Ukraine: In a gym in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, not far from the frontline with Russia-backed separatists, 20 women fall to the floor and pull back the rifle bolts of dummy Kalashnikovs. Next to them a bearded instructor in camouflage barks out orders: "Get on your knee, reload, take aim, get on the ground, reload, take aim." A policeman by day, the 28-year-old who goes by the alias Kazhan ("bat" in Ukrainian) teaches combat training for women on the weekends. The free courses -- dubbed "White angels" -- were put together by police officers and former members of a far-right battalion who fought against the separatists in the east of the ex-Soviet country. "Our country is in