• Al Jazeera

    Saudi Arabia to execute three scholars after Ramadan: Report

    Three leading Saudi Arabian scholars being held by Riyadh on multiple charges of "terrorism" will be sentenced to death, according to a report. Citing two government sources and one of the men's relatives, Middle East Eye on Tuesday reported the three individuals - Sheikh Salman al-Awdah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari - will be convicted and executed after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan concludes next month. There was no comment from Saudi authorities on the report. Al-Awdah is an internationally renowned progressive Islamic scholar described by UN experts as a "reformist", al-Qarni is a preacher, academic and author, and al-Omari is a popular broadcaster. "They will not wait to execute these

  • Egypt Independent

    Group of Yazidi women victims of IS get new life in France

    PARIS (AP) - France is taking in a new group of Yazidis including women victimized by the Islamic State group and their children. The families, a total of 130, were arriving Wednesday night in Toulouse, from Irbil, Iraq for resettlement around France. A group of 16 Yazidi women and their children arrived in December, helped by the International Organization for Migration. During a rampage through Iraq's Sinjar region in 2014, the Islamic State group captured thousands of women and girls from the Yazidi religious minority and forced them into sexual slavery, while massacring men. Many remain missing to this day. Last month, the spiritual council for Iraq's Yazidi community said it won't embrace

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Pitt, DiCaprio talk Tarantino's love letter to Hollywood

    Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio said they forged a “cinematic bond” making Quentin Tarantino's “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood,” while Tarantino bristled at the suggestion at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday that Margot Robbie's Sharon Tate isn't primary enough in the film. “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” made its splashy premiere Tuesday evening at Cannes, 25 years after Tarantino's “Pulp Fiction” debuted at the French Riviera festival, where it went on to win the Palme d'Or.

  • Al Jazeera

    Supreme leader criticises Iran's politicians amid US tensions

    Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's president and foreign minister on Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they negotiated with world powers. The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he's criticised both politicians by name, came amid tensions with the United States a year after Washington's withdrawal from the accord. Khamenei has the final say on all matters of state, and his blaming the deal's unravelling limits the influence of President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif - relative moderates within Iran's theocracy who had struck the deal. It also shows the growing power of Iran's hardliners.

  • Emirates24|7

    Handwritten wills purportedly found at Aretha Franklin's home

    Three handwritten documents purportedly prepared and signed by Aretha Franklin appear to give instructions on the fate of the late queen of soul's estate, contradicting the belief she had left no will. The documents obtained and published by the Detroit Free-Press newspaper Tuesday were discovered in a spiral notebook under couch cushions in her living room, as well as in a locked cabinet that had previously been inaccessible. The 16 pages of difficult to read, hand-scrawled papers dated between 2010 and 2014 appear to distribute assets including real estate, jewelry, furs, stereo equipment and music royalties to her family members. The indomitable Franklin died at age 76 in August 2018 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, triggering an outpouring of grief.

  • Emirates24|7

    Mohammed bin Rashid meets Mohamed bin Zayed

    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, met with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at the Bateen Palace in Abu Dhabi today. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation. The leaders exchanged Ramadan greetings with a group of well-wishers and prayed to the Almighty Allah to maintain the security, peace and stability in the UAE. The meeting

  • Arab News

    Philippines' Duterte loses patience, orders trash shipped back Canada

    MANILA: President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his government to hire a private shipping company to send 69 containers of garbage back to Canada and leave them within its territorial waters if it refuses to accept the trash, his spokesman said on Wednesday. “The Philippines as an independent sovereign nation must not be treated as trash by other foreign nation,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo told a media briefing. Canada says the waste, exported to the Philippines between 2013 and 2014, was a commercial transaction not backed by the Canadian government. Canada has since offered to take the rubbish back and the two countries are in the process of arranging the transfer. But Canada missed