• Al Jazeera

    Iran unveils new domestic fighter jet

    Iran unveiled a new domestic fighter jet with President Hassan Rouhani saying Tehran's military strength was only designed to deter enemies and aimed at creating "lasting peace". Images broadcast on state television on Tuesday showed Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new Kowsar fourth-generation fighter at the National Defence Industry exhibition in Tehran. State media said it had "advanced avionics" and multi-purpose radar, and it was "100-percent indigenously made" for the first time.  Footage of the Kowsar's test flights was circulated by various official media. But live footage of the plane taxiing along a runway at the defence show was cut before it took off. "When I speak of our readiness

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    Crazy Rich Asians tops US box office

    Crazy Rich Asians beat expectations to take the top spot at the US box office on its opening weekend. The Warner Brothers film starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding is the first romantic comedy in three years to take the top spot. Since opening five days ago, the film - which cost $30m (£23.5m) - has made an estimated $34m (£26.7m). It is the first major Hollywood film since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago to feature an all-Asian cast. Adapted from Kevin Kwan's bestseller, Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of an Asian-American woman who gets a culture shock meeting her boyfriend's ultra-wealthy family in Singapore. You might also like: Analysts have said its universal themes and entertainment

  • Al Jazeera

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Ottawa, Canada - Binto Mohamed hasn't had a good night's sleep since May. That's when she received a letter telling her that her family of 10 had until September 30 to find a new home. "There's a piece of me missing, because of the stress," she says, standing in the middle of her dimly-lit kitchen, the air thick and sticky in the overpowering August heat. Mohamed, a mother of eight, knows her house is far from perfect. The kitchen sink is about half full of dirty, brownish water; the drain hasn't worked for the past year, and despite putting in a request to have it repaired five months ago, it's still blocked. Without a working sink, dirty pots and pans sit unwashed on the stovetop, which itself

  • Al Jazeera

    Trump's secret cabal on Iran at the State Department

    The Department of State traditionally forms a task force when a certain country is facing a political crisis or is high on US priority, but typically no one bothers to make a fuss about it. President Barack Obama's administration was masterful in establishing the concept of "czar", which created parallel decision-makers to existing institutions and diplomats. When Trump came to power in January 2017, he closed these positions and declared them "wasteful spending". Last Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a "killer" presentation to announce a mere staff reshuffle: Brian Hook was demoted from policy-planning adviser to Special Representative on Iran and will be supported by few unnamed

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    Saudi King Salman arrives in Mina to oversee Hajj pilgrims’ comfort

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived in Mina on the outskirts of Mecca on Monday to get reassured of pilgrims' comfort through a package of services being provided to them by the Hajj authorities of the Saudi government to help them perform their rituals in ease, tranquility and security. Upon arrival at Mina palace, the king was received by Prince Saud bin Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz, Special Advisor to the King; Prince Dr. Khalid bin Faisal bin Turki, Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Guard for the western sector; Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Consultant at the Royal Court; Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior, who is also Chairman of the Hajj Higher Committee; Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Consultant at the Royal Court; and a number of officials.

  • BBC News

    Iran unveils domestically-produced warplane

    Iran has shown off a new, Iranian-made fighter jet, the Kosar. State TV showed President Hassan Rouhani sitting in a Kosar's cockpit at a defence exhibition in Tehran. Aviation experts say the design is based on that of the US F-5 Tiger, dating back to the 1970s. International sanctions have made it hard for Iran to acquire weaponry from abroad, but it has developed a large domestic defence industry.

  • Arab News

    Austria FM’s bow to Putin at wedding dance goes viral

    VIENNA: The Austrian foreign minister’s deep bow to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a dance at her wedding made waves Monday, causing more furor for the already-controversial visit. Putin was one of around 100 guests at Karin Kneissl’s wedding to a businessman in southeastern Austria on Saturday. Since the private visit was announced last week, the opposition has criticized Kneissl, saying the country’s reputation for political neutrality has been damaged. Austria currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency. Adding to the fire Monday was a screen grab from a video made by the pro-Kremlin RT television network that shows Kneissl, radiant, bending her knees in a deep curtesy