• BBC News

    The online activists pushing Syria conspiracy theories

    As the investigation continues into another alleged chemical attack in Syria, one group of influential online activists is busy spreading their version of events. Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are attempting to access the previously rebel-held town of Douma, where medical organisations and rescue workers say President Bashar al-Assad's forces dropped bombs filled with toxic chemicals in an attack on 7 April, killing more than 40 people. The Syrian government and its key ally, Russia, say the incident was staged. But the US, UK and France - who support the opposition to Mr Assad - say they are confident that chlorine and possibly a nerve agent

  • BBC News

    NY nanny guilty of murdering two children

    A nanny has been found guilty of murdering two children she stabbed at their luxury New York City apartment. Yoselyn Ortega had pleaded insanity, but the jury rejected that defence as they unanimously convicted her. The bloody bodies of Lucia "Lulu" Krim, six, and her brother Leo, two, were found by their mother in a bathtub at the Manhattan flat on 25 October 2012. Marina Krim told the court how she saw Ortega, 55, stabbing herself in the neck in an apparent suicide attempt. She had come home with her third child, three-year-old Nessie, after Ortega did not turn up at Lulu's dance class. After two days of deliberations, the jury found Ortega guilty of four charges: two counts of first-degree

  • Kuwait Times

    Saudi Arabia launches first new cinema

    RIYADH: Saudi Arabia launched its first commercial movie theatre yesterday, ending a nearly 40-year ban on cinemas under a push by the crown prince to modernize the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. A red carpet invitation-only gala event attracted senior government officials, foreign dignitaries and select industry figures to watch Marvel’s superhero movie “Black Panther” on a 45-foot screen at a converted symphony concert hall in Riyadh. Tickets will go on sale today for the first public viewings tomorrow, according to Adam Aron, chief executive of operator AMC Entertainment Holdings. Confetti rained down through the multi-storey atrium as he and the Saudi information minister announced the official launch of the theatre and proceeded into the 450-seat movie hall.

  • Kuwait Times

    For Pakistani dockworkers in Dubai, kushti is a way of life

    ‘Kushti is our tradition. It’s where we come to de-stress’ Every Friday evening in Dubai’s bustling Deira district, a sandy lot is transformed into the ring of champions. It is kushti wrestling night and Kala Pehlwan is ready to fight. As the sun sinks below towering palm trees, dozens of men-many in tunics, others in T-shirts-begin to form a perfect circle. Most are Pakistani or Indian, from the cross-border region of Punjab, where kushti is a beloved pastime. They are also a pillar of the United Arab Emirates’ workforce. Veteran wrestlers, now referees, pour water over the inner ring to minimize dust. A peanut vendor drags a rickety cart around the circle, tending to the crowd-now three rows

  • BBC News

    Swilling coffee clue to ship's 'wobble'

    More details have emerged of a problem that forced the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier to head for a Highlands port for repairs last year. HMS Queen Elizabeth was being put through sea trials following its construction at Rosyth in Fife. The carrier was taken into Invergordon after the ship was felt to "wobble" when it was travelling at speed. Coffee swilling in crew's mugs on the bridge was among the first indications of an issue with a propeller shaft. Crew members also heard what they described as a "knocking on the shaft". The problem was found to involve a brake disk on the propeller shaft. The details have been given in a new BBC documentary series, Britain's Biggest Warship. Security

  • CNN

    Beyoncé superfan Adele is all of us watching Coachella performance

    (CNN)Adele is so firmly in the Beyhive you can almost hear her buzzing on her Instagram posts about Beyoncé's Coachella performance. The superstar singer is known for her love of Beyoncé. Remember at the 2017 Grammys when she tearfully accepted album of the year by saying that was nice and all but "The artist of my life is Beyoncé"? Well, on Sunday, Adele posted some photos of her watching Queen Bey's epic performance, and let's just say the British pop star got her entire life. There was Adele dancing with a trumpet (probably a tribute to the incredibly talented marching band made up of HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) alumni that backed much of Beyoncé's performance. A post

  • CNN

    Watch passenger video inside Southwest plane

    Marty Martinez, a passenger aboard Southwest Airlines flight 1380 that made an emergency landing after engine failure, says that the landing was so violent, he thought they were crashing. CNN's Brian Todd reports.