• Kuwait Times

    Kuwait expels Filipino envoy, recalls ambassador to Manila

    MPs hail foreign ministry for upholding nation’s sovereignty, laws, dignity KUWAIT: Kuwait yesterday ordered the Philippines ambassador to leave within a week and recalled its own envoy for consultations after embassy staff tried to “rescue” Filipino domestic workers amid reports of abuse. An official at Kuwait’s foreign ministry said Philippine Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa had been summoned to be informed of his expulsion. The decision was the latest episode in a three-month crisis sparked by reports that abuse by employers had driven several Filipinos to suicide. The Philippines had apologized on Tuesday for what Kuwait viewed as a “flagrant” violation of its sovereignty, with the Philippine

  • BBC News

    'Five-second scream' before body found

    A five-second scream was heard by neighbours of a 30-year-old woman minutes before her burnt body was found, an inquest has heard. Gurpreet Kaur was discovered by her aunt lying face down in the shed of their home in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, on 10 October 2016. An inquest at Beaconsfield Coroner's Court was told a note was found on her phone stating she wanted to die. Police began a murder investigation but no-one has ever been charged. The inquest was told the route out to the garden through the garage had been locked from the outside. Four neighbours each reported hearing a scream between 16:25 BST and 16:45, with one, Shirley Graver, saying it sounded like a "lady who was frightened".

  • BBC News

    Mummy is 'most probably' Iran's ex-Shah

    A mummy discovered near the Iranian capital "most probably" belongs to the father of the last Shah of Iran, his family has said. The mummified remains were found on Monday during construction at a shrine in Shahr-e Ray, south of Tehran. Images and news reports shared online fuelled speculation that the body belonged to Reza Shah Pahlavi. His tomb, also in Shahr-e Ray, was destroyed after the 1979 revolution but his remains were never found. His grandson Reza Pahlavi, an opposition figure based in the US, said that the body "most probably" belonged to Reza Shah. In a statement on Twitter, he urged the Iranian authorities to allow medical professionals trusted by the family to access the body,

  • Business

    Qatar Airways confirms ‘substantial’ annual loss, blames regional row

    Qatar Airways made a “substantial” loss in its last financial year because of a regional dispute that has banned the airline from four Arab countries, its chief executive said on Wednesday without revealing the extent of the losses. Qatar Airways has been blocked from flying to 18 cities in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt since June when those countries cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Arab News

    The News: ‘Pakistan, China expected to sign revised FTA this year’

    April 25: The News report by Mehtab Haider states that Pakistan and China are expected to sign the revised bilateral free trade agreement anytime during this year as the two sided are currently deliberating on the subject, commerce minister said on Tuesday. “I cannot predict the deadline but CPFTA (China-Pakistan free trade agreement) will be signed during the current year… we expect that we will come again after winning elections,” Minister for Commerce Pervez Malik told journalists after attending an event of the Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) Pakistan.