• Al Jazeera

    UK tells Iran to release seized oil tanker and crew immediately

    The United Kingdom has called on Iran to release a British-flagged tanker and its crew immediately, describing the seizure of the Stena Impero oil tanker by the Iranian forces as illegal. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commandos rappelled from helicopters and seized the tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday in apparent retaliation for the British capture of an Iranian tanker two weeks earlier. "The ship was seized under false and illegal pretences and the Iranians should release it and its crew immediately," British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman told reporters on Monday. "We do not seek confrontation with Iran but it is unacceptable and highly escalatory to seize a ship

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    Priyanka Chopra celebrates her birthday in Miami

    Priyanka Chopra celebrated her 37th birthday by enjoying a luxurious trip to Miami with Nick Jonas. The Hollywood star - who married Nick, 26, last year - was joined by her husband, mother Madhu Chopra and a group of friends as she toasted her birthday on board a yacht. An eyewitness told E! News: "They had a great time going for a sunset sail and being out on the water. "They sat on the deck having drinks and socialising. Priyanka was next to Nick the entire time and they sat close together on one side of the table. "At one point, Priyanka went for a swim in the ocean and took a ride on a wave runner. She was fearless, going very fast and doing quick turns and jumps. She looked happy. "When

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    US sanctions Chinese oil trader for violating Iran restrictions: Pompeo

    The United States is placing a leading Chinese oil importer on its sanctions blacklist for trading in Iranian crude, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday. “As part of that maximum pressure campaign, I am announcing that the United States is imposing sanctions on the Chinese entity Zhuhai Zhenrong and its chief executive Youmin Li, Pompeo said in a speech. “They violated US law by accepting crude oil,” he said.

  • Al Jazeera

    Why are big brands buying into Muslim fashion?

    Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and DKNY have all attempted to crack one of the fastest-growing markets - Islamic fashion. What started as brands targeting wealthy Muslims with one-off fashion lines for religious occasions, has grown to a global trend for women who prefer to dress conservatively. According to the Pew Research Center, Muslims are the world's fastest-growing major religious group. By 2050, it estimates there will be 2.7 billion Muslims worldwide, making up 29.7 percent of the global population. And when it comes to the Islamic or modest fashion sector, spending is forecast to grow five percent annually to $361bn by 2023. Turkey is the biggest spender on modest fashion: $28bn a year.

  • Arab News

    Turkey will retaliate if US imposes sanctions over S-400s

    ANKARA: Turkey would retaliate against what it called an unacceptable threat of US sanctions over Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 missile defences, its foreign minister said on Monday, adding he thinks President Donald Trump wants to avoid such measures. Turkey began receiving deliveries of the surface-to-air S-400 systems earlier this month, prompting the United States to begin removing the NATO ally from its F-35 stealth fighter program over security concerns. “If the United States portrays an adversarial attitude towards us, we will take retaliatory measures, as we've told them. This is not a threat or a bluff,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with broadcaster TGRT

  • Hot, humid weather expected for Tuesday

    Meteorologists expect hot, humid weather in Cairo, Lower Egypt, and northern Upper Egypt and very hot weather across southern Upper Egypt during daylight on Tuesday. Weather will be moderate along the northern coasts and will grow milder at night across the country. Temperatures predicted for the following cities are: 31C in Alexandria, 36C in Cairo, 39C in Qena, and 40C in Luxor and Aswan. Mist will impact visibility in the morning in the northern parts of the country, with low-level clouds anticipated. Winds will be mostly northwesterly and moderate, active on the Gulf of Suez, disrupting maritime navigation there. Waves in the Mediterranean Sea will be low to moderate and will range between

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    Iran says it arrested 17 CIA spies, sentenced some to death

    Iran captured 17 spies working for the US intelligence agency, the CIA, and some have been sentenced to death, an Iranian official said on Monday, a claim Washington denied.  Security agencies "successfully dismantled a [CIA] spy network," the head of counterintelligence at the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence, whose identity was not revealed, told reporters in Tehran. "Those who deliberately betrayed the country were handed to the judiciary," he said. "Some were sentenced to death and some to long-term imprisonment." US President Donald Trump denied the claim later on Monday, calling it "totally false".  "The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false," Trump tweeted. "Zero truth. Just