• Al Jazeera

    Trump's threats are empowering hardliners in Iran

    In a speech delivered on May 21, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out 12 demands that Iran has to fulfill in order to negotiate another nuclear deal with Washington. Pompeo's list came just two weeks after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and promised to impose new tougher sanctions on Tehran.  Feeling intensifying pressure at home, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had to respond forcefully: ""Who are you to decide for Iran and the world? The world today does not accept that the United States decides for the world. Countries have their independence," he said in a statement published on Iran's ILNA. This new list of demands and Washington's

  • BBC News

    Katy Perry criticises royal wedding dress

    American Idol judge Katy Perry has criticised Meghan Markle's wedding dress. Perry told Entertainment Tonight that the Duchess of Sussex's Givenchy gown needed "one more fitting". The pop star suggested it fell short of the bridal look Alexander McQueen designed for the Duchess of Cambridge's marriage to Prince William in 2011, adding: "Kate won!". Despite her criticism, Perry said she was "so happy" for the couple. "I would have done one more fitting," Perry quipped of the Duchess of Sussex's Givenchy gown. "I'm never not going to tell the truth! One more fitting, but I love you." The Duchess's wedding dress - which had been kept a closely-guarded secret - was finally revealed when she stepped

  • Arab News

    Kuwaiti presenter suspended for calling colleague ‘handsome’ live on air

    KUWAIT CITY: The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information has decided to suspend a presenter who commended the looks of her male colleague live on air. A viral Youtube video showed presenter for Kuwait TV Basma Al-Shammar calling her fellow male reporter “mazyoon,” which translates into “the handsome, attractive one” in local dialect. The male reporter, Nawaf Al-Shiraki, was covering the municipal council elections before he appeared to be adjusting his traditional headwear prior to going on air. This is when the Al-Shammar alerted him that he was on air, saying: “No need to fix your ghutra, Nawaf, you look handsome!” The act was considered by some a “flirtation” on the presenter’s part. However, others

  • BBC News

    Doctors unpick Michael Jackson's dance move

    Neurosurgeons have described in detail how Michael Jackson achieved biomechanically impossible dance moves in his music video Smooth Criminal. In the 1987 routine, Michael leans from the ankle at a 45 degree angle, while keeping his body straight as a rod. The illusion, which many have tried to copy, was thanks to specially designed shoes and the artist's core strength. The spine experts warn others against attempting the potentially injurious but mind-boggling move. Manjul Tripathi and colleagues from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India, say in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine: "Most trained dancers with strong core strength will reach a maximum

  • News

    OPINION: Why European companies are fleeing Iran after US deal withdrawal

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement on Monday put an end to bargains. Officially, Washington has begun its war on the Iranian regime. The weapons of economic sanctions threaten the entire regime and do not only restrain it. The French Total left the gas fields in the Gulf and moved on. Head of the Italian company ENI told the company’s board that they shut down their offices in Tehran and stopped searching for oil and gas. Airbus signed a contract to sell Iran 100 airplanes and only three jets arrived in Tehran’s airport as part of this historic deal which the company announced its cancellation. A Norwegian solar energy company left Iran last week and there are four years left on the

  • BBC News

    Prison without guards or weapons in Brazil

    On the first day in her new cell, Tatiane Correia de Lima did not recognise herself. "It was weird to see myself in a mirror again," says the 26-year-old mother-of-two who is serving a 12-year sentence in Brazil. "At first I didn't know who I was." The South American country has the world's fourth largest prison population and its jails regularly come under the spotlight for their poor conditions, with chronic overcrowding and gang violence provoking deadly riots. Lima had just been moved from a prison in the mainstream penitential system to a facility run by the Association for the Protection and Assistance to Convicts (Apac) in the town of Itaúna, in Minas Gerais state. Unlike in the mainstream

  • BBC Sport

    World sport: 10 photos we liked this week

    A selection of some of the most striking sports photographs taken around the world this week: Watch: Farah leads Manchester bomb anniversary tribute See some of the best news pictures from the week. All photographs are subject to copyright. Where next? 'The biggest impact in sport since Tiger Woods' Quiz - how well do you know Motty?