• Arab News

    Philippines warns of 'unfriendly' greeting for uninvited warships

    NEW DELHI: An unmanned spacecraft India launched last month began orbiting the moon Tuesday as it approaches the far side to study previously discovered water deposits. The Indian Space Research Organization said it successfully maneuvered Chandrayaan, the Sanskrit word for “moon craft,” into lunar orbit, nearly a month after it left Earth. The mission is led by two female scientists. Chandrayaan will continue circling the moon in a tighter orbit until reaching a distance of about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the moon's surface. The lander will then separate from the orbiter and use rocket fuel to brake as it attempts India's first moon landing on a relatively flat surface between two craters

  • Al Jazeera

    Malaysia: Zakir Naik apologises for controversial Chinese remarks

    Controversial Indian preacher Zakir Naik has apologised for making racially sensitive remarks in Malaysia, a day after he was questioned by police for hours over the comments. Naik, who faces charges of money laundering and hate speech in India, has come under fire for comments that pitted Malaysia's ethnic and religious minorities against the predominantly Muslim Malay majority. "It was never my intention to upset any individual or community," the Muslim preacher said in a statement on Tuesday. "It is against the basic tenets of Islam, and I would like to convey my heartfelt apologies for this misunderstanding," Naik said. Meanwhile, Malaysian police said Naik is barred from delivering public

  • 'Iran is the most beautiful country'

    A former senior executive at a Chinese internet company is now a freelance photographer travelling around the globe. One of Shan Xiaolei's first stops was Iran and he spoke to the BBC about the images he captured and people he met. Video by Kambiz Fattahi, Bill McKenna, Zhaoyin Feng and Yitsing Wang Music by Gene D'Andrea

  • Egypt Independent

    Lebanese singer Elissa to retire

    Renowned Lebanese singer Elissa, 45, revealed that her next album will also be her last. On her twitter account, Elissa broke the news to her fanbase with a heavy heart: “I am preparing this new album with a lot of love and passion. The reason is that it will be the last one in my career. I am announcing this with a heavy heart but with a lot of conviction because I can't work in a field that is similar to mafias. I can't be productive anymore.” The singer has recently recovered from a battle with breast cancer, which she revealed in a music video released on August 2018 titled “Ila Kol Elli Bihebbouni” (For all those who love me)” At the end of the video, Elissa said “I've recovered. I've beaten

  • Egypt Independent

    Mo Salah could become highest paid player in Premier League history

    The Sun newspaper has revealed that the Liverpool Club is considering making a huge financial offer to amend the contract of Mohamed Salah, Egypt's national team and Liverpool star, which would make him the highest paid player in English Premier League history. If Salah agrees to the Liverpool management offer, he would receive 22.4 million euros a year at 430,000 euros a week. This package is understood to rival the wages of Manchester United frontman Alexis Sanchez, according to the Sun. The newspaper also pointed out that Liverpool officials want to protect Salah against any temptations in the coming summer transfer period especially after Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidane, showed interest

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Trump phones Modi, stresses need to reduce India-Pakistan 'tensions'

    US President Donald Trump on Monday spoke with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging a reduction of tensions between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region. “The president conveyed the importance of reducing tensions between India and Pakistan and maintaining peace in the region,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement. “The two leaders further discussed how they will continue to strengthen United States-India economic ties through increased trade, and they look forward to meeting again soon,” Gidley said.

  • Arab News

    Iran tanker heads to Greece after release, Iran warns US against seizure attempt

    DUBAI: An Iranian tanker sailed through the Mediterranean toward Greece on Monday after it was released from detention off Gibraltar, and Tehran said that any US move to seize the vessel again would have “heavy consequences.” The Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, left anchorage off Gibraltar about 11 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Sunday. Refinitiv ship tracking data showed on Monday that the vessel was heading to Kalamata in Greece and was scheduled to arrive next Sunday at 0000 GMT. The seizure of the tanker by British Royal Marines near Gibraltar on July 4 on suspicion of carrying oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions led to a weeks-long stand-off between Tehran and the West. It also