• Egypt Independent

    Russia's Putin, despite sanctions, still hopes for better U.S. ties: Kremlin

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin still hopes to pull Moscow’s ties with Washington out of a deep crisis, but nobody will go into mourning if this ambition is not reciprocated by the United States, the Kremlin said on Monday. Moscow is bracing itself for a slew of new US sanctions despite Putin meeting US President Donald Trump at a summit in Helsinki in July, an encounter both sides said went well. Initial Russian triumphalism after the summit turned sour however as anger over what some US lawmakers saw as an over deferential Trump performance galvanized a new sanctions push. The US State Department has said it will impose fresh sanctions by the end of this month, while bi-partisan

  • CNN Money

    'Crazy Rich Asians' exceeds expectations, takes top spot at box office

    The Warner Bros. romantic comedy opened to an estimated $25.2 million at the domestic box office this weekend. That was enough to give the film starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding the top spot at the box office. The film has made $34 million over its five day opening, which exceeded industry expectations that had it bringing in closer to $25 million. "Crazy Rich Asians" is a watershed moment for on-screen representation. It is the first major studio film since "The Joy Luck Club" 25 years ago to feature a predominately Asian cast. The film has had an immense amount of media buzz and created a movement on social media with the #GoldOpen hashtag that was created to drum up attention and draw

  • CNN

    She was raped at 15. Two years on she's still fighting for justice

    It was then, as she walked in, that he closed and locked the door behind her. Maya screamed -- but the shopkeeper, who was twice her age, covered her mouth with his hand and threatened to kill her unless she kept quiet. He then forcibly undressed her, and raped her. Maya later told police in a complaint filed in May 2016 that her rapist locked her in the shop until she was rescued by her mother, four hours later. "It's still hard to think about what happened," said Maya's mother, who went looking for her daughter after she didn't return from the shop. The women and girls of Delhi are fighting back02:03 More than two years on, Maya is still waiting for justice. CNN is not using her real name,

  • english.alarabiya.net

    ANALYSIS: A look at Iran’s growing regional and global isolation

    Coinciding with a dangerously explosive atmosphere inside Iran, the currency nosediving to less than half value in a mere five months and the relentless waves of protests spreading throughout the country, the noose of regional and international isolation is suffocating the clerical regime. The US is busy escalating sanctions against Tehran to end its malign regional meddling. In parallel fashion, the Iranian regime no longer has any hope in Europe and their “European package,” nor in Russia to provide cushioning in the face of Washington’s ongoing offensive. To add insult to injury, the US State Department has just launched the Iran Action Group headed by Brian Hook, the now US Special Representative on Iran.

  • CNN

    2 charged with acting as agents for Iranian government

    Washington (CNN)Two people have been charged with acting as agents for the Iranian government. Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, who were arrested on Aug. 9, had allegedly been monitoring Israeli and Jewish facilities in the United States, while also gathering information on individuals in the US who were part of the Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, according to a news release Monday. "The indictment charged Doostdar and Ghorbani with knowingly acting as agents of the government of Iran without prior notification to the Attorney General, providing services to Iran in violation of US sanctions, and conspiracy," the news release from the DC US Attorney's Office read.

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Saudi King Salman arrives in Mina, reassured of pilgrims’ comfort

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived in Mina on the outskirts of Mecca on Monday to get reassured of pilgrims' comfort through a package of services being provided to them by the Hajj authorities of the Saudi government to help them perform their rituals in ease, tranquility and security. Upon arrival at Mina palace, the king was received by Prince Saud bin Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz, Special Advisor to the King; Prince Dr. Khalid bin Faisal bin Turki, Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Guard for the western sector; Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Consultant at the Royal Court; Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior, who is also Chairman of the Hajj Higher Committee; Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Consultant at the Royal Court; and a number of officials.

  • BBC News

    Yazidi Islamic State survivor gets engaged

    Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who survived horrific abuse at the hands of the Islamic State (IS) militant group, has revealed she is engaged to a fellow Yazidi human rights activist. The 25-year-old said "the struggle for our people" brought her together with Abid Shamdeen. The announcement comes days after the fourth anniversary of the IS attack on Ms Murad's village, Kocho. Six of her brothers were killed in the massacre, and she was kidnapped. During her time in captivity, she was bought and sold several times, and was subjected to sexual and physical abuse - including gang rape. Ms Murad shared her story after managing to escape, and was appointed the first UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the