• Al Jazeera

    US arrests journalist working for Iran's state Press TV

    An American journalist working for Iran's English-language Press TV has been arrested by US authorities on unspecified charges, the state-run broadcaster said on Wednesday. Marzieh Hashemi, 59, was arrested upon arrival at St Louis Lambert International Airport on Sunday and transferred by the FBI to a detention facility in Washington, DC, Press TV said. "Her relatives were unable to contact her, and she was allowed to contact her daughter only two days after her arrest," the Iranian broadcaster reported.  "Hashemi [...] has told her daughter that she was handcuffed and shackled and was being treated like a criminal." Several local jails around Washington that house federal inmates said they

  • Al Jazeera

    'Nothing to lose': Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed details family abuse

    Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who was granted asylum in Canada, said she was physically and mentally abused by her family since the age of 16, forcing her to risk her life and flee the kingdom.  Speaking to the media for the first time since landing in Toronto on Saturday, the 18-year-old detailed the mistreatment by her family saying she hoped her story would encourage other Saudi women to be "brave and free". Last week, she fled to Thailand while visiting Kuwait with her family. Her case drew international attention on social media after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room after Thai authorities threatened to deport her and live-tweeted her desperate attempt to

  • english.alarabiya.net

    UK royal Meghan reveals she's six months pregnant

    Meghan Markle, wife of Britain's Prince Harry, told royal well-wishers on Monday she was six months pregnant but the royal couple do not know the gender of their first baby, British media reported. Former US actress Meghan and Harry married last May and announced in October that they were expecting their first child in the Spring of 2019 but gave no specific details. During a chat with some of the large crowd that turned out for their visit to Birkenhead in northern England on Monday, Meghan, 37, revealed she was six months pregnant, suggesting the latest addition to the British royal family would be due sometime in April. However, Meghan and Harry, Queen Elizabeth's grandson, do not know whether

  • Arab News

    Investigation ordered into video of girl complaining of abuse by father

    JEDDAH: Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al-Mujib has ordered an urgent investigation into a video posted on social media showing a young woman alleging abuse by her father, along with any legal action deemed necessary as a result. The clip features a girl who complains of being abused by her father and tells of her escape from the family home. The video is not thought to be related to the case of Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun, who arrived in Canada on Saturday, a day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country would take her in as a refugee. The 18 year old ran away from her family during a trip to Kuwait then flew to Bangkok and claimed asylum, alleging that she

  • Arab News

    From tourism to terrorism: How the revolution changed Iran

    DUBAI: Forty years ago today, Iran's then-shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, fled the country after a 37-year reign, in the first stage of a revolution that would replace 2,500 years of monarchy with an Islamic republic. Prior to the revolution, Iran very much resembled Western countries, with a flourishing economy and tourists flocking to the country for its breath-taking landscapes, beaches and various activities, including hiking and skiing.  The shah's departure, prompted by mass protests, paved the way for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to return from exile in France, assuming power on Feb. 11, 1979.  It was “a genuine social revolution against tyranny, domestic and foreign - the first represented

  • Emirates24|7

    Selena Gomez returns to social media

    Selena Gomez has returned to social media to thank her fans for their continued support. The 26-year-old singer posted on Instagram on Monday for the first time since September last year, as she returned to the site to wish her followers a happy New Year, and to say she's "proud of the person she's becoming" after taking time away from the spotlight to focus on her mental health and wellbeing." Selena, who entered a treatment facility at the beginning of October after she suffered an "emotional breakdown" following multiple hospitalisations due to issues related to Lupus and her kidney transplant in 2017 - wrote on her Instagram post: "It's been awhile since you have heard from me, but I wanted

  • Emirates24|7

    UAE retains its place in the top 5 countries in the world to work

    A stint abroad could be the key to unlocking a more confident, creative and adaptable you according to HSBC's Expat Explorer survey, as it announces the best countries in the world to work abroad. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) marks its third consecutive year in the top five, retaining its position as the fourth best place to work in the world. The survey of more than 22,000 expatriates from the world's leading international bank reveals that career ambition is the number one reason why people take the plunge and settle abroad. Among the primary reasons expats highlighted the UAE as one of the top international career destinations was for the benefits packages offered by employers (ranked 1st) and its earnings prospects (ranked 3rd).