• Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

    Qatar on Thursday rejected and condemned the statement made by the so-called Colonel Ahmad Al Mismari, spokesman for Haftar's forces, which said Qatar intervened in the internal affairs and financed "terrorism" in Libya. Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Rumaihi, spokesman of the foreign ministry, said Qatar's policy is based on clear and consistent principles of mutual respect between states and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries. Qatar Airways is attempting to buy a 10 percent stake in American Airlines, which has confirmed the move by filing for a required review by the US justice department's antitrust division. "The proposed investment by Qatar Airways was not solicited by American Airlines and would in no way change the Company's Board composition, governance, management or strategic direction," said American.

  • Religious merchants!

    “The land of the Two Holy Mosques is falling in the arms of America and Israel,” commented a member of an Arab-Turkish group. “Explain to me why would Saudi intellectuals shake hands with Israeli officials in international conferences, if not to normalize relationship? And how could Saudi Arabia bow to US president’s demands? Why your king did not respond to Trump when he attacked Hamas and called it a terrorist group?” In my response, I told him: “I can tell from your accent that you are an Iraqi. And if so, please just look around you… wherever you may live! Israelis are all over the Middle East! They are in Kurdistan training its Peshmerga forces, and investing in its economy. They have peace

  • Pakistan dominates Team of the Tournament

    LONDON - Victorious Pakistan players dominated the Champions Trophy team of the tournament which was announced Monday with its captain Sarfraz Ahmed named captain of the side. Fakhar Zaman, who scored a match-winning 114 in Pakistan’s 180-run victory over archrival India in the final, was picked alongside the tournament’s top scorer Shikhar Dhawan of India. Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal was slotted in at No. 3 after driving his side to its maiden semifinal at a major global tournament. Joe Root represented semifinalists England for his aggregate of 258 runs while Ben Stokes was rewarded for his all-round contribution. The bowling lineup was led by Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali, who finished with 13 wickets,

  • Warmbier death raises pressure on White House

    The news quickly sparked calls from Congress for a tougher line. "The United States of America cannot and should not tolerate the murder of its citizens by hostile powers," Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said in a statement. "North Korea is threatening its neighbors, destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region, and rapidly developing the technology to strike the American homeland with nuclear weapons," McCain continued. "Now it has escalated to brutalizing Americans, including three other citizens currently imprisoned in North Korea." Warmbier's death comes two days before the annual US-China diplomatic and security dialogue in Washington where Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary

  • Newspaper review: Security nightmare, Catholic housing

    A "security nightmare" dominates Tuesday's front pages. All the papers report on the prospect of a Linfield v Celtic match if Linfield make the Champions League qualifier at Windsor Park on 11 July. The News Letter reports that it would bring about 1,800 Celtic fans to Belfast at the same time that hundreds of Orange Order and loyalist band members travel from Scotland for the Twelfth. It's a headache for the PSNI, says the Belfast Telegraph, with tensions already "running high" at parades season. The papers report one option is switching the first leg of the two-match tie to Glasgow or arranging for the 11th night game to be at an earlier time. It's desperate times for Newry's Daisy Hill hospital,

  • Adele surprises Grenfell Tower firefighters with cake

    Pop star Adele has paid an unexpected visit to some of the firefighters who tackled the Grenfell Tower blaze in west London last week. Her surprise appearance was documented by fireman Rob Petty at Chelsea fire station. Writing on Facebook Mr Petty posted: "Lovely girl, genuinely grounded, interested and humbled. Beautiful." Tea and cake Station manager Ben King said: "She just turned up at the station and knocked on the window and said she has some cakes for us. "So we opened the door to her and then she took her sunglasses off and said: 'Hi, I'm Adele'. Everyone was so shocked. "She came in, came up to the mess and had a cup of tea with the watch and then she joined us for the minute's silence.

  • Battle for Mosul: The story so far

    Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled the northern Iraqi city of Mosul as government security forces continue their military offensive to reclaim the city from so-called Islamic State (IS). Iraqi army forces have retaken western Mosul and encircled IS fighters in the Old City, a narrow maze of alleyways and location of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri. The mosque was destroyed on 21 June, blown up by IS according to Iraqi forces, to slow the advance of pro-government troops. IS claimed the mosque was destroyed in a US air raid. The ancient mosque was where in July 2014 IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi demanded allegiance, in his first and only public appearance, following the declaration days