• BBC News

    Royal profiles give up little-known nuggets

    Newly married Meghan Markle - now the Duchess of Sussex - has been given the ultimate seal of approval that she's "in" with the in-laws. Her official profile on the Royal Family website is up. The duchess, alongside her husband, Prince Harry, is one of 21 royals with their own personal introductions, which tell the public all they need to know about them. Here's several things we spotted in their profiles. Making a statement It's clear from Meghan's profile she wants to be a different type of royal - highlighting her passions for women's rights and social change. Emblazoned in the middle of the biography is this strong quote about feminism: No other royal talks so openly about themselves; some

  • BBC News

    Dog 'adopts' nine orphaned ducklings

    A dog has "adopted" nine ducklings after their mother disappeared. Fred, a 10-year-old Labrador has become "dad" to the baby birds at Mountfitchet Castle, a tourist attraction near Stansted Airport in Essex. The ducklings' mother was nowhere to be found when staff noticed them waddling around alone, but "Fred... immediately took to them and has been babysitting ever since." They have even followed him into the castle moat for a swim, staff said. The reconstructed Norman castle is home to a number of rescued animals, but Fred is "the resident dog". A spokeswoman said staff were "very worried" when the ducklings' mother disappeared on Thursday, leaving them "looking a little bit lost". But Fred,

  • BBC News

    US vows strongest ever Iran sanctions

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is imposing the "strongest sanctions in history" on Iran. In a speech in Washington, America's top diplomat said Iran would be "battling to keep its economy alive" after the sanctions took effect. His Iranian counterpart said the US was a prisoner of its "failed policies" and would suffer the consequences. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump took the US out of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal. What can Iran expect to see and when? US sanctions lifted after the 2015 deal will be re-imposed, Mr Pompeo said, and those and new measures will together constitute "unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime". The older American sanctions

  • Arabian Business

    In pictures: UAE Rulers, Crown Princes exchange Ramadan greetings at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed received Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi of Sharjah, Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman, Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi of Fujairah, Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla of Umm Al Qaiwain and Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi of Ras al-Khaimah.

  • BBC News

    Jameela Jamil 'was too ethnic' for US

    Jameela Jamil has said she was told she was "too old, too ethnic and too fat" to launch a career in the US. The former BBC Radio 1 presenter landed a part in sitcom The Good Place in her first audition, despite being "actively discouraged" from moving to Hollywood by some in the UK. The 32-year-old said she moved to Los Angeles without a job or even a plan. "I was literally starting again and I was actively discouraged by everyone in England," she told BBC Radio 5 live's Anna Foster. "Everyone said I was being mad, throwing away an eight-year career, and that I was too old - I was only 29 - too ethnic, and too fat to come over to Los Angeles." She admitted she exaggerated her acting experience

  • CNN

    Pakistani family mourns Santa Fe High School shooting victim

    Now Sabika will never return to her home. She was among the 10 who died when police say 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire Friday on staff and students at Santa Fe High School. Pagourtzis is being held on charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant. Her father, Aziz Sheikh, told CNN that his daughter "loved to read," that she enjoyed studying US history "to learn from the best," and that she wanted to grow up to become a diplomat to "make Pakistan proud." Her bookshelf is stuffed with Roald Dahl stories and copies of Khaled Hosseini's books. Her diary lies untouched on her desk along with the scrapbook in which she doodled favorite quotes. Sabika's sister pulls

  • Arab News

    Lava from Kilauea volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud

    MANILA: The Philippine government is taking “appropriate diplomatic action” to protect its claims in the South China Sea but did not elaborate or name China in a non-confrontational policy to avoid problems. China reportedly landed long-range bombers on one of its occupied islands for the first time in its latest military action in the disputed seas, setting off international concern. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs reiterated Monday the government is committed to protecting “every single inch” of its territory and areas where it has sovereign rights. “While appropriate language, whether expressions of condemnation or concern, over certain developments are clearly conveyed through diplomatic channels, it is not our policy to publicize every action taken by the Philippine government whenever there are reported developments taking place,” the department said.