- Al Jazeera
Iran was responsible for the attacks on two Saudi oil facilities earlier this month, leaders from the United Kingdom, France and Germany said in a joint statement, drawing a sharp response from a senior Iranian military official. The leaders issued the statement on Monday as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinted that the UK may withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, as US President Donald Trump has done last year. All three countries are signatories to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - commonly referred to as the "nuclear deal" - between Iran and world powers, which had offered Iran relief from global sanctions in exchange for imposing limitations on its nuclear programme.
A man filmed repeatedly hitting his infant daughter in Saudi Arabia has been arrested after the footage went viral on social media. Police in Riyadh said he was identified as a Palestinian resident of the country, aged in his forties. “He was arrested in Riyadh and his four children were provided with the necessary care in coordination with the concerned authorities,” the police statement added. The video, which went viral on Saturday, showed a man repeatedly slapping his daughter for being unable to stand on her own.
The red carpet was turned a majestic shade of purple for Sunday night's 71st Primetime Emmy Awards. And celebrities arriving for the show embraced the color change with a rather regal approach to eveningwear that turned heads and lit up social media. The evening's entrances saw an unusual amount of gold, with "Russian Doll" star Natasha Lyonne and "Veep" actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus among the most eye-catching. There was also an abundance of shimmery metallics, exemplified by Isla Fisher, Chrissy Metz and Patricia Clarkson, among others. Fairytale dresses -- complete with flowing chiffon and layers of tulle -- were also out in number, from actress Brittany Snow in J. Mendel to singer Halsey's
- Egypt Independent
Any country that attacks Iran will become the “main battlefield”, the Revolutionary Guards warned Saturday after Washington ordered reinforcements to the Gulf following attacks on Saudi oil installations it blames on Tehran. Tensions escalated between arch-foes Iran and the United States after last weekend's attacks on Saudi energy giant Aramco's Abqaiq processing plant and Khurais oilfield halved the kingdom's oil output. Yemen's Huthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the strikes but the US says it has concluded the attacks involved cruise missiles from Iran and amounted to “an act of war”. Washington approved the deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia at “the kingdom's request”, Defense
Flights at Dubai's international airport, one of the world's busiest, were briefly disrupted on Sunday due to “suspected drone activity,” officials said. Two arriving flights had to be diverted, it said, while media reports said the planes had landed at a smaller airport in the neighboring emirate of Sharjah. “Dubai Airports can confirm that flight arrivals were briefly disrupted at Dubai International from 12:36 (0836 GMT) to 12:51 (0851 GMT) UAE local time this afternoon due to suspected drone activity,” a spokesperson said in a statement Sunday. Flights at the airport have been disrupted several times in recent years by recreational drones, with the last incident occurring in February.
- Al Jazeera
Fantasy saga Game of Thrones took home the top drama prize for the fourth time at the Emmy Awards on Sunday and became the most-decorated fictional show in the awards' history, but it was British writer and actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge who stole the show with her dark comedy, Fleabag. Game of Thrones won 12 awards for its final season, including Peter Dinklage who won best supporting actor for the fourth time. "This all started in the demented mind of George R.R. Martin," said Game of Thrones producer David Benioff, thanking the author whose novels formed the basis of the HBO series. But the blood-soaked epic's hopes of going out with a new record for a single season were dashed after it failed
- Egypt Independent
GENEVA (Reuters) - Two dozen mainly European countries voiced concern on Monday at alleged torture, unlawful detentions and unfair trials of critics, including women activists and journalists, in Saudi Arabia. It was the second joint statement criticizing the kingdom read out at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in six months, following the first censure of Saudi Arabia at the forum in March. It urged Saudi authorities to establish the truth about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Istanbul consulate last October and ensure that the perpetrators are held to account. Fifteen European Union members, including Britain and Germany, were among the signatories, as well as Canada, New