“It's about fresh voices and new voices and great filmmakers who can continue to steer the (Marvel Cinematic Universe) into new places,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in an interview after the studio's explosive Hall H panel. In addition to a slew of women and people of color at the helm of the upcoming Marvel films, the weekend's announcements promised more diversity on screen. First up for release is the long-awaited solo film starring Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, the lethal assassin she has played for nearly a decade.
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US President Donald Trump has said that it is getting harder for him to want to make a deal with Iran and said the situation could go either way very easily. Trump made the comments on Monday while talking to reporters at the White House amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Western powers. Iran's Ministry of Intelligence said earlier on Monday it had captured 17 US spies and sentenced some to death, but Trump denied the reports. Tensions have escalated since last year when Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and reimposed sanctions on the country. Trump said the agreement did not go far enough. Since then,
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The UK plans to deploy a European-led naval force to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker in what London called an act of "state piracy". British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt made the announcement on Monday following an emergency ministerial meeting to respond to Friday's incident, which saw Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commandos seize the Stena Impero tanker "for failing to respect international maritime rules". "Under international law, Iran had no right to obstruct the ship's passage - let alone board her. It was, therefore, an act of state piracy," Hunt told Parliament. "We will now seek to put together a European-led
(CNN) - Ferry passengers traveling between England and France should keep their eyes peeled for an unusual sight on Thursday as French inventor Franky Zapata attempts to cross the English Channel on his jet-powered hoverboard. The former jet ski racing champion will take to the skies on his Flyboard Air vehicle on July 25, according to Krysten Zapata, his wife and media spokeswoman, in an attempt that will mark the 110th anniversary of the first aerial crossing of the Channel. Crossing the Channel would require Zapata to refuel several times, and if he succeeds he will smash his record for the longest Flyboard Air flight. The crossing will be far more difficult than his now-famous appearance
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Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and DKNY have all attempted to crack one of the fastest-growing markets - Islamic fashion. What started as brands targeting wealthy Muslims with one-off fashion lines for religious occasions, has grown to a global trend for women who prefer to dress conservatively. According to the Pew Research Center, Muslims are the world's fastest-growing major religious group. By 2050, it estimates there will be 2.7 billion Muslims worldwide, making up 29.7 percent of the global population. And when it comes to the Islamic or modest fashion sector, spending is forecast to grow five percent annually to $361bn by 2023. Turkey is the biggest spender on modest fashion: $28bn a year.
Kensington Palace has released three new photographs before Prince George's birthday. It's become a tradition for the palace to release snapshots taken by his mother Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. In two of the pictures George is seen with a big smile as he wears an English soccer jersey. George is third in line for the throne behind his grandfather Prince Charles and his father Prince William.
A female suicide bomber struck outside a hospital in Pakistan as the wounded were being brought in from an earlier shooting against police, in a complex assault claimed by the Pakistani Taliban that killed a total of nine people and wounded another 30. Salim Riaz Khan, a senior police officer in Dera Ismail Khan, said gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on police in a residential area, killing two. He says the bomber then struck at the entrance to the hospital, killing another four police and three civilians who were visiting their relatives. He said eight police were among the wounded, and that many of the wounded were in critical condition. Inayat Ullah, a local forensics expert, said the female