• Politics
    Egypt Independent

    Iran strikes defiant tone at UN under crushing US sanctions

    Rouhani insisted his nation does not deserve sanctions and described the US as “a terrorist and interventionist outsider” before referring to the 1953 US-backed coup that cemented the control of the shah in Iran, which ultimately pushed the country toward its Islamic Revolution and hostility with the West. He said it is the US that has been “the sole user of atomic bombs” in the world.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    Coronavirus: UAE records over 1,000 COVID-19 cases, its highest single day spike

    The United Arab Emirates has confirmed 1,083 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, according to the country's NCEMA, marking its highest single day increase since the start of the pandemic. The UAE saw its highest daily count with 1,007 cases in a single day on September 12. Daily infections were on a downward trend since then but have increased once more despite an emphasis on compliance with measures throughout the country.

  • Politics
    Al Jazeera

    Stream@UNGA: When will women win equality?

    It has been 25 years since former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood on a podium at the United Nations conference on women in Beijing and declared that "human rights are women's rights.... and women's rights are human rights." A lot has happened since then and efforts to attain gender equality have moved faster than at any other period in history. Access to contraception and health care has expanded for women in many parts of the world, legislation around sexual violence has improved and global efforts to ensure girls' right to a quality education have made an impact. According to UN Women, the anniversary should serve as a wake-up call at a time when "the impact of the gender equality gaps is undeniable."

  • Politics
    Arab News

    Wife of Qatar's detained Sheikh Talal makes desperate plea to UN

    LONDON: The wife of a Qatari royal languishing in a Doha prison made a desperate appeal to the UN Human Rights Council Monday for her husband’s release. Sheikh Talal bin Abdul Al-Thani, a grandson of the former emir Sheikh Ahmad bin Ali Al-Thani, has been in prison for seven years. His wife, Asma Arian, says he has been tortured and ill-treated by the Qatari authorities and denied medical care as his health deteriorates.

  • Politics
    Al Jazeera

    Race to watch: Iranian-American activist faces Texas conservative

    A congressional race between staunchly conservative House Republican Dan Crenshaw and Iranian American progressive Sima Ladjevardian has garnered national attention while encapsulating the shifting Demographics in the one-time Republican bastion of Texas. Crenshaw and Ladjevardian are competing to represent the state’s second congressional district, which includes parts of northern and western Houston. Both have earned their party’s bonafides in recent years.

  • Lifestyle
    Arabian Business

    Abu Dhabi abolishes permit system for buying alcohol

    Authorities in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi have abolished the requirement for permits to purchase and consume alcohol, according to an official circular, after neighbouring Dubai also moved to relax rules. The changes come as both the emirates, among seven in the United Arab Emirates federation, seek to rebuild their tourism industries after the coronavirus shutdown, and also prepare for visitors from Israel after a landmark deal to normalise relations.

  • News
    Egypt Independent

    'The port came to us': Story behind AP photo of Beirut blast

    Syrian refugees faced resentment and discrimination — his daughter was harassed on the street, and his sons found it increasingly difficult to get jobs, he said. The situation got worse as the country’s economic crisis set in, culminating in a local currency collapse. Ali was so protective and scared for his children, especially the two girls, that he didn’t let them go to school, despite Sedra’s pleas.