• Al Jazeera

    Mosque set on fire as violent protests continue across New Delhi

    A mosque has been set on fire in the Indian capital New Delhi as violent protests continue across the city with the death toll rising to 13. Indian website The Wire reported that a mob shouting "Jai Shri Ram", translated to "hail Lord Ram", paraded around the burning mosque in the Ashok Nagar area of the capital on Tuesday. In Pictures: Anti-CAA sit-ins attacked in Indian capital India: Footage appears to show police attack on Jamia students Video footage shared on social media showed a mob climbing to the top of the mosque's minaret where they attempted to plant a saffron flag. Local media reported that shops in the area were also being targeted by the mob.  Police imposed a restriction on large

  • Egypt Independent

    Iran official running anti-coronavirus task force has virus

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The head of Iran's counter-coronavirus task force has tested positive for the virus himself, authorities announced Tuesday, showing the challenges facing the Islamic Republic amid concerns the outbreak may be far wider than officially acknowledged. The announcement regarding Iraj Harirchi came after he gave a news conference with journalists in Tehran about the virus just one day prior, seeking to minimize the danger posed by the outbreak. The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday meanwhile banned all flights to and from Iran over the outbreak of the new coronavirus, just a day after its spread from the Islamic Republic was announced across multiple Mideast nations.

  • Al Jazeera

    Qatar postal blockage ends as regional rivals restore service

    A postal blockage against Qatar has ended with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt restoring services after mail links were severed in 2017 as part of a campaign to isolate Doha, the UN postal agency said. The restoration of postal services is a small step towards normalisation as talks to resolve the wider rift have stalled, Qatar said earlier this month, after a flurry of diplomacy late last year raised hopes of a breakthrough. More: GCC summit calls for unity amid hopes of easing Gulf crisis Reports: Qatari FM visited Riyadh in sign of easing GCC tensions Qatar FM: 'Too early to talk about real progress with Saudi' The three nations, along with the United Arab Emirates, severed all diplomatic,

  • Al Jazeera

    Mecca governor orders arrest of Saudi female rapper

    Saudi officials have ordered the arrest of a female rapper who appeared in a music video for her song Bint Mecca, or Girl from Mecca, stating that it is offensive to the customs and traditions of the holy city. In the video, a Saudi woman identified as Ayasel Slay raps about her pride in being from Mecca, home to the holiest site in Islam, the Kaaba. More: Saudi Arabia cuts loose with Instagram models and a rave Saudi Arabia planning 'bull run', rap concert and wax museum Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi concert over rights concerns The video was uploaded to Ayasel's YouTube channel - which has since been removed - last week and featured her rapping in a cafe with a group of smiling children as

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Crowds greet Trump upon arrival in India

    US President Donald Trump landed in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on Monday at the start of a visit during which the two sides will aim to reset relations that have been buffeted by a trade spat. India and the United States have built close political and security ties and Trump's two-day trip is a sign of their converging interests, officials say, including a way to counter China's rise as a superpower. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at the airport to greet Trump and his wife, Melania, as they stepped off Air Force One. A road show is planned and a huge reception will be held in a 110,000-seat cricket stadium in the city which is the political home of Modi. A huge crowd has filled the

  • Al Jazeera

    Timeline: How China's new coronavirus spread

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency over a new coronavirus - known as COVID-19 - that has killed at least 2,595 people in mainland China, with cases confirmed in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa. Below is a timeline. More: Coronavirus: All you need to know about the symptoms and risks How does coronavirus spread and how can you protect yourself? Coronavirus: Which countries have confirmed new cases? On December 31 last year, China alerted WHO to several cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province. The virus was unknown. Several of those infected worked at the

  • Egypt Independent

    Still hard for Liverpool players to turn down offers from Barcelona, Real Madrid: Jürgen Klopp

    Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp commented recently that it could be difficult for Liverpool's players to refuse an offer to sign with football powerhouses Barcelona or Real Madrid, according to the UK newspaper Independent. “I think for some players, (when it comes to) Barcelona or Real Madrid, it's still hard to say 'no,'” Klopp added. He added that Liverpool is one of the top clubs worldwide, but in South America, Barcelona and Real Madrid enjoy greater fame, given language and cultural similarities. “It's why calls from (either of those teams) could always cause some trouble, but apart from that, there's not 500 clubs who could buy players from us,” Klopp added. Klopp's comments come amid reports