• Al Jazeera

    US-Iran tensions, trolls and the dubious case of Heshmat Alavi

    When it comes to media coverage of Iran, all is not as it seems. Last week, American news outlet The Intercept published a piece questioning whether a well-published Iranian activist advocating regime change in the Islamic republic was an actual person. Heshmat Alavi, whose columns appeared on the websites of American business magazine Forbes, as well as The Hill, The Federalist and The Daily Caller, on the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya, and on Voice of America's Persian website - is now under fire for being a fake. Alavi was once cited by the White House as a credible commentator on Iran but it turns out he is a fictional persona that reportedly was created by the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) - a group

  • english.alarabiya.net

    US releases new photos it says incriminate Iran in tanker attacks

    The United States military on Monday released new photos it says incriminate Iran in an attack last week on a tanker ship in strategic Gulf waters. The US argument centers on an unexploded limpet mine on the Kokuka Courageous ship it says was removed by Iranians on a patrol boat. “Iran is responsible for the attack based on video evidence and the resources and proficiency needed to quickly remove the unexploded limpet mine,” the Pentagon said in a statement accompanying the imagery. The US released a grainy black and white video last week it said showed the Iranians removing the mine, but has not provided an explanation for why they allegedly did so while the US military was observing them.

  • Emirates24|7

    Spotted: Daniel Weber, Mira Rajput, Disha Patani...

    Parineeti Chopra Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani Shahid kapoor with wife Mira Rajput Sunny Leone's husband Daniel Weber with their daughter Nisha Shahid Kapoor Katrina Kaif Janhvi Kapoor Priyanka Chopra Jonas poses for a picture during the launch event of Bumble, a social and dating application, in Mumbai. (AFP) Photo: AFP Kareena Kapoor Khan's yoga posture Photo: Instagram Shweta Bachchan Jacqueline Fernandez Amitabh Bachchan (AFP) Dia Mirza (L) and actor Mohit Raina (R) pose during the promotion of the upcoming Zee5's web series 'Kaafir', at a hotel in Amritsar. (AFP) Aryan Khan Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt Shanaya Kapoor Sidharth Malhotra Aishwarya Rai Elena Fernandes and Ranbir Kapoor Priyanka

  • Egypt Independent

    Migrants in the Gulf see dreams of higher wages ruined

    Migrants have always been tempted to the world's biggest cities by tales of fortunes made and streets paved with gold. Similar stories abound about the Gulf Arab States - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain - whose transformation over the past four decades from desert outposts to modern cities has attracted millions of the world's most impoverished workers. Dubai, with its artificial islands, megamalls and seven-star hotels, along with Qatar's new World Cup stadiums have only been possible due to years of graft by cheap foreign labor, imported mostly from Asia and Africa. The promise of much higher wages than at home, however, frequently fails to materialize. Low

  • CNN

    World's best airline for 2019 revealed

    Last year, the Gulf carrier was pipped to the post by Singapore Airlines, but now Qatar Airways is celebrating its fifth time grabbing the prestigious accolade -- having previously won in 2017, 2015, 2012 and 2011. Qatar Airways also won World's Best Business Class, World's Best Business Class Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East. It's not all bad news for Singapore Airlines -- the carrier known for running the world's longest flight may have been shunted down to third place on the rankings, but Singapore also won key awards including World's Best Cabin Crew, World's Best First Class, Best Airline in Asia and World's Best First Class Seat. In the world of budget air travel, AirAsia won World's

  • Al Jazeera

    Russia, China warn US over sending 1,000 new troops to the Gulf

    The United States is "pumping up tensions" and could open a "Pandora's box" in the Middle East after announcing it will deploy 1,000 more troops to the already volatile region, Russia and China said on Tuesday. Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the US have mounted since Thursday following explosions on two tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for the world's oil supplies. Washington and Tehran traded accusations over the mysterious incidents. China and Russia both expressed concern in strong statements over the developing situation in the Middle East. "We call on all parties to remain rational and restrained, not to take any actions to provoke the escalation of tension

  • Al Jazeera

    Egypt's ex-President Mohamed Morsi dies after court appearance

    Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi has died after appearing in court in the capital, Cairo, according to authorities. The public prosecutor said the 67-year-old collapsed in a defendants' cage in the courtroom and was pronounced dead in hospital at 4:50pm local time (02:50 GMT) on Monday. A medical report showed no apparent recent injuries on his body, the prosecutor said. "Morsi died today while attending a session in his trial on espionage charges. During the session, he was granted permission to address the judge," a presenter with Egypt's state TV said. "After the session was adjourned, the former president blacked out and then died. His body was taken to a hospital." The former president's