- Al Jazeera
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the military to find a "symmetric response" after the United States tested a missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty. Putin ordered an analysis of "the level of threat for our country created by the actions of the US and to take comprehensive measures to prepare a symmetric response," he said at a Russian Security Council meeting in the capital Moscow on Friday. On Monday, the Pentagon said it tested a conventionally configured cruise missile that hit its target after more than 500km of flight, its first such test since the demise of a landmark nuclear pact this month. Putin said that the test confirmed prior suspicions that the US had planned to place banned weapons in Europe.
A video circulated on Twitter of a Turkish woman screaming “I don't want to die” as she fights to stop her neck from bleeding while her 10-year-old daughter is heard yelling “mom, please don't die” in the city of Kırıkkale, triggering widespread condemnation of violence against women. Emine Bulut, 38, was reportedly stabbed in the neck by her ex-husband at a crowded restaurant, where she was enjoying a meal with her daughter. Hundreds of Turkish Twitter users took to the platform calling for an end to domestic violence and for stricter laws protecting women and children, with Emine Bulut trending in the country.
- Egypt Independent
ATHENS (Reuters) - An Iranian tanker at the center of a confrontation between Washington and Tehran has switched destination and is now heading to Turkey instead of southern Greece, data from real-time ship tracking website MarineTraffic showed on Saturday. The Adrian Darya, formerly called Grace 1, was released from detention off Gibraltar after a five-week standoff over whether it was carrying Iranian oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions in mid-August. The United States, which says the tanker is controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, deemed a terrorist group by Washington, has told countries in the region not to assist it. Previous data had shown that the vessel, which
- Arab News
TAIF: Hanging from suspended imitation rose flowers and dressed in white, an orchestra of Ukrainian and Russian musicians performed enchanting symphonies by Mozart and Beethoven at the Ward (Rose) Village in Taif's Arrudaf Park as part of Taif Season. The month-long Taif Season will run during August with more than 70 quality events designed to highlight the city as a popular Arab resort and leading Arab tourist destination. Female musicians in the orchestra played from a height of seven meters, delighting large crowds with a spectacular performance of well-known symphonies. Mashaal Al-Rashid, head of the company organizing the Rose Village Festival, told Arab News that the name 'Rose Village'
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said wildfires in the Amazon were an “international crisis” and called on this weekend's G7 to address the issue. The Amazon rainforest -- the lungs which produces 20 percent of our planet's oxygen -- is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let's discuss this emergency first order in two days!” Macron said on Twitter.
- Arab News
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the US amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington now lists its destination as a port in Turkey. The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, changed its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mesrin, Turkey, early Saturday. However, mariners can input any destination into the AIS, so Turkey may not be its true destination. The ship-tracking website MarineTraffic.com showed the Adrian Darya's position as just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. The Adrian Darya was held for weeks off Gibraltar after being seized by authorities there on suspicion of violating EU sanctions
Twenty-seven-year-old Aya Aghabi passed away on Monday after having a cardiac arrest and going into a coma, leaving Jordan's people with disability (PWD) bereft of a national hero who fought for their rights through her online platform “Accessible Jordan.” The United Nations Jordan, the World Health Organization Jordan, and other Twitter users mourned the death of Aghabi with heartfelt words. Accessible Jordan is an online platform founded and launched by Aghabi in 2017 to archive accessible locations in the country for PWDs to encourage them to go out more. Aghabi developed the website into a multi-service platform, which not only assesses the accessibility of over 33,000 locations in