• Al Jazeera

    Trump says US warship 'destroyed' Iranian drone in Gulf

    The United States says a US Navy ship has "destroyed" an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the vessel, a claim Iran promptly denied.  In remarks at the White House on Thursday, US President Donald Trump said the drone had flown to within 1,000 metres of the USS Boxer and had ignored "multiple calls to stand down".  "This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters. The US reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities and interests," Trump said. "The drone was immediately destroyed," he added. Abbas Araghchi, Iranian deputy foreign minister, dismissed the claim in a Twitter post on Friday.  "We

  • Emirates24|7

    Pacquiao battling age, hungry Thurman in title showdown

    Twenty-four years after first climbing into a professional boxing ring, Manny Pacquiao will attempt to defy the march of time here Saturday when he battles undefeated American Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight crown. The 40-year-old Filipino icon clashes with Thurman at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what is arguably his most challenging assignment since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2015's money-spinning "Fight of the Century". Pacquiao, who has managed to successfully juggle a political career in the Philippines while continuing to box at a high level, looked sharp in his last outing in January, a unanimous decision against Adrien Broner. But the eight-division world champion is facing

  • Emirates24|7

    Priyanka Chopra doesn't believe in love at first sight

    Priyanka Chopra doesn't believe in love at first sight but says you can have an instant attraction to someone. The 'Baywatch' star - who married Nick Jonas last year after a whirlwind romance - insists she doesn't believe in instant love but definitely agrees that love is something you should fall hard and deep into. Speaking to ELLE UK in a video posted to Twitter, she said: "I do not believe in love at first sight. I feel like you can have attraction at first sight but I think love takes a second. When it comes to love, you just need to go all in anyway. You can't always control yourself, you just have to ride the wave. My favourite thing about love is feeling a sense of security; love is like

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Saudi prison provides entertainment, rehabilitation for prisoners

    A Saudi prison is providing prisoners with entertainment programs aimed at rehabilitating them into society. In partnership with the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), Jeddah's Briman Prison is providing prisoners with a range of theater, music and other rehabilitation programs. The rehabilitation programs give prisoners a chance to take part in cultural activities and performances which their families were allowed to attend.

  • Emirates24|7

    Serena Williams isn't bothered by critics - Emirates 2

    Serena Williams says her life is "far too complicated" to worry about her critics as she is only focused on her family and her career. The tennis star isn't bothered by other people's opinions any more as her focus is on her family - husband Alexis Ohanian and their daughter Alexis Jr. - and her career. Photo: Bang She said: "People always have things to say when you're wearing fashion. It could be good things. It could be bad things. I don't care what people say. I'm like just so past it - you could say whatever you want to say. Honestly, you're allowed to have your opinion. My life is far too complicated to worry about people that want to say mean things. I have a daughter, I have a family,

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Iran military says all its drones have returned safely to base: Report

    Iran's top military spokesman said all the country's drones had returned safely to base, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, after President Donald Trump said a US Navy ship had “destroyed” one. “All drones belonging to Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz ... returned safely to their bases after their mission of identification and control, and there is no report of any operational response by USS Boxer,” Abolfazl Shekarchi, a senior armed forces spokesman, was quoted as saying by Tasnim.

  • Emirates24|7

    Couple improvised wedding during city-wide blackout

    A New York City couple improvised their wedding after a blackout hit the majority of Manhattan. Craig Silverstein and Amy Rosenthal were in the middle of their ceremony at the Plaza Hotel when the lights suddenly cut out, leaving the loved up couple, their guests and venue with a tall task. The bride told the New York Times: "It was unbelievable. Everyone stepped up and were doing everything in their power to make the night a special one." Guests lit the room with smartphones and candles as the pair recited their vows, and the 12-piece band played at the reception using instruments which didn't need any power.