• Egypt Independent

    Saudi de-fangs religious police but plans to enforce 'decency

    Saudi Arabia has rendered toothless the once-feared religious police amid a liberalisation drive, but a planned “public decency” law is stoking controversy with some fearing a revival of morality policing. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has sought to shake off his country's ultra-conservative image with the reopening of cinemas, mixed-gender concerts and party-fuelled sporting extravaganzas, while vowing to take the kingdom towards moderate Islam. The relaxed social norms in a kingdom seldom associated with fun in the past have been welcomed by many Saudis, two-thirds of whom are under 30, in the midst of painful economic reforms geared towards a post-oil future. But Saudi Arabia now aims to

  • Al Jazeera

    US releases new images from suspected attacks on Gulf tankers

    The US military has released new images it said showed Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) removing an unexploded mine from a Japanese-owned tanker following suspected attacks on two vessels in the Gulf of Oman on June 13. The images, released on Monday, also showed a hole on the side of the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous that officials say appeared to have been caused by another mine. Washington blames Tehran for the reported attacks in which two vessels near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz were damaged, leaving one ablaze and both adrift, forcing scores of crew to abandon their ships. "Iran is responsible for the attack based on video evidence and the resources and

  • 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

  • CNN

    The world's most extreme roads (photos)

    Ready for a road trip you'll never forget? Set your sights on one of these adventurous stretches of highway that provide access to some of the most arresting scenery on the planet. Check out our photos of the world's most extreme roads.

  • Arabian Business

    New photos show Iran guilty of tanker attacks, US says

    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 centres 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. One

  • Emirates24|7

    Bodies of mom, son found where boy's father cut wood

    The bodies of an Oregon mother and her 3-year-old son have been found more than a month after they vanished, hidden in a forest where the boy's father cut wood, authorities said Monday. “Really good detective work” led authorities to find the bodies of Karissa and Billy Fretwell on Saturday in a heavily wooded area northwest of the state capital of Salem, Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry said. Michael John Wolfe, the child's father, was arrested last month at a doughnut shop in Portland and has been charged with kidnapping and aggravated murder in their deaths. An autopsy found 25-year-old Karissa Fretwell died of a single gunshot to the head, while additional testing this week will determine how Billy died, prosecutors said.

  • Egypt Independent

    Database says 91,600 killed in Yemen fighting since 2015

    CAIRO (AP) - A database tracking violence says at least 91,600 people have been killed in Yemen's civil war, presenting a new estimate after completing reporting for the first months of fighting in 2015. The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project said Wednesday that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels is responsible for more than 8,000 of about 11,700 deaths resulting from the direct targeting of civilians. The group says 11,900 people were killed this year, compared to 30,800 in 2018 - the highest annual toll so far. The numbers don't include those who have died in the humanitarian disasters caused by the war, particularly starvation. The conflict began with the 2014 takeover