Any US attempt to “assassinate” another Iranian military commander would put all US commander's lives in jeopardy, said the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami on Monday. “The Americans ... and others should know that if they threaten our commanders, none of their commanders will find a safe spot, meaning that if they threaten to assassinate our commanders or carry out their threat, the lives of none of their commanders will be safe,” said Salami, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
- Egypt Independent
Gabi Germanos, the lawyer for Nancy Ajram's husband Fady al-Hashem, has denied that his client was engaged in any negotiations with the family of Mohamed al-Mousa, who was killed by Hashem in an alleged home invasion earlier in January. “We are awaiting the decision of the investigating judge, Nicolas Mansour, who will complete investigations with witnesses and study (the) evidence. Then, the judiciary will have the final say in this case,” Hashem said, according to Sky News Arabia. Social media sites have been buzzing over the past two days over reports about Mousa's family requesting half a million dollars from the family of Nancy Ajram over the killing their son. The development came hours
- Egypt Independent
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An aging Iranian passenger airliner carrying 144 people crash-landed on a runway and skidded onto a major highway next to an airport Monday, the latest crash in the Islamic Republic as U.S. sanctions bar it from parts or new aircraft. Authorities said two people suffered injuries in the hard landing of the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 flown by Caspian Airlines in Mahshahr, a city in Iran's oil-rich southwestern Khuzestan province. Passengers, apparently in shock, calmly exited the aircraft with their carry-on baggage out of a door near the cockpit and another over the plane's wing, video from Iran's Civil Aviation Network News showed. A flight attendant shouted at passengers to
Alicia Keys, the host of the Grammy awards, paid tribute to the basketball star who died on Sunday in a helicopter crash. Lizzo opened the ceremony, declaring "tonight is for Kobe," before launching into her song "Cuz I love you." The awards ceremony was held at the Staples Center, the same arena where Kobe Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers. Nine people died in the crash in the Californian city of Calabasas, including Bryant's 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
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Israeli citizens are not welcome to visit Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's foreign minister said, after Israel gave its citizens the green light to visit. Israel's Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri said on Sunday said Israeli citizens, both Muslims and Jews, have the right to travel to Saudi Arabia for religious and business visits. But Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan told a US network on Monday that Israelis are not welcome at the moment in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest sites. Like most Arab countries, Saudi Arabia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. More: Palestinians reject economic part of US peace plan The architects behind the US plan for Middle East peace
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Egyptian football icon and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has added a $US 210,000 Bentley Continental GT to his collection of expensive luxury cars, according to the UK newspaper the Sun. Salah owns several luxury cars, including a $US 176,000 Lamborghini Aventador (pictured below), a Mercedes AMG GLE Coup, an Audi Q7, and a Mercedes-Benz SLS. Salah's Bentley is the second-favorite sports car among the English Primer League's footballers behind the Range Rover Sport SVR, according to the Sun. The Audi Q7 (pictured above) is a favorite of the Egyptian football star and also populaqr among Barcelona players, according to the Sun. Salah's Mercedes-Benz SUV (pictured above) The Egyptian football
Iranian officials and satellite images suggest the Islamic Republic is preparing to a launch a satellite into space after three major failures last year, the latest for a program which the US claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program. Satellite images from San Francisco-based Planet Labs Inc. that have been annotated by experts at Middlebury Institute of International Studies show work at a launch pad at the Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran's Semnan province.