Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust ISIS insurgents from the More »

UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

:: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar al-Gargash, said on Thursday that Qatar’s politicization of Hajj must come to an end following the initiative taken by More »

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

:: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalized Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a trial More »

Who is Abdullah Al Thani, descendant of ruling family which built modern Qatar?

:: Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani is the second son of the late Emir Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani, the grandson of the Emir of Qatar, More »

De Mistura: October will be ‘decisive’ in Syrian crisis

:: The United Nations hopes for a “serious negotiation” between the government and a still-to-be-formed unified Syrian opposition in October or November, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said More »


Tag Archives: New York

Daniel Craig announces return as James Bond

:: Daniel Craig will return for a fifth go-around as James Bond. The actor confirmed reports he would reprise his role as the suave British spy for “Bond 25” during an appearance on “The Late Show with

Tom Cruise limps after movie stunt seems to go wrong

:: A video taken on the set of “Mission: Impossible 6” shows Tom Cruise limping after performing a stunt where he jumps between buildings. The video was published Sunday by TMZ. It captures a tethered Cruise leaping

In ‘Good Time,’ Pattinson in the role of his life

:: The fraternal directing duo of Josh and Benny Safdie make urban odysseys that flow with the quicksilver currents of New York City. You can feel the gum-stained pavement under your feet. You can smell the Q

Hackers demand millions in ransom for stolen HBO data

Richard Plepler

:: Hackers using the name “Mr. Smith” posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online Monday, and demanded that HBO pay a ransom of several million dollars to prevent further such releases. The data dump included

US Army calls halt on use of Chinese-made drones by DJI

:: The US Army has ordered its members to stop using drones made by Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd because of “cyber vulnerabilities” in the products. An Aug. 2 Army memo posted online and verified

Smash hit ‘Despacito’ becomes most viewed YouTube video

:: “Despacito” — the racy Spanish-language global smash hit throbbing with sexual innuendo — racked up another record Friday, supplanting “See You Again” as the most watched video on YouTube. As of early Friday afternoon on the

UN urges all countries to halt weapons flow to Daesh, Al-Qaeda

Nikki Haley

:: The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution urging all countries to eliminate the supply of weapons to Daesh and other “terrorists” including by taking legal action against suppliers and marking arms to improve their

Qatar Airways reverses decision to buy into American Airlines

:: Qatar Airways will not proceed with its proposed financial investment in American Airlines Group Inc, reversing an earlier decision to build a stake of up to 4.75 percent in the US carrier. “Further review of the

‘Despacito’ declared most streamed song everything

:: Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” whose reggaeton beat has swept the globe, on Wednesday was named the most streamed song of all time. The song’s label, Universal Music Latin Entertainment, said “Despacito” in its original

Bollywood’s biggest stars shine at India film awards

:: India’s biggest Bollywood stars lit up an American stadium Saturday with a dazzling celebration of dance, music and fashion at the International Indian Film Academy awards just outside New York. Held each year in a different

Rapper DMX arrested, charged with evading $1.7m in taxes

:: Rapper DMX turned himself in to authorities on federal charges of tax fraud Thursday, according to New York prosecutors. The recording artist, whose given name is Earl Simmons, allegedly engaged in a multi-year scheme to hide

Indian film kicks off New York awards extravaganza

Siddarth Kannan

:: The International Indian Film Academy fired the opening salvo in a weekend of glitz, glamor and music for its annual awards, sending fans wild with excitement by hosting Bollywood stars in Times Square. Hundreds of people

Long his father’s attack dog, Trump Jr. now in eye of storm

:: Donald Trump Jr. has long been his father’s id, the brawler who has helped fuel the president’s pugilistic instincts and stood firm as one of his fiercest defenders. Now the president’s eldest son is at the

US judge sets Bill Cosby retrial for Nov. 6

:: A Pennsylvania judge ruled Thursday that disgraced US entertainer Bill Cosby would go back on trial for alleged sexual assault on Nov. 6, after a first trial ended with a deadlocked jury. Judge Steven O’Neill, who

Jay-Z album boosts his Tidal streaming site

:: Jay-Z’s upstart Tidal streaming service has enjoyed a surge of interest after the rap mogul released his latest album exclusively on the platform. Tidal — which Jay-Z acquired in 2015 but trails far behind streaming leader

Trump administration reverses policy on fiancés as travel ban takes effect

:: US President Donald Trump’s administration reversed a decision late on Thursday and said fiancés would be considered close family members and therefore allowed to travel to the United States as its revised travel ban took effect.

New York skyscraper linked to Iran can be seized, says court

:: A New York court on Thursday ruled a 36-story skyscraper said to be controlled by Iran may be seized by the US government, in what prosecutors called the biggest civil forfeiture linked to terrorism in the

US Air Force Vet jailed 35 years over ISIS bid

:: A former US Air Force mechanic was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for attempting to provide material support to ISIS and for obstruction of justice. The 49-year-old veteran and Muslim convert was convicted

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