August 15, 2019

US applies to seize Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar

FILE photo. wissanu01/iStock(LONDON) — The U.S. government has requested to take control of an Iranian oil tanker held in Gibraltar. The Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 has been held in Gibraltar since it was seized by British forces in the Mediterranean last month. It was accused of heading to Syria which is in direct contravention of European Union sanctions. The government of Gibraltar was scheduled to order the release of the tanker in a Supreme Court hearing Thursday, according to local media. T..
August 15, 2019

Knife crime chicken shop campaign branded ‘unfathomably stupid,’ ‘offensive’

Jobrestful/iStock(LONDON) -- A new campaign to raise awareness about the perils of carrying knives in chicken shops across the United Kingdom has been accused of peddling stereotypes and “bordering on racist” by lawmakers and campaigners. The government rolled out the #knifefree chicken boxes scheme Wednesday, which would replace the standard packaging in both independent and larger chains of chicken shops across the country. Over 321,000 chicken boxes will contain real life stories of young p..
August 15, 2019

Saudi female activist rejected deal to deny being tortured in exchange for freedom: Family

:kutaytanir/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Loujain al Hathloul, who has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia since May 2018 for her work promoting women's rights in the kingdom, including defying the previous ban on women driving, has turned down a deal to be released. According to her family, she received an offer recently to finally secure her freedom, but only if she denied being tortured while in custody. Her brother, Walid al Hathloul, tweeted Tuesday that officials visited her in prison and asked h..
August 15, 2019

23 injured when Russian jet makes emergency landing in corn field after striking birds

FILE photo. Fotokot197/iStock(MOSCOW) -- A Russian jet carrying 226 passengers and seven crew members made an emergency landing in the middle of a corn field near Moscow after colliding with birds shortly after takeoff. Ural Airlines flight 178 from Moscow to Simferopol in Crimea suffered "significant interruptions" in the jet's engines, according to Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency. The pilots were forced to land the plane in a field adjacent to Zhukovsky International Airport. "..