WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's dream of hosting a military parade in Washington was met with almost universal derision Wednesday, with critics seeing evidence of creeping authoritarianism. White House and military officials confirmed that planning for the event was already underway, but a date had not yet been decided. Support for the idea appeared to be thin on the ground, even from Trump's erstwhile supporters. Meanwhile Democratic lawmakers described it as an "idiot" and "authoritarian" idea from a "Napoleon…
LONDON: British author JK Rowling has said she is "genuinely happy" with Johnny Depp's casting in the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts" film after fans called for his replacement over domestic abuse allegations. The US actor, who plays villain Gellert Grindelwald in the Harry Potter spin-off, had been accused of physical abuse by his former wife Amber Heard during divorce proceedings. But actress Heard withdrew the allegations last year when the pair reached an out-of-court settlement to end their marriage. Angry fans had…
LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May was "very happy" to invite U.S. President Donald Trump for a state visit to Britain, her Downing Street office said on Monday as May faced a popular backlash at home over the planned visit. Numerous politicians, including some in her own party ranks, have said a full state visit involving lavish royal pageantry would be inappropriate following Trump's controversial executive order on immigration restrictions, and a petition against the visit had gathered 1.3 million signatures by…
RICHMOND, VA.: Schools in a Virginia county closed on Friday as a safety precaution after a classroom assignment asking students to practice Arabic calligraphy using a Muslim statement of faith sparked an angry outcry from parents and threats from outside the district.
SAN BERNARDINO: Members of the Arab and Muslim communities in the United States said Thursday they feared a backlash, as details emerged of the Muslim couple who shot dead 14 people in California.
JERUSALEM: In outlawing its most strident Islamist group, Israel risks angering its largely quiescent Arab citizens as it confronts a wave of Palestinian violence powered by religious and political tensions.
HONG KONG: Hong Kong's democracy demonstrators are winning unexpected support from pockets of the city's much-vilified mainland Chinese community, who are defying Beijing's hard line on the protests and a social media backlash from their peers.