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Kim Jong-nam killing: 'VX nerve agent' found on his face
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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:22:10 GMT

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:15:59 GMT

Beyonce pulls out of headlining Coachella Festival 'on doctor's orders'
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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:34:18 GMT

Caitlyn Jenner's message to Donald Trump: 'Call me'
The reality TV star and activist Caitlyn Jenner has recorded a message for Donald Trump, over protections for transgender students.

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:03:52 GMT

India police arrest 'world's cheapest smartphone' firm boss
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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:59:23 GMT

Trump repeats call for US nuclear supremacy
The president says he wants the US to expand its nuclear arsenal, to be ''top of the pack".

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:38:07 GMT

Kim Jong-nam: How N Korea could have used potent VX to kill
The toxin could have easily been smuggled into Malaysia without detection, expert Bruce Bennett says.

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:29:53 GMT

Saudi Arabia

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2015 v9p0115

Saudi Arabia is the second largest Muslim country (Algeria is the largest). Its population of 27 million does very well if a citizen is one of the 7,000 princes who can do whatever they like, and less well if the citizen is a man, men can travel freely and divorce without reason but cannot say a syllable against the absolute monarch or sharia law; and horrible for women who are treated all their lives like children or useful beasts of burden.

The very look of a woman is offensive; in public they must be covered completely. So poisonous is a woman that if she is raped she must be executed, even if she is only 6 years old. Because the law insists it was her fault. Always.

Saudi Arabia gets away with massive human rights abuses because it is swimming in oil, and ridiculously wealthy, and a major buyer of weapons, which the United States falls over itself selling to totalitarian regimes.

The success of religionists in planting the idea that cold-blooded murder of little girls and bloggers is holy has been widely noted. Religionists in neighboring countries have convinced young unemployed men lacking skills that shooting cartoonists and Jews and Syrians and Nigerians is good. And Saudi Arabia responds by building walls around its country, to keep out the fighters they so happily groomed.
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All eyes on Hadid sisters at Milan Fashion Week
Fri, 2017-02-24

MILAN: Milan fashion designers launched six days of fall-winter fashion previews Wednesday, as the long-accepted runway format undergoes challenges like never before.
Brands like Gucci and Bottega Veneta sat out last month’s menswear previews to combine their efforts this round, while some labels, like Roberto Cavalli, were taking breaks during creative transitions.
However, all eyes were fixed on Dutch-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid as she walked for designer Alberta Ferretti’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection on Wednesday and for Max Mara’s new collection on Thursday. Marking a first for the house, Italian label Max Mara called upon the services of hijab-wearing model Halima Aden to unveil its latest collection.
Aden, who was recently selected by Kanye West to model in his show in New York earlier this month took to the catwalk alongside Gigi. Aden, 19, made her Milan Fashion Week debut on Wednesday when she modelled for Alberta Feretti.
The Milan Fashion Week will see the Hadid sisters, Gigi and Bella Hadid, strut down the catwalk for renowned fashion houses. The supermodels have seen their careers go from strength to strength in recent weeks — having made a number of high-profile appearances, such as Versus Versace and Anna Sui, in both London and New York.
Before walking the fashion runway, Gigi toured the city with her younger sister in matching Gothic themes. They were seen stepping out of their Milan hotel in black-and-white coordinates.
One of the model’s most memorable moments last year also occurred while leaving the Max Mara autumn/winter 2016 runway show in Milan, when she was grabbed by Ukranian celebrity prankster Vitalii Sediuk. After the incident, Gigi had tweeted: “How dare that idiot thinks he has the right to manhandle a complete stranger. He ran quick tho....”

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:45:50 +0000

Bibi van der Velden: Jewelry with sparkle and a smile
Fri, 2017-02-24

Designing unique pieces of jewelry with mesmeric allure is no easy thing to do. It requires an absolute degree of finesse, as with any other creative work. And there is no one quite like the New York-born, Amsterdam-based fine jewelry designer and sculptor Bibi van der Velden, who has carved out a niche when it comes to very fanciful jewelry.
Van der Velden discovered at a young age that the processes of making sculpture and jewelry are more or less similar. She learned early on that a jewel doesn’t need a body to come to life because it’s a little sculpture in itself. “I learned all of this from my mother who was a sculptor herself and I was always fascinated by her art and the way she worked. I spent every spare moment I had in her atelier, helping her in every possible way and also learning how to sculpt,” she said.
The next logical step that she took toward becoming a jewelry designer was to attend The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. There she studied the basics of art, before moving to the Florence Academy of Art. “That’s how I became a sculptor and found my way to designing jewelry; at a later stage I learnt goldsmith skills at the Dutch Schoonhoven institute in the Netherlands,” she said.
Van der Velden’s aim while working on her creations is to make people smile. Not only that, she says there needs to be an exquisite fun detail that makes her jewelry items conversation pieces.
“You can see this in a ring embedded in my ring pieces. Those are bigger rings with a small ring inside. Another signature trait of mine is that I always use sustainable and unique materials like the gorgeous design of 40,000-year-old mammoth tusks or real scarab wings. This is what makes my pieces stand out,” she said. “I hope my brand inspires people and my designs accompany them in life by marking their milestones.”
Van der Velden loves to use unconventional materials in her collection as they are truly an inspiration to her. She tries to get her materials from all over the world and each should have a story behind it. “I started to make jewelry by incorporating antiques and objets trouvés that I was collecting into my pieces. I just love the idea of reusing material and follow it meticulously in order to give it a second life in my jewelry. There is always a recurring recycle element in my work,” she said.
She defines herself as someone who loves to travel and almost anything from different cultures influences her and her designs. “I sketch in my sketchbook when I travel and so all kinds of influences can be seen in my jewelry and the materials I use. Most of my pieces come to life because I create them around a specific material that has influenced me during my travels,” Van der Velden said.
Since nature is a big source of her inspiration and because it is something that never ceases to fascinate her, Van der Velden wants her label to be known as a sustainable jewelry brand of the highest quality, well thought-out in details and unique pieces.
Buying jewelry and wearing it is very much an individual’s choice, keeping in mind the occasion they choose to wear it; it is not something that should be dictated by others. And Van der Velden’s take on the people who buy her designs is that they’re looking for something special; they are individuals who understand themselves and want something unique and beautiful to emphasize their own style.
But she wanted to clearly reiterate one thing: “I design for all kinds of women who appreciate my style and designs and choice of natural materials. My pieces have been bought by all types of women with all types of backgrounds and lifestyles. I could never pinpoint a perfect woman as I consider all my customers perfect.”

Smitten by Arab women’s style
Van der Velden is intrigued by the culture and history of the Middle East, and feels that women from the region are using jewelry and fashion to express their diversity and dynamism in a great way. “Middle Eastern women have a lot of knowledge of materials used in jewelry, which makes it inspiring to work with them,” she said.
Moreover, having spent some time in the region, her personal experience suggests that Arab women are a little bit more glamorous.
“Western women mostly keep things shy and simple whereas Arab women dare to wear extravagant pieces and I have a high regard for that… I find it quite interesting,” she said.
“I would love to have my pieces more available in the Middle East. A showroom or a nice collaboration with a concept store or department store that shares my values and beliefs on jewelry is definitely on my shortlist for 2017.”
Participating in high-profile jewelry exhibitions is highly significant for all designers as it gives them an open platform where their best work can be showcased. “Since my jewelry is for a certain type of person, I think high-profile exhibitions are events where that kind of person likes to be. They appreciate the story, the craftsmanship and the materials and understand what I’m trying to express with my pieces,” Van der Velden explained.
Her “Mammoth” and “Scarab” collections have remained popular from the very beginning. And she thinks that is because of the stories behind the materials. “The mammoth pieces are made of 40,000-year-old mammoth tusks, found in the Siberian permafrost. The scarab wings are leftovers from bugs that are eaten as a delicacy in Asia. The colors of the wings are incredible and all natural, which makes them super special,” she said.
Her recent “Galaxy Collection” is also making waves. For this collection, Van der Velden used Tahitian pearls, handpicked opals and blue sapphires to express the galaxy around us through different pieces of jewelry. “I have this fascination with Tahitian pearls and their luster and coloring and so I hand-pick every pearl myself. The same goes for the opals. I love the fact that they have a galaxy vibe and coloring going on,” she said.

Celebs take shine to Van der Velden
Not long ago, Van der Velden collaborated with Kanye West who is a big fan of her “Mammoth” collection. Sienna Miller, Garance Doré and Rihanna are also big fans of her pieces. “I think that there isn’t one particular dream celeb. I simply see it as a compliment when people want to wear my pieces,” she said.
Although celebrity endorsement matters to some extent and is great for exposure according to Van der Velden, she never gives her jewelry away to celebrities in the hope that they will wear it.
There is one more praiseworthy project, “Auverture,” which Van der Velden launched along with her husband to make the experience of purchasing jewelry online a memorable one. Though she has worked with many online retailers, she couldn’t find one where she could freely tell the stories behind her pieces. “This was something I really missed in selling pieces online. After all, behind every scintillating piece there is an intriguing tale. We wanted to create a platform where we could share the stories behind the jewelry designers and their jewelry. When people buy a piece, they should experience a lot of different emotions with it,” she said. “This way, we try to give the consumers the same experience they have when buying a piece in a store, and try to exceed this experience with super interesting content.”
In the future, she has plans to unveil many new projects. “I never sit still, so there will be a lot of inspirational collaborations. Of course I will add new collections to our jewelry line,” she said. “Everything about it gives me the energy, inspiration and serenity to live my life in the most meaningful way.”
Alongside the jewelry business, she is also working hard on a new art exhibition together with her mother called “BIBIMICHELE”. She said: “I’m working on bringing in new handmade jackets that I design myself.”

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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:40:40 +0000

Dubai police summon Russian model who dangled from skyscraper-newspaper
Sat, 2017-02-18

DUBAI: Dubai police have summoned a Russian model who posed for a video while dangling from a skyscraper to sign a pledge not to put her life in danger again, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.
A video of the model, identified by local media as 23-year-old Viktoria Odintcova, went viral after she posted it on her Instagram account earlier in the week.
It shows her stepping off a girder at the top of Dubai’s 73-story Cayan Tower and dangling in the void, held only by a man gripping her hand.
Maj. Gen. Khalil Ibrahim Al-Mansouri, an assistant to the chief of police in Dubai, was quoted by the Arabic-language Al-Ittihad newspaper as saying that Odintcova “had been summoned to sign an undertaking not to repeat any dangerous moves that could endanger her life in Dubai.”
“What the young Russian woman had done represents a danger to her life,” the newspaper quoted Mansouri as saying.
He said it was important for residents in the Gulf Arab city to avoid practicing dangerous hobbies without taking necessary precautions or obtaining prior permission from authorities, the newspaper said.
The video registered more than half a million viewings after it was posted on Odintcova’s Instagram account.

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:13:09 +0000

Disabled models make London Fashion Week debut
Fri, 2017-02-17

LONDON: Disabled models made their debut on the London Fashion Week catwalk on Friday — “about time,” as one campaigner put it.
Amputee Jack Eyers, who wears a prosthetic leg, and Kelly Knox, who was born with no left forearm, took to the runway for luxury British label Teatum Jones.
“It’s important to get people to reconsider our relationship with the body in the luxury fashion sector,” Catherine Teatum, one half of the design duo, told AFP backstage.
“When you think there was a time when models of color weren’t cast for shows, that’s bonkers! So we feel a little bit like that now.”
The collection, which opened five days of shows in London, featured oversized coats and dresses, reconstructed with sheer layers, eyeleted seams and ties around the waist and legs.
Dubbed “The Body,” it took as inspiration the work of artist Hans Bellmer, who created mutated doll forms in protest at the cult of the perfect body in what would become Nazi Germany.
“As a brand we’ve always been inspired by human stories, wherever they’re from,” added co-designer Rob Jones.
“Around the world, I think a lot of people are being sparked up and wanting to have a voice. Somebody’s got to do it — and somebody’s got to start,” Jones added.
Eyers previously made history when, in February 2015, he became the first male amputee to appear at New York fashion week, in creations by Italian designer Antonio Urzi.
His lower right leg was deformed from birth and he took the decision to amputate when he was 16.
“When I lost my leg I become very unconfident, whereas fashion gives you that sense of confidence,” he told AFP.
His agent had previously put him forward for London shows, but with no luck.
He puts it down to many designers being “very British — they don’t want to offend people.
“In America, they use it as a sob story!“
Louise Dyson, founder of disabled model and actors agency VisABLE, which represents Eyers, said: “It’s about time.”
“It’s been something everyone wanted to avoid,” she added.
“I think they’ve finally woken up to the idea that this is really important. And people want to see great-looking models, irrespective of disability.”

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Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:53:22 +0000

Kanye West puts hijab-wearing model on catwalk
Thu, 2017-02-16

NEW York: Rap superstar turned designer Kanye West broke boundaries by putting a hijab-wearing Somali-American model on the New York catwalk Wednesday, unveiling a new, more adult Yeezy Season 5 collection.
Halima Aden, 19, made her runway debut on day seven of New York fashion week at one of the hottest and most exclusive tickets in town — West’s at times experimental collaboration with Adidas.
She walked in front of West’s reality star wife Kim Kardashian and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour not long after West was slammed by fans for meeting then president-elect Donald Trump in December.
Born in a Kenyan refugee camp and now a US citizen, her appearance in such a high-profile show will propel her into a much bigger league than did the headlines she first made last year — when she became the first woman to compete in a Miss Minnesota beauty pageant in a hijab.
Style bible Vogue said her appearance made her the show’s “most talked-about new face” and credited her with starting a “meaningful conversation” by proudly representing Muslim women at fashion week.
While finding looks that meet her required modesty can be challenging, Aden told Vogue that so far her experiences had been positive.
“My goal is to send a message to Muslim women and young women everywhere that it’s okay to break stereotypes and be yourself,” the magazine’s website quoted her as saying.
“I haven’t received any pressure to be anything other than myself,” she told Vogue, “and for that, I am so grateful.”
The Season 5 show saw West apparently bounce back from a reported mental breakdown as his family was still recuperating after Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris in October.
And after a fiasco last season, which saw one model collapse due to extreme heat, West bucked the trend and refused to broadcast it live.
It was a radical departure for the 39-year-old whose shows have been over the top — presenting at locales from Madison Square Garden to New York’s Roosevelt Island — since he started his fashion line two years ago.
But on Wednesday his latest collaboration with Adidas was shown in a more traditional, stripped-down industrial space in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, in an area along the Hudson River used by other designers.
Guests were warned not to use phones, take pictures or videos, and not to post anything on social media — but of course, those warnings appeared on social media anyway, as did a few photos.
The clothes departed a bit from his usual sportswear, though that influence was still present.
Denim hit the Yeezy catwalk for the first time, in the form of high-waisted jeans, shirts and jackets.
Coats in leather or fur put the label into another sphere, as did an anthracite gray blouse with a decidedly feminine cut.

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:07:50 +0000
Unedited, from the Saudi Gazette, Aug 19, 2015:
"JEDDAH — Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, has issued directives to all regional governors in the province to hold urgent meetings with tribal elders to finalize a document fixing a ceiling for dowry and discuss ways to end extravagant weddings, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
In a cable sent to the governors, Prince Khaled said he had noticed some families had been demanding high dowries for their daughters, eventually leading to an increase in spinsterhood in the country.
He said the situation required the intervention of the governors, who shall prepare a document specifying the maximum amount of dowry to be paid to different categories of brides after consultations with the tribal leaders and sheikhs.
Prince Khaled suggested that the dowry for a virgin must be fixed at a maximum of SR50,000 and for a divorcee at SR30,000.
A recent study indicated that the number of spinsters in the Kingdom nearly tripled to 4 million in 2015 from less than 1.5 million in 2010. Sociologists have attributed the rise in spinsterhood in the Kingdom to demands of high dowries and rising marriage expenses."

Dr Susanna: In Aug 2015, approx 4 SR to 1 USD. So a virgin will cost you approx USD12,500 and a divorcee will cost you approx USD7,500. Personally, I am cheering the virgins and urging them to escape being owned any way they can. Especially by ISIS.