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Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: PM declares assault on regional capital Mekelle
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Captain Eoin Morgan says there are seven or eight "pretty strong candidates" to be in England's best team, less than a year before the T20 World Cup.

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 14:21:37 GMT

Diego Maradona: Thousands bid farewell as Argentina grieves
Fans pay their final respects to the late football legend at Argentina's presidential palace.

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 13:30:22 GMT

Diego Maradona: World mourns Argentine football great
Fans around the world gather to pay tribute to one of the greatest players of all time.

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:58:41 GMT

Turkey court jails hundreds for life for 2016 coup plot against Erdogan
Air force pilots, other officers and civilians are jailed for trying to oust President Erdogan.

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:54:12 GMT

Kylie Moore-Gilbert: Thailand frees Iranians 'in swap with academic'
Three men jailed for a bombing have left Thailand after Iran frees a lecturer held on spying charges.

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'Please forgive me!': US tourist returns block of stolen Roman marble
In a letter, the traveller asks to be forgiven for taking a marble fragment from Rome in 2017.

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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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Imaan Hammam gets candid about her work with She’s the First
Wed, 2020-11-25 12:45

DUBAI: Imaan Hammam, who is Dutch and born to a Moroccan mother and Egyptian father, has always been outspoken about the struggles she has faced in her own career as a woman of color. She’s currently an ambassador for the organization She’s the First (STF), a grassroots organization that helps empower young women through education around the world. 

Hammam first teamed up with STF in 2019, when she brought her 996,000 Instagram followers along on a learning trip to visit young girls in The Gambia. “Flashback to dancing in The Gambia with the @starfishintl girls,” she recently recalled of her trip on Instagram.

“The girls and boys were getting ready for the talent show that was taking place that day. I was so excited to see what they were working on, from dancing to poetry to singing. My role for the day was to accompany them and offer any advice that I might have,” she explained of the “life changing trip.”



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The 24-year-old model recently opened up about her involvement with the non-profit organization and how she hopes to champion young women in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar.

“Being a woman and having this type of career and this job, I just felt like at some point I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I have to help women like me, or girls like me, to tell them and show them that you’re able to dream big and be able to pursue any kind of dream you have,’ she said of her partnership with She’s the First. 

During the conversation, the model also revealed that her mother, who immigrated to the Netherlands aged 19,  is a huge source of inspiration for her. 

“I just have so much respect for her and for her journey that she had,” she said. “My mom didn't always have it very easy, and I feel like I did. And that's why I think I'm so strong about helping women like my mom, or some girls like me that have always had a dream.”

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Wed, 25 Nov 2020 09:49:01 +0000

Nicole Scherzinger wows in Georges Chakra design
Tue, 2020-11-24 14:31

DUBAI: Singer and television show host Nicole Scherzinger was spotted wearing a design from our neck of the woods this week to promote the hit show “The Masked Singer.”

The “Don’t Cha” hitmaker, who serves as a judge on the show alongside singer Robin Thicke, comedian Ken Jeong and model Jenna McCarthy, wowed viewers with a white, statement-making Georges Chakra pant suit from the Lebanese designer’s Spring 2019 couture collection.

The look boasted a plunging blazer with metallic details on the shoulders and sleeves and a cascading train. She paired the top with coordinating white, flared trousers. Scherzinger  elevated the look with a dusting of metallic, eye-popping powder across her lids to compliment her ensemble.

Chakra is one of Lebanon’s top couture designers. His gowns have graced runways in Paris and red carpets in Hollywood, while the entertainment industry’s top talent like Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Lopez and Letitia Wright regularly don his creations.  His designs have even been featured in films and television shows like “Gossip Girl” – Blake Lively’s character Serena van der Woodsen tied the knot in a dramatic strapless tulle gown designed Chakra in the show’s series finale. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Aug.4 Beirut explosion, Chakra didn’t unveil his Fall 2021 couture collection during the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode’s official Haute Couture week this year, but presented it in a digital format instead.

Much like his previous collections, the Fall 2021 couture offering was an amalgamation of expert tailoring, volume, ruffles, traces of lamé and rich fabrics such as lace, velour de soie, silk organza and gazar.

Meanwhile, Scherzinger isn’t the only A-lister to champion the Lebanese couturier in recent weeks. 

Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen was recently spotted wearing an all-white ensemble at a Pennsylvania rally for president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris’ election campaign where her husband John Legend was performing. 

The look featured a tailored Chloe blazer worn over a bodysuit paired with a tulle tiered skirt from Chakra’s Fall 2020 couture collection. 

The designer’s creations also found a fan in British actress Kate Beckinsale, who recently attended this year’s Monte Carlo Gala for Planetary Health in Monaco wearing a white, asymmetric gown, which was plucked from the designer’s Fall 2019 couture collection.

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Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:34:25 +0000

Emma Stone’s Oscar gown to be auctioned for Beirut
Tue, 2020-11-24 10:45

DUBAI: Sotheby’s has partnered with Creatives for Lebanon and Art for Beirut to raise funds following the devastating explosion that ripped through the capital on Aug. 4 — and one very special Elie Saab gown is going under the hammer.

The custom-made beaded chartreuse gown features guipure and sequin embroidery and was worn by Academy Award-winning actress Emma Stone on the Oscars red carpet in 2015.

Alongside that gown will be dresses donated by Middle Eastern icons, including a silk haute couture gown designed for Egyptian actress Sherihan in 1987 and a unique sky-blue embellished dress from the collection of beloved Lebanese singer Majida El-Roumi.

Bidding will run from Dec. 7-15.

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Tue, 24 Nov 2020 07:47:23 +0000

Gigi Hadid shares new photos of her baby girl
Mon, 2020-11-23 15:22

DUBAI: Part-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid rarely offers glimpses of her newborn child with former One Direction singer Zayn Malik, but on Sunday, the 25-year-old shared a candid snap of her two-month old daughter on Instagram.

“A whole new kind of busy & tired but she’s da bestie so she got Christmas decorations early (sic),” Hadid wrote, alongside a series of intimate Instagram snaps that showed her cradling her baby girl.  The California-bred catwalker also took to the social media platform to show off her festive Christmas decorations ahead of the holiday.

In the images, Hadid appears to be in Pennsylvania with her daughter rather than New York City, where she recently renovated her apartment in Noho. 

The then-expectant model spent quarantine at her mother Yolanda Hadid’s Pennsylvania farmhouse with her partner Malik during the majority of the coronavirus pandemic. 



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Extremely private when it comes to her newborn, Hadid rarely shares images of her daughter and has also kept the infant’s name under wraps – according to E! News, the newborn’s moniker is “unique.”

However, it’s not the first snap the part-Arab beauty has shared of her baby girl. In celebration of Halloween, the model shared the family’s first photo together on Instagram.

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Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:24:53 +0000

Megan Fox champions Lebanese designer at 2020 AMAs
Mon, 2020-11-23 10:38

DUBAI: On Sunday night, the 48th annual American Music Awards (AMA) kicked off at Los Angeles’s Microsoft Theater. The AMAs are one of the music industry’s biggest nights. Before the show began, however, A-list celebrities hit the socially-distanced red carpet, showcasing their theatrical, performance-ready looks before hitting the main stage. The annual awards show has a history of rebellious and playful outfits and this year’s ceremony was no different. A few celebrities were also spotted wearing designs from Arab labels. 

US actress Megan Fox and her partner Machine Gun Kelly marked a major celebrity relationship milestone, making their red carpet debut together as a couple — and they were dressed to the nines for the occasion. 

The “Transformers” star, who presented an award at the ceremony, wore an emerald green asymmetrical top and matching A-line skirt by Lebanese design duo Azzi & Osta. She paired the look, which was plucked from the Beirut-based brand’s Fall 2020 ready-to-wear collection, with a Tyler Ellis clutch and Giambattista Valli sandals. 

Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly at the 2020 American Music Awards. AFP

The couture house, helmed by George Azzi and Assaad Osta, is a bonafide celebrity go-to for important red carpet events. Who can forget when Beyonce rocked up to the annual Clive Davis Pre-Grammy party in New York in 2018 wearing a black fishtail gown from Azzi & Osta that took 300 hours to create?

Meanwhile, Fox wasn’t the only A-lister to champion a Lebanese designer at Sunday evening’s ceremony.

Host Taraji P. Henson, who led the star-studded evening, donned a series of glamorous outfits throughout the evening, including an ensemble by Beirut-based couturier Georges Hobeika.

Taraji P. Henson wearing Georges Hobeika at the 2020 American Music Awards. AFP

The 50-year-old actress kicked things off with a metallic, sequined Armani Privé mini dress and matching headwrap before she took to the stage to show off a number of stylish wardrobe changes.

In addition to a metallic Carolina Herrera gown, a Perry Meek catsuit and a black-and-white Area dress, Henson also donned a custom Georges Hobeika outfit while hosting the show.

The look boasted a sheer, beaded skirt with a thigh high slit and an asymmetric top featuring an oversized keyhole cutout.

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Mon, 23 Nov 2020 07:44:25 +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.