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Monterrey to face Liverpool in Club World Cup semis
Liverpool will face Monterrey in the Fifa Club World Cup semi-final after the Mexico side beat Al-Sadd 3-2.

Sat, 14 Dec 2019 20:15:38 GMT

UK tourist 'shot dead' in robbery in Argentina
One man was killed and and his son was hurt in a suspected robbery in Buenos Aires, according to local media.

Sat, 14 Dec 2019 19:47:34 GMT

What happened in the Premier League on Saturday?
Liverpool's 2-0 victory against Watford increases their lead to 10 points at the top of the Premier League table.

Sat, 14 Dec 2019 19:33:01 GMT

Klopp unhappy at prospect of more European fixtures after Reds go 10 points clear
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rejects suggestions top clubs want more Champions League games as Liverpool prepare for two games less than 24 hours apart.

Sat, 14 Dec 2019 18:58:03 GMT

Sancho scores for sixth game in row as Dortmund hammer Mainz
England's Jadon Sancho scores for a sixth consecutive game as Borussia Dortmund hammer Mainz.

Sat, 14 Dec 2019 17:24:25 GMT

Barcelona draw at Real Sociedad in entertaining game
La Liga leaders Barcelona play out an entertaining draw with fourth-placed Real Sociedad.

Sat, 14 Dec 2019 17:03:02 GMT

Omar al-Bashir: Sudan ex-leader sentenced for corruption
Bashir has been sentenced to two years for corruption - but cannot be jailed because of his age.

Sat, 14 Dec 2019 15:09:02 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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It-girls gather as influencer Rania Fawaz weds in Dubai
Sat, 2019-12-14 11:20

DUBAI: On Friday, Dubai’s it-girls gathered at the Desert Palm Resort wearing their glittering best for Iraqi influencer Rania Fawaz’s wedding to her longtime partner Sammer Sommers.

The 24-year-old, who got married at a lavish ceremony over the weekend, celebrated her nuptials in the presence of family and friends, which included the likes of fellow it girls Dima Sheikhly and Hala Abdallah who both wore Rami Kadi gowns, Ola Farahat, who chose Aden Fashion, and Fatima Almomen who showed off a Romani design at the palm tree-lined resort.

Fawaz tied the knot wearing two different wedding gowns designed by her mother, Zeena Zaki. For the first look, the new bride looked to “Sex and the City” lead Carrie Bradshaw’s fictional Vogue couture spread for inspiration. 

She wore a strapless gown that featured a frothy, floor-trailing skirt and was paired with long, white gloves and a veil as she walked arm-in-arm with her new husband into the extravagant venue. 

The fashion influencer then switched into a second look, which comprised of a corset top paired with a billowing, tulle skirt to dance the night away with her loved ones.

“For everyone asking, both my dresses are from the greatest woman and designer ever @zeenazaki. More to come!! (sic),” Fawaz wrote on Instagram, alongside a video of her and her new husband making their grand entrance in a video post that she shared with her 818K followers. 

“Dress number one inspired by Carrie Bradshaw. couldn’t ask for a better person to design this beautiful masterpiece!! I love you @zeenazaki, you made my dream dress come true,” she captioned another series of snaps. 

As for her hair, the newly-married Instagram blogger opted for a sleek updo. Meanwhile, UAE-based makeup artist, who is of Jordanian descent, Mohammed Hindash was tasked with readying the bride for her big day. 

Also at the jam-packed nuptials was UAE-based crooner Layla Kardan, who serenaded guests with a live rendition of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.” 

The stylish guest list also brought out Rene Borisova, Alanoud Badr and Enjy Kiwan. 

Ahead of the wedding, Fawaz and Sommers made things official at an intimate gathering surrounded by close friends and family. For the pre-wedding celebration, the blushing bride chose a white ensemble that consisted of a white, ruffled blazer and matching skirt from Dior. 

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It’s official Mr. & Mrs. Sommers

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Fawaz and Sommers got engaged a little over one year ago.

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Sat, 14 Dec 2019 08:37:41 +0000

Where We Are Going Today: Khurafa Studios
Fri, 2019-12-13 03:55

Khurafa Studios is taking denim jacket aesthetics to another level. The jackets are often described as a must-have item in your closet, regardless of your gender, as any boring outfit can be leveled up with one.

Khurafa Studios are going even further by creating unique jackets. Its jackets can be customized to your liking.

The design, size, and the type of art you want on the back can all be tailored exactly to your liking so that you have a piece of clothing that is unique and an instant favorite.

Some of their more popular designs include nostalgic anime characters and quotes in Arabic.

The price is fairly reasonable, and the employees are extremely helpful. Khurafa Studios has spread its wings internationally and on their Instagram page @KhurafaStudios people from all over the world share pictures and videos of their own unique jackets.

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:55:23 +0000

Moroccan designer Chama Mechtaly’s ‘Moors and Saints’ shows value of connection
Thu, 2019-12-12 14:53

DUBAI: “Moors & Saints” is the brainchild of the Moroccan visual artist and designer Chama Mechtaly. This fine jewelry line not only draws inspiration from sacred architecture, and its message is more than skin-deep, in light of the current political climate surrounding migration.

“For the last few years, we have been witnessing the rise of nationalism and anti-immigrant rhetoric all over the world,” the UAE-based designer told Arab News during her brand’s debut at this year’s edition of Dubai Design Week. “I was thinking, ‘How can I communicate my values as an artist and a human being, who is really interested in connecting minds and hearts, and translate those values into a brand that connects really well with the local community in Dubai?’ (I wanted) to find some kind of universal language that started somewhere and traveled across the world, affecting the lives of different communities, and so Moorish design popped up.”

The brand is Renowned for its repetitive geometric patterns. (Supplied)

Renowned for its repetitive geometric patterns, glazed tiles and majestic arches, the history of Moorish design dates back to the 11th century, flourishing mainly in North Africa and Andalusia, but spreading as far as Latin America and Southeast Asia.

“If you look at the context of massive, powerful Muslim civilizations like Andalusia, the Mogul Empire, or the Fatimid Dynasty in Cairo, they were only able to become powerful because they weaved and included different communities, including Jews, Christians, and Hindus,” Mechtaly, who holds a degree in international relations and conflict resolution, noted. 

The history of Moorish design dates back to the 11th century. (Supplied)

Growing up in Morocco, Mechtaly was inspired by the fascinating visual language that dominates the country’s diverse ecosystem of mosques, synagogues, palaces, and universities. “Craftsmanship, art, and design are very much part of our identity, not just myself and my family — but, really, every Moroccan,” she said.  

“Moors & Saints” launched in September with three elegant collections named after historical cities that are home to Moorish design — Granada, Marrakesh, and Cairo. Handmade in Dubai, all of the designed pieces are manufactured in either silver or 18-carat gold, and come in a range of earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces, with cufflinks available for men as well.

The first collection that Mechtaly started designing was Granada. It is specifically inspired by the architecture of the famous Alhambra Palace — a fortress built during the Nasrid Dynasty in the 9th century.

“Moors & Saints” launched in September with three elegant collections named after historical cities that are home to Moorish design — Granada, Marrakesh, and Cairo. (Supplied)

“Alhambra was built in the spirit of ‘convivencia’ — Jews, Muslims, and Christians benefiting from each other, sharing knowledge and really creating together,” Mechtaly said. “I believe that it really connects with the story of the UAE, welcoming ethnicities and nationalities from all over the world to thrive here and create an environment of cross-cultural exchange.”

The octagonal star that can be seen on the walls of the palace takes center stage in the Granada collection, along with an Arabic translation of the Nasrid mantra: “There is no victor but God,” which is carefully engraved on a pair of earrings topped off with a red pearl, a nod to the palace’s iconic color.

Going south towards North Africa, the Cairo collection features architectural elements of the Egyptian capital’s Alazhar Mosque, erected under the patronage of the Fatimid rulers.

The feminine Marrakesh collection draws inspiration from the city’s popular ‘zellij’ glazed tiles. (Supplied)

Some might be surprised to see the six-pointed Seal of Solomon — which one strictly associates with Israel and the Jewish people — in the collection’s pieces. However, this ancient, much-used symbol is actually a feature of several Islamic spiritual sites, including the Alazhar Mosque. Mechtaly explained: “What I’m trying to promote is that this symbol has been shared for centuries (among) different civilizations, whether Hindu, Muslim, Christian, (or) Jewish.”

Meanwhile, the feminine Marrakesh collection draws inspiration from the city’s popular ‘zellij’ glazed tiles — particularly those found in the burial sites of the 16th-century Saadi Dynasty. The collection is noticeably rosy-toned; an homage to the city’s colorful exteriors.  

Mechtaly was inspired by the fascinating visual language that dominates Morocco diverse ecosystem of mosques, synagogues, palaces, and universities. (Supplied)

The up-and-coming designer hopes her creations convey her message of tolerance and symbolize historical depth.

“I want people to know that they’re carrying a piece of heritage and history that dates back for centuries and has been affected by and inspiring people from across the globe,” she says, “no matter what their skin color, religion, or origins.”

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:27:24 +0000

Meet Fai Khadra, the US-Palestinian multi-hyphenate doing it all
Wed, 2019-12-11 14:51

DUBAI: "I’m a textbook Virgo," is one of the first admissions from Fai Khadra when we meet at the Farfetch pop-up at the Sole DXB festival.

For the astrology uninitiated, those born between late August and mid-September are defined as meticulous, conscientious and perfectionist, which Khadra, who jetted to Dubai to DJ at the two-day streetwear event, most certainly is.

But one need not know his star sign to come to that conclusion. Just one glimpse at him — he was wearing cropped jeans and classic white Jordans offset by a bright orange, collared jumper and bleached locks — reveals someone who is obviously down to earth but straight-to-business.

Fai Khadra wears many hats. In addition to being a musician, he also dabbles in modeling, sculptures, DJ’ing and most recently set design. Supplied

While a quick Google search of the 28-year-old, affectionately known as @yourboyfai to his 742,000 Instagram followers, will show hundreds of headlines revolving around his close friendship with international supermodel Kendall Jenner, there is a lot more to the US-Palestinian talent than simply the people he surrounds himself with.



we don’t date he’s just my date

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Khadra wears many hats. In addition to being a musician — he is currently working on a debut musical project — he also dabbles in modeling, sculptures, DJ’ing and most recently set design.

He dreamed up the sleek, eye-catching sets for Summer Walker’s “First and Last” tour as well as The Internet’s 2019 Camp Flog Gnaw performance.

For Khadra, set design was a natural transition since it combined both his passions for music and architectonics.

And in addition to his fastidious attention to detail, he holds a degree in architecture, which he obtained shortly after completing his last two years of high school at the American School of Dubai.

One would think that dreaming up spectacular sets, working on new music and installations, and jetting off to far-flung locations for DJ’ing and modeling gigs would be enough to keep someone occupied.

However, the older brother of DJ twins Simi and Haze reveals that he is just getting started, as he has plans to roll out his very own concept soon.

“I find that it’s really hard to find good basics, whether that’s in apparel, beauty or homeware,” Khadra said.

He plans to launch his own label focusing on everyday basics that are super comfortable, expertly tailored and reasonably priced.

At the core of his concept is a commitment to crafting each product from sustainable, organically sourced materials.

Indeed, sustainability holds a very special meaning to the environmentally conscious Khadra, who reveals that for every trip he makes, including his most recent visit to Dubai, he takes steps to offset his carbon footprint by donating to initiatives that plant trees, a gesture also practiced by model Bella Hadid.



Thank you @farfetch for having me @soledxb !!! Was a quick but fun one #withFarfetch

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A release date has yet to be announced for the new concept, likely because Khadra is also occupied with exploring various creative avenues. But how does he balance it all? 

“For me, it’s really just all the same creative process,” he noted.

Khadra shares that in addition to exhibitions, music and traveling, his Palestinian roots also inspire his art, despite the fact that he has never had the chance to visit.

“I’m super inspired by the strength and resilience of the Palestinian people,” he muses. “I think they (Palestinians) show so much love and humanity, and I’d love to go. It’s probably one of my top destinations to visit,” he revealed.

As for what is next for the multifaceted creative? “I’m just super blessed that I get to wake up every day and do what I love,” he said. “I hope that I can continue to find interesting ways to be more creative and enlighten the world in some way if I can.” 

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Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:04:11 +0000

Imaan Hammam rides the NYC subway for Moschino
Wed, 2019-12-11 11:55

DUBAI: For Moschino’s first catwalk show in New York — the brand typically shows in Milan — creative director Jeremy Scott chose to present the Italian label’s pre-fall 2020 collection at New York’s Transit Museum, with oversized Moschino Metrocards as the show invitations.

Show-goers were provided a car and a seat number within the Downtown institution housing artefacts of commuter systems, which is located two miles from Pratt University where Scott studied, and they buckled in for a show that was certainly a ride.

The runway show’s soundtrack opened with the familiar screeching of a train pulling in followed by the recording “Stand clear of the closing doors, please,” before hip-hop music began blasting through the speakers.

Opening the show was Moroccan-Egyptian model Imaan Hammam, who strutted down the museum’s platform through two rows of vintage subway cars. The first look of the collection was a cozy, grey tracksuit boasting oversized zippers that was paired with a fur stole, piles of gold chains and the quintessential New York footwear, Timberland boots.

 The Netherlands-bred beauty also closed the show, wearing a slinky, plunging gown that was dripping with embellishments. Naturally, the eveningwear was accessorized with an oversized Moschino boombox.

The 23-year-old joined the likes of supermodels Winnie Harlow, Yasmin Wijnaldum, Joan Smalls and Halima Aden, who all strode down Scott’s subway-runway in front of a star-studded front row that included American singer Kacey Musgraves, “Euphoria” star Storm Reid and “Riverdale” actress Madelaine Petsch. Each catwalk model sported temporary ink crafted by celebrity tattoo artist Jonboy.

Halima Aden donned a graphic, white suit covered in illustrations and an oversized ball-cap over her hijab. AFP

For her part, Somali-American model Aden, who was born in a Kenyan refugee camp, donned a graphic, white suit covered in illustrations and an oversized ball-cap over her hijab.

According to the show notes, Moschino’s pre-fall 2020 collection is meant to hit all the stylistic nuances of the Big Apple. This resulted in a lineup of stacked, nameplate gold chains, oversized baseball caps, XXL gold watches, platform boots that laced up the leg, vibrant windbreakers and beaded eveningwear that’s sure to costume Scott’s loyal celebrity clients such as Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj on red carpets in the months to come. 

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Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:00:10 +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.