• english.alarabiya.net

    Miss Philippines wins 2018 Miss Universe crown

    Miss Philippines was crowned Miss Universe on Monday in Bangkok after a trailblazing ceremony. Catriona Gray, 24, finished first ahead of the South African and Venezuelan finalists in the glittering televised event hosted by American comic turned TV host Steve Harvey and supermodel Ashley Graham. Gray -- a student of music theory -- beat more than 90 contestants from around the globe in the 67th instalment of Miss Universe, which was held in the Thai capital's Impact Arena. This year's event drew positive feedback for themes of inclusivity and an all-women panel of judges made up of business leaders and former Miss Universe titleholders.

  • CNN Style

    Miss Universe 2018: Catriona Gray, from the Philippines, claims crown

    Catriona Gray from the Philippines claimed the Miss Universe crown for 2018 on Monday, beating contestants from 93 other countries. The 24-year-old Filipina-Australian pipped South African Demi Leigh Nel-Peters for the top spot, becoming the fourth Filipina to bring home the coveted title. Miss Venezuela, Sthefany Gutiérrez, rounded out the top three at the contest in Bangkok. Thailand's own Sophida Kanchanarin made it to the final 10, to huge cheers from the home crowd, but did not progress further. History and controversy Ahead of Monday's final, much attention was on Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, the first transgender contestant in the competition's history. "I'm competing because it's what I've

  • Al Jazeera

    Manufacturing spies: Iran's campaign against 'infiltration'

    Around two weeks ago, in a move that caught many by surprise, Iran's security forces arrested Iranian-Australian academic Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi, a widely respected population researcher at the University of Melbourne, as she was leaving Iran. They also summoned her colleague, Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, who is a professor of demography at the University of Tehran and director of Iran's National Institute of Population Research, for questioning. Iran's state news agency IRNA said Hosseini-Chavoshi and Abbasi-Shavazi, who had previously conducted research on population growth and fertility in Iran, were charged with "espionage" and intrusion "in the area of population control". Iranian

  • Al Jazeera

    Qatar 1996 coup plot: New details reveal Saudi-UAE backing

    A former French Army commander has revealed new details of a foiled military coup that was planned against Qatar by the now-blockading countries in the region in February 1996. In an interview with Al Jazeera, Paul Barril, who oversaw the thwarted operation, said that a plan to overthrow the Qatari government at the time was backed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain. The same countries, along with Egypt, severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017. The quartet has accused Qatar of supporting "terrorism". Qatar has denied the charges and said the boycott aims to impinge on its sovereignty. The failed coup, dubbed "Operation Abu Ali", took place during

  • Emirates24|7

    Spotted: Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and Taimur Ali Khan

    Karisma Kapoor Varun Dhawan Priyanka Chopra Shah Rukh Khan Grandmother Babita Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Taimur Ali Khan. Aishwarya Rai at ad shoot Kareena Kapoor at the gym Kangana Ranaut Alia Bhatt at Nickelodeon. Deepika Padukone at Nickelodeon event Kajol Kareena Kapoor post a shoot In Bandra. Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani Disha Patani Song launch of Zero with Katrina Kaif Janhvi Kapoor Shah Rukh Khan snapped during Zero promotion.

  • Emirates24|7

    Angad Bedi joins Janhvi in Gunjan biopic

    Angad Bedi is enjoying his life and career as well. Father to a new baby girl Mehr, Angad is now readying for his role opposite Janhvi Kapoor in the Gunjan Saxena biopic. “Angad is on board the film now. However, it is not clear whether he has stepped into an independent role or whether he will be replacing Dulquer Salmaan whose name has also cropped up as one of the actors in the film,” informs a source close to the development of the film. Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena along with Flight Lieutenant Srividya Rajan were India's first two women who flew choppers to evacuate injured Indian soldiers from Kargil 18 years ago braving enemy fire in northern Kashmir. Saxena's brother and father too

  • Arab News

    Philippines to deploy 'hijab troopers' nationwide

    MANILA: Hijab-clad female soldiers are to be deployed throughout the Philippines as part of a major counterterrorism initiative. The so-called “hijab troopers” will provide vital support to communities traumatized by war. Their placement in key areas across the country follows the success of their deployment during the Marawi siege last year, when Daesh-inspired local terrorists seized the city. Army Col. Romeo Brawner Jr. said the troopers have been trained in preventing and countering violent extremism. “Because of their success in Marawi, it's believed that they'll also be effective in other places,” he told Arab News. “They'll provide cultural and psychosocial services in urban communities.”