• english.alarabiya.net

    Soaked but smiling, Croatian president wins admirers at World Cup final

    Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic has won many admirers for own performance at the World Cup final in Moscow, where she stood in driving rain at the closing ceremony, smiled and hugged every player from both teams. Croatia lost to France 4-2 in a thrilling final on Sunday. Grabar Kitarovic, clad in a red-and white Croatia soccer shirt, stood on the podium with Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron when the medals were given to the players.

  • Egypt Independent

    Iran's supreme leader calls for government to be backed in face of US sanctions

    Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday called on state bodies to support the government of President Hassan Rouhani in fighting looming US economic sanctions, saying America’s “conspiracy” could be defeated, according to his official website. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used a speech to members of Rouhani’s cabinet to call for support for the government and action against alleged financial crime to ease popular concerns fueled by US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from world powers’ 2015 deal with Iran on its nuclear program. The likely return of US economic sanctions has triggered a rapid fall of Iran’s currency and protests by bazaar traders usually loyal to the Islamist rulers, and a public

  • Arab News

    ‘Atlas of Beauty’: A Romanian photographer captures images of female beauty that defy every stereotype

    JEDDAH: We live in a world where female beauty standards vary but are all socially and culturally constructed. The Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc traveled that world with her camera and backpack, photographing women in their everyday surroundings and listening to their stories. The result is the “Atlas of Beauty.” Since 2013, Noroc has photographed over 2,000 women in more than 50 countries, listening to their stories and learning about their lives. “I noticed that there is a lot of pressure on women to look and behave a certain way,” she told Arab News. “In some environments, it’s the pressure to look attractive. In others, on the contrary, it’s the pressure to look modest. But every woman

  • BBC News

    Ofcom: Love Island not in breach of rules

    Media watchdog Ofcom will not investigate more than 2,600 complaints about the treatment of Love Island contestant Dani Dyer. The complaints related to a scene where Dyer was shown a misleading video of boyfriend Jack Fincham after his ex-girlfriend was brought into his villa. An Ofcom spokesperson said they "understood" Dyer's distress was upsetting for viewers. But it considered "viewers are likely to expect emotionally charged scenes." The spokesperson said that the viewers' concerns were "carefully considered" and that the audience was aware "scenes... have been engineered to test contestants' relationships." Dyer, who has been paired up with Fincham since the beginning of the series, burst

  • english.alarabiya.net

    IN PICTURES: Story behind oddly-shaped mountain in flat Saudi desert

    It is locally known as the famed “Jouda's finger,” and lies on the Joudy path near the Eastern Region, 150 km away from Dammam. The giant structure has been mentioned in old and modern discerption of trips in the area, a landmark for passers on the Joudy path linking between the Ihsaa oasis and Al-Yamama region since the past. The sedimentary mountain, that includes caves formed by water and winds, has been formed over thousands of years by the pure water covering the region. Geology professor at King Saud Univeristy, Abdel Aziz bin Laboon, that this finger like some people refer to remained alone amid the flat desert after land around melted millions of years ago.

  • BBC News

    Does Love Island have a diversity problem?

    We're six weeks in, there's been more than 30 contestants and at least 50,000 mentions of the word "loyal". But as Love Island continues to keep us hooked there's been an uncomfortable conversation around the show. It's all about diversity. Some fans have continually questioned why the majority of the cast appear to look the same. Leigh-Ann Pinnock from Little Mix waded in on the debate saying she was tempted to switch off because of its lack of diversity. Love Island says it's committed to diversity, but Newsbeat has been taking a look at the debate so far. 'Where are the south Asian women?' More than 85,000 people applied for Love Island this year. With such a huge number of singletons to choose

  • CNN Money

    Why oil prices are suddenly tanking

    Once red-hot, oil prices are suddenly tanking. Rumors about emergency action from the Trump administration helped send US crude plunging 5% on Monday, sinking to as low as $67.58 a barrel. The reversal has wiped out 9% from oil price in less than a week. US oil closed at $74.11 a barrel on July 10. "It's a great reminder of how quickly sentiment can swing -- and how volatile these markets are," said Michael Wittner, global head of oil research at Société Générale. Analysts blamed Monday's sell-off on reports suggesting Saudi Arabia and the United States are racing to prevent an oil shortage caused by President Donald Trump's sanctions on Iran. Late Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that