Here's why Sikhs were offended by this $790 Gucci turban

    It's only been three months since Gucci had to apologize for its blackface sweater. But it seems the brand hasn't learned its lesson. The Italian fashion house made headlines earlier this week for its "Indy Full Turban," which was listed for sale on the website of luxury department store Nordstrom for a whopping $790. The blue turban closely resembled the style of turbans worn by millions of Sikhs around the world, and people in the Sikh community were offended, calling out both Gucci and Nordstrom for cultural appropriation, insensitivity and the hefty price tag. Nordstrom eventually pulled the turban from its website and apologized. "We have decided to stop carrying this product and have removed

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    Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings over tensions

    Saudi Arabia has called for urgent meetings of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to discuss escalating tensions in the Gulf, the Saudi official news agency said on Saturday. The Saudi Press Agency said King Salman had invited Gulf leaders and Arab states to two emergency summits in Makkah on May 30 to discuss recent "aggressions and their consequences" in the region. Tensions have soared in the Gulf with the US deploying an aircraft carrier and bombers to the region over alleged threats from Iran. Four ships including two Saudi oil tankers were damaged in mysterious sabotage attacks Sunday off Fujairah, an emirate located at the crucial entrance to the Gulf. That incident

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    Mel B hospitalised after losing sight

    Mel B was rushed to hospital on Friday after losing her sight. The Spice Girls singer - who has no vision in her left eye after laser surgery went wrong - was rushed to London's Moorfield Eye Hospital after she was suddenly unable to see out of her right eye. Mel arrived at the specialist facility wearing an eye patch and reportedly said: "I can't see anything I am totally blind." A source added to The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "She was clearly in a lot of pain." The 43-year-old star was later transferred to Luton and Dunstable Hospital's ophthalmology department and once her vision returned, she defied doctors orders to rejoin her bandmates at tour rehearsals. Mel underwent "very swift and very

  • Al Jazeera

    Trump threatens Iran's 'end' if it seeks fight with the US

    Just days after saying he was prepared for talks, United States President Donald Trump has issued a direct threat to Iran, suggesting that the Islamic republic will be destroyed if it attacks his country's interests. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again," Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday. He did not clarify what threats he meant. The confrontational post follows last week's attacks on Saudi oil assets and the firing of a rocket on Sunday into the heavily fortified "Green Zone" in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, an area housing many government buildings and embassies. The Iraqi military said there were no casualties in the rocket attack.

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    Madonna sparks flag controversy at 'non-political' Eurovision

    Madonna's anticipated guest performance during the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel sparked controversy in the final moments of the show.  The star appeared on Saturday draped in a black cape and a black eye-patch during her performance of 1989 hit "Like A Prayer," and new single "Future". At the close of her second number, two backing dancers each wearing a respective flag from Israel and Palestine, walked arm in arm, in an act that was perceived as a political statement on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.  The performance also saw dancers falling to the ground while wearing gas masks, and concluded with Madonna and the US rapper Quavo walking together as the words "wake up"

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    Early photobooks of Mecca by Dutch orientalist net record at auction

    During Sotheby's Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History sale in London last week, a pair of photobooks of rare early images of Mecca by Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje sold for a record $271,016 Christiaan Snouck Hungronje's portfolio of photographs titled 'Mekka'. (Supplied) A respected Dutch orientalist, Snouck Hurgronje, or Abd al-Ghaffar as he became known, converted to Islam and spent a number of years living in Mecca, studying life in the holy city. From Christiaan Snouck Hungronje's portfolio of photographs. (Supplied) An area of great interest for collectors, sales of early photographs of Mecca continue to attract high prices, with Sotheby's continuing to hold the auction record for the

  • Egypt Independent

    Google and Android system start to cut ties with Huawei

    US internet giant Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world's smartphones, said Sunday it was beginning to cut ties with China's Huawei, which Washington considers a national security threat. In the midst of a trade war with Beijing, President Donald Trump has barred US companies from engaging in telecommunications trade with foreign companies said to threaten American national security. The measure targets Huawei, a Chinese telecoms giant in Washington's sights that is listed by the Commerce Department among firms with which American companies can only engage in trade after obtaining the green light from the authorities. The ban includes technology sharing. “We are