• Arab News

    Meet Aya Barqawi, the Saudi-born social media star

    LONDON: Born in North West London to Moroccan and Pakistani parents, model Mariah Idrissi has made quite a name for herself - starring in campaigns for major high street retailers, hosting TED Talks and sharing snaps of her travels with her 88,000 Instagram followers. The hijab-wearing model has been vocal about her preference for modest fashion and spoke to Arab News about her style, faith and achievements. “I wear hijab to represent my faith, my culture, and because I genuinely love the idea of modest dress,” she said. “I think it's important to feel comfortable in what you wear and also not lose a sense of your personality, hence why there is so much diversity in modest styles.” Her breakthrough

  • Arab News

    Sun, sea and privacy at Egypt's 'only for women' beaches

    CAIRO: Beaches are a prime summer destination for Egyptians seeking entertainment and an escape from high temperatures. But for a growing number of women seeking privacy, women-only beaches are becoming increasingly popular. Few people realize there are women-only beaches in Egypt. Some prefer them for religious reasons or simply to enjoy a sense of personal freedom. Cameras and taking photos are prohibited, and the lifeguards and DJs are women. Many women-only beaches are located on Egypt's north coast stretching from Alexandria to Marsa Matrouh. One of the best-known is La Femme in Marina, a resort in Alamein, where religious songs are played, photography is banned and belly dancing parties

  • Al Jazeera

    Key Kashmir political leaders arrested by India since August 5

    Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Indian authorities have carried out a major crackdown against political leaders in Indian-administered Kashmir and arrested high-profile figures that include three former chief ministers of the Muslim-majority state. The arrests coincided with the abrogation of decades-old Article 370 of the Indian constitution that protected the demographic makeup of Jammu and Kashmir state and provided it with limited autonomy. It is not clear how many politicians or activists have been arrested since August 5 - the day Article 370 was abrogated - since the administration has not come out with any figures. The decision to scrap Kashmir's special status and divide it into

  • Al Jazeera

    Beloved Thai baby dugong dies with plastic in stomach

    An eight-month-old dugong that became a social media star in Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste. The female dugong - a large ocean mammal - was named "Marium", which means "lady of the sea", and was nurtured by marine experts after she was found orphaned on a beach in the south of the country in April. The young creature became an internet hit after images of biologists embracing and feeding her with milk and grass spread across social media. She was dubbed the "nation's sweetheart" by Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR). Veterinarians and volunteers had set out in canoes to feed Marium for up to 15 times

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Iranian tanker at center of standoff with West leaves Gibraltar

    The Iranian tanker caught in a stand-off between Tehran and the West left Gibraltar on Sunday night, shipping data showed, hours after the British territory rejected a US request to detain the vessel further. British Royal Marines seized the tanker in Gibraltar in July on suspicion that it was carrying oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran, in violation of European Union sanctions. That triggered a series of events that have heightened tensions on international oil shipping routes through the Gulf. The Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, left anchorage off Gibraltar at around 11 p.m. local time, Refinitiv shipping data showed. Its destination was not immediately clear. Iran's ambassador to Britain,

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    US court rules on Houthis actions, holds Iran accountable

    A US federal court in New York ruled that the Islamic Republic can be held accountable for the activities of the Houthi militia in Yemen that is backed by Iran both financially and on ideological grounds. The federal court ruled that US citizens would be entitled to compensation for losses they had suffered as a result of operations carried out by the Houthis, also known as the Ansarullah militia. This includes the families of two US citizens who were kidnapped by the Houthis in 2015, both of which are suing the Islamic Republic.

  • Egypt Independent

    Sisi orders demolition of Sufi mosque on Mahmoudiyah road

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday has chosen to demolish the mosque of Sufi Imam Abu al-Ikhlas al-Zarqani, located on Mahmoudiyah Road in Alexandria's Gheit al-Anab area, in order to complete the Mahmoudiyah corridor project. During the inauguration of several greenhouses during the second phase of the Mohamed Naguib's protected agriculture base project, Sisi explained that the mosque has impeded construction for the Mahmoudiyah corridor and bridge development project in Alexandria. Sisi said that “Prophet Mohammed would not accept the suspension of the project just because people see the demolition of the mosque as unacceptable.” The deputy of the Sufi movement's Chiefdom in