• Al Jazeera

    'Nothing to lose': Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed details family abuse

    Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, who was granted asylum in Canada, said she was physically and mentally abused by her family since the age of 16, forcing her to risk her life and flee the kingdom.  Speaking to the media for the first time since landing in Toronto on Saturday, the 18-year-old detailed the mistreatment by her family saying she hoped her story would encourage other Saudi women to be "brave and free". Last week, she fled to Thailand while visiting Kuwait with her family. Her case drew international attention on social media after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room after Thai authorities threatened to deport her and live-tweeted her desperate attempt to

  • Emirates24|7

    Spotted: Katrina Kaif, Jahnvi Kapoor, Karan Johar...

    Varun Dhawan, Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal Rohit Shetty and Katrina Kaif Jahnvi Kapoor Karan Johar Kareena Kapoor and Taimur (Instagram) Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra (Instagram) Esha Gupta poses for photographs during the launch of her new music video 'Get Dirty' in Mumbai. (AFP) Ihana Dhillon poses for photographs at the 2019 Global Film Tourism Conclave event in Mumbai. (AFP) Tiger Shroff Hrithik Roshan's birthday party at Soho House. Sonam Kapoor spotted shooting for The Zoya Factor. Madhuri Dixit Rohit Shetty and Ranveer Singh  Deepika Padukone Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Photo: Instagram Dinesh Vijan and Kriti Sanon Simmba success party... Rohit Shetty, Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan,

  • Emirates24|7

    Selena Gomez returns to social media

    Selena Gomez has returned to social media to thank her fans for their continued support. The 26-year-old singer posted on Instagram on Monday for the first time since September last year, as she returned to the site to wish her followers a happy New Year, and to say she's "proud of the person she's becoming" after taking time away from the spotlight to focus on her mental health and wellbeing." Selena, who entered a treatment facility at the beginning of October after she suffered an "emotional breakdown" following multiple hospitalisations due to issues related to Lupus and her kidney transplant in 2017 - wrote on her Instagram post: "It's been awhile since you have heard from me, but I wanted

  • Rahaf Mohammed: Saudi teen says women 'treated like slaves'

    A Saudi teenager given asylum in Canada after fleeing her family has said the journey was "worth the risk" so she could live a more independent life. Rahaf Mohammed, 18, made headlines when she flew to Thailand and barricaded herself in a hotel while appealing on Twitter for help to avoid deportation. She said she feared being killed if she was sent back to her family. "It's something that is worth the risk I took," she told the Toronto Star and CBC News. "I had nothing to lose." "We are treated as an object, like a slave," she said. "I wanted to tell people my story and about what happens to Saudi women." Under Saudi Arabia's guardianship system, women must obtain permission from a male relative

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Rivalry and revenge: Iran face Iraq at Asian Cup

    One of football's great rivalries takes center-stage at the Asian Cup on Wednesday when Iran play Iraq still smarting from their controversial exit four years ago. Iran played most of the classic 2015 quarter-final with 10 men after Mehrdad Pooladi's hotly disputed first-half dismissal but when it ended 3-3 after extra-time, Iraq edged the penalty shoot-out. Iran's protest that Iraq yielded an ineligible player was dismissed as Carlos Queiroz's three-time winners were sent packing from the tournament in Australia. Four years on from their clash in Canberra, Iran forward Saman Ghoddos said memories were still fresh as Team Melli take on Iraq in their final game of Group D.

  • Arab News

    Chrissy Teigen nails her red carpet look with Maison Yeya

    RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: It's only three words on a T-shirt or embroidered on a denim jacket in Palestinian designer Yasmeen Mjalli's collection, but they carry a powerful message: “Not your habibti,” or darling. She sees the clothes as helping empower Palestinian women facing unwelcome male attention in public. “When a woman is exposed to so much harassment on the street, she begins to dress to protect herself, to hide herself as opposed to expressing herself,” the 22-year-old art history graduate says, leaning against the counter of her shop in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. On fabrics of muted colors and on canvas bags from her BabyFist label, she places messages in English and Arabic inside drawings of flowers and other designs.

  • Emirates24|7

    Mohammed bin Rashid meets with Emirati family that opted for home schooling

    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, met today with Emirati family that opted for home schooling as an alternative to traditional education in schools. The choice is made possible by the "Legislations Lab," which issued a licence for "Rahhal" as a flexible and accessible education model. While meeting with the UAE citizen Abdul Wahid Mohammed Abdul Aziz, Sheikh Mohammed was keen on exchanging talks with his family that benefited from the new legislation under supervision of their mother, who organises an integrated school day throughout the year to make sure that none of the knowledge and skills acquired by peers in traditional