• Arab News

    Flash floods in southern Iran kill at least 17, injure 74

    TEHRAN: Flash floods in southern Iran have killed at least 17 people and injured 74, Iranian state TV reported on Monday. Heavy rains outside the city of Shiraz triggered the sudden flooding, according to the head of Iran's emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand. State TV earlier said most of the people killed had been trying to take videos of the flooding on their phones. The provinces of Fars, Kurdistan, Qom and Isfahan were on alert for imminent flooding, and the water authority in the capital, Tehran, said floods were a possibility there as well. Enayatollah Rahimi, governor of Fars province, said the flooding is under control and aid work is in progress, but asked people “to stay

  • Egypt Independent

    Lebanese artist speaks on photo with Mohamed Salah

    In a telephone interview with Egyptian presenter Amr Adeeb on the TV program “The Story”, Lebanese actor and singer Jessy Abdo explained the truth behind her infamous picture with Mohamed Salah. “My meeting with Mohamed Salah didn't exceed two minutes. I learned about his presence in Dubai from a friend, and thus wanted to meet him,” Abdo told Adeeb. Abdo referred to Salah's support for the series she acted in last Ramadan, “Sok Ala Banatak” (Hide your Sisters) starring Egyptian actor Ali Rabie. During her short talk with Salah, he asked her whether they had met before, and she replied that they had not, adding that she had appeared in the series he had followed last year. She stated that they

  • Egypt Independent

    Why do so many Egyptian statues have broken noses?

    The most common question that curator Edward Bleiberg fields from visitors to the Brooklyn Museum's Egyptian art galleries is a straightforward but salient one: Why are the statues' noses broken? Bleiberg, who oversees the museum's extensive holdings of Egyptian, Classical and ancient Near Eastern art, was surprised the first few times he heard this question. He had taken for granted that the sculptures were damaged; his training in Egyptology encouraged visualizing how a statue would look if it were still intact. It might seem inevitable that after thousands of years, an ancient artifact would show wear and tear. But this simple observation led Bleiberg to uncover a widespread pattern of deliberate

  • Saudi Arabia sisters given humanitarian visa and leave Hong Kong

    Two young sisters from Saudi Arabia who spent six months hiding in Hong Kong after fleeing their family have left for a third country after being given humanitarian visas, their lawyer says. Rawan and Reem (not their real names) said they did not want to return home because they feared punishment. The women said they were stopped by Saudi officials at Hong Kong's airport en route for Australia in September. No details about where they are and how they left have been released. "We are thrilled that our story has a happy ending and that we have found our way to safety to re-start our lives free of violence and oppression," the sisters said in a statement released by their lawyer. "We wish for our

  • Emirates24|7

    Oprah Winfrey told she was 'the wrong colour' early in her TV career

    Oprah Winfrey was told she was the "wrong colour" to be a news anchor early in her career. The 65-year-old - who became North America's first black billionaire in 2003 - has become one of television's best known stars, but she has opened up about her shaky start in the industry before finding her calling on Baltimore TV show 'People Are Talking' in August 1978. Writing in her new book 'The Path Made Clear', she said: "Up until then I'd been a news anchor and reporter. I was terrible. I knew it. My bosses knew it and certainly made no secret of their feelings." "They told me I was the wrong colour, the wrong size and that I showed too much emotion. I never felt comfortable in my own skin. Even

  • english.alarabiya.net

    With an eye on Iran, US clinches strategic port deal with Oman

    The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman on Sunday which US officials say will allow the US military better access the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point off Iran. The accord is viewed through an economic prism by Oman, which wants to develop Duqm while preserving its Switzerland-like neutral role in Middle Eastern politics and diplomacy.

  • CNN Style

    Giant inflatable appears on Hong Kong waters

    Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour is a busy channel of passing ships, ferries and, until the end of March, an enormous inflatable sculpture by the American artist KAWS. His signature character, Companion, now bobs gently in the water, arms stretched out and facing the sky. "I wanted to create a work that was really about just relaxing -- taking time for yourself and just laying down and looking up," said Brian Donnelly -- also known as KAWS -- ahead of its launch. The 37-meter-long (121-foot) sculpture weighs more than 40 tons, thanks largely to the steel pontoon it's affixed to. "At first glance, it seems like a very simple project," Donnelly said near the shipyards in Tsing Yi, where finishing touches