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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 theyArab News
But as top musicians including Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber release their music on tape and demand continues to climb, the niche revival has faced a global shortage of music-quality magnetic tape needed for production. “It's a good place to be - there's plenty of business for both of us,” said Steve Stepp, who founded the National Audio Company in Springfield, Missouri with his father 50 years ago. But despite the astronomical rise of streaming, Stepp said rock bands like Pearl Jam and The Smashing Pumpkins began seeking to manufacture anniversary tapes in the mid-2000s, launching a cassette comeback tour. “That convinced major record labels that there was still life in the cassette as a music form,” he said.Arab News
JERUSALEM: Israeli aircraft targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip early Sunday after Palestinians there threw explosive devices at the border fence during “riots,” the army said. Also Sunday, the health ministry in Gaza announced the death of a Palestinian wounded previously in clashes with Israeli forces. Palestinians in Gaza had thrown a number of explosive devices toward the border fence with Israel, one of which set off air raid sirens in the south of the country late Saturday, the army said. “In response to multiple explosive devices that were hurled and exploded during Gaza riots near Israel's border fence this evening, an IDF aircraft targeted two Hamas observation posts in the southernenglish.alarabiya.net
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.Arab News
WASHINGTON: The United States sent Navy and Coast Guard ships through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the US military said, as part of an increase in the frequency of movement through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China. The voyage risks raising tensions with China further but will likely be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from Washington amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing. The two ships were identified as the Navy destroyer Curtis Wilbur and the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf, a US military statement said. “The ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the statement said. “The US will continueAl Jazeera
On March 15, Australian-born Brenton Tarrant attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people using five guns inscribed with the names of various historical figures and battles. It was not the first time a white supremacist was weaponising the past. Twisted representations of history have driven the far right across the globe - from India to Russia to the United States and all the way to Australia - since its inception. The inscriptions on Tarrant's weapons and his 74-page online manifesto reflect the popular "clash of civilisations" narrative which reduces history to an epic struggle between Christendom and Islam. In his sick mind, Tarrant surely believes that he, too, isenglish.alarabiya.net
A maths and physics teacher from a secondary school in a remote village in Kenya's Rift Valley has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize for 2019, organizers have said. Peter Tabichi, whom organizers say gives away 80 percent of his monthly income to the poor, received the prize at a ceremony Saturday in Dubai hosted by Hollywood star Hugh Jackman.