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    Pakistan asks UN to remove Priyanka Chopra as goodwill ambassador

    Pakistan has lodged an official complaint with the United Nations, demanding the removal of Indian actress Priyanka Chopra as a UN goodwill ambassador over her "support for war" amid heightened tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. In a letter to the UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore, Pakistan's human rights minister Shireen Mazari accused the 37-year-old actress and former Miss World of publicly endorsing the position of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government in Indian-administered Kashmir. Earlier this month, the Indian government revoked the partial autonomy of the Muslim-majority region and imposed an unprecedented security lockdown and communications blackout,

  • Arab News

    Philippines warns of 'unfriendly' greeting for uninvited warships

    NEW DELHI: An unmanned spacecraft India launched last month began orbiting the moon Tuesday as it approaches the far side to study previously discovered water deposits. The Indian Space Research Organization said it successfully maneuvered Chandrayaan, the Sanskrit word for “moon craft,” into lunar orbit, nearly a month after it left Earth. The mission is led by two female scientists. Chandrayaan will continue circling the moon in a tighter orbit until reaching a distance of about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the moon's surface. The lander will then separate from the orbiter and use rocket fuel to brake as it attempts India's first moon landing on a relatively flat surface between two craters

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    Liz Hurley's safety pin dress made fashion history

    Delving into the archives of pop culture history, "Remember When?" is a new series offering a nostalgic look at the celebrity outfits that defined their eras. Remember when Liz Hurley made fashion history at the premiere of a movie she wasn't even in? This isn't to say that 1994's "Four Weddings and a Funeral" wasn't a big deal. The film grabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Picture and became the highest-grossing British production of all time -- a title it held for 15 years. But the movie's premiere will only be remembered for one thing: Hurley's black Versace dress, riven with deep slits and seemingly held together by a string of novelty-sized gold safety pins. The model-slash-actress, then

  • Arabian Business

    Mayweather shoots down Pacquiao Saudi rematch rumours

    American boxing star Floyd Mayweather has moved to quash speculation that he is coming out of retirement for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao in Saudi Arabia. A video of the 42-year-old was circulated over social media in recent days where he said he was heading to the kingdom to negotiate a deal for the fight with Pacquiao. In the video, he said: “It's an honour to come to Saudi Arabia to sit down with you guys to talk about the Mayweather vs Pacquiao rematch. “Saudi Arabia. Floyd 'Money' Mayweather. I'm on my way.” However, he has since revealed that the video was taken “a long time ago”. “I talked to them about me fighting there, just different fights, but they wanted me to specifically say Manny

  • Arabian Business

    Emirates ready to welcome over 500,000 people into Dubai

    Over half-a-million people are expected to arrive into Dubai on Emirates flights from Tuesday, August 20, through to the beginning of September. Travel is expected to reach an all-time high in the coming weeks as the Eid breaks and summer holidays come to an end. “With another record breaking period coming up when it comes to passenger arrivals, we want to ensure that Emirates customers coming back to Dubai have the best experience possible starting from disembarkation through to every touchpoint and have positioned extra resources to ensure a speedy arrival journey," said Mohammed Mattar, divisional senior vice president, Emirates Airport Services.  Emirates has a number of services and initiatives

  • Arab News

    Pompeo warns of 'new turmoil' if UN arms embargo on Iran lifted in 2020

    JEDDAH: Iran ramped up its threats against shipping on Wednesday, warning that international waterways can not be secure if the regime's oil exports are halted by sanctions. The ominous comments by the president and foreign minister come after months of attacks on vessels near the Strait of Hormuz, through which around one fifth of the world's oil supplies are transported. Iran has seized tankers and been blamed for sabotaging ships in response to tough sanctions from the US over the regime's nuclear program and aggressive policies in the Middle East. “World powers know that in the case that oil is completely sanctioned and Iran's oil exports are brought down to zero, international waterways

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    Woman forced to leave bus for wearing face veil in Netherlands

    A Muslim woman wearing a niqab - a veil that covers the whole face except for the eyes - has been forced to leave a bus in the Netherlands following the introduction of a law that bans face-covering clothing in public buildings and on transport, according to local media reports. The woman tried to take a bus in the southern town of Stein on Monday, but the driver would not let her board while wearing the veil, Dutch media reported on Tuesday. The woman refused to remove the veil and the bus driver called the police, who escorted the woman off the bus, according to reports. It is the first time the controversial law, which went into effect earlier this month, has been used to deny someone entry on public transportation, the reports said.