• 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

  • Arab News

    Daesh extremists blow themselves up in north Iraq: army

    BAGHDAD: Three suspected Daesh group suicide bombers blew themselves up Sunday in northern Iraq, the army said, a day after the extremists' “caliphate” was wiped out in neighbouring Syria. Army spokesman Yahya Rassoul said the incident took place in a region near the Syrian border, where extremists sleeper cells are believed to be present. He said the suspects died as troops surrounded them but there were no casualties among government forces. Local officials said the suspects were killed as they were trying to attack troops in the village of Qayrawan, south of the mountainous region of Sinjar which borders Syria. Fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Saturday pronounced the death

  • Al Jazeera

    Saudi sisters leave Hong Kong for new country

    Two Saudi sisters fleeing their family in Saudi Arabia have secured emergency visas and departed from Hong Kong after spending months in hiding, according to their lawyer. The young women, who go by the aliases Reem and Rawan, left Hong Kong on Monday for a new country of residence, which has not been named. Lawyer Michael Vidler said in a statement that the sisters, aged 18 and 20, were granted emergency humanitarian visas after six months in Hong Kong.  Vidler said the two are now "beginning their lives as free young women".  The sisters say they were escaping alleged abuse by their male relatives, according to Amnesty International.  Following the news of their departure from Hong Kong, Amnesty

  • english.alarabiya.net

    At least 17 dead, 74 injured in Iran floods

    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.

  • CNN

    It's the first day after the Mueller report summary: Live updates

    About three weeks ago, special counsel Robert Mueller's team told top Department of Justice officials that Mueller would not be reaching a conclusion on obstruction of justice, according to a source familiar with the meeting.  The team was briefing Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on the investigation, the source said. The team also asked for more time to finish their work, which was granted. Why this matters: After Barr's summary of the report on Sunday, some have raised doubts that he came up with his analysis on obstruction in 48 hours. "After two years of investigation, Mueller said that he could not make a determination, and it is highly concerning

  • Emirates24|7

    ADNOC awards Indian consortium onshore exploration block in Abu Dhabi's competitive bid round

    The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, today signed agreements awarding the exploration rights for Abu Dhabi Onshore Block 1 to a consortium of two Indian oil companies, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Indian Oil Corporation Limited. The award has been endorsed by Abu Dhabi's Supreme Petroleum Council, SPC, and represents a further deepening of the fast-growing UAE-India energy relationship as well as the continued expansion of ADNOC's strategic partnerships with those who can provide access to key growth markets for the company's crude oil and products. The consortium will hold a 100 percent stake in the exploration phase, investing up to AED626 million (US$170 million), including