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RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian supermodel turned environmental activist Gisele Bundchen is pushing back against the agricultural minister in her homeland, along the way wading into a growing debate about the future of the Amazon. The brouhaha began Monday when Minister Tereza Cristina Dias accused Bundchen of tainting the country's image abroad. During a radio interview, Dias called the supermodel a “bad Brazilian” for denouncing deforestation and said the model should be promoting Brazil's agriculture and industries. Late Wednesday, Bundchen wrote a measured response, saying she would “be happy to announce positive actions” taken toward sustainable development. In her letter, Bundchen said she wasAl Jazeera
An American journalist working for Iran's state television channel Press TV, who was arrested in the United States, will appear in a court on Friday. Iran has called for the immediate release of TV anchor and documentary filmmaker Marzieh Hashemi, 59. Her employer, the English-language channel Press TV, said she was arrested on Sunday by the FBI at St Louis Lambert International Airport. The FBI has not commented on the case. "Marzieh Hashemi, detained by the FBI on unspecified charges, is due to appear in a Washington, DC, court on Friday," Press TV reported on Friday, without elaborating. Hashemi was taken into custody in St Louis, Missouri, where she had filmed a Black Lives Matter documentaryEmirates24|7
Victoria Beckham has admitted she finds speculation that her 20-year marriage to David Beckham is in trouble "frustrating". The fashion designer and her husband David Beckham will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this year but, for years, have been the subject of reports that their union is in trouble. Speaking about the claims, Victoria - who has children Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 16, Cruz, 13, and seven-year-old Harper with David - told The Guardian: "It can get quite frustrating. But I leave it to my PR team. I don't get involved. "You do have to be quite controlling because people do believe [anything], and when it's completely fabricated, that's really annoying." Victoria, 44, admittedArab News
JEDDAH: Supply chains and security systems are to be tested in preparation for a crisis or disaster in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, one of several initiatives agreed on Saturday by a body representing both countries. The Saudi-UAE Coordination Council held its first executive committee meeting in Abu Dhabi. It was chaired by Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammed bin Maziad Al-Tuwaijri from the Saudi side, and Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Gergawi from the UAE side. Al-Tuwaijri said the meeting was a continuation of the achievements made in bilateral relations. A joint security cooperation program was signed to test the supply chain and security systemsArab News
MONTREAL: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that a Canadian woman reported missing along with her Italian partner in Burkina Faso is believed to be alive. “To the best of my knowledge, yes,” Trudeau said in response to a reporter's question. “With all that I know so far, I have not been told anything else other than that she is believed to be alive.” The Canadian government said earlier it was leaving no stone unturned as it tries to determine what exactly happened to Edith Blais, 34, and her companion Luca Tacchetto, 30. The pair were last seen on December 15 traveling by car in Burkina Faso between the town of Bobo-Dioulasso and the capital Ouagadougou, for a four- or five-day stay.Egypt Independent
Queen Elizabeth II's 97-year-old husband Prince Philip was “very shocked and shaken” after being involved in a car accident that left his Land Rover flipped on its side, a witness reportedly said. The duke emerged unharmed but two people in another car were injured in the crash that occurred Thursday when the duke was driving near the Sandringham Estate, according to police and Buckingham Palace. Norfolk Police said two women - the driver and passenger of a Kia - required hospital treatment but were later discharged. It would not confirm reports that a baby was also in the car. The BBC reported that Prince Philip's vehicle turned on its side after pulling out of a Sandringham driveway onto aenglish.alarabiya.net
Most football associations in the world back increasing the size of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams from 32, with some matches to be played in neighboring countries, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday. Infantino told a news conference the Qataris were open to the larger format. FIFA would make a decision no later than June, once a feasibility study is over, he said. FIFA voted in 2017 to increase the size of the tournament to 48 teams starting from 2026 but, since then, Infantino has been considering the possibility of bringing the change forward to 2022.