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    Iranian tanker at center of standoff with West leaves Gibraltar

    The Iranian tanker caught in a stand-off between Tehran and the West left Gibraltar on Sunday night, shipping data showed, hours after the British territory rejected a US request to detain the vessel further. British Royal Marines seized the tanker in Gibraltar in July on suspicion that it was carrying oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran, in violation of European Union sanctions. That triggered a series of events that have heightened tensions on international oil shipping routes through the Gulf. The Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, left anchorage off Gibraltar at around 11 p.m. local time, Refinitiv shipping data showed. Its destination was not immediately clear. Iran's ambassador to Britain,

  • Arab News

    Meet Aya Barqawi, the Saudi-born social media star

    LONDON: Born in North West London to Moroccan and Pakistani parents, model Mariah Idrissi has made quite a name for herself - starring in campaigns for major high street retailers, hosting TED Talks and sharing snaps of her travels with her 88,000 Instagram followers. The hijab-wearing model has been vocal about her preference for modest fashion and spoke to Arab News about her style, faith and achievements. “I wear hijab to represent my faith, my culture, and because I genuinely love the idea of modest dress,” she said. “I think it's important to feel comfortable in what you wear and also not lose a sense of your personality, hence why there is so much diversity in modest styles.” Her breakthrough

  • Arab News

    Iranian tanker sought by US heads to unknown destination

    KABUL: The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul's strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens - and Afghanistan grieved again. The local Daesh affiliate claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in the capital this year, with 63 killed and 182 wounded, while outraged Afghans questioned just how safe they will be under an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban to end America's longest war. The Taliban condemned the attack but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said they shared responsibility. “The Taliban cannot

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    Pakistan PM welcomes UN's move to discuss Kashmir

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday welcomed the UN Security Council's decision to discuss tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir, a day after India slammed the rare meeting. Tensions have soared since India earlier this month stripped the part of Kashmir that it controls of its autonomy, sparking calls from Pakistan for the international community to intervene on the decades-old issue. “I welcome the UNSC meeting to discuss the serious situation in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir”, Khan tweeted after Friday's talks in New York, the first to focus on the Himalayan region since 1971.

  • Egypt Independent

    Sisi orders demolition of Sufi mosque on Mahmoudiyah road

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday has chosen to demolish the mosque of Sufi Imam Abu al-Ikhlas al-Zarqani, located on Mahmoudiyah Road in Alexandria's Gheit al-Anab area, in order to complete the Mahmoudiyah corridor project. During the inauguration of several greenhouses during the second phase of the Mohamed Naguib's protected agriculture base project, Sisi explained that the mosque has impeded construction for the Mahmoudiyah corridor and bridge development project in Alexandria. Sisi said that “Prophet Mohammed would not accept the suspension of the project just because people see the demolition of the mosque as unacceptable.” The deputy of the Sufi movement's Chiefdom in

  • Arab News

    Sun, sea and privacy at Egypt's 'only for women' beaches

    CAIRO: Beaches are a prime summer destination for Egyptians seeking entertainment and an escape from high temperatures. But for a growing number of women seeking privacy, women-only beaches are becoming increasingly popular. Few people realize there are women-only beaches in Egypt. Some prefer them for religious reasons or simply to enjoy a sense of personal freedom. Cameras and taking photos are prohibited, and the lifeguards and DJs are women. Many women-only beaches are located on Egypt's north coast stretching from Alexandria to Marsa Matrouh. One of the best-known is La Femme in Marina, a resort in Alamein, where religious songs are played, photography is banned and belly dancing parties

  • Al Jazeera

    Beloved Thai baby dugong dies with plastic in stomach

    An eight-month-old dugong that became a social media star in Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste. The female dugong - a large ocean mammal - was named "Marium", which means "lady of the sea", and was nurtured by marine experts after she was found orphaned on a beach in the south of the country in April. The young creature became an internet hit after images of biologists embracing and feeding her with milk and grass spread across social media. She was dubbed the "nation's sweetheart" by Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR). Veterinarians and volunteers had set out in canoes to feed Marium for up to 15 times