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Pope Francis making to Lebanon soon

During a private audience in the Vatican with Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, Pope Francis on Thursday confirmed that he wants to visit the country as soon as possible. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni told a press briefing attended by Arab News that the pope “reiterated his closeness to the Lebanese …

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Houthis take on fashion world with kidnapping plot

Iran-backed Houthis plan to launch a criminal investigation against Entesar Al-Hammadi, a young Yemeni model and actress, who was abducted from a Sanaa street on Feb. 20, the model’s lawyer Khaled Mohammed Al-Kamal said on Wednesday. The kidnapping of Al-Hammadi and two of her friends is the latest in a …

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Facebook removes video of Trump interview with daughter-in-law Lara Trump (with video)

Facebook removed a video of an interview with former President Trump conducted by his daughter-in-law Lara Trump, saying any content “in the voice of Donald Trump” would be scrubbed from the social media platform. Is Facebook trying to erase the former US president? By Arthur BlokFacebook permanently banned the former president from their …

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Tunis, Palestine directors nominated for Oscars

The Oscar 2021 nominations are finally here, and there are two Arab films competing for an award at this year’s ceremony set to take place on April 25. Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania’s “The Man Who Sold His Skin” and Palestinian filmmaker Farah Nabulsi’s “The Present” have both been nominated …

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Hafsa Lodi promotes modesty in fashion from UAE

A year after UAE-based author Hafsa Lodi launched her book, “Modesty: A Fashion Paradox,” at the UAE’s Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the American author has launched a new “online content hub” at this year’s event. The blog-like website, titled Modestish.com, is a “community for diverse women,” Lodi said in …

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Pope Francis to talk with Sistani in March Iraq visit

Pope Francis is set for an historic meeting with Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, during a trip to Iraq planned for March, the patriarch of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church said on Thursday. The visit, which eluded Francis’s predecessors, takes place amid deteriorating security in some parts …

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Zayn Malik takes latest album online

British singer Zayn Malik sent fans into a tailspin online after he released a new song from his upcoming album “Nobody is Listening.” The singer, who welcomed a daughter with model Gigi Hadid in September, teased a preview of the new track, called “Vibez,” on Instagram. “Thank you for the …

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Paris Hilton popularises Arabic fashions at year’send

It seems like former reality star Paris Hilton can’t get enough of Arab designers. The 39-year-old singer and actress championed a gown by Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al-Jasmi in an animated winter wonderland Instagram post that she shared on Sunday with her 13.8 million followers. The hotel heiress chose a form-fitting …

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Kim Kardashian parades Arab footwear at latest gig

Jordanian-Romanian entrepreneur Amina Muaddi seems to be Kim Kardashian West’s go-to footwear designer. Whether she’s sporting the brand’s Lupita sandals for an at-home photo shoot or celebrating hitting 190 million followers on Instagram wearing the Holli slingbacks, the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star often champions pieces from the celebrity-loved …

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Bella Hadid tops GQ Magazine’s most stylish list

Part-Palestinian model Bella Hadid teased her mother as she was announced as one of GQ Magazine’s most stylish women in their 2021 list. The 24-year-old catwalk star was ranked third place for her diverse styles that range from glamorous red carpet gowns to comfortable sweats and tank tops. US actress …

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Lebanese comedians bring relief during COVID crisis

Lebanese comedians are bringing relief and defying taboos with jokes about dating, partying during the pandemic – and how even drug dealers are considering leaving the crisis-hit country. Laughter erupts in a venue wedged between two districts devastated by a deadly August 4 explosion that ravaged the Beirut port and …

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‘Writing for the sake of collective survival’ – the emotional brilliance of the Palestine Writes Festival

BY ALICE ROTHCHILD  DECEMBER 9, 2020   This past year, the isolated loneliness of being a writer has been magnified by the cruelties of the pandemic. Spending five intense virtual days at the Palestine Writes Literature Festival with over 3,000 people from 75 different countries was an exhilarating and welcome relief, even though it …

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