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Uzbek athletes in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Uzbekistan’s taekwondo fighter Nikita Rafalovich (-80 kg) defeated his Dominican opponent at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The match against Moisés Hernández ended with a score of 17:7. In the quarterfinals, Nikita Rafalovich will fight against Milad Beigi from Azerbaijan. Ulugbek Rashitov claimed a 34-29 victory over Great Britain’s Bradly Sinden …

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Lebanese documentary wins prestigeous prize at Cannes

Lebanese documentary “Enough: Lebanon’s Darkest Hour” took home the Movie That Matters Award 2021 at a Better World Fund (BWF) gala in Cannes. Directed by Australian-Lebanese filmmaker and journalist Daizy Gedeon, the documentary follows her personal and independent introspection into Lebanon’s descent into a state of turmoil over recent years. …

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Palestinian twins expand their beauty line

US-Palestinian DJ duo Simi and Haze Khadra are set to expand their new beauty line. The twins launched their eponymous cosmetics brand, SimiHaze Beauty, on June 15 with a range of stick-on makeup designs that can be placed on the face within seconds for a bold beauty look.  The sticker …

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British racism costs TV presenter his summer career

The recently launched UK-based news channel GB News announced on Friday that one of its ‘contributing presenters,’ Guto Harri, will not appear on air for the remainder of the summer having breached channel standards by symbolically taking the knee in support of England footballers. Harri, a former BBC correspondent and …

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Gigi Hadid adds voice to Netflix

Part-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid has narrated a new episode of the Netflix series “Never Have I Ever,” she revealed on Instagram. The catwalk star posted a teaser clip on Instagram on Thursday and wrote: “Had the best time getting to narrate a new episode of @neverhaveiever — I got your …

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Marc Jacobs runway taken over by Arab models

US designer Marc Jacobs returned to the runway on Monday, presenting his eponymous label’s Fall 2021 collection in The New York Public Library on top supermodels that included Egyptian-Moroccan-Dutch Imaan Hammam and part-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid. Hammam hit the runway in a bold look primed for winter. For her turn …

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Afghani jewelers go global with Malika El-Masloui

Malika El-Masloui’s collaboration with Ishkar is finally here. The Moroccan-Italian model teamed up with the London-based e-commerce company on a range of necklaces delicately handcrafted by artisans from Kabul, Afghanistan. The Malika x Ishkar collection dropped on the brand’s online marketplace this week. “Between gracing the covers of @voguemagazine and …

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Jameela Jamil in Marvel Universe to drive inclusion

Jameela Jamil is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s been announced that the British-Indian-Pakistani actress and body positivity activist will be joining the cast of streaming service Disney+’s new MCU series, “She-Hulk,” premiering in 2022. Jamil, who gained prominence for her role as Tahani Jamil on NBC’s “The …

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Ramadan in Review: Youssef El Sherif’s ‘Covid-25’, a sci-fi tomorrow of today’s yesterday!

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD Ramadan television is changing, and not just in Egypt it seems. The previous year we were greeted to Egypt’s first sci-fi production, Al-Nihaya (The End), helmed by Egyptian actor extraordinaire Youssef El Sherif. This Ramadan he did a significantly smaller SF production with Covid-25, with …

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US joins online anti-extremism campaign as celebrities join fight against Israeli aggression

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Two years after a white supremacist in New Zealand livestreamed the slaughter of 51 Muslim worshippers on Facebook, French President Emmanuel Macron says the Internet continues to be be used by terrorists as a weapon to propagate hate. Macron and other leaders from tech giants and governments …

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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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