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Uzbekistan receives 3 million doses of Moderna vaccine Uzbekistan has received 3 million 60 doses of the Moderna vaccine. The vaccine was delivered to Tashkent on the morning of July 30 from the US state of Alabama as part of the COVAX program. Moderna is one of the three vaccines …

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Qatar lays groundwork for first planned election

Qatar’s emir approved laws on Thursday for the Gulf Arab state’s first legislative election in October, when Qataris will elect two-thirds of the advisory Shura Council, his office said. The election, plans for which were first approved in a 2003 constitutional referendum, is being held before the capital Doha hosting …

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Strong Arab presence at Venice Film Festival

The Venice International Film Festival unveiled a starry lineup of world premieres for September, including three films from the Arab world. “Amira” by Mohamed Diab is set to play in the Horizons section and is a coming-of-age drama shot in Jordan, but set in Palestine. “Costa Brava” is Lebanese director …

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Iran launches marriage app to get young couples to have kids again

Iran, facing a fall in fertility rates, has launched a state-approved matchmaking app to promote marriages in the Islamic country which restricts contact between unrelated men and women. Hamdam (Companion), developed by a state-affiliated Islamic cultural body, requires users to verify their identity and carries out psychological compatibility tests and …

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US public outraged at so-called lego gun

A US gun company is facing a backlash after it produced a real pistol designed to resemble a gun made of Lego bricks, with many describing the action as dangerous and irresponsible.  Culper Precision, a company that manufactures Glock19 pistols, has used plastic toy bricks similar to those produced by the …

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Niqabi Ninja premiers in London theatres

“It’s not a happy story.” Scotland-based Cairo-born playwright Sara Shaarawi is talking about “Niqabi Ninja,” her two-person play that is currently being ‘staged’ in London as part of Shubbak Festival — a celebration of contemporary Arab arts and culture — before moving on to five cities in Scotland. “It’s a revenge …

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Kuwaiti poet arrested for fake news, insulting emir

Kuwaiti authorities arrested a political activist and prominent poet over tweets criticising the government, his family said on Wednesday, as a political crisis between the government and opposition weighs on the wealthy Gulf state. Jamal Al-Sayer, also a businessman, has been charged with “insulting the emir, spreading fake news that …

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Syria couture makes it to 2021-22 Paris collection

Syrian designer Rami Al-Ali unveiled his Autumn/Winter couture collection for the 2021-22 season on Monday in Paris.  His 14-piece collection is inspired by the award-winning photography series “Seduction” by Swiss lensman Cyril Porchet. The photographer captures opulent altars in 10 baroque churches, chosen for their architectural ornamentation and splendor. The …

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Turkish men given license to beat wives

Turkey officially withdrew on Thursday from an international treaty to prevent violence against women, enacting a decision that drew condemnation from many Turks and Western allies when President Tayyip Erdogan announced it in March. Thousands were set to protest across Turkey, where a court appeal to halt the withdrawal was …

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UNESCO hosts international camel conference

An international conference considered to be the first global event on the UNESCO platform devoted to discuss the cultural legacy of camels has kicked off on Tuesday.  Sheikh Fahad bin Falah bin Hithlin, founder and president of the Riyadh-based  International Camel Organization, chaired the opening of the conference alongside Assistant …

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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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Saudi Arabia’s first female tour guide stood at the forefront of social reforms in the kingdom

Saudi Arabia is on a path of dramatic economic and social reforms. The reforms, launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, are aimed at modernizing the kingdom and are welcomed both nationally and internationally. Abir Abusulayman stands at the forefront of social reforms, in particular women’s right to choose. The …

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Racism in England stretches from pensions to Prince Harry

The next generation of British Muslims could lose out on as much as $18 billion over the course of their lives because of workplace discrimination that prevents Muslims from taking advantage of government-backed pension schemes. According to a legal opinion obtained by top Islamic finance advisers, employers could be unwittingly …

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Uzbekistan: the caravan of culture on Taskent

Caravan of Culture on Tashkent – Aral route that will be held on May 21-28 in Uzbekistan with the participation of leading entrepreneurs and bloggers, has kicked off. The event is organized by the Ministry of Culture of Uzbekistan. By Sher KarimovThe participants will pass through Tashkent, Jizzakh, Samarkand, Bukhara, …

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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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Ramadan Khait in Uzbekistan in 2021

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev sincerely, wholeheartedly congratulated all Muslims of the country, all the people of Uzbekistan with Ramadan Hayit and expressed his best wishes. “I express my deep respect and best wishes to all of you on these blessed days, which are a symbol of humanity, charity, generosity and gratitude …

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Houthis want to test captive model’s virginity

A Yemeni model who was abducted by the Houthis is going to be subjected to a virginity test, Amnesty International said on Friday. The rights group urged the militia to immediately halt its plans. “Yemen’s Houthi de facto authorities must immediately halt all plans to subject Entesar Al-Hammadi to forced …

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Uzbekistan country of boxing stars

Uzbekistan, a country situated in Central Asia with a population of nearly 31 million people, became the top at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games for men’s boxing after earning seven medals including 4 gold medals, followed by the most famous boxing team, the Cuban boxing team who gained 6 medals. …

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