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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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Saudi pushes fashion strategy in middle of Ramadan

The Fashion Commission has finalized its strategy to develop the sector, including educational and training programs to prepare graduates for the labor market, providing outlets for the distribution of locally designed products, and building networks between designers and investors. The strategy’s aim is to enhance the national identity of the …

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Holy stampede leaves 44 dead in Israel, nation grieves

At least 44 people were crushed to death at an overcrowded religious bonfire festival in Israel on Friday, medics have said, in what prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as a “heavy disaster”. The crush occurred as tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews thronged to the Galilee tomb of second-century sage …

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Andijan is a good city for food tours

Ancient city Andijan, one of the major cities in Uzbekistan, is an administrative, economic and cultural centre in Andijan Province. The city is located in the southwestern part of Fergana Valley which lays over eastern Uzbekistan, northern Tajikistan and southern Kyrgyzstan. In some areas of the city were found the …

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First NASCAR Arab woman driver gets fashion sponsor

US-Iraqi beauty mogul Huda Kattan has announced that her brand Huda Beauty will sponsor NASCAR’s first female Arab driver Toni Breidinger for her track debut at General Tire 200 at Talladega Speedway.  Breidinger will drive the Huda Beauty 02 Chevrolet SS for Young’s Motorsports at the events and will work with Kattan to shine a …

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Palestinian movie wins prestigious BAFTA award, Oscars next

Palestinian-British filmmaker Farah Nabulsi’s short film “The Present” has won the award for Best Short Film at the 2021 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) ceremony, which took place on Saturday.  Nabulsi’s movie beat out “Eyelash,” “Lizard,” “Lucky Break” and “Curvy.”  “The Present” tells the story of Yusef, played …

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Italian authorities spy on journalists, incur popular wrath

Italian journalists and lawmakers on Friday protested the wiretapping of reporters’ phone calls during investigations into Libya-based migrant trafficking and humanitarian rescue groups. Italian daily Domani reported that among the conversations intercepted by investigators a few years ago were journalists for lay and Catholic Italian media and RAI state television. …

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HRW wants Qatar to end male dominance of women

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Qatar on Monday to eliminate male guardianship rules that prevent women making independent decisions on basic rights such as marriage, travel and accessing reproductive health care. New York-based HRW said that after taking initiatives on women’s rights, including on education and social protection, Qatar was …

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Dr. Csicsery-Ronay Istvan on The Golden Mean between Local and Global SF

Emad El-Din Aysha: Dear Dr. Csicsery-Ronay Istvan. First please let me apologise for saying doctor. In Arabic countries we take such honorifics very seriously, even when speaking English. Secondly, please tell us something about yourself. Where you teach, your background? What drew you to science fiction and specifically non-Anglophone SF? …

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Turkey no longer concerned with wife beating treaty

President Tayyip Erdogan pulled Turkey out of an international accord designed to protect women, the country’s official gazette said on Saturday, despite calls from campaigners who see the pact as key to combating rising domestic violence. The Council of Europe accord, forged in Istanbul, pledged to prevent, prosecute and eliminate …

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Asda owners planning landmark mosque in UK

Plans by the British Muslim brothers who own supermarket chain Asda to build a “landmark” mosque in north west England have been approved. The £5 million ($6.9 million) project to build a mosque in Blackburn by the billionaire siblings had faced objections over the height of its minarets and the …

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Palestinian film destined for Oscars now on Netflix

The Oscar-nominated short film “The Present” from Palestinian-British filmmaker Farah Nabulsi has debuted on giant streaming service Netflix. “The Present” tells the story of Yusef, played by renowned Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri, and his daughter Yasmine, played by young actress Maryam Kanj, who set out in Palestine’s West Bank to …

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Switzerland banning face veil is sexism, says Amnesty

The proposed ban on face veils in Switzerland is discriminatory and “violates women’s rights,” the head of women’s rights at Amnesty International’s Swiss section said. “The proposed face veil ban cannot in any way be viewed as measure for the liberation of women. Rather, it is a dangerous policy that …

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Uzbekistan: pilov and fruits

Pilov is the most classic dish of Uzbekistan, consisting of rice, onions, carrots and meat, all cooked slowly in layers in a traditional cast-iron kazan (essentially, a cauldron). If you don’t have a kazan lying around, you can substitute it for a cast-iron casserole dish. By Sher Karimov For Uzbeks, …

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UN in friction with Saudi over free speech

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, in rare public comments on Saudi Arabia, said on Friday that people were unlawfully held in the kingdom and urged it to uphold freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly. Bachelet, addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council where Saudi Arabia is …

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Fergana Valley tasty destinations for tourists

The Ferghana Valley (also transliterated as Fergana or Farghana) is historically the main Silk Road route between Kashgar and Samarkand. It is a relatively fertile, populous and prosperous area though much of the surrounding country is mountains, steppe or desert. Two rivers, the Naryn and the Kara Darya, flow into …

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