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Zamzam robot in Mecca as precaution against Covid

Badr Al-Luqmani, deputy head of the Zamzam Watering Department for services and field affairs, said that the robot’s technology would allow it to distribute Zamzam water bottles without human intervention, in order to respect precautionary measures against COVID-19 whilst utilizing artificial intelligence in the service of God. Al-Luqmani said the …

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Citroen commercial accused of sex harassment in Egypt

French car manufacturer Citroen withdrew Thursday an advertisement featuring Egyptian singer Amr Diab after it sparked widespread accusations of promoting the harassment of women. In the ad posted on Egyptian social media in early December, the 60-year-old pop star uses a camera installed in the car’s rearview mirror to secretly …

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Religious leaders in Lebanon reaffirm religious pluralism to UN chief

Lebanon’s religious leaders met Monday with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during his visit to Lebanon. A joint communique was issued after the talks in which the conferees confirmed their “commitment to openness, tolerance and coexistence as the essence of Lebanon’s identity and stability.” “They stressed the importance of safeguarding these …

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Manga Arabia Youth magazine launched in Saudi

Saudi Research & Media Group (SRMG) today announced the launch of Manga Arabia Youth magazine, specifically curated for readers aged 15 years and above. Manga Arabia Youth magazine features original Saudi and Arabic creative content, newly developed concepts and characters, as well as Japanese characters in an innovative and localized …

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Botox scandal in Saudi camel beauty contest

Saudi authorities have conducted their biggest-ever crackdown on camel beauty contestants that received Botox injections and other artificial touch-ups, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday, with over 40 camels disqualified from the annual pageant. Saudi Arabia’s popular King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, which kicked off earlier this month, invites the …

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Welcome to the World CEO: “We have the unique chance to smart investments and sustainably change the tourism industry”

The coronavirus pandemic will likely cost the global tourism sector $2 trillion in lost revenue in 2021, the UN’s tourism body estimated last month, calling the sector’s recovery “fragile”. “We now have the unique chance to smart investments and to sustainably change the industry for the better”, said Stefanie Schachtschabel …

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Arab wins top Canadian literary prize

Omar El Akkad, an Egyptian-Canadian author and journalist, the author of a story of the global refugee crisis through the eyes of a child, has won Canada’s richest literary award. El Akkad won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his book “What Strange Paradise.” The former Globe and Mail journalist received …

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Once upon a time in Native America PART II

Dutch-Surinam author Willem Koning takes us on a personal adventure that occurred in the second half of the 90’s. In part II of this distinguished story the hardships native Americans encounter on a regular basis is evident.Not much is told about what descendants of the original inhabitants of the America’s endure. Even to this …

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Sophia Arjana on the West’s insatiable appetite for the Mystical and the Muslim

The Levant News Exclusive – By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD Dr. Sophia Rose Arjana, please introduce yourself to our readers. Your education, background and interests? I am an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Western Kentucky University. My department home is the Department of History. I hold a BA in Pacific …

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Secularism under siege in Erdogan’s Turkey

When President Tayyip Erdogan opened a new court complex this month, Turkey’s senior cleric sealed the ceremony with a Muslim prayer, triggering protests from critics who said his actions contravened the secular constitution. “Make this wonderful work beneficial and blessed for our nation, my God,” Ali Erbas said in his …

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Moroccan boxer from Italy beats Nazi opponent

An Italian boxer born in Morocco has claimed victory over a fighter whose body is tattooed with Nazi symbols. Hassan Nourdine, 34, beat Michele Broili, 28, on points to win the Italian super-featherweight title in the northeastern city of Trieste. Nourdine, who moved to the Italian town of Asti with …

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2022 Film and Comic Cons slotted for Dubai

The organizers behind the Middle East Film & Comic Con have announced that the popular event is set to take place Abu Dhabi for the first time in March 2022. The festival, which is dedicated toward film, comic book and video game fans, will run from March 3-5 at the …

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The spoon, latest Palestinian resistance symbol

The humble spoon has taken its place alongside traditional flags and banners as a Palestinian resistance symbol, after prisoners were said to have carried out one of Israel’s most spectacular jail breaks with the utensil. When the six Palestinian militants escaped through a tunnel on Sept. 6 from the high …

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Free speech upheld in UK with Piers Morgan reappintment

Britain’s media regulator on Wednesday cleared TV personality and journalist Piers Morgan of any violations for making comments about Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. That drew more than 50,000 viewer complaints, the largest number ever received by the watchdog agency. The Office of Communications, known as Ofcom, said Morgan did …

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