Arts & Culture

UAE Victims of Domestic Abuse, Trafficking to Host Art Exhibition

“With all the glitz and glamour that seems to always be promoted about Dubai, it is organizations like the foundation that are weaving the moral fabric of this diverse expatriate and growing community and tackling what are the taboo issues that exist not only here but all over the world,” says Fiona Petrocelli. The Dubai

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Mosques Speak Out in Indian City to Stop Sale of Brides to Arab Men

By Roli Srivastava MUMBAI, Aug 21 – Mosques in the Indian technology hub of Hyderabad are joining a growing campaign to stop schoolgirls being sold as brides to elderly Arab men, authorities said on Monday, amid an outcry about a new spate of cases. India launched an investigation last week into the marriage of a

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Stifled in Middle East, Lebanese Band Finds Audience in West

By Sarah Dadouch BEIRUT, Aug 20 – Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila’s blend of indie rock and lyrics about social and political injustice has won a passionate following among fans seeking an alternative to Arab pop with its romantic themes. But securing a firm footing in the Middle East has been difficult for the band. Jordanian

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Taylor Swift Says DJ Subjected Her to Long, ‘Horrifying’ Grope

By Keith Coffman and Jann Tracey DENVER, Aug 11 – Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift testified on Thursday she was subjected to a “very long” and “intentional” grope by a Colorado disc jockey who appeared to be drunk during a photo session four years ago. The 27-year-old pop star was testifying for the first time for

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Ban Genital Surgery on Intersex Children, U.S. Rights Group Says

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, July 25 – Genital surgery should be banned on children whose sex characteristics are ambiguous because the procedures can scar young patients for life and be considered human rights violations, a leading rights group said on Tuesday. Several hundred so-called intersex children in the United States have undergone sex reassignment

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Global Pizza Brands Battle for Russia’s Far-Flung Regions

By Maria Kiselyova and Olga Sichkar MOSCOW, July 21 – Global pizza brands Domino’s and Papa John’s are preparing an assault on Russia’s provinces, betting they can turn a profit far from Moscow as online card payments become more widespread and consumers get to know foreign brands better. While stay-at-home Muscovites can order an array

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Female Bouncer Pulls No Punches in Indian Capital

By Adnan Abidi NEW DELHI, July 14 – Joking with clients and colleagues, Mehrunnisha Shokat Ali might be mistaken for any other patron of the Social watering hole in the Indian capital’s swanky Hauz Khas neighbourhood. But the intent gaze of her kohl-rimmed eyes, as she stands with arms folded on the edge of the

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An Egyptian-Canadian Has Been Cast for Disney’s Remake of Aladdin

By Arfa Shahid Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud has been cast in the leading role for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, a feat many view as progress in Hollywood with regards to casting actors of color. It was in that moment, as he looked into her eyes, that he saw a soul so beautfully captivating that

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Egyptian ‘Despacito’ Goes Viral

A musical duo from Egypt took social media by storm after posting their cover of the chart-topper Despacito, performed on Arabic drums. The song was originally sung by Latino music artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, and recently popularized by superstar Justin Bieber with a remixed version. The video was posted by Adel Nabil, who can

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Turkish Police Detain Producer of Erdogan Film Over Gulen Links

ISTANBUL, July 13 – Turkish police detained the producer of a film on the life of President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, accusing him of ties to the Muslim cleric Ankara says orchestrated last year’s attempted coup, state media said. His arrest came a day after the release on social media of a trailer for a

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