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The Armless Cricketer

The remarkable story of Aamir Hussain Lone By Tahir Ibn Manzoor  It is a story that has gone viral across social media outlets and captured the hearts of people all over the world. Aamir Hussain Lone, captain of Kashmir’s para-cricket team, is a true manifestation of the strength of human spirit, overcoming his own physical disability to

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Behind the Scenes

The SFX talents behind The Matrix, 300, Game of Thrones and more By Joseph Fahim When special effects (SFX) make-up maestros Chadi Abdo and Dan Frye, whose works include renowned blockbuster movies and series such as The Matrix, 300 and Game of Thrones attended Maskoon, the Arab World’s first film festival for horror, sci-fi and fantasy

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This Week in History: November 30 – December 6

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  December 3, 1912: First Balkan War Ends The Balkan League, a military coalition between Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Montenegro, signed an armistice agreement with the Ottoman Empire on this day in history, with Greece refusing to sign the truce agreement despite being

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Week In History: November 23rd – November 29th

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  November 23, 1985: Terrorist Group Abu Nidal Hijacks EgyptAir Jet in Malta; 60 Killed  Three Palestinian members of the terrorist group Abu Nidal, an offshoot of Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Organization, hijacked EgyptAir Flight 648 enroute Cairo from Athens. The terrorists, calling themselves Egypt

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Feel the Urn

The strange (and burgeoning) market of novelty urns By Joe Veix Rest assured that when you inevitably meet your demise, there will be plenty of ways to store your corpse: coffins, ornate urns and—if you’re extra-wealthy—enormous booby-trapped pyramids. And now, custom 3-D-printed heads. An Arlington, Vermont–based company called Cremation Solutions offers, among a number of more

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This Week in History: November 16 – November 22

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid November 16, 1988: Benazir Bhutto Becomes First Female Muslim Head of State In the first free general elections held on November 16, 1988, Benazir Bhutto became the first female prime minister of Pakistan and the Muslim world’s first female head of state.

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Cafe Riche: An Ode to a Bygone Cairo

By Salma Islam Photos by Hany Maher The wooden door opens and a smart looking gentleman in a grey suit and a black briefcase in tow walks in, greets the staff, and makes a beeline for an empty table near the back of the long, narrow restaurant. He doesn’t wait long. He is soon joined by

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Rupi Kaur: The Insta Poet

Newsweek Middle East sat down for an exclusive interview with the famed young poet Rupi Kaur By Arfa Shahid Rupi Kaur has an air about her. As the 24-year-old walks into a room, silence engulfs the place. She commands respect. People want to listen to what she has to say. And then she speaks, with a

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The Art of Food: Artisan Dubai

A three Michelin star chef brings her experience to Dubai By Meera Pattni Florence was one of the many cities I had hoped to visit when I lived abroad. Everyone always talked about the food there. The dessert, they would say, ‘it feels like everything suddenly makes sense, and nothing else matters. And no, it

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This Week in History: November 9 – November 13

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  November 12, 1996: Charkhi Dadri Mid-Air Collision The Charkhi Dadri incident is considered the deadliest mid-air collision to date. A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747 en route from Delhi to Dhahran, and a Kazakh Ilyushin Il-76 cargo en route from Chimkent to Delhi collided

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