PICTURES: Artist Abu Bakr Salem buried in Riyadh

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Funeral prayers were held on Monday afternoon for Abu Bakr Salem, a prominent Saudi Arabian singer, at the al-Jawharah al-Babtain mosque in Riyadh. Abu Bakr Salem passed away on Sunday. The late singer was buried in the Banban cemetery north of Riyadh in the presence of his son, Aseel Abu Bakr. According to videos and pictures circulated on social media, the funeral was attended by several celebrities including Abdullah al-Ruwayshid and Rabeh Saqr. Salem passed away after a long struggle ...

Playground politics 101: Should moms be making school friends too?

Monday, 11 December 2017

Skidding into the soft play center car park, I sigh with relief that I’m only five minutes late.Grabbing my daughter’s hand we dash in and she heads off with her friends. I notice they’re all wearing pretty, crease-free dresses with bows in their hair. My girl has comfy track suit bottoms and a T-shirt. Despite her complaints that she wanted to wear a dress that morning I’d insisted that comfort prevailed for a session of slides and ball pools thinking I was, for once, ...

PICTURES: Russian president inspires ‘SuperPutin’ painting exhibition

Sunday, 10 December 2017

From a muscle-bound Superman to ice hockey player to jet pilot, Vladimir Putin plays various heroic roles in paintings at a Moscow exhibition called “Superputin” that opened this week as he began his campaign for a fourth Kremlin term.Displayed at an arts centre in a former factory in central Moscow, the paintings by various artists range from factual to fanciful, showing Putin cuddling a puppy, brandishing a Russian flag while riding a bear or firing missiles in the colours of the ...

WATCH: France bids a huge final farewell to rocker Hallyday

Saturday, 9 December 2017

A 'national homage' to French rocker Johnny Hallyday began in Paris Saturday with an honour guard of up to 700 bikers following his hearse down the Champs Elysees. Tens of thousands of fans lined the streets of the French capital to bid a final farewell to the 74-year-old singer known as the French Elvis, who died of lung cancer on Wednesday. Some fans cried as Hallyday's body, in a white coffin, was driven down the grand ceremonial avenue towards the Madeleine church for his funeral ceremony. ...

Japan’s Oxford-educated crown prince to bring global view to Chrysanthemum Throne

Friday, 8 December 2017

Japan’s Oxford-educated crown prince, Naruhito, looks set to bring a more global outlook to the ancient imperial institution while carrying on Emperor Akihito’s legacy of promoting peace and reconciliation with Asia when he ascends the throne in 2019.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet on Friday signed off on an April 30, 2019 date for the octogenarian Akihito’s retirement - the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in two centuries.Akihito, who turns 84 on Dec. 23, has ...

Neapolitan pizza making wins world heritage status

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The art of Neapolitan pizza making won world heritage status on Thursday, joining a horse-riding game from Iran and Dutch wind mills on UNESCO’s culture list. UNESCO accepted the art of Neapolitan “pizzaiuoli,” or pizza makers, on the world body’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. “Congratulations #Italy!” it said in a tweet after a meeting in Jeju, South Korea where the decision was made. Italy argued the practice of the ...

Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat among top two UNESCO world heritage sites

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, India, has been rated the second best UNESCO world heritage site in the world after Angkor Wat, a new survey has revealed. The Taj Mahal, which is a burial chamber, boasts a white-marble exterior which pulls in over 8 million annual visitors. Meanwhile, reports have said that the country is completing the first thorough cleaning of the monument since it was built 369 years ago. Work on the Taj Mahal's minarets and walls is almost finished, after workers began the ...

$450 million Da Vinci painitng is headed to Louvre Abu Dhabi

Thursday, 7 December 2017

“Salvator Mundi,” a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci recently sold for a record $450 million, is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi in a coup for the bold new museum, it announced Wednesday.The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to bear the Louvre name outside France, has been billed as “the first universal museum in the Arab world”.“Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi is coming to #LouvreAbuDhabi,” the museum said on Twitter in Arabic, English and French, displaying an ...

Fragmented statues of lion goddess found in Egypt

Monday, 4 December 2017

An Egyptian-European mission has discovered 27 fragmented statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet across the Nile from Egypt’s southern city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said on Sunday.The statues of the goddess, known as The Lady of War, were found in the ground at the Colossi of Memnon area on the city’s west bank, which used to be a capital for ancient Egypt, the ministry said in a statement.Sekhmet had the body of a woman and the head of a fierce lioness, with a ...

Saudi Arabia witnesses resurgence in music as it welcomes Greek maestro Yanni

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Saudis are gearing up for what many are calling a historic series of concerts this weekend as the famed award-winning Greek composer and maestro Yanni prepares for concerts in Riyadh and Jeddah. The excitement is so high that tickets to his four concerts - scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 - were sold out within hours after going on sale weeks earlier. “It is very obvious that the kingdom is ready to make a historic turn. I just wanted to be here to witness it, even in some small way. I am ...

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