Outrage over viral photo of veiled woman in Mercedes at food bank in Germany

Thursday, 22 March 2018

A photo of a veiled woman in Landau, Germany leaving a Mercedes in front of a food bank went viral and caused outrage in the country.The food bank gives out food that is almost reaching its expiry date to poor people for free.The picture was shared over 30,000 times mostly by people opposed to immigrants who interpreted the photo as a hijabi woman taking advantage of the free food, even though she was “obviously” rich.The woman was seen holding the backdoor of the luxury car while a ...

Pakistan’s anti-polio campaign faces new challenge, social media

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Pakistan’s decades-long struggle against polio is facing a new challenge – social media.Dr Rana Safdar, National Coordinator for the country’s Polio Eradication Program, told Dawn newspaper that print and electronic media have been sensitized over the last few years about reporting on polio vaccination campaigns.However, the challenge is coming from a more unlikely quarter. “Whenever a campaign is started against polio vaccination on social media, we face ...

Saudi Crown Prince’s thumbs-up picture with Donald Trump goes viral

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

An image of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and US President Donald Trump sharing a thumbs-up during their meeting on Tuesday has gone viral on social media.During the meeting in the Oval Office, the crown prince said the United States and Saudi Arabia can tackle “a lot of things” together in the future.Speaking in English, Prince Mohammed pointed out significant Saudi investments in the US.Trump said the US has “zero tolerance” for funding of terrorism. He said ...

Behind the scenes of the 60 Minutes interview with Saudi Crown Prince

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

CBS anchor Norah O'Donnell, who interviewed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has said she believes that what the crown prince was doing in Saudi Arabia may change the entire Middle East. O'Donnell spent 90 minutes talking with him and also toured his offices and home. “He is bold, he is visionary,” O’Donnell said in a behind-the-scenes video commenting on the interview. “Saudi Arabia is important but what he does in Saudi Arabia can change the entire Middle ...

Saudi ambassador to US joins Twitter, seeks to enhance dialogue

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz announced on Tuesday that he has joined the Twitter conversation, adding that he is honored to serve my country and leadership.“We will continuously work to enhance the dialogue between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America to strengthen our strategic partnership,” Prince Khalid bin Salman wrote in his first tweet. His debut on Twitter has coincided with the visit of ...

Russia’s RT warns British media after spy poisoning

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The head of Russian state-funded RT television says British Prime Minister Theresa May is to blame if British media are kicked out of Russia over the poisoning of an ex-spy.RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan dismissed accusations that Russia was behind the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal. It prompted threats to shut down RT's British operations, among other actions targeting Moscow.Simonyan told The Associated Press in Moscow that "if we are censored in the U.K., that's going to be ...

YouTube tries to crack down on conspiracy videos

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

YouTube says it’s cracking down on conspiracy videos, though it's scant on the details.Conspiracy videos abound on YouTube, whether it’s about the Earth being flat or school shootings being staged. YouTube, its parent Google, Facebook and Twitter are all facing challenges with the spread of misinformation, propaganda and fake news.YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said at a conference on Tuesday that the company will work to debunk videos espousing conspiracy theories by including links to ...

Egypt might have its own Facebook very soon

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Egypt has a very high number of users on Facebook that’s estimated at 33 million accounts. It’s a high number particularly when compared with the number of users in other countries in the Middle East. Egyptian Telecommunications Minister Yasser ElKady said “Egypt will have its own Facebook very soon.” The minister’s statement was made during a workshop organized by the Justice Ministry to announce that they finished preparing a cybercrime bill. The bill was ...

RIA: Russia will kick out UK media outlets if London shuts RT

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Russia will not allow any British media outlets to operate on its territory if Russian broadcaster RT loses its UK license, a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday, amid a row over the poisoning of an ex-Russian double agent in England. “Not a single British media outlet will work in our country if they shut down Russia Today (RT),” the state-run RIA news agency cited Maria Zakharova as saying on state television. In a blunt warning to Prime Minister Theresa ...

Sky suspends former Liverpool player Carragher for spitting

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was suspended as a soccer analyst by the Sky television network on Monday after being filmed spitting in the direction of a 14-year-old girl through his car window. Carragher said that while his future at the broadcaster “remains to be seen,” he had not offered his resignation. Britain’s sports minister called Carragher’s behavior “disgusting.” The incident happened on Saturday after Carragher left Old Trafford, where ...

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