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Designers bling up Gulf women’s garment

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Just a few years ago, Gulf Arab women usually only felt comfortable showing off their fashion sense at ladies-only parties or family gatherings. In public, at least in their home countries, the standard all-black abaya — a simple floor-length covering and accompanying head scarf — was the only culturally accepted option. But now, a new generation of abaya designers is giving the traditional garment a twist with choices of fabric, designs and even some expensive bling to allow Gulf ...

From bleak to chic, Ahmadinejad’s style in spotlight during Iran polls

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Sleek, tailored suits can always lend a hand in winning over supporters or electoral votes in the world of politics. But for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his evolving smart style could undermine his political stature. Although Ahmadinejad is not running in Iran’s 2013 presidential race, he still stands as an important figure head for Iran and must dress the part. As of late, Ahmadinejad has been spotted in more sophisticated clothing than he boasted during his initial election ...

Yemeni military base to be transformed into a public park

Monday, 6 May 2013

A military base in Yemen’s capital Sanaa is being transformed into a public park based on a decree made by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in April. The order is another step in Hadi’s overhaul of the military, which is part of an internationally backed plan to restore stability to Yemen and widely seen as part of efforts to loosen former president Ali Abdullah Saleh family’s grip on the armed forces. The biggest contingent in the country’s military, First Armored ...

The Fast and the Luxurious: Dubai police gets Mercs and Bentleys

Sunday, 5 May 2013

After generating headlines for their Ferraris and Lamborghinis, it seems Dubai police have a much bigger need for speed. Adding luxury to crime fighting, the force has included Mercedes and Bentley cars to their fleet this week. Photos of a Bentley and Mercedes SLS, painted in the colors of the force, were taken while they were parked in a Dubai Police garage. The images were circulating on social media on Saturday, with the new cars having number plates 4 and 5. Last month, with the ...

Secular Turks see red over airline’s lipstick ban

Friday, 3 May 2013

Turkey’s national airline has barred female flight attendants from wearing red lipstick and nail polish, striking a nerve among secular Turks worried the country is becoming more Islamic. Turkish Airlines, Europe’s fourth-biggest carrier, said the ban was aimed at keeping crews “artless and well-groomed with makeup in pastel tones,” as a natural look improved communication with passengers. “As a consequence of our current cabin uniforms not including red, dark pink, ...

Life in Abbottabad normal 2 years after Bin Laden’s death

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Life has returned to normal in Abbottabad, a northwestern Pakistani garrison city where former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed in special U.S. operation two years ago. After a four-hour drive from Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, Abbottabad now appears quiet and normal with little presence of police officers and journalists compared to two years ago, after the terrorist chief most wanted by the Americans was killed by U.S. Navy SEALS commandos on May 2, 2011. The Pakistani ...

Greek Orthodox Patriarch washes the feet of bishops

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilus III washed the feet of 12 of his clergymen in the courtyard of the Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday (May 2), in a traditional ceremony that takes place three days ahead of Easter.According to Christian faith, Jesus washed the feet of his twelve disciples prior to the Last Supper before he was crucified. Christian churches world-wide commemorate this event on Thursday - known as Maundy Thursday - as part of Easter Holy Week ...

Always Coca-Cola? Why Sudan unrest might affect soda supply

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Ever since cola soft drinks became a household favorite across the world, one question has transcended generations: What goes in a can of Coke? But cola beans and fizz aside, we now know the ingredient behind the “glue” that holds all the ingredients together. Gum arabica, the hardened sap of a specific species of Acacia tree which is mostly grown in Sudan, is used in the soft drink as an “edible emulsifier,” a type of edible glue. “Sudan exports somewhere between ...

Father of 9-year-old Ferrari driver charged by police amid online outrage

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Charges have been filed against a man for allowing his nine-year-old son to drive his Ferrari, with no one but the seven year old brother in the passenger seat, police in the southern Indian state of Kerala said Monday. The police arrested Mohammed Nisham under India’s Juvenile Justice Act and Motor Vehicles Act. Nisham filmed the video of his son driving the F430 and uploaded it to YouTube two weeks ago, stating his son was a “pretty confident [and] careful driver, [he is] used to ...

World famous Giza pyramids get a spring clean

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

A private company is cleaning up the Giza plateau in Egypt, removing garbage that has accumulated in the world famous archeological site. The three pyramids of ancient Egyptian kings, Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, along with the Sphinx, are located on the site. Although there is an archaeological safe zone in place, dwindling numbers of tourists after Egypt’s revolution have led to increased competition among those who rely on tourism for their income. As a result, the site has been ...

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