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Egypt’s match-making app that toggles between tradition and modernity

Sunday, 22 April 2018

“The right way to look for your life partner” is the motto used by Harmonica, the first Egyptian matchmaking mobile application, available on both Google Play and Apple Store.The application, according to its website, aims at avoiding the pitfalls of arranged marriages where people and families who do not know each other are connected through mediators.“This way is no longer suitable for our needs at the moment nor our lifestyle which has become more open,” says the ...

Will Commonwealth gold medal restore dignity of a ‘criminal’ village in India?

Sunday, 22 April 2018

There is a lot riding on the gold medal Indian weightlifter Rahul Venkat Ragala won in the face of stiff competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The champion weightlifter belongs to Stuartpuram in Andhra Pradesh which was officially designated as a village of criminals during British colonial rule. The badly ostracized village in Guntur district hasn’t managed to get rid of the tag of notoriety until today. But the gold medal has suddenly raised ...

Vive la France: Trump to host glitzy White House state dinner

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Now it’s President Donald Trump’s turn to pull off the ultimate charm offensive. Wined and dined on multiple state visits during his tour of Asia last year, Trump is paying it forward and celebrating nearly 250 years of US-French relations by playing host to President Emmanuel Macron at a glitzy White House state dinner on Tuesday. Months in the making, it’s the first state visit and first big soiree of the Trump era in Washington. “It sounds like what they’re ...

Barbara Bush was ‘first lady of the greatest generation’

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Barbara Bush was the “first lady of the greatest generation.” Addressing former presidents, ambassadors and hundreds of other mourners inside the nation’s largest Episcopal church on Saturday, historian Jon Meacham recalled Barbara Bush’s quick wit that made her so popular. He also spoke of her devotion to her husband of 73 years, former President George H.W. Bush, noting he was the “only boy she ever kissed.” Meacham recalled her work bringing awareness to ...

Iranian general threatens all Israel air bases ‘within reach’

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vice commander has warned Israel that its airbases are “within reach” and Iran’s “hands are on the trigger and missiles are ready”.The exchange of fiery statements between Iran and Israel took place on Friday as a continuation of the escalation, which started after the Israeli air force targeted the Syrian T-4 airbase two weeks ago, killing at least four Iranians. While Iranian agencies confirmed the killing of seven Iranians of the ...

Houthis making ‘mockery of justice’ after sentencing Yemeni mother on death row

Saturday, 21 April 2018

In a serious precedent, the first Yemeni woman faces a death penalty after a politicized judgement issued by a Houthi-controlled court in Sanaa in an unfair trial that lacked transparency and integrity. Asmaa al-Omeissy, 22, was sentenced on charges of “conspiracy and espionage” in favor of one of the countries linked to the coalition fighting to support legitimacy in Yemen. Omeissy, is currently in a Houthi prison in Sanaa facing death and a mother of two children. Observers say she ...

Has rape and murder of a child in Kashmir widened India’s religious fault line?

Saturday, 21 April 2018

The rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa in Kashmir has divided India along religious lines like never before. While the secular fabric of this nation has always been held together very thin, the current low in the political debate, and that includes all political parties, has now dragged the issue to a new low.What makes the incident even more embarrassing is the fact that the brutal rape and murder has seen a parallel conversation pointing to the fact that Asifa was a Muslim and the alleged ...

Has the UAE come of age as global hub of art and culture?

Saturday, 21 April 2018

From Andy Warhol’s masterpieces to ‘Mandala Art’ workshops and ‘Islamic Geometry’, lovers and connoisseurs of art from various walks of life are getting access to all in the United Arab Emirates. Years of efforts are beginning to bear fruit and long-term vision and planning and allocation of resources are making the country an art destination of repute. Louvre in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Opera have taken the country’s cultural offerings to another level. Notable ...

ANALYSIS: Who will side with whom if Syria explodes?

Saturday, 21 April 2018

If anything is going to set off a major conflagration in Syria, it won’t be the recent bombing of Assad’s chemical plants by the US, UK and France, over his military’s use of chemical weapons, all indications are that the spark will come from Iran’s arrogant military activities.With the Iranians controlling Lebanon’s borders through its proxy Hezbollah, plus having its troops and militias in virtual control of Iraq, the regime is now in the final stages of taking ...

Backstreet Boys hit Dubai stage as some popular nineties songs turn 20 this year

Friday, 20 April 2018

Backstreet’s back, alright. Following their first appearance in Dubai in 2008, the boys are returning – now as their original fivesome – for a sold-out appearance at the Blended Festival on 22 April. Tickets for this show have been like gold dust… in fact, they’re so hard to find that people on social media are still scrambling to find tickets.There’s just something about 90s nostalgia that seems to get people going these days. It was a simpler time… ...

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