Muslimah World contest to rival ‘immodest’ Miss World

JAKARTA: The Miss World beauty contest, which has attracted fierce opposition by Islamic groups in host country Indonesia, is now facing another challenge — a rival pageant exclusively for Muslims.

Globe-trotting S. African behind Italy salvage

After rescuing a burning ship from pirate-infested waters off Yemen and a sinking oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, South African salvage master Nick Sloane faces his biggest test off an idyllic Mediterr

Twitter emerges as an essential political tool

Presidents and prime ministers, South American strongmen and nearly the entire US Congress have used Twitter to press their political platforms.

‘Confucius cuisine’ to promote China tourism

Confucius is making a comeback in China — and on its dinner plates.

Court denies Canadian woman custody of monkey

TORONTO, Canada: A Canadian judged refused on Friday to order the return of a woman’s pet monkey, which won global fame when it was found wandering at an Ikea parking lot in a stylish jacket.

Golden Globes to honor Woody Allen’s career

LOS ANGELES: The organizers of the Golden Globe Awards say they will honor Woody Allen for his contributions to filmmaking.

Kidman says she’s OK but shaken after collision

NEW YORK: Nicole Kidman says she was shaken up after being knocked down by a bicyclist on a city sidewalk.

Kanye West charged over LA airport run-in

LOS ANGELES: Rapper Kanye West was charged Friday with battery and attempted theft after he allegedly attacked a paparazzi photographer at Los Angeles International airport in July, officials said.

Manisha to be back in cinema next year

KATMANDU: Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, who is recovering from cancer, said on Friday she will return to films after December.

Folk dance contest kicks off at Souk Okaz festival

The Taif Music Troupe performed various forms of folk dances and songs popular in Taif as part of the “folk colors contest” for artistes of various governorates in the Makkah Province at the Souk Okaz

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