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Saudi filmmaker makes waves in Hollywood

Young Saudi director AlMotaz AlJefri recently completed his first short movie in Hollywood called Officer Jack despite having to face various challenges including getting permission to close down s



Arab women — misconceptions and distorted histories

Today, particularly in western media, Arab women are often portrayed as people discovering new identities and a sense of liberation through their exposure to western culture and law.



Mandela ceremony interpreter called a ‘fake’

JOHANNESBURG: A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a “fake,” the national dire



Pop star Bieber brings cheer in typhoon-hit Philippines

TACLOBAN, Philippines: Pop megastar Justin Bieber hugged, sang to, danced and played with young survivors of the Philippines’ deadliest typhoon Tuesday, bringing cheer to the disaster zone am



Here’s the key to become rich, live happily

‘The Key Within’ is a self-help book in a league of its own. The author, Waseem Ijaz, is founder and chairman of Employment & Career Solutions.



Nuclear war to ‘end civilization’ with famine

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan would set off a global famine that could kill two billion people and effectively end human civilization, a study said Tuesday.



Sarah Palin to host sports show

NEW YORK: The Sportsman Channel said Monday it has hired Sarah Palin to be host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the “red, wild and blue” lifestyle.



Aussies implement shark ‘bait and kill’ zones

SYDNEY: Sharks swimming too close to popular beaches in Western Australia will be hunted and killed by professional fishermen, under a controversial new program launched Tuesday.



‘Sound of Music’ actress Eleanor Parker dies

LOS ANGELES: Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in “The Sound of Music,” has died at 91.



Saudi contestants notch top positions in Malaysia contest

Nine-year-old Saudi girl Lena Nader Ikhwan from Riyadh was declared as the world champion at the International Abacus Championship held in Malaysia recently.

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