London Indian restaurant faces abuse after ‘human meat’ fake news story

The owner of Karri Twist in South East London said that the restaurant had received abusive calls. (Photo courtesy: Facebook)
Updated 19 May 2017
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London Indian restaurant faces abuse after ‘human meat’ fake news story

DUBAI: An Indian restaurant in London has been targeted with threats and abuse after a fake news article was published online claiming they sell human meat.
The owner of Karri Twist in South East London told BBC Newsbeat that the restaurant had received calls from people screaming: “Why are you still open?”
The fake article was published on channel23news.com – a website which shares content straight to Facebook.
The owner of the family business, Shinra Begum, said it is becoming a major problem for the restaurant.
“When people started calling asking me if we were selling human meat, I couldn’t believe it.
“I was completely shocked when I eventually found the article online and being shared all over Facebook.
“Now people have threatened to vandalize our building and I’ve had to sit down with a customer to explain to them it is all just lies.”
Begum says she has notified the police.
“Someone even called and ordered a ‘human sandwich’, another ordered a Chinese person. It’s bizarre,” Begum said.
“Literally this has been awful for us. Not only have we had people asking us about the human meat, but they have been making bookings maliciously, too.
“We got a booking for Serena Williams for 15 people, and several other large parties which we accepted. No-one turned up.
“We are just a small Indian restaurant in a place where news travels fast. I’m just hopeful we can stem this tide and people will come back to eat here.”


Khaleeji music enthralls Saudi audience

Updated 29 min 17 sec ago
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Khaleeji music enthralls Saudi audience

JEDDAH: Singers Abadi Al-Johar, from Saudi Arabia, and Waleed Al- Shami, from Iraq, were a hit at their first concerts in front of families at King Abdullah Economic City on Friday.
Al-Johar, 64, is a musician, singer and composer. One of the most popular Khaleeji singers in the Gulf, he has composed around 50 albums since he began his musical career in 1968. He earned the title Ikhtabout Al-Oud (Octopus of the Oud) from the late Talal Maddah because of his unmatchable Oud playing.
The Saudi singer is also a member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts. He won a number of awards including an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Arts in Egypt, Best Khaleeji Musician Award from Egypt and the Golden Oud from Rotana.
Al-Shami, 46, is an Iraqi singer and composer who began his musical career in 1999 and has composed four albums.
His career took off after the success of his first album “Musiba” in 2008.
First to perform at the venue was Al-Shami. He sang hit songs such as “Sadmah,” “Eshtaqt Lak,” “Majnouni,” “Ahebah Kolesh” and his most popular song “Hala Hala.”
On stage, he thanked the General Entertainment Authority and BluePlan Media for providing the concert to the public.
“I hope it is not the last time we meet. We must repeat this, here, Riyadh and the Eastern Province. That is a promise,” he said.
Following Al-Shami’s performance, Al-Johar sang hit songs such as “Khalas Erjaa,” “El Mazhareya,” “Khayarteni,” “Daqayeq” and “Hobbak Samaa.”
During his performance, the Saudi legend said: “I am delighted by your presence, I will sing any song you want me to.”
Television presenter Kholud Alnimer attended the concert. “It is very crowded, that means there is a lot of love for these singers,” he told Arab News.
The audience was overjoyed with the music of Waled Al Shami and Abadi Al-Johar.
“It is great to see a Khaleeji concert for the first time in front of families, and it has been done very professionally — looking forward to more.” Nadeem bin Talal, a fan, told Arab News.