US First Lady Melania Trump visits American school in Riyadh

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First lady Melania Trump chats with children as she visits American International School of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017. (Reuters)
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Updated 21 May 2017
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US First Lady Melania Trump visits American school in Riyadh

JEDDAH: The US first lady Sunday paid a visit to the American International School in Riyadh, greeting students and meeting with teachers as her husband holds bilateral meetings with GCC leaders.
Melania Trump was given a tour of the school alongside Saudi Education Minister Ahmed Al Eissa.
The first lady, who is in the country as part of Donald Trump’s first foreign trip, has been praised online for her elegant attire and chose to wear a beige trench coat style dress to attend the school tour.

As Melania engages in community outreach, her husband is attending the Saudi-GCC Summit, a key event on the calendar which will see leaders from the six Gulf nations discuss issues related to security and trade with the American president.


Banksy ‘snow’ pollution mural sold for over $130,000

Updated 18 January 2019
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Banksy ‘snow’ pollution mural sold for over $130,000

  • The ‘snow pollution’ mural appeared in the town of Swansea Bay, home to one of the biggest steelworks in the world
  • The buyer will lend the mural to Port Talbot in hopes it would attract international artists to the area

LONDON: A mural by elusive British street artist Banksy depicting a child enjoying falling snow that is in fact pollution from a burning bin has been sold for over $130,000 to a British art dealer.
From one side, the “Season’s Greetings” mural on a concrete block garage in Wales shows a small boy with his tongue out to catch snow that, when viewed from another side, turns out to be ash from an industrial bin.
“I bought it and it cost me a six-figure sum,” John Brandler of Brandler Galleries, told Reuters by telephone.
“I am lending it to Port Talbot for a minimum of two or three years. I want to use it as a center for an art hub that would bring in internationally famous artists to Port Talbot.”
The mural appeared last month in the town on the edge of Swansea Bay, home to one of the biggest steelworks in the world.
Brandler, 63, said the entire mural — on the corner of a garage — had to be moved in one piece. He declined to give a specific price for the piece.
When asked how he could afford such luxuries, he said: “I am an art dealer. I own several Banksies, I also own (John) Constable, (Thomas) Gainsborough, (Joseph Mallord William) Turner, I’ve got (urban artist) Pure Evil — I’ve got all sorts of art.”
“My hobby is my business. The last time I went to work was when I was 18,” Brandler said.
Banksy, who keeps his real name private, has become the most famous street artist in the world by poking fun at the excesses of modern capitalism and lampooning hollow icons, slogans and opinions.
Previous works include “Mobile Lovers” which shows an embrace between lovers who stare over each other’s shoulders at their mobile phones and an abrupt warning near Canary Wharf in London that reads “Sorry! The lifestyle you ordered is currently out of stock.”