Watch: Haifa Wehbe announced as the face of new action-packed video game

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Haifa Wehbe, who is the gaming company’s first-ever celebrity ambassador, stars in an action-packed game. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
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Haifa Wehbe, who is the gaming company’s first-ever celebrity ambassador, stars in an action-packed game. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
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Updated 18 October 2017
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Watch: Haifa Wehbe announced as the face of new action-packed video game

DUBAI: Gaming app WIZZO announced Tuesday that their new brand ambassador is none other than Lebanese superstar Haifa Wehbe.
The MBC Group, which runs the app, unveiled the news at an event in Dubai and the gaming world reacted with excitement online.
“I downloaded the game only because of my queen hayouffaaa,” one Twitter user posted.
Wehbe, who is the app’s first-ever celebrity ambassador, is the face of an action-packed game called “Invasion.”

“Having Haifa (Wehbe) as the ambassador of the game ‘Invasion’ on WIZZO was part of culturizing and localizing the game for the region and (she) was the perfect fit to the category of the game,” Amin El-Husseini, senior mobile product manager at MBC Group, told Arab News.
“She was excited to be part of the game as well as she knows that the youth today spend most of their time on their mobiles playing games and she would be closer to them.”
The army-style game is available on Android and IOS and was released by WIZZO, an app that features games and challenges. The more a user plays, the more points he or she can rack up and top scorers can win prizes.

Both Wehbe and WIZZO have shared various images of the star on their social media pages, all complete with the singer and actress dressed up in army wear and beset with heavy weapons. Wehbe still manages to look glamorous, however, with her cascading curls of black hair.

The Lebanese star is known for her beauty and her daring outfits and in March was ranked among the most beautiful women in the world, according to Wonderlist’s annual poll.

The 41-year-old Arab pop singer ranked 10th on the “2017’s Top 10 Most Beautiful Women Over 40” list that also names many global celebrities such as, Jennifer Lopez, Aishwarya Rai, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz and Monica Bellucci.


Turkish court acquits rapper arrested over lyrics: CNN Turk

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Turkish court acquits rapper arrested over lyrics: CNN Turk

ISTANBUL: A Turkish rapper who faced 10 years of jail on charges of encouraging drug use in his lyrics was acquitted on Tuesday at the first session of his trial in Istanbul, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.
Sercan Ipekcioglu, 27, better known by his stage name Ezhel, had been detained since last month after a court accepted a prosecutor’s indictment against him over his lyrics and social media posts, it said.
He denied the charges.
Ezhel, whose videos have racked up millions of views online, refers to smoking marijuana in some of his songs. In Turkey, the encouragement of drug use is punishable by law, as is the possession and sale of narcotics.
Dozens of his fans flooded the court house ahead of the trial, CNN Turk said. The hashtag #FreeEzhel was one of the top trending topics on Turkish Twitter.
“After four weeks of pre-trial detention, the judge took just 30 minutes to rule for rapper Ezhel’s release and acquittal,” said Andrew Gardner of Amnesty International, which followed the trial on Monday.
Some 20,000 Turks took part in Amnesty’s campaign for release of the singer, Gardner said.
Amnesty International has campaigned for journalists, singers and rights defenders jailed in Turkey as part of a government crackdown on the right to free expression which accelerated after a failed coup in 2016.