Former Lebanese glamor model-turned-sports pundit Mia Khalifa loves Lebanon, but does it love her back?

Mia Khalifa (Instagram)
Updated 23 November 2017

Former Lebanese glamor model-turned-sports pundit Mia Khalifa loves Lebanon, but does it love her back?

DUBAI: A Lebanese-American former glamor model has caused a social media stir after she posted a message on Twitter that proclaimed her love for Lebanon, but added that she did not believe her feelings were reciprocated.
In a celebration of Lebanon’s Independence Day, Mia Khalifa tweeted: “Happy Independence Day to the country I love, but doesn’t really love me back.”
Boasting a staggering 2.02 million followers on her Twitter account, it was inevitable that such a comment would likely draw at least a few responses.
And it was somewhat of a mixed bag in terms of the nature of the views. Some were reassuring, telling her she was much preferred to the people running the country.
“definitely more than our politicians who brought nothing but shame and corruption to the country,” @G_azzi tweeted.

And @leithfadel wrote: “Lebanon loves you more than Hariri.”

There was the suggestion that maybe she was wrong. @sparty_vz suggested: “i am sure they love you, but just are playing hard to get.”

Meanwhile @MoeAlayan showed he was a man of few words, simply responding: “Queen of Lebanon.”

But @SalamElDibs wanted to test Khalifa’s claim of love for the Middle East nation, asking: “Did u register yourself for the elections?”

Meanwhile @jpkintana wanted to show Khalifa that there was a hard truth in life: “Sometimes love is not a two way street.”

And some suggested that maybe she should step up and make things better for the troubled country: “mia khalifa for president,” wrote @WissamKoleilat.

And that was not the only call for her to run for office: “Believe me, if you’d run for president, I’d vote for you,” @Alxhabr tweeted.

There were more reassuring messages of affection from the likes of @AhmadHuda11: “no we do love you backk habibty.”

And if all else failed, there is always Mexico where @jaarteag tweeted: “ Mexico, you are welcome.!!!!”

Egyptian military court sentences journalist to 10 years

Updated 22 May 2018

Egyptian military court sentences journalist to 10 years

CAIRO: An Egyptian military court has sentenced a freelance journalist who reported on the Sinai insurgency to 10 years in prison on terror-related charges.
The Cairo military court on Tuesday convicted Ismail Alexandrani of spreading false news and joining an outlawed group, without identifying it. The verdict can be appealed.
Alexandrani was detained in 2015 upon his return to Egypt after delivering a presentation on Sinai militancy in Berlin. He worked for several news outlets in Egypt.
Egypt has heavily restricted media access to the northern Sinai, where it has struggled to combat a Daesh-led insurgency that has carried out attacks across the country.
Egyptian authorities have jailed several journalists as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent, and have passed vague laws criminalizing the dissemination of “false news.”