Comic Con Arabia fires up Riyadh youth in rainy weather

Visitors were impressed with a variety of costumes. (AN photo)
Updated 27 November 2017
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Comic Con Arabia fires up Riyadh youth in rainy weather

RIYADH: Comic Con Arabia, the Saudi version of the global brand, launched Thursday with high-profile guests at the Riyadh International Convention Center.
A long and energetic queue of comic enthusiasts of all ages stood in the cold and rain waiting to get through the gates and meet their favorite superheroes. The three-day event, backed by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), features various activities and panels.
 Attendees will have the opportunity to meet stars of some of the most famous movies and TV shows, including “Game of Thrones”, “Big Bang Theory”, “Underworld: Awakenings” and “Lost Girl.”
Winners of cosplay, a superhero costume contest that is the most anticipated comic-con activity, will receive SR7,000 ($1,867) each.
Young cosplayer Yusuf told Arab News that he chose Captain America because “he’s the best.”
 Discussion panels were held on the opening day, as was a costume workshop by designer Christopher Donio, who has worked in many films and TV shows.

Picture gallery of the Comic Con Arabia


Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

A worker unloads aid packages from a Saudi air force cargo plane, at an airfield in the northern province of Marib, Yemen, in this January 22, 2018 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

  • The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control

JEDDAH: The Yemen Scholars Association on Saturday blamed the Iranian-backed Houthi militias for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The associated accused the Houthis of looting humanitarian aid.
According to the Yemeni scholars, Houthi actions have resulted in the suspension of salaries of hundreds of thousands of employees for nearly two years.
The Association praised the efforts and humanitarian support of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), which provides, directly and indirectly, most of the humanitarian relief support for the Yemeni people.
The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control.
According to a human rights report, At least 113 people have been tortured to death in detention centers in Yemen run by the Houthis since the coup began
Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar told Arab News that the figures in the report were only estimates and that the real figures were much higher.