Haifa Wehbe dispels Syria concert rumors

Haifa Wehbe
Updated 08 December 2017
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Haifa Wehbe dispels Syria concert rumors

JEDDAH: News that Lebanese pop star Haifa Wehbe will be performing a concert in Damascus, Syria, on New Year’s Eve is false, Wehbe’s media office announced on Wednesday.
Wehbe’s media office issued an explanatory statement after bogus news stories started circulating on social media about her holding a concert in Syria, as well as details about the concert and ticket prices.
The statement said: “After the news was circulated on social media platforms, the media office of pop star Haifa Wehbe stresses her deep respect for the people of Syria, and refutes all news stories mentioned above and deems them rumors and false interpretations; no one communicated with her director regarding holding a concert in Damascus, Syria.”
“The only platform through which Wehbe announces her activities and concerts are her official social media accounts or her media office,” the statement added.
In April, Wehbe had tweeted her prayers for Syria in an image with the caption “No caption needed, pray for #Syria.”


Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

Updated 20 October 2018
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Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

  • Once the spacecraft arrives in late 2025, it will release two probes that will independently investigate the planet

TOKYO: European and Japanese space agencies say an Ariane 5 rocket has successfully lifted a spacecraft into orbit for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
The European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say the BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French Guiana early Saturday to begin a seven-year journey to Mercury.
The mission is complicated by the intense gravity pull of the sun, forcing the spacecraft to take an elliptical path that involves two fly-bys of Venus and six of Mercury itself.
Once the spacecraft arrives in late 2025, it will release two probes that will independently investigate the surface and magnetic field of Mercury.