Hiba Tawaji rocks the crowd at her debut concert in Riyadh

Arab singer Hiba Tawaji got famous participating in the TV show ‘The voice.’
Updated 08 December 2017
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Hiba Tawaji rocks the crowd at her debut concert in Riyadh

RIYADH: On her first visit to Saudi Arabia, Hiba Tawaji, wearing a new-collection Ellie Saab dress, expressed surprise at how lively and excited the crowd was at her concert in Riyadh on Wednesday.
“After one of my songs, I yelled ‘girl power.’ I felt honored to be one of the first females to sing in a public concert in Saudi Arabia,” she told Arab News. The singer found fame participating in the TV show “The Voice.”
“Saudi ladies are very close to the heart,” she added, knocking on wood when mentioning how beautiful they are. “I’m impressed.” 
She said: “I’d love to come back to Saudi Arabia. I had a lovely experience. Right now I have lots of concerts, as well as playing the lead part of Esmeralda in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame,’ a French play that’s quite popular around the world. This year the play is being held in France, next year in Turkey, Russia and Canada.” 
When Arab News asked about her New Year’s Eve plans, she said she likes to spend it with family and friends. Her new year’s resolution is to learn Italian.
 


UK slams Russian pranksters over Boris Johnson ‘Armenia’ call

Updated 24 May 2018
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UK slams Russian pranksters over Boris Johnson ‘Armenia’ call

LONDON: Britain’s Foreign Office on Thursday criticized “childish” Russian pranksters who phoned Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson posing as the leader of Armenia.
The Guardian newspaper said that Johnson was called by Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, known as Lexus and Vovan.
One pretended to be new Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, and the newspaper said that Johnson spoke to them for 18 minutes, discussing topics including the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal.
A recording of the call, said to have taken place last week, was posted on YouTube.
In the recording, Johnson says Britain is “almost 100 percent sure” President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin ordered the attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Moscow denies involvement in the incident, which has sparked a crisis in UK-Russia relations.
Johnson is also heard lamenting the poor state of UK relations with Russia, saying Moscow seems “unable to resist malign activity of one kind or another.”
The Foreign Office said Johnson “realized it was a hoax, and ended the call. We checked it out and knew immediately it was a prank call.”
“The use of chemical weapons in Salisbury and Syria and recent events in Armenia are serious matters,” it said in a statement. “These childish actions show the lack of seriousness of the caller and those behind him.”
Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said “obviously this shouldn’t have happened,” and announced there would be a government investigation into how the hoaxers got through to Johnson.
Britain suspects the comedy duo have backing from the Kremlin.
Stolyarov and Kuznetsov, who have fooled high-profile victims around the world, have denied links to Russia’s security services. In 2015, they phoned Elton John pretending to be Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had criticized the leader.