Once again! Ahlam latest appearance on The Voice draws attention

Ahlam’s latest appearance on The Voice has left the prorgam’s fans divided on social media. (Photo courtesy: Instagram Ahlam Alshamsi)
Updated 22 April 2018
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Once again! Ahlam latest appearance on The Voice draws attention

CAIRO: Once again, Ahlam’s latest appearance on The Voice has left the prorgam’s fans divided on social media.
All eyes were on the Emirati star whom, as usual, sparked controversy with her latest haircut and outfit during Saturday’s night show.
Surprisingly, Ahlam Al-Shamsi applied blue ombre tips to the end of her short, wavy black hair styled by Lebanese hairdresser Tony Sawaya. She also wore a black henna tattoo on her forehead and chin in what fans saw as a bold move.
Her causal outfit was by French fashion house Balmain, made of an embroidered black shirt with a long white cardigan on top.
“What do you think of my look tonight?” the singer wrote on Instagram to see her fans’ reactions.
“It’s different, I know,” she added.
Some fans accepted her appearance, commending how elegant and fashionable the icon looked.
Others wrote to her saying she looked better in simpler attire, with some writing harsh, anti-tattoo comments on her page.


Baghdad gun shops thrive after Iraqi rethink on arms control

Updated 19 August 2018
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Baghdad gun shops thrive after Iraqi rethink on arms control

  • Shop owner sees increasing demand from women, says self-defence is main reason for buying
  • Customer says legalized gun sales will act as crime deterrent

BAGHDAD: In the middle of Baghdad’s busy commercial neighborhood of Karrada, where most retail outlets sell home appliances, shoppers can now also buy handguns and semi-automatic rifles legally for the first time in decades.
After the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003, illegal weapons trade flourished across the country. Looted guns from ransacked police stations and military bases were sold in streets and public areas to residents seeking to protect themselves in a state that was largely lawless.
The authorities have since been battling to curb illegal weapon sales and the government has stepped up efforts to control gun ownership through regulation.
The latest initiative came into force this summer and allows citizens to own and carry handguns, semi-automatic rifles and other assault weapons after obtaining official authorization and an identity card that also details the individual’s weapons.
Previously, gun sales were restricted to firearms for hunting and sport.
Hamza Maher opened his new gun shop in Karrada after receiving official approval from the Interior Ministry and says there has been growing demand for his wares.
“Customers are mainly men, but the number of women buyers is growing,” said Maher inside his shop, where a variety of pistols and assault rifles are on display.
“The reason for buying is self-defense, and it’s safer for citizens to buy a weapon from an authorized store instead of from an unknown source.”
Pistol prices in Maher’s shop range from $1,000 to $4,000, while Kalashnikov assault rifles can be had from as little as $400 up to $2,000, depending on the brand and manufacturing origin, he said.
Haider Al-Suhail, a tribal sheikh from Baghdad, welcomed the legalization of gun stores.
“Yes, it will decrease crime,” he said on a visit to Maher’s shop to buy assault rifles for his ranch guards. “The criminal who plans to attack others will understand that he will pay heavy price.”