Miss Iraq stirs up controversy after posting a video with Miss Israel

A picture taken on November 21, 2017 shows a picture posted by the Instagram profile of Sarah Idan and Adar Gandelsman. (AFP)
Updated 14 June 2018
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Miss Iraq stirs up controversy after posting a video with Miss Israel

DUBAI: Former Miss Iraq beauty queen, Sarah Idan, stirred controversy over her friendship with former Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman after posting a video with her in Jerusalem.

Idan had been widely criticized in 2017 for posting a picture with her Israeli counterpart on the sidelines of their Miss Universe contest in the United States and even received death threats.

Miss Iraq refused at the time to delete the photo of Gandelsman, but published a statement explaining that she does not support the Israeli government or their policies in the Middle East, and apologized to anyone who believed it “to be an attack on the Palestinian cause.”

Earlier this week, Idan published more than one picture with Miss Israel, in addition to a video with her, commenting: “Shalom/ Peace from Jerusalem.”


Ronaldo bust swapped at Madeira airport

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Ronaldo bust swapped at Madeira airport

LISBON: The controversial bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at the airport on Madeira which bears his name has been replaced, Portuguese media reported on Monday.
“This bust is much better than the other one, that’s what everyone thinks,” Hugo Aveiro, brother of the five-time Ballon d’or, winner, told the Diario de Noticias da Madeira newspaper.
“A Spanish sculptor offered this new bust ... so good that we decided to change it,” he added.
The original was swapped Friday at the request of the Real Madrid superstar’s entourage, according to local media.
The original, by local artist Emanuel Santos, was unveiled 16 months ago at a ceremony to rename the airport after one of Madeira’s most famous sons, CR7 having been born in the capital Funchal.
But it was widely mocked, not least for its grimacing smile.
“The CR7 museum asked us to replace the bust in tribute to the athlete and we felt we ought to change it,” airport director Duarte Ferreira explained.
The Ronaldo museum opened in 2013 and a year later it unveiled a 3.40 meters (10 feet) statue which also caused some mirth owing to its figure-hugging shorts.
While his home island concentrates on his likenesses the real Ronaldo is busy at the World Cup. He notched a hat trick to earn a point against Spain a few hours after the airport bust was exchanged.