Superheroes mix with villains as London Comic Con kicks off

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Attendees practice their lightsaber skills at the MCM London Comic Con. (Reuters)
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An attendee helps another attendee with her costume at the MCM London Comic Con at the Excel Centre in London. (Reuters)
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An attendee, dressed as his favourite comic character, poses for photographs at the MCM London Comic Con. (Reuters)
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An attendee, dressed as US President Donald Trump, sits on stairs as he attends the MCM London Comic Con. (Reuters)
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Attendees, dressed as their favourite comic characters for the MCM London Comic Con. (Reuters)
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An attendee, dressed as her favourite comic characters for the MCM London Comic Con. (Reuters)
Updated 26 October 2018
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Superheroes mix with villains as London Comic Con kicks off

LONDON: From Catwoman to the Joker, comics and games fans dressed up as their favorite characters in London on Friday as the British capital’s Comic Con entertainment event kicked off.
Visitors will celebrate their favorite characters from the worlds of comics, films and games over three days, with exhibits, talks, workshops and plenty of entertainment also on offer.
Actor Paul Bettany — who starred in the superhero blockbuster “Avengers” films as well as sci-fi saga “Solo: A Star Wars Story” — is scheduled to make an appearance, as are comic book writers Brian Azzarello and Frank Miller.


UAE's Hussein Al Jasmi to perform at the Vatican's annual Christmas concert

Updated 11 December 2018
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UAE's Hussein Al Jasmi to perform at the Vatican's annual Christmas concert

  • Al Jasmi is the first Emirati artist to perform at prestigious Vatican event
  • The concert will be broadcast worldwide on Christmas day

DUBAI: Emirati singer Hussain Al Jasmi is scheduled to perform at the annual Christmas concert in the Vatican on Saturday.

Al Jasmi, a UN Goodwill Ambassador, will become the first Arab artist to perform at the event. His participation in the concert will be alongside the Grand Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Renato Serio.

 “I have always been pleased to contribute to charitable work in order to create an environment conducive to a dignified life, respect, equality and peace, the values that we have grown on and inherited from the late Shaikh Zayed.” Al Jasmi wrote on social media.

His performance is a nod to the policy adopted by the UAE to consolidate the values of inter-faith tolerance, moderation and intercultural exchange, as well as to continue creating channels of communication with all peoples worldwide, regardless of their ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. Notably, The UAE is the first country to establish a ministry for tolerance, the Ministry of Tolerance.

The performance will take place at Paul VI Audience Hall on the eve of Christmas, and will air on the fifth Italian Channel as well as several channels around the world.