Camila Cabello leads MTV award nods

Camila Cabello
Updated 05 November 2018
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Camila Cabello leads MTV award nods

  • Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, winner of three prizes in 2017, was nominated for three awards this year

MADRID: With six nominations, US singer Camila Cabello, whose hit song “Havana” reached the top of the US charts in January, is in prime position for the MTV Europe Music Awards held Sunday in Spain.
Best song, best video, best artist, the 21-year-old Cuba-born singer is riding high, fresh from winning prestigious prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards in August — artist of the year and video of the year.
Her album “Camila” also topped the US charts in January, and the audio version of “Havana,” which features rapper Young Thug, has had more than 1.3 billion hits on YouTube.
Last year the former member of the band Fifth Harmony was also named best pop artist at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
Next up at the awards in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao are singer Ariana Grande and rapper Post Malone with five nominations, followed by Canadian artist Drake and Britain’s Dua Lipa with four.
Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, winner of three prizes in 2017, was nominated for three awards this year.
Cabello’s “Havana,” Grande’s “No tears left to cry,” Post Malone’s “Rockstar,” Drake’s “God’s Plan” and Bebe Rexha’s “Meant to be” are all competing for best song.


Iraqi police arrest man selling Saddam Hussein watches in Baghdad

Updated 22 April 2019
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Iraqi police arrest man selling Saddam Hussein watches in Baghdad

  • Since the fall of Hussein, promotion of the former leader, the regime or the Ba’ath party is prohibited
  • Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging on Dec, 30 2006

LONDON: Police in Iraq have arrested a man selling watches in central Baghdad with images of the country’s former dictator Saddam Hussein on their faces.
Since the fall of Hussein, promotion of the former leader, the regime or the Ba’ath party is prohibited.
Baghdad police department said in a statement that they acted after they had received a tip from a member of the public that someone was selling wristwatches with pictures of Saddam Hussein on them.
The statement did not give further details about the arrest.
Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging on Dec, 30 2006 after being convicted of crimes against humanity.
Iraq’s judiciary recently said no decision or law had been implemented to punish Saddam Hussein’s supporters and pointed out that any step in this regard should be first initiated by the Iraqi Parliament, despite the country’s constitution prohibiting the existence of the former Ba’ath party.
This statement came after a popular poet appeared in the southern province of Dhi Qar, delivering a poem that many saw as a tribute to Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq for decades, from 1979 until his fall in 2003.