Haifa Wehbe among the world’s most beautiful women

Haifa Wehbe
Updated 27 March 2017

Haifa Wehbe among the world’s most beautiful women

JEDDAH: Lebanese superstar Haifa Wehbe has been ranked among the most beautiful women in the world, according to Wonderlist’s annual poll.
The 41-year-old Arab pop singer ranked 10th on the “2017’s Top 10 Most Beautiful Women Over 40” list that also names many global celebrities such as, Jennifer Lopez, Aishwarya Rai, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz and Monica Bellucci.
South African beauty, actress and film producer, Charlize Theron topped the list.
“These are, no doubt, the prettiest women of the world, definitely the top 10 most beautiful women of 2017,” Wonderlist said.
“Lebanese singer and actress, Haifa Wehbe comes at number 10 position. Wehbe is one of the most notable singers in the Arab World and is considered one of the most successful Lebanese singers. In 2006, she was on People Magazine’s 50 most beautiful people list,” the website said.
Last year, designer Ali Qarawi described Wehbe on his Instagram page as the “most beautiful woman on earth.”
In its “Top 10 Most Beautiful Women of 2017” list, the website named another Lebanese beauty, Mona Abou Hamze.
“Lebanese TV personality and presenter, a pop culture superstar, Mona Abou Hamze is known for her intelligence, elegant beauty and maturity. Despite being one of the most beautiful Muslim ladies, she was recognized as one of the ‘100 Most Powerful Arab Women’ by CEO Middle East magazine,” it said.


World’s loneliest elephant: Kaavan’s relocation from Pakistan set after Cher campaign

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World’s loneliest elephant: Kaavan’s relocation from Pakistan set after Cher campaign

  • Famed singer and Oscar-winning actress has spent recent days at the Islamabad zoo to provide moral support to Kaavan

ISLAMABAD: Following years of public outcry and campaigning by American pop star Cher, the “world’s loneliest elephant” was poised Sunday to embark on a mammoth journey from Pakistan to a sanctuary in Cambodia.
The famed singer and Oscar-winning actress has spent recent days at the Islamabad zoo to provide moral support to Kaavan — an overweight, 35-year-old bull elephant — whose pitiful treatment at the dilapidated facility sparked an uproar from animal rights groups and a spirited social media campaign by Cher.
Kaavan’s case and the woeful conditions at the zoo resulted in a judge this year ordering all the animals to be moved.
“Thanks to Cher and also to local Pakistani activists, Kaavan’s fate made headlines around the globe and this contributed to the facilitation of his transfer,” said Martin Bauer, a spokesman for Four Paws International — an animal welfare group that has spearheaded the relocation effort.
Cher “has quite a big platform so we have really appreciated what she has done for Kaavan since 2016.”
Dubbed by the press as the world’s loneliest elephant, Kaavan is the only Asian elephant in Pakistan — the tiny number of other pachyderms at other zoos are African.
Cher recently arrived in the Pakistani capital to see the elephant before the long journey to a 10,000-hectare Cambodian wildlife sanctuary, with Prime Minister Imran Khan personally thanking the 74-year-old star.
She was due to fly to Cambodia on Sunday to be in the Southeast Asian nation when the elephant arrives.
A team of vets and experts from Four Paws have spent months working with Kaavan to get him ready for the trip to Cambodia, which has included training the elephant to enter a massive metal transport crate that will be placed in a cargo plane for the seven-hour flight.
Zoo officials have in the past denied Kaavan was kept in substandard conditions or chained, claiming instead the creature was pining for a new mate after his partner died in 2012.
But Kaavan’s behavior — including signs of distress such as continual head-bobbing — raised concerns of mental illness.
Activists also said Kaavan was not properly sheltered from Islamabad’s searing summer temperatures.
Kaavan’s mate Saheli, who also arrived from Sri Lanka, died in 2012.
Rights groups and conservationists have said that the abysmal conditions at the Islamabad zoo resulted in part from the lack of legislation in Pakistan aimed at protecting animal welfare.
“There’s a lot of improvement to be made,” said Rab Nawaz with the World Wildlife Federation in Pakistan.
“Kaavan is just one animal. There’s lots of animals in Pakistan... which are in miserable conditions.”