Arab star Yara in solidarity with Syrian children

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Updated 08 April 2017

Arab star Yara in solidarity with Syrian children

JEDDAH: Many influential figures from the world of Arab entertainment such as Lebanese superstar Elissa are calling for an end to the war in Syria, which is in its seventh year.
After last week’s suspected chemical attack that killed 20 children, users are expressing on Twitter solidarity with the Syrian children, using the hashtag: #everychildismychild.
Pop singer Yara, who is an ambassador of Lebanese Red Cross, launched an appeal on her social media pages to save the children of the war-ravaged country.
The Lebanese star took to social media to share a photo of herself holding a placard that read: “Every child is my child” and on the palm of her hand was written: “Stop the war!”
Also participating in the #everychildismychild photo series were Italian footballer Francesco Totti and Turkish-German actress Meryem Uzerli, both holding placards with similar messages.
Yara wrote a prayer asking God to relieve the people of Syria from all misery and pain, as “the streets of Syria have been filled with the blood of martyrs.”
“You alone, O Allah, are able to end the suffering,” she wrote.
A suspected chemical attack killed at least 72 civilians, in opposition-held northwestern Syria on Tuesday, prompting global outrage and calls for international action. The attack also left dozens more gasping for air, convulsing, and foaming at the mouth.


Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

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Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

MIAMI: The move was bananas ... or maybe the work was just too appealing.
A performance artist shook up the crowd at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall and ate it.
The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Comedian” and sold to a French collector for $120,000.
In a video posted on his Instagram account, David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist living in New York, walks up to the banana and pulls it off the wall with the duct tape attached.
“Art performance ... hungry artist,” he said, as he peeled the fruit and took a bite. “Thank you, very good.”
A few bystanders could be heard giggling before a flustered gallery official whisked him to an adjoining space for questioning.
But the kerfuffle was resolved without a food fight.
“He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea,” Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald.
As it turns out, the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity, the newspaper said. The banana is meant to be replaced.
A replacement banana was taped to the wall about 15 minutes after Datuna’s stunt.
“This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras said. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.”
Cattelan is perhaps best known for his 18-carat, fully functioning gold toilet called “America” that he had once offered on loan to US President Donald Trump.
The toilet, valued at around $5 to $6 million, was in the news again in September when it was stolen from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of wartime leader Winston Churchill, where it had been on display.