Pakistani star Mahira Khan bedazzles Beirut

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan poses for a picture at the Beirut International Awards Festivals (BIAF), in Beirut, on Sunday. (AFP)
Updated 10 July 2017

Pakistani star Mahira Khan bedazzles Beirut

BEIRUT: Pakistani actress Mahira Khan won two awards at the 8th edition of the Beirut International Awards Festivals (BIAF), in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Sunday.
Khan, dressed in an ivory Nicolas Jebran couture gown, made a stunning appearance on the red carpet.
The BIAF took to Instagram and uploaded a video of Khan, captioning it as “Best Dressed.”
The actress posted a picture on her Instagram account where she is seen posing with Asiye Nur Fettahoglu, popularly known as Mahidevran Sultan from the popular Turkish series “Mera Sultan,” at the award ceremony.
“This award means a lot to me, because we get a lot of love and a lot of awards back home, so when we get awards outside of our country, it feels like our country is getting an award,” she said in a short video.
“So, thank you so much. All my love and a lot of gratitude to all of you,” Khan added.
She also tried her hand at Arabic, saying: “I think I’m going to try to say this, I hope I’m right. I love you guys. Thank you, thank you so much.”
Khan, 32, is one of Pakistan’s most popular and highest-paid actresses.
The BIAF is an annual event honoring distinguished personalities and figures from all over the world.
Arab singer Nawal Al-Zoghbi, who wowed in a Michael Sanko gown, was honored for her long and illustrious musical career.
French singer Jean-Jacques Lafon, Lebanese actress Julia Kassar, Egyptian actress Laila Elwi, Syrian actor Abed Fahed and Lebanese actress Nicole Saba were some of the others who attended the event.


Australian man survives croc attack by gouging its eye

Updated 16 November 2019

Australian man survives croc attack by gouging its eye

  • Wildlife ranger Craig Dickmann made a split-second decision to go fishing in a remote part of Northern Australia known as ‘croc country.’
  • ‘That noise will haunt me forever I think, the sound of the snap of its jaws’

CAIRNS, Australia: An Australian wildlife ranger has recounted his terrifying escape from the clutches of a “particularly cunning” crocodile, after wrestling with the reptile and sticking a finger in its eye.
Craig Dickmann, who made a split-second decision to go fishing last Sunday in a remote part of Northern Australia known as “croc country” last Sunday, said a 2.8-meter (nine-foot) crocodile came up from behind him as he was leaving the beach.
“As I’ve turned to go, the first thing I see is its head just come at me,” he told reporters on Friday from his hospital bed in the town of Cairns in Queensland state.
Dickmann said the animal latched on to his thigh.
“That noise will haunt me forever I think, the sound of the snap of its jaws,” he said.
The 54-year-old said he wrestled with the croc on the remote beach as it tried to drag him into the water.
Dickmann stuck his thumb into its eye, saying it was the only “soft spot” he found on the “bullet-proof” animal.
“Their eyes retract a fair way and when you go down far enough you can feel bone so I pushed as far as I possibly could and then it let go at that point,” Dickmann said.
After a few minutes, he said he managed to get on top of the croc and pin its jaws shut.
“And then, I think both the croc and I had a moment where we’re going, ‘well, what do we do now?’”
Dickmann said he then pushed the croc away from him and it slid back into the water.
The ranger had skin ripped from his hands and legs in the ordeal and drove more than 45 minutes back to his home before calling emergency services.
It was then another hour in the car to meet the Royal Flying Doctors Service who flew him to Cairns Hospital, where he is recovering from the ordeal.
“This croc was particularly cunning and particularly devious,” he said.
Queensland’s department of environment this week euthanized the animal.
“The area is known croc country and people in the area are reminded to always be crocwise,” the department said in a statement.
Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to seven meters long and weigh more than a ton, are common in the vast continent’s tropical north.
Their numbers have exploded since they were declared a protected species in the 1970s, with attacks on humans rare.
According to the state government, the last non-fatal attack was in January 2018 in the Torres Strait while the last death was in October 2017 in Port Douglas.