Tunisian election to entrench president’s rule

  • TUNIS: Tunisians go to the polls Saturday to elect a parliament largely stripped of its powers, under a hyper-presidential system installed by the head of state Kais Saied after his power grab last year. Over a decade since Tunisia’s popular revolution unseated dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali...
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In Jordan, refugees scan irises to collect aid. But is it ethical?

  • AZRAQ, Jordan: At a grocery store checkout in the Jordanian refugee camp of Azraq, Sameera Sabbouh stares wide-eyed into a scanner to pay for her shopping — her iris scan unlocking payment from a digital aid account with the help of block- chain technology. Many of the nearly 40,000 Syrians w...
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Saudi director Mahmoud Sabbagh announces new film during RSIFF  

  • DUBAI: Saudi director and producer Mahmoud Sabbagh revealed this week at Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Film Festival that he is working on his third film, “Last Party in Rumah Desert,” in a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter.    Sabbagh is the filmmaker behind...
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Palestinian Santa brings festive cheer to Jerusalem

  • JERUSALEM: In Jerusalem’s Old City there are dozens of churches, but as Christmas beckons there is just one Santa Claus — a towering Palestinian former basketball player. Each December, the streets sparkle green and red as Christian pilgrims and others arrive to celebrate Christmas in Is...
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YouTube reveals year’s top-trending regional creators and content

  • DUBAI: YouTube has released five lists that reveal the top-trending videos, music videos, shorts and creators in the Middle East and North Africa region over the past year. The growth of popularity in short-form video platforms such as TikTok prompted YouTube to launch Shorts, its own version...
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Kazakhstan National Team dominate amateur division at Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship

  • ABU DHABI: The amateur division (white and blue belts) of the 14th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship concluded on Saturday with the Kazakhstan National Team securing the lead in the best academy ranking. Sharjah Self-Defence Sports club and the UAEJJ Team occupied second and...
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‘No choice’ but cholera water for Lebanon’s poor

  • BEBNINE, Lebanon: Marwa Khaled’s teenage son was hospitalized with cholera after drinking polluted water in Lebanon’s impoverished north — yet she still buys the same contaminated water, the only kind she can afford. “People know (the water is contaminated), but they don’t have any other choic...
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Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce forms new board for businesswomen council

  • ABU DHABI: The Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry has formed a new board for the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, Emirates News Agency reported. The new board’s mission is to help female entrepreneurs improve their skills, introduce them to relevant laws and ...
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How Miss Arab USA 2022 Marwa Lahlou overcame obstacles to help herself and those in need

  • LOS ANGELES: Moroccan American Marwa Lahlou fulfilled a childhood dream when she was  crowned winner at the Miss Arab USA 2022 pageant in Arizona, telling Arab News she overcame “severe bullying” to get to where she is today. Now, the beauty queen is on a mission to champion her roo...
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Celebrity chefs, kitchen makeovers & more at LuLu World Food

  • Season 2 of the LuLu World Food festival is here and will run until Sept. 10. Food enthusiasts can indulge their taste buds with a host of curated meals prepared by celebrity chefs, watch and learn from these masters of the kitchens around the world and win 2,000 prizes, including 1,000 free tr...
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