Saturday, March 25, 2017
Muslim pilgrims pray at Mount Arafat

Annual hajj reaches its peak at Arafat

© AFP Mustafa Ozer - Muslim pilgrims pray at Mount Arafat MUZDALIFAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) - Some two million Muslim pilgrims...
Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson calls out Ultra-Orthodox men on fur hats

TEL AVIV (AFP) - Former Playboy playmate and "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson says she wants Israel's Ultra-Orthodox men to go topless -- by not...
A man stands watching the newly-opened Holy Sites metro light rail

Muslims flood into Saudi as hajj nears

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) - Less than two weeks before the world's largest annual gathering, 1.5 million Muslims from around the world have flooded...
Iraqi-Kurd Hassan Ali Mahmoud

Kurds get their way at Asian film festival

BUSAN, South Korea (AFP) - Kurdish film programmer Mustafa Gundogdu rests his head on his hand for a moment as he considers the fate...
Jafar Panahi is a vocal backer of Iran's opposition movement

Iranian film-maker Panahi to present film in Venice

ROME (AFP) - Celebrated Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi, who was freed on bail in May after three months in jail, is to attend the...
Boney M shot to disco fame in the mid-1970s

Ra Ra Ramallah booms to Boney M

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Arabs and Israelis boogeyed ecstatically together in the occupied West Bank late into the night as 70s band Boney...
Missy Elliott is to perform in Tel Aviv on Thursday and also plans to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem

US rapper Missy Elliott arrives in Israel

JERUSALEM (AFP) - US R&B star Missy Elliott arrived in Israel on Wednesday as the Jewish state wrestled with another standoff with an aid...
Egyptian academic Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid

Egypt secular thinker Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid dies

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian academic Nasr Hamed Abu Zeid, who was forced into exile and ordered to divorce his wife after being judged to...

Transsexual’s memoirs breaks new ground in Arab world

BEIRUT (AFP) - In a daring, unprecedented move, a pioneer of the Arab world's underground transgender movement has released her memoirs, recounting her struggle...

Israelis welcome Elton John amid boycotts

TEL AVIV (AFP) - Some 50,000 Israeli fans welcomed Elton John at a one-off concert Thursday amid relief the pop icon performed after a...