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Arfa Shahid | ThisWeek Middle East

Author: Arfa Shahid

Runners brave cold and snow for North Pole marathon

April 11 – Wrapped warmly against the cold, a group of runners set off for the barren white landscape for one very cool race – the North Pole Marathon. Some 50 running enthusiasts from around the world braved harsh conditions for Saturday’s 42.2-km (26.2 miles) race on the frozen ice of the Arctic Ocean, staged at the Barneo Ice Camp. Wearing balaclavas, goggles, gloves and layers of thermal clothing, participants had to complete 12 laps of a course lined with markers. A refreshment tent was on hand for those needing hot drinks, snacks and to warm up. As well...

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10 Most Inspiring Middle Eastern Speakers You Need to Watch

  1 - Muniba Mazari Pakistani artist, writer and media personality Muniba Mazari shares her heart-wrenching incident that left her bound to a wheel chair. But she turned this adversity into opportunity. 2 - Mariah Idrissi Known globally as the first hijab-wearing Muslim model for H&M, earning her worldwide attention, Mariah Idrissi has appeared in magazines like Harper's Bazaar and Grazia. She has been featured on CNN, BBC News, ITV, CNN, NBC, as well as the New York Times, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail for driving global conversation around modest fashion. Idrissi has continued to cause a stir...

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Burning less oil at home will help Saudi exports and Aramco IPO

By Rania El Gamal DUBAI, March 7 – Saudi Arabia is likely to reduce the amount of oil it burns to generate power this summer as the kingdom hikes domestic energy prices and uses more natural gas in power stations, industry sources said. Burning less crude at home means the world’s top oil exporter may not need to push output to the record high of 10.67 million barrels per day (bpd) reached in July last year, even if the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers end supply curbs in June. It may also make the sale...

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VIDEO: Trump falsely claimed there was a terrorist attack in Sweden, prompting the hashtag #lastnightinsweden

Just a few days after falsely claiming his electoral college win was the largest since President Ronald Reagan, U.S. President Donald Trump yet again claimed there was a terrorist attack in Sweden — when there was none. A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television report he had seen. Trump, who in his first weeks in office has tried to tighten U.S. borders sharply for national security reasons, told a rally on Saturday that Sweden was having serious problems with immigrants....

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Lindsay Lohan Eating Machboos With Her Hands is the most Entertaining Thing You’ll See

Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan’s move to the Middle East caused havoc on social media, as paparazzi and fans rushed to tweet the news. On February 5, Lohan appeared on a Kuwaiti talk show “The Shuar Shuaib Show” and talked about her move to London, her work with Syria refugees, her research about Islam and, of course, eating machboos with her hands. The comedy show address underlying social issues. Taking a jab at Arab leaders and the society, the host remarks about how a Muslim learning about another religion would be shunned and shamed, but Lohan is praised for being guided...

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In Egypt, activists are trying to force the President to throw out a Law used to imprison civilians

By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, Feb 5 – Rights activists are trying to force President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to throw out a law used by his government to imprison thousands of Egyptians and sentence hundreds to death by arguing that it was overturned as far back as 1928. Over the past three years, judges have cited Law 10 of 1914, or the Assembly Law, in jailing opposition activists and ordinary people for protesting against Sisi and his government and in issuing mass death sentences, mainly to Islamists. Security forces also cite it to justify the use of force against demonstrators...

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U.S. court has refused to immediately restore Trump travel ban following appeal

By Yeganeh Torbati and Tom Perry WASHINGTON/BEIRUT, Feb 5 – A U.S. appeal court late on Saturday denied a request from the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately restore a immigration order from President Donald Trump barring citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries and temporarily banning refugees. The court ruling dealt a further setback to Trump, who has denounced the judge in the state of Washington who blocked his executive order on Friday. In tweets and comments to reporters, the president has insisted he will get the ban reinstated. Trump says the temporary immigration restrictions on citizens from Iran,...

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It Snowed in Jabal Jais…and Dubai Folks Had Zero Chill!

The UAE is known for its desert climate and year-round sunshine, but freak weather conditions engulfed the country over the weekend. It snowed in Jabal Jais, a mountain between neighboring Sultanate of Oman and the UAE, and residents had zero chill about it! First, there were messages of disbelief. Temperatures hit a record lowest in the country. Wow. So, it’s confirmed. – 5.7 recorded yesterday on Jabal Jais is the lowest temperature EVER recorded in the UAE! @NCMS_media — Abu Jazz 🔆 (@AbuJazz) February 4, 2017 Then, there was an Arab snowman. ‏استريح بتيك الدله. يعني دور ربعك. يعني هاك...

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McDonald’s in Russia Was a Common Venue for Wedding Receptions

By Maria Kiselyova and Olga Sichkar When McDonald’s opened its first Russian restaurant in 1990 in Moscow, it was not unusual to see wedding receptions held there, so strong was the appeal of the quintessential American brand at the end of the Cold War. In recent years, with U.S.-Russia ties increasingly frosty, the fast food chain has pursued a different strategy: go native. “We say it every time: we are a Russian company,” Khamzat Khasbulatov, the head of McDonald’s Russia, told Reuters. “I don’t think there’s a single company that can call itself more Russian than us.” Nearly all...

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