Bakeries are easy to locate in Iran, just simply detect the irresistible scent of freshly baked flatbreads. Of the four main traditional types, sangak is the most popular and is seen as Iran’s national bread. It is made from wholewheat flour and topped with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and sometimes poppy seeds at the customer’s request. The baker moves and gesticulates constantly as he works in what resembles a dance in front of gas-fired ovens. Exclusively the job of men in the Islamic republic, bakers get up well before ...
Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said Wednesday. Images shot from Indonesian rescue boats showed dozens of children and adults, many weeping, after they had been plucked from their vessel by local fishermen, according to AFP. "The boat with Rohingya onboard was broken and floating in the middle of the sea when the fishermen found them," said Mr Muhammad Nasir, head of the maritime authority in Sumatra's northernmost Aceh province. ...
The 450,000 Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank hold often violent relations with the Palestinians. From July 1, the Israeli government aims to take its first steps toward implementing part of a US-proposed Middle East peace plan that paves the way for annexing key parts of the West Bank, including settlements long considered illegal by the majority of the international community. The controversial plan also envisions the creation of a Palestinian state, but on reduced territory and the Palestinians have rejected it outright. As for annexation, they are 'obviously ...
Columns of tanks and troops paraded through Moscow, Wednesday, as Russian President Vladimir Putin presided over grand World War II (WWII) commemorations to stir up patriotic fervour ahead of a vote on extending his rule. Putin was flanked on Red Square by elderly war veterans in uniforms laden with medals as thousands of troops carrying bright banners and Kalashnikov rifles marched in the blazing sun to mark the Soviet Union’s defeat of “Nazi” Germany, according to AFP. Forced to postpone the traditional May 9 Victory Day celebrations by the coronavirus ...
A car horn beeps and the horror begins: a bloody murder and rampaging zombies. But this drive-in haunted house in Japan protects against the most terrifying enemy of all -- coronavirus. Inside a car, guests can scream as loudly as they like, with no mask required, as hideous creatures daubed in blood swarm towards them. In fact, the new format might even be scarier than a traditional haunted house, producer Kenta Iwana, 25, told AFP. "At the drive-in haunted house, guests are confined in a car so they can't escape ...
Earlier this year, Lebanon defaulted on its debt and while the peg to the dollar remains unchanged, the Lira has since nosedived on the black market. In a country so heavily reliant on imports. Prices have soared almost as fast as the currency has plummeted. Lebanon's economic crisis has led to a collapse of the local currency and purchasing power, plunging whole segments of society into poverty as exemplified by near-empty fridges in many households. Photographers spent several days in June visiting people's homes in the main cities of Beirut, ...
The shutdown that most countries of the world went through because of COVID-19 had a brutal impact on some industries and economies and reshaped the markets around the world. Some key economic players have seen their market share and profit drop down significantly as oil prices collapsed. Nevertheless, some big players have seen growth during this pandemic. Here are the top 10 largest public companies in the Arab world this year:
The town of Lopburi is located about 155km north of Bangkok. It is well known for having large amount of monkeys and becoming a good place for tourism in Thailand. Lopburi's monkey population has doubled to 6,000 in the last 3 years. After the coronavirus pandemic hit the country, authorities were forced to start a sterilization campaign. COVID-19 cases in Thailand stands at 3151 and hailed for recording zero new virus infections in nearly a month.
There is smoke from burning tires, gas, and moving crowds. Snipers are at a distance. Some were taking part in clashes, others were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some of them wish to be dead, it would be easier. Others want to challenge the whole world, to remain strong, but inside they are broken. Along the border of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army uses snipers who, according to instructions, open fire only when the soldiers are at risk from intensifying violence from Palestinian rioters. In ...