Protests over the death of George Floyd have swept across the globe. Thousands gathered in Poland, Germany, Canada, Italy, China, New Zealand, Iran over the weekend to demonstrate in solidarity with US protests against the death of George Floyd and police brutality. People chanting 'I can't breathe,' the words Floyd gasped as a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last Monday. Candles were lit in Krakow, Poland, and also in Mashhad, Iran, where leaders have cynically criticized Donald Trump's 'racism' and tweeted their support for #BlackLivesMatter.
Two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station on Saturday after Elon Musk's SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in space travel. SpaceX's two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard blasted off flawlessly in a cloud of bright orange flames and smoke from Florida's Kennedy Space Center for a 19-hour voyage to the space station, according to AFP. "Let's light this candle," Hurley, the mission commander, told SpaceX mission ...
Due to the Coronavirus novel, Eid El Fitr was not as cheerful as previous years, as social and entertainment activities have been cancelled to prevent large gatherings of people to avoid virus spread. But thanks to social media that allowed Arab celebrities to throw their fans some audience-free concerts broadcasting them via live services such as Instagram and YouTube. Most notebly Nancy Ajram's.. check out Eid #HomeStay concerts.
Dozens of worshippers in protective masks were let into the compound before the first prayers of the day, held on a cool and windy pre-dawn break. Chanting "God is greatest, we will protect Al-Aqsa with our soul and blood", the group gathered in front of the large wooden doors were welcomed by mosque director Omar al-Kiswani, who thanked them for their patience. It followed a fraught day in annexed east Jerusalem, where the compound is located. Israeli police on Saturday shot dead a disabled Palestinian they say they mistakenly thought ...
Donald Trump blasted protesters as 'THUGS' and laid into 'weak' Mayor Jacob Frey as he pledged to 'assume control' if he fails to tackle the escalating violence. Over 500 National Guard soldiers have arrived to the streets of Minneapolis and neighboring St. Paul Thursday night and Frey declared a state of emergency as rioting escalated and cars and buildings were torched. George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after pleading for help 'I can't breath' as a police officer used his knee on Floyd's neck to pin him, unarmed and ...
By Ewelina Lepionko The use of facemasks by the general public during the raging coronavirus pandemic remains a controversial topic to this day. As the world starts emerging from the coronavirus lockdowns, political leaders are being closely scrutinized over their choice to wear a mask – or not to. Presidents, prime ministers and other public officials are poised to lead by example. While many global leaders have embraced the protective measure, some still remain staunchly opposed to wearing a mask. The choices they make and how they carry themselves can ...
The sheep and cows are in the meadow, the cheese is ripening in a room on the ground floor – just the kind of scene attracting increasing numbers of Polish city slickers away from the urban jungle, according to AFP. Ruslan Kozynko, playing an old piano in the attic of this farm in the lake-rich Masuria region, is one of the cheesed-off urbanites who have turned cheesemakers. A country with a strong agricultural tradition, Poland is already a European powerhouse when it comes to the production of staples like apples ...
If you’re one of the people who are trying to tackle the lockdown boredom by producing creative work, then this list of geniuses might inspire you and provide a little bit of hope that something good could come out of this tough period! These 8 celebrated people emerged from plague, exile, months of bed rest, or wartime occupation with phenomenal masterpieces. Having said that, we’d like to remind you that you shouldn’t feel pressured to produce the best work of your life or finally complete a lifelong goal.
The majority of Arab countries celebrate Eid al-Fitr, starting Sunday. This is a religious three-day holiday that comes at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Ahead of the holiday, Saudi authorities renewed the ban on mass prayers, including the Eid prayer attended by huge crowds of worshipers. A total of 18 Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia are celebrating together while others, including Mauritania, Sudan and the Sultanate of Oman, began the Eid festivities on Saturday. The timing of Eid is determined by the position of the moon, in ...
Transgender people in Pakistan are known as "khawajasiras" or "hijras" -- an umbrella term denoting a third sex that includes transgender women and cross-dressers. Many claim to be the cultural heirs of eunuchs who thrived at the courts of the Mughal emperors that ruled the Indian subcontinent for two centuries until the British arrived in the 19th century and banned them. They are traditionally called upon for rituals such as blessing newborns or to bring life to weddings and parties, in a country where it is considered un-Islamic for a ...
Wearing a mask and a vest-top, Uruguayans grip the sheep firmly as he begins to shear off its heavy coat, his expertise bringing him on a more than 10,000-kilometre journey from Uruguay to the rural heartlands of northwestern Spain. It's an annual trip he normally makes but this year, things have been upended by the global pandemic, with Canto and some 250 other Uruguayan sheep shearers arriving six weeks later than normal given the difficulties of traveling in a world under lockdown. Spain has not enough sheep shearers. If you ...