Artist Sacha Jafri is looking to make a big change in the world by using his art to raise funds for kids in need. Since March, he has been spending his COVID-19 lockdown at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai where he has been working on what will be the world's largest painting on canvas. The British artist has taken over the ballroom of a luxury hotel in Dubai to produce the largest painting ever created on canvas. The 1,980-square-meter (over 21,000 square feet) artwork will be cut into separate panels, ...
Coronavirus cases have been going up sharply in Latin America, although there are signs that the numbers of new cases may be beginning to drop in some countries. The global pandemic has claimed nearly one million lives, about a third of those in Latin America, where countries with overstretched medical resources are bracing for a new wave. Latin America remains the most affected region in the world by the coronavirus pandemic, with over 8.85 million infections. Brazil has had more than 4.5 million confirmed cases - the third highest tally ...
Year in year out, every September, member states met in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York for its annual session and its highly-visible general debate. The modalities of the 75th session is different this year in the light of the global health crisis. The General Assembly during the COVID-19 pandemic is carrying its work via novel means to guarantee business continuity and mitigate the spread of the disease. The pandemic is not the only issue the world faces. Racism, intolerance, inequality, climate change, poverty, hunger, armed conflict and ...
Seven people were killed since the start of Colombian protests caused after the death of a man pinned to the ground and repeatedly tasered by police in Bogotá. Thousands went to the streets of Colombia to protest on Monday against police brutality and government policies. The rallies were organized by the country's trade unionists and students, the people chanting slogans against police brutality, that culminated in clashes with police in the center of Bogota, which is considered the main protest hub. Moreover, the protests have became violent as demonstrators threw ...
The vast and quick spread of the coronavirus around the world halted global travel and affected tourism around the world. But this effect varied from one country to another as many economies were mainly dependent on tourism as the main source of income. Here are 10 touristic places whose economies are most dependent on tourism, and were severely affected by the COVID-19 travel restrictions.
As India's "monument to love" re-opened on Monday after a six-month hiatus, special rules were introduced -- including no touching the white marble walls of the mausoleum built for a Mughal emperor's favourite wife. Only 5,000 visitors are allowed daily -- a quarter of usual capacity -- and all have their temperature taken by staff wearing face shields, masks and gloves. Neither the new rules nor the dangers of catching the coronavirus put off a steady stream of visitors to the breathtaking 17th-century monument on Monday morning. The return of ...
Spread out at the foot of a vast plateau in the Sinai desert, hundreds of excited Bedouins gather to race their camels after a six-month break due to the coronavirus. Shrouded in a vast sand cloud kicked up by the hump-backed beasts, more than 500 camels were loudly cheered on by their owners dressed in traditional jalabiyas and headdresses, according to AFP. Camel racing is a popular traditional sport in many Arab countries, most notably in the Gulf region. And in Egypt, Bedouins of the South Sinai desert have kept ...
Over 1,000 people packed the iconic steps of the US Supreme Court, laying flowers, lighting candles, some weeping as they mourned the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died aged 87 after a battle with metastatic pancreas cancer, the Supreme Court has announced. She had been on the federal bench for twenty-five years. In 1993, she became the second woman ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Throughout that time she has continued to be a leading voice for gender equality, women's interests, and ...
The men in the audience clapped and the women ululated as the band finished singing: it would have been commonplace except the venue was in Iran and the group on stage were all women. The catchy rhythmic music they played that balmy night is known as "bandari", according to AFP. Its lyrics are from ancient folkloric songs, passed down the generations and familiar to many at the concert in an amphitheatre in the southern port of Bandar Abbas. Dressed in traditional clothing, the band was taking part in a state-organised ...
Well-known Arab cartoonists have expressed their anger towards the newly-signed Abraham Accords in which the UAE, Bahrain agreed to a peace deal with Israel, and show support to the liberation of Palestinians using characters. The UAE and Bahrain agreed on a historic agreements with Israel on Tuesday, 15th of September, 2020, in a ceremony hosted by the US president Donald Trump in Washington. The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) denounced the deal, describing it as a "black day” for the Palestinians.