Kuwaiti social media star Sondos Al Qattan has returned to social media after a quick hiatus. She recently posted a photo of her thanking her 2.4 million followers for supporting her amid backslash on her controversial remark against Filipino domestic helpers.

The photo shows Al Qattan holding a cake designed with the words “Congratulations, Sondos” at the bottom.

“Thanks for your support,” Al Qattan captioned the photo with a heart emoji.

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The Kuwaiti social media star also uploaded a video of her makeup tutorial and a selfie on Instagram.

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Al Qattan found herself in hot water after questioning the Kuwaiti government’s reforms on the kafala system which now allows Filipino domestic workers to have the right to days off and possession of their own passports.

Since then, several beauty and cosmetic brands that used to be associated with, such as MAC Cosmetics, Phyto, Shiseido, Max Factor Arabia, Chelsea Beautique, and M. Micallef, have severed ties with her after the backlash she has received

However, she has also defended her side by telling those who criticize her to not “judge a person without full understanding of the situation.”

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She also said that the attacks thrown to her are “attacks on Islam, the Hijab and Kuwait”.

 

 Source: filipinotimes

Thursday, 09 August 2018 20:14

KUWAIT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Ministry of Interior publishes via the communication sites the baggage that is prohibited to enter the plane.
 
The Ministry of Interior has posted through the communication sites the names of the baggage that are prohibited from entering the plane in case of travel, as in the attached pictures. 

This comes in line with the expectations of increased travel during the coming days, especially with the holiday of Eid al-Adha. 

"Dear traveler, for security and safety during the flight, please follow the airport security instructions before boarding the plane," the ministry said

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Kuwait Airways are by no means the only airline in the Middle East to ban Israelis from their flights

Kuwait Airways agreed to compensate a British-Israeli woman in her discrimination claim for refusing to sell her a flight ticket due to her Israeli nationality as per the company’s policy.

“Kuwait Airways has agreed to pay substantial damages plus costs to an Israeli National who was refused a ticket on a Kuwait Airways flight from London to Bangkok on the grounds of her nationality,” the UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) published on its website, having helped the plaintiff Ms. Mandy Blumenthal obtain representation for her claim.

Despite agreeing to pay Ms. Blumenthal for her claim, the company did not admit liability.

The airline has justified its ban by pointing to a Kuwaiti law that prevents citizens from dealing "with entities or persons residing in Israel, or with Israeli citizenship."

Back in November 2017, Ms. Blumenthal was denied her wish to purchase a return ticket from London’s Heathrow airport to Thailand with a stopover in Kuwait.

A video of the incident posted on Youtube shows the Kuwait Airways ticket clerk repeatedly refusing to sell her a ticket due to the company’s police that “Israeli passport holders are not permitted to travel on Kuwait Airways”.

An attorney for Ms. Blumenthal in the matter, David Berens said the airline would now have to face a decision whether to end the discriminatory practice or end its UK routes entirely. 

“The law is clear: direct discrimination on grounds of nationality in the provision of a service to the public is illegal. Ms Blumenthal has done a service in showing up Kuwait Airways’ illegal policy. Kuwait Airways is now legally obliged to end this policy or end its services from the UK altogether,” he said. 

A German court ruled in favor of the company, upholding their policy of forbidding Israeli passport holders from flying with them, though a senior German Justice Department official urged the government to revoke landing rights for Kuwait Airways.

UKLFI confirmed that it would help other potential claimants following the favorable result.

The policy has caused no little controversy in recent years. The airline halted its flights between European cities in 2016 in the wake of lawsuits filed in Switzerland in the name of an Israeli, and in 2015 it stopped its flights from New York to London when the United States demanded that it drop its ban on Israeli passengers.

An Arab-Israeli social media star had also published a video denouncing Kuwait Airways' ban on Israeli passengers after being turned away when he tried to board a flight to India.

"This is daylight discrimination, and it should be illegal," Nuseir Yassin, also known as Nas, said in the video.

Nevertheless, Kuwait Airways are by no means the only airline in the Middle East to ban Israelis from their flights.

Despite Israeli officials repeatedly hinting at Saudi Arabia's increasing fondness for the Jewish state, the flagship air carrier of that country has freely admitted to barring Israelis from traveling on their jets.

 

Source: i24NEWS

An Egyptian took revenge on his daughter's rapist and stabbed him with a knife inside the Public Prosecutor's Office in the Egyptian governorate of Beheira.

The father assaulted the young man raped his daughter during his presentation to the prosecution and transferred to Kafr El Dawar General Hospital in the province of the lake in critical condition.

The father of the 16-year-old girl was reported to have filed a rape complaint against his daughter, according to preliminary investigations and medical examination of the girl.

After the arrest of the accused and during the presentation to the Public Prosecution, the girl's father assaulted the young man with a knife and was taken to the hospital.
 

Syrian presidency sends wishes for a speedy recovery after first lady diagnosed with early stage malignant tumour

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Asma al-Assad, the wife of embattled Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, Syrian officials have said. 

A post on the Syrian presidency’s official social media channels on Wednesday said Ms Assad had been diagnosed with a malignant tumour which was detected early. 

 The 42-year-old was bearing the illness with “strength, confidence and faith”, the announcement said, wishing her a speedy recovery.

The news was accompanied by a photograph of Ms Assad sitting in a chair in a hospital room hooked up to a saline drip whilst smiling at her husband sitting next to her. She appeared to have lost a severe amount of weight since her last high profile public engagement last month. 

Sana, the Syrian state news wire, said she was being treated at a military hospital in Damascus. 

A British citizen, Ms Assad was born and raised in London to Syrian parents. She worked in investment banking before marrying Mr Assad shortly after he took over the presidency following the death of his father Hafez in 2000. 

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She has stood by her husband in her role as first lady since Arab Spring protests against the Assad family’s oppressive rule broke out in 2011.

The brutal now seven-year-old civil war is thought to have left 500,000 dead and displaced half of Syria’s pre-war population of 22 million from their homes. 

Ms Assad last appeared in public in July, meeting the children of Russian soldiers who have died fighting on the behalf of the Syrian government.

She and her husband read to the children, posed for photographs and played with a cat. 

The Syrian government was forced to deny rumours in Middle Eastern media last year that Mr Assad had suffered a stroke and mental health problems after speculation that leading a country engulfed in civil war had taken its toll on his health. 

Thursday, 09 August 2018 11:21

Mumbai : Major blast in Chembur BPCL factory

Mumbai : Major blast in Chembur BPCL factory ... Entire Chembur shaken Over 43 injured

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At least 43 workers were injured after a fire broke out following a boiler blast in the refinery of Bharat Petroleum here this afternoon, officials said. The incident took place at the public sector oil firm's plant on the Mahul Road in Chembur area of East Mumbai around 2.45 PM, they said. Forty-three workers were injured in the incident, said Shahaji Umap, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-VI).

Kuwait: Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship, Passport and Residency Affairs at Ministry of Interior Major General Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf on Wednesday issued a circular to all residency affairs departments in all governorates to declare that all types of visit visa dependent, commercial & tourist will be valid for one month and will be extended up to 14 days only from entry with effect from Aug 8.

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Saudi Arabia has executed and crucified a man who stabbed a woman to death.

The man from Myanmar was beheaded and his body put on display on a cross in Mecca on Wednesday.  Elias Jamaleddeen broke into a woman's home firing a gun and then stabbed her.

Saudi Arabia has executed and crucified a man from Myanmar who stabbed a woman to death. Pictured: A previous crucifixion in Yemen
 
The man was beheaded and his body put on display on a cross in Mecca (pictured) on Wednesday
 

He was convicted of robbing her home and another, attempted rape, and stealing firearms and ammunition.

His conviction was upheld by the courts and his execution was endorsed by King Salman, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world's top executioners, but crucifixions - in which the condemned is usually beheaded and then the body put on display - are rare.

 

Source: dailymail.co.uk

 

Banks, finance and insurance companies will be off for nine days

Saudi officials have declared nine days of holiday for Eid Al Adha in certain sectors.

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) announced that banks, finance and insurance companies will be off from Friday, August 17, until Sunday, August 26.

The Saudi Stock Exchange had previously announced that the bourse would suspend trading activities during the Eid holiday, from Sunday August 19 to Sunday, August 26.

On Tuesday, the Kuwaiti Cabinet announced that public sector employees in the country will remain on leave for a week to celebrate the Eid Al Adha holiday.

The Eid holiday will begin on Sunday, August 19, and end on Thursday, August 23, and work in ministries and government institutes will be halted during the entire week.

Eid Al Adha is likely begin on Wednesday, August 22, a UAE astronomer predicted last month.

Sharjah Planetarium deputy director Ebrahim Al Jarwan said based on astronomical calculations Arafat Day would fall on Tuesday, August 21, according to Gulf News.

That would mean Eid Al Adha begins the next day.

Eid Al Adha, known as the ‘feast of the sacrifice’, honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son to God. Before he could commit the act, God sent an angel to replace the sacrifice with a sheep.

During Eid, Muslims sacrifice an animal in commemoration of this act and divide it into three parts.

One third is for family, one third is for relatives, friends and neighbours and one third is given to the poor and needy.

Last year, Eid fell on Friday, September 1, with UAE private sector workers receiving one extra day off to mark the occasion and public sector workers two extra days.

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