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Breaking: Al Jazeera journalists ordered released, but case not dismissed

CAIRO – An Egyptian court has ordered the release of two Al-Jazeera journalists pending their retrial for allegedly supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Canadian Mohamed Fahmy was ordered on Thursday to pay bail of 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($A42,810) while Egyptian Baher Mohamed was released on his own recognisance along with other defendants. The case was adjourned until February 23. “I ...

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Terror accused vow to stab and strike

Two men arrested in Sydney on terror charges wanted to inspire other “soldiers of the caliphate” in Australia to carry out more attacks, vowing in a video to stab the kidneys and necks of enemies of Islamic State. In a chilling declaration akin to a martyrdom video, one of the accused is seen kneeling before an Islamic State flag, holding ...

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US won’t pay ransoms: Obama

Washington-Hours after confirming the death of a US hostage snatched in Syria, President Barack Obama has described the anguish of dealing with distraught families, but insists his government won’t pay ransoms. Telling loved ones he would not allow ransom payments in return for freedom is “as tough as anything I do”, Obama told BuzzFeed in an interview following the death ...

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How to Prep your Hair for Autumn

Hairdresser Nina Ibrahim offers her best tips for hair management in autumn, a season often seen as the most difficult for hair care. As we approach autumn, many of us begin to panic about our hair. It seems as the leaves fall, so too does our hair, turning dry and brittle and difficult to manage. Below are three tips to ...

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Exclusive: Miss Lebanon speaks out about the image that sparked controversy around the globe

Miss Lebanon Saly Greige made world headlines after posing in a photograph with Miss Israel Doron Matalon, Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan on January 11 and then posting a Facebook message to reveal ‘the truth behind the photo,’ claiming that fellow Miss Universe competitor Miss Israel had ambushed her and tried several times to take a photo with her.   The ...

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Lawyer Amal Clooney pushes for Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy’s release

Lawyer Amal Clooney has requested a meeting with Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in an attempt to push for the release of Al-Jazeera reporter Mohamed Fahmy, reports The Canadian Press. Fahmy and his Al Jazeera colleagues, Australian journalist Peter Greste and producer Egyptian Baher were jailed in Cairo in December 2013 and sentenced after being convicted of supporting the blacklisted ...

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‘Hayda Lebanon’: The remarkable village where you step back in time

Every summer hundreds flock to visit Hayda Lebanon aka the Village of Tradition in Zaarour, Lebanon. The village acts as portal into Lebanon’s rich cultural past, exhibiting primitive tools, food and entertainment. From the official Papal delegates of Pope Benedict XVI to world diplomats and celebrities, Hayda Lebanon is often deemed ‘a must see’ when discovering the Cedar Forest. Created ...

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Lebanese Fashion School Scouts Talent in Refugee Camps and Orphanages

(Reuters) -It’s in the refugee camps and orphanages of Lebanon that Creative Space Beirut, a fashion school, looks for emerging talent for its three-year program taught by top Lebanese and international designers. Sarah Hermez, 28, founder and director of Creative Space, chooses ten underprivileged students from different backgrounds to join her school in the art district of east Beirut. They ...

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Jordan’s King Abdullah declares a war against ISIS

Following the release of an Islamic State group video depicting Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh being burned to death in a cage,  Jordan’s King Abdullah has declared a war against ISIS. “We are waging this war to protect our faith, our values and human principles and our war for their sake will be relentless and will hit them in their own ...

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Former Australian Ambassador to Lebanon Reflects: ‘Lebanon is a Part of Me’

He has been held at gunpoint in Beirut, seen the brutal aftermath of war firsthand and even shakes his head at Lebanese disunity but as he reflects on his time as Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Lex Bartlem OAM says he feels nothing but love for Lebanon and can’t wait to go back. Queensland born Lex Bartlem always dreamed of ...

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