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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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Egypt: Al Jazeera Journalist Could be Freed Within Hours

A Qatar-based news channel has reported that jailed Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy could be free within hours. According to his family, Fahmy recently renounced his Egyptian citizenship, paving the way for his release and deportation under a presidential decree. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said late on Monday that Fahmy’s release was “imminent.” Fahmy’s Australian colleague Peter Greste was ...

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Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste Freed

After 400 days of imprisonment Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been freed and deported from Egypt and flown to Cyprus. Greste was arrested in December 2013 and tried on charges that included spreading false news and collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013. Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher ...

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Djokovic Beats Murray to Win Australian Open 

Novak Djokovic wins his fifth Australian Open title after defeating Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 on Sunday. The 27-year-old Serbian has made history now trailing legends Roger Federer (17), Rafael Nadal (14), Pete Sampras (14), Roy Emerson (12), Rod Laver (11), Bjorn Borg (11) and Bill Tilden (10) for singles slams.

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ASIAN Cup 2015: Success For the Socceroos

After a historic victory triumph for host nation Australia at the AFC Asian Cup, many are hopeful this is a sign of great things to come. A record-breaking crowd of over 75,000 at Sydney’s Stadium Australia witnessed the Socceroos’ 2-1 victory over Korea Republic.

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