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  • Indian man in Riyadh arrested for sacrilege



    JEDDAH: Police in Riyadh arrested an agricultural engineer who offended Muslim sentiments by posting a doctored photo of the Kaaba on social media. The accused is an Indian national who works on a farm in Tameer district of Al-Majmaah region.
    Col. Fawaz Al-Maiman, spokesman for Riyadh police, said the Criminal Investigation Department managed to arrest the non-Muslim Indian expat who is in his 40s and works as an agricultural engineer.
    “He offended the sentiments of Muslims by posting on social media the photo of a Hindu deity sitting atop the Holy Kaaba. His act triggered a social media outcry and condemnation,” said Col. Al-Maiman.
    The Criminal Investigation Department identified the offender and arrested him on Sunday evening at a farm in Al-Majmaah. He admitted to the crime.
    The police also confiscated the mobile phone used by the accused in the crime and notified the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution for it to take punitive action under the country's Anti-Cyber Crime Law.
    The photo was posted on Nov. 12 by Shankar Ponnam on his Facebook account.
    Provoked by this sacrilegious act, a group of Indian Muslims beat up Ponnam, filmed it and posted the video on social networking sites. They too face punishment under the Anti-Cyber Crime Law for posting the video of an assault on the Internet.


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  • In A First, Prince Charles's Wife, The Duchess Of Cornwall, Gets An All-Women Security Team!


    Camilla Parker-Bowles, now known as the Duchess of Wales, has been offered a new security team. And every member of that team is a woman. 

    nstagram/The Clarence House

    Yes, the wife of Prince Charles was provided with an all-women security team that wears traditional hijabs and abayas. The Duchess's special women force was introduced to the world on her recent Royal Visit to the UAE.

    A photo posted by Clarence House (@clarencehouse) on Nov 9, 2016 at 12:58am PST

    This photo was shared by the Clarence House where the Duchess was pictured with her team outside Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace Hotel. The security staffers have been identified as Shaima al Kaabi, Basima al Kaabi, Hannan al Hatawi, Nisreen al Hamawi, and Salama al Remeithi.

    According to Emirates Woman, these women are members of the UAE's presidential guard. Over 50 women make the ranks of the said guard and trained in martial arts.


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  • Meet the artist behind Beyonce's pregnancy photo




    Beyonce's pregnancy announcement portrait is now the most liked Instagram post of all time. But who is the artist behind the image?

    The photo of Beyonce wearing a veil and cradling her stomach has now been liked over eight million times.

    This might not be a big deal for the 35-year-old singer. But it's a huge accomplishment for Awol Erizku, the artist who took the famous photo - and the entire series of pregnancy photos that Beyonce has since uploaded to her website.

    Here are five things you should know about him

    Who is he?

    Born in Ethiopia, 28-year-old Awol grew up in the South Bronx area of New York.

    In 2014, he graduated from Yale University with a masters in fine art and his work often fuses photography, video installations and sculpture.

    And while he's now responsible for the most liked picture on Instagram, A

    He has a strange way of using social media to share his work

    If you've tried to find more of his work on Instagram after seeing his portrait of Beyonce, you probably know already that his page is closed for business.

    The 28-year-old treats his Instagram account like an art gallery, where he hosts Instagram-only art shows.

    For example, his account has detail about "gallery" opening hours: timings for when his feed is opened up for public viewing.

    He combines his art with music

    With each of his exhibitions, Awol has released what he calls a conceptual mixtape.

    Think of this as a kind of soundtrack to the artist's latest creations.

    One of Awol's most played mixes was released alongside a film and photo project called Serendipity, which was a response to the Black Lives Matter movement in America.

    wol has a humble following on his own social media accounts.

    Source : BBC


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