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The hair-raising hipsters of Baghdad – in pictures

You see these gravity-defying quiffs everywhere in Iraq’s capital: on reception staff in the secure hotels, on waiters in cafes and on the youths who gather in Zawra amusement park on Friday afternoons. Often teamed with drainpipe trousers and a fitted jacket, the flashy, ostentatious haircut requires care. It says something of the city’s new confidence: a rejection of the long years of sanctions and war Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Iraq, Life and style, World news, Cities, Middle East and North Africa, Men's Hair, Baghdad, Zawra


Iconic Chanel fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies in Paris

PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s iconic couturier whose designs had an unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry, died Tuesday in Paris, prompting an outpouring of love and admiration for the man in the trademark white ponytail, high starched collar and dark enigmatic glasses who dominated high fashion for the past 50 years. Although he spent virtually his entire career at luxury labels catering to the very wealthy — including 20 years at Chloe — Lagerfeld’s designs quickly trickled do...
Tags: Business, Fashion, News, France, Adele, Sport, World news, Ap, Rome, Soccer, Francois Hollande, Obituaries, Paris, Vogue, Marie Claire, The Sun


Chanel: Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies in Paris

By THOMAS ADAMSON and SAMUEL PETREQUIN PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s iconic couturier whose designs had an unprecedented impact on the entire fashion industry, died Tuesday in Paris, prompting an outpouring of love and admiration for the man in the trademark white ponytail, high starched collar and dark enigmatic glasses who dominated high fashion for the past 50 years. Although he spent virtually his entire career at luxury labels catering to the very wealthy — including 20 years at Chloe — ...
Tags: Business, Fashion, News, France, Uncategorized, Adele, Sport, World news, Ap, Rome, Soccer, Francois Hollande, Obituaries, Paris, Vogue, Marie Claire


Vogue Brazil director resigns over birthday photos evoking slavery

Images show Donata Meirelles, who is white, sitting on a throne-like seat flanked by four black women dressed in white The fashion director of the Brazilian edition of Vogue has resigned after photos from her 50th birthday party drew criticism for evoking colonial depictions of slavery.Images from the party showed Donata Meirelles, who is white, sitting on a throne-like seat flanked by four black women dressed in white at the celebration in Bahia, Brazil’s blackest state. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Race, Americas, World news, Magazines, Vogue, Brazil, Vogue Brazil, Bahia Brazil, Donata Meirelles


Bikes put spanner in works of Dutch driverless car schemes

Report highlights problems bicycles cause to self-driving cars’ detection systemsThe Dutch love affair with the bicycle has emerged as an obstacle to government plans to introduce driverless cars to the roads of the Netherlands.A report on the levels of preparedness around the world has crowned the country as the leader in efforts to get ready for the new technology. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Life and style, UK News, World news, Cycling, Netherlands, Road transport, Kpmg, Self-driving Cars


Meghan 'vilified and chased' by press like Diana, says George Clooney

The duchess – whose first child is due soon – gets a ‘raw deal’ from media, the film star tells an Australian magazineMeghan, Duchess of Sussex, is being “vilified and chased” by the tabloid press in the same way the late Princess Diana was, Hollywood superstar George Clooney has told an Australian magazine.Clooney, a close friend of the duchess formerly known as actress Meghan Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, warned of “history repeating” itself with the increasingly feverish media attenti...
Tags: Hollywood, Media, Celebrity, Privacy, Film, Life and style, UK News, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Culture, Magazines, Press intrusion, Monarchy, Diana, Princess of Wales


'We need more people to go by bike': meet Amsterdam's nine-year-old junior cycle mayor

As the world’s first junior cycle mayor, Lotta Crok wants to draw attention to the obstacles kids on bikes face – and inspire other children to cycleDuring Amsterdam’s chaotic rush hour, nine-year-old Lotta Crok cycles to a very busy junction. “Look,” she says. “There’s traffic coming from everywhere. Four trams from four different directions. For a child on a bike that’s really confusing!”Lotta is the first junior cycle mayor in the world and her working area is the Dutch capital. It is her mis...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Children, Environment, Life and style, Society, World news, Cities, Cycling, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Mayoral elections, Lotta, Lotta Crok


Japanese women push back against Valentine's tradition of 'obligation chocolate'

For many, pressure to avoid causing offence by spending thousands of yen on treats for coworkers is becoming intolerableJapanese women are pushing back against a tradition the dictates they must give chocolates to male colleagues on Valentine’s Day, with growing anger at the practice of “forced giving”.Until recently, women in the workplace were expected to buy chocolates for their male workmates as part of a tradition called giri choco – literally, obligation chocolates. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, Life and style, World news, Valentine's Day, Asia Pacific, Chocolate, Valentine


Uganda only tolerates women’s bodies when there is money to be made

This tourism ministry’s ‘celebratory’ Miss Curvy pageant jars with the way we are usually treated in our own countryPeople who move to Uganda from the west say it’s like enjoying an endless summer. The east African country, one of the biggest beer consumers in the world, always has an excuse to party and bars are open 24/7. In fact, there is a four-day dance festival that attracts people from all over the world. Overwhelmed by all the heat and partying? Take a trip to any of the 36 nature reserv...
Tags: Europe, Africa, Women, America, Life and style, World news, Uganda, World Bank, Inequality, Gulf, China Japan, Godfrey Kiwanda


Siesta no more? Why Spanish sleeping habits are under strain

Spaniards eat later and stay up longer than their European neighbours because of the siesta. But now that’s under threatMidweek in Madrid on a summer’s evening, it’s 25C and at 10pm the bars, cafes and squares are full of Madrileños, chatting and drinking. They’re still there at midnight, only now some are eating too. Not until 2am do the bars start to close as the crowd thins out. Most of these people will have to go to work in the morning, so the question is: when do they sleep?The answer is, ...
Tags: Europe, Sleep, Spain, Life and style, World news, Health & wellbeing, Madrid, Eurostat, Madrileños


'The Taliban took years of my life': the Afghan women living in the shadow of war

Many women who lived under the Taliban’s misogynist rule are haunted by memories, especially as peace still feels elusiveHomeira Qaderi was ironing her headscarf for school when her father came to tell her she would no longer need it, because the Taliban had captured her hometown. For the next five years the group’s harsh rules meant she barely left the house.A generation of women have grown up in Afghanistan since the Taliban were toppled from power in 2001. But many of those who have guided th...
Tags: Gender, Women, Life and style, World news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Qaderi


Outrage over use of 'Miss Curvy' beauty pageant to promote Ugandan tourism

Campaign involving ‘naturally endowed, nice-looking women’ sparks backlash from ministers and activistsA plan to promote Uganda’s tourist industry with a “Miss Curvy” beauty contest has caused a government row in the east African nation.The proposal to add “curvy and sexy women” to official literature listing Uganda’s attractions, devised by the country’s tourism minister, has drawn an angry rebuke from the minister of ethics and integrity and condemnation from women’s right activists. Continue ...
Tags: Gender, Africa, Women, Life and style, World news, Uganda, Global development


Gucci withdraws $890 jumper after blackface backlash

Italian fashion brand lambasted over ‘balaclava’ polo neck with large red lipsGucci has withdrawn a polo neck jumper from its shops after social media users said it resembled blackface.The $890 (£689) “balaclava” knit, part of the autumn/winter 2018 collection, covers the bottom half of the face and has a cutout mouth with large red lips. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Fashion, Race, Life and style, World news, Retail industry, Prada, Gucci


House of Palestine: the architectural wonder built by a West Bank oil tycoon

The richest man in the occupied territories has indulged his passion for Palladio – by creating a replica of his Villa Rotunda and filling it with priceless treasuresA terracotta-tiled dome pokes up above an avenue of cypress trees, crowning a creamy classical villa that bears the unmistakable influence of the great Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. On each of its four identical sides, flights of stone steps lead up to porticos topped with pediments, which look out across a rolling ...
Tags: Business, Design, Celebrity, Israel, Oil, Life and style, World news, Culture, Architecture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Art and design, Palestine, West Bank, Rich lists, Collecting


Chinese lunar new year 2019 – in pictures

To welcome the year of the pig more than a billion people across the world have begun celebrating. Food, fireworks and performances across Asia will mark the annual lunar new year. The pig is believed to be a symbol of optimism, enthusiasm and being hardworking Continue reading...
Tags: Asia, China, Life and style, World news, Asia Pacific, Chinese New Year


'I want my family with me': Syrian refugee calls for change to UK immigration rules

Fashion student Ammar Alsaker, 23, hopes his story will challenge negative stereotypes of refugeesSat in a studio at London College of Fashion, surrounded by faceless mannequins, bent coat-hangers and ripped fabric, Ammar Alsaker grins indefatigably as he recounts his journey from his home of Damascus to these most unlikely of surroundings.After enduring three years of conflict in Syria, he fled Damascus alone for London, a journey that took nine months and saw him negotiate with people-smuggler...
Tags: Fashion, UK, London, Scotland, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Damascus, London College of Fashion, Ammar Alsaker, Lebanon Turkey Greece Belgium Spain


Major western brands pay Indian garment workers 11p an hour

Study reveals ‘unchecked’ exploitation of women and girls from marginalised communitiesMost consumers don’t think twice about the buttons on their shirt, or the sparkles on their dress. But these finishing touches are sewn by some of the world’s most vulnerable women and girls.A week on from revelations that women in a Bangladesh factory were paid the equivalent of 35p an hour to make Spice Girls T-Shirts for Comic Relief, a new report highlights the exploitative conditions facing millions of ho...
Tags: Human Rights, India, Women, Employment, Life and style, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, Bangladesh, Spice Girls T Shirts for Comic Relief


Boston fashion show takes on gun violence – in pictures

The dozens of models who took part in the Battle of the Brands fashion show in Boston, Massachusetts, shared a common thread: all had lost relatives to gun violence Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Boston, Life and style, World news, US news, Gun crime, US gun control, Boston Massachusetts


Women in Zimbabwe demand action over alleged army rapes

Activists don black clothes in protest after widespread reports of sexual violence by security forcesWomen in Zimbabwe donned black clothes and shunned makeup to protest against sexual violence by the country’s security forces during the government crackdown on protesters and opposition activists.Trending under hashtags including #OurBodiesNotWarZones, #SheSpeaksOut, #InjureOneInjureAll and #ShutDownAtrocities, “Black Wednesday” campaigners called on the Zimbabwean authorities to take action aga...
Tags: Gender, Women, Life and style, World news, Global development, Governance, Zimbabwe


From Le Pen to Alice Weidel: how the European far-right set its sights on women

In far-right populist parties across the continent, a new generation of angry white women are rising to leadership roles. Why are they turning to groups that have traditionally opposed feminism?It was a chastening lesson for any woman tempted to join the cut and thrust of rightwing populism. After Corinna Miazga was elected to the German parliament in 2017 for the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, a male colleague suggested she would be better suited to being a pole dancer than ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, Germany, Women, European Union, Life and style, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Italy, The far right, Marine Le Pen, European elections, Miazga, Le Pen


How the bondage harness was rebranded as red carpet-wear

Michael B Jordan and Timothee Chalamet’s awards ceremony looks are straight from the BDSM scene, but erase its roots in queer cultureAwards season is not, as a rule, a terribly exciting time for men’s fashion. As women dominate the photo opportunities and red-carpet chatter with their extravagant haute-couture gowns, expectations of men have remained fixed for decades: black tie, white shirt, patent-leather shoes, and you’re ready to go.Some variations are permitted, but usually not enough to ea...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Film, Life and style, World news, Awards and prizes, LGBT rights, Freddie Mercury, Oscars, Michael B Jordan, Timothee Chalamet, Screen Actors ' Guild


Kim Jong-un’s edible fashion range: tasty looks for 2019

North Korea’s government claims to be leading the way in fabric innovation with shirts woven with protein and fabrics that dissolve in waterName: Edible clothes.Appearance: Stylish AND practical. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, North Korea, Life and style, World news, Asia Pacific, Kim Jong


Šediváčkuv long sled dog race 2019 – in pictures

Only half of the 100 ‘mushers’ who braved one of Europe’s toughest sled dog races, the Czech long trail, finished the competition, which was hit by severe weather Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Dogs, Animals, Life and style, World news, Czech Republic


'We are afraid': Brazilian women alarmed at relaxation of gun laws

Bolsonaro’s move allowing more people to own firearms is causing unease in a society where domestic violence is rifeA pledge to make it easier for “good citizens” to buy guns for self-defence helped sweep Jair Bolsonaro to power. But there is alarm that the Brazilian president’s decree loosening firearms laws will make pervasive violence against women even worse – and more deadly.“I believe this is a very negative measure that will lead more women to be threatened by violence,” said Maria da Pen...
Tags: Gender, Women, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, Gun crime, Global development, Brazil, Maria da Penha, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Conflict and arms


'We are afraid': Brazilian women recoil at Bolsonaro's relaxation of gun laws

A move allowing more people to own firearms is causing misgivings in a society where domestic violence is rifeA pledge to make it easier for “good citizens” to buy guns for self-defence helped sweep Jair Bolsonaro to power. But there is alarm that the Brazilian president’s decree loosening firearms laws will make pervasive violence against women even worse – and more deadly.“I believe this is a very negative measure that will lead more women to be threatened by violence,” said Maria da Penha, th...
Tags: Gender, Women, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, Domestic Violence, Gun crime, Global development, Brazil, Maria da Penha, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Conflict and arms


Thailand yoga retreat in sexual assault scandal reopens

Teacher accused of misconduct has returned and report into school has not been publishedThe world’s biggest tantric yoga school, which closed after multiple women alleged rape and sexual assault, has reopened with the accused leader back in charge and amid accusations that management suppressed an investigation into the abuse.Agama Yoga, which is located on the Thai island of Koh Phangan, shut down for “restructuring” in September after the Guardian published allegations by 14 women accusing the...
Tags: Travel, Life and style, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Yoga, Yoga Holidays, Koh Phangan, Narcis Tarcau, Swami Vivekananda Saraswati


Scotland unveils plans to become world leader in gender equality

Proposals include offering free childcare and two months of paid paternity leave Radical proposals intended to make Scotland a world leader in gender equality have been put forward in the first annual report from the country’s National Advisory Council on Women and Girls.The recommendations include offering two months of paid paternity leave, 50 hours of free childcare a week for all children aged between six months and five years old, and establishing a world-leading process for complainants of...
Tags: Family, Gender, Money, Children, Scotland, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Childcare, Parents and parenting, Inequality, National Advisory Council


Police arrest 19 people over FGM gang attacks on women in Uganda

Critics say police should have acted earlier on reports of forceful mutilation of more than 400 women in a month by armed groupsSixteen men and three women have been arrested for allegedly aiding and abetting female genital mutilation (FGM) in eastern Uganda after reports of gangs attacking women in the region.The suspects were taken into custody earlier this week after joint police and military operations in Kween district. The arrests followed local media reports of more than 400 women, some a...
Tags: Health, Africa, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Uganda, Health & wellbeing, Global development, Fgm, Kween, Female genital mutilation (FGM


Aya Nakamura: afropop's reluctant face of empowerment

Her songs have been hailed as anthems against sexual violence, but the French star insists she has more personal goals in sightWith its sweet melody over a beat made for couples’ dancing, Aya Nakamura’s track Djadja sounds, to anglophone ears, like a love song. With the video fast approaching 300m views on YouTube, this catchy afropop song made Nakamura’s the queen of the French urban music scene last year. But while the 23-year-old’s voice playfully switches between singing and soft rap, the bi...
Tags: Music, France, Africa, Race, Women, Life and style, World news, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, World Music, Global development, Mali, R&B, Nakamura, Sexual Violence


Woman who defied Indian temple ban 'shunned' by family

Kanakadurga, 39, allegedly beaten and ousted from home for entering Sabarimala shrineA woman who defied violent protests to worship at a centuries-old south Indian shrine that banned females of “menstruating age” has been spurned by her family, attacked by relatives and locked out of her home.On New Year’s Day, Kanakadurga, 39, along with Bindu Ammini, became the first women to enter the inner sanctum of Kerala state’s Sabarimala temple, one of the holiest Hindu sites in the country. Continue re...
Tags: India, Religion, Women, Life and style, World news, South and Central Asia, Hinduism, Kerala, Sabarimala, Bindu Ammini, Kanakadurga



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