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Nicki Minaj cancels performance at Saudi music festival

Nicki Minaj cancels performance at Saudi music festival

Entertainment
July 9 (UPI) -- Rapper Nicki Minaj backed out of a music festival appearance in Saudi Arabia in show of support for the rights of women and LGBTQ people. Minaj announced her decision Tuesday to cancel her planned headlining performance at the Jeddah World Fest on July 18 after the Human Rights Foundation called for her and other performers to not appear at the festival. "THANK YOU @NICKIMINAJ for canceling your #SaudiArabia concert and for supporting LGBTQ rights," the HRF wrote on Twitter Tuesday. "Millions of people around the world are inspired by your devotion to human rights and human dignity." The rapper also shared a post on Instagram Tuesday afternoon, encouraging her fans in Saudi Arabia to share their opinions. In addition to withdrawing from the festival, the HRF called on Mi...
Minaj quits Saudi festival to show support for women’s rights

Minaj quits Saudi festival to show support for women’s rights

World
Singer Nicki Minaj has pulled out of a music festival in Saudi Arabia to show her support for women's rights, LGBTQ community and freedom of expression in the conservative kingdom. In a statement, the 36-year-old singer and rapper said: "After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest. "While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression."Trinidad and Tobago-born Minaj was scheduled to perform at the Jeddah World Fest, billed as "one of the biggest music events ever staged in the Middle East", on 18 July.On Tuesday, the star's name wa...
Picasso painting stolen from Saudi yacht recovered after 20 years

Picasso painting stolen from Saudi yacht recovered after 20 years

World
March 26 (UPI) -- A Dutch art investigator announced Tuesday he found a Pablo Picasso painting stolen off a Saudi sheikh's yacht in 1999. The discovery came four years after Arthur Brand first began looking for the cubist artwork painted in 1938. The painting, Portrait of Dora Maar, was reported stolen by Saudi billionaire Sheikh Abdul Mohsen in 1999. "Everyone assumed it had been destroyed -- that's what happens with 90 percent of all stolen art, because it can't be put on sale," Brand told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant in an article translated by BBC News. Brand said two people with connections in the underground art world contacted him about the painting earlier this month. They said it was in the Netherlands. "They told me, 'It's in the hands of a businessman who got it as payment, ...
Apple to investigate Saudi app

Apple to investigate Saudi app

Technology
A Saudi Arabian app that can be used to track women and prevent them from travelling will be investigated by Apple, its chief executive has said.In an interview with NPR, Tim Cook said he wasn't aware of the Absher app but would look into it.The app, which offers access to government services, has been criticised by human rights groups. Democratic senator Ron Wyden has called for Apple and Google to remove it from their stores.Women in Saudi Arabia need to get permission to leave the country from a male guardian, usually a father or husband.The Absher app, which is designed for a range of government services, such as renewing driving licences, makes the process of allowing or prohibiting travel a lot easier, and it can be done vi...
Saudi energy minister concerned about oil price volatility

Saudi energy minister concerned about oil price volatility

World
Saudi Arabia's energy minister said Sunday that major oil producers need to do better to narrow swings in prices that dip below $ 60 a barrel and rise above $ 86. "I think what we need to do is narrow the range ... of volatility," Khalid al-Falih said. "We need to do better and the more producers that work with us, the better we're able" to do so, he told the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi. Cautious not to set a price target or range, he explained there are consequences when oil prices dip too low or rise too high. Last month, OPEC countries, including Saudi Arabia, and other major oil producers agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day to reduce oversupply and boost prices for the first six months of 2019. Oil producers are under pressure to reduce produ...