London hosts ‘Modest’ Fashion Week to celebrate hijabs and long hemlines – just a month after women in Iran burned headscarves in protest at Islamic dress

London Modest Fashion week kicked off this weekend, showcasing the latest styles in hijabs, abayas and long hemlines. The second installment of the two-day event, held at Victoria House, Bloomsbury, saw models parading down the runway in demure clothing – and rumoured Muslim convert Lindsay Lohan even made an appearance. Running alongside London Fashion Week the event, which charges up to £200 for tickets, features shopping, runway shows, talks and workshops – including a ‘sharia legal hub’. It comes just weeks after thousands of women in Iran, and around the world, risked imprisonment by…

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Trump-Taiwan call: China lodges protest

China’s foreign ministry says it has lodged a complaint with the US after President-elect Donald Trump spoke to Taiwan’s leader in a phone call. China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province. US policy set in 1979 cut all formal relations with Taiwan. However, Mr Trump’s transition team said he and Tsai Ing-wen noted “close economic, political, and security ties” in a phone call. China said it had lodged a “solemn representation” with Washington. According to the state news agency Xinhua, China urged the US “to cautiously, properly handle Taiwan issue…

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JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival Won’t Screen Pakistani Film Amidst Protest Threats

Mumbai: After a city-based social organisation threatened to protest against the upcoming MAMI Mumbai Film Festival for screening Pakistani film Jago Hua Savera, the organisers have decided not to showcase the movie. The outfit, Sangharsh, had accused the organisers of playing with the nationalist sentiment of people of India, at a time of tension with Pakistan after the Uri terror attack. They had also sought police permission to protest over the screening of the 1958 Pakistani film at the 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star, which begins from…

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