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Photographer's view on incredible images of a wedding in war-torn Syria

Sunday, 03 January 2016 15:31 Oriya Publisher
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A couple chose to have their wedding photos taken among the ruined buildings of war-torn Homs (Picture: [copyright])© Provided by The Independent A couple chose to have their wedding photos taken among the ruined buildings of war-torn Homs (Picture: [copyright])

A Syrian photographer has described capturing his friend’s wedding in war-torn Homs as an “image of hope” in the country’s long civil war.

The images show a soldier in the Syrian Army and his new wife, a university student wearing a white gown, stood before the bombed buildings of the old town in Homs, which was besieged for three years until the opposition fell back in 2014.

An avowed supporter of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, photographer Jafar Meray told The Independent he took the photographs “as evidence that life goes on”.

The 22-year-old said he had been a professional photographer for around a year, working to show “through pictures the sad reality… of what we suffer from the destruction and terror of Syria”.

Meray said the couple had chosen rubble and destruction as the background for their wedding pictures, and said he wanted to “spread hope”.

“My message as a Syrian citizen is to stop injustice and terrorism everywhere and spread love and peace, because my country and all countries suffer from terrorism.”

Once dubbed “the capital of the revolution”, Homs saw the withdrawal of opposition fighters from its last rebel-held neighbourhood earlier this month.

Government shelling and rebel car bombs have torn the city apart for the better part of five years, devastating what was once a major industrial centre. Thousands of civilians were killed.

The last rebels agreed to leave on 9 December as part of a UN-brokered ceasefire. In return, the city’s residents will receive access to much-needed humanitarian assistance.

And while Homs has now fallen completely under regime control, Russian bombing raids continue against rebel positions in the wider Homs province.

Russia’s defence ministry said on Wednesday that its air force struck 424 targets at the start of this week, with air strikes spanning a range of provinces.

 

How to say Happy New Year in every language

Sunday, 03 January 2016 15:31 Oriya Publisher
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How to say Happy New Year around the world

​With 2016 almost upon us, take this opportunity to learn a phrase which will come in handy - no matter where you are or who you meet! Happy New Year!

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Most shocking and refreshing celebrity hair transformations of 2015

Sunday, 03 January 2016 15:31 Oriya Publisher
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By By Wonderwall.com Editors of Wonderwall | 2015 was filled with <a href="http://www.wonderwall.com/movies/biggest-breakups-of-2015-so-far-32773.gallery">shocking celebrity splits</a> -- and with plenty of new 'dos! From lobs and bobs to crazy colors, these are the most shocking hair style switch-ups of the year, starting with Iggy Azalea. The Australian rapper shared <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/_bOBN4rqG5/">this photo</a> of her new pink hair on Instagram on Dec. 17, 2015. Keep reading for more drastic transformations!

2015 was filled with shocking celebrity splits -- and with plenty of new 'dos! From lobs and bobs to crazy colors, these are the most shocking hair style switch-ups of the year, starting with Iggy Azalea.

The Australian rapper shared this photo of her new pink hair on Instagram on Dec. 17, 2015. Keep reading for more drastic transformations!

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Ellie Goulding smoulders in thigh skimming black dress as she parties

Sunday, 03 January 2016 15:31 Oriya Publisher
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Pop princess Ellie Goudling have looked sensational as she partied up a storm in New York on NYE - but the star was noticeably alone.

The 29-year-old Burn singer stunned on the red carpet at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016 in a chunky Balmain-style black number.

Ellie, who is on a break from boyfriend Dougie Poynter, will party alongside some of Hollywood's finest, including Nick Jonas and Fergie.

But it will be one of her first special occasion parties without Dougie.

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The pair went on a break recently but judging by this super cute message posted by the McBusted star, things are certainly on the mend.

Wishing Ellie a happy 29th birthday, Dougie posted a picture of her playing the guitar alongside the words: "Happy birthday to this very special/rad lady @elliegoulding."

Dougie prompted speculation that he was back in the arms of the Burn singer yesterday by posting a picture showing him posing with her cat.

He captioned the shot: "Ze cat whisperer."

Just weeks after they spoke of marriage plans, 3AM revealed that the pair had gone on a break at the beginning of this month.

Sources said their relationship became strained as they constantly found themselves on opposite sides of the world.

On Dougie's 28th birthday, Ellie was noticeably quiet on social media and the pair didn't appear to celebrate together.

A source told us at the time: "They are taking a break. Their work commitments have meant they have been spending more and more time away from each other and it has made it difficult to maintain their relationship.

"They've decided to have a temporary break to see if they can work things out.

"They are both very sad that things have hit a rough patch, but are trying to see if a little distance can help them get through it."

3am first revealed that singer Ellie and Dougie, once the youngest member of McFly and now with McBusted, had become an item two years ago, when they met at the Cosmopolitan awards.

We have contacted reps for Ellie and Dougie for comment.

 

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