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The top-seeded Nadal and the ninth-seed Thiem fought tooth and nail in a match that looked destined to never end.
For Nadal he has now played in the two longest matches of the US Open after being pushed for four-hours and 23 minutes in the third round
Their epic encounter finally came to a close when Nadal managed to outlast Thiem in a gruelling fifth-set tie-break and advance 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6.
Thankfully for the Spanish master he’ll now have two days off before he lines up against Argentinian third-seed Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-final.
Fans in attendance and watching around the world couldn’t believe what they were witnessing as the game crept past 2am local time.
Nadal completed the remarkable victory despite being completely blown away in the opening set where he only managed to win a total of seven points.
But as stunning as the contest was, fans were enamoured by the revelation of a bubbling new romance being brought to light.
Spotted in the box of Thiem was Kristina Mladenovic who was eliminated in the second round by Carla Suarez Navarro.
Mladenovic previously sat in the box of Thiem during the French Open and while their romance has been ongoing since last year, many fans only clicked thanks to the prime time slot of the contest.
But while the camera continually panned to Mladenovic cheering on every single Thiem point, she was just one of many big names in the crowd.
The red carpet was rolled out for the contest with the celebrities definitely getting their money’s worth.
Front man of Conservatives leading Brexit Boris Johnson, the former British foreign secretary, is facing anger growing criticism following his remarks about some Muslim women. Boris Jhonson ,The Conservative MP wrote in his recent Telegraph column that Muslim women wearing full-face veils “look like letter boxes” and compared their appearance to “bank robbers”.
The “burka”, he said, is oppressive.
Muslim Conservative peer Lord Sheikh said that Johnson, a high-profile MP and a leading Brexit campaigner, should no longer represent the Conservatives – the UK’s ruling party.
Following the remarks, Muslim Conservative peer Baroness Warsi renewed a call for the Conservatives to conduct an independent inquiry into alleged Islamophobia in the party.
And Prime Minister Theresa May has urged Johnson to apologise, acknowledging his comments were offensive.
Al Jazeera spoke to four Muslim women about Johnson’s comments and their experiences of wearing the niqab – or full-face veil – in today’s Britain.
‘Boris Johnson is dehumanising me’
Nada UmmNour is a graduate biochemist and is originally Canadian. She has been living in Birmingham, England, for the last four years.
“I’ve faced a lot of harassment for wearing the niqab. I’ve been walking down the street and have had people swear at me and use crude words. One guy – while I was driving, and while he was driving next to me – turned to me and made the gesture of a handgun and pretended to shoot me in the head. It definitely makes me feel scared.
Boris Johnson is just normalising this behaviour. He’s a prominent politician – and a former foreign minister of the country – and he’s literally dehumanising me as a person. Normalising this kind of anti-Muslim hatred is definitely a big deal. But he’s not just mocking the niqab – because the niqab is just clothes – but he’s also mocking the people who wear it. He should apologise for his remarks – but I think the damage is done, especially against the backdrop of rising far-right movements in this country, which make his comments quite dangerous.
I’m not oppressed – because wearing the niqab is my choice. It’s like I have to prove to people I’m not being oppressed. I think it’s a form of misogyny to put a woman in a position where she has to constantly justify her actions. There have been times when I’ve chosen not to wear it because I’m scared of harassment – and I worry for my kids’ safety.”
‘It’s like the whole Donald Trump thing, they have no respect’
Chowdhury is from the East Midlands. She is doing a PhD in forensic psychology.
“I have been wearing the niqab for almost 18 years now. Johnson’s comments just seemed so childish and so ignorant. I found them so immature and completely inappropriate. But my next thought after that was, ‘Right, what’s the backlash going to be? Is it just going to give people an excuse to do what they want?’ It’s like the whole Donald Trump thing – you’ve got one person who has a prominent position so they feel that gives them the right to do what they want – but they have no respect for individuals or people.
I’ve been quite fortunate over the 18 years I’ve worn my niqab – but in the last five years or so, I have had the odd comment here and there, such as the letter-box comment and being compared with a ninja. That’s about as bad as I’ve had it fortunately – but I do know other people who have had much worse experiences.
Nobody should have pressure to conform to a certain way of dressing – it’s all about personal choice. I think there needs to be more interaction between people who are and [who are not] veiled – so I think on our part we need to be doing a bit more. But in Britain today, it’s hard work to wear the veil.”
‘We have a white middle-aged man telling us this is not how we should look’
Sahar Al-Faifi lives and works in Cardiff, Wales.
“I don’t think that I am oppressed. I am a geneticist by training – and last week I passed level one of solo sky-diving to become a licensed sky-diver. I can’t be oppressed if I do all these things. Women have been choosing to wear the veil out of choice for centuries – it’s never been about the Islaminisation of Europe or Britain, it’s just about a woman who chooses to wear a certain piece of fabric to practise her faith.
I’ve been told I’m an f-word bomber, and there was another incident at the hospital site where I work, where I saw two teenagers trying to steal bikes and I attempted to stop them, and straight away they said, ‘You’re an f-ing terrorist, go back to your country’.
It’s very, very painful to hear this because I am from Wales – Wales is part of me and I am part of Wales. I am an active citizen and I contribute to this society and yet people cannot go beyond the face veil I want to wear – not all people but just a minority who happen to be vocal.
I found Boris Johnson’s comments quite insulting and very offensive – because when you describe the Muslim woman as a letter-box, you dehumanise her, and when you describe her as a bank-robber, you are criminalising her. And we are already facing discrimination against our faith, and race and colour – and now we have a white middle-aged man telling us this is not how we should look.”
‘It’s my right to be wearing it’
Shamim is from the West Midlands. She works in the Documenting Oppression Against Muslims (DOAM) project.
“They say he’s a buffoon and quite Donald Trump-like, but Boris Johnson is quite a clever man. So, for him to make comments like that, they may not seem big comments – not as bad as someone like [far-right former English Defence League leader] Tommy Robinson. Johnson’s comments may not seem as direct or as offensive, but his are more detrimental than Tommy Robinson because at least with Tommy Robinson you get what you see, and he makes it quite clear how much he hates Islam.
I’m a Muslim woman who chooses to wear the niqab – and every day I have to plan ahead – ‘Am I going to be attacked today or am I going to be abused today?’ But it’s my right to be wearing it. It’s my right as a woman – and even if your husband tells you to take it off, you could divorce him because that’s your worship to God.
I see myself as a proactive Muslim – but the best thing I ever did in my life was to put on the niqab. I have been wearing it for more than five years but I regret not wearing it earlier.”
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Reincarnation in China’s state administration for religious affairs issued a statement banning reincarnation law stipulates procedures by which to battle Buddhist monks can reincarnate.
2: Death Penalty
According to a data from Amnesty, International China performs thousands of executions.In fact, they execute people more than the rest of the world combined.
3: Gender Imbalance
China has a serious gender Imbalance according to a birth ratio it says that there are 120 boys for 100 girls. In some parts of a country boy to girl birth ratio is 150 to 100.
4: Birth Defects
A report says that 900,000 Chinese children are born with congenital anomalies every year across the country 30 million families have experienced the birth of children with defects.
A team of researchers found that pollutants from China beat their way to parts of the US. In particular, these researchers found that a number of Asian pollutants in air samples collected in the San Francisco Bay area stood at 29 percent.
6: Animal Testing
China requires testing of imported cosmetic products on animals such as rabbits, mice, guinea pig and rats to ascertain their safety. However, it is not mandatory for locally produced cosmetics undergo animal testing.
7: Word Censorship
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8: Dying Pets
Pets owners in China now dye their pets to look like wild animals such as tigers and pandas.
9: Eating Cats
Chinese eat after 4 million cats every year. Nevertheless, animal rights activists across the country regularly hold protest to condemn such traditions.
10: Messenger Pigeons
During the last quarter of 20/10, the people’s liberation army begun training 10 thousand pigeons to supplement to country’s conventional communication infrastructure in the event of war.
11: Leftover women
Unmarried Chinese women 27 years or older are called leftover women even by China there are a state-run media nevertheless some women are a rebellion against the expectation to get married by opting to remain unmarried.
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13: China’s effect on California weather
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14: Nail in Collar
A nail is dangerously hanging in their collars so that Chinese soldiers don’t sleep while on work.
15: Dog Meat Festival
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