L’Oreal’s first hijab-wearing hair care model steps down over 2014 Israel tweets
 Blogger and model Amena Khan, featured in the new L'Oreal Paris hair campaign. YouTube/L'Oreal UK

Blogger and model Amena Khan, featured in the new L'Oreal Paris hair campaign. YouTube/L'Oreal UK

L’Oreal Paris recently made history when it featured model Amena Khan in its new hair product campaign, but when tweets she penned in 2014 made the rounds online, she announced she would step down.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was not able to view the now-deleted tweets, but screenshots of Khan’s comments showed she referred to Israel as a “sinister state” and said the country is full of "child murderers."

Khan, a British beauty blogger, model and co-founder of Ardere Cosmetics, was recognized for becoming the first hijab-wearing model to star in a hair campaign for a major international brand last week.

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Fiza Pirani
A 7-year-old Pakistani girl was raped and killed — and the country is demanding #JusticeForZainab
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Via @iihtishamm on Twitter

Protesters in the Pakistani city of Kasur took to the streets for the third day Friday over the rape and murder of 7-year-old Zainab Amin, whose body was uncovered on a pile of garbage this week, days after she was reported missing.

According to an autopsy report, Zainab was sodomized and strangled to death. Dr. Quratulain Atique, who did the autopsy, told CNN that there were torture marks on her face and her tongue was “crushed between her teeth.”

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Fiza Pirani
India’s highest court to revisit 16th-century ban on gay sex
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In India, homosexual acts are punishable by up to 10 years in prison. But on Monday, the country’s highest court announced it will re-examine the ban.

Enacted by the British 153 years ago in 1860, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code outlaws “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” and also bans oral sex between man and woman, holding that only penile-vaginal sex was not "against the order of nature.”

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Fiza Pirani
Opioids now kill more Americans than guns or breast cancer, CDC says
 Age-adjusted drug overdose death rates, by state: United States, 2016 Source: CDC, NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality.

Age-adjusted drug overdose death rates, by state: United States, 2016 Source: CDC, NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality.

For the second year in a row, U.S. life expectancy has dropped, a trend largely attributed to the surge in fatal opioid overdoses, federal health officials reported Thursday.

More than 63,000 Americans died of drug overdose in 2016 — and 42,249 of those deaths involved opioids, according to a new analysis from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Fiza Pirani
A model lost her leg to toxic shock syndrome — here are 5 things she wants women to know

American model Lauren Wasser first developed toxic shock syndrome in 2012, when she was 24 years old. That year, she had to have her right leg amputated. And on Wednesday, Wasser told the Washington Post, she expects she’ll “inevitably” need to have her other leg amputated as well.

She has made it her mission to educate women about TSS and warn them about the risks associated with tampons. 

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Fiza Pirani
More than 500 Ismaili Muslims donate 80,000 Thanksgiving meals to Atlantans in need
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An estimated 755,400 people in metro Atlanta and north Georgia turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families each year, according to national nonprofit Feeding America.

To combat the hunger crisis in the region and provide warm, healthy meals to families in need this Thanksgiving, more than 500 Ismaili Muslims ages 8 and older came together Sunday at their house of prayer in Norcross to assemble 80,000 meals.

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Fiza Pirani
Was the Las Vegas gunman a terrorist? Under Nevada law, possibly. Under federal law? Not exactly.
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On Sunday night, a gunman from Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire at a crowd of more than 20,000 country music fans in Las Vegas, killing at least 59 and leaving more than 527 with injuries.

Chatter, from political pundits and social media opiners, has begun about whether the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history should be labeled a terrorist attack. While many are inclined to call the mass murder a terrorist attack, the law is not that clear on the matter. 

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Fiza Pirani