Trump’s shadow looms over last ditch effort to revive Iran nuclear deal

Marandi said that in order for Iran to sign up to the updated deal, the IAEA’s censure “has to be closed once and for all.”

Iran dismissed the IAEA motion as “politicized,” and responded by removing surveillance cameras at key sites in response — a move that deprived negotiators of up-to-date information on the country’s uranium enrichment program and appeared to doom the prospects of striking a deal.

So, when negotiators returned to Vienna last week, observers were surprised. Tehran’s guarded endorsement of the latest draft agreement has raised the possibility of an imminent return to the deal, despite the remaining hurdles. Even the country’s hardliners — staunchly opposed to the agreement since it was signed by then-President Hassan Rouhani government and the Obama administration in 2015 — have praised the draft as an improvement from its previous versions.

Yet Iran continues to drag its feet, as it has done since the Biden administration restarted talks to restore the deal nearly a year and a half ago. One reason, Iranian analysts argue, is because of the outsized influence wielded by one man absent from the negotiations: Trump. Analysts argue that Iran has premised the talks on the possible victory of a Republican candidate aligned with Trump — or even Trump himself — in the 2024 US presidential elections. Biden’s successor, according to Iran’s calculus, would pull out of the deal once again, unleashing a new torrent of sanctions on the country.

“The shadow of Trump looms over these talks by virtue of them having been dragged out over the past year as Iran has focused a lot on securing economic guarantees,” said Mohammad Ali Shabani, editor of, a London-based outlet focused on Iran, Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula.

“If US secondary sanctions return, as we saw when Trump left the deal and all the major Western private sector companies ran away and never looked back, how do you prevent that?” Shabani said. “What kind of mechanisms can you set up to prevent that from happening again?”

Secondary sanctions are a US mechanism that penalizes any government or organization that has financial dealings with sanctioned entities.

In a development that risks adding another hurdle to the talks, the US Justice Department announced criminal charges Tuesday against a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for allegedly trying to orchestrate the assassination of John Bolton, who served in senior national security positions during the Trump and Bush administrations.

Still, the Iranians have a lot to gain by re-entering the deal, if even for a short period.

Sanctions relief could free up tens of billions of dollars in oil and gas revenues over the next two years, buoying a floundering Iranian economy and bolstering the popularity of Iran’s hardline President Ebrahim Raisi, Shabani said.

Conversely, there is a lot at stake for the international community if negotiations continue to falter. Since Trump withdrew from the negotiations and launched an aggressive sanctions regime in May 2018, Tehran has enriched uranium at higher levels and at an increasing speed. The UN nuclear watchdog said in June that Iran was weeks away from having a “significant quantity of enriched uranium,” but added that it “does not mean having a bomb.”

Moreover, time continues to be of the essence as the protraction of the negotiations complicate the talks. Earlier this year, an Iranian demand for the removal of its Revolutionary Guards from the US terror list was believed to be the final hurdle to reviving the deal. Now that issue appears to be off the table. But the progression of Iran’s uranium enrichment program has thrown another wrench in the wheels, leading to the IAEA’s censure of Tehran.

Iran accuses the West of trying to weaponize the IAEA censure, using it as legal pretext to pull out of a future deal. Marandi told CNN that rescinding the motion was a precondition for the agreement’s revival.

“Otherwise Iranians have no doubt that the Americans will take advantage of this, or use this as a tool to undermine the agreement within weeks or at most months. This is a precondition for the implementation of a deal,” Marandi told CNN.

Still, there is cause for some optimism, and even kicking the can down the road may have its benefits.

Even if the deal is reneged again in 2025, Shabani argued, an imminent return to the deal “gives breathing space to both sides.”

“The US gets to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle for three years and then it can deal with it in 2025 one more time,” said Shabani.

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Russia puts Iranian satellite into orbit

Russia launched an Iranian satellite into orbit on Tuesday from southern Kazakhstan, just three weeks after President Vladimir Putin and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged to work together against the West, Reuters reported. The satellite entered orbit successfully, Russia’s space agency said.

  • Background: Tehran has rejected claims the satellite could be used by Moscow to boost its intelligence capabilities in Ukraine, saying Iran will have full control and operation over it “from day one.” Iran says the satellite is designed for scientific research including radiation and environmental monitoring for agricultural purposes.
  • Why it matters: The Washington Post reported last week that US officials are concerned by the fledgling space cooperation between Russia and Iran, fearing the satellite will not only help Russia in Ukraine but also provide Iran “unprecedented capabilities” to monitor potential military targets in Israel and the wider middle east. In July, Putin visited Iran in his first international trip outside the former Soviet Union since the start of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.

Former Twitter employee convicted in Saudi spy case

A former Twitter manager accused of spying for Saudi Arabia was convicted on Tuesday on six criminal counts, including acting as an agent for the country and trying to disguise a payment from an official tied to Saudi’s royal family, Reuters reported.

  • Background: Ahmad Abouammo is a dual US-Lebanese citizen who at Twitter helped oversee relationships with journalists and celebrities in the Middle East and North Africa. Defense lawyers argued that the work he did at Twitter was simply part of his job. Federal public defenders representing Abouammo did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Twitter declined to comment. Jurors acquitted him on five of the 11 counts he faced.
  • Why it matters: Prosecutors said he was recruited by Bader Al-Asaker, a close adviser to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to use his insider knowledge to access Twitter accounts and dig up personal information about Saudi dissidents. Those accounts allegedly included @mujtahidd, a pseudonym for a political agitator who gained millions of Twitter followers in the Arab Spring uprisings by accusing the Saudi royal family of corruption and other misdeeds.

Iran makes first import order using cryptocurrency

Iran made its first official import order using cryptocurrency this week, Reuters cited the semi-official Tasnim agency as saying on Tuesday. “By the end of September, the use of cryptocurrencies and smart contracts will be widely used in foreign trade with target countries,” an official from the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade said on Twitter.

  • Background: The order, worth $10 million, was a first step towards allowing the country to trade through digital assets that bypass the dollar-dominated global financial system and to trade with other countries similarly limited by US sanctions, such as Russia. The agency didn’t specify which cryptocurrency was used in the transaction.
  • Why it matters: The move that could enable the Islamic Republic to circumvent US sanctions that have crippled the economy. Tehran is one of the largest economies yet to embrace cryptocurrency technology. Last year, a study found that 4.5% of all bitcoin mining was taking place in Iran, partly as a result of the country’s cheap electricity.

Around the region

Footage of a Gulf Arab student tossing wads of cash from a convertible sports car on a busy Jordanian street has gone viral on Arab social media, prompting condemnation of the ostentatiousness and debates about how people should behave abroad.

In an apparent celebration of his graduation, the man is seen standing in a red Ford Mustang wearing a graduation robe over a traditional Arab tunic as he tosses cash into the air while holding up traffic. Bystanders are seen scrambling to gather as much money as they can. The license plate on the car was Kuwaiti.

“And they say we’re not treated well [abroad],” tweeted Ahmed Al Sharqawi from Kuwait in an apparent reference to Gulf Arabs. “Respect others and you will be respected.”

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Khaled Al Awadhi, an activist from Kuwait, said in a video posted on Twitter that the act “presents us [Kuwaitis] as people who act in a provocative way because we have money.”

“If an expatriate behaved like this in our country, we would have all turned on him,” he added, calling on parents to “raise children well.”

Oil-rich Kuwait is one of the richest Arab countries and has one of the world’s most valuable currencies.

An apology video surfaced on Twitter by a man who claimed to be the student in the initial clip, with his face blurred, saying that he is in fact Bahraini. The man said he had borrowed his Kuwaiti friend’s car and apologized for his “inappropriate behavior,” saying he was just “expressing joy.”

By Mohammed Abdelbary

Time Capsule

King Hussein of Jordan, Lausanne  August 12, 1952

This week marks 70 years since King Hussein bin Talal was declared king of Jordan.

Hussein was the third monarch to rule the Hashemite kingdom. He was proclaimed king after his father, Talal, was declared unfit to rule due to mental illness by the nation’s parliament.

Beginning his rule as a 17-year-old schoolboy on August 11, 1952, he evolved by the end of his life into a respected statesman, peace broker, and the Middle East’s longest-serving ruler.

For more than 40 years, Hussein ruled a kingdom not much older than he was — hailing from the Hashemite dynasty that is believed to be descended from the prophet Mohammad. His reign was marked by threats to his rule at home and the loss of the West Bank and East Jerusalem to Israel in a war, but it also saw Jordan become the second Arab state to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state.

Hussein succumbed to a battle with cancer at the age of 63, passing away on February 7, 1999. He was succeeded by his eldest son King Abdullah, the current ruler of Jordan.

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Milwaukee 5-year-old shot by uncle, is fighting for her life


Milwaukee 5-year-old shot by uncle, is fighting for her life

Ke’yari Redding is hospitalized and on a ventilator

Ke’yari Redding, 5, was shot by her uncle John Jackson on July 24. Police said she was asleep on the couch when a bullet came through the house and struck her in the chest and spine.Ke’yari is on a ventilator, and it’s uncertain if she will be able to walk again. A GoFundMe page was set up to help Ke’yari on the long and expensive road to recovery.John Jackson, the 29-year-old Milwaukee man accused of shooting his 5-year-old niece, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Ke’yari Redding, 5, was shot by her uncle John Jackson on July 24.

Police said she was asleep on the couch when a bullet came through the house and struck her in the chest and spine.

Ke’yari is on a ventilator, and it’s uncertain if she will be able to walk again.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help Ke’yari on the long and expensive road to recovery.

John Jackson, the 29-year-old Milwaukee man accused of shooting his 5-year-old niece, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 9.

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Little League batter embraces opposing pitcher after getting hit in inspiring display of sportsmanship

But Isaiah Jarvis, who at first had gripped his head, soon recovered. He was OK, and the crowd at the Little League Southwest Region championship in Waco, Texas, applauded as he stood up and took first base.

Back on the mound, though, Kaiden Shelton was still shaken. That’s when something amazing happened: Isaiah stepped off the bag, walked to the mound and wrapped his arms around the pitcher, letting him know he was all right.

“I wanted to go over there and spread God’s love and make sure that he’s OK, and make sure that he knows that I’m OK and that I’ll be OK,” Isaiah told CNN Wednesday morning, appearing on “New Day” alongside Kaiden.

“Hey, you’re doing great,” Isaiah said in a video that’s gained widespread attention as strangers everywhere have praised the young man’s show of sportsmanship.

Oklahoma player Isaiah Jarvis, right, comforts East Texas pitcher Kaiden Shelton during the Little League Southwest Region championship on Tuesday after being hit by Kaiden's pitch.

“It felt like he cared,” Kaiden said when asked about Isaiah’s hug. “I also cared about him, and that just showed that baseball is sportsmanship — there’s a lot of sportsmanship in baseball.

“Isaiah he has — his heart is different for people,” he added. “He’s just a good kid.”

Isaiah has a small bruise, he said, but otherwise he feels fine. The players are stunned by the response to the video, trying to wrap their minds around this moment going viral online.

“It’s really crazy,” Isaiah said. “Like, who would have thought, like, one hug would go this crazy, you know? That just proves, do nice things and you’ll get rewarded, I guess.”

As for what people should take away from their moment on the mound, Kaiden told CNN, “I think the lesson is that you should care for other people. Like if they’re down, you should just care for them, try to build them up.”

Ultimately, it was Texas East who went on to win the game, advancing to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, later this month — and Isaiah will be rooting for Kaiden’s team.

“Yeah, they’re the same region as us, and we’ve been really good friends, our teams,” he said. “So we’re going to be rooting for them all the way.”

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Best at-home hair color 2022: Top box hair dyes

If there’s anything I’ve learned after years of consistently dyeing my hair since the age of 18, it’s that coloring your hair is no simple process. While going into the salon is generally a good idea for getting exactly what you want as far as hair style and color, appointments can get pricey, and we all have busy schedules. Fortunately, there are at-home hair coloring products that can help you obtain and maintain the look you want. Ahead, we consult multiple experts on the best at-home hair coloring products, how to use them and when you might be better off making a salon appointment.

“First things first, be specific about your desired goal,” shares celebrity colorist David Richards. “If you have a definite, realistic goal before you start coloring your hair it makes it easier to find the right color brand and technique to give you that desired result.” Jennifer Korab, a New Jersey-based hairstylist, colorist and educator with Pureology recommends opting for a shade that’s close to your natural hair color, which is a safer bet for avoiding any unwanted results. “At-home hair color is best for quick root touch-ups, or going to a darker shade,” shares Jamie Mazzei, creative director for NuBest Salon & Spa in Manhasset, New York.

“When looking at box hair color, ignore the model on the box,” Mazzei explains. “The best representation of what the color will look like is the little hair swatch at the store.” Another tip for when you’re selecting a product? “Depending on your hair length and thickness, you should make sure you have enough hair dye,” explains Erinn Courtney, an LA-based hairstylist with StyleSeat. “If your hair is longer or thicker, I would recommend buying two boxes.”

Once you’ve chosen a product, it’s on to preparation. “Budget about two hours to color your hair,” explains Shvonne Perkins, master colorist at Madison Reed. While it’s more time that you’ll probably end up needing, you never want to rush the process of coloring your hair at home. Perkins’ tips for ensuring the entire process isn’t stressful? Set aside time to set up your tools in a neat and organized way, section your hair off properly and apply the hair dye in thin, neat sections — which is ideal for color saturation. And of course, “reading the instructions, the warnings and the application methods before you start coloring is a must-do,” adds Richards.

Before you start coloring, be sure to do a patch test. As Courtney explains, you should always do a test prior to dyeing your hair to ensure your skin doesn’t react negatively to the chemicals. “If the patch test works successfully,” she explains, “then do a strand test on a small piece of hair to see how long it takes for the color to lift.” Another word of advice? “Don’t wash your hair before applying color,” Courtney says. “The natural oils in your scalp will help alleviate any irritation from the hair dye.”

“Ultimately, coloring your hair at home should be just like any other beauty routine,” explains Perkins, “so I also suggest making it fun.” Have a fun playlist on in the background, and have an activity prepared for when your hair is processing, whether it’s a sheet mask or an at-home pedi.

While at-home hair coloring can be a great way to save money and extend the life of your color between salon visits, there are cases in which seeing a professional is the safest and most cost-effective choice in the long run. “There are really great at-home options for glosses, toners and permanent colors,” shares Perkins, “but almost all foil highlighting and certainly all color corrections, such as lightening previously color-treated hair, should absolutely be left in the hands of professionals.” Several of the experts we spoke to emphasized this, particularly for those looking to make a drastic change — like going from brunette to blonde. And while this advice is important when it comes to getting your hair color to look the way you’d like, it’s also about more than just aesthetics.

“Lightening agents can burn or irritate the scalp if used too long,” says Mazzei, who explains that those types of products are best left to a “professional hair colorist who has an arsenal of tools and products at their disposal to ensure the final product is what you are looking for.” Felicia Dosso, a colorist at Nunzio Saviano Salon, echoes this, explaining that in addition to being extremely strong, lightening products can severely damage your hair when used improperly. In short, if you’re looking to substantially lighten your hair or go blond (and you’re not a natural blond), it’s worth going into the salon. At-home coloring should be used to “maintain rather than achieve blond hair at home,” explains Lorena M. Valdes, a Chicago-based colorist at Maxine Salon, which will help you “avoid breakage, dulling out or over-toning.”

If you’ve decided that at-home hair coloring is right for you, you’ll want to be equipped with the right tools. “Preparation is key for the best results,” shares Valdes. Of course, you’ll need gloves — but there are some other tools that the pros suggest. “Bowls, brushes and applicators are great to have on hand when coloring your hair at home,” shares Courtney. For a detangling brush that works on both wet and dry hair, Valdes recommends the Trademark Beauty Tame Your Mane Smoothing Hair Brush. You’ll also want to have a timer on hand, so you leave any color in your hair for the recommended amount of time and no longer.

One easy way to make sure you have what you need? Opting for a pre-made kit. “Purchasing supplies from a product company will ensure you get the best quality tools to use at home,” explains Richards, “as well as making sure that you have enough of everything you need.” He opts for Colortrak products, which he uses while coloring clients in the salon. Perkins recommends the Madison Reed Professional Color Tool Kit. “You can certainly apply the color with the bottle itself, but the bowl and brush can help keep sections neater,” she explains. “Plus it’s just fun to paint the color onto your roots with the brush.” Courtney suggests the Luxy Hair Application Kit for its helpful accessories, while Korab calls the Madison Reed Radiant Hair Color Kit the “best bundle for at-home hair coloring.”

“Hair color can be messy and you want to avoid staining yourself and your clothing as much as possible,” shares Dosso. Mazzie agrees, suggesting that you set up your at-home salon seat with “two large towels that you don’t mind staining — one for your work surface and one to clean your hands and anything else that might stain.” And be sure to either wear dark clothing you won’t mind staining, or opting for a hairdresser’s cape for guaranteed protection. “It’s also a good idea to have Vaseline on hand to rub onto your hairline to avoid getting the dye on your skin,” adds Mazzie. “Q-tips and cotton balls are also ideal to have so you can wipe away any errant dye,” he shares, noting that you can also purchase a hair color stain remover.

L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying + Shine Permanent Hair Color

Courtney calls this product “not just stand-out in its category but also super budget-friendly,” adding that “it has a shine serum and a color conditioner that leaves your hair nourished and multidimensional.” Also recommended by Korab and Mazzei, they both note that it’s a conditioning at-home hair color option that will leave your hair soft and full of shine.

Madison Reed Radiant Hair Color Kit

“The ingredient profile of this hair color sets it apart from the competition,” shares Perkins. “Clients are always shocked at the lack of smell, especially when compared to other at-home products they’ve used in the past.” The formulation also includes keratin and argan oil, which provide hair with shine and strength, something that Korab also enjoys. “It leaves your hair soft and shiny, like you just stepped out of the salon,” she shares.

Agebeautiful Permanent Liqui-Creme Hair Color

Valdes loves this option for those looking for permanent hair color and gray coverage, which requires a permanent hair dye product. She loves the large range of colors, accessibility of the product and the shine it leaves on hair.

Wella Color Charm Permanent Gel Hair Color

“Wella is used in professional salons,” shares Dosso, who explains that it’s a safer product to use when compared to other similarly priced options. The brand’s gel hair color is a popular option available in a ton of colors; they also have a permanent liquid hair dye product, as well as semi-permanent options.

eSalon Personal Colorist Kit

“I love this option because the product is professional-quality as well as easy and customer-friendly,” shares Richards. “This is a great option for first-timers, cautious clients or someone with difficult hair to color.”

Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Full Coverage

“Semi-permanent color lasts between four to six weeks and is designed to fade gradually,” explains Richards. “These are a great option to use if you have existing highlights or previously lightened hair for a bright and fun look.” Plus, this formulation is vegan, cruelty-free and conditioning.

DPHue Gloss+ Semi-Permanent Hair Color & Conditioner

dpHUE Gloss+ Semi-Permanent Hair Color & Conditioner

Valdes calls this gloss “amazing for bringing ends back to life.” She’s a fan of the color-depositing components in addition to the conditioning benefits and overall shine it gives hair.

Good Dye Young Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

“This is a salon-quality product,” shares Brian O’Connor, celebrity hairstylist and the co-founder of Good Dye Young. “We’ve spent years perfecting our semi-permanent formula,” he explains, “which lasts for around 24 washes, so the color retention is really incredible.” The formulation also includes sunflower extract, which “helps to protect hair from fading against heat sources (like blow dryers and curling irons) as well as UV rays from the sun,” he explains.

Clairol Professional Beautiful Collection

Dosso recommends this hair color, which is a great semi-permanent option for those looking for gray coverage. The formulation includes tons of enriching ingredients like jojoba oil and vitamin E.

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Madison Reed Color Reviving Gloss

These couldn’t be easier to use,” shares Perkins. “They go directly onto the hair with no mixing and are as easy to use as conditioner.” There are several different tones, some of which add vibrancy, other of which neutralize brassiness. “The best part is they fade out gradually over six to eight shampoos without ever leaving a line of demarcation,” she adds.

Kristin Ess Signature Hair Gloss

“This is the perfect semi-permanent color to add to your routine in between salon visits,” shares Courtney. “It’s intended to instantly boost color and shine while also neutralizing warmth on any color-treated hair.”

No Fade Fresh Color Depositing Shampoo & Conditioner

No Fade Fresh Color Depositing Shampoo and Conditioner

Mazzei recommends this color-depositing shampoo and conditioner duo because he finds it incredibly easy to use. “Simply wash and condition your hair in the shower daily with the desired color,” he explains, “and the semi-permanent hair color in both the shampoo and conditioner refreshes your hair color, while thoroughly cleaning and nourishing hair.”

Hally Color Cloud

Hally’s ammonia-free semi-permanent hair color lasts four to six weeks and deposits in an easy-to-use foaming developer. The top-rated treatment is gentle on the hair and comes in six shades, including Rose Gold and Purple Avalanche.

Manic Panic Hair Dye

“Manic Panic is phenomenal on its own or mixed with conditioner for a diluted version,” shares Valdes. “Color deposit will depend on the starting color,” she explains, noting that the color will be brightest on light blond hair.

L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up

A favorite of both Korab and Valdes, root coverage sprays like this option from L’Oréal are a great at-home option for a quick touch-up. It gives needed coverage, is easy to spray on and is accessible for any emergencies at a great price, Valdes raves. The matte finish helps manage oily roots, and the product tends to stick to the scalp, which Valdes describes as “beneficial to any thinning spot that needs a diffused look.” Just be sure to double-check on which shade is right for you, she cautions, since the product can easily look too dark.

Color Wow Root Cover Up

When it comes to a root cover-up without a matte finish, Valdes opts for this user-friendly product — which is also one of celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton’s favorites. The application is super-easy, she explains, “kind of like applying eye shadow.” The coverage is more of a soft blend as opposed to instantly full-coverage, but as Valdes describes, “looks more natural and feels nice on the hair.” Overall, it’s “a well-balanced color formula with a great selection of shades.” The best part? Its compact size makes it easy to carry with you wherever you go.

Madison Reed The Great Cover Up Root Touch Up Powder

“This is my go-to,” shares Perkins. A mirrored compact that comes with both a root touch-up brush and an eyebrow brush (since the product doubles for both your brows and roots), it’s “great for filling in sparse hairlines for people with thinning hair or to fill in the gaps that can sometimes appear when pulling hair back into a bun or ponytail,” the colorist explains. Plus, “it never gets sticky or heavy on the hair,” she adds.

Nice’n Easy Clairol Root Touch-Up Permanent Hair Color Kit

Mazzei describes this touch-up color kit as really easy to use, due in part to the little brush that the product comes with that makes application a breeze. “The shade variety is wider so you can usually find something that works for your hair.”

Christophe Robin Temporary Color Gel

Courtney explains that this gel “uses a unique technology to cover roots and gray hairs by blending them into the base hair color.”

DPHue Root Touch-Up Kit

“Typical maintenance for gray coverage application is every four to six weeks,” explains Richards, “so make sure to only apply to the new growth of your hair.” This kit is a great option to have on hand for when you’re in a pinch; it offers salon-quality results and is formulated without sulfates and parabens, Richards shares. In addition to being available in a variety of different shades, “there are two applications in each box in addition to all the supplies you’ll need,” he explains.

L’Oréal Paris Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color

“Add some shimmer and shine to your grays with this permanent hair dye,” shares Courtney. “It seals and smooths hair without causing drying damage.”

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Oribe Airbrush Root Touch Up Spray

When you have an important event coming up and can’t make it to the salon, Dosso suggests using a root spray. These aerosol sprays come in a variety of colors that “you can spray along your part and your hairline to disguise your regrowth,” she explains.

Madison Reed Root Touch Up Kit

Recommended by both Korab and Perkins, this touch-up kit addresses gray hairs at the hairline and hair partings, where roots are the most noticeable. “It’s the most incredible fast-acting gray coverage product I’ve ever used,” raves Perkins. “The gray coverage is unbelievable, with neutral tones to blend right into your existing color,” she explains. Plus, “the application amounts are small enough to be TSA-friendly, so these are indispensable for people who have to keep their color maintenance up while on the go.”

Schwarzkopf Keratin Color Cream

“Coloring gray hair at home is best if you only have a few grays,” explains Mazzei. If you’re working with a full head of gray hair, he suggests heading to the salon. But for when you need a touch-up, he suggests this color cream.

Good Dye Young Hair Lightening Kit

“This lightening kit contains a 25 volume developer, which is unique for an at-home kit,” explains O’Connor. It’s completely vegan, opting for soy protein in the place of keratin (which is derived from animal products) and uses coconut oil, “which helps to add moisture back into the hair,” he explains.

IGK Color Permanent Color Kit

“Blond is typically the most difficult shade to achieve when coloring hair at home,” explains Richards, “so my recommendation here is to use a product designed by colorists.” These color kits are available in tons of different shades, but Richards shares that the brand’s blond shades are exceptionally good. “They have thorough application instructions, several online resources to help you select your shade and the color itself delivers shinier, softer strands with reduced breakage.”

Clairol Natural Instincts Demi-Permanent Hair Dye

“This hair dye is natural and gentle,” explains Courtney, “so it won’t strip blondes of their already fragile color.”

Madison Reed Color Therapy Color-Depositing Hair Mask

“All blondes know that tone is everything,” explains Perkins, “so I highly recommend that blondes invest in color-depositing products in the temporary color category.” One way to achieve this is through hair masks. Perkins recommends the shade Perla for cool-toned blondes and Dorato for deeper-beige blondes.

No Fade Fresh Icy Silver Platinum Duo

This goes “beyond a traditional purple shampoo to remove unwanted yellow tones from the hair,” explains Mazzei, “leaving hair shiny and full of life.” Unlike most traditional toning shampoos, many of which can leave you hair feeling dry, shares Mazzei, these products boast a built-in bond rebuilder. “This is great for a platinum blond who wants to keep hair looking super-fresh and never faded,” he explains.

Madison Reed Lightworks Balayage Highlighting Kit

What makes this product so accessible is that it’s formulated with a clay-based lightener that is really thick and stays exactly where you put it on the hair,” explains Perkins. What this means is that it’s not messy, and way more manageable to use for those of us coloring hair at home. “The results are soft, sun-kissed and lived-in highlights that are modern-looking and low maintenance.”

dpHUE Blonding Brush

“This heat-activated blonding brush helps you lighten your tips and your roots, or brighten your highlights all over,” explains Courtney. “It’s super easy to use and a great lightening product.”

Clairol Nice’n Easy Permanent Hair Color

“This offers three tones in each product,” explains Mazzei, “so you can get some dimension in your hair at home.

L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Glam Lights Highlights

Korab calls this the best at-home hair color for highlights. The hair dye comes with a unique brush that, when brushed from the root to the tips of your hair, distributes the color in a pattern that creates highlights.

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One man is suspected in the killings of Muslim men in Albuquerque. Police arrested him after hundreds of tips came in

Though authorities are still searching for a motive and working to confirm whether they’re all related, police have arrested 51-year-old Muhammad Syed, describing him as the “primary suspect.”

Tips pointed investigators toward Syed, who police believe was in possession of at least two firearms that matched two of the crime scenes, according to Kyle Hartsock, deputy commander of the city police department’s criminal investigations division.

One of the firearms recovered in his home has been linked to bullet casings found at the scenes of two of the killings, while casings from a handgun found in his car were linked to one of the scenes, according to the arrest affidavit.

The killings took place between November 2021 and August of this year, with the latest three occurring within the span of two weeks.

Police said that three of the victims — Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, 27, Aftab Hussein, 41, and Mohammad Zaher Ahmadi, 62 — were “ambushed with no warning, fired on and killed.” A fourth man, 25-year-old Naeem Hussain, was shot and killed after attending a funeral for Hussain and Hussein.

Suspect detained in Albuquerque killings
A criminal complaint obtained by CNN affiliate KOAT sheds more light on two of the killings.

On July 26, police responded to Rhode Island Street, where they found Aftab Hussein with multiple gunshot wounds, lying next to a car. Detectives learned that the gunman had waited behind a bush near the driveway where the victim usually parked his vehicle and fired through the bush multiple times when Hussein got out of his vehicle, according to the complaint.

On August 1, police got a call about a drive-by shooting near the intersection of Cornell Drive and Garfield Avenue. They found Muhammad Afzaal Hussain with multiple gunshot wounds, the complaint states.

The suspect, Syed, is being charged with two of the homicides: the July 26 killing of Aftab Hussein and the August 1 killing of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, according to the police.

As for the two other killings, police said there is evidence that Syed as the “most likely person of interest or suspect” in those as well, Hartsock said.

According to the complaint, Syed denied any involvement in the killings during an interview with police on Tuesday.

How the investigation unfolded

Police first noticed similarities between the deaths of Aftab Hussein and Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, which took place just days apart.

“We were able to relate the casings found on both the scenes that are likely fired from the same firearm,” Hartsock said. “We quickly started looking at other cases that could be similar and identify that there might be a really active public threat.”

The shootings spurred police to examine whether they were connected to a killing that happened November 7, 2021. That day, officers found an Afghan man, Mohammad Ahmadi, with a gunshot wound in the parking lot behind the business he ran with his brother.

As the investigation unfolded, another killing happened just before midnight on August 5 in the area of Truman Street and Grand Avenue where police found Naeem Hussain dead from a gunshot wound.

Police increased patrols near mosques and other areas and the governor sent state police to the city.

Police released images of a “vehicle of interest” that they said may be tied to the shootings. They asked for the public’s help tracking down the silver sedan.

4 Muslims were gunned down in Albuquerque. Now some families are afraid to sit outside or go get food

The city’s Muslim community was on edge. Some stopped going to their local mosques or going out late a night, and some even avoided going out to shop for food.

At the same time, scores of tips began rolling in to law enforcement.

“We’ve had a total of about 230 tips,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda said Tuesday.

Residents also began voluntarily uploading surveillance videos from their homes to an online portal that was set up specifically for the investigation. Police sifting through the footage ended up finding video that captured the gunshots and vehicles leaving the scene, according to Hartsock.

A tip from the community eventually came in that led investigators to identify Syed as a suspect and track down the car.

Hours before the Albuquerque killings suspect was publicly identified, CNN reporters were inside his home. Here's what happened

Albuquerque police and the FBI got multiple tips about Syed and his vehicle, a Volkswagen Jetta, according to the complaint.

As police were waiting to execute a search warrant at the suspect’s home, they saw him get into what they believed to be the same vehicle that had been linked to the homicides.

Officers stopped the vehicle and detained Syed near Santa Rosa, New Mexico. That’s when they saw firearms inside the vehicle, according to Hartsock.

Police executing the search warrant at Syed’s home found more weapons, according to police.

“Multiple firearms were recovered from that home that are continually being tested. But right now we believe that at least one of them inside the home and one of them inside the car that was pulled over, are matching … two crime scenes on Rhode Island and Cornell, and that is the basis of the charges that are going forward today,” Hartsock added.

According to the complaint, Syed told police “he was driving to Texas to find a new place for his family to live because the situation in Albuquerque was bad. Muhammad then referenced the shooting of Muslims on the news.”

Ahead of of the suspect’s arrest, police found records of Syed and one of his son purchasing firearms and gun accessories from different shops in Albuquerque. Those purchases included a 9mm pistol bought on January 28, 2021, a scope for an AK-47 bought on August 1, and 7.62×39 caliber pistol and rifle bought on July 15, according to the complaint.

The document also notes that both 7.62×39 and 9mm “were the two calibers of weapon used in the above-mentioned homicides.”

While searching the Jetta, police said they found a 9mm casing between the windshield and the hood of the car, and two 7.62×39 casings inside the vehicle, in addition to a 9mm handgun.

The 9mm casing found in the windshield matched with a casing found at the August 1 crime scene, according to the complaint.

CNN was at the suspect’s home

Hours before police announced Syed was a suspect, CNN was inside his home and spoke to his daughter, who offered insight on her father and what happened when they last saw each other, which was before his arrest and before authorities executed a search warrant on their family’s home.

The daughter, one of Syed’s six children, spoke to CNN Tuesday morning, while the family was still cleaning up the mess left behind by investigators who had pored over the contents of the house the night before. CNN has chosen not to name the daughter out of concern for her safety.

“My father is not a person who can kill somebody. My father has always talked about peace. That’s why we are here in the United States. We came from Afghanistan, from fighting, from shooting,” she told CNN.

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4 Muslim men were killed in Albuquerque. Here’s what we know about them


After ambush-style shootings of three Muslim men and the killing of a fourth on Friday in Albuquerque, the Muslim community was on edge and fearful.

A well-liked city worker who had aspirations of a future in politics and a proud new US citizen were among the victims of a spree of shootings police say may be related.

The killings of Mohammad Ahmadi, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, Aftab Hussein and Naeem Hussain have one obvious commonality though: They were all South Asian Muslims, according to Albuquerque police.

The three most recent killings happened within the span of two weeks, with local and national Muslim groups warning residents to remain vigilant. They also put a spotlight on an unsolved homicide from November 2021.

On Tuesday, police announced they had arrested 51-year-old Muhammad Syed, saying they would be charging him with two of the homicides: the July 26 killing of Aftab Hussein and the August 1 killing of Muhammad Afzaal Hussain.

As for the two other killings, police said there is evidence that Syed as the “most likely person of interest or suspect” in those as well, Kyle Hartsock, deputy commander of the city police department’s criminal investigations division said.

According to the criminal complaint, Syed denied any involvement in the killings during an interview with police on Tuesday.

Here’s what we know about the lives lost. CNN will continue to update this story with more details as we learn them:

Mohammad Ahmadi.

Mohammad Ahmadi was shot and killed outside of a business he and his brother ran together in November 2021, according to CNN affiliate KOAT.

Ahmadi was from Afghanistan, police said.

Muhammed Afzaal Hussain.

Muhammad Imtiaz Hussain had been living with his brother, Muhammad Afzaal Hussain, in the same apartment complex for almost five years and had never had any problems.

The brothers came to the US on student visas, studying at the University of New Mexico, and they would often take early morning or late night walks to the university library without any fear for their safety – until now.

On August 1, police got a call about a drive-by shooting near the intersection of Cornell Drive and Garfield Avenue. They found Muhammad Afzaal Hussain with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a criminal complaint obtained from CNN affiliate KOAT.

His face was distorted from gunshot wounds, his brother Imtiaz Hussain said.

“This is not a random killing,” Hussain said. “This is extremely motivated and extreme hatred.”

Afzaal Hussain was loved by everyone and a student leader excited for a future in politics once he gained US citizenship.

“We are in extreme fear,” Imtiaz Hussain said. “Living in this place is very painful.”

Hussain worked on the planning team for the city of Española. He had studied law and human resource management at the University of Punjab in Pakistan before receiving both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico, according to a news release from Española Mayor John Ramon Vigil.

“Muhammad was soft-spoken and kind, and quick to laugh,” Vigil said in a news release last Wednesday. “He was well-respected and well-liked by his coworkers and members of the community.”

Naeem Hussain.

Naeem Hussain, 25, had been a US citizen for less than a month when he was found by Albuquerque police officers just before midnight Friday.

His brother-in-law Ehsan Shahalami identified Hussian to CNN on Sunday and said he had migrated as a refugee from Pakistan in 2016 – fleeing persecution as a Shia Muslim.

“He had a lot of dreams and he accomplished some of them,” Shahalami said. “His others were cut short by this heinous act.”

Hours before his own death, Hussain attended a funeral for two of the recent victims and expressed concern about the shootings, said Tahir Gauba, spokesperson for the Islamic Center of New Mexico.

Hussain worked as a truck driver for several years from Albuquerque, a job he took immense pride in, according to Shahalami.

“He was not even a citizen at the time but he would say, ‘This is our country, these people need us more than any other time,’ so he drove extra shifts to keep things rolling,” Shahalami said.

After becoming a US citizen, Hussain opened his own trucking business, had plans to bring over his wife from Pakistan and was interested in buying property in Virginia, according to Shahalami.

“He was the most generous, kind, giving, patient, and down-to-earth person that I could ever meet,” he said. “He was very hard working.”

Hussain wasn’t just working to support himself – he would share his earnings with family back home, Shahalami said.

After the funerals Friday, Gauba said, Hussain attended a lunch at the mosque and approached him asking if he had more information on the shootings.

“We (The Islamic Center of New Mexico) thought after burial of these two young men (on Friday), we would have closure and move on and let law enforcement investigate,” Gauba said. “Waking up Saturday morning to his (Naeem Hussain) death, the whole community just feels helpless. There’s a lot of fear.”

About 700 to 800 Muslims on Fridays attend the Islamic Center of New Mexico, the largest mosque in Albuquerque founded in the mid-1970s, according to Gauba.

Aftab Hussein.

Aftab Hussein was found with multiple gunshot wounds, lying next to a car on Rhode Island Street on July 26.

Detectives learned that a gunman had waited behind a bush near the driveway where the victim usually parks his vehicle and then fired through the bush multiple times when Hussein got out of his vehicle, according to the complaint.

He was a Muslim man from Pakistan, police said.

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Marshawn Lynch: Former NFL running back arrested on suspicion of DUI in Las Vegas


Former NFL running back and Super Bowl winner Marshawn Lynch was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Responding officers stopped Lynch at Fairfield Avenue and West Utah Avenue, just north of the famed Las Vegas Strip, and concluded Lynch was impaired, the department said. He was arrested, taken to the Las Vegas city jail and booked, according to the police.

The City of Las Vegas’ official Twitter account posted a booking photo of Lynch on Tuesday.

Marshawn Lynch's booking photo.

On Monday, the Seattle Seahawks announced Lynch was hired as a special correspondent for his former team to “produce creative content for a variety of projects.” The announcement was no longer on the team’s website as of Tuesday afternoon.

CNN has reached out to Lynch through the Seahawks for comment.

Lynch, nicknamed “Beast Mode” for his ferocious, physical running style, played 12 seasons in the NFL, winning Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seahawks in February 2014. Lynch retired in 2019 after having played with the Seahawks, Raiders and Buffalo Bills.

Lynch was a standout tailback at the University of California, Berkeley.

Lynch is well known for his community work and activism in his hometown of Oakland, California – cofounding the Fam 1st Family Foundation to support youth programs in the Bay Area.

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Olivia Newton-John: Australian landmarks glow pink to honor singer and cancer campaigner

Other Australian landmarks including Optus Stadium in Perth and Flinders Street railway station in Melbourne glowed pink Tuesday night in memory of the performer who was born in the United Kingdom but became one of Australia’s most-loved celebrities.
Victorian state Premier Dan Andrews said the gesture was made “to remember Olivia Newton John, and her enormous contribution to cancer awareness, research and treatment.”

Newton-John’s image was also beamed onto the side of Fed Square, an arts and culture venue in Melbourne’s city center.

Newton-John survived two bouts of breast cancer, one in the early 1990s, the other in 2017. In September 2018 she revealed that she was once again fighting cancer, this time at the base of her spine.

Despite her struggles, Newton-John maintained a positive outlook.

“I believe that when you go through something difficult, even something as dramatic as cancer, that something positive will come of it,” she wrote on the website for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre, which opened in Melbourne in 2012.
Melbourne Town Hall turned pink on August 9.

“With more and more people affected by cancer every day, I believe we are in a world desperate for healing, and I’m committed to doing whatever I can to help.”

Following her death, the organization said in a statement that Newton-John’s “generous support and gift provided hope and changed the lives of thousands of cancer patients.”

'Grease' co-stars, friends and fans pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John

Hours after her death, Andrews said the state would talk to Newton-John’s family about the possibility of a state funeral. Newton-John’s niece Tottie Goldsmith later told CNN affiliate Nine Network they planned to give their approval.

“I think Australia needs it,” Goldsmith said through tears. “She’s so loved. And I think our country needs it so we’re going to accept that. “

Details of the funeral have yet to be announced or confirmed by the premier’s office.

If a state funeral goes ahead, it will be the second offered for an Australian singer this month. The Victorian government is organizing a state funeral for Judith Durham, lead singer of The Seekers, who died August 5 at age 79.

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Three takeaways from the Vermont, Wisconsin and Michigan primaries

The Republican primary for governor in Wisconsin is the night’s most closely watched race. It has turned into a proxy battle between former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence over the direction of the GOP. Trump-endorsed businessman Tim Michels faces former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who is backed by Pence as well as former Gov. Scott Walker, for whom she spent eight years as the state’s No. 2.

Here are three takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont and Connecticut:

State Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint’s win in the Democratic primary for Vermont’s lone House seat, according to a CNN projection, puts her on a path to become the first woman to represent the state in Congress.

Balint, who was backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, defeated Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, a more moderate candidate backed by retiring Sen. Patrick Leahy.

Becca Balint will win the Democratic nomination for Vermont's House seat, CNN projects
The House seat opened up as a result of Leahy’s retirement. Rep. Peter Welch, who has held the seat since 2007, won the Democratic Senate primary for Leahy’s seat, CNN projected.

Balint will enter the November general election as the overwhelming favorite to win the seat.

A former schoolteacher, Balint had the support of other leading progressive groups and politicians. Gray attracted support from more moderate state leaders, including Leahy, who stopped short of issuing a formal endorsement but said he voted for her. Former Vermont Govs. Howard Dean and Madeleine Kunin also backed Gray.

But in a contest that provided few notable policy distinctions between the leading candidates, Balint’s success in claiming the progressive mantle — she was also endorsed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of neighboring Massachusetts — likely helped her among primary voters, who tend to lean even further left than even the average Vermont Democrat.

Wisconsin Senate race is set

The general election for Wisconsin Senate has been subtly going on for weeks. But on Tuesday night, it began in earnest.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson easily won his primary for reelection, while Democratic Senate candidate and Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes won his bid to try and unseat the Republican.

'Out of touch': Wisconsin's Barnes and Johnson prepare for general election campaign defined by attacks
The race began unofficially two weeks ago when the three top Democrats running against Barnes dropped out of the race and endorsed the lieutenant governor.

The Johnson vs. Barnes race will likely be one of the closest watched campaigns of the 2022 cycle. It pits a Republican who has drawn the ire of Democrats for his ties to former President Donald Trump and his adoption of a string of conspiracy theories against a Democrat who holds several progressive positions that Republicans believe make hm out of step with most Wisconsin voters.

Although Johnson and Barnes are political opposites, they have already begun using strikingly similar language to define the other, calling one another “out of touch,” extreme and someone out of line with the state’s voters.

Wisconsin is one of the two Senate seats up this cycle that is currently held by Republicans in a state President Joe Biden won in 2020. The state has been a political hotbed ever since the 2011 fights over union bargaining rights, leading the electorate in the state to be polarized long before the 2016 election of Trump.

Omar survives a surprising nail-biter

Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar survived a primary challenge Tuesday, CNN projected — but barely, and the narrow result could encourage critics of the progressive “squad” member to try again in two years.
Omar, who is running for a third term in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, held off a primary challenge from former Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels and three other Democratic primary candidates.

Samuels had run as a pro-police critic of Omar’s calls to “defund the police.” Samuels and his wife successfully sued the city of Minneapolis to force it to increase police staffing levels to the 741 officers required by the city’s charter.

Momentum behind what had been widely seen as a long-shot challenge built after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey endorsed Samuels last week. He was also backed by building trades unions, several suburban mayors and more moderate DFL leaders. His close call could inspire another effort to oust Omar in 2024.

Omar’s victory comes the week after after two other liberal members of the “squad,” Missouri Rep. Cori Bush and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, also beat back primary challenges.

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