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Paris fashion wrapped up on Thursday with a feathery spectacular by young Belgian couturier Serkan Cura, notable for the number of black, mixed race and Asian models on the catwalk. Less than a year after models Naomi Campbell and Iman launched a blistering attack on the fashion industry for its lack of diversity, Cura said he took a deliberate decision to use all "different kinds of girls" for his collection. Of the 17 models in Cura's show, nine were black or mixed race, three were Asian and five were white, including one redhead. Last September, Campbell, Iman and model-turned-activist Bethann Hardison sent a letter to fashion governing bodies around the world condemning fashion houses for their continued failure to use "models of colour".
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama offered the help of the United States on Thursday in negotiating a cease-fire to end escalating violence between Israel and Hamas, as world leaders warned of an urgent need to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war that could engulf the fragile region.