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August 19, 2014

These raunchy massage parlour cards are common in Dubai (Image: Gulf News)
07:21 GMT
Residents in Dubai have been complaining about leaflets being placed on their cars. Not just any leaflets though; raunchy massage parlour ones!
Never look like this again, thanks to a new taxi calling initiative in Jordan (Shutterstock).
05:00 GMT
Can you never catch a cab when you need it? Those times are over for this lucky country...

August 18, 2014

The woman reportedly yelled at the religious police because they were preparing a report about violations at her coffee shop. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT
A Saudi businesswoman was jailed and given 50 lashes for speaking out against the religious police.
The couples were married in joint ceremonies in the southern town of Rafah (Image: euronews)
07:25 GMT
The UN helped and paid for three couples to be married in joint ceremonies in Gaza during the five-day ceasefire, bringing a rare moment of happiness to the families involved.
Rolf Buchholz who is also in the Guinness Book of Records for having the most piercings in the world, was not given a reason for being denied entry by Dubai Authorities (Image: Facebook)
07:10 GMT
A 53-year-old German who has 453 body piercings was denied entry without reason in Dubai. Perhaps he set off too many metal detectors at the airport!
Miss Msaad, whose model looks have earned her the nickname ‘jihottie’ on social media sites, wept as she was cleared at the OId Bailey last week. [Daily Mail]
05:37 GMT
From petty criminal and feckless father to jihadist: Briton's journey from London estate to an Isis fighter - and how it ensnared 'jihottie' who smuggled cash in her knickers

August 17, 2014

Apparently it's permissible to "hide" and watch women shower if your intentions are "pure" (File/Shutterstock)
10:40 GMT
One of the most bizarre fatwas yet! An Egyptian preacher issued a decree stating that men could watch women shower, but only if their intention was "pure" to marry.
The man allegedly suffered a slow death. (Al Bawaba Arabic/ File)
09:33 GMT
A Saudi man was found dead by police after being killed by a donkey that he tried to rape.
Fake or not, ISIS militants aspire to create the world's newest state (Image: Twitter)
07:42 GMT
A slick PR move or just another ISIS hoax? Images have begun circulating online of alleged ISIS passports being issued to give the so-called Islamic State further legitimacy.
Photo used for illustrative purposes (AFP)
05:00 GMT
A gigantic dead turtle is not what Sidon beachgoers were expecting Saturday morning, but the recurrence of such a disturbing sight is raising concerns for the migrant population of turtles in south Lebanon.

August 16, 2014

Photo used for illustrative purposes. (AFP)
14:39 GMT
Education Minister Elias Bou Saab issued passing statements to all Grade 12, 9, and the technical schools students, who took official exams, after the Syndicate Coordination Committee refused to correct the exams.
ISIL on Thursday killed nine members of rival Islamic groups in the Syrian town of Akhtarin in northern Aleppo province. (AFP)
08:37 GMT
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) extremist group has banned the study of philosophy and chemistry in schools in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa and established an “Islamic curriculum” for students.
Saudi Arabia does not have a specific set of laws designed to protect migrant domestic workers, who are not covered under the nation’s general labor laws. (AFP)
08:25 GMT
Many families suffer from domestic labor problems, either because salaries of domestic servants are somewhat high or because most servants run away from their sponsors shortly after arriving in the Kingdom.
In addition to wanting to bui;f university and mosque, Farouk Shami also hopes to open a Farouk Systems hair-care branch in Gaza. (Photo via Texas Tribune)
06:00 GMT
After Gaza's infrastructure is hit hard by war, Palestinian-American businessman Farouk Shami looks to rebuild Gaza with a university, mosque and hair-care factory.

August 15, 2014

New York public health expert Annie Sparrow says Syrian children infected with Polio also face an isolating stigma. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT
New York Health expert Annie Sparrow says Syria's terrifying polio reemergence is one of the infectious diseases threatening to cross into Iraq.