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September 4, 2011

Friends in Kosher and Halal: Jews and Muslims bond over ritualistic lamb slaughter.
15:00 GMT
The common cause of Jews and Muslims uniting against the ban in their concern to protect their traditions of halal and kosher meat is due to the importance both religions place on preventing animal suffering.
China who has made clear its support of non-intervention to Gaddafi's regime throughout the 6-month showdown, may have willingly intervened to lend a little back-hand support to pro-Gaddafi forces through military channels.
12:30 GMT
China was prepared to violate UN sanctions in late July: China offered huge stockpiles of weapons to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi during the final months of his regime, according to papers that describe secret talks about shipments via Algeria and South Africa.
Parents hang 8 year-old daughter first before turning the noose on themselves. This is a  tale of misfortune and tragedy for an Indian expat. family who gave up hope and chose to die rather than confront financial shame.
11:00 GMT
The financial crisis finishes off a UAE-resident Indian family. This three-member family made their living and home in the Emirate Ras Al Khaimah and allegedly committed suicide by hanging themselves in their house, over despair from dire finances.

September 3, 2011

A clean break for Libyans is marked by a white fresh kit bearing the red-black-green old colors adopted by the new political pioneers, the NTC: a departure from the old green sported Gaddafi era footballers.
13:40 GMT
Libya's national football team is set to unveil a white kit, which marks a break with the green colour associated with ruler Muammar Gaddafi's regime. The new kit would make its debut during the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique.
Assad is probably not going anywhere for a while, forecast experts who cite his support within Syria as still substantial
enough to buoy him up in power for longer than his fellow fallen Arab leaders.
11:22 GMT
Oil companies in Europe are betting on the survival of President Bashar Assad in Syria, in sharp contrast to their support for Libya’s opposition six months ago...
Amusement parks have often been subject to safety-alarm across the board and nations. The ability to enjoy the experience
based on a simulated fear with the knowledge of certain safety is undermined when the safety record is questionable.
10:17 GMT
During this Eid holidays, citizens voiced their disapproval as well as concerns on the poor state of these parks, but many stressed on the lack of safety and use of old equipment and rides, which were just painted to look new.

September 1, 2011

This ill-fated treaty at Camp David 1978 for Sadat may have seen its time or had its day, speculate some, now that 
things are cooling off (if not heating up) on the border between Israel and Egypt.
15:00 GMT
What worked for Sadat's Egypt (though not so much for him) with the Camp David treaty with Israel, might not stand a chance with today's less facile, newly fired-up Egyptian populace. In the new revolutionary environment, a subservient and accommodating Egypt is an entity of the past.
Shelf-crafting in Sidon: Lebanon's prison community sheds a promising light on prison reform practice in the Middle East: prison vocation training can lead to clean community living on the outside.
10:00 GMT
The possibilities for criminal reform as seen in Lebanon's budding example. A Sidon former prisoner is now making a living off seashell crafts after patiently learning the skills for his shell-craft in a 2 year-jail-sentence.
The role of the Arab armies generally this 'Revolution' has been side-lined by the 'people' who took on battles into their own hands.
07:00 GMT
The events of the Arab uprisings brought into the spotlight the military and its function in Arab countries. Arab revolutions will only be fully realized when states reform their armies, argues Fayez Sara.

August 31, 2011

Gaza is engulfed by a mood of 'war' once again and this will undoubtedly mitigate or dampen the spirit of festivity for Eid ul-Fitr.
07:00 GMT
It is crucial that people in these areas receive the maximum support and help. The facts and figures on the situation in Somalia are shocking and striking.The situation in Gaza is also miserable as Palestinians face daily challenges with their attempts to go on with daily life.

August 29, 2011

The Ramadan mood of this holy month can sometimes inspire more discipline and focus in people as claimed, but does this month lead to a general Muslim malaise in the work-place?
14:00 GMT
Does economic productivity actually fall during the Muslim Holy Month? As far as our author is concerned- there is no getting away from a serious decline in productive economic activity during the Holy Month: Think about it, this article was commissioned for the first week of Ramadan, and instead appears during the last. Happy Eid.
Gaddafi's Amazonian Guard were rumored to be virgins as part of their qualifier for the role: whether this were the case or not, the likelihood that they still were virginal by the time they left his service was slim.
10:00 GMT
Five women who formed a part of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's select unit of female bodyguards have claimed that they were raped and abused by the now ousted dictator and his sons. Whether these guards were virginal upon entry to service, as the myth goes, they were more likely to be compromised upon retirement.
Talitha van Zon dated Mutassim Gaddafi in 2004, but recalls the stark contrast between the man she was intimate with and the man she met after the February uprising.
08:51 GMT
A glamour model and ex-girlfriend of one of Colonel Gaddafi's sons has recalled the terrifying moment when she was captured by Libyan rebels who threatened to 'burn her alive'.

August 28, 2011

Atiyah Abd al-Rahman- killed in Pakistan by US operatives-  did not even cut the qualifier list for most likely to succeed OBL, but was an appointment made by the new Chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri. Before bin Laden's death, Atiyah was the operational chief of al Qaeda, and close confidante to OBL.
14:00 GMT
This killing of a Libyan leader is not of Gaddafi but of the deputy, the second in command, to al-Qaeda, Atiyah abd al-Rahman. This loss leaves the organization down a good organizer-manager and force for al-Qaeda's fast diminishing ranks.
Passengers flying Emirates to New York have had their Eid vacation cancelled because of the hurricane.
11:56 GMT
Emirates and Etihad issue rebooking conditions for travellers affected by disruptions due to Hurricane Irene for East Coast airports. Those traveling from the Gulf or Arab world, planning to spend the Eid period on the East coast U.S. - say New York- will have to have plan Bs.