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January 8, 2015

Safe to say, smoking is hazardous for your health. (Shutterstock)
12:04 GMT
A senior Daesh commander who perviously oversaw numerous beheadings, was decapitated in eastern Syria for smoking.
Americans in Washington gather outside the Newseum in solidarity with the victims of the shooting, January 7, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:18 GMT
Muslim leaders and community figures in America condemned a deadly attack on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
Is it cultural or legal ignorance that has so many westerners arrested for indecent crimes in the Gulf? (Shutterstock)
09:00 GMT
Westerners arrested for sex under trees, on beaches, and in taxis: why are so many ex pats jailed for indecent crimes?
Morality codes forbid women and men who are not related from congregating in private, making underground co-ed dance classes illegal. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT
Iran has seen an increased interest in the art of dance, as more and more people participate in underground classes despite the risk of breaking the country's strict morality code.
People light candles in Strasbourg after 12 people were killed in the Charlie Hebdo headquarters, January 7, 2015. (AFP/File)
01:38 GMT
After 12 people were killed at the headquarters of satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, news broke that the suspects were French-Algerian. Could this create further tension for Muslims and Arabs in Europe?

January 7, 2015

Egyptian forces tightened security around the country's churches ahead of Coptic Christmas celebrations. (AFP/File)
12:53 GMT
Ho ho ho! President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi attended a Coptic Christmas mass on Tuesday to show solidarity with Egypt's Christian community.
According to police, approximately 70 per cent of those arrested were foreigners, mainly children and women. (Shutterstock)
12:26 GMT
Saudi authorities arrested thousands of beggars this year in an attempt to end the illegal practice in the country's capital. Police confiscated paraphernalia such as artificial limbs and crutches used by the beggars to elicit sympathy from Riyadh residents.
Anti-fascist supporters clean up the site where thousands of far-right demonstrators had gathered for an anti-Muslim rally in Dresden, December 5, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Germany's Cologne Cathedral turned off the lights in protest against thousands of anti-Muslim demonstrators.
Ferraris won't be given away but it's OK to dream! (Shutterstock)
08:00 GMT
This year, over 100 cars will be given away as part of the 20th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival.
Last year's record snowfall caught many by surprise, this time the Middle East is preparing for the worst. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
With heavy snowfall expected to dump on the Middle East this week, Arabs get ready to brave another frosty winter season.

January 6, 2015

Excavation of an abandoned building may have led to the discovery. (Image: Independent)
12:22 GMT
Archaeologists in Jerusalem have allegedly uncovered the remains of King Herod's palace where the trial of Jesus could have taken place.
The future is green! Beirut lacks public parks and recycling projects. (Shutterstock)
10:00 GMT
One of Lebanon's best eco-friendly NGOs, the Beirut Green Project, has launched a campaign to increase urban landscapes and parks in Beirut. Time to recycle some ideas!
Saudi's national airline allegedly planned to introduce gender segregation on flights. (Image: Saudia)
07:00 GMT
Can Saudi Arabia become stricter if it tries? Apparently so after the kingdom's national airline allegedly announced it planned to separate males and females on flights.
The televised beheading of American photojournalist James Foley was a sobering reminder of the dangers faced by international media workers, but his harrowing story was neither the first or the last for the profession in 2014. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
In the second deadliest year for the profession since 2012, an annual report from Geneva-based Press Emblem reported at least 138 journalists in 32 countries were killed in 2014.

January 5, 2015

Gilad Atzmon said voting against Palestinian statehood was "very dangerous for America." (Image: Israellycool)
12:45 GMT
Jazz is so cool! Especially when British-Israeli musician Gilad Atzmon lashed out at the US for voting against the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN.