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January 5, 2014

Pope Francis will visit the Holy Land from May 24-26 (Gabriel Bouys/AFP)
11:50 GMT
Pope Francis will visit the Holy Land for the first time in late May this year.
A Lebanese soldier guards the torched library Saturday (Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP)
08:36 GMT
Protestors took to the streets in Lebanon's Tripoli after unknown assailants burned the historic Al-Saeh library which houses over 80,0000 books and manuscripts.
Archaeologists discovered the beer-brewer tomb by accident while unearthing another tomb (Courtesy of the Guardian)
08:16 GMT
Archaeologists in Egypt discovered the tomb of an ancient 3,000-year-old beer brewer in the city of Luxor.
Jordanian infant Yitzhak Rabin and his mother Miriam hold a paper with his name at their home in Jordan, in March 1996, shortly after the government permitted the boy to carry the name of the slain Israeli prime minister. [Al-Arabiya]
04:00 GMT
Yitzhak Rabin Namsy lives in Israel, practices Judaism, speaks Hebrew and has ambitions to be an officer in the Israeli army. Unremarkable details, unless you knew that Namsy was also a Jordanian Muslim.

January 4, 2014

Oksana Aslanova, 26, born in Tyumen region, the alleged ‘Black Widow’ suicide bomber behind the second Volograd attack on Dec. 29, 2013. [Russia Today]
15:22 GMT
Media outlets have reported that the two suicide bombings in Russia last week share all the similarities of “Black Widow” bombings – female Jihadist suicide bombers who prepare themselves to meet a grisly, sacrificial end.

January 3, 2014

Palestinian man raises rare snakes [Al-Arabiya]
16:10 GMT
When you are visiting the village of Beitonia west of the West Bank city of Ramallah, do not be surprised if you hear the sound of snakes hissing.
The ministry is currently examining applications for license from six other female lawyers. [saudigazette]
05:00 GMT
Two months after she was granted a license to practice law in the Kingdom, Bayan Alzahran has opened her practice.

January 2, 2014

Steve tweeted his confectionery version of the compound in Abbottabad, calling it instead, “Gingerbottabad.”[guns.com]
20:50 GMT
US Army officer captures gingerbread version of Al Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden's compound.
A Palestinian kid was arrested last year for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers (Hazem Bader/AFP)
13:50 GMT
An Israeli human rights organization has accused the government of torturing Palestinian children by keeping them in cages outside in winter.
The man who allegedly tweeted "libel" against Shams will receive 3 months in jail, 80 lashes, and a fine of $2,666 (Courtesy of Headline Asia)
11:44 GMT
Riyadh courts crackdown on Saudi for bashing a Kuwaiti singer on his twitter account.
Vodafone's puppets allegedly are sending "coded messages" to a terrorist network, says authorities (Courtesy of Al Arabiya)
08:01 GMT
Egypt's largest mobile phone company, Vodafone, is under investigation for an advertisement it produced with cartoon characters that are "accused of delivering encoded messages" to a terrorist network.
UAE broke the world record for the biggest fireworks display on Wednesday (Sahdi Ibrahim/AFP)
07:39 GMT
Dubai's world record fireworks display to welcome in 2014 was delayed due to security reasons, say authorities.

January 1, 2014

Iran already has one of the largest collections of blocked URLs found in any country. [flipthemedia]
05:00 GMT
Based on direction from President Rouhani, Iran's minister of culture and guidance has called for the easing of internet restrictions.

December 31, 2013

Mustafa Ahmad Abu Osheibeh was from Jordan's city of Zarqa (Courtesy of Penn State University)
09:19 GMT
An 8-year-old Jordanian boy committed suicide after school bullies made fun of him for his deformed hand.
Turkey's Justice and Development Party thinks Twitter is part of an international conspiracy against their rule in Ankara (File Archive/AFP)
06:58 GMT
A Pro-government commentator said that tweeting in English is a conspiracy against the Turkish government Monday.