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December 31, 2013

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.
Prince Salman and his family own a media group, including pan-Arab daily. [osundefender]
04:38 GMT
Debate about Shariah Law is settled as Minister of Defense has cleared the way for the execution of a Saudi prince after his conviction of murder.

December 30, 2013

It is common practice for the flogging sentence to be carried out publicly. [blogspot]
18:24 GMT
Man sentenced to flogging for false claims about his wife's virginity.
Citizens will help choose new, preferably Arabic names for Riyadh's streets (Shutterstock)
08:55 GMT
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has invited citizens to rename Riyadh's streets as part of KSA's comprehensive review of its muncipality infrastructure. Arabic names, as some may have guessed, are priority for the new street names.
Using bread rather than a fork to eat peas was enough for one Kuwaiti woman to ask for a divorce from her bread-loving husband (Shutterstock)
07:20 GMT
A Kuwaiti woman filed for divorce as a one-week newly-wed after her husband asked to use bread, rather than a fork, to eat his peas.

December 29, 2013

Saudi religious police have come under fire for abusing their powers in the region. [worldtribune]
17:14 GMT
Saudi Arabia's religious police have issued a warning against those considering a celebration for New Year's eve.
An Egyptian man shot his neighbour near Cairo after his daughter made a pro-Morsi sign. (AFP/File)
10:40 GMT
An Egyptian man shot his neighbour near Cairo after his daughter made a pro-Morsi sign.
Sharjah is making some serious moves towards becoming the first emirate to completely outlaw smoking. (Getty/File)
09:37 GMT
Sharjah is moving to discourage the sale of tobacco products in key public areas.
A vigil for the late minister was held in Beirut this weekend following Friday's bomb explosion (Anwar Amro/AFP)
07:23 GMT
The late former Lebanese Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah, who was killed by the car bomb explosion in Beirut Friday, wrote this letter last week to Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. Chatah was planning to collect signatures from fellow members of the Lebanese parliament in support of the letter to the Iranian president before his death. In his words, this is Lebanon's cause.
Married residents are advised not telling the truth can endanger finances. [Shutterstock]
04:00 GMT
With a growing number of consumers believed to be keeping money secrets from their partners, many couples in the UAE are putting their finances and retirement at risk, advisers have warned.

December 28, 2013

Mohammad Shaar, center, is seen in this selfie taken on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, and circulated on social media websites. Shaar died after being severely wounded in the Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, car bombing that killed former Finance Minister Mohammad Shatah in Beirut. [The Daily Star]
14:44 GMT
A secondary school student seriously wounded in the Beirut car bombing that targeted former Minister Mohammad Shatah died Saturday morning, a security source said.
Rahbani shocked many of Fairuz's fans throughout the region when he said last week that his mother supports Nasrallah.
14:03 GMT
Controversy has snowballed this month over prominent Lebanese composer Ziad Rahbani’s statement that his mother, the legendary Arab singer Fairuz, supports Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

December 27, 2013

Beirut : Fire is seen at the site of a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013. [AFP]
14:21 GMT
Former Finance Minister Mohammad Shatah, a senior aide to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, was killed along with five others in a car bomb explosion in Downtown Beirut Friday, a security source said.
World condemns Shatah's 'cowardly' murder, describes him as 'wise' and 'tolerant'. [thedailystar.com]
13:31 GMT
The International community condemned on Friday the “cowardly” assassination of former Finance Minister Mohammed Chatah in a car bombing in Beirut, describing him as a “wise” and “tolerant” man.