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September 20, 2014

Lights, camera, action for Saudis?
05:00 GMT
Long regarded as taboo in the deeply conservative Kingdom, the cinema industry in Saudi Arabia is looking to recruit personal and ramp up film production after getting the green light from the Labor Ministry.

September 19, 2014

No love for lipstick in the Saudi Shoura Council (Shuttershock)
11:28 GMT
After getting slammed by a Shoura Council member for their make-up, Saudi TV anchors condemn the criticism as unacceptable and degrading.
The comic tackles tough topics like sexism and women's roles in Jordanian society. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The comic strip "Majida's Diaries" features a young, female protagonist.

September 18, 2014

Rabie Shehada, also known as “the Palestinian slayer,” claimed the organization is filled with vampires. [Youtube]
08:51 GMT
A shocking new video of an Islamic State terrorist claiming his group loves to drink blood — vampire style — is making the rounds on YouTube.
More than 600,000 pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia so far (File/AFP)
08:39 GMT
It's looking like Hajj pilgrims will be free from disease or quarantine this year, according to Saudi Arabia's health minister.
Aid worker Alan Henning was kidnapped by Islamic State militants in December 2013 (File/AFP)
08:04 GMT
British Muslim leaders united on Thursday and made a joint statement and appeal for the release of kidnapped aid worker, Alan Henning.
The new mosque will also allow women to enter through the same door as men. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
A gay-friendly mosque will open in Cape Town, South Africa later this week.

September 17, 2014

Saudi businesswoman and member of a human rights group fined for driving herself to hospital. [Reuters]
10:49 GMT
In Saudi Arabia, it is not illegal for women to drive but, rather illegal for them to be granted a driver’s license.
The driver's father was killed after being serially injured in the crash (File/AFP)
10:46 GMT
It's a good idea to get some kip before you drive, which a 20-year-old found out the hard way after he crashed his car due to tiredness, killing his father.
Palestinian bagpipers back the big vote for Scottish independence (File/AFP)
09:45 GMT
While the Scottish independence debate continues, Palestinian bagpipers have put their musical instruments and their support behind the big Yes vote.
Consuming raw meat and blood is haram! (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
While most school girls seek out sweet delights at their candy store, these Egyptian sisters can't get enough blood and offal from their local butchers!

September 16, 2014

David Haines was beheaded in a gruesome Islamic State propaganda video (Image: Facebook)
11:25 GMT
The teenage daughter of David Haines wrote a heartfelt Facebook post after her father's death, saying she was "touched and grateful" for the messages of support.
One dirham is roughly 28 American cents (Image: Google)
10:52 GMT
With the rise in housing costs and inflation, there's probably not much you can buy for 1 dirham (28 cents), but here are a few ideas; a pen, boat ride, or even some ice-cream if you're lucky!
Didier Francois was freed by IS terrorists earlier this year (File/Getty/AFP)
09:10 GMT
Didier Francois, the French journalist who was released by his Islamic State captors revealed that the likes of James Foley and David Haines had no idea they were about to be beheaded.
The room can be adjusted depending on the season and temperature. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The Sharifi-ha House in Tehran has rooms that rotate up to 90 degrees.