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December 28, 2014

Guide dogs are usually exempted from regulations... but not on this Dubai flight! (Shutterstock)
09:17 GMT
A visiting blind woman cries foul after a Dubai-based airline allegedly refused to allow her guide dog on board a flight she took from Dubai to Barcelona earlier this month.
Consensual same-sex relations are not explicitly prohibited in Egypt, but other laws have been used to imprison gay men in recent years, including charges "debauchery" or "shameless public acts." (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Upon physical examination, the men were deemed "not gay".

December 27, 2014

The student still risks up to four years in prison, as he awaits for the date of his trial. ((AFP/Adem Altan)
07:49 GMT
The 16-year-old accused Erdogan of being the "chief of theft, bribery and corruption."
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are banned from driving. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia's priorities are in the wrong place! A pair of women's rights activists are to be tried in a "terrorism court" for defying the kingdom's strict female driving ban.

December 26, 2014

Sheikh Husssam al-Ilani had called on Muslims not to buy their children Christmas gifts. (Shutterstock)
18:21 GMT
There's always one anti-Christmas grumpy man at the table! Sheikh Husssam al-Ilan from Lebanon urged Muslims not to celebrate the festive period, sparking online ridicule for his comments.
One would have thought smoking shisha behind the wheel was banned in the first place. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Styling your hair, putting on make-up and of course, smoking shisha behind the wheel (asides stating the obvious of being very dangerous) are now banned in Dubai under new traffic plans.

December 25, 2014

An Iraqi refugee prays during a Christmas service in Amman. (AFP/File)
12:43 GMT
It's been a tough year for Christians in the Middle East. Jordan's King Abdullah offered warm wishes to the Christian communities across Jordan, urging for peace and reconciliation.
A tad dramatic? The Israeli woman was branded a disgrace for having blue hair. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
An Israeli woman was thrown off a bus for having blue hair by the driver who accused the woman of having the same hair colour of the country's flag.

December 24, 2014

Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh was captured in Syria after Daesh militants shot down his fighter jet. (Image: Facebook)
20:09 GMT
The family of Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh who was captured by Daesh militants in Syria after his warplane was shot down have made a heartfelt plea for his release.
Palestinians decorated the tree in Bethlehem's Manger Square. (Image: Wafa)
12:51 GMT
A group of Palestinian activists in Bethlehem decided to decorate a Christmas tree with leftover Israeli tear gas canisters and stun grenades. Talk about making a political point!
The Pope said Daesh militants had driven Arab Christians of of their lands. (AFP/File)
12:38 GMT
The Pope published a letter to Arab Christians encouraging them to be proud of their heritage in light of recent terror across the Middle East by Daesh militants.
The BBC’s Middle East correspondent Quentin Sommerville was in a fit of giggles while reporting the story. (Image: Screenshot)
09:53 GMT
Standing in front of 8.5 tonnes of burning heroin, opium, hash and other narcotics was probably not a good idea for the BBC’s Middle East correspondent Quentin Sommerville who got high while covering the story.
The thieves worked simultaneously in Paris and Dubai to snatch the jewelry. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
In an operation code-named Prince, Dubai Police arrested three Romanian men who worked with accomplices in France to dupe a jeweler in Dubai into giving up Dh12 million worth of diamonds, gold, certificates and bills.

December 23, 2014

A minimum age for marriage will not be set in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/Said Khatib)
12:38 GMT
Saudi Arabia's Board of Senior Scholars dismissed petitions to set a minimum marrying age for girls.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said women should not use birth control. (Shutterstock)
10:07 GMT
The king of controversy has spoken again. This time, it's not about gender equality for Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Instead, he is now insisting that women should not use birth control, but have more babies.