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August 16, 2014

In addition to wanting to bui;f university and mosque, Farouk Shami also hopes to open a Farouk Systems hair-care branch in Gaza. (Photo via Texas Tribune)
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After Gaza's infrastructure is hit hard by war, Palestinian-American businessman Farouk Shami looks to rebuild Gaza with a university, mosque and hair-care factory.

August 15, 2014

New York public health expert Annie Sparrow says Syrian children infected with Polio also face an isolating stigma. (AFP/File)
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New York Health expert Annie Sparrow says Syria's terrifying polio reemergence is one of the infectious diseases threatening to cross into Iraq.
It is illegal to beg in the UAE, but that law is usually not enforced outside of mosques. (Basil D Soufi/Wikimedia Commons)
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For weeks XPRESS has been on the heels of a suspicious middle-aged Arab beggar who targets worshippers attending Friday afternoon prayers at the Abdullah Ibn Abbas Mosque in Sharjah’s Al Majaz 1 area.

August 14, 2014

Displaced Palestinian women walk through a Greek Orthodox church in Gaza City where they are taking shelter, July 23, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Thousands of Gazans no longer have a home to return to as Israel's assault continues. Palestinian Christians however, united with their fellow Muslims in the Strip and opened their church doors to host displaced families.
Mirzakhani said she will be pleased if her work "encourages young female scientists and mathematicians." (AFP/File)
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An Iranian mathematician has become the first woman ever to win the Fields Medal, or the "Nobel Prize of mathematics."
Love persists in Gaza as couple get married in UN shelter on third day of 72-hour ceasefire [APA]
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On the third day of a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, a Palestinian couple is getting married in a UN shelter in Gaza City Wednesday, the groom told Ma'an.
The recent death of Williams shocked the entertainment industry. (AFP/File)
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In a strange twitter exchange, Isis fighters talk about their favorite Robin Williams films and assert that 'they are human," too.

August 13, 2014

The law was passed in an effort to boost Iran's population. (Shutterstock)
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Iran passes a law banning all surgeries that permanently prevent pregnancy.
Before they fled: Jihadists Reyaad Khan and Nasser Muthana (circled) hand out food to the needy in Cardiff last year. Both have been tweeting about their involvement with IS while on the front line. [Daily Mail]
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British jihadists fighting with terror squads in Iraq are using social networking sites to lure young Muslim teenagers from the UK into joining the Islamic State fanatics.
Over 450 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza (File/AFP)
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Ten UAE cyclists will bike across the U.S. in September to raise money for injured and displaced Palestinian children with a goal to raise at least $250,000.
The Crown Prince debuted a 12-minute long time lapse video of Dubai's airport. (AFP/File)
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The Dubai Crown Prince recently announced a project set to showcase 360 degree virtual tours of Dubai.

August 12, 2014

Reyaad Khan, a 20 year-old Cardiff student. [Screenshot]
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A British jihadist fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq has boasted of preparing for ‘martyrdom’.
As the fragile ceasefire holds tonight between Israel and Hamas on the Gaza Strip, the contrast is stark.
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Two very different responses to the ceasefire: Israelis sunbathe on the beach as life attempts to get back to normal... but in the Gaza Strip, Palestinians return to see what remains of their homes
Fascinating but disturbing? Hundreds of torture devices are now on display at the museum in Giza (File/Shutterstock)
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You can now see hundreds of torture devices used throughout the ages in Egypt's newly opened "torture museum". Might be a bit PG13 for the kids though!
Iraqi General Ahmed Ithwany calls the Yazidis´place of refuge: "death mountain. Up to 70 per cent of them are dead" (Ahmad al-Rubaye/ AFP).
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The first Western journalist to reach the Sinjar mountains where tens of thousands of Yazidis have taken refuge from ISIS describes what he saw.