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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.
The lexicon is part of a campaign to get more women working in Lebanon's government. (Shutterstock)
09:57 GMT
Lebanese officials published a "social lexicon" to try and help improve gender equality in the country.
While the cyclists numbered around 54 when they pedaled off at 05.30 a.m. Sunday from the Lakemba Mosque, the group had almost doubled in size by the time it arrived at Martin Place, an 18 kilometer (more than 11 mile) ride. (Image: Anadolu News Agency)
05:00 GMT
Cyclists of all ages and religions rode from a Sydney mosque to a memorial near the site of a recent siege on a cafe, in a moving tribute to two hostages who lost their lives.

December 22, 2014

A prisoner gestures during reality TV show "In the Grip of the Law", which is broadcast across Iraq. (Image: Screenshot)
12:00 GMT
Prisoners accused by Iraq's government of aiding Daesh are now being broadcast on a reality TV where they face the relatives of their victims.
Both men were injured after a political poser was torn town in a the northern city of Tripoli. (Shutterstock)
11:00 GMT
We've all heard of how petty people get over tiny things but shooting each other after an argument for a poster? C'mon!
Apparently wearing jeans causes sexual harassment? (Shutterstock)
08:27 GMT
The head of a village in India banned school girls from wearing jeans or having mobile phones because both apparently are the "prime cause" of sexual harassment.