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June 21, 2016

Ten Turkish activists were killed in 2010 when Israeli forces raided the Mavi Marmara ship which was part of the Free Gaza flotilla (AFP/file)
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The two sides will make the announcement during final talks on the issue on June 26.
Loyalist forces in Marib, Yemen. (AFP/File)
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Houthis fired a missile at the Loyalist-held Marib, but the missile was intercepted by Saudi-coalition forces.
Kurdish protesters clash with Turkish police in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. (AFP/File)
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Turkish forces are beginning new operations against PKK militants in Diyarbakir province.
The Taliban kidnapping of passengers on highways has become an increasing common occurrence
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According to one police official, “one of the vehicles hijacked is a bus full of passengers while two others are trucks.”
Zayn Malik has revealed he is having joint horse riding lessons with his girlfriend Gigi Hadid, who he says is a natural equestrian. (FameFlynet/Instagram/gigihadid)
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Zayn Malik has revealed he is having joint horse riding lessons with his girlfriend Gigi Hadid, who he says is a natural equestrian.

June 19, 2016

Assad and Putin have close ties, and aerial bombings by both parties have been responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians (AFP /File)
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He apparently didn't expect such a high ranking officer to turn up for a chat.
The Saudi embassy in Kuwait filed a lawsuit against Kuwaiti MP Abdulhameed Dashti for criticizing Saudi Arabia's involvement in Bahrain and Yemen. (AFP/File)
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Abdulhameed Dashti could face a lengthy jail sentence after the Saudi embassy in Kuwait filed a defamation lawsuit against him.
Gay pride supporters are fired upon with tear gas by Turkish forces. (Twitter/@b9AcE)
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Turkish forces used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets to put down a small march in support of gay rights.
Donations have far greater relevance when they are directed in a more integrated and meaningful way. (File photo)
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Selecting potential investments should not only be based on returns but also factor in their impact on society and the environment - so that they enrich the economy even while fulfilling basic human needs.
This concert is predicted to be one electrifying event. (Facebook)
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This will mark the world-renowned musician's first time performing in the country.
A Saudi couple shops for jewelry in Riyadh on April 18, 2016.  (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
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A Saudi photographer explores local meanings of marriage, love, and heartbreak; when "humanizing" Muslims actually does the opposite; and the Jo Cox murder confirms the media's selective use of the word "terrorism."

June 20, 2016

Viagra manufacturer Pfizer is one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. (AFP/File)
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American firms 3M and Pfizer have been authorized to operate and invest in the kingdom, in a deal that will be signed during the visit of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to the US.
A mourner places flowers at a memorial for the 49 victims of a mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 13, 2016. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
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In the partially redacted transcripts, gunman Omar Mateen called himself an "Islamic soldier" and threatened to detonate explosives.
Postage stamps featuring architects Zaha Hadid and Mohamed Makiya were released by the Iraqi postal service. (Twitter)
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Stamp collectors and architecture aficionados: it's time to find an Iraqi pen pal!

June 16, 2016

With markets already balancing on the back of modest global economic growth, the price for crude oil last week topped $50 per barrel for the first time in nearly a year. (File photo)
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Oil markets, already on the decline after OPEC reports the balance between supply and demand was unchanged month-to-month, weakened further early Wednesday.
Lylia and Sabirne Bouras, sisters and both volunteering with the food bank. (Karim Mostafa)
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During Ramadan, an open-air parking in Algiers turns into a temporary open-hearted food bank; learn how to make Vimto like a Saudi; a prisoner's answer to solitary confinement is hunger strike; a church offers iftar to poor Muslims of Cairo.

June 15, 2016

Two things which are not safe or legal: texting and cruising with a cheetah. (Courtesy photo)
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The law is meant to stop people from unlicensed dealing and ownership of all types of wild and domesticated but dangerous animals.
A Coptic priest stands inside what remains of a church after it was attacked by arsonists.  (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
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The answer: we might never know for sure. But for Egypt's often-targeted minority Christians, small population size is a curse.
In Muslim circles, LGBT people constantly need to explain to family members skeptical about Western ideals that their gender or sexual identity will not compromise their cultural values, he said. (AFP/Janek Skarzynski)
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Shepherd said LGBT Muslims already have to balance their identities and how they present themselves in different contexts, but people viewing their religion and sexual identity as "at odds" will increase.
A file photo of a Palestinian child drinking water from a working faucet in Gaza Strip amid a severe water shortage in the besieged territory. (AFP/File)
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Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been left in desperate need of water.
Hucknall defended Simply Red's decision to defy BDS by saying he was in the best company, referring to performances by Elton John, The Rolling Stones, and Carlos Santana. (Twitter)
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The pop singer tweets “Greetings from Tel Aviv. A view from the front line of our Western Democracy” and is unapologetic for his anti-BDS stance.
The number of Zika infections in Brazil has dropped sharply in recent months, the country's health minister said Friday.
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Athletes and fans should travel to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as planned despite the Zika outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday, countering calls for delaying or relocating the Summer Games.

June 14, 2016

Jack Gyllenhall as the Prince of Persia. (Scoop Empire)
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Remember the time Hollywood Whitewashed Arab characters in these films?
Farrokh Sekaleshfar (YouTube)
21:32 GMT
The British-born imam with troubling past statements on homosexuals spoke in Orlando just weeks before the Pulse nightclub shooting, and condemns the attack.
A driver hands money to beggars in Riyadh. (AFP/File)
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In Riyadh, 90 beggars, including 34 children, were arrested in the first four days of Ramadan, the police reported Monday. The individuals were of various nationalities and age groups.
Preparing in advance will make you able to put together an agenda you can easily share with your employees before the meeting takes place. (Shutterstock)
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Ten tips on how to make the most of staff meetings.
Mahmoud ElAwadi, an Egyptian-American, shared photos of himself donating blood following the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. (Facebook)
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Mahmoud ElAwadi said donating blood was 'the least I could do,' despite fasting for Ramadan.
Palestinian runner and football player Bilal Abu Samaan, 20, sits in the rubble of the bombed Palestine Stadium in Gaza City on November 28, 2012. The stadium was bombed by the Israeli airforce during a conflict between the ruling Hamas party and the Israeli military between 14 and 21 November 2012. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK BAZ
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Just like football fans all over the world, the sports people of Gaza dream of traveling to France to attend the 2016 UEFA European Championship, which kicked off on Friday.

June 13, 2016

An EgyptAir A320 sits on the tarmac in Cyprus. (AFP photo)
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Signals from the aircraft's black box recorders will cease in a matter of days.
Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria was one of those who tried to point out the complexity of the situation. (Twitter/@FareedZakaria)
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Amidst all the noise on social media after a Muslim man killed 50 people at a gay club in Florida, there were many intelligent voices that made themselves heard, offering common sense and astute observations about the tragedy.
An Israeli soldier stands guard next to Palestinian workers who were transported out of the Tekoa settlement south of Jerusalem following a terror attack in the community on January 18, 2016. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that 27 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank districts of Hebron and Ramallah were detained near the Azrieli Center and Shaul HaMelech Avenue in central Tel Aviv for not have the legal permits to enter Israel.


The "Jordanian hacker team" takes down an Iranian government website. (Shutterstock)
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Hashemite hackers strike back and take down an Iranian government website.
Incendiary weapons or bombs are designed to cause fires in targeted areas. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Concerned were raised hours after an opposition group to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed the bombs were used in Russian airstrikes that killed at least one dozen civilians in Allepo.

June 25, 2016

Israeli authorities dramatically escalated a policy of withholding Palestinian bodies killed by Israeli forces since a wave of unrest erupted across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October. (AFP/File)
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Participants in the sit-in raised posters emblazoned with the phrase: "We want the martyr--" with the name of each Palestinian and the date he was killed printed underneath.

June 23, 2016

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Atheists in English and Arabic tweeted profane anti-Islam messages Wednesday in response to 'death to atheists' calls on Twitter.
Milo Yiannopoulos is one of the most popular alt right personalities (Facebook)
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Al Bawaba spoke to some alt right supporters and analyzed media reports to determine the group’s true attitudes towards Muslims.

June 18, 2016

The law states that clothing which obscures or covers the face cannot be worn in government offices, schools, cultural institutions, and public places of recreation. (AFP/File)
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In 2010 France banned full-face veils, and in May, the Netherlands introduced a partial ban on wearing a veil.
People stand in front of a large board in Parliament Square, central London, bearing messages in remembrance of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox. (AFP/File)
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The charge was filed against Thomas Mair, 52, who was arrested on suspicion of Cox's murder immediately after she was shot and stabbed Thursday in the central English town of Birstall.

June 17, 2016

Flowers and candles are placed next to a picture of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament Square in London on June 16, 2016 (AFP Photo/Daniel Leal-Olivas)
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Jo Cox, a newly-elected member of the British Parliament, set up a parliamentary group on Syria and held debates in the House of Commons about the plight of families fleeing the ongoing violence in Syria and elsewhere before she was gunned down Thursday.
The first organ transplant in Dubai was a success! (Shutterstock)
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An Emirati mother received a kidney in the first-ever organ transplant in Dubai!

June 12, 2016

Mrs Clooney is representing thousands of Yazidi women and children kidnapped, raped, tortured and enslaved by ISIS, including Nobel Peace Prize nominee Nadia Murad Basee Taha (pictured).(
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Amal will represent Yazidi women kept as sex slaves by ISIS.