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July 12, 2014

Brazil 0-3 Netherlands: Dutch heap more misery on Selecao in battle for third
23:12 GMT
Goals from Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum were enough to give Oranje the win over the tournament hosts
A picture taken from the southern Israeli Gaza border shows rockets being fired from the Gaza strip into Israel, on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
21:48 GMT
Three rockets fired from south Lebanon hit northern Israel, triggering retaliatory artillery fire on the Lebanese border village of Zebqin, a security source told The Daily Star Saturday.
Smoke billows from buildings following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
21:22 GMT
Northern Gazans are being removed from northern Gaza and other areas from which rockets are being fired senior army source says; source adds that Hamas psychological warfare shows that it has been pushed into a corner.
Mr Hague said he spoke of the British Government’s “deep concern about the number of civilian casualties and the need for all sides to avoid further civilian injuries and the loss of innocent life” but stopped short of condemning Israel’s response. [AFP]
20:56 GMT
William Hague has said Israel has the “right to defend itself” against rocket attacks from Gaza after urging Palestinian and Israeli leaders to negotiate a ceasefire.
Israeli border guards take position as fireworks launched by Palestinian protestors lit the sky during clashes at the Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah, early on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
20:30 GMT
Sirens blare in TA twice, also in other parts of country; no injuries reported; IAF attacks rocket launching site from which the latest barrage was shot.
Image taken from a video released in January by the the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham allegedly shows ISIS fighters. (AFP)
18:43 GMT
Modern Islamic extremist groups reconfigure modernity to focus on punishment rather than morals; outside help is needed to unify the Iraqi people and defeat ISIS; the chaos in Iraq threatens to become a global epidemic; tech-savy terrorists use Bitcoin to funnel electronic funds.
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at UN storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
16:44 GMT
Palestinian initiated talks taking place to reach ceasefire with Egypt, Qatar involvement, Channel 2 reports; Blair meets with Sisi to discuss ways to restore 2012 ceasefire; Gal-On says PM must involve Abbas to end hostilities.
Well-protected: Donning military gear and carrying rifles, thousands of soldiers moved into a new position on the border on the fifth day of the deadly conflict. [AP]
14:52 GMT
Israeli troops mass on Gaza border in preparation for ground attack after airstrikes hit mosque 'that was hiding Hamas weapons'
Eliaquim Mangala
14:40 GMT
The 23-year-old was seen entering The Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester's Moss Side to undergo routine medical tests ahead of completing a £31.8 million move
A missile is launched by an "Iron Dome" battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 11, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. [AFP]
14:35 GMT
Channel 10 reports injuries are light; Most of the rockets landed in open areas in western Negev.
Meet the 10 World Cup footballers shortlisted for 2014 Golden Ball award
14:33 GMT
The shortlist for the 2014 Golden Ball, the prize awarded to the best player at the World Cup, has been announced by FIFA.
Nicola Rizzoli
14:28 GMT
FIFA officials have revealed that Italy's Nicola Rizzoli would referee the 2014 World Cup finale between Germany and Argentina on Sunday.
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at UN storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City on July 12, 2014. Israel vowed no let-up in its aerial bombardment of Gaza, which has claimed more than 100 Palestinian lives, as a defiant Hamas rained more rockets on the Jewish state. (AFP / MAHMUD HAMS)
13:43 GMT
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at UN storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City
World Cup 2014: Brazil v Netherlands Preview and Projected Lineups
13:06 GMT
The World Cup third place match is almost one of no importance, but with Brazil being the host nation it will certainly be one with a lot of national pride attached to it after they were humiliated by Germany in the semi-finals.
The body of five-year-old Abdallah Abu Ghazal lies at a mosque during a funeral ceremony in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya on July 10, 2014 after he was killed in an Israeli air strike. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP)
09:15 GMT
I can no longer stand by while Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked condone the deaths of innocent Palestinian women and children
Palestinians sitting on a street react after a deadly Israeli air strike that targeted their house on July 8, 2014 in the town of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. (Said Khatib/AFP)
08:58 GMT
The death toll from the five days of Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip has risen to at least 122 as several are wounded in an anti-Israel protest in the West Bank.
Palestinians collect their belongings from damaged houses in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
08:45 GMT
Saudi Arabia is coordinating its efforts with representatives of Islamic and Arab states and representatives of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) as well as other bodies to support the Palestinian delegation’s stand at the UN
(AFP)
07:47 GMT
Several militant factions affiliated with what the West calls moderate rebel groups have pledged allegiance to ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
A long list of Jazz artists will arrive in Eilat from August 24-27. (Image courtesy of the event website)
05:00 GMT
The four-day program is packed with big names from abroad, as well as some of the pick of the local crop.
Hundreds of strikes and retaliatory rockets have been exchanged between Gaza and Israel over the past week (AFP)
05:00 GMT
The United States said it is ready to "leverage its relationships" in the Middle East to end the Israeli strikes on Gaza.
"We have no interest in sharing a name with a group whose name has become synonymous with violence," said Isis CEO Michael Abbott (Courtesy of Android Spin)
05:00 GMT
U.S. wireless carriers are not so excited that the world is Googling "ISIS" like never before. After all, it is not for the carriers' mobile wallet app that they have been trying to promote to customers for months, but rather it is for the jihadist terrorist group in Syria that has been grabbing headlines globally.

July 11, 2014

Miroslav Klose
21:03 GMT
German striker Miroslav Klose has reportedly insisted that if his side loses against Argentina in the World Cup final then his becoming the World Cup's all-time leading scorer would mean nothing.
Lionel Messi
20:58 GMT
Germany has reportedly revealed that they have a secret plan to defend Argentine ace Lionel Messi's attack on Sunday's World Cup final at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.
Irbil released a statement Friday saying that the KRG will now control disputed northern oil fields (File Archive)
19:54 GMT
Kurdish forces seized control of Iraq's northern oilfields Friday as tensions continue to increase between Irbil and Baghdad.
Other pro-Morsi demonstrators were arrested in Alexandria Friday as well (File Archive/AFP)
19:09 GMT
At least two demonstrators were killed Friday when riot police dispersed a pro-Morsi protest in Cairo.
Bekaa is frequently targeted by spillover violence from Syria (File Archive)
19:00 GMT
At least three rockets landed in the town of Brital in Lebanon's Bekaa Friday.
Netanyahu vowed to continue the strikes on Friday despite calls from the international community to stop the violence (File Archive/AFP)
17:23 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Friday to continue strikes on the Gaza strip as the Palestinian death toll surpassed 100.
Israel launched retaliatory shells on southern Lebanon early Friday morning (File Archive)
16:42 GMT
Israel launched retaliatory shells on southern Lebanon Friday after "suspicious, unknown rockets" were fired from the country's south on the Jewish state, according to reports.
Diane Sawyer issued an official apology Thursday over the Palestinian photo mistake (Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune)
16:25 GMT
Diane Sawyer's "oops" Tuesday in which the famous news anchor misidentified Palestinians as Israelis in the aftermath of an airstrike has caused a social media storm globally, prompting Sawyer herself to issue an apology Thursday.
Ten-year-old Noor Al Najdi was killed from an Israeli strike in the town of Rafah this week (Said Khatib/AFP)
16:04 GMT
As the Gaza strikes continue and Hamas responds with rockets, Jonathan Power takes a minute to reflect on how this crisis-and so many others-have destroyed lives....and childhoods.
Moroccan leadership is concerned that the country will be the subject to a new wave of terror when ISIS-linked Moroccan fighters return home to the kingdom (Courtesy of Magharebia/AFP)
16:00 GMT
Morocco's government put its security services on high alert due to a reported "serious terror threat."
Syrian refugee numbers are set to exceed 3 million in the next few weeks (File Archive/AFP)
15:32 GMT
The UN refugee agency criticized Europe Friday for only welcoming a "miniscule" number of Syrians inside its borders despite the fact that refugee numbers are set to exceed 3 million in the next few weeks.
Al Ahly right-back Fathi set for Arsenal trial
15:15 GMT
Arsene Wenger continues his search for full-back cover despite closing in on the £8 million signing of Mathieu Debuchy, with the Egypt international flying in to be assessed
Indonesian demonstrators stage a huge pro-Palestinian rally in Jakarta on July 11, 2014 condemning Israel's offensive in Gaza. Israel's bombardment of Gaza claimed its 100th Palestinian life on July 11 as Hamas pounded central Israel with rockets and Washington offered help in brokering truce. (AFP / ROMEO GACAD)
14:55 GMT
Indonesian demonstrators stage a huge pro-Palestinian rally in Jakarta
Luis Suarez
14:49 GMT
The clubs revealed on Friday that they have reached an agreement over the sale of the Uruguayan striker who will land in Catalonia next week to finalise the deal
A Palestinian rescue worker carries the body of a child from the al-Dallu family into the hospital in Gaza City.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)
14:31 GMT
A Palestinian mother speaks of trying to cope with Israeli occupation; ABC issues correction after citing a grieving Palestinian family as Israeli; How the West Bank crackdown mushroomed from a search for just 3 missing teenagers; The US State Department distances itself from voices in the Obama administration critical of Israeli policy.
Erdgoan is expected to win re-election in August (File Archive/AFP)
13:53 GMT
Turkey's Prime Minister announced this week that Ankara will not normalize ties with Tel Aviv as long anticipated if the strikes on Gaza continue.
Anti-government demonstrators previously protested in Anbar province for months until Baghdad commissioned an operation to oust them from their demonstration site (File Archive/AFP)
13:40 GMT
At least 11 Iraqi police were killed in an offensive near the city of Ramadi Friday.
At least 2,000 Gazans have been made homeless from the strikes (Said Khatib/AFP)
13:30 GMT
Israeli airstrikes left at least 12 more Palestinians in the Gaza Strip dead Friday as the death toll surpasses 100 under Tel Aviv's so-called Operation Protective Edge.
(AFP)
09:05 GMT
With Ramadan shopping season in full swing, retail stores all over the Kingdom are offering special discounts and sales to attract customers. But according to a report in Al-Watan daily, shoppers may not be getting the bargains they expect.
(AFP)
08:54 GMT
The United States moved Thursday to blacklist a group of companies it claimed covertly helped Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement acquire components for surveillance drones.
The ISIS flag flying above norther Iraq. (Photo: AFP)
07:32 GMT
Beddawi, particularly the neighborhood of Mankoubine, has a reputation in the last three years for being a wellspring of Lebanese jihadists.
(Ma'an News Agency)
07:20 GMT
Mahdi Hamad, Suha’s father, said that “nobody called us to evacuate the house and there aren’t any resistance members around it.”
Egyptian singer Angham is releasing her first ever Lebanese single! (Image: Facebook)
06:00 GMT
Egyptian singer Angham is releasing her first ever Lebanese single!
This bunny has switched from silky rabbit ears to a modest hijab (Facebook).
05:00 GMT
Former Playboy bunny Felixia Yeap described herself as "reborn" after embracing Islam and shunning her rabbit ears for a modest hijab.
Israel has launched more than 500 strikes on Gaza this week (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
The United Arab Emirates pledged Thursday to send at least $25 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza as airstrikes from Israel continue.
“We are close to an agreement on holding a Parliament session on July 17 to pass laws adopting the new salary scale and government expenditures,” the source said.



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(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
03:42 GMT
Breakthrough in the long-running crisis over public workers’ salaries is expected next week, a ministerial source revealed to The Daily Star Thursday.
The world’s most expensive cities for expats are both in Africa. Luanda in Angola is ranked first for the second year, followed by N’Djamena in Chad.
03:38 GMT
Rising housing costs has pushed Dubai up the rankings in an annual survey of the most expensive cities in the world for expatriates to live in.
The 10 highest earning chief executives in the UAE make several million dirhams a year, taking home a total of Dh78.14 million in salaries and bonuses in 2013 alone,
03:33 GMT
Seven out of the ten highest paid officials work for companies based in Abu Dhabi, while the rest are based in Dubai.
Egypt, one of the world's largest wheat importers, said on Thursday it had enough wheat to last for six months.
03:21 GMT
Egypt purchased 3.7 million tonnes of local wheat and also bought 5.46 million tonnes of wheat from abroad during the 2013-2014.
Reorganizing the shipments thanks to delayed efforts to secure a terminal will add to headaches.
03:16 GMT
Egypt has missed a window to avert gas shortages this year as plans to secure a floating import terminal from a Norwegian firm hit snags.
After that deal, shipments from Zueitina were delayed because of damage from the blockade, while Hariga has seen only a few tanker loadings.
02:42 GMT
Libyas oil sector took another big step back to normality with the restarting of an oil field that could double its current meagre crude output
Boeing expects airlines to buy 25,680 new single-aisle planes over 20 years,
02:11 GMT
Boeing’s annual forecast, released in conjunction with the airshow, said single-aisle airplanes such as the 737 and A320 will garner the most orders.

July 10, 2014

(AFP)
23:30 GMT
Obama is often called the pragmatic president, a euphemism for dodging obligations to human rights; Thousands of years ago spice trade routes brought Islam from Arabia to Southeast Asia. Today the same transmission has taken place with extremist ISIS ideology. But its conduit is likely the Internet; Think ideology is behind the current Chaos in the Middle East? Try social policy.
Official: Arsenal sign Alexis Sanchez
22:43 GMT
The former Udinese playmaker will join up with his new team-mates in late July following a post-World Cup holiday, with his debut set for the Emirates Trophy in early August
De Mistura was confirmed by the UN Security Council earlier this week (AFP)
20:58 GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon confirmed Staffan de Mistura as the new UN Special Envoy to Syria.
Thousands of residents left Mosul last month before ISIS claimed full control of the city (File Archive/AFP)
20:49 GMT
Sunni militants seized a military base in Iraq's Diyala province Thursday after intense fighting with forces from Baghdad.
UNSMIL was established in 2011 to help Libyan authorities establish a new government after the fall of former dictator Moammar Gaddafi (File Archive)
20:00 GMT
The UN will reduce its staff in Libya over "unspecified security concerns."
Ali Salman, the head of the Al Wefaq opposition party, was arrested this week for meeting with Malinowski (File Archive/AFP)
18:29 GMT
Bahrain's main opposition leader was arrested for meeting with Washington's top diplomat to the country who was expelled earlier this week.
At least 88 Palestinians have died from the Israeli strikes in Gaza over the past few days (Jack Guez/AFP)
17:02 GMT
The UN's top chief called for a ceasefire to the intensifying violence in Gaza Thursday, but Israel's Prime Minister said that a ceasefire is "not on the agenda."
Many Syrians were killed in a chemical attack last August (File Archive/AFP)
16:02 GMT
At least 170,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year civil war according to a new death toll released by an activist group Thursday.
Atletico Madrid sign Mario Mandzukic
14:30 GMT
The reigning Liga champions have officially announced their capture of the Croatia international from Bayern Munich
Barzani said earlier this month that measures are being taken for holding a referendum on Kurdistan's future. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT
Iraqi Kurds say they will withdraw their ministers from the cabinet and cease participation in the government of Prime Minister Maliki in protest over his remarks.
Man City will not sell Toure despite midfielder's latest claims to quit club
13:53 GMT
Despite Yaya Toure's lastest claims that he would do everything to quit Manchester City, the club will not sell the midfielder.
Robert Lewandowski: Essential or not?
13:41 GMT
Bayern Munich were such a joy to watch last season, there is no question about that. The German giants dropped points on only 5 occasions over the complete duration of the season.
In the meantime, Riyadh Municipality officials closed 23 restaurants in the capital for violating health regulations.
13:31 GMT
Security officers in Saudi Arabia have arrested nearly 2,200 foreign workers in Madinah and Hail and Baha this month for allegedly violating the country’s residency and labor regulations.
Schumacher's red Ferrari suit expected to fetch more than 15,000 pounds at auction
13:11 GMT
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher's red Ferrari race suit is reportedly expected to fetch more than 15,000 pounds at an auction.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague still believes that the "current negotiations are the best opportunity we have had in years to resolve this issue" on Iran's nuclear program (AFP/File).
13:06 GMT
British Foreign Secretary William Hague states that significant differences remain in the sixth round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 over Iran's nuclear program.
Buyers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait can also benefit from this Ramadan deal. (Shutterstock)
12:51 GMT
A real estate firm is offering a free luxury car with the purchase of one of their properties as a special Ramadan deal.
“How could you watch the World Cup while children are dying?” (Image: Blog Baladi)
12:49 GMT
“How could you watch the World Cup while children are dying?” Football fans under attack by Gaza activists. Also, meet Lebanon's award-winning female mixologist, and find out how to find your soul mate!
A Palestinian child stands by her home, which was destroyed by an Israeli air strike (File/AFP)
12:28 GMT
Health officials in Gaza have confirmed that a pre-dawn air raid by Israeli forces killed five Palestinian children from the same family in Khan Younis.
A small sample of surreal street serenity, created by Mehdi Ghadyanlo
11:34 GMT
Urban artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo is causing passersby to do a double take just by walking down the street.
The UN atomic agency said the materials obtained by insurgents were "low grade" despite Iraq's security concerns (File/AFP)
11:05 GMT
Terrorist groups seized nuclear materials used for scientific research from Iraq's Mosul University according to a document issued to the UN.
Egyptian authorities are allowing Palestinians to enter the country and be treated in Egyptian hospitals. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Egypt is opening its Rafah border to let in Palestinians who have been wounded during recent Israeli air strikes.
An Israeli Merkava tank rolls along the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip following Israeli air strikes in the Palestinian coastal enclave, on July 10, 2014. [AFP]
10:16 GMT
A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory
Stay-at home dad Mokhtar Mohyeldeen with his three-year-old son Yahya (right) and daughter Malak (Image: Gulf News)
09:59 GMT
Mokhtar Mohyeldeen decided to give up working to care for his three-year-old son who suffers from Russell Silver Syndrome, yet won't leave the young boy in the care of maids. That's dedication!
Ahmed flashes a smile now that he's put the drugs story behind him. (Image: Facebook)
09:53 GMT
Ahmed Azmi has finally been found innocent by an Egyptian court on his drugs charges.
Three of the six suspects initially arrested will be released on Thursday, as they "are not connected to the murder". (AFP/ File).
09:24 GMT
Three of the six suspects initially arrested in relation to Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir will be released on Thursday.
Iraqi militants continue to terrorize civilians and aim to capture Baghdad. (AFP/File)
09:20 GMT
The U.N. announced Thursday that the nuclear materials recently seized by militants in Iraq are low grade and do not pose a significant threat.
The U.S. government has placed a $10 million bounty on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL (File/AFP)
09:13 GMT
The U.S. is contemplating attacking ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with drones according to a recent report by Pentagon officials.
George has spoken out to defend his future wife Amal and her mother. (Image: Albawaba edit)
08:52 GMT
British tabloid The Daily Mail has apologized to George Clooney after he slammed them for publishing a fabricated story about his future mother-in-law Baria Alamuddin.
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri called for “quick Arab and international action” to stop Israeli aggression in Gaza (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT
Lebanon's leading politicians blasted Israel's latest military assault on Gaza. Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri denounced the attacks, calling on Israel to stop "the most brutal attacks against the Gaza Strip".
Hundreds of Jordanians protesting over Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip chanted "We will launch the third intifada" (AFP/File).
08:37 GMT
Hundreds of Jordanians clashed with security forces outside the Israeli embassy on Thursday morning as a protest over the ongoing Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip turned violent.
Still from the trailer of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings.' (Image: YouTube still)
08:32 GMT
The biblical drama depicting Moses' departure from Egypt is set to hit US cinemas in December.
Despite security concerns, the historical city of Baalbek will host its annual music festival this year. (Image: The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
08:23 GMT
Baalbek festival returns home, braves security concerns; but will anyone be attending?
Did the World Cup generate more interest than the Gaza death toll? Some think so (File/AFP)
08:22 GMT
While the big game between Germany and Brazil commenced, Israel was air striking Gaza. But, the eyes of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon were transfixed on the match, "desensitized" by what was happening in the Strip.
Saudi authorities deployed some 30,000 troops earlier this month along the border with Iraq (File/AFP)
08:00 GMT
Saudi's Border Guards said said the country's southern divide was secure from smugglers and infiltrators despite security concerns with Iraq in the north.
George Clooney and his Lebanese fiancee aren't having issues with the mother of the bride.
08:00 GMT
Daily Mail is so not on the Hollywood actor's good side right now after circulating rumors that Amal Alamuddin's mother was opposed to the upcoming marriage.
Israeli forces launched further air strikes across the besieged Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll to 64 (File/AFP)
07:34 GMT
The UN Security Council is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting over the deteriorating situation between Israel and Hamas.
An Indian Muslim reads prayers on his mobile phone prior to breaking his fast during of the holy month of Ramadan at Jamai Masjid in Hyderabad. Like millions of Muslim around the world, Indian Muslims celebrated the month of Ramadan by abstaining from eating, drinking, & smoking as well as sexual activities from dawn to dusk. (AFP /NOAH SEELAM)
07:28 GMT
An Indian Muslim reads prayers on his mobile phone
Rockets from Gaza have also been fired at Dimona, where Israel has a nuclear reactor (AFP/ File).
07:16 GMT
Israeli President Shimon Peres has warned that a ground incursion "may happen quite soon" as Israeli warplanes continued to attack the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 59, with no Israeli fatalities.
Israel's Iron Dome System is used to shoot incoming rockets out of the sky. (AFP/File)
07:13 GMT
Israel's Iron Dome system intercepted five rockets fired at Tel Aviv by Hamas.
David Mamet must smile when he speaks so highly of Israel. (Image courtesy of etbscreenwriting.com)
07:00 GMT
Known for his prize-winning writing pieces, David Mamet speaks about his love of Israel before his guest attendance at the 31st Jerusalem Film Festival.
Brazil was devastated by a 7-1 loss. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A Saudi burger joint ran into some trouble after it promised customers 2 Saudi riyals off their purchase for every goal scored in the Brazil-Germany World Cup match.
Desmond Tutu has described the violence between Israel and Palestine over the past few days as "childish" (File Archive)
05:00 GMT
Washington urged Israel and Palestinian leadership to de-escalate tensions Wednesday while other world leaders described the airstrike exchanges as "childish."
Ilhim Chahine and Hala Sarhan hitting up the A-list Iftar by Al Mehwar Channels (Image courtesy of eventgate.net)
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Ali Ismail is one of the Egyptian musicians performing at the new salon. (Image: Facebook)
03:57 GMT
If you like Al-Karama politics and you're down with some poetry and performing artists, then hit the newly opened salon each Thursday during Ramadan.
The price spread between the two benchmarks touched the narrowest point in almost a month at $5.20 on Wednesday, driven by speculators dumping Brent.
03:40 GMT
Brent crude oil traded at a one-month low below $109 a barrel on Wednesday after a Libyan oilfield restarted and supply worries faded