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The MENA Private Equity Association report noted that the UAE and Saudi Arabia attracted over 75 percent of MENA investments by value in 2014. (Thinkstockphotos)
09:34 GMT
Investment activity in MENA reached record-high levels since 2008 to reach $1.2B last year.
A Pakistani flood-affected man shifts his bed in a flooded area on the outskirts of Peshawar on August 2, 2015. (AFP/Hasham Ahmed)
09:30 GMT
The entire country has been affected by heavy rain and flash floods, but the highest number of reported causalities come from Khyber Pakthunwa and Baluchistan provinces
Ahmed Ezz is not settling for the Family Court in Cairo's decision, which ruled him as the biological father of Zeina's twins, and is appealing to a court against the verdict. (File photo)
09:16 GMT
Ahmed Ezz is not settling for the Family Court in Cairo's decision, which ruled him as the biological father of Zeina's twins, and is appealing to a court against the verdict.
Look out for high-yield investments to generate a large enough nest-egg for a long retirement period. (File photo)
09:10 GMT
The trend for living longer brings a potential financial crisis that should force us to become investment hunters.
Max Mara loves them some Pali model Gigi Hadid, but who doesn't?! She's gorgeous! (Instagram)
08:42 GMT
We always love a good Gigi Hadid pic. The girl is gorgeous!
The late, great Rafaat El-Meehy. (Roya News)
08:39 GMT
He's made a serious mark on Egypt cinema, and thus the late director will not soon be forgotten. Here's how he is remembered by his peers and students.
DJ Jus about to bring his Jamaican jams to the Middle East.
08:26 GMT
After a summer hiatus, the party is on! Reggae Beachfest returns for Jamaican Independence Day with DJ Jus in 'da house!
While petrol prices go up, the diesel price goes down. (File photo)
08:20 GMT
Amid diving oil prices, the UAE heeds international agencies' advice and removes long-standing subsidies on petrol.
People gather around candles during a gathering of hundreds of friends, classmates, teachers, members of the gay community and supporters in downtown Jerusalem on August 2, 2015 to mourn the death of Israeli Shira Banki who was stabbed at the Jerusalem Gay Pride march. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)
08:17 GMT
Shira Banki, 16, was stabbed to death at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem earlier this week.
Rebel playing in the Dubai desert - proof she was out in the sun! (Instagram)
08:14 GMT
She's been sporting around the Arab playground of Dubai, but her skin doesn't testify to having to touched base with the scorching UAE sun. The actress was seen back in Los Angeles with some still very fair skin.
Over 15,000 people have been killed and thousands displaced from Boko Haram violence. (AFP/File)
08:14 GMT
Nigerian security forces rescued 178 people including 101 children from Boko Haram militants in the Borno region.
Marcel Khalife strumming the chords of Baalbeck fans' hearts. (Facebook)
08:10 GMT
Baalbeck International Festival wasn't messing around with its return after political instability had canceled several gigs past. Musician Marcel Khalife and actor Rafic Ali Ahmad brought the house down - in a good way!
Palestinian peacemaker Haj Ibrahim Abu el-Hawa stands among Israelis during a peace rally in the settlement of Gush Etzion, August 2, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT
Israelis and Palestinians prayed together for peace following the killing of a Palestinian toddler by settlers over the weekend.
Sheperds Beer will even bring a keg and draft machine to your private party! (Image: Facebook)
07:52 GMT
Sheperds Beer is produced in Bir Zeiti in the West Bank by 27-year-old Alaa Sayej.
A Bahraini man was arrested after a video of him slapping an expat went viral. (Shutterstock/File)
07:42 GMT
A slap in the face isn't just painful - it's an insult! This Bahraini was arrested after a video of him slapping an expat in the face went viral.
Some 200 devices were defused by the Iraqi army in the al-Sakra region. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Security forces in Iraq's Anbar province defused some 200 explosive devices during a military operation.
A missile-loaded Turkish Air Force warplane takes off from the Incirlik Air Base, in the outskirts of the city of Adana, southeastern Turkey, on July 28, 2015. (AFP/STR)
07:24 GMT
Turkey has been conducting airstrikes on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq and Syria, and military officials deny allegations of targeting civilians.
The World Bank estimates as much as 73 percent of Gaza's population is suffering from food insecurity. (AFP/FIle)
07:11 GMT
Israel's blockade has driven poverty levels to 38.8 percent, according to a new report by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.
Women clap their hands and shout slogans during an anti-war demonstration on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on August 1, 2015. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
07:00 GMT
The US was at first triumphant about securing the use of an Turkish airbase to fight Daesh in Iraq and Syria. But as violence erupts between Turkey and the Kurds, is it possible Obama made a diplomatic disaster?
Over 10,000 Palestinian minors have been detained by Israeli forces in the last 15 years. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Two Palestinian minors aged 12 and 14 were detained by Israeli police in East Jerusalem for allegedly throwing stones at soldiers.
There's no need to emotionally check out from your present job while you're looking for a new one. (Shutterstock)
06:57 GMT
On the lookout for greener pastures? Here's how to look for a new job while still in your present one.
Armed Israeli settlers wield automatic rifles during a land dispute with Palestinians. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The Israeli government on Sunday approved the use of administrative detention for Jewish far-rightists suspected of involvement in anti-Palestinian terrorism.
Walaa Hafez already holds the record for the worlds longest dive. (YouTube)
05:30 GMT
Walaa Hafez has previously broken a world record for diving but wanted to participate in the opening of the Suez Canal extensions, which he says is an honor for his country.
Egyptian security forces prepare for arrests during a rally in support of the Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
19 group members detained in past 24 hours alone for committing, inciting ‘violence’, Egypt’s Interior Ministry says.
The two Syrian short films “Noise of the Memory” and "Calendar" won the best director award and the Special Jury Award of al-Muthanna Days Festival for Short Films. (Facebook)
05:00 GMT
al-Muthanna Days Festival for Short Films in Iraq granted two Syrian short films “Noise of the Memory” and "Calendar" awards.
A Palestinian woman displays her dress, stained with blood after Israeli settlers attacked her with a stone while she was harvesting olives on October 31, 2011.  (AFP/Abbas Momani)
01:29 GMT
Tackling the murky world of racism lying beneath the occupation; why Erdogan doesn't always mean what he says about Islam; and let's give a round of applause for Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
Iran-affiliated sites released a story on Tuesday claiming a UN human rights worker had been bribed to give unfavorable reports on the Islamic Republic. (AFP/File)
00:08 GMT
The feud between Saudi Arabia and Iran sometimes goes too far, but it doesn't seem to be fooling anybody.

August 2, 2015

Lawyer Amal Clooney wants the International Criminal Court to listen to Saif Gaddafi's case. (File photo)
23:13 GMT
Lawyer Amal Clooney wants the International Criminal Court to listen to Saif Gaddafi's case.
Angel Di Maria
23:07 GMT
The Argentina international is set to undergo a medical in Qatar after the two clubs reached a deal over the price the French club will pay for the former Real Madrid winger
A group of cybercriminals are hacking companies around the world to manipulate stock prices. (AFP/File)
22:31 GMT
A group of cybercriminals are hacking companies around the world to manipulate stock prices.
Bank of Beirut saw a net profit of $89 million in the first six months of 2015. (AFP/File)
22:20 GMT
Bank of Beirut saw a net profit of $89 million in the first six months of 2015.
A conflict between an Egyptian news outlet and advertising company casts a shadow over the media scene. (AFP/File)
22:01 GMT
A conflict between an Egyptian news outlet and advertising company casts a shadow over the media scene.
Iran plans to increase production to meet the demands of European markets. (AFP/File)
21:43 GMT
Iran plans to increase production to meet the demands of European markets.
A protester covers his face with a Palestinian flag during an attack on the headquarters of the United Nations in Gaza city on Jan. 28, 2015. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
21:21 GMT
The refugees on Sunday staged a sit-in in front of the UNRWA headquarters to protest a reduction in services.
The World Bank provided $50 million worth of soft loans to Jordan in the first six months this year. (AFP/File)
21:11 GMT
The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation said donor partners granted the country $1.06 billion between January and July.
Yishai Lapidot performing at the BP Hatzola members Chanuka event ‪last December (Facebook).
20:58 GMT
Haredi singer and musician Yishai Lapidot is extremely thankful Sunday – after he narrowly escaped being "lynched" by Arabs in Jerusalem Saturday night.
The new security cameras were welcomed by taxi drivers, who say the new monitoring system will make their jobs easier. (Shutterstock)
20:56 GMT
The new security cameras were welcomed by taxi drivers, who say the new monitoring system will make their jobs easier.
Sandstorms hit Jordan as a heat wave moved into the Middle East. (Twitter)
20:19 GMT
Heat waves hit Syrian refugees in Jordan hard as sandstorms smother Zaatari.
Kanye West with wife Kim and Baby North. (Archived Image)
20:13 GMT
Word is out, Kanye West has an official (not just rumored) concert set Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park this October.
Alliances are getting murkier still along the Turkish border. (AFP/File)
19:50 GMT
Alliances are getting murkier still along the Turkish border.
A Hezbollah artillery unit flies the flag of the group as it targets positions near Zabadani. (Twitter)
19:18 GMT
Hezbollah and the Syrian army captured a new position in east Zabadani Sunday, in a push that left scores of militants either dead or wounded.
The students of the Mosul University were taken captive in the militant-held city of Mosul on Friday for disclosing information about the Daesh stronghold. (Twitter)
18:42 GMT
The Daesh group has taken captive four journalism students in northern Iraq for leaking information about the militants to Iraqi and media organizations.
Doping allegations involving blood tests rock world of athletics
17:58 GMT
Fresh allegations of doping involving hundreds of blood samples are rocking the world of athletics.
Israeli security forces are currently permitting only men and women over the age of 30 to visit the compound. (AFP/File)
17:36 GMT
Tensions have flared at flashpoint mosque complex since Friday murder of Palestinian infant by suspected Jewish settlers.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi
17:27 GMT
The club president is confident his side will become more dominant in their domestic league as well as in Europe following their Trophee des Champions win
The man who carried out the stabbing attack was arrested in 2005. (Twitter)
16:07 GMT
A 16-year-old girl who was stabbed during Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade on Thursday died Sunday after succumbing to her wounds.
Pakistani forces killed al-Qaeda leader Umar Lateef in an overnight raid. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT
Security forces in Pakistan claim to have killed a senior al-Qaeda commander and detained his wife in an overnight raid on a hideout in the southwestern province of Baluchistan.
Karim Benzema
14:57 GMT
The France international has been identified as a potential marquee acquisition by the north Londoners and he has been praised by the former Gunners midfielder
Egypt's notorious Tora Prison. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
14:20 GMT
Ramadan Seddiq, an anti-regime protester, was found dead inside his prison cell.
Osama bin Laden is forever linked with the September 11, 2001 attack that felled New York’s World Trade towers killing 2,606 people, but the self-confessed mastermind behind the terror attack is a man named Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Reality is subjective in art.
13:33 GMT
Young Kurdish artist Ahmad Nabaz links world leaders to atrocities committed under their watch, with eye-catching and stomach-turning results. Is this art?
Palestinian protesters carry an injured comrade during clashes with Israeli security forces on a street leading to Duma village, on August 1, 2015, following a demonstration in reaction to the death of a Palestinian toddler burnt to death in an arson attack by suspected Jewish settlers in the West Bank. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
13:00 GMT
Duma residents are organizing voluntary groups to guard the village from Israeli settler attacks.
The PKK has a long standing feud with Ankara. But the YPG have other international allies. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT
Things are not getting any simpler in the Turkey vs. Daesh vs. Kurds debate.
Assaf's music video has already received over 220K YouTube views. (Facebook)
12:28 GMT
Mohammed Assaf's music video "Aywa Haghani" (Yes, I Will Sing) is finally out!
An Iraqi vendor sells watermelon on a street as temperatures reached to 46 degrees Celsius (115 Fahrenheit) in Baghdad. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
12:13 GMT
An Iraqi vendor sells watermelon on a street as temperatures reached to 46 degrees Celsius (115 Fahrenheit) in Baghdad
Jerusalem light rail service returned to normal late Sunday morning after a strike against a new program employees said would worsen their working conditions. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
12:13 GMT
Jerusalem light rail service returned to normal late Sunday morning after a strike against a new program employees said would worsen their working conditions.
The Egyptian army has been fighting the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, who pledged allegiance to Daesh last November. (AFP/File)
11:56 GMT
The Egyptian military has killed 88 suspected militants between July 20 and July 31 in various security campaigns throughout the Sinai region.
Libyan rebels on the road between Ajdabiya and Benghazi. (AFP/File)
11:47 GMT
Five people were killed and 12 wounded after groups clashed near an oil port in eastern Libya.
Theater comedy tragedy symbols. (cliparthut.com)
11:42 GMT
Madinah Women Writers Association head Jamal Al-Saadi said she and her colleagues are devastated at being excluded from many theatrical activities organized by the city of Madinah.
Iran Khodro produces a variety of cars such as Runna, Samand, Soren, Peugeot Pars and Peugeot 405 in Iraq. (Fars)
11:28 GMT
Existing manufacturers are slashing prices while automotive businesses expect high growth and service-related opportunities in 18 months following deal.
Al-Jazeera journalists, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy (L) and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, wait outside Cairo's Torah prison where their trial was due to take place on July 30, 2015. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
11:05 GMT
The retrial for Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste has been postponed yet again. The three face charges of defaming Egypt and spreading false news.
The trade deal envisages a free-trade bloc covering 40 percent of the global economy. (Yahoo)
11:00 GMT
Obama's 12 nation “Trans-Pacific Partnership” (TPP) fails to reach agreement over drugs, auto trade and regional food protection.
The Public Prosecution has referred 41 men to the Federal Supreme Court on charges of setting up a terrorist organization. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The Public Prosecution has referred 41 men to the Federal Supreme Court on charges of setting up a terrorist organization.
Beirut residents hope that "Tomorrow is a better day" in terms of their waste collection. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
10:47 GMT
Travel and tourism official insists that the garbage crisis has not had an impact on flight bookings from abroad.
Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg during the car chase scene in Mission Impossible 5. (YouTube)
10:41 GMT
Tom Cruise narrowly avoids crashing in car chase stunt for Mission Impossible 5 in Morocco!
The Syrians were arrested during raids by the army for lack of identification papers, state news reported Sunday. (AFP/File)
10:23 GMT
The Syrians were arrested during raids by the army for lack of identification papers, state news reported Sunday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) talk before a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
10:07 GMT
John Kerry, assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs, and a senior advisor will be meeting their counterparts and Sisi in an effort to improve on strained relationship, and sell Iran nuclear deal.
There's a new chairman of the Musicians' Syndicate in Egypt: Singer Hani Shaker! (Facebook)
09:59 GMT
There's a new chairman of the Musicians' Syndicate in Egypt: Singer Hani Shaker!
The Jordanian pilot of a private jet for the bin Laden family was among the victims of a plane crash at Blackbushe Airport in the UK on Friday. (AFP/File)
09:48 GMT
The Jordanian pilot of a private jet for the bin Laden family was among the victims of a plane crash at Blackbushe Airport in the UK on Friday.
A young Palestinian looks on during clashes with Israeli security forces on a street leading to Duma village, on August 1, 2015. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
09:43 GMT
Eight Palestinian youths were shot with rubber bullets and injured by Israeli forces while attending a funeral for 17-year-old Laith al-Khaldi, who was shot dead by the IDF the day before.
CAM Festival is coming up! (Facebook)
09:34 GMT
"The Arabs' CAM" in Cairo will welcome the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as this year's guest of honor.
SOMA Messenger’s highly encrypted service offers unlimited free, high quality voice calls, HD video calls with no buffering. (Ad Week)
09:28 GMT
The new free messenger app has 2 million users in the Middle East, of which 1.2 milion are from Saudi Arabia.
Begum allegedly recruited her three friends, Tamira Abase, 16, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum, 15 to join Daesh in Syria. (British Met Police)
09:21 GMT
From One Directioner to jihadi Bride, Sharmeena Begum joined Daesh when she was 15 and has since become a recruiter, luring other young girls to Syria to marry Daesh fighters.
Yishai Schlissel is seen on a stabbing spree in Jerusalem during a gay pride parade. (AFP/File)
09:19 GMT
Police were looking into the relationship between Yishai Schlissel, who fatally stabbed six during this year's gay pride parade, and the Jerusalem couple.
Fans behavior in Belgium results in fine and closer of stand; local soccer begins with Toto Cup
09:06 GMT
Fans behavior in Belgium results in fine and closer of stand; local soccer begins with Toto Cup
Israeli men take part in a demonstration on August 2, 2015 in Tel Aviv against the death of 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha, the toddler who was burned to death by suspected Jewish extremists. (AFP/Jack Guez)
09:03 GMT
The recent murder of an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler by Israeli extremists proves Jewish terrorism must be addressed, as it threatens to undermine security and democracy in Israel.
Electric cars are being used by the Prime Minister, lower house speaker and Senate president, among others. (City Lab)
09:02 GMT
The initiative follows the planned replacement of 300 city taxis with hybrid vehicles.
The National Defense Council of Egypt approved Saturday the extension of the participation of Egyptian military personnel in a combat mission abroad. (AFP/File)
08:57 GMT
The National Defense Council of Egypt approved Saturday the extension of the participation of Egyptian military personnel in a combat mission abroad.
If you've already found a job, be polite and professional as you may do business with them in the future. (Pixabay)
08:36 GMT
When that phone rings, make sure you are ready!
An image of a light aircraft at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, southern England on Aug. 1, 2015. (AFP/Jack Taylor)
08:28 GMT
The UK's county police released a statement on Facebook of the deceased.
The victim was admitted to the hospital after being violently assaulted by her father. (Photo: http://sad-citation.skyrock.com/)
08:15 GMT
The man raped his daughter, now 20, for over five years, threatening her with violence and pushing her to contemplate suicide.
Ellie Goulding performing live earlier this year. (Facebook)
08:14 GMT
Dubai Music Week is set to be seriously legit with headlining acts Ellie Goulding and Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Dubai couldn't be more pumped.
RFI's survey indicates that 82 per cent of UAE customers are using at least one digital banking channel. (Pixabay)
08:13 GMT
The UAE is finally following the global trend of mobile-based transactions, according to a new survey.
ONE LEBANON is an annual solidarity concert and a volunteer movement supported by Lebanese who wish to be united through music, comedy, arts, and sports. (Facebook)
08:09 GMT
30 famous Lebanese celebrities gathered and performed at the ONE LEBANON concert to mark Army's Day.
A woman holds a flag of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan as she stands opposite Turkish riot police in Diyarbakir on August 1, 2015. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
07:45 GMT
PKK fighters drove an agricultural vehicle laden with two tons of explosives into a military police station in Agri province, located near the Iranian border.
A Palestinian boy going into a building on which Hebrew graffiti has been daubed, allegedly by Jewish settlers, in the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
07:23 GMT
Family members of the Palestinian baby who burned to death in a fire spoke out against the attack.
Israelis hold placards during a demonstration on August 2, 2015 in Tel Aviv against the death of 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha, the toddler who was burned to death by suspected Jewish extremists. (AFP/Jack Guez)
07:17 GMT
The arsonists behind the attack which killed an 18-month old Palestinian toddler and injured three other members of the same family are being held under administrative detention.
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor called for the Taliban to continue its military campaign after replacing Mullah Mohammad Omar as supreme leader. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor called for the Taliban to continue its military campaign after replacing Mullah Mohammad Omar as supreme leader.
Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants gather in the Qandil mountains. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The president of Iraqi Kurdistan called Saturday for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to withdraw from the region where the militant group has a number of bases after Turkish airstrikes killed at least eight civilians there.
A breathtakingly beautiful land of contradictions - Lebanese men enjoy a peaceful moment fishing during sunset outside the northern city of Tripoli, where armed clashes have broken out between Sunni and Shia residents. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
05:46 GMT
Tom Fletcher says good bye to Lebanon; on being Jewish and Tunisian; and the quiet beauty of Palestine's olive trees.
A 'heat dome' over the Middle East brought scorching temperatures to Iran and Iraq. (Courtesy of Twitter/@RyanMaue
05:20 GMT
A port city in Iran’s southwest has experienced a temperature of 163 °F (73 °C), reportedly one of the hottest registered across the world to date, according to a weather website.
The death toll includes 844 civilians and 488 Iraqi security forces. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
05:00 GMT
As many as 1,332 people were killed in violence across Iraq in July, according to a monthly report released on Saturday by the UN. Another 2,108 people –including both civilians and military personnel – were injured over the same period.
A hashtag shows a window to the grief and anger coming out of last week's horrific West Bank attacks. (AFP/File)
00:10 GMT
A hashtag shows a window to the grief and anger coming out of last week's horrific West Bank attacks.

August 1, 2015

Egyptian soldiers stand guard in Sinai. (Al Bawaba/File)
20:41 GMT
A top Daesh-affiliated militant commander has been killed during an encounter with Egyptian army troops in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, military sources say.
Sami Khedira
20:08 GMT
The former Real Madrid midfielder was forced off in the first half of his side's friendly with Marseille after clutching at his hamstring
Joan Laporta
18:34 GMT
The former Blaugrana supremo has vowed to continue his fight to dethrone Josep Maria Bartomeu, who he claims has betrayed the Catalan club's core values
Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah was in exile in Saudi Arabia for four months. (Al Bawaba/File)
18:31 GMT
Yemen's exiled prime minister, Khaled Bahah, arrived Saturday in Aden, four months after Iran-backed rebels forced his government to flee the southern city.
“These people who harm, who dress in black to carry out attacks, destroy the property of others in the name of Islam, what they do has nothing to do with Islam. That is why I want to ban the niqab,” said Guinean President Alpha Conde. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
17:49 GMT
Congo, Chad, Cameroon, and Guinea have initiated a ban on wearing the niqab, the full-face veil "for security reasons," noting people wearing black, including women and girls wearing the niqab often carry out Boko Haram suicide attacks.
Israeli forces throw tear gas canisters towards Palestinians protesting an arson attack that killed a toddler in the West Bank on July 31, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
14:33 GMT
17-year-old Laith Fadel al-Khaladi was killed by Israeli forces amid violent clashes in Ramallah.