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Rafah border crossing, which connects Egypt and the Gaza Strip, was temporarily opened to allow Palestinians to return to the blockaded enclave.  (AFP/File)
17:12 GMT
Egypt closed Rafah crossing between Sinai and the Gaza Strip after a temporary opening to allow Palestinians to return home.
Exiled Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi meets Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saudi at an air base in Riyadh, March 2015.  (AFP/File)
16:49 GMT
Yemen's exiled government demanded Thursday that Houthis withdraw from Sanaa and other areas it has occupied before negations can take place.
Damage to Baghdad's Babylon hotel after twin car bomb attacks Thursday night.  Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement released Friday.  (AFP/Ali al-Saadi)
16:06 GMT
The car bomb attacks on two upscale Baghdad hotels Thursday night left 15 people dead.
President of the Palestinian FA Jibril Rajoub shows a red card as he speaks during the 65th FIFA Congress
15:55 GMT
The Palestinian Football Association wanted a vote on a ban unless Israel removed five times based in disputed territory from its national league
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari announced Friday an agreement between Iraq and Qatar to reopen the Qatari embassy in Baghdad.  (AFP/Thomas Samson)
15:32 GMT
Qatar and Iraq have agreed to reopen Qatar's embassy in Baghdad.
Qatar's 2022 World Cup organizers said their bid was conducted "with integrity and to the highest ethical standards"
15:21 GMT
Qatar's 2022 World Cup organisers said on Friday their controversial bid was conducted "with integrity and to the highest ethical standards" following allegations of wide scale corruption within Fifa, world football's governing body.
Protests during Fifa's Congress (picture courtesy of Aljazeera)
15:01 GMT
Several dozen protesters gathered outside the venue of the FIFA congress Friday in support of a Palestinian motion to have Israel suspended from football's ruling body.
People displaced by violence in Ramadi wait to cross Bzeibez bridge into Baghdad, May 20 2015.  (AFP/Sabah Arar)
14:59 GMT
85,000 people have been displaced since Daesh overtook Ramadi two weeks ago, said a UNHCR spokesman Friday.
I have a question mark over timing of Fifa arrests - Blatter
14:46 GMT
The president has questioned the timing of the indictments by the US Department of Justice which have rocked the world game in the week of the presidential elections
Locals examine the damage to Imam Ali mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia following last Friday's suicide bomb attack that left 21 dead.  (AFP/File)
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A Daesh statement on Twitter claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Saudi that left four dead.
A Lebanese man was arrested Thursday in Cyprus after authorities found bomb-making materials in his Lanarca home.  (AFP/Iakovos Hatzistavrou)
13:30 GMT
A Lebanese man was arrested Thursday in Cyprus after authorities found bomb-making materials in his home.
A Libyan militia spokesman said his forces withdrew from the airbase Thursday after receiving no reinforcements.  (AFP/File)
12:48 GMT
A Libyan militia spokesman said his forces withdrew from the airbase after receiving no reinforcements.
A Saudi man weeps amidst the debris, following a deadly suicide attack on a Shia mosque in Qatif, May 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:11 GMT
A car bomb outside a Shia mosque in the Saudi city of Damman killed at least four people Friday.
An Orthodox Jew walks past Ahavas Torah synagogue in Stamford Hill, north London, March 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:56 GMT
An Orthodox Hasidic sect in northern London has come under criticizm for apparently banning women from driving in the community.
Militiamen loyal to fugitive President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi unload weapons in the Yemeni port city of Aden, May 28, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:23 GMT
Dozens of Houthi militants were killed by Saudi coalition airstrikes in Yemen's second city of Aden Thursday.
Pro-Palestine activists protest outside the Hallenstadium where the 65th FIFA Congress is taking place, May 29, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:46 GMT
A protester waving a Palestinian flag stormed the FIFA Congress Friday while talks continue.
All three girls have no intention of returning home from Syria. (British Met Police)
10:30 GMT
Three teens from East London who fled to Syria have reportedly made contact with their families in the UK.
Turns out the Jordanian prince has a colorful background in sports — from football, to wrestling to horseback riding literally to Caucasus.
09:37 GMT
FIFA elections are happening now. And the only one standing between FIFA and Blatter is this guy.
No militant group so far claimed responsibility for the attack on two high-profile hotels. (AFP/File)
09:12 GMT
Ten people were killed in two separate car bombings targeting two high-profile hotels in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. Dozens others were injured, according to security officials.
Amnesty International called the kingdom's use of the death penalty "unprecedented". (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
A Pakistani national convicted of drug offences was beheaded in Saudi Arabia Thursday after being found guilty of smuggling heroin.
The Alexandria Criminal Court acquitted on Thursday an officer of charges of torturing and killing a suspect in 2011. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The Alexandria Criminal Court acquitted on Thursday an officer of charges of torturing and killing a suspect in 2011.
With a network of 500 destinations, Etihad Airways is the largest Middle East carrier — and it just keeps getting better. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
With a network of 500 destinations, Etihad Airways is the largest Middle East carrier — and it just keeps getting better.
The Kurdish Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) is a faction of Syria’s Democratic Union Party (YPG), which was banned in the country. It hasn’t stopped the members from actively fighting against government forces since 2012, and in 2014 the female warriors were voted CNN's "most inspirational women." (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
One day in early October, a female YPJ commander detonated a grenade on herself and the militants that surrounded her — it became a symbol of the Kurdish struggle against Daesh, and the strong presence of Kurdish women on the battlefield.
Lebanese security forces inspect damages in Beirut following bombing on Oct. 20, 2012. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Security forces arrested five fugitives in different areas of north Lebanon Thursday.
The Egyptian presenter got off to a literally icy start in Wednesday night's episode of his popular program. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
The Egyptian presenter got off to a literally icy start in Wednesday night's episode of his popular program.
The nine projects will be the first EU support program for Jordan's energy sector, officials said Thursday.
03:24 GMT
The nine projects will be the first EU support program for Jordan's energy sector, officials said Thursday.
Hundreds of residents in the UAE have paid the Pakistani IT company for credentials issued by non-existent colleges. (Shutterstock)
02:34 GMT
Hundreds of residents in the UAE have paid the Pakistani IT company for credentials issued by non-existent colleges.
Economics professor Mohammad Qoli Yussefi said trying to control liquidity is "like prescribing an overweight person to stop eating in order to get into shape." (AFP/File)
02:02 GMT
Economics professor Mohammad Qoli Yussefi said trying to control liquidity is "like prescribing an overweight person to stop eating in order to get into shape."
Qatar's shares dropped significantly after Swiss authorities opened a criminal case against FIFA officials. (AFP/Karim Jaafar)
01:39 GMT
Qatar's shares dropped significantly after Swiss authorities opened a criminal case against FIFA officials.

May 28, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seen meeting with top military generals for emergency talks in Cairo on Feb. 15, 2015 in a photo issued by his office. (AFP/File)
22:52 GMT
A group of army generals and senior government officials are using almost 7,000 unaudited accounts in the country.
FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordon arrives for the Asian Football Confederation Extraordinary Congress meeting in Melbourne on Jan. 9, 2015. (AFP/William West)
22:04 GMT
One day remains until the FIFA elections, where the first Arab figure to run for presidency is challenging the incumbent.
Ayach will star in the movie "Paparazzi" this July. (Facebook)
21:27 GMT
The singer-turned-actor will be gracing the silver screen in his first ever movie this Eid El Fitr.
Sepp Blatter
20:53 GMT
The Swiss says he cannot be held accountable for the "actions of a few" and is vowing to bring about radical reform
The Syrian rebel coalition stormed the last government-held city in the Idlib province Thursday, a monitor said. (AFP/File)
20:21 GMT
The Syrian rebel coalition stormed the last government-held city in the Idlib province Thursday, a monitor said.
The EU is extending its sanctions against the Syrian regime for another year as the Syrian civil war rages on. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
The EU is extending its sanctions against the Syrian regime for another year as the Syrian civil war rages on.
An Iraqi security expert identified the group's second-leading religious authority as Ali Attiya al-Jubouri, also known as "the blind judge." (AFP/File)
19:38 GMT
An Iraqi security expert identified the group's second-leading religious authority as Ali Attiya al-Jubouri, also known as "the blind judge."
The UN representative called for a "humanitarian ceasefire" to end the bloodshed in Syria. (AFP/File)
19:10 GMT
The UN representative called for a "humanitarian ceasefire" to end the bloodshed in Syria.
Al-Ahli's Salmin Khamis (C) celebrates after scoring against Al-Ain
18:12 GMT
It took Al Ahli just less than 10 minutes in the second half to turn the match on its head.
Despite it being legal in Jordan, homosexuality is still harshly condemned by the country's deeply conservative society. (AFP/File)
17:29 GMT
After International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia earlier this month, LGBT communities in Jordan are still facing backlash over an awareness event held in the capital Amman.
About 50 people have so far been arrested on suspicions of involvement in the Bardo museum attack in March. (AFP/File)
16:48 GMT
About 50 people have so far been arrested on suspicions of involvement in the Bardo museum attack in March.
We've been hearing a lot about the ancient city of Palmyra this week, but Arabic news reports suggest Daesh is now eyeing the southern Syrian city of Daraa, and the Jordanian border. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT
According to Arabic media reports, Daesh militants say they're headed for the Jordanian border.
Platini: I asked Blatter to stand down as FIFA president
15:56 GMT
The Uefa president has urged his organisation's 54 members to vote against the Swiss due to the latest corruption scandal to hit the governing body
Algerians look at the site of damaged vehicles where a French engineer was killed in a blast near Beni Amrane, some 80 kms east of Algiers, on June 9, 2008. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
Two other men were given life sentences for a bomb that killed a Frenchman and his driver in 2008.
Sepp Blatter
13:57 GMT
Asian football's organising body says it will stand by the Fifa president in the wake of Wednesday's arrests and hopes Friday's election goes ahead as planned
Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. (AFP/File)
13:47 GMT
Babeen refugee camp in Wadi Hmeid was raided by two army patrols as they searched for Islamists.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. (AFP/Bertrand Langlois)
13:30 GMT
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius hopes to restart the peace process between Israel and Palestine.
UEFA President Michel Platini (C) arrives to attend an UEFA meeting on the sidelines of the 65th FIFA Congress on May 28, 2015 in Zurich. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
12:30 GMT
Michel Platini voiced his support of Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein's bid for FIFA Presidency.
Egyptians protest sexual harassment in Cairo, February 2013.  (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
12:28 GMT
Egyptian officials increasingly use sexual violence to assert control; a counterargument to Middle East imperialism; and did the Taliban really visit Tehran earlier this month?
The suspect allegedly strangled the victim with a scarf after trying to kiss her. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT
Polish citizen Daria Magdalena Rozmarek was strangled to death last month in Nazareth.
Yasmina, 16, came second only to breakdancer Salah in the finals of Arabs Got Talent in March 2015. (Screenshot)
12:25 GMT
Iconic Lebanese singer-songwriter Ziad Rahbani and Egypt's Yasmina Alelwani of Arabs Got Talent to star at Lebanon's Zouk Mikael International Festival in July.
The video appeared on YouTube earlier this week and has been circulating social media ever since. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT
A video showed up on YouTube this week showing only the latest example of Saudi religious police being terrible.
God's Horses, Ayouch's 2012 film, won the Francois Chalais prize at the Cannes Film Festival. (Morocco World News)
11:50 GMT
Nabil Ayouch's new film is definitely not 'Much Loved (Zine Li Fik) in Morocco', as it has been banned from screening.
Iraqi security forces work at the site of a mass grave containing the remains of people believed to have been slain by Daesh in Tikrit, on April 12, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
11:47 GMT
The bodies come from four burial sites, the largest of which contained 400 bodies.
Maybe Richie the Clown didn't like JLo's short hair? (Instagram)
11:15 GMT
Jennifer Lopez becomes the latest victim of Richie the Clown's confetti bombs as she leaves LA for the Mawazine Festival in Morocco.
Riyadh went as far as to freeze the two men's assets. (AFP/Ramzi Haidar)
11:07 GMT
The Lebanese government will ask Saudi Arabia to provide files on Khalil Harb and Mohammad Qabalan, both Hezbollah officials, after they were designated as terrorists.
Jason Cias, 36, was attacked by two racist men for trying to protect a Muslim woman. (Screenshot)
11:00 GMT
A good samaritan was attacked for trying to protect a Muslim woman from racist abuse on the bus in Melbourne.
The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra was seized by Daesh on May 17. (AFP/File)
10:50 GMT
Daesh militants said they would only destroy statues in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra which violated the group's religious prohibition against polytheistic depictions, The Guardian reported.
Arab-Christian children sit on a float during a march for the Virgin Mary in Haifa, May 11, 2014. (AFP/File)
10:20 GMT
Hundreds of people protested in Tel Aviv after Israel's government cut funding for Christian and ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools.
The pair married secretly in 2012. (Eonline)
10:04 GMT
Janet Jackson's Qatari billionaire hubby surprised her for her 49th birthday in LA.
The Pointe is located across the bay from Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah. (Nakheel)
09:36 GMT
Nakheel has signed up nearly 100 restaurants and shops at its massive waterfront complex in Dubai, a year prior to completion.
Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team investigate the crime scene outside of the Curtis Culwell Center after a shooting occurred the day before at a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest. (AFP/Ben Torres)
09:26 GMT
Undeterred by the shooting at a similar contest in Texas three weeks earlier, Islamophobes will convene again in Arizona.
Egypt will only be pumping gas to three stations due to shortages and high temperatures. (Shutterstock)
09:15 GMT
High temperatures and high consumption factories are forcing Egypt to ration gas supply.
Khloe's selfie with the cute tiger cub in Dubai. (Instagram)
09:00 GMT
Khloe Kardashian has upset another group of people with her Dubai selfies.
A file picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a sculpture found in the ancient Syrian oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus, displayed at the city's museum. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
08:56 GMT
The larger structures seem safe for now, but the video doesn't tell the whole story.
Whose side are you on after hearing Sarah's argument? (File photo)
08:35 GMT
Ezz's lawyer Sarah Darwish made some pretty good points against Zeina and her witnesses.
Diego Maradona
08:33 GMT
The former Argentina captain feels that the money earned by those accused of accepting bribes should be invested in a training camp for African children
Over 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. (Shutterstock)
08:07 GMT
Investment in technology in MENA can help tackle unemployment as well as transform education, healthcare, energy, security, and transportation.
Yemeni men inspect a damaged building following a reported airstrike in the capital Sanaa, on May 27, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
08:05 GMT
Saudi-led airstrikes on the Yemeni capital of Sanaa have left at least 80 people dead, including numerous civilian casualties.
One female soldier claims the Daesh targets women on and off the battle field. (AFP/File)
07:54 GMT
The YPJ Kurdish women’s militia takes on Daesh in the northern Syrian city of Ras al Ayn.
The young Daesh recruit could face a 15-year jail term if convicted by US authorities. (AFP/File)
07:53 GMT
Young and irresponsible? A Daesh recruit was tricked into thinking his mother was ill so he would return back to Texas.
Can you imagine Hala as a dentist? (File photo)
07:52 GMT
Hala Turk's fans are really sad today!
Emirates announced that they were hiring over 11,000 staff this year. (Photo courtesy of Emirates)
07:46 GMT
Only five percent of the 400,000 cabin crew applicants were hired by Emirates Airlines last year.
News coming out of Syria gets increasingly complicated and confusing — these maps help us dumb it down. (AFP/File)
07:42 GMT
News coming out of Syria gets increasingly complicated and confusing — these maps help us dumb it down.
The man was taken to the hospital, but later died from his injuries. (Shutterstock)
07:36 GMT
The young man was so desperate to avoid the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice enforcers (Haia), he flung himself from the roof of a building.
The National Organisation for Military Production is already involved in mega-projects in Egypt. (Wikimedia Commons)
07:27 GMT
New multi-industry firm will be entirely owned by the Egyptian ministry of military production.
Despite its dedication to documenting the identities of pro-Palestinian activists, Canary Mission has kept the identities of its own members and backers completely hidden. (Image: Screenshot Canarymission.org)
07:26 GMT
An anonymous group launched a website called the Canary Mission which publishes information about pro-Palestinian students in the US and urges companies not to hire them upon graduation.
Libya's armed forces said they would react strongly to any aggression from militias. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT
Libya's recognized government Wednesday wanted they would retaliate with force following an assassination attempt on the country's Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani.
Benjamin Netanyahu called for negotiations on the issue of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu called for negotiations with Palestinians over settlements in the West Bank, following pressure from the US.
Hamas dismissed the Wednesday report as "unfair and unprofessional." (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Hamas dismissed the Wednesday report as "unfair and unprofessional."
Defaulting on loans could turn out to be the end of the road for expat bank borrowers as banks opt to file criminal cases. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT
Defaulting on loans could turn out to be the end of the road for expat bank borrowers as banks opt to file criminal cases.
The bug can only be spread among iOS users. (Shutterstock/ymgerman)
05:27 GMT
A new bug in the form of a text message containing Arabic and Chinese characters is causing iPhones to reboot.
That's a lot of eyeliner! The Saudi cosmetics market is the largest in the Middle East. (Shutterstock)
05:04 GMT
The cosmetics market in Saudi Arabia is estimated at $16 billion annually, with an 11 percent annual growth rate.
A Hezbollah missile annihilated a group of at least three militants in Syria's Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon Wednesday. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A Hezbollah missile annihilated a group of at least three militants in Syria's Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon Wednesday.
Indian camel herder Ranchodbhai Desai milks a camel outside Ahmedabad, April 16, 2012. (AFP/Sam Panthaky)
05:00 GMT
The UAE camel milk brand has taken the world stage with "Camellure."
Looking at things from someone else's perspective can transform your work life. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Sometimes it's a small detail that delivers the biggest impact. Here are a dozen ways to improve your work life, in just just an hour.
A man browses books at Cairo's International Book Fair, 2007.  (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
How one innovative bookshop is changing Cairo's literary scene; why a popular vote won't solve Lebanon's presidential vacuum; and the UN's contentious role in the Western Sahara dispute.
The International Trade Union Confederation estimated that 4,000 migrant laborers are expected to die working on Qatar World Cup development. (AFP/File)
00:58 GMT
The FIFA World Cup is notorious for corruption and mistreatment of migrant workers — but the death toll this time around is unprecedented.

May 27, 2015

Looks like Bassem Youssef isn't the only one in the family with an itch to challenge Egyptian autocracy. (AFP/File)
23:43 GMT
Almost a week after the sudden death of his father, the Egyptian satirist shared the moments his parents stuck up to the Mubarak regime.
Among other things, the al Qaeda leader said the group would not target the Alawite community inside Syria, despite the community's ties to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (AFP/File)
23:22 GMT
On Wednesday, Al Jazeera Arabic aired an exclusive interview with the Syrian al-Qaeda leader inside Syria. Here's what he had to say.
Dnipro 2-3 Sevilla: Bacca double sees Rojiblancos retain Europa League title
22:36 GMT
Nikola Kalinic opened the scoring but the Rojiblancos replied through Grzegorz Krychowiak and Bacca, and although Ruslan Rotan levelled, the Colombian had the final word
It was late at night in Pakistan's Abbottabad, when Pakistani IT tech Sohaib Athar spotted a helicopter hovering over a residence in the town. (AFP/File)
22:26 GMT
There's a lot of news coming out this week about Osama bin Laden's recently-revealed stash of books and articles. But let's take a look back at 2011, when a Pakistani IT tech accidentally live tweeted the US raid that killed him.
Now awaiting President Sisi's approval, the proposed new law aims its guns at combatting "cyberterrorism" but it may be much more than that. (AFP/File)
20:52 GMT
A draft of Egypt's new cyber bill was just leaked with worrying details.
A policeman was killed Wednesday when an explosive device went off in North Sinai's al-Arish city. (AFP/File)
20:42 GMT
A policeman was killed Wednesday when an explosive device went off in North Sinai's al-Arish city.
Votes will be cast on Friday as Prince Ali bin al-Hussein looks to dethrone Sepp Blatter at the head of world football's governing body.
20:41 GMT
Votes will be cast on Friday as Prince Ali bin al-Hussein looks to dethrone Sepp Blatter at the head of world football's governing body.
Twenty people in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra inside an amphitheater, the monitor said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
20:29 GMT
Twenty people in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra inside an amphitheater, the monitor said Wednesday.
Behind the sparkle of luxury developments, others are struggling to save. (Pixabay)
17:01 GMT
For some, spiralling costs of living and meager salary hikes are making the UAE an increasingly unattractive place to live.
Manchester City team
16:48 GMT
Manchester City FC has hit the 30,000 milestone mark for membership of the official Sky Blue UAE membership program.
'It's like something out of a mafia movie' - Wenger, Prince Ali and the world reacts to Fifa corruption scandal
16:30 GMT
Tuesday's shocking news sparked outrage throughout the footballing fraternity with some figures even likening Fifa to the mafia
Blair sent his letter of resignation to UN Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-Moon. (AFP/Shaun Curry)
16:07 GMT
Blair sent his letter of resignation to UN Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-Moon.