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May 23, 2016

Syrian refugee children prepare to board a school bus at an unofficial refugee camp in Lebanon's town of Bar Elias in the Bekaa Valley on May 13, 2016. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
15:00 GMT
The first-ever summit has been described as 'necessary,' but that charities alone cannot fully address the world's most pressing crises.
A view of the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall in Jerusalem (AFP)
14:17 GMT
Israeli photo exhibit at the UN claiming Jerusalem as its Jewish capital draws ire of Muslim world
Sherine Abdel Wahab, Assala and Ahlam support the airline following the last week's mysterious crash. (egyptianstreets.com)
13:48 GMT
Sherine Abdel Wahab, Assala and Ahlam support the airline following the last week's mysterious crash.
The men sent their commitment to wed again to a local news website (AFP / File)
13:40 GMT
The men sent their commitment to wed again to a local news website
The body of a Palestinian assailant who was allegedly shot in the head by an Israeli soldier as he lay wounded on the ground Hebron on March 24, 2016. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
13:30 GMT
Azaria's lawyers have said the IDF singled him out unfairly for non-legal reasons, while other soldiers involved in similar killings have not received criminal charges.
People evacuate the scene after a suicide bombing near Aden earlier in 2016. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Daesh claimed the suicide bombing that killed at least 30 Loyalist army volunteers in Aden, Yemen.
A total of $115 million has been allocated to complete the Jordan Gate project, of which 72 per cent is already finished. (Wikimedia Commons)
13:00 GMT
Construction on the project is due to resume 'within days' as disagreements between the Al Bayan Holding Company of Kuwait and Al Hamad Contracting Company are reportedly resolved.
Carole Samaha will open the festival on July 15, Grace Jones will perform on the 24th and Sia will close the festival on August 9. (StereoGum/AlJamila/Oxygen)
13:00 GMT
Byblos International Festival has announced its amazing line-up featuring Australian chandelier swinger Sia, Mashrou' Leila, Kenny G, Grace Jones, Carole Samaha and more.
The superstar has finally revealed the face of her cutsie baby. (YouTube)
12:50 GMT
The superstar has finally revealed the face of her cutsie baby.
Last year, GE announced an investment of $100m in its research and manufacturing programmes in the kingdom. (Twitter)
12:45 GMT
The agreement between GE and Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company will fund water, energy, aviation, and digital projects.
Nokia is finally ready to play the game with reigning smartphone giants as Microsoft sells off its feature phone business. (File photo)
12:34 GMT
Bolstered by a $500 million investment, the Finnish company is getting back in the mobile game.
Yehuda Glick, a right-wing American-born rabbi, is heavily involved in an initiative to build the Third Jewish Temple in the place of the Dome of the Rock on the al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
As all MKs - including Palestinians and Muslim lawmakers - are banned from entering the compound, Yehuda Glick made his last legal visit to the site before being sworn into the Knesset.
A busy schedule is the biggest challenge standing between 30% of polled professionals and healthier lifestyle. (Shutterstock)
12:28 GMT
Just because you might be tied to a desk doesn't mean you have to survive on donuts and sugary drinks.
Tamer Hosny said they should go to rehab and they said yes, yes, yes! (Facebook)
12:22 GMT
Tamer Hosny said they should go to rehab and they said yes, yes, yes!
A Bulgarian border police officer stands near a new barbed wire fence at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey near the town of Malko Tarnovo on May 22, 2016. (AFP/Nikolay Doychinov)
12:00 GMT
A deal reached in March that sends asylum-seekers back to Turkey in exchange for financial support and visa-free travel to Europe has hit a deadlock as Turkey has refused to alter its broad-reaching anti-terror laws.
Fitch indicated that Lebanon’s banking sector was among 15 banking systems that have a Banking System Indicator of “b”. (File photo)
11:45 GMT
Lebanon's banking sector rating remains unchanged since 2013, according to Fitch Ratings' semi-annual risk assessment of 114 banking systems in advanced and emerging economies.
Relatives of the passengers killed in the EgyptAir crash attend a mourning service on May 22. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
11:36 GMT
The Egyptian air control center denied earlier media reports of contact with the crashed EgyptAir MS804 flight.
Thomas Cook said more holidaymakers are spurning Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia, heading instead for the western Mediterranean, particularly Spain. (File photo)
11:28 GMT
Shares in one of the UK's biggest travel firms fell 19 percent after the EgyptAir crash and amid skittish sentiment over insecurity in once-popular destinations.
The Dubai Talk show promises to deliver just as much bang for your buck as its American rivals. (YouTube)
11:17 GMT
'The Dubai Talk Show with Loubo Siois' lacks same lustre of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
People gather at the site of one of the suicide bombings in Jableh, Syria on May 23. (AFP/File)
11:01 GMT
Seven bombs in two Syrian cities killed over 100 people, mostly Alawites, on Monday.
The Hollywood actor says that his views have changed after shooting his controversial film in the Arab world. (blogs.indiewire.com)
10:32 GMT
Tom Hanks no longer stereotypes the Muslim world after filming "A Hologram for the King" in Morocco
Up to $200 billion is being spent on wider infrastructure required to host the World Cup. (Twitter)
10:28 GMT
Spending on Qatar's infrastructure and stadiums is well on track, with labor inspections and scrutiny of recruitment agencies also on the increase.
Zakia Belkhiri at a protest by far-right Vlaams Belang members in Antwerp, Belgium (Twitter-Jurgen Augusteyns)
10:00 GMT
Young woman who posted selfies in front of anti-Islam protesters accused of anti-semitism
A young boy was murdered in Dubai after an older man attempted to sexually assault him. (Shutterstock)
09:58 GMT
The body of a missing eight-year-old boy was found in Dubai and a suspect has been arrested.
Mehdi Benatia
09:38 GMT
The former Roma defender has fallen down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena this season and the Gunners will lodge a bid for the 29-year-old this week
Britney wore Reem Acra while Mila Kunis and Jessica Alba chose Zuhair Murad for Billboard's red carpet. (AFP/David Becker/Bryan Haraway)
09:24 GMT
Zuhair Murad and Reem Acra dresses make a showing on the red carpet, but Britney's and Jessica's outfits divide opinion.
Mourad Laachraoui (photo: huffingtonpost)
09:09 GMT
Mourad Laachraoui is the younger brother of Najim, one of two suicide bombers who killed 32 people in March.
Egyptian actress Nelly Karim will star in 'Sokoot Hor' this Ramadan. (YouTube)
09:03 GMT
This is the list of television series to be aired during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan on a variety of channels available in Egypt and the region.
Daesh militants pose with their weapons at sunset. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
A Daesh recruitment drive in eastern Afghanistan has attracted thousands of young people to the militant group.
Omagine are exploring a proposal involving Chinese investment in Omagine LLC and the Chinese contractor arranging finance for the Omagine Project. (Shutterstock)
09:00 GMT
Pressure on local finance options have forced Omagine LLC to look to China for help in developing the beach complex, with talks reaching an advanced stage.
A group of Loyalist soldiers riding through Aden, Yemen. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT
A car bomb struck a group of Loyalist army recruits, with dozens killed.
Iran's Mount Davamand in winter. (Wikimedia Commons)
08:30 GMT
Extreme weather thwarted a group of Omani hikers from reaching the summit at the Middle East's most challenging mountains.
A member of the Tunisian Coast Guard observes a fishing boat. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT
A group of Tunisians, some already wanted by authorities, were stopped while trying to sail to Italy.
In March 2016, Dubai Islamic Bank successfully closed a $500M sukuk issuance. (File photo)
08:00 GMT
The sukuk market has witnessed a resurgence of interest as equities sag and corporates seek to raise capital.
A file photo of partially-exploded cluster munitions, half-buried but still active. (Twitter)
07:29 GMT
A new report reveals that large portions of northern Yemen are uninhabitable due to unexploded cluster bombs.
Lebanese security forces guard a polling station in Beirut on May 8. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Election monitors recorded hundreds of violations and were harassed at polling stations.
The agreement includes establishment of a mechanism to employ and a guarantee of the rights and duties of the domestic workers as also the employers, as per international norms. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
The ministries of labor for Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have reached an agreement to improve the recruitment and welfare of Indonesian maids in the Kingdom.
Iraqi soldiers on the outskirts of Fallujah. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
The Iraqi coalition is helping civilians exit Fallujah or mark their homes before an impending invasion to liberate the town.
A large quantity of gold jewelry was stolen by a group of thieves in the UAE! (Shutterstock)
06:20 GMT
A two-person gang stole 7kg worth of gold and fine jewelry.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalek al-Mikhlafi speaks to the press at the Yemeni embassy in Kuwait City on May 17, 2016. (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)
06:00 GMT
The UN-sponsored peace talks hit a snag on Tuesday when the Yemeni government delegation walked away from negotiations.
Queen Rania al-Abdullah and King Abdullah II of Jordan attend their son, Crown Prince Hussein's graduation from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. (Facebook/Queen Rania)
06:00 GMT
Prince Hussein graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in international history.
The total number of multinational companies that signed agreements in Al Mazunah Free Zone exceeds 75. (Al Mazunah)
06:00 GMT
Investment agreements in Al Mazunah free zone have been signed with 21 companies in the first quarter of 2016, including plans to build a hotel.
Sanaa's old city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site seen here in 2007, has been partially destroyed due to the ongoing conflict in Yemen.  (Flickr Creative Commons/Richard Messenger)
05:15 GMT
Yemenis take to social media to call for peace; Saudi journalist Safa al-Ahmad talks war, politics, and humanitarian disaster in Yemen; and embracing the culture of Israel's marginalized Yemenite Jews.
The cabinet is seeking to create conditions that will help enhance trust, expedite investments and encourage additional investments in the gas sector, including the entry of new investors. (File photo)
05:09 GMT
The new agreement paves the way for more Leviathan gas field development and includes a more flexible stability clause that allows for policy changes over the next ten years.
Migrants sit in front of a painted wall on May 19, 2016 at the Abu Salim detention centre in the Libyan capital Tripoli during a visit of United Nations' special envoy to Libya. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
05:00 GMT
The seven boats included 79 women and 11 children.

May 22, 2016

A screenshot of a video showing militant criminal group Abu Sayyaf. (image credit: Abu Sayyaf)
22:17 GMT
Although Abu Sayyaf purports to be Islamic, they seem much more focused on earning money through kidnappings than they do on following the Koran. Abu Sayyaf has been kidnapping foreign travelers in the Philippines for over 15 years, but just pledged allegiance to Daesh last year.
Robert Hall, a Canadian yachtsman, seen pictured in a video uploaded to the YouTube account "Aboo Rami" on Sunday. (YouTube/Aboo Rami)
21:30 GMT
A Filipino militant group released a disturbing video today threatening to murder three hostages on June 13 if its demands are not met.
Egyptian protests chanting slogans against the transfer of two Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
20:00 GMT
At least 21 detainees have joined a full hunger strike at Giza Central Prison to protest their five-year prison terms.
Sumy Khan (right), a Bangladeshi migrant, and an unidentified colleague check out a few of their test images on their phones as they prepare to take part in a fashion show held in a restaurant in the trendy Beirut neighborhood of Gemmayzeh.
19:21 GMT
Migrant maids took to the catwalk in a special fashion show in Beirut hosted by NGO Insan. The human rights group is mopping up misogyny aimed at the nation's 250,000 domestic workers with a message that everyone deserves to be seen, and be respected.
Islam Slimani
18:53 GMT
Leicester City, Arsenal and Tottenham have all been linked with the prolific striker, and the Sporting boss would like to receive every penny of his heft release clause
Turkey's Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication and new chairman candidate for ruling AK Party Binali Yildirim greets supporters as he arrives with his wife Semiha Yildirim for the second extraordinary congress of the AK Party in Ankara, on May 22, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
18:00 GMT
The new chairman was elected with an overwhelming 1,405 out of 1,411 votes in an AK Party congress.
Hapoel Beersheba (photo: Times of Israel)
17:34 GMT
Victory over Sakhnin ensures Southerners edge Maccabi TA in dramatic final day to the season.
EFA's boss resigns after warning from FIFA that Egypt could be suspended from international football due to 'government interference' (photo: Ahram Ryadi)
17:22 GMT
EFA's boss resigns after warning from FIFA that Egypt could be suspended from international football due to 'government interference'
Rebel fighters fill bags with rubble from destroyed buildings they will use to strengthen a front-line position in a rebel-held area of Daraa, southern Syria, on May 18, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Abazeed)
17:00 GMT
Individuals have perished in Syrian government jails due to torture, 'horrible' conditions, lack of medication and food during five years of war.
Akram Afif
16:58 GMT
Woot, woot! Qatar’s most promising footballer, 19-year-old international Akram Afif, has made it to the Spanish La Liga. He officially just signed...
Huge hunt for wreckage of EgyptAir MS804 in Mediterranean ongoing. (Twitter)
16:00 GMT
The submarine, operated by the Oil Ministry, was dispatched earlier on Sunday to the Mediterranean Sea where the Airbus A320 had crashed.
Fatma al Nabhani
15:30 GMT
Oman’s tennis star Fatma al Nabhani hopes for a better show at the US$25,000 ITF Incheon Women's Challenger tournament in South Korea after making an exit in the quarterfinals of the Goyang event in South Korea on Friday.
Emirati sailors on board the Zilzal celebrate after being crowned the champions of the Al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race between the island of Sir Bu Nair, near the Iranian coast. (AFP/File)
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Emirati sailors on board the Zilzal celebrate after being crowned the champions of the Al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race between the island of Sir Bu Nair, near the Iranian coast
Muslim women pray at a mosque in California. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
France is home to a Muslim community of nearly six million, the largest in Europe.
The 'Fancy' singer looked incredible on the Mawazine stage. (Facebook)
13:44 GMT
The 'Fancy' singer raised speculations during her spectacular performance.
Mourad Laachrouai at a press conference shortly after the Brussels attacks (AFP / Emmanuel Dunand)
13:43 GMT
Mourad Laachraoui, who was estranged from his brother since 2013, is representing Belgium in the Rio Olympics.
American model Kendall Jenner was reportedly tricked into getting on board a boat in Cannes, France. (Facebook)
13:23 GMT
American model Kendall Jenner was reportedly tricked into getting on board a boat in Cannes, France.
Jordan used to export 180,000-200,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables to Iraq each year but were forced to export via Kuwait after the border crossing was closed. (File photo)
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The Karama-Turaibil border crossing between Jordan and Iraq is expected t re-open in less than two weeks after nearly a year of closure.
Moqadem refused to comment on reports about warnings purportedly sent from the plane about smoke detected on board. (Facebook/Egyptian military)
13:00 GMT
Ayman al-Moqadem, the head of Egypt's Air Accidents Investigation department, was quoted in Ahram as saying that the report will present all data gathered by the date of its publication.
MK is all set to release his debut album with either T-Series or Sony featuring five or six tuneful solo numbers this Eid Al Fitr. (YouTube)
12:57 GMT
MK is all set to release his debut album with either T-Series or Sony featuring five or six tuneful solo numbers this Eid Al Fitr.
A general view taken on May 16, 2016 shows graffiti in Gaza City commemorating the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" in Arabic in reference to the establishment of Israel 68 years ago. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
12:30 GMT
Gazan fishermen are regularly detained or come under fire from Israeli forces while working in the fishing zone.
The singer is now reportedly being treated as a fugitive. (Facebook)
12:23 GMT
The singer is now reportedly being treated as a fugitive
The only Israeli music Freddie Gibb knows is "Michael Bolton and Kenny G". LOL! (Twitter)
12:19 GMT
The Tupac-doppelgänger comes to Tel Aviv for the first time with a show at the Barby Club on May 23.
ISIS supporters posing for a snap, which may or may not be used to expose their location (AFP / FILE)
12:13 GMT
Twitter users teamed up to track the wannabe jihadis down
The underground false eyelash trade in Jordan is apparently booming. (Shutterstock)
12:06 GMT
Jordanian customs caught smugglers with massive quantities of false eyelashes in Aqaba.
A displaced Iraqi collects boxes of food donated by the World Food Program. (AFP/File)
12:06 GMT
At least 125 United Nations member states to gather in Istanbul on Monday and Tuesday.
Officials from Russia (L) and Egypt (R) sign an agreement to build Egypt's first nuclear power plant as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) in November 2015. (Facebook)
12:00 GMT
Egypt's President Sisi approved a $25 bln loan from Russia for the Dabaa nuclear power plant, the largest Russian-Egyptian project since the Aswan Dam.
Saudi's retail sector has been experiencing the same crunch as in other Gulf markets, brought on by the steep dive in oil prices and the fallout this had on consumer spending habits. (Damas)
11:49 GMT
Despite a slowdown in sales, Damas is targeting ultra-wealthy shoppers with plans to open another 20 shops for a total of 40 by the end of the year.
An Egyptian military checkpoint in Sinai. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Daesh militants have been targeting Egyptian police officers in a series of attacks in Sinai and south Cairo.
Everything may seem to be a lot cheaper when bought in bigger quantities. (Shutterstock/mandritoiu)
11:22 GMT
Wholesale buying can increase waste and offset the savings goal, so make sure you are getting the most for your money.
The IMF standby arrangements allow the fund to respond quickly to countries’ external financing needs, and to support policies designed to help them emerge from crisis, with lending tailored to member countries' needs.
11:00 GMT
The IMF's standby loan agreement could unlock an additional $15B over the next three years, including securing international bonds, according to Iraq's finance minister.
Jordan reinforced its borders with Iraq and Syria after Islamic jihadists captured a large swathe of territory (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT
Late Thursday, Iraq's military announced it had retaken the remote western town of Rutba, an Iraqi town across the border with Jordan, in an operation launched this week to cut off the militants' supply route to neighbouring Syria.
There was almost a 24-hour time lapse between the first instance of reporting on the aeroplane’s disappearance and the Egyptian authorities announcing that it had crashed, despite statements early on by other governments that the plane had gone down into the sea. (AFP/Thomas Samson)
10:50 GMT
As the world expresses its shock over missing EgyptAir flight MS804, personal stories of the Egyptian victims have begun to emerge.
A man walks on a bombed building in Benghazi, Libya. (AFP/File)
10:48 GMT
The road to peace in Libya is thrown off-track by other countries' policy priorities, internal politics, and the failure of the GNA.
Lamsa, an Arabic language app, has grown to become the region's leading edutainment app for children. (File photo)
10:36 GMT
Lamsa reading app launched due to lack of quality and culturally relevant education material for children in the Arab world.
Joelle 'JoJo' Fletcher has an Iranian mother and an American father. (thetvpage.com)
10:10 GMT
Joelle 'JoJo' Fletcher has an Iranian mother and an American father.
Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp, near the Syrian border. (AFP/File)
09:56 GMT
Jordan opened its border to over 1500 Syria refugees this weekend, many needing urgent medical care.
Plainclothes Turkish police officers detain a passenger at an Istanbul airport, January, 2015. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
09:44 GMT
All passengers’ luggage was also checked after man ‘screamed his head off’.
Saudi has been pushing for a freeze deal since February so they needed to rely on stocks to meet any rise in customers’ demands at home and abroad while keeping their output flat. (File photo)
09:35 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s stockpiles dropped to 296.7 million barrels in March from 305.6 million barrels in February to meet demand while keeping a lid on production.
Images of debris collected from the wreckage were published by the Egyptian Army. (Facebook/Egyptian military)
09:30 GMT
The BEA spokeswoman told dpa that smoke was detected in a forward lavatory, according to the information sent via ACARS, or Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, which transmits short condition updates to ground stations by radio or via satellite.
Daesh fighters in Iraq display their flag. (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT
Daesh executed 25 suspected spies by lowering them into a tub of corrosive acid.
This is what Egyptian belly dancer and actress Fifi Abdo would look like if she were on the Game of Thrones. (Scoop Empire)
09:24 GMT
This is what Egyptian belly dancer and actress Fifi Abdo would look like if she were on the Game of Thrones.
Middle East architects and building owners are increasingly demanding global best practices in energy efficiency.   (Hunter Douglas)
09:06 GMT
With energy and facilities management combining for 90 percent of a building’s costs, energy efficient buildings can drive $3.5 in savings in the GCC.
Be careful of being involved in more things than my hours in the day could fit, or biting off more than you can chew. (File photo)
08:39 GMT
It's a challenge to manage your time when starting a new business, but you need to set yourself limits to avoid burnout.
Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev has been in power since 1989. (AFP Photo/Ilyas Omarov)
08:38 GMT
In recent weeks, a series of large demonstrations have taken place in Kazakhstan, a country that typically experiences very little popular protest.
Sheikh Mohammad and Tim Cook met in 2014 during the CEO’s first visit to the UAE. (Dubai Media Office)
08:32 GMT
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced plans for more stores in the UAE during a surprise visit to the Dubai Apple store.
The Western powers also called on the Islamic Republic to create a favorable environment for investors to do business in the country. (File photo)
08:20 GMT
The US and EU have released a joint statement to affirm that they 'will not stand in the way' of extensive economic opportunities available in Iran.
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Hadeel al-Hashlamon,18, during her funeral in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Sept. 23, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
08:13 GMT
The body of Bashar Masalha, 22, was laid to rest in his village after Israeli forces returned his body almost three months following his death under the condition that the funeral be held at night.
Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has pulled out of a UN-backed World Humanitarian Summit, saying the gathering would fail to pressure governments that are denying basic help to victims of conflict and disease. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT
'The structure of humanitarian aid system should be changed,' Chief of World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat Mahmood said.
Elle was attending the premiere of her new movie, The Neon Demon. (Pinterest)
07:45 GMT
Elle was attending the premiere of her new movie, The Neon Demon.
Gush Etzion Junction, the entry point to a series of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
The IDF is searching for a person who opened fire at an Israeli bus in the Gush Etzion settlement.
Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
A US airstrike targeting Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor appears to have been successful.
A police officer in Bangladesh watches over a busy street. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
Daesh militants attacked a doctor on a motorbike, hacking him to death.