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February 8, 2016

AWST is being held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs
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The Egyptian Sporting Club has defeated Jordan's Orthodox Club 48-47 after a very tough basketball match as part of the third Arab Women Sports Tournament...
A general view taken on February 3, 2016 shows the town of Tal Jabin, north of the Syrian embattled city of Aleppo. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
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According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, some of the barrel bombs contained toxic gas.
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) issued the final confirmation ahead of Tuesday’s match for round 17 of the Egyptian Football League
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The Ministry of Interior declared that fans will not be allowed to enter Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria for the face-off between arch-rivals Al-Ahly SC and Al-Zamalek SC on Tuesday.
Apparently there is an extensive Chechen spy network in Daesh controlled areas. (AFP/File)
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Apparently there is an extensive Chechen spy network in Daesh controlled areas.
Activists and Italian nationals living in Egypt take part in a rally in memory of Italian student Giulio Regeni on February 6, 2016. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
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The results also confirmed that Regeni was not subject to any type of sexual abuse or assaults.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. (Twitter)
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German Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister of Turkey Davutoglu
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Zamalek’s Ultras will commemorate at Fustat Park the one year anniversary of the stadium clashes and stampedes that killed 20 fans
UAE pilot Major Mariam Al Mansouri led a strike against Daesh in Syria in October 2014.
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The army chief officials discussed several issues including the fight against extremism in the region
A member of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service sits in a vehicle after being wounded in fighting with Daesh militants on February 3, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Some 4,500 soldiers are expected to arrive at a military base near Makhmur, 70 km southeast of Mosul.
Hassan Abdullah Al Thawadi (source: Qatar News Agency)
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Presentations by top delegates and continental meetings of the 79th AIPS Congress (Association Internationale De La Presse Sportive or International Sports Press Association) start here Monday at the Doha Sheraton.
A pair of Mi-17 helicopters operated by the Afghanistan air force. (Wikimedia)
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An Afghan National Army official said the helicopter made an emergency landing due to technical issues.
The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice apparently took issue with the dress-up gag. (Twitter)
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The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice apparently took issue with the dress-up gag.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP/Yuri Cortez).
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Erdogan expressed anger at US support for Syrian Kurds and called on Washington to choose between Turkey and the PKK.
Saudi is encouraging FDI in order to balance its $98B budget deficit. (File photo)
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A Saudi committee is examining the possibility of removing the requirement of having a local partner in order to promote foreign direct investment.
Director Amr Arafa concludes shooting 'Men 30 Sana' Moqattam scenes, which stars Ahmed al-Sakka (pictured). ()
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Director Amr Arafa concludes shooting 'Men 30 Sana' Moqattam scenes.
Several lawmakers are preparing legislation that would make attendance to presidential elections mandatory. (AFP/File)
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Monday's session was adjourned until March 2 due to a lack of quorum.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 18, 2015. (AFP/Tolgas Bozoglu)
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Merkel travelled to Turkey to meet the Prime Minister and the President concerning cooperation over the influx of refugees into Turkey and Europe.
Enas is known for making people gasp with her unorthodox opinions. (File photo)
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Enas el Dughaidi talks sex, porn and homosexuals!
Syrian government forces in the village of Tal Jabin, north of the embattled city of Aleppo, as they advanced to break a three-year rebel siege of two government-held Shia villages, Nubol and Zahraa, on February 3, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
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The Syrian regime tightens its grip around rebel held Fallujah and Aleppo preparing for a costly and possibly lengthy siege.
Electrosteel's business of distributing the company’s products is logistically demanding, and involves a high cost with transporting huge volumes of cargo. (Electrosteel Castings)
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The new facility will become the regional hub for the India-based company, the world's third largest producer of ductile iron pipes.
Two Boats capsized off the coast of Turkey, killing 33 (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
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The capsizing of two boats in two separate incidents off the Turkish coast have cost 33 migrant lives.
Security forces inspect the aftermath of deadly attack carried out by Daesh in a mall in Baghdad. (Hindustan Times)
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The Iraqi Interior Ministry's spokesman said the "wall" would include an increased number of checkpoints around Baghdad.
Understanding retail footfall allows retailers to direct sales strategies and plan staffing. (File photo)
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With 90 percent market share, Dubai's Savant Data Systems is helping retailers understand footfall patterns to make the right business decisions.
The aftermath of a car bombing in Baghdad in November. (AFP/File)
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A string of attacks in Iraq yesterday left ten dead.
Sharm El Sheikh has been suffering huge loses and low occupancy rates. (Middle East Collection)
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Solving the tourism crisis in Sharm El-Sheikh requires unconventional solutions, such as a mega-mall, world-class stadium and an international theater, says the IDBE chairman.
A man stands next to the body of a migrant child washed up on a Turkish beach on January 30, 2016 (AFP/Ozan Kose)
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AFP photographer Ozan Kose asks himself a difficult question when he finds a baby washed up on the Turkish coast; What to do when confrontation no longer works in the Middle East; Two taxi rides gave a small glimpse into some of the daily realities of Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents.
Alexanda Kotey is believed to be a member of the Daesh execution cell known as the Beatles because of their British accents. (Twitter)
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Londoner Alexanda Kotey revealed to be member of Daesh execution cell known as the Beatles.
Hundreds of people showed up at a meeting to debate the issue. (Twitter)
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Hundreds of people showed up at a meeting to debate the issue.
Barack Obama has sent a video of congratulations to the UAE as it hosts the three-day event, during which Sheikh Mohammed is expected to announce major structural changes in the government. (Image courtesy of Trade Arabia)
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The World Government Summit will discuss the future of eight vital sectors for development, such as education, healthcare, labor, innovation and government action.
Saudi Arabia shot down a Scud missile fired from Yemen Monday morning. (AFP/Kim Jae-Hwan)
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A Scud missile fired from Yemen missed its target after being intercepted by Saudi air defenses.
This file photo shows a Palestinian man arrested by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/File)
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Israeli forces carried out overnight raids in Tulkarem on Monday, detaining at least 18 Palestinians.
Sultan Taymoor Grand Mosque in Muscat. (Twitter)
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Oman's government must dig deep to make up for the shortfall in revenue due to nose-diving oil prices.
Sherine showed Fadel some love during her concert in Kuwait this week. (
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Singers Sherine Abdel Wahab and Fares Karam support former singer-turned-jihadist Fadel Shaker.
Taliban militants. (AFP)
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A bomb attack on a army minibus in Balkh killed three soldiers and injured another 18.
The three horse carriage drivers were caught in a sting mission organized by a local website. (AFP/File)
10:04 GMT
The three horse carriage drivers were caught in a sting mission organized by a local website.
The Bahrain Academic Complex was the first school in the Zaatari refugee camp and houses 16 classrooms and one nursery. (Xinhua/Mohammad Abu Ghosh)
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Plans for the new school follow the success of the Bahrain Academic Complex in Zaatari refugee camp, which teaches 9000 students a year.
The 'Great Vegas Circus' is coming to Abu Dhabi from March 8-11. (
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The 'Great Vegas Circus' is coming to Abu Dhabi from March 8-11.
The King of Jordan went on a working visit to Dublin, Ireland, to discuss the refugee crisis with Irish President Michael D. Higgins. (Twitter)
09:52 GMT
As part of a drive to foster more support for humantarian efforts for the Syrian crisis, King Abdullah invited the German President of the Bundestag to the Royal Court in Jordan.
Lean fire lighting, procuring food, wilderness first aid, skinning and gutting, navigation and crossing difficult ground. (Bear Grylls Survival Academy)
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The UAE's Musandam peninsula is the location of the latest survival courses from the famous outdoor adventurer's outfit.
Giulio Regini. (Twitter)
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How does the Italian PhD student's death parallel the ongoing struggles in Egypt?
According to investigators Giulio Regeni had suffered "something inhuman, animal-like, an unacceptable violence." (AFP/File)
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Cut, stabbed, burned and his neck broken, a new autopsy reveals the tortuous last moments of Italian student Giulio Regeni.
Demonstrators in front of the Gaza ICRC. (Twitter)
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The ICRC in Gaza closed on Sunday after Palestinian activists demonstrating outside turned violent.
Maya and her hubby on their wedding day. (
09:27 GMT
Maya Nasri wished her husband of six years an emotional happy anniversary.
Canada is planning withdraw its six F18s from the anti-Daesh campaign in March. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Prime Minister Trudeau wants a more holistic approach to the conflict with Daesh which means pulling its warplanes out of the US-led coalition.
Will Lebanon's consumers have to bear the burdens of failed policies? (File photo)
09:00 GMT
With Lebanon's fiscal situation in a precarious state, the question over how a proposed gasoline tax should be funded is igniting debate.
Remote Abu Dhabi is a performance that turns the audience into performers on the streets of Abu Dhabi. (
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Remote Abu Dhabi is a performance that turns the audience into performers on the streets of Abu Dhabi.
Upgrading your soft skills such as time management and communication can help make you more employable. (Shutterstock)
08:48 GMT
Empower yourself and get on the right track to achieve this year's career goals.
A scene from Beyoncé’s new music video 'Formation.' (YouTube)
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While the world is rejoicing at Beyonce's surprise release of a new music video titled 'Formation,' Arabs thought of 26 lessons they should learn from this new release.
The Abaya (a loosely-fitted, full-coverage garment worn by Muslims) has joined the solar-powered fashion realm thanks to Manaal Al- Hammadi, a Dubai-based contemporary abaya fashion designer, (Shutterstock)
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Dubai designer creates first generation solar-powered Abaya; Three Israeli politicians me be bared from Knesset for meeting with families of "terrorists"; The 5 worst foreign policy moments of the GOP New Hampshire Debate.
Aerial view of Hamad International Airport. (Construction Week Online)
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New tenders include phase one of a $15B passenger and freight network and an estimated $2B expansion of Hamad International Airport.
A special device helped capture the man carrying 1.7 kilograms of cocaine in his intestines. (screenshot)
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A Nigerian man smuggled 80 capsules of cocaine in his intestines and was caught by special detection device.
Spanish police outside a suspect's apartment building. (Twitter)
07:49 GMT
Spain arrested people suspected of smuggling weapons under the guise of humanitarian aid.
Kuwait will not ban homosexual students. (Shutterstock)
07:25 GMT
Kuwait will not dismiss homosexual students from educational campuses.
 Israeli security forces advancing on the village of Qabatiya, near the West Bank town of Jenin on February 6, 2016. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
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The move follows deadly clashes in the West Bank village last week.
Both the EU and UN have opposed the destruction of Palestinian homes. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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On Saturday, in opposition to Israel's settlement policies, the EU called on Israel to halt the demolition of Palestinian homes.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari (R) meeting with the new Saudi ambassador to Iraqi Thamer al-Sabhan in the capital Baghdad in January 2016. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia also plans to open an embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, following a 25-year hiatus.
The French shipment in December was rejected for containing high levels of ergot fungus. (Pixabay)
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Egypt's rejection of a 63,000-tonne shipment of French wheat has caused confusion among international suppliers regarding import standards.
Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California February 7, 2016. The Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10.
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The Denver Broncos stifled the high-scoring Carolina offense and capitalized on critical fumbles by Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to win 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night.
Exclusive numbers ended in 1111 and 0000 . (Shutterstock)
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A UAE telecom company earned a total of $1.9 million by auctioning off exclusive phone numbers. But don't worry, proceeds will go to charity.
Environmentalists want Jordan's lawmakers to understand the link between economics and the environment. (Wikimapia)
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Conservationists in Jordan are calling on Parliamentarians to put the environment on their agenda.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov. (AFP/File)
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Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov responded to a statement from NATO which said that Russia’s military campaign in Syria was “undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict.”

February 7, 2016

According to AFP, the wedding photographer wanted to show that "life is stronger than death."   (AFP/File)
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According to AFP, the wedding photographer wanted to show that "life is stronger than death."
Egypt has a host of cultural and arts events taking place this week. (
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A boon for cinema lovers, this week will offer many films by European and Latin directors, alongside theatre events, music, and many exhibitions. Check them out inside.
Egypt hopes to end female circumcision by 2030
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Egypt’s Health Minister Ahmed Emad Eddine said his country plans to end female circumcision by 2030
Israeli soldier poses in Gaza tunnel. (
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According to Israeli minister, Egyptian authorities flooded the tunnels between Gaza and Egypt at the request of the Tel Aviv regime. The two countries launched a campaign to destroy the tunnels and security cooperation is reportedly "at its best".
Source: Qatar News Agency
19:17 GMT
Qatar Airways Group employees, alongside their family members, are getting ready to celebrate this year’s Qatar National Sports Day at Al-Sadd Sports Club on Tuesday.
International journalists call on Egypt's Sisi to release imprisoned colleagues. (Twitter)
18:30 GMT
A documented 782 violations against journalists in Egypt have been carried out in the past year according to annual report published by Egypt's Press Syndicate.
Records said the accused forced the woman to have sex with him. (AFP/File)
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A legal consultant admits he raped woman in Dubai.
Hundreds of people have died crossing from Turkey to Greece this year alone. (AFP/File)
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Thousands of asylum seekers and migrants have lost their lives crossing by sea from Turkey to Greece aboard small inflatable boats like the ones seized.
The Pentagon has released photos from criminal investigations into allegations of misconduct. (Twitter)
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The investigations are a response to allegations of abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Marcel Kittel (source: Gulf News)
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Germany's Marcel Kittel won the Tour of Dubai on Saturday after he outsprinted his rivals, claiming victory in the final fourth stage of the race.
Supporters of hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Mohammed al-Qiq hold portraits as they demonstrate in solidarity with him on February 7, 2016, outside the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP/Abbas Momani, File)
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Muhammad al-Qiq instead demanded an immediate release.
The Loon Copter can operate in the air and underwater. (
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The second annual 'UAE Drones for Good' awards celebrates the application of civilian drones for improving lives.
Aftermath of an airstrike dropped on eastern Libya. (Twitter)
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Airstrikes dropped by an unidentified warplane killed at least four people including a woman and her child.
Maya has been compared to Kim K on many occasions. (Twitter)
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Check out the two divas in the same dress and tell us who wore it better.
Source: Arab News
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The Saudi Badminton Committee (SBC), affiliated to the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, will be organizing a mega event here in cooperation with Evenlode Badminton Club (EBC), Dammam.
Afghan Taliban Militants. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
The Afghan government announced plans to hold talks with the Taliban this month.
UAE ground troops are ready to fight Daesh in Syria. (AFP/File)
15:13 GMT
The United Arab Emirates is ready to send ground troops to Syria in a US-led coalition, official says.
The Arab Women Sports Tournament 2016 (AWST) logo
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The athletics competitions of the Arab Women Sports Tournament 2016 (AWST) ended here Friday, while team events basketball, table tennis and volleyball are in progress.
Hamas and Fatah officials discuss reconciliation in Gaza, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
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Delegations from Palestine's rival political groups will meet in the Qatari capital on Sunday to discuss a reconciliation agreement.
Nada Al Naqbi
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Nada Al Naqbi, Manager of the Women Sports Department at Sharjah Ladies Club, SLC, has been selected as a member of the Executive Committee and Head of the Women's Committee at the Arab Basketball Union.
While some people have offered their support for  LGBT+ rights in the Arab world, others have made it clear that they staunchly oppose it. (File photo)
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While some people have offered their support for LGBT+ rights in the Arab world, others have made it clear that they staunchly oppose it.
Police investigate Israeli actor Moshe Ivgy after he is accused of sexual harassment. (
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Police investigate Moroccan-born Israeli actor Moshe Ivgy after he is accused of sexual harassment.
Camels resting in Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, February 8, 2013. (Photo credit: Lucie March/Flash 90)
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Social media sources confirm reports of an earthquake felt near Petra.
Al-Adly was arrested on suspicion of money-laundering less then a week after Mubarak stepped down. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
Former interior minister Habib al-Adly and a dozen other officials have been banned by Egypt from travelling after facing "abuse of office" charges.
The Arabian oryx can be found in the Empty Quarter. (Twitter)
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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and the Saudi Wildlife Authority plan 20 ecotourism camps in the Empty Quarter (Rub’ Al Khali).
An Iraqi girl from an impoverished family searches through garbage for recyclable items at a waste dump on the outskirts of the shrine city of Najaf. (AFP/file)
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An Iraqi girl from an impoverished family searches through garbage for recyclable items at a waste dump on the outskirts of the shrine city of Najaf. (AFP/file)
The Commercial Bank of Qatar earned a net profit of 1.45B riyals, compared to a profit of 1.94B riyals in 2015.  (Shutterstock/Philip Lange)
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Banking sector profitability will be hit by slowdowns in lending, limited earnings growth, and squeeze liquidity.
The dam is scheduled to be completed in 2017. (Twitter)
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The on again, off again discussions between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia resume in Khartoum to debate the technical reports from two French firms.
Attend the Oscars and walk away with a $55,000 trip to Israel, courtesy of the organizers! (
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Didn't win an Oscar? That's OK because nominees will walk away with goody bags worth $200,000, which include a first-class trip to Israel.
Lebanese singer Myriam Fares has given birth to her first child. (Facebook)
13:42 GMT
Lebanese singer Myriam Fares has given birth to her first child.
Twitter argues that it is walking a fine line between protecting free speech and privacy without sacrificing security. (File photo)
13:41 GMT
The San Francisco-based company steps up its efforts to stop terrorism from spreading through its network.
Meet Afghan runner Tahmina Kohistani, 26. She was the only woman from Afghanistan at the 2012 London Olympics. The university student often gets heckled while training in Kabul, but doesn't care: “I’m here to begin a new era for the women of Afghanistan," she says.
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These women are going the distance in defiance of their countries' patriarchal restrictions.
If you are working from home, consider how you will handle potential increases in costs. (Shutterstock)
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While telecommuting offers greater flexibility, make sure you are aware of all expenses or you could be losing money in the long run.
Jewish men pray at the Western Wall, the most holy site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City, on February 5, 2016. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
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Israel is planning to build a new "prayer plaza" at Jerusalem's Western Wall. Jordan has condemned the plan, saying that it would violate the site’s Islamic heritage.
Passenger demand was boosted by lower airfares in 2015. (Twitter)
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports that the Middle East airlines carried the highest percentage of international travelers in 2015.
A member of the Israeli security forces aims fire during clashes with Palestinian protestors in the village of Qabatiya, near the West Bank town of Jenin, on February 6, 2016. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
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The suspect has been identified as Sudanese national Kamil Hassan. Hassan allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier at a bus station.
Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near Turkish crossing gate. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
13:02 GMT
This week was full of omens that Syria in its already fractured and suffering condition should look forward to more misery.
Iraqi soldiers patrol a suburb close to the area of Jweibah, east of the city of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province on February 4, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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According to Iraqi media, Shobaib Abu Majd al-Kanani, a Saudi-born commander, was killed along with eight other Daesh commanders in an airstrike.
Non-OPEC suppliers such a the US and Brazil rely on break-even costs above current prices. (Shutterstock)
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A new Bank of America Merrill Lynch report suggests that OPEC will have to increase production considerably to keep up with lower outputs from non-cartel producers.