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May 4, 2016

Egyptian journalists protest outside of Syndicate headquarters in Cairo on World Press Freedom day. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
08:14 GMT
The prosecutor general issued a gag order about the police raid as the investigation continues.
Queen Rania's feather and sequinned dress was made by Valentino. (AFP/D Dipasupil)
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Jordanian, Greek and Monegasque royals mixed with the biggest names in entertainment at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit in New York.
The new BD300 fine for violating Bahrainisation laws was issued last month and is now in effect.  (Bahrain This Week)
07:59 GMT
Inspections will be increased and fines imposed for offences such as hiring ghost Bahraini workers in order to boost their expat employee numbers.
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man after he struck three soldiers while driving a truck. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
Witnesses said it appeared the driver hit the soldiers by accident and fled the scene fearing for his life.
Almost 20 per cent of all tourists who visit Dubai include a desert experience. (Flickr/Creative Commons)
07:25 GMT
The new benchmarks include regulations covering safety, insurance, marketing, transport, logistics and environmentally sustainable practices.
Alpen Capital forecasts the number of students in the regional education sector would increase to 15 million by 2020. (Twitter)
07:04 GMT
Demographics, explosive demand for the international curriculum and lack of interest from local teachers are the main reasons behind the region's teacher shortage.
Defendant Aria L (C) talks with his lawyer Andreas Bensch as he waits for the opening of his trial at court in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on May 3, 2016.(AFP/Torsten Silz)
07:00 GMT
A 21-year-old man of Iranian origin was arrested in Frankfurt for allegedly posing for photos with severed heads of two victims in Syria.
Fighters from the Iraqi pro-government forces take position during an operation to retake the town of al-Bashir, near Kirkuk, from the Islamic State group (IS), on April 30, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
06:30 GMT
About 40 Daesh militants were reportedly killed in the clashes.
Yosef Haim Ben-David. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The Israeli man who kidnapped and burned alive a Palestinian teenager has been sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years.
A representational image of heroin. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT
Two passengers were caught with bags of heroin in their stomachs, headed to Britain!
Tiles adorn a synagogue in Marrakech, Morocco.  Mimouna, celebrated after sundown on the last day of Passover, is a tradition cherished by Moroccan Jews. (Flickr Creative Commons)
05:28 GMT
From Morocco's Mimouna celebration to LGBT seder plates in the U.S.; the secrets of the Persian kitchen; and a lifelong love affair with oud perfume.
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The new rules and their effective date will be published by the end of the first half of 2017. (File photo)
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After opening the Tadawul to foreign investment last year, Saudi's new reforms include amending its settlement cycle for share trading and new limits for foreign ownership.
Iraqi army forces. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Iraqi forces retook four villages in the west of the country.
A screenshot from the video. (Facebook/McGaza)
01:02 GMT
One Palestinian rapper has produced a heart-wrenching music video to call attention to suffering in Aleppo and in his native Gaza.
A protest in Egypt over the arrest and detainment of journalists. (AFP Photo/Mohamed El-Shahed)
00:03 GMT
The apparent blunder occurred when the public relations department of Egypt’s Interior Ministry sent a memo titled “Media response to security raid on Journalists Syndicate headquarters” to a group of journalists, according to Mada Masr, an independent Egyptian news site.

May 3, 2016

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The football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics is scheduled to be held from 3 to 20 August
21:59 GMT
Iranian referee Alireza Faghani together with linesmen Reza Sokhandan and Mohammad Reza Mansouri will officiate at the forthcoming men's football competitions of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Afghan boy five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi (C), a young Lionel Messi fan, plays football as he wears a donated and signed shirt by Messi on a field in Kabul on February 26, 2016. Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one, but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker pen. AFP. AFP PHOTO/WAKIL KOHSAR
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18:59 GMT
The five-year-old Afghan boy, who shot into prominence on social media after wearing a homemade shirt with football star Lionel Messi’s number 10, has arrived in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province.
Besiktas supporters cheer their team before the Turkish Spor Toto Super league football match between Besiktas and Bursaspor at vodafone arena stadium on April 11, 2016 in Istanbul. Besiktas football team plays its first game at the new vodafone Arena stadium after its inauguration on April 10.
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18:41 GMT
Last month’s opening of storied Istanbul football club Besiktas JK’s renovated Vodafone Arena stadium was laden with political symbols ranging from clashes between police and militant fans...
Migrants, mostly Afghan, wait outside a refugee reception centre in Tornio, Finland on September 25, 2015. (AFP/Panu Pohjola)
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Afghanistan and Finland are collaborating on a plan to address the 7,000 asylum seekers currently in Finland.
Karim Benzema
15:55 GMT
Cristiano Ronaldo took part in the session on Tuesday but there was no sign of the French forward ahead of the club's Champions League clash with Manchester City
Wael died of heart attack at 55. (Egynews.net)
15:35 GMT
Egyptian actor Wael Nour dies of heart attack at 55.
The photograph from parliament that prompted the hashtag (Facebook)
15:19 GMT
This bloodstained parliamentary sofa will never be forgotten.
Rima with her fiancee Wassim Salibi. (Instagram)
15:12 GMT
Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih converts from Islam to Christianity.
The Jordanian flag. (AFP/File)
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The Jordanian senate approved amendments to the constitution addressing the king's powers and rights of dual citizens.
IDF's spokesman received social media backlash after promoting Amr Diab's new album on Twitter. (F
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IDF's Arabic-language spokesman receives a social media backlash after promoting Amr Diab's new album on Twitter. Avichay Adraee, the Israeli army’s Arabic-language spokesperson
A Palestinian artist paints murals on the walls of a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City. (AFP/File)
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A Palestinian artist paints murals on the walls of a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City.
Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel. (AFP/File)
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The Minister of Maghreb Affairs gave a speech on Algerian-Libyan relations, and rehabilitating the war-torn country.
This week's brawls are not the first time a Turkish parliamentary session has descended into violence. (Euronews)
13:47 GMT
A heated discussion descended into violence at a meeting which had already been postponed due to fighting.
Patrons buy fesikh in Cairo (Khaled Desouki / AFP)
13:36 GMT
Britain’s Ambassador to Egypt described his experience with Fesikh as “an experience”.
Shanina Shaik has spoken out about being bullied during her teenage years due to her mixed ethnicity.  (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
The model graces the cover of Emirates Woman magazine this month, and talks about her upbringing with her Pakistani-Saudi father and Australian-Lithuanian mother.
A pile of pilfered pills. (Shutterstock)
12:59 GMT
Saudi border guards arrested two men who dumped barrels of amphetamines off of a boat!
The centre focuses on providing all the components in an integrated system to take 3D technology from the ideas and innovation stage to the design phase. (Twitter)
12:49 GMT
Sheikh Maktoum inaugurated the centre at Dubai Industrial City, which will host more than 700 local and international companies working with 3D printing technology.
Medical aid workers help a man wounded by Daesh rocket fire in Kilis, Turkey. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)
12:46 GMT
Turkey launched another offensive against Daesh, as the militant organization continues to shoot rockets at the Turkish town of Kilis.
Although your financial adviser should be able to describe the level of risk with each investment portfolio, this person doesn’t know you.  (Shutterstock)
12:38 GMT
Make the most out of your meeting with a financial advisor by thinking about your needs and wants ahead of time.
This file photo taken on April 7, 2016 shows Russian army sappers check for mines in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. (AFP/Max Delaney)
12:30 GMT
The documents reveal the extent of communication and coordination between two supposedly mortal enemies.
According to a recent Bayt.com survey, millennials in MENA favor good work/life balance over financial reward. (File photo)
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If you want to get the most out of your youngest employees, it helps to understand their needs and wants.
Wilson said that 'I’ve never had a one-on-one confrontation with one of those artists who boycotts Israel, but I would like to.' (Starsdie.com)
12:08 GMT
The founder of British prog rock greats Porcupine Tree and friend to Aviv Geffen and Ninet muses on his solo career, his 'second home' Tel Aviv and the death of rock.
Ahram's editorial hit out at the interior ministry's "several mistakes in this past period, concluding with its unfortunate behavior against the right[s] of journalists and media workers." (Twitter)

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12:05 GMT
In a rare move for the state-owned daily, Egypt's oldest newspaper lashed out at the interior ministry's storming of the Press Syndicate headquarters and arrest of two journalists.
This picture taken on April 30, 2016 shows participants holding placard and candles during a vigil in Sydney for an Iranian refugee who died after setting himself on fire on the Pacific island of Nauru. (AFP/Saeed Khan)
12:00 GMT
The UNHCR has said conditions in Australian offshore detention camps 'do immense damage to physical and mental health.'
Rihanna's concert will come as part of her Anti World Tour. (Facebook)
11:39 GMT
Counting the stars: Rihanna, Chemical Brothers 2 out of 4 stars to play Abu Dhabi F1 after-race concerts.
Results of an airstrike on an MSF hospital in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
11:35 GMT
Syrian state media are reporting a number of people have been killed and injured in a rebel rocket attack on a government run hospital in Aleppo.
University of Jordan students perform communal funeral prayers for civilians killed in Aleppo this week. (Twitter/Rami Safadi)
11:30 GMT
Thousands gathered at the University of Jordan campus to raise awareness about the deadly escalation of violence in Aleppo this week.
Thousands of activists, as well as several journalists, have been detained since former army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
11:00 GMT
Reporters in Egypt have been banned from covering certain issues, face censorship, physical violence and arrest when reporting in the field.
Daily protests over unpaid salaries culminated in seven company buses torched by angry workers on Saturday. (AFP/Mahmoud Mahmoud)
11:00 GMT
The embattled construction giant owes SR4.8 billion to employees for 2017 and an additional SR595 million payable in 2018.
The pop icon will work with the consumer electronics brand to establish music and sound quality as the brand’s defining competitive differentiator. (Mena Herald)
10:50 GMT
New HTC brand ambassador Mohamad Hamaki's got his new HTC10 and he's wired for sound!
The Palestinian music producer took cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, as his date. (AFP)
10:05 GMT
The Palestinian music producer took cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, as his date.
A screenshot of the scene. (Facebook)
10:01 GMT
Women have been making headlines lately for standing up to sexual assault - and this time a group of women beat up a man for flashing a woman.
Jordanian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood gather during a protest in the capital Amman on August 8, 2014. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
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The group comprises founding members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Action Front in Jordan.
Oman's strategy hinges on Oman’s potential as a destination for ‘adventure tourism’ because of its nature, mountains and unspoilt beauty. (Wikipedia)
10:00 GMT
Oman's new 20 year tourism strategy will cost $35B and is focused on 'quality vs quantity' rather than overdevelopment for mass tourism.
An Iraqi man chants slogans as other wave their national flag during a demonstration against corruption. (AFP/File)
09:42 GMT
People in nine Arab countries, including Egypt and Jordan, said they experienced worsening government corruption last year, according to a new study.
A third of people overall said they feared retaliation if they reported corruption. (Shutterstock)
09:38 GMT
Some 50 million people in MENA paid bribes last year, according to a report from the anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International.
Women in Saudi Arabia will now have the right to receive a copy of her marriage contract and to check the details of it, including prenuptial agreements and whether the wife will be allowed to take a job. (File photo)
09:30 GMT
Many Saudi women have had issues with proving their marriage was legitimate and with inheritance in the case of the husband's death.
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid matched perfectly as they made their first red carpet appearance as a couple at the 2016 Met Gala. (AFP)
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Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid matched perfectly as they made their first red carpet appearance as a couple at the 2016 Met Gala.
Th QNB hackers reportedly had access to the bank’s data systems for 200 days. (File photo)
08:59 GMT
The hackers claiming responsibility for the Qatar National Bank data breach have Turkish connections and are known as Bozkurtlar, but have not yet claimed a motive or made demands.
rotesters said the government and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should close the Pacific detention centres. (AFP/File)
08:53 GMT
Young Somali woman moved to Australia with critical injuries, days after Iranian man died after self-immolation on Nauru.
A file photo of a Palestinian youth throwing stones. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT
Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that unknown assailants opened fire at the house of a 50-year-old Palestinian in the Bedouin village of Tuba-Zangariyye in northern Israel, among other incidents.
Saudi's King Fahd Causeway is a series of bridges and causeways connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. (Wikipedia)
08:00 GMT
Two new causeways linking Saudi Arabia to Bahrain and Qatar have been proposed at a sustainable development conference in Doha.
Reports said that another batch comprising of some seventy refugees are to be flown to Italy in another three weeks. (AFP/File)
07:56 GMT
One hundred Syrian refugees, mostly women and children, were flown out from Lebanon through the Rafic Hariri International Airport as part of a project organized by Sant'Egidio Catholic community, the Federation of Evangelical Churches and the Valdese Evangelical Church.
Oman Football Association logo
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Sheikh Salim al Wahaibi, a former Oman Football Association (OFA) vice-chairman, announced on Monday that he will contest for the post of president at the next OFA election scheduled in September for the 2016-2020 term.
Smoke rises on a main road in the Salaheddin neighbourhood of Aleppo following a reported air strike on April 24, 2016. (AFP/File)
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At least three more deaths were reported in Aleppo on Monday as a result of Syrian government airstrikes.
Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was booted off a Southwest Airlines flight for speaking Arabic. The controversy, latest in a series of these incidents, tipped many to debate this shame/ guilt culture surrounding the Arabic language. (File photo)
07:09 GMT
Arabic, the language of the Dhad: In the wave of Arabs getting booted off aircrafts, and the recent debate on the perceived ‘shame’ of speaking Arabic, this quasi Arabic speaker addresses her own ‘guilt’ and crimes against a language.
Binladin Group spokesmen have confirmed that some staff have been let go, but gave no numbers. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Suspension of lucrative contracts after last year's deadly crane collapse has reportedly lead to up to 77,000 layoffs and unpaid salaries for workers in Mecca and Jeddah.
Thousands of activists, as well as several journalists, have been detained since former army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
06:29 GMT
The two journalists, arrested during the Interior Ministry's storming of the press syndicate on Sunday, were accused of "spreading false news, inciting the public, and plotting to overthrow the regime."
Female cadets in training from Afghanistan. (Anadolu Agency)
06:00 GMT
Since 2011, more than 2,600 Afghan policemen and women have trained in Turkey.
Majid Al Futtaim’s investments are anticipated to create more than 42,000 direct and indirect job opportunities in the Sultanate in the next five years.  (Ventures on Site)
06:00 GMT
The retail giant's investments in Oman include the Mall of Oman mega retail complex, City Centre Sohar, My City Centre Sur and other retail projects.
The tax is being implemented in an effort to address a shortage in housing projects, increase transparency and strengthen the tax system.  (File photo)
05:05 GMT
A tax on undeveloped properties has already lead to a 25 percent drop in prices, as owners rush to sell off investments.
An injured man is evacuated from the aftermath of an air strike in the al-Qatarji area of Aleppo on Friday. (AFP/Ameer Alhalbi)
05:00 GMT
Once Syria’s most populous city, Aleppo is now a humanitarian disaster zone. As fighting intensifies in several districts and bombs again rain down from the sky, tens of thousands of Syria’s forgotten civilians try to survive on the frontlines, dodging missiles and hiding from snipers.
United Nations envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The decision was described as highly controversial politically and legally, as the United Nations only recognizes the Unity Government as the representative of the Libyan people.
Vests are not just for explosives: They can be used for weight loss or even pregnancy simulation. (PregnantDads.com)
05:00 GMT
‘Suspect’ spotted wearing training vest loaded with weights.
Residents of Aleppo's al-Kalasa district rescue a toddler after an air raid destroyed his home on April 28, 2016. (AFP/Ameer Alhalbi)
04:36 GMT
A photojournalist in Aleppo reflects on the hell of this past week's violence; can Lebanon's municipal elections really spark change?; and Iranian prisoners fight to find small joys while held in solitary confinement.
Offices of the German electronics company Siemens (photo: AFP)
01:38 GMT
The half-dozen alleged crooks had worked in various positions of power for the Israel Electric Corporation, a government-owned company that supplies electricity to people and businesses in the Jewish state.
Shelled buildings in Aleppo, Syria. (photo: AFP)
00:55 GMT
The American couple, whose birth names were not given, appear to have worked as recruiters for the Sunni militant group. They were known familiarly as Abu Isa Al-Amriki and Umm Isa Al-Amriki.

May 2, 2016

Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez
22:58 GMT
The Foxes, a pre-season favourite for relegation, have achieved one of the most unlikely feats in English football history with their first ever top-flight title
Tarkan and his pretty bride Pinar. (aa.com)
22:10 GMT
The handsome singer has tied the knot to Pinar Dilek.
Mehdi Benatia
19:25 GMT
Arsene Wenger is eager to strengthen his options at the back ahead of the 2016-17 season and has identified the former Roma man as an ideal addition to his defensive line
A screenshot from the supposedly risqué ad, featuring supermodel Bar Refaeli. (image: YouTube/Hoodies)
18:39 GMT
An Israeli agency said that scenes from the Hoodies swimwear ad must be deleted before it can be shown on TV.
Kuwaiti futsal coach Hamad Al-Othman (source: kuna.net.kw)
18:38 GMT
Kuwaiti futsal coach Hamad Al-Othman won the "best coach award" in Qatar's Futsal League, for the 2015-16 season, after receiving the highest votes for the prize on Sunday.
Ofir Gendelman, Netanyahu's spokesman for Arab media. (photo: Youtube/ Lewis Evans)
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Ofir Gendelman, who is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "Spokesman for Arab media," posted a snarky tweet on Sunday calling attention to the fact that a Gaza supermarket has Israeli goods for sale.
Niger says arrested more than 600 people for Boko Haram links since February. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said in a statement that at least three militants were killed while nine were captured in the operations in northeastern Borno State.
Cuneyt Cakir
16:18 GMT
Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir leads the list of 88 match officials to be used in the football tournaments of the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
More electricity lines were cut as the power supply crisis worsened in Gaza. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The company's Public Information Officer Tariq Labad told Ma'an that Egypt promised to fix the problem as soon as possible.
Australian aid worker Katherine "Kerry" Jane Wilson. (Courtesy photo)
15:00 GMT
Australian aid worker was reportedly abducted in east Afghanistan by unidentified men claiming to be intelligence officers.
The commercial marks the second time a commercial for Hoodies featuring Bar Rafaeli was considered to be too risque for prime time television. (AFP/File)
14:56 GMT
The Israeli model is in hot water with Israel's censors again, who object to too many closeups of her assets in her latest swimwear tv ad.
The UN Security Council, seen in session at the UN General Assembly on September 30, 2015 in New York. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)
14:30 GMT
Egypt won a seat at the Security Council in a vote held last October.
Jeff Williams of Apple explains the ideas behind CareKit. (Twitter)
14:09 GMT
Apple's new framework is aimed at making people more proactive and empowered to track their own medical conditions.
Jordan was ranked fifth among Arab countries in terms of press freedom. (Shutterstock)
14:00 GMT
A recent Freedom House report ranked Jordan 145th out of 199 in press freedom globally.
Parents are increasingly taking out savings plans to cover their child's educational future. (File photo)
13:54 GMT
With the cost of schooling for some amounting to more than their annual rent, some forward thinking and saving is recommended.
British Prime Minister David Cameron meets Saudi Foreign Minister in 2011 (AFP / Akira Suemori)
13:46 GMT
The couple have been exposed to abuse on Twitter after seeking to stay in the UK.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with refugee children at a preschool, during a visit to a refugee camp on April 23, 2016 on the Turkish-Syrian border in Gaziantep. (AFP/Stringer)
13:30 GMT
The group has strong support from Germans who criticized Angela Merkel's open-door policy for refugees.
This is the developer's first property venture in Egypt which involves a total investment of Dh20 billion.  (Capital Group Properties)
13:00 GMT
The Dh20 billion development will target middle income groups and include a shopping mall, schools, theatres and a 70 acre park.
Migrants are evacuated by French police officers and gendarmes from a makeshift camp under the Stalingrad metro station in Paris, on May 2, 2016. (AFP/Geoffroy Van der Hasselt)
12:30 GMT
1,350 people had gathered at the camp to be relocated to reception centers, where they are expected to request asylum.
A Palestinian farmer works in his fields in the Gaza Strip village of Khuzaa. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Witnesses told Ma'an that four armored military bulldozers and three digging machines escorted by Israeli military vehicles stormed the Gaza Strip buffer zone east of Rafah.
Only 56 per cent of those surveyed said that had specific policies or programs in place on Emiratization, while a quarter felt the policy didn't apply to them. (Twitter)
12:00 GMT
A new survey suggests that UAE employers need to work harder on engagement principles and practices in order to reverse the trend of high turnover among Emirati employees.
Iraqi soldiers inspect the wreckage of a car following an explosion. (AFP/File)
11:34 GMT
Sources reported three separate explosions which killed nine people and injured 26 combined.
Citizenship means security, stability, and a passport. (Shutterstock)
11:30 GMT
Families of Afghanistan and Pakistan immigrants who die while fighting for Iranian forces may be granted citizenship.
Yemeni women show their hands painted with flags of Arab nations. (AFP/File)
11:22 GMT
Baroud explores the political ties between Palestinians and other Arab states.
UN observers in Madaya, 2012 (AFP / Loai Beshara)
11:21 GMT
The UN’s Arabic account doesn’t mention airstrikes, but found time to focus on Syrian recipes.
A live stage production featuring Monroe and other Hollywood icons to take place on May 14. (Facebook)
11:04 GMT
A live stage production featuring Monroe and other Hollywood icons to take place on May 14.