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October 23, 2016

Tribal gunmen loyal to the Houthi movement brandish their weapons in the capital Sanaa. (AFP/File)
09:50 GMT
Saudi-led coalition accused the Houthis of violating the ceasefire almost 1,000 times in the last 24 hours by launching mortar and armed attacks along Yemen's border with the kingdom and in several Yemeni provinces.
Iraqi troops on Saturday mounted a major attack to recapture a mostly Christian town near Mosul from Daesh. (AFP/File)
09:03 GMT
Speaking after meeting US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter in Baghdad, al-Abadi denied that any agreement had been reached on a Turkish role in the fight for Iraq's second-largest city.
Egypt's deposed president Morsi sits behind the defendants cage during a court trial in Cairo on November 5, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The defendants were convicted of detaining, torturing and inciting violence against protesters outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace during his tenure in December 2012.
The JTB has created a scheme for airlines as well as local and international travel agents, offering incentives on the condition that flights go directly to Aqaba. (
07:04 GMT
Jordan's new partnership with Ukraine’s Feerie Travel will see new wekly charter flights from Kiev to Aqaba’s King Hussein International Airport until January 2017, and from March until November 2017.
A Syrian man walks past destroyed buildings on May 2, 2016, in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The Russian military announced an 11-hour ceasefire for Thursday to allow civilians, rebel fighters and injured persons to leave the area, promising them safe passage.
Bolton on a camel ride at Giza Plateau. (Ahram)
07:00 GMT
American singer-songwriter Michael Bolton asks people from all over the globe to visit Egypt.
An Israeli D9 bulldozer rolls along the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank told Ma'an that Israeli authorities escorted the bulldozers onto lands just a few kilometers south of the illegal Elon Moreh settlement.
The strategic location provides returns expected to deliver an approximately 6.5 per cent yield every year. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT
The Kuwaiti firm acquired General Electric’s (GE) global operation centre building in the mixed-use development area of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
He's so beautiful. And smart. And talented. Did we mention that he's beautiful too? (IM Lebanon)
06:00 GMT
He's so beautiful. And smart. And talented. Did we mention that he's beautiful too?
Saudi Arabia's oil minister outlined the rapidly changing landscape in the energy industry since OPEC last month in Algeria to modestly cut its output. (File photo)
05:09 GMT
The Saudi Arabian oil minister has announced plans to boost its refining and chemicals business and expand into cleaner energy such as nuclear power.
The hand of a victim amid the destruction following reported airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes on the capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammad Huweis)
05:00 GMT
A UN panel of experts has accused the Saudi Arabia-led coalition of a deliberate “double tap” airstrike on a funeral gathering in Yemen earlier this month. In a report to the UN Security Council, obtained by IRIN, the panel says that the coalition’s second strike in particular “violated its obligations” under international law and it “did not take effective precautionary measures to minimize harm to civilians, including the first responders” on the scene.
Tasmanian Governor Kate Warner (center) says she is proud to welcome all asylum seekers during a rally on October 22, 2016. (Courtesy photo)
05:00 GMT
Thousands across Australia have participated in nationwide rallies in more than 25 cities in support of asylum seekers in the country after recent calls by a lawmaker to enforce a refugee ban.

October 22, 2016

FiFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016 logo
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The Jordanian cities of Amman, Irbid and Zarqa hosted, from 30 September to 21 October, the 5th edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the biennial international women’s youth football championship contested by the under-17 national teams of the member associations of FIFA.
Shaikh Ali said the visit “shouldn’t be taken politically or be misused to diminish the international achievement” of the Kingdom, which was trusted to host the congress among 209 member countries
23:17 GMT
The decision to host Israeli Football Association delegation in the Kingdom has sparked public outrage according to DT News.
23:08 GMT
A 22-member UAE contingent will take to the mat along with 447 athletes from 30 countries in the jiu-jitsu championship series...
The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem, by David Roberts, 1850. (Wikipedia/ Creative Commons)
23:00 GMT
Discovery confirms Josephus’s account of the conflict that saw destruction of Second Temple nearly 2,000 years ago, says Israeli Antiquities Authority.
An Iraqi soldier on a frontline in Makhmur, south of Mosul (AFP/File)
20:56 GMT
Images of the celebrations surface on Twitter.
Photo: @FIFAcom
18:16 GMT
North Korea has become the first nation to win the Women's under-17 football World Cup for a second time, after beating Japan on penalties in Amman on Friday night.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (AFP/File)
16:46 GMT
Foreign Policy reports that a staffer for Congressman Doug Lamborn asked about popping the Syrian president during a meeting.
Peshmerga soldiers at their base at Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul (Al Bawaba/Adam Lucente)
16:16 GMT
Ali Risan was killed by Daesh sniper fire today near Mosul.
A verdict is not expected before April 2017. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
The suspect allegedly participated in the abduction on February 17, 2013 and was "involved in guarding the kidnapped victim (a Canadian lawyer) between March and June 2013".
Egyptian army soldiers stand guard outside a polling station during the counting of ballots after the first round of voting for Egypt's parliamentary elections in Giza, Cairo, on October 19, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:36 GMT
Gunmen opened fire on Brigadier General Adel Rajaaie, an armored division commander, when he left his home in Obour city.
Syrian refugees walk on their way back to the Syrian city of Jarabulus on September 7, 2016. (AFP/File)
11:53 GMT
Many displaced Syrians are heading to the newly-freed, half-shattered town of Jarablus, which has become a symbol of Turkey's intervention in the Syrian war. But it is far from clear what awaits them there, and whether the nascent buffer zone is sustainable.
Although stopped from travelling this time, Mr Hayes remains hopeful of joining the militia. (Creative commons)
10:22 GMT
The Irish man who attempted to travel to Iraq to fight Daesh was detained by airport security in London before his flight was due to depart.
Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a rally on July 31, 2016 in Cologne, as tensions over Turkey's failed coup put authorities on edge. (AFP/Oliver Berg)
10:00 GMT
Officials said 35 Turkish diplomatic passport holders had formally applied for asylum, but no other details were given about their identities or status of their applications.
Members of Iraqi pro-government forces drive towards the frontline on October 21, 2016 near the village of Tall al-Tibah, some 30 kilometers south of Mosul. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
08:00 GMT
Several police buildings were attacked and 18 security force members were killed.
Migrants sit on a boat of Libyan coastguard taking them ashore after they were rescued off the town of Qarabulli. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The Germany-based group had been attempting to deliver first-aid supplies to the migrants' boat when a speedboat bearing Libyan coastguard markings arrived on the scene.
Migrants, including many children, have lived at the camp for the last 18 months. They will now be relocated. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The French interior ministry said Friday that workers will begin closing the camp on Monday and the process will last for much of the week.

October 21, 2016

A bombed out neighborhood in east Aleppo (AFP/File)
21:26 GMT
Images surface of escape routes given to east Aleppans from the regime.
Saad Hariri is a major foe of Michel Aoun (AFP/File)
20:53 GMT
Saad Hariri has backed rival Michel Aoun for President.
The Popular Mobilization Units strike Daesh positions north of Kirkuk (AFP/File)
16:08 GMT
Rudaw has a livestream of today’s Daesh attack on Kirku
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has said he will back General Michel Aoun for President. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Saad Hariri is expected to endorse Christian politician Michel Aoun, despite being a close ally of Hezbollah.
A refugee camp outside of Lund, Sweden (AFP/Drago Prvulovic)
13:59 GMT
The Independent reported the astonishing decision.
Palestinian security forces are seen on patrol in the West Bank city of Nablus. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The PA has faced widespread criticism over the vague circumstances in which Palestinian fugitives have been arrested and killed amid a security crackdown.
A quick-thinking passenger snapped a video of a man driving a car with several ducks strapped to the roof and back side of the car. (Screenshot)
10:45 GMT
We've all seen goats in the backseats of cars, but this is a whole new level of animal transportation.
Iraqi soldiers and civilians check the damage after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in northern Baghdad's Sadr City, May 17, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al Rubaye)
10:00 GMT
A campaign of violence continues in Baghdad, targeting a local market and killing civilians.
Smoke rises from reported opposition fire from buildings in an eastern government-held neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 20, 2016 as clashes erupted in an area designated as a humanitarian corridor for civilians to leave the embattles city, an AFP journalist said, despite an announced pause in the Syrian army's Russian-backed offensive. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
08:00 GMT
Russia has told the UN it will stop bombing rebel-held eastern Aleppo for 11 hours a day over the next four days.
Israeli security forces gather at the site where a Palestinian woman attempted to stab an Israeli border police with a knife before being shot dead, near the Zaatara checkpoint, south of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
07:00 GMT
Rahiq Birawi, 23, became the 234th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers in the last year.
The new auction trend for the region is “vintage is king” – or queen, since we see more and more lady collectors participating in the auctions. (Twitter)
06:11 GMT
The success of auctions by Christie's Dubai reflects a thriving, sustainable international art market in the Middle East.
Syrian boys stand next to an Arab Red Crescent lorry carrying humanitarian aid in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus, on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
06:00 GMT
Continued shelling from both sides casts doubt on the 'humanitarian pause' in fighting that was supposed to take place.

October 20, 2016

Donald Trump has divided the American right (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
22:32 GMT
Bill Kristol was almost in tears while arguing with the hosts of Morning Joe after the final US presidential debate.
Lower Manhattan was once home to a thriving Syrian community (AFP/File_
21:17 GMT
Some Middle Eastern outlets picked up the story by Jeff Karoub.
Aya Medany (Photo:
19:12 GMT
President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach sent a letter to Egyptian modern pentathlon champion Aya Medany, congratulating her on being appointed at the Athletes Commission of the IOC.
The YPG is part of the US-backed SDF group  (AFP/File)
19:08 GMT
Turkey bombs YPG in Syria, revealing complexities of international relations
Photo: Daily News Egypt
18:56 GMT
In order to take Egyptian-Portuguese relations to the next level, at least in terms of the field of sports, Egyptian Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Khaled Abdel Aziz recently met...
Passport fraud is more commonplace than one might expect. (
18:17 GMT
Passport fraud could sweeping the globe faster than Syrian refugees are fleeing; in fact, the practice is not limited to the Syrian refugee community but is also the preserve shady business oligarchs.
Devyatkina speaks Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German and Spanish fluently. (Screenshot from YouTube)
17:58 GMT
The secret to her linguistic prowess was revealed by Devyatkina's mother who said her daughter has multiple nannies who teach her each language.
Turkish President Recep tayyip Erdogan at the 13th OIC summit (AFP Photo/Islam Yakut)
16:52 GMT
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) declared Gulen-affiliated Fethullah Gulen Terror Group (FETO) a terrorist group yesterday.
Trump and Clinton spar at the last debate (AFP/File)
16:29 GMT
Trump was called to task on mistruths from last time.
Tunisia national football team
16:29 GMT
Tunisia moved up 4 places to 38th in FIFA World Rankings released Wednesday. They also climbed to 4th in African standings ahead of Algeria and behind Ivory Coast (31st, +3) and Senegal (32nd).
Israel will also provide assistance in other projects, including solar energy, electricity production, irrigation, and gas. (Shutterstock)
16:22 GMT
Ynetnews reports that Israel is preparing large-scale projects to assist Egypt's 'fragile economy.'
Photo: Jordan Times
16:16 GMT
The Samsung Amman Kids Marathon 2016 will kick off tomorrow Friday with the participation of hundreds of students .
The 2017 AFCON will run between January 14 and February 5 in four host cities.
15:31 GMT
The draws for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Gabon have been conducted.
Five-year-old wounded Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh sits alone in the back of an ambulance in Aleppo. (Twitter)
15:11 GMT
"None of these incidents were true. You can have it manipulated and it is manipulated," Assad said. "This is a false picture, not a real one."
Lebanese security forces have made a number of arrests of people suspected of planning to carry out attacks in the country. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Lebanon's General Security said the cell was made up of eight Syrian nationals planning to carry out attacks in cafes and restaurants throughout the country.
People walk in the main street of the ''Jungle'' migrant camp where all makeshift shops have closed as French Interior Minister said on the eve the demolition of the camp would take place "within days" on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Denis Charlet)
14:00 GMT
A group of unaccompanied children between the age of 14 and 17 were sent to England from the Calais refugee camp, causing a furor among British lawmakers who thought some of the migrants might be over the age of 18.
Iraqi army - The Iraqi army is leading the battle to retake Mosul from Daesh. For them, it’s a sort of payback, as they swiftly lost the city to the group in 2014.
13:05 GMT
The Iraqi and Kurdish armies, Sunni and Shia militias, the US and European militaries, and many others are all fighting to rid Mosul of Daesh.
Turkish tanks are seen during a military operation in Jarabulus in northern Syria. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Turkey launched an unprecedented military operation in northern Syria on August 24, sending tanks and striking extremist targets along with Kurdish groups seen by the West as an effective force in combatting Daesh.
A traditional swordsmanship display in Saudi (AFP/File)
12:36 GMT
The move was welcomed as just and fair by many in the Kingdom.
Red really suits Gigi's bronze complexion and blond locks. (Snapshot)
12:18 GMT
Check her out in that little sexy red number.
Iraqi soldiers look on as smoke rises from the Qayyarah area, some 35 miles south of Mosul, on October 19, 2016, as Iraqi forces take part in an operation against Daesh to retake the main city. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)
12:00 GMT
A Kurdish security source said coalition forces aim to strike Daesh from three sides in the mission to recapture Mosul.
Eat' Bahrain market offering currently includes 80 restaurants, including Michelin-led restaurants CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Masso by Chef Susy Massetti. (Shutterstock)
12:00 GMT
Founded in 2014, Eat’s consumer facing apps, available on web, iOS and Android, allow diners across Bahrain and Dubai to discover fine-dining restaurants and make real-time reservations.
Walter's Coffee gives off the air of an industrial lab, with coffee served in beakers and the menu arranged like the periodic table. (Twitter)
11:37 GMT
Walter's Coffee already has successful branches in Istanbul and New York.
Walter’s Coffee Roastery is a “Breaking Bad” inspired coffee shop founded by Deniz Kosan. (Facebook)
11:27 GMT
Walter’s Coffee Roastery is a “Breaking Bad” inspired coffee shop founded by Deniz Kosan.
Yemeni fighters from the separatist Southern Movement, loyal to the government forces, arrive for a rally marking the anniversary of the south's revolt against British colonial rule on October 13, 2016, in the southern city of Aden. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
11:00 GMT
Yemeni army sources said Houthi rebels were shelling residential areas to the east and west of Taiz.
Remittances and capital inflows are some of the few remaining elements that keep the struggling Lebanese economy on its feet. (File photo)
11:00 GMT
The World Bank revised upward its estimates for remittances and inflows to Lebanon to reach $7.6B compared to $7.48B last year.
Badr before he shaved off his head. (Al Hayat)
10:43 GMT
He marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A Palestinian art student paints as she takes part in a festival marking the World Mental Health Day on October 11, 2016 in Gaza City. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
10:34 GMT
Pumping large numbers of highly educated youth into stagnant, over-saturated job markets only increases the pool of frustrated young people from which extremists draw their recruits.
The Lebanese army is seen on patrol in the border town of Arsal. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The shipment was in support of Lebanon's continued fight against Daesh and other militant groups operating in the country and on its border with Syria.
Egypt is currently reviewing eligibility for a smart card system through which low income Egyptians access state-subsidised food. (File photo)
10:00 GMT
The Egyptian government is considering the increase of state support for individuals facing 'economic hardships' as a result of fiscal reforms.
'Under the Shadow' has been selected as the British entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. (GetMovieNews)
09:25 GMT
'Under the Shadow' has been selected as the British entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
Mass protests hit Egypt earlier this year following a controversial deal transferring two Red Sea islands from Egypt to Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The arrests came amid growing calls on social media for mass demonstrations to protest economic conditions and price hikes.
The solar energy will allow residents to operate water pumps and tanks at Abu Zaytun area and will provide water for around 500 people.  (File photo)
09:00 GMT
A project sponsored by TIKA, Turkey’s international development agency, will help provide electricity via solar energy for families in Bethlehem.
Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was shot dead in front of a courthouse in Amman last month after sharing a cartoon online that was deemed "insulting to Islam." (AFP/File)
08:59 GMT
The main suspect, Riad Abdullah, was charged with four crimes, including premeditated murder and possessing an unlicensed weapon.
Isn't she breathtaking? (Instagram)
08:43 GMT
If her acting skills are as perfect as her looks...
If you prefer to get a full refund, you will need the original receipt and take the phone back to where you originally purchased it from. (
08:01 GMT
Owners of the Note7 can either exchange their device with a Galaxy S7 edge or receive a full refund.
Syrian rebel fighters and their families arrive on the outskirts of Idlib, bordering the Hama province, following their evacuation from Qudssaya and al-Hamah, rebel-held neighbourhoods of the Syrian capital, on October 14, 2016. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
08:00 GMT
Few civilians appear to be leaving Aleppo, too, whether because they are unable to find a safe way out or because they prefer to stay in their homes.
 First Avenue will be designed as an European-style mall, with an indoor-outdoor boulevard and Arabesque influences. (Gulf Business)
08:00 GMT
Based at the edge of the Dubai Autodrome, the overall two-storey development will stretch across 500,000sq ft, linked by a one-kilometre roadway . The development is slated to open in the first quarter of next year.
Sergei Shnurov from the band Leningrad. (Wikipedia)
07:58 GMT
The band, formed in the 90s, is often referred to as 'most shocking Russian band.'
Incorrect details were common in job applicants' work history, grades, qualifications, institutions or course dates. (File photo)
07:42 GMT
Due diligence company HireRight has revealed that over 60 percent of resumes in MENA contained inaccuracies, errors or exaggeration.
Austrian trio Rom-Schaerer-Eberle live @ Carinthischer Sommer 2011. (Facebook/Thomas Hude)
07:42 GMT
The Cairo Jazz Festival kicks off today.
A Syrian Arab Red Crescent lorries are seen in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the Syrian capital Damascus, on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
07:00 GMT
Both Russia and Syria said they had halted airstrikes around Aleppo ahead of Thursday's eight-hour truce.
The fundamental challenge for the GCC states is that they have to diversify their economies as well as create new job opportunities in non-oil sectors. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
According to the IMF, the combined fiscal deficit of six-nation GCC bloc is nearly $500 billion for next six years and governments need to introduce new taxes and cut spending.
Abu Ali, 48, was hit by family problems that led to mental illness and lived in a park before activists came to his aid. (Facebook)
06:45 GMT
Abu Ali fell on hard times after returning to Jordan from the US - but now he has a fresh start with a new haircut and a furnished apartment rented for him.
An Afghan health worker administers the polio vaccine to a child during a campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad on October 17, 2016. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
06:00 GMT
In a new report, the UN noted a marked increase in child casualties this year, even as overall numbers of civilian casualties fell.
The event is Bahrain’s first tri-service defence exhibition, covering land, sea and air. (Wikimedia Commons)
06:00 GMT
The first Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Bidec) will be take place from October 16 to18 next year.
The $17.5B bond issue kicks off the efforts by the Kingdom to plug its large budget deficit of $87 billion this year due to a hole left by oil prices, which have fallen more than a half from the peak seen in 2013. (File photo)
05:10 GMT
Saudi Arabia is expected to raise 75 percent more in the $17.5B bond issue than the earlier anticipated, receiving an order book of around $70 billion.
Jewish worshippers perform the annual Cohanim prayer during Sukkot holiday, or the feast of the Tabernacles, at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem on October 19, 2016. (AFP/Gil Cohen-Magen)
05:00 GMT
The resolution heavily criticizes Israeli restriction of access to the holy site for Muslim worshippers.

October 19, 2016

The exiled France striker Karim Benzema refused to accept the claims that he is not a good example levelled by the head of state following a blackmail scandal
18:13 GMT
The exiled France striker Karim Benzema refused to accept the claims that he is not a good example levelled by the head of state following a blackmail scandal
Ghareeb (male): Literally translates into “strange.” Isn’t it “strange” to give your adorable newborn a strange name like this?
16:51 GMT
Would you pick one of these names for your baby?
An image on the official Fenerbahce SK Twitter account (@Fenerbahce) shows damage to the cockpit window
16:48 GMT
The Turkish outfit's journey to England to face Manchester United was far from routine, with their plane encountering a problem
The civilian deaths have drawn particular attention since a strike earlier this month that left more than 140 dead at a funeral ceremony. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Sounds of powerful explosions were heard following two airstrikes by alliance jets against the facility, in the eastern part of rebel-controlled Sana'a.
Much of Aleppo has been destroyed by Syrian and Russian airstrikes (AFP/File)
15:15 GMT
Russia accused Belgium of a bombing in Hassajik, outside of Aleppo, and is demanding an apology. But Belgium denies carrying out the attack.
Photo: Shutterstock
15:07 GMT
Fast walking or cycling for recommended 150 minutes a week can reduce a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 26 percent.
Egyptian security forces stand by their armored personnel carriers in North Sinai. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Egyptian air forces and artillery brigade pounded seven militant hideouts on Tuesday, and damaged 16 havens and arms caches used by the insurgents, the military said in a statement late in the day.
A Peshmerga soldier east of Mosul (AFP/File)
14:15 GMT
CNN, Al Jazeera, Facebook and local media have livestreamed the battle, which began Monday.
Pregnant with 2nd child, Israeli-born actress promotes biopic where she portrays former First Lady Jackie Kennedy. (File photo)
14:11 GMT
Pregnant with 2nd child, Israeli-born actress promotes biopic where she portrays former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.
The visit began three months after Morocco announced its bid to rejoin to the African Union. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
This is the first tour by the Moroccan Monarch to East Africa, where Morocco's presence and projection are weak in comparison to West Africa.
Donald Trump at a Republican party debate (AFP/Robyn Beck)
13:51 GMT
Gurinder Singh Khalsa is now angry at Trump, WHTR reports.