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August 31, 2014

Mai Ezz El Din is due to return to Cairo after her break (Image: Facebook)
13:26 GMT
Busy busy and in need of a vacation! Egyptian actress Mai Ezz El Din decided to take some time out from acting and take a break.
Alexis Sanchez
13:17 GMT
After Arsenal's quest to reach the Champions League group stages ended in success at the Emirates Stadium Thursday night, the Gunners must refocus their attention once more towards domestic matters.
Tottenham v Liverpool: Preview and Projected Lineups
13:13 GMT
The last time that Liverpool traveled to White Hart Lane, the Reds decimated Tottenham with a complete display of ruthless attacking that ended 0-5 in favor of the Merseyside club and saw Andre Villas-Boas out of the Premier League.
The Queen recently launched a new non-profit that offers online courses in Arabic. (AFP/File)
13:11 GMT
Her Majesty Queen Rania marks her birthday on Sunday August 31.
Israeli settlements in the West Bank increased by 70% in 2013. (AFP/File)
13:04 GMT
Israeli authorities announced on Sunday the confiscation of around 1,000 acres of private Palestinian land in the West Bank.
The Muslim Brotherhood was labeled a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government. (AFP/File)
12:41 GMT
Giza Criminal Court commuted the death sentences of several leading Muslim Brotherhood figures to life in prison.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces stand at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Mosul (File/AFP)
12:10 GMT
America doesn't fully understand what is going on in Iraq. If Vice President Joe Biden did, he would not be advocating for three federal states - Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurdish in the country.
Hotel occupancy in Dubai slid by 4.6 percent in July (File/AFP)
11:31 GMT
Dubai's hotel sector barely managed to break even in July. Occupancy levels slid by 4.6 percent due to a summer slowdown including the month of Ramadan.
Palestinian men stand on a truck loaded with goods from UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, after it entered the Gaza Strip from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing on August 28, 2014 in Rafah in the southern Gaza. [AFP]
11:28 GMT
Jordanian member of parliament Muhammad al-Dawayima arrived in Gaza on Friday bringing with him 250 tons of medicines and medical equipment as humanitarian aid continues to flow in to the devastated Palestinian coastal enclave.
Flydubai will launch three new routes to East Africa in September (File/AFP)
10:38 GMT
Flydubai added three new routes to East Africa, which will be launched in September making it the first Emirati carrier to fly to Rwanda and Burundi.
The wind farm will save up to $475,000 annually in the tiny islands (File/AFP)
09:58 GMT
One of the UAE's biggest clean energy companies, Masdar, has developed Samoa's first wind farm on the island of Upolu.
Soldiers Ibrahim Shaaban, Ahmad Ghieh and Wael Darwish were reunited with their families in Arsal Sunday morning. [The Daily Star]
09:44 GMT
The five Lebanese hostages released by the Nusra Front were being reunited with their families Sunday morning, as concerns grow over the fate of the remaining 24 soldiers and policemen being held by Syrian militants.
The Airbus A350 is due to be launched later this year (Image: Gulf Business)
09:36 GMT
Qatar Airways prepared to receive the Airbus A350 Xtra Wide Body aircraft for delivery by the end of 2014.
09:29 GMT
Dubai ruler plans 16-bedroom mansion in Scotland
Cameron spoke after the country's terror threat risk level was raised to "severe" due to fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria. [AFP]
09:16 GMT
PM sets out tough new anti-terror measures in response to heightened threat
Nabila Obeid assures she'll be keeping the reputations of others shiny in her upcoming memoir. (Image: Facebook)
09:12 GMT
We'll be getting down and dirty with the real Nabila Obeid as the actress writes her personal memoirs.
Although there is a growth in the housing market, occupier activity levels in the office remain low in Bahrain (Image: Al Shorfa)
09:06 GMT
A healthy economy fuelled by stability and job creation led to growth in Bahrain's real estate market, according to an industry expert.
Palestinian women look at the shattered remains of a building complex that was destroyed by fighting between Hamas Militants and Israel on August 29, 2014. [AFP]
09:06 GMT
It will take 20 years for the war-torn Gaza Strip to be rebuilt, says an international organization engaged in assessment of post-war reconstruction.
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters guard a post as they participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State. [AFP]
08:58 GMT
The strikes are meant to thwart Islamic State attacks on the 15,000 residents of the besieged town of Amerli
More than half of the UAE will be hiring over the next three months, according to a recruitment portal (Image: File)
08:48 GMT
The UAE is the place to job hunt! According to a leading recruitment portal, over 60 percent of the UAE's employers will be hiring over the next three months.
Everyone will surely be saying yes to more Saba! (Image: Facebook)
08:39 GMT
Nicole Saba was a smashing hit in the holy month on the show "Difference in Timing" with Tamer Hosny, and now she's back to business again with a new single "Ma Baqa Tudqili" (You Don't Beat For Me).
Philippine Armed Forces public affairs office. [AFP]
08:38 GMT
The Philippines' armed forces chief says peacekeepers on Golan Heights were helped by Israeli and Syrian forces who engaged rebels in seven-hour firefight in what was he called the "greatest escape."
An aerial view of Gaza after the 51 day assault by Israel. (YouTube)
08:33 GMT
On July 20th, Gaza was subjected to indiscriminate artillery bombardment by Israel that was so intense, it shocked even US military officers; imprisoned AJ staff member has a son; and Indians and Egyptians fight in Kuwait, two dead.
US President Barack Obama and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. [AFP]
08:20 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s monarch King Abdullah has warned that the West will be the next target of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists sweeping across Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action.
Come one, Karmon! The Dutch DJ is about to do Dubai. (Image: Facebook)
08:15 GMT
He's been a hit around the region, and now he'll be mixin' the beats for the bad a city of Dubai.
Saudi, Bahrain and the UAE pulled their ambassadors out of Qatar in a diplomatic row earlier this year, straining GCC relations (File/AFP)
08:11 GMT
GCC leaders agreed to improve relations and develop principles between nations, including the reinstatement of Bahrain, Saudi and Emirati ambassadors to Qatar "any time".
Amal Alamuddin has eyes only for the "brooding silver fox".
08:02 GMT
Our Lebanese lovely has snatched an older man, but George Clooney is still looking good at 54, according to a list of men aging most gracefully.
Souad Massi won't be stepping up to the mic in Israel. (Image: Facebook)
07:53 GMT
Souad Massi reveals her reasons for giving the hand instead of her voice in the nation of Israel.
Tourists visit the Sheikh Omar al-Sahrawardi Mosque in Baghdad. [AFP]
07:47 GMT
In spite of Islamic State, a Wigan travel agency reports a surge in demand for its trips to the region
There could be a possibility of overheating in the market according to the Qatar National Bank's report (Image: Real Estate Qatar)
07:45 GMT
Real estate prices in Qatar continue to rise with average prices of both commercial and residential properties increasing by 20 percent since September 2008, according to data from the Real Estate Price Index.
Pro-Palestinian British MP George Calloway was assaulted by an Israeli supporter.
07:40 GMT
British MP George Galloway was getting off a bus when someone not too pleased withthe MP's views took it upon themselves to beat him mercilessly; Seven MBs get life, 6 get death in Egypt; and how to burn Islamic flags without upsetting Muslims.
A Bahraini girl holds a placard and flashing "V" sign for victory during a protest in solidarity with jailed Bahraini photographer Ahmed Humaidan in the village of Sitra, south of Manama, on August 30, 2014. Freelance photographer Ahmed Humaidan is among the 29 Shiites who were handed 10-year prison terms for an attack on a police centre in April 2012. (AFP /MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)
07:24 GMT
A Bahraini girl holds a placard and flashing "V" sign for victory
Tourism is expected to be boosted by the move (Image: PortofSohar)
07:13 GMT
With Oman's cargo authorities shifting port activities from Muscat to Sohar, it will not only boost the economy but also create a positive future for the country's industrial development.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani smiles during a press conference in Tehran on August 30, 2014. [AFP]
07:02 GMT
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will continue nuclear negotiations on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
George Galloway was assaulted in Notting Hill, West London, by a man who appeared to have taken exception to his controversial comments about Israel.
06:46 GMT
It was unclear whether the attacker was an Israeli, an EDL-supporter or had some other motivation for attacking the MP.
Palestinian women observe damage caused by Israeli air strikes in Beit Hanoun, August 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:45 GMT
The Maldives raised $2 million to supply aid for Gaza after 7 weeks of conflict between Israeli forces and Hamas.
Hamas said Saturday attempts to disarm Palestinians are "worthless" and inconsistent with international law. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Hamas spokespeople said Saturday Israeli attempts to disarm Palestinian resistance groups is "inconsistent with international law" and should not be allowed.
The irrigation minister added that additional studies would determine whether the projected height of the dam – along with its storage capacity – would have any negative consequences for Egypt.
04:55 GMT
Relations between Cairo and Addis Ababa soured last year over Ethiopia’s construction of the $6.4-billion hydroelectric dam on the Blue Nile.
GCC equities in general continue to show characteristics that will continue to make them attractive to investors over the rest of this year.
04:55 GMT
While the Iraqi conflict has also kept some international investors at bay and risk premiums across the region elevated, the political backdrop seems to have improved in a number of countries in the region.
With a population of 1.8 million, Gaza is a densely populated coastal strip of urban warrens and agricultural land that still bears the scars of previous rounds of fighting.
04:55 GMT
Any effort to rebuild Gaza will be hindered by a blockade imposed by Egypt and Israel since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power in 2007
Samsung said the Gear S will start selling from October. It did not give details on pricing or where it will be available.
01:58 GMT
The world’s biggest smartphone maker has been pushing hard to develop the wearable devices market as it looks to counter slowing earnings in its mobile division
Loic Remy
01:50 GMT
Harry Redknapp revealed earlier on Saturday that QPR had accepted a bid for the French forward, who is now set to move to the Blues to replace Fernando Torres

August 30, 2014

Everton 3-6 Chelsea: Costa scores twice in thriller
19:42 GMT
The Brazil-born Spaniard - who was a fitness doubt for the game with a minor muscular injury - continued his prolific scoring form as goals reigned supreme at Goodison Park
Crossing the Atlantic for a chance at a U.S. passport? (Shuttershock)
18:33 GMT
In the late stages of their pregnancies, Lebanese women are taking off on trans-Atlantic flights for their children to have a chance at American or Canadian citizenship.
Two separate bombings happened Saturday in Baghdad, killing at least 13 people and wounding at least 30. (AFP/File)
18:11 GMT
Iraqi officials reported Saturday two separate bombings in Baghdad which killed at least 13 soldiers.
Manchester City 0-1 Stoke City: Diouf wonderstrike shocks holders
17:11 GMT
The Senegal international ran 80 yards with the ball to score the only goal of the game as Potters boss Mark Hughes handed his former club their first defeat of the season
Roberto Martinez
15:19 GMT
Everton are yet to record their first win of the campaign having secumbed to second half fight backs by both Leicester City and Arsenal in their opening two matches resulting in two draws.
Burnley 0-0 Manchester United: Van Gaal still without a win despite Di Maria debut
14:55 GMT
Manchester United’s record signing Angel Di Maria was unable to inspire his side to victory as the Red Devils were held to a goalless draw by Burnley at Turf Moor.
Daniel Agger
14:11 GMT
The central defender has made over 230 appearances for the Reds over eight years since initially joining them from the Danish club but says that "the time is right" to go back
Forty-four UN peacekeepers were taken hostage earlier this week when armed al-Nusra militants stormed the Golan border amid heavy clashes with government forces.  (AFP/Jack Guez)
13:54 GMT
Fiji military officials said Saturday the 44 peacekeeper soldiers captured by al-Nusra militants earlier this week have been moved out of UN territory to an unknown location.
Manchester City v Stoke City: Preview and Projected Lineups
13:49 GMT
Manchester City already have started their new season off just as planned with back to back victories over Newcastle United as well as Liverpool, and the Citizens are looking for more as former manager Mark Hughes travels to the Etihad.
Daley Blind
13:41 GMT
The two clubs have agreed a €17.5 million fee for the 24-year-old as Louis van Gaal moves to strengthen his defensive options before the end of the transfer window
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said militants should heed government warning that actions against Lebanese soldiers will threaten Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
13:18 GMT
After an IS threat to kill nine captured Lebanese soldiers this week, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk gave an "implicit warning" to militants that actions were threatening more than a million Syrian refugees taking refuge in the country.
Secretary of State John Kerry in a New York Times article detailed an plan to coordinate global forces against IS at the UN's September summit. (AFP/File)
12:09 GMT
After President Obama said earlier this week the U.S. currently has 'no strategy' to combat IS on a regional level, Secretary of State John Kerry said he will seek a 'global coalition' action plan at the UN Security Council's September summit meeting.
Armed police officers hold guns as they stand in Downing Street, in central London on August 29, 2014. British Home Secretary Theresa May said on August 29 the country's terror threat risk level was being raised to "severe" due to fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria. (AFP / LEON NEAL)
12:06 GMT
Armed police officers hold guns as they stand in Downing Street, in central London on August 29, 2014.
Nine captive Lebanese soldiers appeared in an IS video Friday pleading for the Lebanese government to agree to the release of jihadi prisoners to avoid IS threats to execute them. (AFP/File)
08:45 GMT
A new video released by the IS Friday said the group would kill nine captive Lebanese soldiers in the next three days if the government does not release Islamist prisoners in Roumieh jail.
A contestant walks the catwalk to audition for MIss Egypt 23014 . (Facebook)
08:34 GMT
AFter a three year break (or hiding from the MB), the competition to find the beauty of Egypt has returned with 21 finalists ready to compete; the US sends weapons to the Lebanese Army; and the next way to govern ins Israel is war.
The IS is currently holding a 26-year-old American aid worker whose release they've also pinned on the U.S. release of Aafia Siddiqui. (AFP/File)
08:06 GMT
Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani woman whose been in U.S. custody at least since 2008 serving an 86 year sentence on terror plot and attempted murder charges. Now IS has demanded her release several times in exchange for high-profile American hostage cases, including that of the late James Foley.
A Fatah official Wednesday said the PLO plans to take a renewed diplomatic role at the UN Security Council in the wake of Tuesday's ceasefire agreement in Cairo. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT
In the wake of a permanent ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian leadership Tuesday, Fatah officials say they plan to take a larger, diplomatic role at the UN Security Council.

August 29, 2014

Javier Mascherano
20:24 GMT
Los Blancos sold the winger to Manchester United this week for €84 million but the Blaugrana ace says the capital club have just got rid of one of "top 10 players in the world"
Fernando Torres
19:55 GMT
Chelsea and AC Milan have agreed terms on a two-year loan deal for Fernando Torres, the Premier League club have confirmed.
Diego Costa a big doubt for Everton, says Mourinho
19:16 GMT
The Spaniard sustained a minor muscular injury on Wednesday and has missed two days of training, but the Chelsea boss has not ruled out including him on the bench
15:16 GMT
James Foley death: US photojournalist was waterboarded by Isis before his execution, say sources
Europa League draw
15:12 GMT
The 48 teams have been drawn into 12 groups for this season's tournament which sees Everton drawn into a tough group with Wolfsburg, Lille and Krasnodar
Irish members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) sit on their armoured vehicles in the Israeli-annexed Golan Height as they wait to cross into Syria, on August 28, 2014. [AFP]
15:01 GMT
Israeli forces took up positions at Quneitra barely 400 meters from Nusra Front militants who attacked a UN base on the Syrian side of the border and seized the 43 Fijians.
A Dutch member of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) stands on August 29, 2014 in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and uses a binocular to watch the Syrian side of the Golan after rebel fighters took over the control of the Quneitra border crossing. Syrian rebels surrounded dozens of defiant Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Friday and demanded they give up their weapons, hours after taking 43 Fijian soldiers hostage, authorities said. Syrian rebels, including fighters from the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, stormed a Golan Heights crossing at Quneitra on August 27, sparking an exchange of gunfire with Israeli troops. (AFP / JACK GUEZ)
11:58 GMT
A Dutch member of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) stands on August 29, 2014 in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and uses a binocular
Syrian families carry belongings in the southern Damascus district of Qadam on August 21, 2014, as they return to their homes after Syrian authorities and rebels agreed a truce on August 18. [AFP]
08:13 GMT
Almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives, according to the UNHCR; Syria operation is largest in UNHCR's history, organization says.
A still image from video taken by a US Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft shows the oil tanker United Kalavrvta, which is carrying a cargo of Kurdish crude oil, approaching Galveston, Texas, July 25, 2014.
07:57 GMT
Tanker with $100 million Iraqi oil goes dark off Texas coast
US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:43 GMT
US President Barack Obama says Washington does not have “a strategy yet” to tackle the ISIL group, which is operating in Iraq and Syria.
ISIS claimed it beheaded a Peshmerga fighter in graphic video and threatened 14 others. [Youtube]
07:34 GMT
The ISIL group has released a video purportedly showing the beheading of a Kurdish man in the city of Mosul.
Palestinians celebrate late on August 26, 2014 what they said was a victory by Palestinians in Gaza over Israel following a ceasefire, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. [AFP]
07:16 GMT
Hamas chief says that Israeli 'failure ... proves that the resistance cannot be blockaded' and calls for Palestinian self-determination through an end to the occupation.
Boycotting Israeli goods might actually affect the economy. (Shuttershock)
06:00 GMT
Economic analysts say the boycott campaign on Israeli goods could actually buoy the Palestinian economy as well.
Israeli forces destroyed six homes near Jerusalem Thursday, leaving 51 Palestinians homeless. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Fifty-one Palestinians were left homeless Thursday when Israeli authorities destroyed six homes near Jerusalem.

August 28, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo
20:07 GMT
The Real Madrid star has been voted as the top performer in 2013-14 ahead of Bayern Munich pair and fellow nominees Manuel Neuer and Arjen Robben
More than 100 Palestinians are currently being held at the Cairo airport for trying to travel on expired visas. (AFP/File)
19:09 GMT
More than 100 Palestinians have been detained by Egyptian authorities at the Cairo airport for more than three weeks after attempting to travel on expired visas.
23-year-old American student Aaron Sofer went missing last week while hiking in the Jerusalem Forest. Authorities believe body recovered Thursday is that of Sofer. (AFP/Jack Guez)
18:11 GMT
23-year-old American student Aaron Sofer went missing last week during a hike in the Jerusalem Forest. Authorities announced Thursday the discovery of a body suspected to be that of Sofer.
Champions League draw in full: Real Madrid face Liverpool, Barcelona versus PSG
17:54 GMT
The reigning champions discovered who they will face in the group stages on Thursday, with other top ties including Arsenal-Dortmund, Bayern-Man City and Atletico Madrid-Juventus
UN officials reported Thursday the capture of 43 UNDOF peacekeepers after heavy clashes between opposition fighters and Syrian government forces broke out near the Golan Heights border. (AFP/File)
17:34 GMT
The UN says 43 of its UNDOF peacekeepers were abducted Thursday by masked militants after brutal clashes between various Syrian opposition forces and government soldiers broke out.
Angel Di Maria
16:48 GMT
The new Old Trafford signing will wear the famous No.7 shirt, previously worn by the Real Madrid star, and spoke of his desire to fulfil the expectations of the number
Lebanon Education Minister Bou Saab said Thursday the country's clashes with Islamist militants has become a 'state of war.' (AFP/File)
16:31 GMT
Amid renewed Arsal violence, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said Thursday the situation between Lebanon and thousands of Syrian militants who've crossed over from Syria is a 'state of war'.
Hamilton leads temporarily during Belgian Grand Prix
15:46 GMT
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has reportedly been slammed as 'cement-brained' and constantly playing victim in light of the clash with his teammate Nico Rosberg.
Sinai militants released a video on Twitter detailing the execution of four Egyptian men charged with spying for Israel. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
Sinai militant group Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis said Thursday it depacitated four Egyptian men on charges of 'spying for Israel.'
Two Syrians were issued arrest warrants Thursday in Lebanon on charges of belonging to a terror group and plotting the Arsal attack. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
In what Lebanon claims to be two separate cases, a Lebanese judge issued warrants form two Syrian nationals. The first is alleged ISIS commander Imad Ahmad Jomaa and the second is Ahmad Jomaa. Sources say the two men are not connected.
Olivier Giroud
14:40 GMT
Olivier Giroud's playing time in 2014 has come to an end, following a secondary scan and surgery on his broken leg.
ISIS militants have made repeated attempts to take the significant Baiji oil refinery from Kurdish control, but have not yet succeeded. They set fire to the smaller Ain Zalah field Thursday before retreating a Kurdish attack. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT
Amid a powerful Kurdish offensive, ISIS militants were driven from the Ain Zalah oil field, but not before setting fire to three of the field's wells.
Israeli forces declared the Nablus village of Madama a 'closed military zone' Thursday. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT
After Israeli soldiers raided Burin Wednesday, the adjacent Nablus village of Madama was declared a 'closed military zone' and residents were reportedly barred from leaving or entering the village.
Wayne Rooney
13:16 GMT
The Manchester United striker will lead his country during the Euro 2016 qualification campaign after the retirements of veteran stars Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard
An IDF soldier keeps watch along the border with Gaza and Israel (File/AFP)
12:46 GMT
Israel's army fired warning shots near the Gaza Strip Thursday after a crowd of Palestinians hurled rocks at the security fence.
Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. [AFP]
12:11 GMT
The Lebanese Army clashed with Syrian rebels Thursday after the military shelled the militants' hideouts in the outskirts of the northeastern border region of Arsal.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rowhani. [AFP]
12:05 GMT
Russia has expressed optimism about the prospects of Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks, saying the negotiations are close to fulfilling Iran's demand that all of its inalienable rights as a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) be safeguarded.
CEO of Jannah Hotels and Resorts, Imad Darwish, said there is a greater need of hotels ahead of Dubai Expo 2020 (Image: File)
11:55 GMT
Jannah Hotels and Resorts is planning to expand across the UAE by introducing more apartment hotels and brands to the company.
Number plates in Dubai haven’t changed for decades
11:55 GMT
Vehicles registered in Dubai will soon have number plates with new designs as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is working on plans to replace the existing designs and colours.
ISIS militants recently threatened to kill Mr. Sotloff. (Image: screenshot)
11:54 GMT
The mother of American journalist Steven Sotloff has released a video pleading with the leader of ISIS to spare her son's life.
The new models of watches are available throughout the GCC (Image: Casio)
11:46 GMT
Casio Middle East unveiled two new Edifice time pieces throughout stores in GCC countries.
Amal Arafeh is still at large on the Syrian scene!
11:42 GMT
Syria's starlet Amal Arafeh has disclosed her latest projects to her curious public.
The babies were eventually handed back to their correct parents. (AFP/File)
11:36 GMT
Two babies were accidentally switched at birth at a Saudi hospital.
Petrochemicals supported the uptrend of the kingdom's stock market (File/AFP)
11:33 GMT
The Tadawul All-Share Index breached 11,000-mark with a six-year high. Strong global demand for petrochemicals supported the increase.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [AFP]
11:07 GMT
Jordanian newspaper says leaders met in Amman; Prime Minister's Office does not comment on report; Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel could potentially want Abbas and his forces in Gaza.
Saudi Arabia's unemployment rate is believed to be around 11.4 percent (File/AFP)
10:46 GMT
Saudi authorities denied reports that a proposal to reduce public sector working hours to 40 a week was being scrapped.