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February 25, 2015

Soldiers said armed Houthis shelled an army base in Yemen's capital, leading to a six-hour clash Wednesday. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Soldiers said armed Houthis shelled an army base in Yemen's capital, leading to a six-hour clash Wednesday.
Jerome Valcke
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The 2021 Confederations Cup will not be held in Qatar, FIFA announced on Wednesday.
James Blunt, Sting, John Legend bring their hot jams to the region.
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This weekend is seriously going to be epic in the Emirates as the Dubai Jazz Festival brings James Blunt, John Legend, and Sting to the stage.
The National Security Adviser of the United States, Susan Rice. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A top American official has blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for deciding to address Congress, saying the planned visit is destructive to relations between the US and Israel.
Former Miss Turkey is facing jail time for insulting the Turkish President. (Image: Hurriyet Daily News)
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Former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac in hot water for posting satirical poem about Turkey's President!
Around 8,000 books and manuscripts were destroyed by Daesh militants in Mosul. (Shutterstock)
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Daesh militants don't have the best IQ numbers clearly after burning town up to 8,000 books, which were centuries old from Mosul's library.
A still from Nancy's latest video "And I Come to Say Goodbye." (Image: Image)
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Nancy Ajram's new music video lacks everything her old videos had, and her fans are totes unhappy!
Bahrain and Saudi Arabia registered an increase of 2.6 per cent, followed by Kuwait with an increase of 2.57 per cent, Oman by 0.22 per cent, the UAE by 1.33 per cent.
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Figures showed an increase in housing and utility prices in all the GCC countries in December last year when compared with 2013 figures.
The new bride fainted when special security forces stormed the house and broke down the door. (Shutterstock)
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An Iraqi woman falsely informed police that her husband was a high-ranking member of Daesh as revenge for marrying again.
Fifteen people still remain trapped in the snow, according to officials. (AFP/File)
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At least 31 people were killed while 15 others remain trapped after a series of avalanches hit Afghanistan's Panjsher province Wednesday.
Obama has made a point of denying Daesh a religious label (File-AFP)
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The implications of labeling Daesh "Islamic"; Egyptians hipsters join Daesh; and how the Arab states are failing Palestine.
Ooredoo owns 92.1 per cent of Ooredoo Kuwait.
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Ooredoo Kuwait, the country’s No.3 mobile operator by subscribers, blamed on Monday foreign exchange losses, investments in Algeria and restructuring costs in Tunisia for wiping out its fourth-quarter profit.
It would mean that international buyers would have access to new sellers of energy that could be purchased at competitive prices and in turn drive down the price of Saudi Arabian oil.
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US politicians are pushing to lift the country’s ban on crude oil exports, a move that if successful would challenge Saudi Arabia’s long held dominance over the global oil market.
Al-Naimi was the driving force behind Opec's recent shift in policy choosing not to cut output at its last meeting in November to support oil prices.
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"Markets are calm now ... demand is growing," Al-Naimi told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in the port city of Jizan, southwest Saudi Arabia.
The convicted belonged to a 36-member terrorist cell. (Shutterstock)
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Two men belonging to a terrorist organization were sentenced to death on Tuesday by Saudi's Special Criminal Court for plotting to hijack an airplane.
Hisham has had a lot of surgical work done to look like his idol Nancy Ajram. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Nancy Ajram's shemale lookalike Hisham Alrashed has big news for his fans: There's a mini him on the way!
 Dubai is already a global trade hub, with Dubai International Airport one of the world’s busiest international airports.
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what makes Dubai stand out is the Dubai Smart City initiative, which aims to make Dubai one of the world’s best-connected, smartest, and happiest cities by 2017.
A burqa-clad Afghan woman carries chopped logs after buying them at a firewood yard in Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)
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a burqa-clad Afghan woman carries chopped logs after buying them at a firewood yard in Herat.
Musa, a 25-year-old Kurdish marksman, stands atop a building as he looks at the destroyed Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on January 30, 2015 (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Kurdish militias back by US-led airstrikes have killed at least 132 Daesh militants since Saturday in an ongoing battle in northeastern Syria.
Palestinian mourners carry the body of 19-year old Palestinian Jihad al-Jaafari, who was shot dead on the roof of his house after Israeli soldiers entered the Dheishe refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem before dawn, sparking clashes with stone-throwing locals, mourn during his funeral in Bethlehem, on February 24, 2015. (AFP/File)
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An autopsy revealed that 19-year-old Jihad al-Jaafari bled to death after being hit with an M16 bullet shot at close range.
An Egyptian security official mans a checkpoint in Cairo. (AFP/File)
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Although a bold and robust response is needed when it comes to fighting Daesh - namely now in Libya, Arab armies will not help.
From fine art to visual art, Jordan's bustling art community continues to grow. (Shutterstock)
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Jordan's art scene continues to expand, making the kingdom one of the most renowned countries in the Middle East for different artistic styles.
A Palestinian man in front of a Gaza mosque after it was shelled by the Israel Defence Forces on 29 July 2014. (AFP/Mahmud Hams).
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The settlers stormed Al-Jabaa village at 4am and torched Al-Huda mosque.
The IDF displays some of Israel's rockets at the port of Eliat. (AFP/File)
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The human rights organization Amnesty International urged the global community to halt weapon sales and shipments to countries accused of committing mass atrocities, such as Iraq, Syria, and Israel.
Both planes allegedly crashed due to an accident, according to the Turkish army. No further details were given. (AFP/File)
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Four people were killed after two Turkish Air Force Jets crashed in Eastern Anatolia late Tuesday due to unknown reasons.
The woman claims the charges against her are untrue. (Shutterstock)
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An Indian man accused a Jordanian lady wearing niqab of sexually assaulting him and then robbing him in a Dubai elevator,
A Syrian girl sits next to a water tank at a refugee camp on the outskirts of the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek on February 24, 2015. More than 1.1 million Syrians have fled their country's conflict to take refugee in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
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The World Health Organization warns water borne diseases are on the rise in Syria.
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani (File-AFP)
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Is the US ready to accept Iranian influence in the Mid East?; a Muslim actor plays Jesus in new American miniseries; and Lebanese designers at the Oscars.
Dubai residential property market also faces the prospects of softening of sales activity due to the new supply following declining sales and rental returns in the second half of 2014,
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The supply of an estimated 14,000 new residential units in 2015 is expected to soften Dubai’s rents that had soared by up to 65 per cent since 2011.
To be just Sharia-compliant is not sufficient, and the strategies need to incorporate the emotional connections with consumers.
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Themed "Internationalisation Strategies for Islamic financial Institutions," the meeting was attended by senior Islamic bankers and international experts from more than 15 countries.
Two Israeli settlers watch Palestinian villagers following a price-tag attack in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
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A ten-year-old Palestinian girl was injured after an Israeli settler hit her with a jeep in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
Backdropped by Jerusalem's Old City Ottoman walls, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on during a joint press conference with Jerusalem's mayor Nir Barkat (unseen) on February 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he will do anything in his power to stop the US and Iran from reaching a nuclear deal.

February 24, 2015

Manchester City 1-2 Barcelona: Suarez double leaves Pellegrini's men on the brink
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The former Liverpool star struck twice in a dominant first half for the Catalan giants, who held on comfortably despite Sergio Aguero's second-half strike for the hosts
Juventus 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: Tevez and Morata give hosts the advantage
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The Argentine saw his opener cancelled out by Marco Reus but the Italian side restored their lead in the first half and were able to hold on for the remainder of the game
With opposing factions repressed, a presidential candidate is facing little competition. (AFP/File)
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With opposing factions repressed, a presidential candidate is facing little competition.
Iraq is less than thrilled after US officials have told media approximate dates for the Mosul campaign, sources said Tuesday. (AFP/File)
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Iraq is less than thrilled after US officials have told media approximate dates for the Mosul campaign, sources said Tuesday.
“We are working on different levels to support SMEs in the Kingdom and will continue to do so,” the CBJ official added.
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The Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ) said Monday it was working on several fronts with various stakeholders to facilitate extending credit to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
 Eighty nine  percent of respondents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) consider creativity and innovation to be an important part of their life, out of which, 63.3 percent consider it ‘extremely important’,
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Eighty nine percent of respondents in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) consider creativity and innovation to be an important part of their life
Whether you’re moving to a new place or returning to your home country, it is important to get a realistic view of regulations that cost you money.
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It is not uncommon for people to misunderstand the cost of living of a place to which they are relocating, returning or visiting.
At some of the leading shopping destinations, rental increases have shot up by an average 25-30 per cent on lease renewals,
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With sector sales volumes dipping, new demands are placing an extra burden on them

The Arab world's most populous nation is struggling to cope with energy demand from a population of 85 million.
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Egypt hopes to halt liquefied natural gas imports in 2020, Oil Minister Sherif Ismail said on Monday, as projects to develop its own gas fields are completed.
This spending comes when a declining oil price has put pressure on government spending across the Gulf region.
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed a combined Dh9.48 billion ($2.58 billion) of defence deals on the first two days of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Idex 2015),
The bank said on January 18 it planned to raise up to QR2 billion through a sukuk which enhanced its Tier 1 - or core - capital.
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The sale would be in accordance with Basel III banking rules and the final amount and currency of the offering would be decided by the board at a later date,
Obi Mobiles unveiled its second line-up of smartphones for the UAE market during the Dubai Shopping Festival 2015.
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Obi Mobiles, co-founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley, is among the seven most popular smartphone brands in the UAE market.
A poll released Tuesday showed a dead heat between Netanyahu and the Zionist Union. (AFP, EPA)
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A poll released Tuesday showed a dead heat between Netanyahu and the Zionist Union.
The F-16 fighter jet. (AFP/File)
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Two Turkish military training airplanes have crashed in the central province of Malatya, killing two and injuring two others.
The 19-year-old Palestinian's father said his son's body lay bleeding for nearly two hours Tuesday. (AFP/File)
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The 19-year-old Palestinian's father said his son's body lay bleeding for nearly two hours Tuesday.
Western sanctions over Iran's nuclear program have shut Tehran out of the global banking system. (AFP/File)
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Western sanctions over Iran's nuclear program have shut Tehran out of the global banking system.
At least 13 men were found guilty Tuesday of recruiting al-Qaeda members and helping Osama bin Laden find shelter. (AFP/File)
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At least 13 men were found guilty Tuesday of recruiting al-Qaeda members and helping Osama bin Laden find shelter.
Five young Palestinians were arrested after Israeli forces raided and searched their homes Tuesday. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
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Five young Palestinians were arrested after Israeli forces raided and searched their homes Tuesday.
Scudamore very disappointed at Fifa's announcement to hold 2022 World Cup in November or December
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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said he was "very disappointed" at Fifa's announcement that the 2022 World Cup is to be held in "November or December".
Spain is only one of several European countries cracking down on Daesh recruits as a wave of foreign fighters continues. (AFP/File)
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Spain is only one of several European countries cracking down on Daesh recruits as a wave of foreign fighters continues.
An 18-year-old South Korean who went missing last month has been training with the jihadists.
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An 18-year-old South Korean who went missing last month has been training with the jihadists.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
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Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge called Tuesday on FIFA to compensate clubs if the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is moved to November and December.
Yemeni children in the capital city, Sanaa.
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A 30-year-old employee of the World Bank and her Yemeni driver were kidnapped by armed gunmen in Sanaa today.
Evidence showed the detainees had instructions on making explosives and a photo of Daesh's leader. (AFP/File)
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Evidence showed the detainees had instructions on making explosives and a photo of Daesh's leader.
2022 World Cup set for November start
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The 2022 World Cup should be held in Qatar in November and December, a FIFA task force recommended Tuesday.
A car-bomb explosion in Iraq. (AFP/File)
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Police and medical officials say at least 15 people have been killed and a number of others injured when bomb explosions struck areas in and around Iraq’s capital, Baghdad.
Roger Federer
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World No. 2 Roger Federer showed no signs of rustiness as he produced a clinical 6-3, 6-1 win over two-time finalist Mikhail Youzhny before a near-capacity crowd on the opening night of the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open late on Monday.
Hugging: Who doesn’t love a good hug?! Maybe hugging people in your home country is a casual way to greet a person, but in the Middle East (albeit capital of kissing-greeting culture) hugging, especially members of the opposite sex, is bound to make locals feel uncomfortable. Best stick to a friendly handshake.
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Living in the Middle East can be quite a culture shock for expats but what irks Arabs about those odd things foreigners do? Dogs in the house, early morning jogs and publicly showing affection or bear-hugging! The list could be endless but here are 12 examples.
Turkey accused Britain Tuesday of a "reprehensible" delay in informing authorities of three British girls who left for Syria. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Turkey accused Britain Tuesday of a "reprehensible" delay in informing authorities of three British girls who left for Syria.
Still from psychological thriller "Out of Order".
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Get ready to hang onto your seats if you hit the cinema this week. "Out of Order" (Khareg El-Khedma), a psychological thriller, opens on Wednesday.
Lebanese fashion model Joelle Hatem. (Image: Facebook)
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We've all been upset with our partners before, but Lebanese model Joelle Hatem must have been seriously ticked when she typed to the world that she and her hubby had split up....only to take it back a few hours later.
Palestinian authorities condemned the ruling, calling it a "reversal of truth and injustice" against the Palestinian people. (AFP/File)
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Palestinian officials condemned a US court ruling ordering the PLO to pay $218 million in damages to Americans involved in Israeli attacks between 2002-2004.
Egyptian airstrikes have killed several civilians, Amnesty International said Tuesday, along with the Daesh militants they targeted. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian airstrikes have killed several civilians, Amnesty International said Tuesday, along with the Daesh militants they targeted.
Gigi and Cody made such a cute couple at the Oscars After Party. (Image: AFP)
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What would Gigi Hadid's Palestinian family think of her PDA with bf Cody Simpson at this Oscars After Party?
FIFA mulls video replays for referees to eliminate on field mistakes
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Chairman of FIFA's referees committee and Britain's vice-president of the world governing body, Jim Boyce, has claimed that he has changed his opinion about video replays and would back their use for penalty-area incidents.
Young Iranian women in Tehran.  (AFP/File)
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Iranian STEM students in the US; letter to a home and husband lost in war; sexism in Egyptian law
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a new law which will broadly define terrorism and terrorist acts.
Mohamed with his beautiful ex-wife on their wedding day. (Image: Mshaher.sowark.com)
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Mohamed Hamaki has finally announced his divorce from wife of two-years Nahla al Hajari!
Egyptian former interior minister Habib al-Adly (C) walks outside the court room after his retrial at Cairo's police academy on February 24, 2015 after an Egyptian court acquitted him and former prime minister Ahmed Nazif of corruption charges, in the latest reversal of verdicts against officials who served under strongman Hosni Mubarak. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian courts acquitted the former prime minister and interior minister from the Mubarak regime of charges pertaining to corruption earlier today,
Despite increasing threats, global security experts for the most part believe their organizations’ cyber security posture will improve in the coming three years.
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More than half of business and government leaders in the Mena region identify cyber security as a strategic priority, compared to only 23 per cent in the US and 36 per cent in UK/Europe,
Russia isn’t the first Muslim-minority country to venture into Islamic finance.
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Russia plans to open its first Islamic bank this year, seeking to attract Shariah-complaint funds as international sanctions push the economy toward a recession.
George and Nada are said to be expecting a child. (Image: Albawaba file)
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George Wassouf's marriage to Nada Zeidan has just taken a new turbulent turn!
Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi escaped house arrest from Houthi militants on February 21. (AFP/File)
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President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi allegedly retracted his resignation after standing down from his post in late January.
The al-Hasakah governorate, where fierce clashes continue to unfold between Kurdish troops and Daesh, is a strategic totem for Kurdish forces because of its proximity to the Iraqi border. (AFP/File)
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Fierce clashes near the Iraqi border between Kurdish troops and Daesh militants left some 90 Christian civlians in the hands of the extremist group.
Amr Diab is hard at work on a new album. (Image: Facebook)
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"Tonight" hit maker Amr Diab is working hard to bring us more of the music we love. The Egyptian songster has a new album under construction to be ready come summer.
International scholars gathered at a convention to discuss terrorism. (Shutterstock)
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Scholars from across the world condemned extremism and the double standards of using the word "terrorism" when referring to Muslims.
Iraqi workers pile bricks up inside a kiln at the traditional brick factory of Nahrawan, one of the largest brick factories in Iraq. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi workers pile bricks up inside a kiln at the traditional brick factory of Nahrawan, one of the largest brick factories in Iraq
The man was accused of sneaking into a washroom to watch women use the facilities. (Shutterstock)
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A 50-year-old man who spied on women using the lavatory in the UAE has been found guilty of voyeurism.
The 87th Oscars were held on Sunday, February 22, 2015. (Image: contently.com)
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Egyptian film makers' endeavors to enter the Oscars have nearly always gone unheeded. Check out this list of films that were close to competing the best foreign language film Oscar award.
Jihad Shehada al-Jaafari was shot dead by Israeli soldiers while watching predawn raids from his roof in the camp. (AFP/File)
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A 19-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces during a predawn raid in Bethlehem's Duheisha refugee camp.
Imam has apologized to Nour for his lack of touch. (Image: Al Arab)
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Somebody tell Adel Imam that Nour el Sherif is a friend in need!
"The rise in foreign money in European football is nothing new, however investment in shirt sponsorship is increasing more rapidly than ever," said Glenn Lovett, the president of Repucom.
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Companies in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar invested about 160 million euros ($200 million) this season, almost a quarter of the total spent by companies worldwide sponsoring the shirts in Europe's top six leagues.
But the international oil benchmark is still 6-per cent off a peak reached a week ago as worries about oversupply fester.
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Brent edged above $59 a barrel on Tuesday after a 2-per cent slide the session before, buoyed by cautious optimism on the outlook for the global economy.
Money fell from the sky in Dubai without any explanation, according to witnesses. (Shutterstock)
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It usually rains men but in Dubai's case, thousands of dirham notes fell from the sky, stopping traffic without explanation.
Reportedly, this was the fourth blast in the factory in the last 12 years.
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Two people died and at least 13 were injured after an explosion at a factory belonging to Gulf Oil Corporation Limited in Hyderabad.
According to one report published by Newsweek earlier this week, Daesh militants wants to use some Assyrian hostages captured in earlier clashes in northwestern Syrian towns in a prisoner swap with the Kurds. (AFP/File)
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At least 90 Christians have been abducted by Daesh militants in northeastern Syria, activists told Reuters.
French dance troupe Hey Crew. (Image: Facebook)
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Less than a month away until the music of Macklemore, Lil Wayne, Avicii and Clean Bandit brings dancers alive from around the globe at the Street Life show March 18-21.
Oil’s sharp rebound earlier this year and fourth-quarter earnings reports were the main drivers behind equity market rallies across the Gulf.
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Gulf equity markets were mostly soft Monday after oil prices pulled back again.
Turkish tanks drive through a street in the Syrian border town of Kobani during an operation to relocate the remains of Suleyman Shah, February 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Turkish forces managed to safely relocate the remains of a sacred tomb inside Syria but how did they do it? With the help of Kurds, of course.
The expenditure adjustments in the GCC countries as policy response to oil price decline are expected to vary depending on the relative fiscal health of individual countries .
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While the current oil prices are below most GCC countries’ fiscal break-even point, governments generally have the resources to help mitigate the immediate impact and maintain a supportive operating environment for economies.
Newly-appointed US Defense Secretary Ash Carter congregated a council of about 25 US officials who told reporters about a fresh offensive led by some 800 Iraqi troops and American warplanes against Daesh positions in western Iraq. (AFP/File)
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As new US Defense Secretary Ash Carter takes office, around 800 Iraqi forces, bolstered by U.S. warplanes, prepare to take on Daesh for control of the western town of al-Baghdadi.
After months of negotiations, Iran said Monday there is still a long way to go. (AFP/Vladimir Simicek)
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After months of negotiations, Iran said Monday there is still a long way to go.
Daesh militants intend to launch further operations in Lebanon, according to the report. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants are reportedly planning wide-scale military operations in Lebanon, according to a report by The Daily Star.
Daesh militants. (AFP/File)
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Daesh recruitment in suburban Sweden; Egyptian art house filmmaker; the success of one unlikely Lebanese scholar
A weapons shipment from Jordan arrived in Lebanon on Monday at a time when the country's arms are crucial to its fight against Daesh. (AFP/File)
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A weapons shipment from Jordan arrived in Lebanon on Monday at a time when the country's arms are crucial to its fight against Daesh.
It said the construction of 3,100 "residential units" began last year in West Bank settlements.
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The number of new homes under construction in Jewish settlements on the Israel-occupied West Bank rose last year by 40 percent.