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May 25, 2015

The River Nile is becoming increasingly polluted (AFP/file)
15:41 GMT
The sorry state of Egypt's River Nile ; the bikers you don't expect to see in Dubai; and Kurdistan's stagnating economy.
A man enters a smuggling tunnel along the Sinai-Gaza border, September 2013.  (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
15:32 GMT
The Egyptian army has destroyed 521 tunnel openings along the Gaza border in the last six months, said an army spokesman.
The Egyptian government plans to negotiate a $6 billion loan with the IMF to close the financing budget gap for the fiscal year. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The Egyptian government plans to negotiate a $6 billion loan with the IMF to close the financing budget gap for the fiscal year.
Arsal, a Lebanese town near the border with Syria, saw clashes Monday between Daesh and al-Nusra Front extremist groups.  (AFP/Mahmoud Kheir)
14:51 GMT
Fighting erupted Monday on the outskirts of Arsal between Daesh and al-Nusra extremist groups.
One Republic are known for the massive hits “Apologize,” “Stop and Stare,” “Good Life” and “Counting Stars.” (Facebook)
14:26 GMT
Ryan Tedder and the boys of One Republic have arrived in Tel Aviv for a spot of tourism before their Thursday night concert. Stop and stare!
Platini: Fifa's image is tarnished until Blatter goes
14:14 GMT
The Uefa chief believes the Swiss is only seeking re-election because he is afraid of walking away from a position he has held for 17 years
People attend the funeral of eight Shiite worshippers gunned down during an attack on an Ashura commemoration event in Saudi Arabia, November 2014.  (AFP/File)
14:09 GMT
Shiites in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province set up a mass funeral for the victims of the Daesh-claimed mosque attack - thousands are expected to attend.
Fenwick store in Mayfair. The Abu Dhabi Royal family are now the largest landowner in Mayfair after the Duke of Westminster. (Wikimedia Commons)
14:00 GMT
Emiratis' visa-free access to the EU expected to boost property investment.
Sectors such as clothing, footwear, and furniture marked 10-14 percent drop in sales in Lebanon in Q1. (Pixabay)
13:49 GMT
Political impasse in Lebanon and regional conflict are squeezing the retail sector.
Members of Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda, who used music to cope with violence in their home country.  (AFP/Don Emmert)
13:38 GMT
"We didn't want to carry weapons and go shoot people. Violence was never the solution," says the band's drummer and lyricist.
Female activists are fighting to abolish some of these laws. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)
13:36 GMT
The ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia is a minor issue compared to these laws.
Ellen and Portia pose with The Act performers. (Instagram)
13:30 GMT
TV host extraordinaire Ellen De Generes and partner Portia de Rossi were spotted on the town in Dubai last night.
Najwa and Nasser are very popular as judges on Arabs Got Talent. (File photo)
13:26 GMT
Rumor has it that celebrity judges Najwa Karam and Nasser al Qasabi are leaving Arabs Got Talent.
Approximately 60% of the Saudi population uses the internet, yet local businesses are not yet taking full advantage of the potential. (Flickr)
12:58 GMT
Google Partners will pair local agencies with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Saudi Arabia to help grow their businesses online.
Defendants stand trial in Egypt for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.  (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
12:49 GMT
Leading Brotherhood member Mohamed al-Falahgi died in prison Monday just one day before a scheduled retrial.
Stephan El Shaarawy
12:47 GMT
The Italy international has been buoyed by ending his six-month goal drought in the Rossoneri's much-needed win over Torino
The air support would help combat Daesh militants, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara and the US had agreed to provide air support to Syrian opposition forces Monday.
A cab company will start operating hybrid vehicles in the next three months under an agreement with the Amman municipality, the company's chairman said Sunday.
12:00 GMT
A cab company will start operating hybrid vehicles in the next three months under an agreement with the Amman municipality, the company's chairman said Sunday.
Palestinians wave the national flag inside the Al Aqsa compound during a protest to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the Nakba, May 15, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Six teenagers and two elderly Palestinians were among dozens arrested by Israeli forces outside the Al Aqsa compound in Jerusalem for protesting against right-wing settlers who toured the area.
People aren't the only casualties of war - three extremely rare ibis birds kept in Palmyra face extinction after their caretakers were forced to flee Daesh militants.  (AFP/File)
11:12 GMT
People aren't the only casualties of war - three extremely rare ibis birds kept in Palmyra face extinction after their caretakers were forced to flee Daesh militants.
Co-chairman of the World Economic Forum said reducing the gender gap by one-third would increase regional GDP by $1 trillion. (AFP/Ramzi Haidar)
10:52 GMT
As youth unemployment runs rampant in the Middle East, more governments are attempting to address one of the underlying issues — women in the workforce.
An Egyptian court sentenced ex-president Morsi to death this month (AFP/file)
10:39 GMT
A look at the Egyptian judicial system; striving for an education despite the Syrian conflict; unclear prospects for Saudi in Yemen.
Enas al Dughaidi had her first kiss at 16! (Watan 24)
10:28 GMT
Egyptian director Enas al Dughaidi shared a story about her first kiss on the TV show "Mafateeh."
Israeli forces frequently fire on Palestinian fishermen, violating international law. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT
A Gaza fisherman was shot and injured by Israeli forces off the coast of Beit Lahiya Monday, a Palestinian union said.
Tunisian soldiers stand guard outside a Tunis military court.  (AFP/Salah Habibi)
10:08 GMT
The soldier reportedly killed seven soldiers before he was shot dead Monday.
Not keen on a $66 traffic fine? Neither are these Lebanese taxi drivers. (Shutterstock/File)
10:00 GMT
A group of taxi drivers in northern Lebanon weren't happy about the government's new, strict traffic fines.
Iran and Indonesia have reached a final agreement on building the small hydroelectric power plants in the archipelago. (Shutterstock)
09:54 GMT
Iran and Indonesia have reached a final agreement on building the small hydroelectric power plants in the archipelago.
Syrian rebels move through the town of Jisr al-Shughur, April 25, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:52 GMT
On Friday, dramatic clashes took place between Syrian troops and rebels in the town of Jisr al-Shughur's National Hospital. Rumors began to circulate of victories and fails, but what really happened?
According to Britian-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian air force on Monday conducted airstrikes against a number of targets in Daesh-held UNESCO World Heritage site Palmyra.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
09:45 GMT
Monitor says Syrian air force conducted at least 15 airstrikes targeting Daesh positions in and around Palmyra Monday.
Gigi Hadid, baring her soul at the Amfar auction, Cannes. (photo courtesy of DeGRISOGONO)
09:39 GMT
Taylor Swift wants to set Gigi Hadid up on a date after she split from her long-term boyfriend Cody Simpson.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi with his ministers following the swearing in ceremony of the new Egyptian cabinet at the presidential palace in Cairo. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT
The cost of shoring up public finances will be pushed onto people less able to afford it, the IMF said Sunday.
A Shia fighter from Asaib Ahl al-Haq stands outside the group's headquarters in Basra while other militias gather to retake Ramadi from Daesh, May 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed to retake control of Ramadi from Daesh militants after the city was overrun by the terrorist group.
Remittances to East Asia and the Pacific will increase by only 2.8 percent in 2015. (Shutterstock)
09:21 GMT
Moderate slowdown in remittances from overseas workers in the UAE to East Asia will hit the poor the hardest, according to the World Bank.
Was Layla really "asking for it" with her Facebook post? (Facebook)
09:13 GMT
Layla Iskandar says that she is a "Lioness without a lion"!
An expert says a delay in interest rates won't change investment demand for the yellow metal. (AFP/Frank Rumpenhorst)
09:08 GMT
An expert says a delay in interest rates won't change investment demand for the yellow metal.
Civilians survey the damage from a Saudi-led coalition airstrike near Sanaa airport in Yemen. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Senior Yemeni politicians say UN-brokered peace talks set for the end of the month in Geneva have been postponed, no new date set.
We're not sure what's actually in store for this accidental YouTube star, but what happens at the end of the video he produced this week has people raging. (YouTube)
08:55 GMT
An online rant is ruffling feathers in Saudi Arabia.
It is not acceptable to have no picture at all on LinkedIn. (Shutterstock/JuliusKielaitis)
08:51 GMT
Many treat their LinkedIn photo like Facebook or other social network, but a different set of rules apply for the professional sphere.
Lebanese youth in a Gemmayzeh bar. (AFP/Ousama Ayyoub)
08:49 GMT
Figures issued by the World Bank show 34.8 percent of Lebanese of ages 15 or older borrowed money in 2014.
Rumours abound that Apple will be bringing out a lower cost, smaller 'C' version of its phones. (Pixabay)
08:39 GMT
The internet has erupted over speculation that Apple has accidentally revealed the new iPhone 6C on its product page.
An armed gunman loyal to fugitive President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi takes position against Houthis in the Yemeni city of Taez, May 24, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:35 GMT
Residents were evacuated after Saudi forces clashed with Houthi militias overnight Sunday on the Haradh border crossing.
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was also fined $100,000. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was handed down an eight month prison sentence Monday after being convicted of fraud.
Market share is a highly sensitive issue due to a change in the global energy map. (Shutterstock)
08:19 GMT
OPEC likely to resist price cuts and output, as US increases production and summer domestic needs absorb supply.
Hadid and Hamilton chill together in Cannes! (Mundo Deportivo)
08:17 GMT
Palestinian teen model Gigi Hadid is reportedly dating F1 racer Lewis Hamilton.
A displaced Yemeni child takes refuge in a school after her family fled fighting between tribesmen and Houthi militias, May 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:10 GMT
At least 135 children have been killed by Saudi airstrikes in Yemen since the kingdom launched action against Houthis in March, according to a UNICEF statement.
The groom said he had been cheated into marrying a woman who wasn't a virgin. (Shutterstock/File)
08:00 GMT
Who said Saudis don't have a sense of humor? A groom who forced his wife to take a virginity test has been ridiculed across the kingdom for his ridiculous behavior.
We absolutely loved Izabel's Georges Hobeika dress at Cannes. (Stuff.co.nz)
07:49 GMT
Former Victoria’s Secret Angel Izabel Goulart ends Cannes in a Georges Hobeika dress.
A group of volunteers help reconstruct a mosque in Qatif, which was bombed by Daesh, May 24, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
King Salman said all culprits behind the deadly Shia mosque bombing would be "severely punished" and brought to justice.
Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian minor in the West Bank city of Hebron. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
Israeli forces arrested four Palestinian boys Sunday in the West Bank town of Tulkarem. The boys had reportedly been passing a gate controlled by Israeli troops prior to being detained.
The forum seeks a common approach to energy regulation. (Pixabay)
06:14 GMT
The World Forum on Energy Regulation will address sustainable energy supply, innovation and regulation over four days in Istanbul.
Four Qataris received life sentences and a fifth person sentenced to 10 years in prison one week ago. (Shutterstock)
06:01 GMT
Five Qataris who received heavy prison sentences by the UAE Supreme Court for 'spreading false news' and 'insulting' the royal family on Twitter have been released.
Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, fell to Daesh a week ago.(AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
US Pentagon chief, Ashton Carter, has said that the Iraqi military lacked the will to defend themselves in the battle for the Iraqi city of Ramadi.
Khloe Kardashian styled as The Glam Goddess. (photo courtesy of Mane Addicts)
05:30 GMT
The reality star is back in Dubai today with Kuwaiti model Fouz Al Fahad for a special event with celeb hairdresser Jen Atkin.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri told state news agency MENA that the meeting hopes to address "combating terrorism" and illegal immigration. (YouTube)
05:00 GMT
Egypt, Algeria and Libya will hold talks on the situation in the region in a meeting in Cairo next month.
The programme is designed to increase school enrolment and attendance.(www.tablefor2.org)
05:00 GMT
Table For Two (TFT), a non-profit committed to simultaneously tackling malnutrition and obesity, is launching a fundraising drive to support the World Food Programme’s (WFP) school meals initiative for 16,000 Syrian children in refugee camps in Jordan.
Emirati Mona Al Mansouri's creations on the catwalk at Beirut's Summer Fashion Week. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
05:00 GMT
Fashionistas flocked to Beirut this week, as creations by Mona al Mansouri, Nadwa al-Awar and Lamia Abi Nader guest-starred alongside international brands such as La Perla for LIPS Summer Fashion Week.

May 24, 2015

Radamel Falcao
22:16 GMT
The striker has spent the season on loan at Old Trafford but failed to impress and scored just four goals in 26 Premier League appearances
Hafez al-Assad was only one of the leaders in a long line of successors the Syrian people don't approve of. (AFP/File)
20:08 GMT
Hafez al-Assad was only one of the leaders in a long line of successors the Syrian people don't approve of.
Zahran Alloush is head of Jaysh al-Islam, a Syrian rebel group considered a major part of the Islamic Front. (YouTube)
19:41 GMT
Zahran Alloush made some inflammatory comments in back in December; this time around, it wasn't what we were expecting.
Ahead of Turkey's general election next month, analysts say what happens at the polls could play a historical role in Turkish politics, both internally and regionally. Get acquainted with Turkish politics and the cats who represent 'em. (Twitter)
19:09 GMT
There is now a definitive Cat Meme Guide to the Turkish elections. You're welcome.
The bomb explosion happened in the Adawi neighborhood of Damascus. (AFP/File)
18:53 GMT
A blast in downtown Damascus killed a Syrian general on Sunday, AFP has reported.
Twitter users around the world have come up with some priceless Daesh puns. (AFP/File)
18:40 GMT
Twitter users around the world have come up with some priceless Daesh puns.
Iraqi traders sell their goods at an open air market in the center of the city of Fallujah, west of the capital Baghdad on Jan. 8, 2014, following days of fighting between Iraqi security forces and militants. (AFP/Saddam al-Mahmedy)
18:09 GMT
Daesh executed the merchants who were transporting food from Daesh-seized Baiji to government-controlled Haditha on Sunday.
Youssef is currently living in the US, where he's preparing to host this year's international Emmy Awards. (AFP/File)
17:52 GMT
The Middle East's John Stewart lost his father in a car accident over the weekend.
Gümüş is a Turkish melodrama, which became a pop-culture phenomenon when it was dubbed into Arabic and aired across the Arab world as "Noor" in 2006. (Deviant Art)
17:46 GMT
Turkish documentary film "Kismet" links parts of the former Ottoman country in an attempt to shed light on the deep relationship of love between women and Turkish soap operas.
An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a Muslim Brotherhood member to death on Sunday on charges of joining an outlawed group. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a Muslim Brotherhood member to death on Sunday on charges of joining an outlawed group.
Daesh currently controls parts of Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT
The Syrian army has killed over 300 militants in a military operation in Idlib province.
Rosberg celebrates with his Monaco GP trophy
16:23 GMT
Nico Rosberg of Mercedes clinched an unlikely Monaco Grand Prix victory Sunday - his third Monaco win in a row - after a tactical blunder by the team left Lewis Hamilton third.
An Iraqi official said Saturday that the US was planning to partially withdraw from Iraq should Daesh take control of an air base in Ramadi. (AFP/File)
16:20 GMT
An Iraqi official said Saturday that the US was planning to partially withdraw from Iraq should Daesh take control of an air base in Ramadi.
A member of the Libyan army stands on a tank as heavy black smoke rises from the city's port during clashes against Islamist gunmen in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Dec. 23, 2014. (AFP/Abdullah Doma)
16:03 GMT
Warplanes sent from Libya's official government attacked a ship near the port of Sirte on Sunday, officials said.
A $100 billion city to be built from scratch in Saudi Arabia will be completed by 2035 to serve as a commercial hub for countries on the Red Sea.
16:00 GMT
A $100 billion city to be built from scratch in Saudi Arabia will be completed by 2035 to serve as a commercial hub for countries on the Red Sea.
Hezbollah have been fighting to prop up Assad during the conflict in Syria (AFP/file)
15:56 GMT
The role that Hezbollah are playing in Syria; US kills hopes of nuke-free Mideast; and looking at people rather than fish in Egypt.
People will be able to travel from Egypt into Gaza but not the other way around. (AFP/File)
15:45 GMT
Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Tueday and Wednesday to allow passengers to cross from Egypt into Gaza.
Iranian Army's special forces march past during the Army Day parade in Tehran on April 18, 2013. (AFP/File)
15:23 GMT
Iran said its army will need more funding to address the growing threat of Daesh on its borders.
The shipment included medical and food supplies. (AFP/File)
15:13 GMT
A boat containing 460 tons of relief aid from the UAE arrived in Yemen's southern city of Aden, AFP has reported.
Manchester City team
15:12 GMT
Manchester City's runners-up finish in the English Premier League (EPL) does not represent failure, said its defiant coach Manuel Pellegrini over the weekend.
Picture courtesy of Yahoo! Maktoob News
15:02 GMT
Fitness Time has been chosen as the official partner of FC Barcelona in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Under the partnership agreement reached between the two sides...
Tap Tapan Mineral Spring in Azarshahr, Iran. (Wikimedia Commons/Jacopo188)
15:00 GMT
An Iranian official said the country's mineral reserves have been estimated at 50 billion tonnes.
Syrian refugees living in a camp. (AFP/Getty Images/Nikolay Doychinov)
14:45 GMT
The UN agency urged the international community to support those countries hosting refugees.
Joseph Blatter
14:06 GMT
Joseph Blatter seeks a fifth term as FIFA president on Friday in a contest with Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein towards the end of a busy week for the ruling football body.
Shams is as famous for her war of words as she is for her music! (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
Will the two Gulf stars bury the hatchet now that Shams has bestowed her forgiveness on Ahlam?
State media said the helicopter had suffered technical problems. (AFP/File)
12:50 GMT
Daesh claims to have shot down a Syrian military aircraft in Aleppo province, although state media said the crash was a result of technical problems, AFP has reported.
A Syrian army soldier fires artillery shells towards Daesh targets in northeastern Palmyra on May 17, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:37 GMT
Residents told Syrian state news that the bodies of the dead, including women and children, were left out on the streets,
Iraqi families, who fled the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Islamic State (IS) group militants, wait to cross Bzeibez bridge, on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
12:04 GMT
Iraqi families, who fled the city of Ramadi after it was seized by Islamic State (IS) group militants, wait to cross Bzeibez bridge, on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
We bet George's arab mother-in-law has been counting down the days for a new grandchild (amalalamuddinstyle.com)
12:00 GMT
Are George and Amal going to be DINKs (double income no kids)? Someone's not gonna be happy...
At least 319 Baghdad residents have been killed due to "acts of terrorism" since April. (AFP/File)
11:38 GMT
Separate bombing attacks targeted two residential areas in Iraq's capital city of Baghdad.
Bassem's father passed away on Saturday night. (Elhawanem)
11:22 GMT
Bassem Youssef's father has passed away on Saturday.
The general manager of cellular operator touch submitted his resignation Friday. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
The general manager of cellular operator touch submitted his resignation Friday.
The TV we've come to know may be old news. (Shutterstock)
10:46 GMT
The TV we've come to know may be old news.
The country's main index EGX30 jumped 8.25 percent this week after the government put a hold on a new tax on capital gains. (Shutterstock)
10:35 GMT
The country's main index EGX30 jumped 8.25 percent this week after the government put a hold on a new tax on capital gains.
Hend Sabry's Salam PROD will give her the chance to pursue her dream projects. (Facebook)
10:30 GMT
The multi-faceted Tunisian announced the launch of her own production company at the Cannes Film Festival.
Nearly a year after the 50-day Gaza war, the World Bank called for urgent reforms to avoid a "dangerous fiscal crisis" in Gaza. (AFP/File)
10:23 GMT
Nearly a year after the 50-day Gaza war, the World Bank called for urgent reforms to avoid a "dangerous fiscal crisis" in Gaza.
Egyptians inspect the damage after twin bombs struck police posts near Cairo University. (AFP/File)
10:12 GMT
A 67-year-old man was killed when a bomb exploded in a road tunnel.
The Treasury at Petra, Jordan. (Pixabay)
10:00 GMT
Jordan confirms investment projects worth $8.5B finalized at the conclusion of the World Economic Forum meeting at the Dead Sea.
Oman is set to expand its water infrastructure by spending $6.5 billion over the next 25 years. (Shutterstock)
09:59 GMT
Oman is set to expand its water infrastructure by spending $6.5 billion over the next 25 years.