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August 28, 2015

The body of a police officer was found with gunshot wounds to the abdomen on a road outside of a Sohag village. (AFP/File)
18:08 GMT
The body was found with gunshot wounds to the abdomen on a road outside of a Sohag village.
Michel Platini
17:44 GMT
The Frenchman has announced his candidacy for the Fifa presidential election but says that even if he fails, this term will be his final one at the head of Uefa
Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa continue as Yemeni government forces take steps toward recapturing the capital. (AFP/File)
17:31 GMT
Air raids on military targets in the central city of Ibb killed ten total, officials said Friday.
Rafael Nadal
16:45 GMT
Former world number one Rafael Nadal has reportedly refused to play with controversial Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios in a doubles match at John McEnroe's charity event.
Iraqi police and internal security forces stop cars at a checkpoint in central Baghdad on July 24, 2012. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
16:31 GMT
A bomb detonated in eastern Baghdad on Friday in a suspicious car that had been taken to a police station.
Al-Qaeda has taken advantage of conflict in Yemen to gain territory in the Hadramawt province. (AFP/File)
15:52 GMT
The extremist group gave the men 80 to 100 lashes in the Hadramawt province.
An injured Yemeni man after Houthi shelling in Aden on July 5, 2015. (AFP/File)
14:47 GMT
Yemenis injured from the conflict seek treatment in Jordan and face difficulties when they don't carry the proper documents.
A cell in Lebanon's Roumieh prison. (AFP/File)
14:18 GMT
Inmates at the controversial prison said Thursday they will fast until they were provided with cold drinking water and fans for the hot summer heat.
Beirut's trash crisis began in July when Lebanon's Environment Ministry closed its largest Naameh landfill site. (Al Bawaba/File)
12:56 GMT
A large crowd of demonstrators has once again taken to the streets of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, to express anger over the worsening garbage crisis in the Arab country.
The seventy-one people found in the back of a refrigerated truck likely suffocated to death. (AFP/Dieter Nagl)
12:32 GMT
Seventy-one people found dead in the back of a truck left on the side of an Austrian highway are believed to be Syrian asylum seekers and likely suffocated.
The student told the police he was unhappy with his grade point average. (Youtube/Screenshot)
11:59 GMT
A student spat at a faculty member of Jadara University in Jordan during a graduation ceremony. The university plans to file a lawsuit against him.
Turkish police detain two PKK demonstrators in Ankara on July 25, 2015. (AFP/Adem Altan)
10:07 GMT
The supporters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey have launched a rally in the city of Istanbul to protest against Ankara’s growing crackdown on Kurdish militants.
Doctors Without Borders estimated that approximately 110 people survived, while 200 died. Image used for illustrative purposes (Al Bawaba/File)
08:21 GMT
At least 40 people died and hundreds more were feared dead Thursday after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the coast of Libya.
Turkish warplanes have conducted several solo missions against Daesh in Syria, but have so far not participated in the US-led coalition. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT
A Pentagon official Thursday said Turkish jets will begin common-targeted airstrikes against Daesh militants in Syria "very soon," but declined to specify a set date.
05:30 GMT
A 63-year-old Turkish man had quite the scare last month when he accidentally drove his car onto the runway at Ankara airport.
The IAEA has been monitoring activity around Iran's Parchin nuclear facility via satellite. (Google)
05:00 GMT
The UN's nuclear watchdog said in a report Iran has constructed an addition to its nuclear facility in Parchin, raising speculation about explosive testing.
Ghalia Benali's upcoming concert will be part of the Citadel Festival for Music and Singing that continues until 31 August. (Facebook)
05:00 GMT
Ghalia Benali's upcoming concert will be part of the Citadel Festival for Music and Singing that continues until 31 August.
Bert van Marwijk
01:40 GMT
Bert van Marwijk has been named the new coach of Saudi Arabia.

August 27, 2015

Messi won the Uefa Best Player in Europe Award for the second time
22:20 GMT
The 28-year-old has picked up his first individual award of the season after being handed the prize after the Champions League group stage draw
Turkish soldiers take position in a marijuana field during an operation on July 8, 2013 in the Lice district of the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. (AFP/Mehmet Engin)
18:19 GMT
Sources said the PKK made between $500 million and $2.5 billion a year from its drug trade.
An Egyptian boy walks past burning debris during a protest in Suez. (AFP/File)
18:11 GMT
Egypt's military court in Suez sentenced 40 defendants to up to 15 years in prison Thursday for charges of vandalism dating back to February.
A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled the families were allowed to go after financial claims for Iran-backed "terrorism." (Wikimedia Commons/Jamal Nazareth)
18:03 GMT
A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled the families were allowed to go after financial claims for Iran-backed "terrorism."
Arsenal draw Bayern Munich, Manchester United face PSV: Champions League group stage draw in full
18:03 GMT
Arsene Wenger's side will take on the Bundesliga champions while Manchester City take on Juventus and Chelsea face Jose Mourinho's former side Porto
Kurdish people clash with Turkish police during a previous period of unrest in December 2014, in Turkey's Sirnak province (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
17:46 GMT
Turkish security forces said two civilians were killed and several injured during an attack in the southeastern province of Sirnak by the Kurdistan Worker's Party in which a grenade launcher and long barreled weapons were used.
Notorious Salafist Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir was detained by Lebanese authorities as he was trying to board a plane to Nigeria. (AFP/File)
17:25 GMT
Salafist Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir on Thursday admitted to funding a militant group involved in armed clashes against the Lebanese military.
The Cabinet approved a number of bills in its session Thursday. (AFP/File)
17:25 GMT
The Cabinet approved a number of bills in its session Thursday.
Ghada Abdel Razek and, wait, booz??? (Instagram)
17:14 GMT
Ghada Abdel Razek fans have another reason to be shocked by the actress.
Russia said the industrial zone will be established in the Suez Canal area. (AFP/File)
16:47 GMT
Russia said the industrial zone will be established in the Suez Canal area.
Since June 2012, Saudi Arabia has recorded 1,165 diagnosed cases of MERS, with 498 deaths. (AFP/File)
16:39 GMT
At least 11 deaths related to MERS have been recorded in Saudi Arabia since Sunday, leading to growing fears over a rapid spread of the virus during the upcoming Hajj season.
Bolt reacts after a cameraman on a segway crashed into him in the final of the men's 200 metres
16:22 GMT
Usain Bolt cemented his super star status in the stadium where it all started seven years ago by reducing American rival Justin Gatlin to an also-ran with an impressive 200 metres victory for a record 10th world title.
Israeli media reports released last week reported plans for a palace built with government funding. (Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction)
15:40 GMT
Israeli media reports released last week reported plans for a palace built with government funding.
An Egypt security officer stand guard at the scene of a car bomb in 2013. (AFP/File)
15:19 GMT
Rates of violence in Egypt soared in the week from August 14-20 despite the issuance of the country's controversial anti-terrorism law.
Real humanitarians know the job ain’t the easiest way to see the world. Pay can be paltry and living conditions spartan. As for cool side-trips? Likely you're put in a zip code where local travel is problematic, and for regional touring - revisit “pay is paltry”.  If your main mojo is travel, stick to couchsurfing.
15:16 GMT
When did selfies with Third World people become a dating essential, like cologne or condoms? Read our tips on basic behavior for would-be aid workers, paired with some of the most egregious images on Tinder - including some from the Middle East.
Yehia Khalil jammin' out. (yallabina.com)
15:09 GMT
Cairo Opera House will come alive on Monday, August 31st with some wicked sweet beats by Yehia Khalil.
Kevin de Bruyne
15:06 GMT
Wolfsburg have not reached an agreement with Manchester City on the sale of Belgium international Kevin de Bruyne, the Bundesliga club's sports director Klaus Allofs said Thursday.
Serena Williams
14:55 GMT
World number one Serena Williams has said that she would prefer to have the pressure of chasing history at the US Open, than of having the pressure of not winning the title.
The US-backed train-and-equip program has come under recent scrutiny due to its low number of recruits. (AFP/File)
14:54 GMT
Turkey said it will continue working with the United States to contribute to equipping and training Syrian rebels to fight against Daesh.
Egypt had previously banned the rice export years ago and said the good needed to be saved for local consumption. (AFP/File)
14:45 GMT
A ministry official said the prohibition will begin Sept. 1.
The UN relief agency inched toward closing the $100 million deficit but still faces restructuring that may cost employees their jobs. (AFP/File)
14:33 GMT
The UN relief agency inched toward closing the $100 million deficit but still faces restructuring that may cost employees their jobs.
Forensic officers work at a truck inside which a large number of dead migrants were found on a motorway near Neusiedl am See, Austria, on August 27, 2015. (AFP/Dieter Nagl)
14:32 GMT
More than 20 and as many as 50 dead bodies of asylum seekers were discovered in a truck on an Austrian motorway Thursday.
The Kurdish government said oil companies operating in northern Iraq will get help to endure the depressed oil economy. (AFP/File)
13:25 GMT
The Kurdish government said oil companies operating in northern Iraq will get help to endure the depressed oil economy.
Human Rights Watch said they have found unexploded remnants of cluster munitions at sites where they had reportedly been used. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT
Human Rights Watch urged the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi rebels in Yemen to end their use of cluster munitions inside the war-torn country.
Germany's removal of a 2003 protocol is good news for asylum seekers, but more European countries need to follow the example. (AFP//FIle)
13:10 GMT
Germany's removal of a 2003 protocol this week is good news for asylum seekers, but it's just the first step.
Maldives Tourism has organised showcases in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar. (Pixabay)
12:41 GMT
As European tourists decline, the Maldives is turning its attention towards the GCC market, which accounted for only 2.9 percent of tourists in the last six months.
Groups of Israeli settlers were seen touring the compound under heavily armed guard. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Israeli forces continued to restrict access to the Al-Aqsa compound for the forth consecutive day in order to allow settlers to visit the site.
Petrol prices rose by 24 percent in August. (CNET)
12:27 GMT
Deregulation caused a spike in petrol prices last month, but the ministry of energy plans to reduce gas prices by 8 percent next month.
Libyans wanting to travel to Turkey will now have to obtain a visa first. (AFP/File)
12:09 GMT
Due to security concerns and political instability, Turkey canceled a deal that allowed Libyans to travel to turkey without a visa.
Egyptians wait in line to travel back to Cairo from Libya, which was one of the restricted countries last year. (AFP/File)
11:46 GMT
Egyptians traveling to nine countries will need prior approval from the country's security agencies.
Nearly three-quarters of Qatar Airways' 9000 cabin crew are female. (Qatar Airways)
11:30 GMT
Airline was criticized heavily as having restrictive and discriminatory policies with regard to female staff, particularly newly married or pregnant cabin crew.
Human rights group Amnesty International called for a moratorium on the death penalty and condemned the kingdom for executing 175 people in one year alone. (Twitter)
11:13 GMT
Human rights group Amnesty International called for a moratorium on the death penalty and condemned the kingdom for executing 175 people in one year alone.
The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency has reaffirmed its commitment to peg the riyal to the USD. (File photo)
11:00 GMT
A gradual tightening of Saudi Arabia's budget would still imply a double-digit deficit next year, according to Merrill Lynch.
Syrian and Jordanian children to premiere "Oliver Twist" in Arabic in Jordan next month. (Showbiz411.com)
10:54 GMT
Syrian and Jordanian children to premiere "Oliver Twist" in Arabic in Jordan next month.
A Yemeni market. Micro-businessess account for around 50 per cent of GDP in Arab countries. (File photo)
10:43 GMT
With nearly 90 percent of regional economies being driven by SMEs, regional experts met in Amman to discuss challenges to stability and growth.
A handout picture released by the official Jordanian news agency on Feb. 8, 2015 shows a squadron of UAE F-16 fighters stationed in one of Jordan's air bases to support it in strikes against Daesh. (AFP/Petra)
10:40 GMT
Spokesman Mohammad Momani said Jordan will also "start comprehensive operations against Daesh."
Indians, Pakistanis and Filipinos sent home $20.2B from the UAE in 2014. (File photo)
10:16 GMT
In a first for the industry, overseas workers can now redeem awards when sending money through the Xpress Money Rewards Program.
Hamdi Alqudsi could face at least seven years in jail if found guilty. (Daily Telegraph Australia)
10:07 GMT
Australian national Hamdi Alqudsi could face at least seven years in jail after being accused of recruiting militants for Daesh in Syria.
The brother desperately called to the Indian external affairs minister on the social media platform to act.
10:00 GMT
The brother desperately called to the Indian external affairs minister on the social media platform to act.
Zabadani has been at the forefront of clashes between rebels and Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Warring factions in the Syrian border region of Zabadani agreed on a two-day ceasefire following ongoing clashes.
Two Iraqi army generals were killed Thursday when a Daesh suicide bomber detonated his vehicle in the provincial capital of Ramadi. (AFP/File)
09:43 GMT
Two Iraqi army generals, among others, were killed Thursday when a Daesh suicide bomber detonated his vehicle in the provincial capital of Ramadi.
A senior Hamas figure, had already met with some of the Palestinian factions to discuss terms of a possible truce  with Israel (AFP/file)
09:24 GMT
According to a report by the London-based Arabic language newspaper Rai Al-youm, a senior Hamas figure has called upon Palestinian factions to meet and discuss the details of a possible truce with Israel.
The area was taken from Syrian rebels where the US and Turkey planned to launch an offensive against the militants. (AFP/File)
09:09 GMT
The area was taken from Syrian rebels where the US and Turkey planned to launch an offensive against the militants.
Little did the shopkeepers know, the Irish tourist happened to be a professional boxer. (Screenshot)
09:00 GMT
While the Irish are known for being merry, you don't want to mess with this tourist who after being picked on by a bunch of Turkish shopkeepers, knocked a few of them out.
Dubai doesn't like reggae, it loves it! (Island Stage)
08:55 GMT
Dubai doesn't like reggae, it loves it!
Batteries of the US-made Patriot anti-missile system in a Saudi Arabian desert during the Gulf War. (AFP/Bob Sullivan)
08:53 GMT
Saudi-owned news agency SPA said the kingdom shot down a missile fired by the Houthis on Wednesday.
Gunmen march through Sidon's Ain al-Hilweh camp. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayat)
08:30 GMT
Palestinian officials said the ceasefire between rival factions remained in place despite the breach Wednesday night.
Junaid Hussain, 21, was believed to be number three on a US military target list. (Twitter)
08:30 GMT
British national and Daesh computer hacker Junaid Hussain was reportedly killed by a US drone strike in Syria, military sources said.
In Beirut, trash mounds as there is no system in place for disposing the waste or recycling it. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT
The village of Arabsalim knows how to manage its waste.
Egyptian trance duo Aly & Fila will host a spectacular trance show in Cairo in September. (YouTube)
08:00 GMT
Egyptian trance duo Aly & Fila will host a spectacular trance show in Cairo in September.
Both leaders met in Moscow this week to discuss security and trade. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi called for a coalition to fight terrorism in the Middle East
Jewelry and money was reportedly stolen by Israeli soldiers during the four-hour raid. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Hold onto your valuables because Israeli soldiers reportedly stole money and jewelry from a Palestinian family during a predawn raid in Nablus.
The Israeli policeman was taken to hospital after being stabbed in the leg. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
An Israeli policeman was stabbed in the leg by a Palestinian near Damascus Gate Wednesday evening.
Afghan soldiers clash with Taliban militants in Helmand province, May 13, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Gunmen disguised in Afghan military uniforms killed two NATO soldiers Wednesday in the country's Helmand province.
Lebanese activists march toward the American University hospital in downtown Beirut on Aug. 26, 2015, in support of the protesters injured in clashes with police. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
07:49 GMT
Protests in Lebanon continued Wednesday in solidarity for a severely injured protester.
Hundreds of Palestinians fled the refugee camp following weeks of violence. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
Palestinian factions in Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp agreed on a ceasefire after weeks of violence between armed units.
The Arab League's Joint Defense Council was scheduled to meet Thursday to draft a protocol for an Arab Joint Force. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT
Saudi Arabia requested the meeting in Egypt be rescheduled.
Libya has been in turmoil since Moammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon said peace talks had come a long way but were in their "final stages".
Montblanc TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap is a successful example of a luxury watch's foray into wearable tech. (Montblanc)
06:53 GMT
Find the time to look good and have the best of wearable tech on your wrist, with a roundup of the best smartwatches that manage to do both.
Israel's military carried out an attack Wednesday night in response to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip earlier. (AFP/File)
06:50 GMT
Israel's military carried out an attack Wednesday night in response to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip earlier.
Former CNN host and iconic American celebrity Larry King visits Israel for the first time in 20 years. (Shalom Life)
06:24 GMT
Former CNN host and iconic American celebrity Larry King visits Israel for the first time in 20 years.
Manny Pacquiao
06:18 GMT
Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will visit Dubai in November, according to reports.
A 26-year-old from the US, nicknamed Hewal Dilsad by Kurdish fighters in northwestern Syria, displays a photograph of his wife and son.  (AFP/Uygar Onder Simsek)
06:15 GMT
Meet the foreign fighters joining the ranks of Kurdish militias in Syria; why we still need to stop calling Daesh "Islamic"; and young Gazans tell their own stories a year after Operation Protective Edge.
Rami Malek's popular hacker TV series "Mr. Robot" has postponed the release of its Season 1 finale over a 'graphic scene' similar to the real-life events of the Virginia shooting. (Screenrant.com)
06:12 GMT
Rami Malek's popular hacker TV series "Mr. Robot" has postponed the release of its Season 1 finale over a 'graphic scene' similar to the real-life events of the Virginia shooting.
Business cards can be creative to be memorable, but ensure there is enough white space to avoid a cluttered look. (Web Designer Depot)
06:03 GMT
The business card is an important tool in networking - take advantage of these tips to be sure that yours is professional.
Luma Al Gamdi was murdered by her father in 2013. (Twitter)
05:30 GMT
A Saudi preacher who killed his five-year-old daughter in 2013 has been released after a court dropped sexual assault charges, further reducing his sentence to a mere three years.
Rescue workers assist struggling asylum seekers on an overcrowded boat headed for Europe. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The bodies of 40 asylum seekers were found in the hold of a troubled boat off the coast of the Mediterranean on Wednesday.
Eric Lanard is one of the celebrity chefs coming to Taste of Abu Dhabi this fall. (Facebook)
05:00 GMT
It's gonna be deliciously fun a this year's Taste of Abu Dhabi with this sweet line-up of celebrity chefs.
Syrian rebels based in Aleppo first began using the Hell Cannon in 2013. (AFP/File)
04:57 GMT
It's a kind of power no other makeshift weapon gives to the opposition.
The Middle East loses nearly 40 percent of incomes on average due to a shortage of women participating in the workforce. (Shutterstock)
04:17 GMT
The study said what we already instinctively know — working women are good for business.
Egyptian American Haisam Hassanein said his experience in Tel Aviv made him rethink Arab perceptions of Israelis. (YouTube)
03:39 GMT
One Egyptian American at Tel Aviv University changes the narrative of Israeli attitudes toward Arabs.
The country's import bill may decline for Lebanon's goods coming from China and Europe. (AFP/File)
02:49 GMT
The country's import bill may decline for Lebanon's goods coming from China and Europe.
The farmers said it was the government's responsibility to help cover their living expenses.
02:37 GMT
The farmers said it was the government's responsibility to help cover their living expenses.
The 52-year-old man was arrested at the Erez crossing years after Israel began issuing businessmen entry permits. (AFP/File)
02:29 GMT
The 52-year-old man was arrested at the Erez crossing years after Israel began issuing businessmen entry permits.
One out of five people planning to stay at Le Grey Hotel in Beirut canceled reservations due to street riots and security concerns. (AFP/File)
02:02 GMT
One out of five people planning to stay at Le Grey Hotel in Beirut canceled reservations due to street riots and security concerns.
An amendment in Egypt's tax law will be raising the income bracket for tax exemptions. (Shutterstock)
01:51 GMT
An amendment in Egypt's tax law will be raising the income bracket for tax exemptions.
The Ministry of Interior urged UAE residents to use the electronic services to speed up the process. (Shutterstock)
01:39 GMT
The Ministry of Interior urged UAE residents to use the electronic services to speed up the process.
Central bank policies have been affecting financial markets. (AFP/File)
01:32 GMT
Central bank policies have been affecting financial markets; here's what you need to know.
The Iranian government said the removal of sanctions will offset the budget deficit and help improve the country's foreign reserves. (AFP/File)
01:22 GMT
The Iranian government said the removal of sanctions will offset the budget deficit and help improve the country's foreign reserves.
The kingdom's stock market jumped 7.4 percent on Tuesday after several days of investors selling their shares. (AFP/File)
00:55 GMT
The kingdom's stock market jumped 7.4 percent on Tuesday after several days of investors selling their shares.
Motorola's new smartphone enhanced some essential features, focusing on redefining the user experience. (AFP/Nelson Almeida)
00:40 GMT
Motorola's new smartphone enhanced some essential features, focusing on redefining the user experience.