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September 29, 2014

Ryan Giggs
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The Dutchman was full of praise for the Welshman at a recent dinner and claimed the 40-year-old has worked "miracles" during his time as his assistant
The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and Egas announced an international tender for oil and gas drilling concessions last December.
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French oil company Total has been awarded a licence to explore for natural gas in the Nile Delta,
Anti-government protests have spread throughout Bahrain since 2011. (AFP/File)
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A court in Bahrain has sentenced nine anti-government protesters to life in prison and has revoked their citizenship.
Joe Hart
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The Premier League champions lost their opening Champions League group game thanks to a last-minute Bayern Munich winner, and the keeper has issued a rallying call to the squad
Islamic State militants began their assault on Kobani more than a week ago. (AFP/File)
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The Turkish military has sent tanks and armored vehicles to the Turkish-Syrian border in response to shelling from Islamic State militants.
Israel officially banned the Islamic State and anyone associating with it at the beginning of September.
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Police say the teacher admitted bringing the materials back to Israel from Jordan.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, during his speech at the World Economic Forum, 28th September, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Egyptian officials condemned accusations from Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the premier's criticism of human rights violations in a back and forth spat between both countries.
Yemeni activists chant anti-Houthi slogans during a rally on Sept. 28 in Sana'a. Hundreds of Yemenis took to the streets demanding the departure of the Shiite rebels. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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A UN official said Houthis and their allies are in complete control of Sana'a as violence continued to flare.
Victorious European Ryder Cup Team
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All the members of Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup team are set to receive a hero’s welcome when they play in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai after securing a memorable win against the USA.
Sherine is reportedly suing the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information for canceling her concert. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Sherine Abdel Wahab, amongst many other Arab singers, has been banned from performing in Kuwait!
in late 1998, or 2009, the surge in the US dollar is a huge deflation shock to the Gulf’s pegged currencies and its impact will be a major.
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This seismic financial macro event has huge implications for the Gulf’s equity, property markets and liquidity engines, now that Brent crude has fallen $20 a barrel in the past three months
A Yemeni boy walks past street art critical of U.S. drone attacks in the country (File/AFP)
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Three children in Yemen were injured following a U.S. drone strike which killed three Al Qaeda militants in the northern province of Jawf.
Traders in the black market told Sudan Tribune they expect the dollar price to decrease to 8 SDG.
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Sayed Ali Zaki, an economist, for his part said the decrease in exchange rate is due to NISS's campaign against black market traders, as well as reduced Forex demand.
The militants are able to enter Lebanon through the porous Lebanese-Syrian border. (AFP/File)
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The Lebanese army clashed with militants trying to infiltrate Lebanon on Monday.
The UAE’s Ministry of Health has announced a price reduction for around 422 innovative and produced drugs, as part of its initiative to stem the surging cost of medicines in the country.
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In an effort to control the rising drug costs, authorities have been slashing medicine prices for the past three years
Rafael Nadal
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Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal would make his long-awaited return to action at the China Open this week, where he would be looking ahead to challenge world number one Novak Djokovic's 100 percent record in Beijing.
President Ashraf Ghani prays with the electoral commission's Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani in Kabul, September 26, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Afghanistan's new president Ashraf Ghani was sworn in Monday after a longstanding dispute in the country's elections.
“It’s a huge market, almost 500,000 smartphones a month are sold out here so getting a share of that is really our first focus point,” he said.
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He was not coy, however, in suggesting what his former Apple compatriot Steve Jobs would think of the Obi Mobile devices. “Steve being Steve would say, you can do alot better,” he said.
Dorothy Sims, 70, met and married the young waiter while on holiday in Tunisia (Image: ITV)
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When a British grandma married a 21-year-old Tunisian waiter, the oldie had "no regrets" after she was dumped when her hubby didn't get UK passport. Love hurts.
Israel has destroyed over 500 buildings in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 2013, leaving hundreds of Palestinian families homeless (File/AFP)
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Israeli forces bulldozed a residential five-story building in Abu Dis at dawn Monday, leaving many Palestinian families homeless.
Nicole at Splash Fashion Show Dubai 2014. (Image: Facebook)
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How does Nicole Saba do it all? Singing, acting, motherhood, and now modeling are all on the superstar's slate.
Harvey Weinstein visited Zaatari refugee camp during the summer (File/AFP)
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Top Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein visited the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Here's what he thought of it.
Mohamed Khan's "Factory Girl" is in the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film.
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Mohamed Khan's "Factory Girl" is the official entry by Egypt for the Oscar's Best Foreign Language Film 2015.
Dr. Charles El Achi is a Lebanese-American who  is a rocket scientist with NASA. (Blog Baladi)
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Dr. Achi, who led the recent Mars exploration, argues that the United States is a land of freedom and opportunity, where anything is possible and dreams can and do come true; a man falls in the water on camera; and Egyptians hate America on Twitter.
Video of a Saudi father burning his son with a hot iron bar triggered a wave of condemnation (Image: Shutterstock).
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A video clip of a Saudi father burning his son's foot with a hot iron bar despite his screams and pleas has triggered a wave of condemnation and calls for action.
Family portrait: Rania Youssef with her two daughters and her current and ex-husband! (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Rania Youssef and her ex-hubby Mohamad Mukhtar are reportedly fighting over the custody of their daughters.
Sulafa Mimar was a hit in her "Lipstick" role last year in Ramadan. (image: Facebook)
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Rumor has it that Syrian starlet Sulafa Mimar has snatched the leading role in the drama "Nazik Khanom".
RAF Tornado GR4's fly on a mission to Iraq on Sept. 27. (AFP/Ministry of Defence)
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IS fighters are reportedly just one mile away from Baghdad as reports emerge of al-Qaeda militants bolstering their ranks in Syria.
Lebanese troops deploy across the border town of Arsal, August 28, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Lebanon's army clashed with militants on the outskirts of Arsal, allegedly leaving many soldiers dead or injured in the early hours of Monday morning.
Fourteen suspects were arrested in the seizure. (Image: Dubai Police)
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Coalition forces seized 5,364 kg of hashish.
Jordan recently joined the likes of France, the U.S. and UK in air striking Islamic State positions in Syria (Image: U.S. Air Force)
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Jordan's government on Sunday said the security situation in the country was stable amid rumours of jihadi support growing in the towns of Zarqa and Maan.
Amal Maher's new album announcement shocks fans (Image: Facebook)
09:27 GMT
This is not your typical Arab album announcement.
At least 24 Houthis were injured in the attack, with three people in critical condition (File/AFP)
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Seven people were killed and dozens injured after a car exploded near a Houthi controlled hospital in Yemen's northeastern province of Mareb.
Amal and George make their first appearance as a married couple. Bless! (Image: The Guardian)
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He swore to never marry again, but George Clooney made Amal Alamuddin one lucky woman - for the rest of her life - on Saturday!
Nicole Saba made a "Splash" with her hubby in Dubai. (Image: Twitter)
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Nicole Saba made a "Splash" with her hubby in Dubai.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country needed to take a leading role against IS militants (File/AFP)
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country should take a frontline role against Islamic State militants in Syria.
Victoria Rafaeli came in third place in the season finale of Big Brother. (Image courtesy of
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Often bearing all in bikinis, Israeli-American Big Brother finalist Victoria Rafaeli is not your typical Orthodox Jew.
Members of Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the group's nerve centre. [AFP]
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It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives? Nobody criticises the Israeli government when it swaps prisoners with Hezbollah
A Muslim pilgrim wearing a mask leaves after the esha'a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, on September 28, 2014 as hundreds of thousands of Muslims have poured into the holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage. The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is mandatory once in a lifetime for all Muslims provided they are physically fit and financially capable. (AFP / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)
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A Muslim pilgrim wearing a mask leaves after the esha'a prayer at Mecca's Grand Mosque, on September 28, 2014 as hundreds
The leader of Nusra Front urged American and European citizens to denounce Washington's actions. (AFP/File)
07:20 GMT
The al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front is threatening reprisals for U.S. air strikes in Syria.
A beautiful Arab woman drinks a cup of coffee.
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To all the early morning warriors and midnight procrastinators, your lifeblood, the coffee bean. has earned its due respect and today is when we give our thanks; two guys, six tires and one motorcycle; and more pics from Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney’s Wedding.
Lucy was a huge international hit and has put Waked's name amongst Hollywood stars. (Image: Facebook)
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Lucy, the newly released movie by French filmmaker Luc Besson, features Egyptian actor Amr Waked. His appearance prompts reflections on presence of Egyptian artists in international cinema.
The girl was criticized for wearing red lipstick. (Shutterstock)
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An 11-year-old Saudi girl caused a Twitter frenzy when she appeared onstage without a hijab.
U.S. air strikes are targeting IS militants inside Syria. (AFP/File)
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The U.S. carried out air strikes in northern Syria, close to the border with Turkey.
Wealth management can be provided by large corporate entities, independent financial advisers or multi-licensed portfolio managers who design services to focus on high-net-worth clients.
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“With the rise in the number of affluent investors in recent years, there has been an increasing demand for sophisticated financial solutions, including the Gulf,” he added.
Israel's war against Hamas came at the beginning of the peak tourist season, which includes July and August and runs through the Jewish High Holiday season and early winter.
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The summertime fighting delivered a serious hit to Israel's thriving tourism industry, causing losses of hundreds of millions of dollars and sparking concern that aftershocks may continue well after the war.
What is really alarming is the fact that currently 63 percent of Saudi students are enrolled in majors unsuitable for the needs of the labor market.
04:55 GMT
Only nine percent of high school graduates have taken up technical and vocational programs in the Kingdom compared with 41 percent in OECD member countries and 37 percent in Turkey

September 28, 2014

Hisham is looking worse for wear as he suffers in the ICU with a rare disease! (Image: Albawaba edit)
22:27 GMT
Hisham Tala'at Mustafa who killed Lebanese singer Suzan Tamim is in the ICU suffering from a rare disease. Should he be permitted to travel abroad for treatment?
Eden Hazard
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The Belgian attacker has constantly been linked with a move to the French capital but says he is happy in west London and looking forward to growing with the club
Khaled was renowned for his brilliant acting and hilarious sense of humor! (Image: Facebook)
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In honor of the late actor Khaled Saleh, the filmmakers of "The Island 2" have decided to cancel an important event his fans were looking forward to.
The two jets carried out armed reconnaissance missions but did not conduct air strikes. (AFP/File)
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For the first time since Britain's parliament authorized air strikes against Islamic State militants, two RAF jets flew combat missions over Iraq.
Lebanese activists vowed to file a lawsuit against the journalist for his remarks. (AFP/File)
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A group of Lebanese activists held a protest at the offices of al-Jazeera in Beirut over anti-army remarks made by an al-Jazeera journalist over the weekend.
As per the deal, these companies will manufacture, supply and implement a feeder line project in the capital from the water tanks to three different locations within the city.
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The Saudi government has awarded a contract worth more than SR1.4 billion ($373 million) to three local companies for a major water project in the capital Riyadh.
Multiple Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped during clashes on the border with Syria. (AFP/File)
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A Lebanese MP announced that the Free Syrian Army has saved multiple Lebanese soldiers from their jihadist kidnappers.
Covering the panoramic view of Paris, the fashion show will present extraordinary collections from eight countries and mark Jessica’s eighth history making catwalk around the world.
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Covering the panoramic view of Paris, the fashion show will present extraordinary collections from eight countries and mark Jessica’s eighth history making catwalk around the world.
Since the beginning of 2014 and up until August, the year-to-date passenger traffic surged by 12.1 per cent to 4.93 million.
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"This is the first time in QAIA history that we exceed such a benchmark, and we eagerly look forward to reaching even greater heights in the future," he added.
Oil accounts for 95 percent of state revenue in Libya and 65 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
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While the battle for control of Libya's oil ports has been seen as a critical indicator of victory in the civil war, the money received from oil sales currently has one sole destination: the Central Bank of Libya.
Andy Murray
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Andy Murray ended a frustrating dry spell stretching back almost 15 months as he won the Shenzhen Open on Sunday, fighting back past Spain's Tommy Robredo 5-7, 7-6 (11-9), 6-1 and saving five match point.
Its Egyptian project is seen as part of economic and political support of Egypt by the United Arab Emirates.
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The project would not only mark a huge expansion of Arabtec’s business but also boost Egypt’s struggling economy and help to resolve a housing shortage that has become a major source of political discontent.
Iraqi FM Ibrahim al-Ja'afari reiterated Iraq's desire to keep foreign troops out of Iraq. (AFP/File)
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Iraq's Foreign Minister once again rejected the idea of foreign troops in Iraq at the U.N. General Assembly.
Parliament leader Agelia Saleh Eissa spoke at the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday. (AFP/File)
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Libya's new parliament held a swearing-in ceremony Sunday.
Juan Mata
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The playmaker is set to be the subject of a bid from his former club in January.
Manuel Pellegrini
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Manchester City football team manager Manuel Pellegrini is of the opinion that his side would eventually win the Champions League.
An F-15E Strike Eagle waits to take off before strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. (AFP PHOTO / US Air Force)
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An al-Qaeda member expressed condolences for the death of senior operative Mohsin al-Fadhli.
Hajj is one of the Five Pillars, the five core acts in Islam that serve as the foundation of Muslim life. All Muslims must perform the mandatory pilgrimage to Mecca at, so lo least one time, if they are physically and financially able to do so. A tall order, as the experience isn’t cheap.
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Hajj 2014: Countdown to the Islamic Pilgrimage
Turkish and Syrian Kurds shout slogans after destroying the border fence into Kobani in neighboring Syria during a demonstration near the Mursitpinar border crossing, in Sanliurfa province, on September 26, 2014. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Protesters in Cizre, near the Turkish border with Syria, threw petrol bombs and firecrackers at security forces.
Missiles are on display during an exhibition on the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, as part of the "Sacred Defense Week" commemorating the 8-year war on Sept. 28 at a park in northern Tehran. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
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An Iranian general says his forces may attack deep into Iraq if militants approach the country's western border.
Who knows, this kid might have a career ahead as an escape artist … (Image: Ma'an)
11:10 GMT
The wife of a Palestinian prisoner held in Israel gave birth to twins from her husband's smuggled sperm.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [AFP]
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PM's comments come after Abbas accuses Israel of "genocide"; Netanyahu's first scheduled engagement on the sidelines of the General Assembly will be with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Haifa Wehbe's quick trip to Tunisia was a big surprise. (Image: Instagram)
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She didn't even let the press know she was coming, but Haifa Wehbe did in fact hit up Tunisia.
Lionel Messi
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Chelsea would reportedly make a new bid for Barcelona's star forward Lionel Messi at the end of the season after they failed with an attempt to lure the Argentine to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Shabola always has something to sing about.
10:26 GMT
Disgusted and disappointed with the filth on the streets, Shabola is in studio recording a song about trash.
Nour El Sherif just loves him some cigarettes.
10:05 GMT
Naughty, naughty Nour El Sherif keeps hiding his packs of cigarettes from his upset co-stars after his doctor ordered him to stop smoking because of his severe lung issues.
A thumb extender for larger cell phone users. (YouTube)
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Japanese people aren't blessed with the largest of fingers but they make up for it with ingenuity. Check out this fake thumb that helps anyone navigate a large cellphone screen; Lebanese Army crushes IS motorcycles; and Michelle Bachmann rallies the troops.
Will Ezz have no choice but to admit that Zeina's twins are really his? (Image: Facebook)
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Yes, Zeina and Ahmed Ezz are still fighting over who's telling the truth about their alleged secret marriage and the paternity of Zeina's twins!
Negotiation deal may be in the works for Lebanese hostages as PM Salam asks Turkey and Qatar to aid release efforts. (AFP/File)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam asked Qatar and Turkey to help secure the release of Lebanese hostages, saying Lebanon would support a negotiation deal.
Revolution Records snatching a selfie at a recent concert. This hip hop band is coming to Alexandria this week (Image: Facebook).
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There's no shortage of entertaining things to occupy your time in Egypt this week.
This beauty is going to Bosnia, well, her face is at least! (Image: Facebook)
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As the first Arab drama to be aired on the European continent, the newly married woman's show "Itiham" (Accusation) is Bosnia bound.
American and Canadian activists have been trying to keep Israeli cargo ships from docking at the ports of Oakland, Seattle and Vancouver. (Image: Zim)
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Protesters in Oakland, California prevented a Zim cargo ship from unloading its goods at the city's port.
International attention was forced back on Bahraini authorities this month following the release of renowned rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja. (AFP/File)
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Following anti-government protests in 2011, Bahrain's prison population has doubled, boasting at least 2,000 political prisoners and the Arab world's second highest prison population rate per 100,000 people. How did this happen?
The happy couple: George and Amal on their wedding eve! (Image: Daily Mail)
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George Clooney and his fiancée Amal Alamuddin yesterday exchanged wedding vows at Aman hotel in Venice.
Palestinian Suleiman al-Mesmari (R) stands near his camels in front of his destroyed family house after the animals, that had gone missing from the Gaza Strip during the recent bloody 50-day-conflict with Israel, were handed back by the Israeli army, on September 27, 2014 in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli media reported great efforts undertaken by the military to retrieve the expensive animals, with owner Suleiman al-Mesmari saying he had been contacting Israeli authorities on the matter for over a month. On September 25 night a surveillance team along the Gaza border tracked the camels down and troops shepherded them back into Palestinian territory, reuniting them with their Bedouin owners. (AFP / SAID KHATIB)
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Palestinian Suleiman al-Mesmari (R) stands near his camels in front of his destroyed family house after the animals,
Harassment, chaos, pollution … nothing like a nice jog through Cairo. (Image: Cairo Runners Facebook page).
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Sexual harassment, pollution and some of the world's worst traffic. Yep, that's running in Cairo.
A Yemeni supporter of Houthi rebels stands guard during a rally after the anti-government movement seized key state installations on Sept. 26. (AFP/ Mohammed Huwais)
06:55 GMT
Forces with links to Iran and Hezbollah are supporting Houthi rebels to boost their control of Yemen’s capital Sana’a, intelligence sources say.
Protestors at the Oakland Port. (Charlotte Silver)
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All sorts of American have joined together to support the humans of Gaza. Labor and Palestine solidarity activists are blocking an Israeli ship in the San Francisco Bay; Maroon 5 is back; which countries like IS? and some Egyptian politicians support the strikes buy the coalition.
“Thieves lie in wait and observe their victims upon leaving the bank until they get into their car."
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An analytical study conducted by the Abu Dhabi Police has revealed multiple professional plans to rob bank customers after they finish their financial transactions.
The Japanese firm kicked off its UAE expansion, with the recent opening of a new stand at Emirates Towers in Dubai.
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400% growth posted so far in 2014; Qatar, Kuwait being eyed.
Most of the retailers have gone out of supply as Apple fans queued for the midnight release of the iPhone 6 at major malls in the UAE overnight on Friday.
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"Our units were completely sold out in 45 minutes and the next consignment will come in three to four days time,”
 Already, almost 180,000 children between 6 months old and five years are being treated for severe acute malnutrition.
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When South Sudan was born, the world's youngest country had generous Western allies and sturdy oil exports, a formula that offered a chance to build a modern economy and drag its people out of their daily struggle to feed themselves.
Airlines will also need to certify their planes aren't affected by transmission signals before allowing devices to be used.
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"Basically we are saying you can have it switched on, and it's up to the airline first to allow you," Maragakis said.
His replacement is the CEO of the Emirates Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund, Mubarak Al Mansouri.
04:55 GMT
Could it be that Mr. Al Suwaidi has paid the price for calling a halt to the latest Dubai real estate boom with the raising of mortgage criteria last autumn?

September 27, 2014

Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham: Oxlade-Chamberlain rescues derby point for Gunners
20:13 GMT
The 21-year-old hammered the ball past Hugo Lloris on 74 minutes to earn a deserved draw for the Gunners, who lost both Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey to injury
A boy holds a baby as Syrian Kurds, fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State group, cross the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc on Sept. 27, 2014. (AFP /Bulent Kilic)
17:48 GMT
Air strikes continued against IS targets, Reuters reported.
Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa: Costa back on target in routine win
17:32 GMT
The summer signing netted his eighth Premier League goal of the season in just his sixth outing as Jose Mourinho's side made easy work of Paul Lambert's high-flying Villans
Hull City 2-4 Manchester City: Lampard strikes again as Pellegrini's men survive scare
17:29 GMT
A nightmare first half for Eliaquim Mangala gave the hosts a chance to pick up a shock point, but Manuel Pellegrini's side proved too strong for the KC Stadium outfit
Manchester United 2-1 West Ham: Hosts hang on despite Rooney red
17:25 GMT
The Red Devils captain opened the scoring early on but set nerves jangling when he scythed down Stewart Downing in the second half, though Robin van Persie's goal told
Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks to a reporter.
15:24 GMT
The military brass in Syria are tickled pink with the air strikes done by the U.S. military and the government owned TV stations are praising Obama; Beirut's last public beach in danger; Clooney's pre-wedding shots; and a pro-Gaza exhibit in Amman.
Liverpool 1-1 Everton: Jagielka belter stuns Reds
15:04 GMT
A stunning strike from the Toffees centre-back secured a point for the visitors, with Steven Gerrard having curled home a delicious free-kick earlier on in the second half
Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is wheeled out of an ambulance outside the Maadi military hospital in Cairo on Sept. 27 before boarding a helicopter that transported him to court.  (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
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Cairo Criminal Court said it needed more time to review 160,000 pages of evidence.
George Clooney waves hello as he leaves his rehearsal dinner by boat for a stag night with his bros in Venice on September 27, 2014 (AFP PHOTO / PIERRE TEYSSOT).
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Friday night found celebrities riding into town for the social event of the season, George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding celebrations, which began with a rehearsal dinner for family and A-list guests like Matt Damon and Cindy Crawford.