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August 31, 2015

Theeb gets new release date in Iraq's cinemas, the ninth Arab country to host the film. (File photo)
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Theeb gets new release date in Iraq's cinemas, the ninth Arab country to host the film.
AP was criticized for describing Amal Clooney as an 'actor's wife' in coverage of the Al Jazeera trial. (AFP)
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Seriously AP? Amal Clooney is much more than just an "actor's wife"!
Daesh militants claimed one 21-carat coin was worth $139 due to its weight in gold. (Screenshot)
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Militant group Daesh is trying to rub it in the world's face about how much wealth it has accumulated. What better way than releasing an hour-long video? Ok, we get it, they have a lot of gold coins.
The World Health Tourism Congress will be held in Dubai Health Care City. (
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Health tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with $100B being spent a year.
Hundreds of people were injured when the housing compound belonging to Aramco caught fire. (Screenshot/MSNBC)
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Eleven people were killed and hundreds others injured after a fire broke out in a housing complex belonging to Saudi oil company Aramco.
Parts of the historic temple of Bel are believed to have been destroyed. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants reportedly destroyed another temple in the besieged Syrian city of Palmyra, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
"Time to love" will be subtitled in English for its non-Farsi-speaking audiences. (Press TV)
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‘Time to love’ by Iranian filmmaker Alireza Raisian is set to be screened in different countries across Europe and North America.
Pope Francis offered special prayers for 71 Syrian refugees who were found dead in the back of a truck in Austria. (AFP/File)
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Pope Francis called on people to help prevent crimes against refugees, days after the bodies of 71 Syrians were found at the back of a truck in Austria.
Turkey joined the US in launching airstrikes against Daesh in Syria last week. (AFP/File)
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The US-led coalition against Daesh hasn't made much of an impact on the militant group, and with Turkey announcing joint airstrikes in Syria with America last week, it made matters worse.
King Abdullah has previously condemned Israel for constantly restricting Palestinians from entering the Al-Aqsa compound. (AFP/File)
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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met Jordan's King Abdullah Sunday to discuss recent tensions between protesters and Israeli forces in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Egypt's biggest exports are to Iraq first, followed by Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Libya and then Sudan.(Ecomena)
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Forty percent of Egypt's exports are destined for Libya and Iraq; is the Islamic State imposing fees on Egyptian goods?
Avoid going off-topic by sticking to an agenda and redirecting conversations when necessary. (Shutterstock)
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Whether its an low-key internal touch-base or high-level power session, here are some ways to make your next meeting more efficient.
Long-strewed violence between the PKK and Turkey was sparked last month, when Turkish war planes targeted the Kurdish militant group's positions in northern Iraq. (AFP/File)
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A PKK attack in Turkey's southeastern Kayapinar district left two Turkey policemen dead in fresh violence between the Kurdish military group and Turkish security forces.
News emerges of an Iraqi army official's lay time when Mosul needed him most. (AFP/File)
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News emerges of an Iraqi army official's lay time when Mosul needed him most.
The World Bank said the lifting of sanctions will create a rush of resources for the country. (AFP/File)
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The World Bank said the lifting of sanctions will create a rush of resources for the country.
Despite the landmark move, only 16 Saudi Arabian women have so far registered to vote in the country's municiple elections this December. (AFP/File)
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As the country gears up for a municiple election this December, only 16 women in the country have registered to vote so far.
Argentina trancin' out. (Facebook)
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Here's how Aly Amr Fathalah and Fadi Wassef Naguib put Egypt on the world trance map.
Hinge allows users to reveal if they are 'open to' a relationship, dating or want to keep it casual. (
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A survey by dating app Hinge claims that 63 percent of polled users were interested in relationships, against two percent wanting casual hook-ups.
Facebook launch of M is an attempt to increase interactive communication among users. (The Next Web)
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Social media site makes a foray into the virtual assistant market with a feature that helps complete organizational tasks.
A joint account for household expenses may be the transparency needed for discussions about spending. (File photo)
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Financial disagreements can quickly lead to fractured relationships; especially if talking about money doesn't happen until there is a problem.
Syrian refugees wait at a Turkish border crossing to return home to the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, the scene of fierce fighting in June between Daesh and Kurdish forces.  (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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From 'migrants' to 'anchor babies,' the bigoted lexicon of migration; telling the stories of people seeking asylum on the Greek island of Kos; and an Afghan-American take on the Iran deal.
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"Leading up to the election of the new President of FC Barcelona, there were loud demands to scrap Qatar Airways' sponsorship of the football club due to its alleged treatment of its female cabin crew."

August 30, 2015

Morocco's bronze medallist Abdalaati Iguider celebrates on the podium during the victory ceremony for the men's 1500 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships
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Almaz Ayana ran away from Genzebe Dibaba to deny her a rare double by winning the 5,000 metres world title in an Ethiopian podium sweep while...
(L-R) Silver medallist Kenya's Helah Kiprop, gold medallist Ethiopia's Mare Dibaba and bronze medallist Bahrain's Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa celebrate on the podium during the victory ceremony for the women's marathon athletics event
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Bahraini marathoner Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa won a bronze medal on Sunday in the world athletics...
Egypt's three year sentences for the Al Jazeera journalists sparked international outrage this week, prompting the reemergence of #FreeAJStaff. (AFP/File)
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Egypt's three year sentences for the Al Jazeera journalists sparked international outrage this week, prompting the reemergence of #FreeAJStaff.
It’s an American thing, started in the 1930’s - when boys nailed old wooden market crates to roller skate wheels creating makeshift ‘go-carts’ for hours of testosterone-fueled fun. The first Red Bull Soapbox race was held in Belgium in 2000 and since then it's spread 'round the world. This is Jordan’s first official competition.
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Get to Abdoun in Jordan's capital city on Friday, 4 September to watch 63 teams compete in the Red Bull Soap Box Derby! Insane spectacle, music and sport - and it won't cost you a dinar!
Source: Twitter
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Manchester City signed Belgium international Kevin de Bruyne from Wolfsburg Sunday for a Bundesliga record fee.
The verdict is still out regarding the fate of Iranian-American reporter Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post journalist who's been held in Iran for over a year over alleged espionage. (AFP/File)
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A Iranian Revolutionary Court handed ten year sentences to a pair of Iranians accused of spying for Israel and the US, in the most recent of a long list of similar cases.
With a career that predates Jordanian King Abdallah's own rule, Judeh's presence is something of a legend in Jordanian politics. (AFP/File)
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There's a big, fat, Twitter controversy unfolding in Jordan.
Rafael Nadal
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World number eight Rafael Nadal has denied the report about him declining to play with controversial Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios in a doubles match of the charity event, saying that he was never asked to play with the bad boy.
Myriam Fares lets her hair down on lux Santorini vacay. Totes jelly (Twitter)
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Must be nice. Myriam Fares lookin' all kinds of relaxed on vacay.
Screenshot from Homeland Season 5 trailer. (YouTube)
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The trailer is out for the TV show that digs into the fight against terror.
Assala seriously has some frenemies. (Facebook/Youssef Hamiddine)
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Assala is headed to Lebanon, and on her way she sent a tweet that's got Nidal Al Ahamadieh all kinds of angr.
Gigi Hadid back in 2013. (Facebook)
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Gigi Hadid admits she loves being on stage with her singing pal Taylor Swift.
Yemeni security officials believe al-Sanidi was gunned down by al-Qaeda militants, as the group's been responsible for crimes committed in similar ways in the past.  (AFP/File)
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Authorities speaking under anonymity told the Associated Press that Aden's head of security was shot dead while driving Sunday.
Qatar is developing five separate lines, including 148kms to the border with Saudi Arabia. (File photo)
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Undisclosed deal is a welcome development in a project that has been fraught with delays.
The Bay Area Light Brigade has been campaigning for the PKK with lights in Oakland, Calif. (Facebook)
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Not everyone in the US supports Turkish airstrikes against the PKK.
Asamoah Gyan (L)
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Former Al Ain superstar Asamoah Gyan has leapt to the defence of the Arabian Gulf League following implied criticism from his legendary compatriot Abedi Pele.
Actress Kinda Hanna was attacked by extremist social media users after it's become known that she's Christian. (Elcinema)
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Actress Kinda Hanna was attacked by extremist social media users after it's become known that she's Christian.
Credit growth is expected to remain largely unchanged for 2015, according to Standard & Poor's analysts. (File photo)
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Standard and Poor forecast slow growth for global sukuk and islamic financial services in light of declining oil revenues.
Public expenditure on the Aqaba development program between is expected to cost $162.6 million. (Flickr)
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Public expenditure on the Aqaba development program between is expected to cost $162.6 million.
Casualties were reported to be represented by various nationalities. (
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Deadly blaze at residential complex rented by Saudi oil giant Aramco began in the basement and was first spotted around 6am.
Overcrowding on small boats and insufficient safety gear contribute to migrant deaths at sea. (AFP/file)
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The death toll of two capsized boats off the Libyan coast Friday climbed higher as authorities discovered the 39 more African and Middle Eastern asylum seekers.
A drone, called "The Guardian". Carrying a life preserver and flying above people at a public beach as it is tested to save swimmers in peril in Lebanon's southern port city of Sidon. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
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A drone, called "The Guardian". Carrying a life preserver and flying above people at a public beach as it is tested to save swimmers in peril in Lebanon's southern port city of Sidon. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
The joint company will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul of Saudi helicopters, both commercial and military. (AFP/File)
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The new joint company will have locations in Riyadh and Jeddah.
Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy talks to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney during the trial, August 29, 2015. (AFP/File)
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The Egyptian foreign ministry summoned British ambassador John Casson over comments he made on press freedom in wake of the Al Jazeera verdict.
DP World's portfolio includes 65 terminal operations worldwide. (Shutterstock)
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The Dubai company eyes expansion into Iran, Africa and Latin America.
A fire broke out in the basement of a housing compound belonging to oil and gas firm Aramco. (AFP/File)
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Two people were killed and dozens others injured Sunday following a fire in the residential section of a Saudi oil company.
Daesh militants executed at least 39 members of the group for various crimes. (AFP/File)
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Daesh reportedly beheaded at least 39 fighters from its own ranks, according to to the UK-based Syrian Observatory.
Jordanian authorities are preparing to supply charging stations in the country for electric cars. (AFP/File)
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Jordanian authorities are preparing to provide the infrastructure, with electric charging stations.
A report found EgyptAir had accumulated billions in losses in the past three years. (AFP/File)
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A report found EgyptAir had accumulated billions in losses in the past three years.
Arab unemployment is due to cultural and social factors, as well as economic ones. (File photo)
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In the face of the debate over nationalization of jobs, there are many capable, skilled Arabs, primarily Saudis, that are voluntarily choosing unemployment.
Myriam Fares celebrates her first wedding anniversary with Dany Mitri. (Ali Express)
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Myriam Fares celebrates her first wedding anniversary with Dany Mitri.
Thousands of people have been killed in the Yemeni conflict since March, according to the WHO. (AFP/File)
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Saudi warplanes hit the Yemeni province of Hajjah Sunday killing over 30 people. The victims were reportedly working in a mineral water factory, according to local media.
Iraqi men hold up national flags and protest against corruption, August 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Since Tunisian street vender Tarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in 2011 sparking the Arab revolts, it was against corruption. Over the years, demonstrations have continued across the Middle East by why is corruption still never-ending?
Years of the slogan might soon be coming to and end, but it doesn't mean what you think it means for most Iranians. (AFP/File)
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Years of the slogan might soon be coming to and end.
Saturday's protest was considered the largest independent demonstration ever mobilized in the capital Beirut. (AFP/file)
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A protest calling for massive parliamentary restructuring took a violent turn in Beirut Saturday, with demonstrators promising further escalation if the Lebanese government failed to respond.
Men loyal to Yemen's exiled President Hadi participate in military training in the port city of Aden, August 29, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Exiled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi enlisted thousands of fighters to form new brigade in the country's south.
Almost $133,000 was raised for Abdul (right), a single father of two children from Yarmouk refugee camp. (Twitter)
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An Indiegogo campaign has raised almost $133,000 for a Palestinian refugee whose photo of him selling pens in Beirut went viral.
Al-Jazeera's Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed (R), Al-Jazeera's Egyptian-Canadian reporter Mohamed Fahmy (C) and Australian journalist Peter Greste. (AFP/Ben Stansall, Khaled Desouki)
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Canada, the UK, the US and human rights group Amnesty International have criticized the three year prison sentences at the journalists' retrial.
The civilians were reportedly kidnapped by Daesh for protesting against the militant group. (AFP/File)
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Hundreds of people were abducted in Iraq's western province of Anbar by Daesh militants, according to local media outlets.
The union's stance emerged after a meeting with Palestinian trade unionists at the World Social Forum in Tunisia. (File photo)
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The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America have reportedly become the first nationwide union to join the boycott against Israel.
Amal Clooney lashes out at Egypt after Al-Jazeera journalists are imprisoned. (AFP)
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Amal Clooney lashes out at Egypt after Al-Jazeera journalists are imprisoned.
The soldier was lightly injured while the assailant fled the scene. (AFP/File)
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An Israeli soldier was injured near Hebron in the West Bank after being hit in a car-ramming incident.
The possible husband-to-be was told he would have to weigh 90 kilos in order to get approval for the marriage. (Shutterstock/File)
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Fathers are always overprotective but this Saudi dad refused to let an overweight man wed his daughter.
The ancient Temple of Baal Shamin in Palmyra on March 14, 2014. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
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Activists have recreated the Palmyra experience with digital tools.
Bader Saleh made sure he took full advantage of his leisure time in Abu Dhabi by visiting Eastern Mangroves Resort and Spa by Anantara. (YouTube)
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Saudi comedian Bader Saleh enjoys AD ahead of his live stand up performance.
Taliban militants continue to hide in Pakistan's northern regions. (AFP/File)
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Fourteen militants were killed in an airstrike by Pakistan's air force Saturday in the country's North Waziristan tribal region.
Turkish security officials did not confirm the origins of those arrested. (AFP/File)
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Over a dozen people believed to be foreign nationals were arrested in Turkey near the Syrian border for reportedly supporting Daesh.
Palestinians fight to free a young boy from the grips of an Israeli soldier in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, August 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Harrowing images of a 13-year-old Palestinian being held at gunpoint by an Israeli soldier have emerged. Luckily, the boy's family managed to free him from the grips of the coward soldier!
The suspected Syrians likely died from suffocation, according to the BBC. (File photo)
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Three Bulgarians and an Afghan are being detained in Hungary following the discovery of the bodies of 59 men, 8 women and four children in the back of a lorry.
Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are currently being held by Israel under administrative detention. (AFP/File)
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Five Palestinians continued a hunger strike in Israel's Negev jail to protest against being detained without trial or charge.
Zahera Tariq (pictured), is believed to have taken her four children to Syria. (Screenshot/MPS)
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UK security services continued to search for a British mother and her four children, believed to be travelling to Syria.
Bahrain has experienced ongoing unrest since protests by the Shia majority erupted in 2011. (AFP/File)
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One policeman in Bahrain was killed and several others injured in what the state's authorities called a "terrorist blast".
Industrialists have been forced to send Jordanian exports destined for Iraq via Kuwait, a costlier option. (File photo)
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The Turaibil/Karameh crossing has been closed since mid-July over security concerns, adding to Jordanian exporters' woes.
Haifa Mansour's "Wadjda" is one of the films screening in Cairo this week. (Image Archive)
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Check out the list of awesome sauce cultural events to do in Cairo and Alexandria this week.
As garbage continues to pile up in Beirut, thousands of Lebanese protest the government's failure to clear trash from the city streets. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Thousands of Lebanese people gathered in Beirut on Saturday to protest against the worsening garbage crisis in the country.
Kosha Dillz in 'da house. (Facebook)
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Kosha Dillz is knockin' down anti-Semitism one rap song at a time.
The Israeli woman, in her forties, caught a flight to Turkey on Thursday. (AFP/File)
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Israeli-Arab woman's family alerted police of her departure to Turkey, but were unaware of her motivations.
Being glued to your gadget makes you unsocial and can have grave implications on the health of developing minds in particular. (Pixshark)
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Looking at your phone instead of paying attention in a social setting is not just an adolescent occupation; parents should check their own behavior and monitor their children's habits.
Nada Kabil custom designs the drawings for each customer. (Courtesy of Step Feed)
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Egyptian designer Nada Kabil designs and hand colors white sneakers, drawing a unique design on each pair.
Army officers take position in Iraq. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Five Iraqi army officers were killed on Saturday by a roadside bomb planted on the border between Iraq and Jordan, according to an Iraqi military source.
The luxury iPhone 6s can be personalized with laser engraving. (Goldgenie)
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Goldgenie has announced that the Limited edition iPhone 6s in 24K Gold, Rose Gold and Platinum will be available for pre-order on August 31.
Enhanced due diligence has been a feature of modern regional banking, especially in combating terrorism financing. (Saida Online)
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Lebanese and Arab banks are feeling the strain from high compliance costs, hampering their ability to properly finance regional economies, says union official.
The UAE boasts one of the most diversified economies in the region. (File photo)
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Global market volatility requires a smart strategy to pick selective stocks.
Consider telling your colleagues about personal distress on a need-to-know basis. (Shutterstock)
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Be selective about what you divulge at the office, especially in times of personal distress.
Valencia seal €30m Abdennour deal
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The 26-year-old has swapped Monaco for Mestalla mere days after his new club qualified for the Champions League at the expense of his former employers
A rat beckons viewers to "come taste the goodies" above a pile of trash in Beirut, amidst Lebanon's garbage crisis.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
03:44 GMT
Graphic artist takes on Lebanon's anti-government demonstrations; why the Middle East isn't done with mass protest movements; and Saudi Arabia targets bloggers and free speech in the GCC.

August 29, 2015

Manuel Pellegrini
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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini had no news on Kevin De Bruyne's proposed transfer to the club after Saturday's win over Watford.
Someone even created a twitter account for the shark. (Courtesy of Twitter)
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A whale shark measuring a reported six metres long was sighted in Dubai Marina on Thursday afternoon.
The World Star Roberto Carlos (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during a charity football match between "Iranian Stars" and "World Stars"
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World Stars football team defeated Iran’s All-Star 3-0 in Tehran in front of about 50,000 fans on Friday.
Salah quenches his thirst during Roma training
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@OfficialASRoma: .@22mosalah quenches his thirst during a moment of respite in this morning's practice #ASRoma
Farah celebrates winning the final of the men's 5000 metres athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships
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Neither a courageous run from the front by Kenyan Caleb Ndiku nor the doping related controversy around his coach Alberto Salazar could stop Mo Farah from enshrining himself in the pantheon of long distance running.
“Fighting the terror organization is a primary national security issue for Turkey. This fight will continue in resolution,” said a statement released by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Turkey has conducted its first airstrikes as part of the U.S.-led coalition against Daesh, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Saturday.
Modibo Maiga
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The former Sochaux striker departs Upton Park after a disappointing three-year spell in east London, during which he scored just seven goals in 45 appearances for the club
Asylum seekers are rescued from boats that capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Libya arrested three people suspected of involvement with two boats that capsized and killed up to 200 asylum seekers off the coast of Libya.
UN envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon stressed the importance of concluding the talks within two weeks.  (Al Bawaba/File)
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The United Nations says it will host a fresh round of peace talks among different Libyan factions in Geneva next week.
Hezbollah destroys a rebel tunnel in Zabadani. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Fighting has resumed in Zabadani and two nearby villages, breaking a two-day ceasefire, and ending hopes of extension.