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April 26, 2015

Yemeni children sit in a temporary shelter after fleeing Sirwah due to fighting between Houthi rebels and militiamen loyal to the country's fugitive President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, April 24, 2015. (AFP/File)
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The Yemeni conflict has been catastrophic for most of the Middle East. Bringing Saudi and Iran into a standoff, which delves into the Shia-Sunni divide, could it move towards Europe?
The Yemeni coastline is about 2000 km long and skirts the Red Sea, the Bab El Mandab Straits, and the Gulf of Aden. Its marine environment boasts over 130 species of sea coral, but contrary to the plot of the 2011 film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, there’s not much salmon fishing on offer.(Image: Michael Runkel/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis)
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Spectacular images of Yemen's striking natural and urban landscapes, extreme beauty found in the midst of war.
Nusra Front militants allied with other groups raided the northwestern province of Idlib on Saturday. (AFP/File)
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Nusra Front militants killed at least 60 Syrian army soldiers in the northwestern province of Idlib, according to a London-based monitoring group.
The airstrikes targeted a residential area in Jisr al-Shughur, a city in the Idlib province of Syria. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
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At least 30 people were killed Saturday in regime airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughur city in the northern province of Idlib.
 Saudi Arabia has a response to the global surplus of oil: Raise output to near-record levels and then pump even more.
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The world's biggest oil exporter, having abandoned last year its role of keeping global markets in balance.
The Iranian president noted that his administration also managed to increase the budget for the country’s development over the past two years (image: on file).
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the country’s dependence on oil revenues will drop to its lowest level ever in the current Iranian year (which began on March 21).
Called ‘Highlights’, the feature rolled out very recently by the microblogging site is aimed at helping users sift through the large number of tweets on their feed each day.
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Inundated with hashtags, re-tweets and favourites? Now you can sift through them and find the important ones easily, thanks to a new Twitter feature.
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed currently leads the UN Ebola response mission. (AFP/File)
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The UN Security Council approved Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's nomination of Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania as his special envoy for Yemen, the UN spokesperson's office said Saturday.
Non-Muslim artists are becoming increasingly inspired by the aesthetics of Islamic art.  (AFP/File)
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New incarnations of Islamic-inspired art; a devastating New Year for Iraq's Yazidis; and the struggle of Palestinian cinema.
“A woman can take more than the man in her spirit, men may be able to handle more physically but women can handle more mentally," said Perla Abi Rached. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Shutterstock)
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Lebanese women are taking on the sport of mixed martial arts, and some have achieved great success.

April 25, 2015

Palestiniadi sports program for children (picture courtesy of UNRWA.org)
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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), in partnership with UNICEF, launched today Palestiniadi, a three-day sports event for children and youth in Palestine refugee camps and gatherings in Lebanon.
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With the Indian Premier League (IPL) reportedly generating huge revenue for UAE’s Gross Domestic Product, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is aiming for more high profile tournaments involving India to be staged here in the future.
Egypt initially declared the state of emergency in parts of North Sinai in October 2014. (AFP/File)
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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi extended the state of emergency and curfew in Sinai for another three months. The curfew was initially applied seven months ago in some part of restive North Sinai.
Wayne Rooney
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The Manchester United and England striker has a wealth of £72 million and only sits behind Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, who has a personal fortune of £88m
Ronaldo and Messi
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The former Barcelona and Real Madrid star says instead of choosing between the world's leading players, Spain should be thankful they continue to inspire one another to greatness
A statement released by Egypt's interior ministry said the four killed in the explosion were members of the Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
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Four people were killed in an explosion on Saturday at a makeshift farm building in Beni Suef governorate in Egypt in what police said was a bomb-making operation gone wrong.
Syrians sell Zaatar at the 'Made in Syria' exhibition in Damascus. (AFP/File)
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Syria's entrepreneurs, suffering from crippling losses after four years of civil war, have launched a drive to encourage consumers hit by burgeoning inflation and a shortage of imports to "buy Syrian."
Israeli soldiers search a car at a checkpoint in Hebron. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/File)
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A 17-year-old Palestinian was shot dead at the Al-Zayyim checkpoint in occupied East Jerusalem after allegedly attempting to stab checkpoint officers just before midnight on Friday.
Jordanian soldiers patrol the border with Iraq. (AFP/File)
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Three car bombs detonated at sole crossing between Jordan and Iraq.
On Wednesday the Obama administration admitted that US hostage Warren Weinstein had been killed in a January drone strike (File-AFP)
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The Obama administration admits they have trouble knowing who is killed in drone strikes; how sectarian cleansing in Syria affects Lebanon; and 7 interesting facts about the "first Muslim."
Smoke rises from the provincial capital of Idlib after being taken by Islamist rebels on March 28 (File-AFP)
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Islamist fighters overrun one of the regime's last holdouts in the Idlib province.
John Kerry urged the Houthis and "those who have influence over them" to enter negotiations (File-AFP)
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US Secretary of State encourages Houthis to come to the negotiating table.
The jets reportedly struck Lebanon's northern town of al-Qalamoun (File-AFP)
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Report states that IDF targeted brigades armed with long-range missiles.
Al-Nusra fighters after taking the city of Idlib on March 29, 2015 (File-AFP)
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Jabhat al Nusra and allies launch joint assault on strategic city in province of Idlib.
Saleh ruled Yemen for 33 years before he stepped down following protests in 2011. (AFP/File)
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Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh has urged all sides in Yemen's conflict to return to political dialogue to end to the ongoing violence in the country, Reuters has reported.
The new health service appears to be very similar to Britain's. (Shutterstock)
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Islamic State have reportedly launched their own 'health service', bearing remarkable similarities to the publicly funded British health service, the National Health Service (NHS).
The Saudi authorities arrested a 23-year-old man with links to Daesh militants in Syria. (AFP/File)
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Saudi authorities have held the ISIL (Daesh) militant group responsible for the fatal shooting of two policemen in the capital, Riyadh, earlier this month.

April 24, 2015

Manuel Pellegrini
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The Chilean says that there are "five or six teams with the same power and money" at the top of the Premier League despite the Blues holding a commanding lead
The employer needs to hear you respect their time and consideration and that they are top of mind even after the interview (image: on file).
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You thought you did pretty well at impressing but find that coveted offer letter still evades you.
Manny Pacquiao
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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally reached an agreement on contract details on Wednesday that has paved the way for public tickets to be put on sale for their May 2, mega-fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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Iraqi forces have reportedly recaptured a key bridge from the ISIL (Daesh) group in the Iraqi western province of Anbar.
Pro-Daesh accounts say the pilot has been captured. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants have shot down an army aircraft near an important military airport in the south of Syria, according to AFP.
World Happiness Report ranks UAE 20th happiest country, above Oman (22nd), Qatar (28th), Saudi Arabia (35th). (AFP/File)
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World Happiness Report ranks UAE 20th happiest country, above Oman (22nd), Qatar (28th), Saudi Arabia (35th).
Events throughout this week have been held to mark the 100th anniversary of the massacre. (AFP)
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Ceremonies are being held around the world to remember the Armenians killed by Ottoman Turks in 1915.
Iraqi security personnel backed by international coalition forces seized the southern part of al-Karma city from Daesh in Anbar province. (AFP/File)
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Security forces killed at least 48 Daesh (ISIS) militants in Anbar and Ninawah provinces Friday, military officials said.
If you’re in Egypt, Massi will be in Alexandria today and Cairo on April 26. (Image: Kalamu.com)
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Souad Massi’s music: an interpretation and celebration of classic Arabic poetry.
The UN’s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura invited Syria’s government and opposition groups to talks in Geneva, set to start on May 4.  (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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The talks, set for May 4, are the latest to attempt a resolution to the civil war.
Barcelona versus Bayern Munich, Real Madrid against Juventus
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The Bundesliga champions meet the Catalans in the semi-finals, while the titleholders face Massimiliano Allegri's outfit
Napoli meet Dnipro, Sevilla face Fiorentina
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The Stadio San Paolo side will meet Ukrainian opposition in the semi-finals, while the holders take on Vincenzo Montella's outfit
At least 115 children have been killed and 172 injured since start of Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, says UNICEF.  140 children have been recruited as fighters.  (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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At least 115 children have been killed and 172 injured in the Yemeni conflict since the launch of the Saudi-led airstrikes in the country, says UNICEF.
In the wake of the recent deaths of hundreds off Libyan coast, EU officials pledge increased emergency funding for search-and-rescue operations.  (AFP/File)
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In the wake hundreds of migrant deaths off Libyan coast, EU officials pledge increased emergency funding for search-and-rescue operations.
The three British hobbyists, arrested on espionage charges, were released Thursday. (AFP/Toussaint Kluiters)
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The three British hobbyists, arrested on espionage charges, were released Thursday.
Israeli tanks near the border with the Gaza Strip during the summer 2014 war, which left over 2,000 Palestinians dead, mostly civilians.  (AFP/File)
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Israeli tanks strike northern Gaza Strip following Thursday rocket fire, no casualties reported.
Jordan’s 20-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah Thursday called on the world to prevent youth recruitment to Islamic extremist groups. (Tumblr)
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Jordan’s 20-year-old Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah Thursday called on the world to prevent youth recruitment to Islamic extremist groups.
A memorial in Yerevan, Armenia dedicated to victims of the Armenian genocide. 2015 marks 100 years since the Armenian and Assyrian genocides at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. (AFP/Karen Minasyan)
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Presdident Joachim Gauck admits German responsibility in the 'genocide', using a term the Turkish government ardently disputes.
Guards man the Iran-Iraq border, 2008.  (AFP/Ali Yussef)
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Officials from Iran and Iraq sign border security agreement, while Iraq officials pledge to beef up security along border with Syria.
Cabbies in Dubai will be getting a tailgating alert, helping them avoid accidents, the RTA said Thursday. (Pixabay)
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Who needs mom when you've got this new safety feature?
Al-Jadeed news editor Karma Khayat arrived in Beirut on Thursday after a week of a trial for contempt at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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Al-Jadeed news editor Karma Khayat arrived in Beirut on Thursday after a week of a trial for contempt at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

April 23, 2015

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European lawmakers on Thursday called on world football governing body FIFA to revisit the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
Officials have played down the impact of the phosphate spill in the Nile (image: on file).
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Companies in Egypt are racing to meet the rising demand for mineral water in Upper Egypt in the wake of a barge, carrying 500 tonnes of phosphate.
Saudi Arabia’s economy has been growing at an average rate of 6 per cent per annum (image: on file).
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The hundreds of billions of dollars that would flow into investments in Saudi Arabia once its $530 billion capital market opens up is likely to give a major boost.
Yemenis dig graves on April 4, 2015 to bury the victims of a reported airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition against Shiite Houthi rebel positions in the village of Bani Matar. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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The death toll from clashes in Yemen rose to 1,080, including 48 children, the UN health agency said Thursday.
The president saluted the sacrifices and efforts of the armed forces Thursday, ahead of the commemoration of Sinai Liberation Day. (AFP/File)
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The president saluted the sacrifices and efforts of the armed forces Thursday, ahead of the commemoration of Sinai Liberation Day.
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon nominated Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the current UN Ebola chief, as special envoy to Yemen. (AFP/File)
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Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon nominated the current UN Ebola chief to the UN Security Council on Thursday.
Pitbull performing in Bahrain. (Image: Facebook)
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Here's why this year's Bahrain Formula race and corresponding concerts are deemed the best ever for the kingdom!
Majida El Roumi is returning! (Image: Facebook)
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The Jounieh International Festival saw Majida El Roumi on stage four years ago, and she's coming back, Baby!
A session at Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo ruled the parliamentary election law unconstitutional on Feb. 25, 2015, delaying the polls. (AFP/File)
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Transitional Justice Minister Ibrahim al-Heneidy said Thursday the parliamentary elections will not be held until after Ramadan for technical and security reasons.
Exercise 'not key to obesity fight'
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Physical activity has little role in tackling obesity - and instead public health messages should squarely focus on unhealthy eating, doctors say.
The US returned dozens of Egyptian artifacts that were smuggled out of the Middle East. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
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The US returned dozens of Egyptian artifacts that were smuggled out of the Middle East.
Floyd Mayweather
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Unbeaten US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has said that he "couldn't care less" for upsetting people by claiming that he is better than legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.
US President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during a previously unannounced appearance in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
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A US raid against al-Qaeda in January killed two hostages being held by the extremist group, the White House said Thursday.
The army raided a northern town and arrested three suspected militants connected to a soldier who joined Nusra Front, a security source said Thursday. (Screenshot: YouTube)
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The army raided a northern town and arrested three suspected militants connected to a soldier who joined Nusra Front, a security source said Thursday.
ISIS is reportedly also selling oil to customers at very low prices to finance its war machine and collects taxes (Image: AFP/File).
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U.S. authorities are deeply concerned about the financial capabilities of ISIS.
Egypt squad
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Determined to qualify for the 2017 African Nations Cup ahead of Nigeria, Egypt have intensified their preparations for the qualifiers slated for June.
Asylum seekers living in Malta, arrive to attend an interfaith funeral ceremony of 24 migrants who died after a fishing boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, on the helipad at Mater Dei Hospital in Malta on April 23, 2015. (AFP/Matthew Mirabelli)
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Coffins for the only bodies recovered from the Mediterranean's migrant disaster were carried from Malta's morgue to a funeral Thursday.
A new economy team that will take office after a general election to be held on June 7 (image: on file).
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Özince's remarks came on the heels of existing uncertainty in financial markets that have sparked the exit of foreign lenders from the country.
The agreement, which is to involve 60% of local production, is to kick off in Sharm El-Sheikh (image: on file).
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A Continental Free Trade agreement between 26 African countries is to be launched from Egypt in June.
Circassians protest the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Ankara, Turkey.  (AFP/Adem Altan)
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A controversial decision in Turkey to introduce Latin alphabet in Circassian language courses; African minority in Iran; and the water crisis in Jordan.
The Apple Watch Edition, priced from $10,000, will be available in select retail stores only.
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Apple’s first smartwatch will be available in the UAE on Saturday, but from the grey market, for a hefty premium.
Dubai property market needs to have more than 25,000 additional flats/villas to bring rents down (image: on file).
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What is more likely to happen instead is that rents will generally remain stable.
Luis Figo
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Luis Figo said he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of “surprises” in his Fifa presidential bid.
A shell from an unknown source hit a house in North Sinai, leaving one dead and four injured Thursday, the state news agency said. (AFP/File)
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A shell from an unknown source hit a house in North Sinai, leaving one dead and four injured Thursday, the state news agency said.
Iraqi forces also recaptured three villages north of Karmah. (AFP/File)
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The Iraqi army, assisted by popular mobilization units, has succeeded in retaking some areas from ISIL (Daesh) terrorists in the western province of Anbar.
Most of those that have been killed are Daesh militants.(AFP/File)
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At least 2,000 people, mostly Islamic State group (Daesh) terrorists, have been killed in Syria by a US-led air campaign in the past seven months, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday, according to AFP.
Lebanon to consider Aqaba Port in Jordan as alternative export route. (Creative Commons/Gerard Janot)
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The government will discuss opening an alternative maritime export route due to the closure of the Nasib crossing with Syria.
The mosque was frequented by Sufi Muslims. (AFP/File)
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Militants blew up an ancient mosque in an ancient mosque in Libya's capital Tripoli, witnesses have said.
The service will offer park visitors free WiFi and charging points for smart gadgets. (Shutterstock)
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Visitors to major public parks in Dubai need no longer get disappointed if they do not have enough charge or data in their smartphones or tablets, as the 'Smart Palm' project has just been launched.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the bombing. (AFP/File)
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A car bomb has gone off near the Iraqi city of Balad, killing at least eight people and injuring 16 others, authorities say.
The Children’s International Film Festival (CIFF) will take place at VOX Cinemas across the UAE from 23rd April, 2015 to 2nd May, 2015. (Image: Dubaicalendar.ae)
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The second edition of the Children’s International Film Festival (CIFF) will take place at VOX Cinemas across the UAE from 23rd April, 2015 to 2nd May, 2015.
There is increasing concern about the role of Iranian influence and Shiite militias in a post-ISIL Iraq. (AFP/File)
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While ISIL (Daesh) may be making gains in Syria, the tides of battle are shifting against them in Iraq.
DJ Danny Howard in the house. (Image: Facebook)
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Friday night's funnest and fittest attraction in Dubai will be the UK's Danny Howard at the decks of the inaugural DXBeach festival.
Mai Kassab and Oka's first year of marriage is most unusual. (Image: Facebook)
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While away on her honeymoon, Egyptian artist Mai Kassab's former producer pressed charges against her for assault.
Five Shiite rebels were reportedly killed in the attack on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
A new division of Daesh (ISIS) that calls itself the 'Green Brigade' has claimed a bombing in Yemen, AFP has reported.
Hayek will be attending the screening of "The Prophet" in Lebanon this month. (Image: YouTube screenshot)
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Lebanese-Mexican Hollywood actress Salma Hayek is heading to Lebanon in April for the premiere of her new film "The Prophet."
The television journalist was a director of a private production company. (AFP/File)
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A Libyan television journalist has been killed in Benghazi, AFP has reported. He was killed by a gunshot to the head.
The new online index ranks more than 100 passports from around the world. (Shutterstock)
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UAE nationals have the “most powerful” passport in the Arab world as they enjoy the widest range of visa-free entry compared to their peers.
Muslim clerics and Saudi sheikhs have reportedly been consulted about the plans. (Shutterstock)
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A “Sharia compliant” sex shop is reportedly set to open in Mecca selling halal products and toys.
Afghan women wait to get amulets from religious healer Juma Khan at his home in the Surkh Rood district, of Nangarhar province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
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Afghan women wait to get amulets from religious healer Juma Khan at his home in the Surkh Rood district, of Nangarhar province. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
Saudi Arabia had announced two days ago that it was ending airstrikes. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia and its allies have launched a round of new airstrikes on Yemen, AFP reported on Thursday.
Chlorine can suffocate its victims to death and several cases have been reported by security forces and residents. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants have reportedly used chlorine gas during attacks in Iraq's Anbar province, officials have said.
Ban Ki-moon said that he hoped fighting would end as soon as possible. (AFP/File)
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The UN Secretary-General has expressed concern over the renewal of Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen.
Turkey recalled its ambassador to Austria hours after the Austrian Parliament described the Armenian massacre as "genocide" Wednesday. (AFP/File)
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Turkey recalled its ambassador to Austria hours after the Austrian Parliament described the Armenian massacre as "genocide" Wednesday.
On Monday, the council decided to allow the Kingdom’s universities to introduce blended learning programmes (image: on file).
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Jordanian universities can now offer online bachelor’s programmes under a decision announced by the Higher Education Council on Tuesday.
Another Opec producer, the UAE, has also trimmed supplies to Asia as it diverts more oil for use at a new refinery (image: on file).
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Saudi Arabia has reduced contractual crude supplies to some customers in Japan and South Korea since March by trimming the volumes of oil loaded.
With progress to be made in efficiency, job satisfaction and wellness, there’s profit to be made from wearable tech (image: on file).
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The business world is now exploring how it can take advantage of the new possibilities provided by wearable technology.
A Saudi prince has promised to give a free Bentley to every pilot involved in the Yemen airstrikes. (Shutterstock)
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A Saudi prince has promised to give a free Bentley to every pilot involved in the Yemen airstrikes.
Instability and war have threatened Iraq's archeological treasures with looting and destruction.  (AFP/Ali al-Saadi)
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The archeological crisis in Iraq; persecution of Sudanese human rights activists; and the question of whether Egyptian women truly want equality.
Mark and Michelle make a very charming couple. (Image: Imgkid.com)
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Michelle Keegan jets off to Dubai with a group of friends for her hen weekend.
A forensic report released Wednesday said Umarali Kuvatov was poisoned before he was shot dead in March. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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A forensic report released Wednesday said Umarali Kuvatov was poisoned before he was shot dead in March.