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May 26, 2015

A Syrian regime soldier aims a rocket launcher towards rebel locations in the Qalamoun region. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Six Hezbollah fighters and 30 militants were killed in the Qalamoun mountains near the Lebanese-Syrian border.
Xavi left Barcelona after winning 23 major titles
14:41 GMT
Paris Saint-Germain would like to do a deal with Al Sadd in order to get Xavi on loan next year.
What do you think of Ahlam's new look? (Facebook)
14:39 GMT
The Emirati singer Ahlam has posted her new look on Instagram, taken during the filming of an upcoming appearance on the Taratata show on OSN network.
The cost of producing renewable energy is higher than that of relying on fossil fuels, according to Egypt's electricity minister. (Shutterstock)
14:00 GMT
Egypt commits to resolving energy crisis with promise to invest $45B into the energy sector in the next ten years.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves as he arrives to take part in a Turkish tradesman's meeting, on May 25, 2015 at Sinan Erdem sports arena in Istanbul, as part of his campaign. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
14:00 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the US-based newspaper, claiming the author of the article entitled "Dark Clouds Over Turkey" made unsubstantiated remarks.
George and Amal in Japan for his 'Tomorrowland' premiere. (AFP/Yoshikazu Tsuno)
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George Clooney has confessed that he cut his honeymoon with Amal Clooney short so he could attend Comic Con.
Omani leader Sultan Qaboos bin Said (right) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sit during a welcome ceremony in Muscat on March 12, 2014. (AFP Photo/Mohammed Mahjoub)
13:00 GMT
The deal will institutionalize and promote relations between Muscat and Tehran.
here's what happens when Lebanese TV goes wrong.
12:52 GMT
This is decidedly not the best way to have a productive debate on Hezbollah.
There are an estimated 4,000 fishermen in Gaza. (AFP/Said Khatib)
12:11 GMT
A Gaza fisherman was shot at and injured by Egyptian naval forces late Monday night, just hours after two other fishermen were shot by Israeli forces.
The Egyptian army announced on Tuesday that it has arrested over 6,000 people in the last seven months for attempting to "illegally migrate" within Egyptian borders. (AFP/File)
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The Egyptian army announced on Tuesday that it has arrested over 6,000 people in the last seven months for attempting to "illegally migrate" within Egyptian borders.
Armed Yemeni fighters loyal to fugitive president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi stand in position during clashes with Houthi fighters in Jaadan area of Marib province on May 15, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Forces supporting the government have retaken a southern Yemeni city from Houthi rebels Tuesday.
The prime minister's willingness to negotiate with Palestinians on settlement blocs sparked backlash from right-wing officials. (AFP/File)
11:13 GMT
The prime minister's willingness to negotiate with Palestinians on settlement blocs sparked backlash from right-wing officials.
Shia fighters take position against Daesh in the Garma district of Anbar province, May 19, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:01 GMT
Iraqi security forces announced a large military operation to drive out Daesh from Anbar and Salahuddin provinces.
Libyan tribal leaders attend a four-day conference in Cairo to discuss growing terrorism across the region, May 25, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:45 GMT
Libyan tribal leaders began talks in Cairo during a four-day conference on preventing the spread of terrorism across the Middle East.
Security forces killed 12 suspected militants during raids on North Sinai cities late Monday, state news reported. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Security forces killed 12 suspected militants during raids on North Sinai cities late Monday, state news reported.
Orange mobile network assisted Israeli soldiers during attacks on Gaza in 2014 (via Frumline)
10:26 GMT
Egypt calls for boycott of Orange mobile; Saudi's priorities in regional conflicts; and a underground discovery in Alexandria.
Yemeni workers unload medical aid boxes from a boat carrying 460 tonnes of Emirati relief aid that docked in the port of the city of Aden on May 24, 2015. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
10:19 GMT
Two-third of the population have been left without access to clean drinking water, a relief agency said Tuesday.
Amer Sweity is conducing research on how to turn seawater into potable water. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The first Jordanian to earn a doctoral degree in Israel is producing peace through water.
David Cameron and Vladimir Putin voiced support for the resumption of peace talks. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Vladimir Putin and David Cameron backed calls for the resumption of peace talks in Syria, in an attempt to end the four-year conflict.
A still form one of the episodes of ET Bil Arabi. (Shahid.mbc.net)
09:57 GMT
The hit entertainment show ET Bil Arabi is now being filmed at its twofour54’s studios in Abu Dhabi.
We're on TEAM SHAKIRA! (YouTube)
09:46 GMT
Will Shakira be replacing mega-diva Christina Aguilera on The Voice USA?
Jordan's King Abdullah on Monday attended the official national celebration marking Independence Day. (AFP/File)
09:36 GMT
Jordan's King Abdullah on Monday attended the official national celebration marking Independence Day.
Assaf sincerely thanked Jordan for standing by Palestinians in their time of need and for helping heal their wounds. (Facebook)
09:35 GMT
Mohammed Assaf celebrated Jordan's 96th Independence Day with a special Facebook post.
Tunisia has seen an uptick in attacks by armed groups since the overthrow of longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. (AFP/Fadel Senna)
09:21 GMT
The shooter in Tunisia on Monday killed seven soldiers before he was killed.
Obama's foreign policy "seems to be hinged more on reimagining old and tired foes than on addressing complex challenges." (AFP/File)
08:51 GMT
Obama's foreign policy "seems to be hinged more on reimagining old and tired foes than on addressing complex challenges."
Amal has fashion blogs written about her style all over the internet. (Seema Kukadia)
08:47 GMT
Amal, whose husband George Clooney is friends with Vogue's editor, has set her sights on gracing the cover of the magazine,
Bassem also lost his mother 18 months ago. (Facebook)
08:42 GMT
Egyptian satirist makes us cry with a heartfelt tribute to his father.
Yaya Toure
08:31 GMT
Dimitri Seluk recently claimed the midfielder was "90 percent certain" to leave the Premier League this summer but now says he is "too important to let go."
The operation has declined by 13 percent, but the statistic still falls at 61 percent of women who have been married. (AFP/File)
08:23 GMT
The operation has declined by 13 percent, but the statistic still falls at 61 percent of women who have been married.
Sharif at the Mediterranean Film Festival in Rome in 2011. (CBC.ca)
08:13 GMT
Sharif is said to be aware that he was an actor, but can no longer distinguish one film from another.
Smoke billows following an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on an army arms depot, now under Shiite Houthi rebel control on May 22, 2015 east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
07:45 GMT
A rocket attack near the Iranian embassy violated international obligations for diplomatic immunity of embassy staff.
Algeria has stepped up security along the country's borders to combat militancy in recent months. (AFP/File)
07:27 GMT
Algerian Minister Mohamed Issa warned against some 46,000 potential jihadi websites promoting Daesh militancy across the Middle East.
The officers were killed in an attack north of Garissa, Kenyan media reported Tuesday. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT
The officers were killed in an attack north of Garissa, Kenyan media reported Tuesday.
Afghan security forces guard a checkpoint in Kunduz, May 23rd, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
A Taliban militant killed five people and injured at least 70 others after driving an explosive-laden truck into a government building in southern Afghanistan.
Israeli settlers ride from the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba to Jerusalem, causing widespread traffic on Palestinian roads, May 25, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:58 GMT
A tad unjust? Roads were closed across the occupied West Bank causing huge traffic jams so Israeli settlers could have a bike race.
Burj Al Sarab is Jannah's fifth hotel in the UAE. (Jannah Hotels & Resorts)
06:46 GMT
Jannah Hotels and Resorts look to capitalise on growing halal tourism market with their Burj Al Sarab hotel and plans for 30 more.
Abdul Aziz Duwaik was sentenced to 12 months in prison for making a pro-Palestine speech. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Abdul Aziz Duwaik, was handed down a 12-month prison sentence by an Israeli court for making a pro-Palestine speech.
Jordan cancelled plans to build renewable energy power plants over limited grid capacity last year. (Pixabay)
06:17 GMT
Jordan says that the $310m grant from China's Hanergy company will go towards expanding the national grid and creating more renewable energy projects.
A view of a tunnel reportedly dug by Palestinians beneath the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, uncovered by Israeli troops on Oct. 13, 2013. (AFP/David Buimovitch)
06:00 GMT
In a video Syrian rebels showed a tunnel packed with explosives for a major attack against Syrian government positions nearby.
Most English teachers have the TEFL accreditation in Dubai. (Shutterstock)
05:27 GMT
There is a strong demand for English teachers in Dubai. Follow our guide to land your dream job!
The update has not changed battery life of the Apple watch. (Shutterstock/Canadapanda)
05:00 GMT
Apple announces an update for its much-hyped smartwatch, just weeks after its release. Here is a run-through of key changes.
A Jordanian woman walks past campaign posters of candidates for the parliamentary elections in Amman in 2013. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
05:00 GMT
The Jordanian National Commission for Women on Sunday called for canceling a law that pardons rapists if they marry their victim.
The Bahrain World Trade Center. (Shutterstock/Orhan Cam)
05:00 GMT
100 business leaders from China are on a two-day visit to Bahrain in a bid to boost trade ties between the two countries.
Activists participate in an Istanbul gay pride parade, June 2013.  (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Baris Sulu of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is the first gay man to run for a seat Turkey's parliament, in elections scheduled for June 7.
Adoption of 4G technology in the Gulf is at 70 percent. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Akamai Technology has released its top 10 list of countries for fastest internet connection speed. How does yours compare?
Iranians with homemade cars previously enjoyed 60 liters of subsidized fuel a month. (Pixabay)
04:45 GMT
Iran scraps gas subsidies in an effort to curb smuggling.

May 25, 2015

The meeting of the FIFA executive committee started with the bidding system for 2026 World Cup
22:25 GMT
The meeting of the FIFA executive committee started Monday in Zurich with the bidding system for the 2026 World Cup and the so called triple punishment rule up for discussion.
Right now the 70-year-old historian's in trouble for what he said about Amal Clooney, but it's only the most recent of a pretty decent list of god-awful gaffes. (AFP/File)
22:20 GMT
We give you some more MENA gaffes from the British historian.
Rebels say the 700 meter long tunnel was built using an instructional video sent by Hamas and other Palestinian groups from Gaza. (YouTube)
20:19 GMT
Tunnel warfare isn't just for Palestine anymore.
The officer received the maximum sentence Sunday and may appeal within a period of 60 days. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
The officer received the maximum sentence Sunday and may appeal within a period of 60 days.
According to Arabic Twitter, Bashar al-Assad has been killed a bunch of times. The most recent example was just earlier this month, when a Tunisian website tweeted out an old YouTube video in which FSA rebels claimed the Syrian president had been shot in the head by a security guard. Problem was it was from 2013, and back then it was still untrue.
19:33 GMT
Here's what Arab rumor mill's biggest catches.
Zinedine Zidane
18:48 GMT
One of football's greatest players made his name in the competition now known as the Europa League during Bordeaux's astonishing run from the Intertoto Cup to the final
Parades and displays of patriotism took place across the kingdom. (AFP/File)
18:45 GMT
Parades and displays of patriotism took place across the kingdom.
A handout picture released by the Hezbollah press office on May 16, 2015, shows a Hezbollah fighter firing toward areas controlled by militants on the Syrian side of the Qalamoun hills close to the Lebanese border. (AFP/File)
17:56 GMT
Hezbollah run-TV said the fighters captured two hilltops from al-Qaeda's Syrian wing and killed dozens of militants Monday.
The site was previously home to about 300 Syrian families who had fled the war. (Twitter)
17:40 GMT
The site was previously home to about 300 Syrian families who had fled the war.
Egypt's top prosecutor Monday referred the chairman of a newspaper to criminal court for "publishing false news" and illegally practicing journalism. (AFP/File)
17:21 GMT
Egypt's top prosecutor Monday referred the chairman of a newspaper to criminal court for "publishing false news" and illegally practicing journalism.
Heavy fighting broke out between the Taliban and Daesh in western Afghanistan, killing nearly 30 militants, the country's military said Monday. (AFP/File)
17:09 GMT
Heavy fighting broke out between the Taliban and Daesh in western Afghanistan, killing nearly 30 militants, the country's military said Monday.
Paul Le Guen
16:51 GMT
Frenchman Paul Le Guen categorically stated on Monday that he has no intention to quit and he is here to stay as Oman national team coach.
Despite prohibitions, residents of Gaza just couldn't satisfy their craving for this mass-produced American fried chicken. (imgur)
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Despite prohibitions, residents of Gaza just couldn't satisfy their craving for this mass-produced American fried chicken.
An explosion on Monday killed four residents of Latakia, the coastal Syrian government stronghold.  The source of explosion was unclear.  (AFP/File)
16:06 GMT
An explosion Monday killed four residents of Latakia, the coastal Syrian government stronghold - source of explosion unclear.
Jerusalem's Aqsa is usually the site of high tension between Israeli security forces and Palestinians, but Friday's video showed a different tension, between Fatah and Hamas. (AFP/File)
16:05 GMT
This time in Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque, tensions of a different kind boiled over, between Palestinian factions themselves.
Conflicting reports about the Latakia explosion make it unclear what struck the coastal city with clouds of orange smoke. (Twitter)
16:01 GMT
Conflicting reports about the Latakia explosion make it unclear what struck the coastal city with clouds of orange smoke.
Cheap gasoline in Dubai offers less incentive for residents to switch to electric cars. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
So far, next to no one drives an electric car.
The River Nile is becoming increasingly polluted (AFP/file)
15:41 GMT
The sorry state of Egypt's River Nile ; the bikers you don't expect to see in Dubai; and Kurdistan's stagnating economy.
A man enters a smuggling tunnel along the Sinai-Gaza border, September 2013.  (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
15:32 GMT
The Egyptian army has destroyed 521 tunnel openings along the Gaza border in the last six months, said an army spokesman.
The Egyptian government plans to negotiate a $6 billion loan with the IMF to close the financing budget gap for the fiscal year. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The Egyptian government plans to negotiate a $6 billion loan with the IMF to close the financing budget gap for the fiscal year.
Arsal, a Lebanese town near the border with Syria, saw clashes Monday between Daesh and al-Nusra Front extremist groups.  (AFP/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Fighting erupted Monday on the outskirts of Arsal between Daesh and al-Nusra extremist groups.
One Republic are known for the massive hits “Apologize,” “Stop and Stare,” “Good Life” and “Counting Stars.” (Facebook)
14:26 GMT
Ryan Tedder and the boys of One Republic have arrived in Tel Aviv for a spot of tourism before their Thursday night concert. Stop and stare!
Platini: Fifa's image is tarnished until Blatter goes
14:14 GMT
The Uefa chief believes the Swiss is only seeking re-election because he is afraid of walking away from a position he has held for 17 years
People attend the funeral of eight Shiite worshippers gunned down during an attack on an Ashura commemoration event in Saudi Arabia, November 2014.  (AFP/File)
14:09 GMT
Shiites in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province set up a mass funeral for the victims of the Daesh-claimed mosque attack - thousands are expected to attend.
Fenwick store in Mayfair. The Abu Dhabi Royal family are now the largest landowner in Mayfair after the Duke of Westminster. (Wikimedia Commons)
14:00 GMT
Emiratis' visa-free access to the EU expected to boost property investment.
Sectors such as clothing, footwear, and furniture marked 10-14 percent drop in sales in Lebanon in Q1. (Pixabay)
13:49 GMT
Political impasse in Lebanon and regional conflict are squeezing the retail sector.
Members of Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda, who used music to cope with violence in their home country.  (AFP/Don Emmert)
13:38 GMT
"We didn't want to carry weapons and go shoot people. Violence was never the solution," says the band's drummer and lyricist.
Female activists are fighting to abolish some of these laws. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)
13:36 GMT
The ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia is a minor issue compared to these laws.
Ellen and Portia pose with The Act performers. (Instagram)
13:30 GMT
TV host extraordinaire Ellen De Generes and partner Portia de Rossi were spotted on the town in Dubai last night.
Najwa and Nasser are very popular as judges on Arabs Got Talent. (File photo)
13:26 GMT
Rumor has it that celebrity judges Najwa Karam and Nasser al Qasabi are leaving Arabs Got Talent.
Approximately 60% of the Saudi population uses the internet, yet local businesses are not yet taking full advantage of the potential. (Flickr)
12:58 GMT
Google Partners will pair local agencies with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Saudi Arabia to help grow their businesses online.
Defendants stand trial in Egypt for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.  (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
12:49 GMT
Leading Brotherhood member Mohamed al-Falahgi died in prison Monday just one day before a scheduled retrial.
Stephan El Shaarawy
12:47 GMT
The Italy international has been buoyed by ending his six-month goal drought in the Rossoneri's much-needed win over Torino
The air support would help combat Daesh militants, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara and the US had agreed to provide air support to Syrian opposition forces Monday.
A cab company will start operating hybrid vehicles in the next three months under an agreement with the Amman municipality, the company's chairman said Sunday.
12:00 GMT
A cab company will start operating hybrid vehicles in the next three months under an agreement with the Amman municipality, the company's chairman said Sunday.
Palestinians wave the national flag inside the Al Aqsa compound during a protest to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the Nakba, May 15, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT
Six teenagers and two elderly Palestinians were among dozens arrested by Israeli forces outside the Al Aqsa compound in Jerusalem for protesting against right-wing settlers who toured the area.
People aren't the only casualties of war - three extremely rare ibis birds kept in Palmyra face extinction after their caretakers were forced to flee Daesh militants.  (AFP/File)
11:12 GMT
People aren't the only casualties of war - three extremely rare ibis birds kept in Palmyra face extinction after their caretakers were forced to flee Daesh militants.
Co-chairman of the World Economic Forum said reducing the gender gap by one-third would increase regional GDP by $1 trillion. (AFP/Ramzi Haidar)
10:52 GMT
As youth unemployment runs rampant in the Middle East, more governments are attempting to address one of the underlying issues — women in the workforce.
An Egyptian court sentenced ex-president Morsi to death this month (AFP/file)
10:39 GMT
A look at the Egyptian judicial system; striving for an education despite the Syrian conflict; unclear prospects for Saudi in Yemen.
Enas al Dughaidi had her first kiss at 16! (Watan 24)
10:28 GMT
Egyptian director Enas al Dughaidi shared a story about her first kiss on the TV show "Mafateeh."
Israeli forces frequently fire on Palestinian fishermen, violating international law. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT
A Gaza fisherman was shot and injured by Israeli forces off the coast of Beit Lahiya Monday, a Palestinian union said.
Tunisian soldiers stand guard outside a Tunis military court.  (AFP/Salah Habibi)
10:08 GMT
The soldier reportedly killed seven soldiers before he was shot dead Monday.
Not keen on a $66 traffic fine? Neither are these Lebanese taxi drivers. (Shutterstock/File)
10:00 GMT
A group of taxi drivers in northern Lebanon weren't happy about the government's new, strict traffic fines.
Iran and Indonesia have reached a final agreement on building the small hydroelectric power plants in the archipelago. (Shutterstock)
09:54 GMT
Iran and Indonesia have reached a final agreement on building the small hydroelectric power plants in the archipelago.
Syrian rebels move through the town of Jisr al-Shughur, April 25, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:52 GMT
On Friday, dramatic clashes took place between Syrian troops and rebels in the town of Jisr al-Shughur's National Hospital. Rumors began to circulate of victories and fails, but what really happened?
According to Britian-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian air force on Monday conducted airstrikes against a number of targets in Daesh-held UNESCO World Heritage site Palmyra.  (AFP/Joseph Eid)
09:45 GMT
Monitor says Syrian air force conducted at least 15 airstrikes targeting Daesh positions in and around Palmyra Monday.
Gigi Hadid, baring her soul at the Amfar auction, Cannes. (photo courtesy of DeGRISOGONO)
09:39 GMT
Taylor Swift wants to set Gigi Hadid up on a date after she split from her long-term boyfriend Cody Simpson.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi with his ministers following the swearing in ceremony of the new Egyptian cabinet at the presidential palace in Cairo. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT
The cost of shoring up public finances will be pushed onto people less able to afford it, the IMF said Sunday.
A Shia fighter from Asaib Ahl al-Haq stands outside the group's headquarters in Basra while other militias gather to retake Ramadi from Daesh, May 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed to retake control of Ramadi from Daesh militants after the city was overrun by the terrorist group.
Remittances to East Asia and the Pacific will increase by only 2.8 percent in 2015. (Shutterstock)
09:21 GMT
Moderate slowdown in remittances from overseas workers in the UAE to East Asia will hit the poor the hardest, according to the World Bank.
Was Layla really "asking for it" with her Facebook post? (Facebook)
09:13 GMT
Layla Iskandar says that she is a "Lioness without a lion"!
An expert says a delay in interest rates won't change investment demand for the yellow metal. (AFP/Frank Rumpenhorst)
09:08 GMT
An expert says a delay in interest rates won't change investment demand for the yellow metal.