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January 29, 2015

Earlier Wednesday, sacked employees staged a protest outside the casino premises in Maameltein north of Beirut.
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Casino du Liban’s board of directors is reassessing its decision to lay off 191 employees.
But revenue growth was the weakest since the start of 2013, and spending rose faster.
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Facebook posted a fourth-quarter revenue of $3.85 billion up 49 per cent from $2.59 billion in the year-ago period.
The United Nations figures point to 136,717 refugees registered with the organisation in Egypt.
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Textual and visual representations of the Syrian refugee crisis have flooded international media outlets and the press releases of aid organisations since the Syrian uprising first erupted on March 2011.
Algeria team
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Algeria are the top-ranked African team and are considered title favourites at the Africa Cup of Nations after advancing from a group of death along with Ghana.
Omar Abdulrahman
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The United Arab Emirates face off against Iraq for third place in the Asian Cup Friday but the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers are now looming large on the horizon.
Analysts said the outlook remained weak, especially with demand slowing in China.
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Oil remained weak in Asia on Thursday after data showing record US stockpiles sent prices tumbling to the lowest level in nearly six years.
The father of Jordanian air force pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh takes part in a protest near the Prime Minister's office in Amman late on Jan. 27 (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
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An interview with Jordan's foreign minister; conditions in Daesh-occupied Mosul; and sinful selfies in Indonesia.
The situation began Tuesday when Daesh released an audio recording purporting to be the voice of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto asking for the release of Iraqi prisoner Sajida Rishawi, who faces the death penalty for her involvement in hotel bombings in 2005 in Amman.
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The Hashemite Kingdom reacts as a new sunset deadline for Sajida Rishawi's release, and both hostages' lives, looms within hours.
Jordan's government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani addressed the press earlier today. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
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Jordan's government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani announced the government demands proof of life for the Jordanian pilot Mu'ath al-Kasasbeh before they will consider a prisoner exchange for Sajida al-Rashawi.
Carmen is confident in the work she presents and isn't bothered by Dounia's comments. (Image: Albawaba file)
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Carmen Suleiman finally responds to Dounia Batma's criticisms of her!
Iraqi Sunni fighters from the Jubur tribe rest after defeating Daesh in the village of Sharween in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad. The symbolic victory for Baghdad, which has at times struggled to push Daesh back, could clear the way for further advances against the jihadists. (AFP/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE)
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The probe will investigate accusations made by Sunni politicians and tribal chiefs from Iraq's eastern Diyala province that pro-government militias killed more than 72 unarmed civilians who had fled clashes with Daesh.
Elissa arriving at the Elie Saab show in Paris. (Image: Facebook)
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Fashionista Elissa attended Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab's latest show at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday.
Radhi Shenaishil
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Iraq coach Radhi Shenaishil is set to return to his club after leading the team in the Asian Cup third-place match against the United Arab Emirates on Friday but the players are anxious to retain their boss.
Attacks like these have become a common occurrence in Iraq. (AFP/GETTY IMAGES/Arwan Ibrahim)
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A series of attacks occurred in and around Iraq's capital city of Baghdad, killing a total of nine people and injuring 32 others.
"We want to be treated like human beings, like real workers," said Leticia, a Filipina who was assaulted and raped by her employer several years ago.
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A historic event in the struggle of male and female workers in Lebanon happened on January 25
A Las Vegas court sentenced the 25-year-old Saudi Air Force sergeant to 35 years in prison. (Shutterstock)
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A Saudi Air Force sergeant stationed in Texas was convicted of raping a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas casino hotel.
The use of experimental projects to gain information about how the enterprise might best use gamification will help create a viable action plan.
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What if the psychological concepts that underpin such apps could be harnessed to the benefit – rather than the detriment – of the employer in question?
Yemeni Shiite supporters of the Huthi movement march in support of the Shiite movement's uprising, in the capital Sanaa. Yemen faced a dangerous power vacuum after its president announced his resignation over a deadly standoff with Shiite militia controlling the capital and lawmakers called an emergency weekend session. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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The government of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, which resigned last week, has said it is no longer responsible for running Yemen's affairs
The Israeli received training in weapons, preparing explosives and carrying out missions for the groups. (AFP/Guillaume Briquet)
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Amin Ahmed Salah Snobar, age 24, traveled to Syria to train with two al-Qaeda affiliates before returning to Israel.
Both sides have disputed major differences during talks, leading to missing two deadlines in 2014. (AFP/File)
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Officials from Iran are due to meet with members of the P5+1 group in Istanbul Thursday in a bid to secure a longterm deal over Tehran's nuclear program.
Abu Khaled of Australia speaks flanked by other Daesh jihadists in propaganda video. (Image: Screenshot)
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20,730 foreign fighters, including about 11,000 people from the Middle East, went to Iraq and Syria.
A protester covers his face with a Palestinian flag during an attack on the UN headquarters in Gaza City, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Palestinian protesters attacked the United Nations compound in Gaza following the UN's decision to halt funding for rebuilding homes destroyed during the Israeli war with Hamas.
Elie celebrated Lebanon’s capital for all the creativity and elegance it has instilled in him. (Image: THE UNDERGRAD MIND)
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Elie Saab explains how Beirut is the inspiration behind his elegant, glamorous and creative couture collections.
Armed members of the Shia Houthi group guard a demonstration in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, January 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Seven Houthi fighters were killed following a suspected Al Qaeda attack in the Yemeni central province of al-Bayda Thursday.
It's Serena versus Sharapova in Oz Open final
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World number one Serena Williams trounced her unseeded American opponent Madison Keys in straight sets to set up a clash against arch-rival Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final in Melbourne.
"Karama Has No Walls" director Sarah Ishaq at the 2014 Oscars with Steve McQueen. (Image: Twitter)
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Known best for her Academy Award nominated film "Karama Has No Walls", Scottish-Yemeni director Sarah Ishaq shares how that and another documentary have changed her life.
An Egyptian riot police man stands guard in a street in the Egyptian city of Port Said.
(AFP Photo\ Stringer)
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Three were injured in an explosion in a bus station in Port Said in the early hours of Thursday, Aswat Masryia reported.
Two soldiers were killed and seven wounded in Hezbollah attack near Lebanon border. (Image: Ynetnews.com)
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Hezbollah stays strong and retaliates at IDF attacks; Lebanese Southerner "celebrates" the IDF attacks; Babies are dying in Gaza due to cold and underfunding; French police question 8-year-old on suspicion of “defending terrorism”!
Israeli troops carry an injured soldier in the village of Ghajar following a Hezbollah attack, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
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US spokesperson Jen Psaki called on both Israel and Lebanon to "respect the blue line" between both countries and condemned yesterday's Hezbollah attack, which left two Israeli soldiers dead.
It's unclear what will happen to Rico's career following his drug arrest. (Image: Bokra.net)
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Egyptian folk singer Rico decided to take heroin... but that didn't work out for him when police caught him red-handed!
Fatima Naoot criticized the slaughter of sheep and goats during Eid al-Adha in a Facebook post. (Shutterstock)
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Egyptian poet Fatima Naoot could face a three-year jail term for "contempt of Islam", after she criticized slaughtering animals for Eid al-Adha.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) greets President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin before a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on January 26, 2105. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the attack, urging the UN to publicly condemn Hezbollah as a "terrorist organization."
An Israeli soldier stands next to a burnt out vehicle in the village of Ghajar following a Hezbollah attack, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
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After at least two Israeli soldiers were killed following a Hezbollah ambush Wednesday, it is clear both sides have a long and turbulent history. Here's a recap.
Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks to the press following his official appointment by President Michel Sleiman. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
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Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam received assurance from Hezbollah that the recent clashes on the border will not lead to full scale war with Israel.
The skull is proof that modern man set up shop in Middle East before colonizing the European continent. (Shutterstock)
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Unearthing the skull was a major scientific triumph, as it is the oldest discovered human remain outside of Africa.
Safi al-Kassasbeh, the father of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh (portrait), who was captured by Islamic State (IS) group militants on December 24 after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission against the jihadists over northern Syria, protests outside the Royal court in Amman on January 28, 2015. The IS group threatened to kill the Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist within 24 hours unless Jordan frees a jailed female militant. (AFP / KHALIL MAZRAAWI)
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Safi al-Kassasbeh, the father of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh (portrait), who was captured by Islamic State (IS) group militants on December 24 after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission against the jihadists over northern Syria, protests outside the Royal court in Amman on January 28, 2015.
The Iraqi army, backed by volunteers, would soon launch the massive operation to retake more areas from the militants across the troubled region, according to security sources. (AFP/Welayat Salahuddin)
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A senior Daesh commander has been killed together with a dozen of his comrades during a missile strike carried out by the Iraqi army in the troubled northern province of Salahuddin.
The wife of captured Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh, is comforted by a relative outside the King's palace, January 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants set a new deadline to exchange Sajida al-Rishawi for captured Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh by sunset in a new audio recording released Thursday.
Last year, six senior Taliban commanders pledged allegiance to Daesh in Pakistan. (AFP/File)
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A Pakistani militant affiliated with Daesh allegedly received funding from the US to sent recruits to Syria, according to a leading newspaper.
Shell is one of the main major oil companies operating in south of Iraq, operating the Majnoon oilfield and leading the Basra Gas Company joint venture.
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Royal Dutch Shell has signed a deal with Iraq worth $11 billion to build a petrochemicals plant in the southern oil hub of Basra.
Cheech and Chong need not apply for Saudi visas - the duo's brand of stoner humor would go up in smoke in the kingdom. (Wikimedia Commons)
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Cheech and Chong need not apply for Saudi visas - the duo's brand of stoner humor would go up in smoke in the kingdom.
People demonstrate against German right-wing movement PEGIDA in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on Jan. 26. Around 15,000 people took part in the demonstration, according to the police. (AFP/Christoph Schmidt)
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The German anti-Muslim and immigrant group PEGIDA has been thrown into further disarray as it lost its second leader in one week.
Screenshot of Angelina Jolie's New York Times headline.
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After visiting Iraqi refugee camps, Angelina Jolie shared her shocking experiences in an op-ed published in the New York Times.
The jobs will span the entire spectrum of the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s operations.
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Etihad Airways will offer jobs to more than 6,000 UAE nationals over the next five years as part of its UAE national development strategy, the airline said.
Last year saw the region’s largest-ever IPO, with Saudi-based National Commercial Bank raising 6 billion dollars on its stock market.
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A total of 27 IPOs were issued in 2014, raising a collective total of 11.5 billion US dollars, almost four times the 3 billion US dollars that was raised in 2013 from 25 IPOs.
Majid Al Futtaim... balance sheet solid with assets
of $12.25 billion.
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Dubai-based mall operator Majid Al Futtaim signalled on Tuesday it expects the emirate to remain a magnet for shoppers, announcing plans to double its business within five years.
The phone is a 4G Android phone and has a five-inch Full HD device and is powered by quad-core 2.3GHz processor.
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Despite the high price, it is not the most costliest phone in the world.
Safi al-Kaseasbeh, father of captive Jordanian pilot Muath Kasasbeh, exits a royal palace in Amman  Wednesday, January 29 after a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah to discuss ongoing negotiations for his son's release from Daesh militants. (Al Bawaba/Alisa Reznick)
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As a 24-hour deadline for the release of Iraqi prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi closes without a swap deal, tensions run high in Jordan over fate of captive pilot Muath Kasasbeh, and Daesh releases a new audio recording promising "immediate" execution for both captives if new swap deadline is not met.

January 28, 2015

Ange Postecoglou
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Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said he's not worried about South Korea's miserly defence in the Asian Cup final after the Socceroos underlined their incredible ability to score through almost any player.
The two documentaries will be shown at 1st of February at Zawya Cinema. (Image: Zawya Facebook page)
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To break that taboo, Egypt's Zawya Cinema’s screens will feature new Yemeni films to be shown to the public and open to discussion the behind-the-scenes actions with their makers.
sraeli soldiers carry their injured comrade in the divided village of Ghajar after an anti-tank missile hit an army vehicle in an occupied area on the border with Lebanon on Jan. 28. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
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A UNIFIL soldier – part of a Spanish unit – was also killed in the violence.
Earlier Wednesday, a UNIFIL peacekeeper was killed in cross border fire, while Israel's military said two soldiers were killed and seven wounded.
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After a Hezbollah strikes on an Israeli military convoy in south Lebanon Wednesday, the Lebanese militant group receives mixed reactions from the international community.
Alireza Faghani
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Iran’s Alireza Faghani has been selected to judge the Saturday South Korea–Australia match in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final.
Madjid Bougherra
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Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra has proven again that he provides glue the that keeps this generation of players together - on and off the pitch.
Majida El Roumi giving Sharjah some musical lovin' on Monday. (Image: Facebook)
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Monday was a magical night in Sharjah as Majida El Roumi held the audience captive in a performance that benefited the "Big Heart Foundation".
When looking for a real estate agent you can trust, the first thing to take note of is their license and other credentials.
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Overestimating the selling price for a property is one of the oldest tricks in the real estate agent’s book.
Film Festival poster (Image: luxorfilmfest.com)
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They are loving them some Arab and French cinema at the third edition of the Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival right now.
The main failure, according to the letter, is the unique indexing mechanism put in place in Israel that will mean that gas prices will only rise.
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The price of gas in Israel is currently linked to the US and Israeli consumer price indexes plus 1%, for eight years.
DJ Ahmed “Zo’la” Mohsen was shot in the head by Egyptian police. (Image: Egypt Independent)
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On the fourth anniversary of the 2011 Eguptian uprising, DJ Ahmed “Zo’la” Mohsen was killed by Egyptian police.
He said Iraq’s budget for 2015 had determined an average oil price of 60 dollars per barrel, down from 90 dollars per barrel in the budget for the previous year.
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Iraq has offered discounts to European purchasers of its oil in February, similar to those offered by Saudi Arabia, amid signs of intense competition between OPEC’s two largest producers.
Smoke from Israeli shelling covers the Lebanese town of Al-Majidiyah (L) on the Lebanese border with Israel as the town of Al-Ghajar is seen on the right. Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack against a military convoy in an Israeli-occupied border area. (AFP/Ali Dia)
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The Israeli Defense Forces have confirmed two soldiers died and seven more were injured as a result of a Hezbollah anti-tank guided missile attack early today.
Amal Clooney has the whole world in awe of her brains and beauty.
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We know her well as Hollywood actor George Clooney's gorgeous and gifted Lebanese wife, but here's what the beautiful barrister is up to now.
"Saraya Abdeen 2" is coming in May! (Image: elcinema.com)
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The cameras have almost completed rolling for the sequel for the hit TV series "Saraya Abdeen".
Of 2,000 Israeli factories that could switch to natural gas and reduce their production costs, only eight are currently connected to the natural gas supply.
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Bureaucratic wrangling and ever changing regulations are frustrating what could be Israel's natural gas revolution.
A Daesh militant holds the remains of Muath al-Kasasbeh's plane, which was shot down over the militant's unofficial capital, Raqqa. (AFP/File)
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Despite claims made by media agencies, Nasser Judeh of the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied Sajida al-Rishawi has been returned to Iraq.
Jordan seeks to buy 150 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from Cyprus, he said, adding that prices will be announced later
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Jordan will sign an agreement to purchase natural gas from Cyprus before the end of June this year, according to a senior government official.
Revenue rose to $74.6 billion from $57.6 billion a year earlier.
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The company sold 74.5 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 27, while many analysts had expected fewer than 70 million.
Mia hinted that Drake hit on her with a half naked pic on Instagram! (Image: Thesource.com)
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Mia Khalifa is the latest "sex interest" of Canadian rapper Drake... or so she claims!
Displaced Iraqis from Mosul and Tal Afar city gather to protest in the southern city of Najaf against their living conditions, asking Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to push the central government to liberate their areas from Daesh. (AFP/Haidar Hamdani)
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An Iraqi security source says members of Daesh have abducted approximately 30 people in the troubled northern province of Nineveh, as they continue to wreak havoc in the areas under their control.
Saudi Arabia, as the world’s largest exporter of oil and the largest economy in the Arab world, has systemic importance to the world economy and the international financial markets.
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Late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the sixth king of Saudi Arabia, had a profound impact on the Saudi economy and oil policy.
Luis Figo
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The former Barcelona and Real Madrid star has joined the list of candidates challenging Sepp Blatter for the head role of the game's world governing body
Palestinian protesters attack the headquarters of the United Nations in Gaza City on Jan. 28, after the UN announced a lack of funds to rebuild the Palestinian territory. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
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The UN suspends Gaza aid amid a shortfall; the PA's "security coordination" with Israel; and Egypt tells its citizens to conserve the internet.
The redevelopment of the former West India Docks, which traded in everything from tobacco to bananas, was championed by 1980s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
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Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and partner launched a 350 pence-a-share offer direct to Songbird shareholders in December, hoping to add a financial district rivaling the City of London to landmarks already in its portfoli
Israeli soldiers carry their injured comrade after an anti-tank missile hit an army vehicle in an occupied area on the border with Lebanon on January 28, 2015. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
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Hamas praised Hezbollah for their attack on Israeli soldiers earlier today.
“This time’s different from 2008 — there are far fewer developers and they are being smarter second time around,” said Alan Robertson.
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“What’s happening right now is not a case of the property market bubble bursting ... but of deflating gently.”
The kingdom's reserves are estimated at $750 billion.
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Saudi Arabia's new leadership will push forward efforts to diversify the growing but oil-dependent economy, while easing procedures for investors.
A mortar shell sits in the center of the Syrian border town of Kobane, known as Ain al-Arab, on January 28, 2015. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on January 26 in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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The Kurds have reclaimed Kobani, a symbolic and strategic blow against Daesh, who lost numerous fighters in the battle.
Amal announced a new single release on her official Facebook page. (Image: Facebook)
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Lebanese singer Amal Hijazi has a bone to pick with the Arab world's largest music label "Rotana."
Bahraini protesters march during a demonstration against the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman (on the posters), head of the Shiite opposition movement al-Wefaq, in Salman's home village of Bilad al-Qadeem, on the outskirts of the capital Manama on January 20, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
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Sheikh Salman, leader of Bahrain's opposition movement, denied all charges against him in court today.
The owner of the agency, as well as two doctors, have been arrested for charges of child trafficking and forging birth certificates. (Shutterstock)
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The illegal adoption agency convinced immigrants to put their children up for adoption in order to obtain assistance in travelling back to their home countries.
Oman Ministry of Housing has signed three agreements which will help boost aquaculture production in the country from 353 tons (2013) to 7,330 tons annually.
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Oman Ministry of Housing has signed three agreements which will help boost aquaculture production in the country from 353 tons (2013) to 7,330 tons annually.
Faten and Omar remained close friends despite their divorce. (Image: Algemeiner.com)
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Egyptian actor Omar Sharif sadly missed his ex-wife Faten Hamama's funeral this month, and here he explains why!
The poll noted that online hiring will be more important than ever before in 2015.
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A staggering 84.1 percent of respondents working in HR departments conduct reference checks prior to hiring eligible candidates.
Daesh militants kidnapped Jordanian pilot Mu'ath Kasasbeh in December, 2014. (AFP/File)
11:42 GMT
Jordan will release Iraqi prisoner Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi in exchange for the captured pilot, Mu'ath Kasasbeh, according to a government spokesperson.
A still of one of the Japanese hostages in a video released by ISIS. (Image: Wink News)
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ISIS's Japanese hostage tells the world he's only 24 hours to live unless Jordan cooperates; What's changed since the January 25 Egyptian revolution?; A video of American weapons and equipment fielded by Iran-backed Kata'ib Hizbullah (KH) militia in the war against ISIL to Iraq.
A peacekeeper of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) speaks on his talkie-walkie in front of a billboard bearing a portrait of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah during a patrol in the southern Lebanese town of Adaysseh, near the border with Israel. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
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Heavy crossfire is occurring across the Israeli-Lebanese border. Lebanon is using guided anti-tank missiles in Northern Israeli.
The settler attempted to drag the 14-year-old to a car before the teen managed to escape. (AFP/File)
10:29 GMT
A 14-year-old Palestinian boy was injured after an Israeli settler attempted to kidnap the teen near Silwan in Jerusalem Wednesday.
“The strong Gulf investment in the UAE property market has been attributed to their high confidence in the growth continuity of this sector,” she noted.
10:05 GMT
Qataris emerged the largest buyers of the property in neighbouring Dubai, UAE, with a per capita investment of Dh9.37 million ($2.55 million).
An Israeli army 155mm mobile artillery battery is stationed near the border with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on January 28, 2015 . At least two rockets fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied plateau the previous day prompting Israeli forces to return fire, the army said. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
10:02 GMT
The Israeli Defence Forces have begun drilling on the Israeli-Lebanese border in response to local residents' fear of possible attacks by Hezbollah.
Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi was jailed in 2005 after a failed suicide bombing attempt in Amman. (Image: 9 News)
09:56 GMT
Iraqi prisoner Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi is due to be released within hours following last attempts by Jordan and Japan to free the two hostages being held by Daesh.
The U.S. shale revolution showed that forecasts of dwindling world oil supply were premature.
09:47 GMT
As the world’s oil producers wring their hands over a global glut that’s pushing down prices, evidence is mounting that Saudi Arabia is more concerned about shrinking demand.
Prince Ali bin al Hussein
09:19 GMT
The Football Association will back Prince Ali bin al Hussein's campaign for the Fifa presidency.
Junko Ishido, mother of Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist being held by Islamist militants (2nd R), bows to journalists at the end of her press conference at the house of councilors office building in Tokyo on January 28 2015. (AFP/Toshifum)
09:17 GMT
Junko Ishido, the mother of the Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, begged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to save her son's life.
Father of the pilot, Safi al-Kasasbeh called on Jordan's government to help free his son before the Daesh deadline passes. (Al Bawaba/File)
08:44 GMT
Thousands of protesters along with family members of the captured Jordanian pilot gathered in Amman and Karak late Tuesday after Daesh militants announced they would execute the hostage within 24 hours.
Ali Farzat is a renowned Syrian political cartoonist. He has published more than 15,000 caricatures between Syrian, Arab and international newspapers. (Image: The Independent/Ali Ferzat)
08:13 GMT
Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat drew stark attention to the plight of 3.7 million Syrian refugees as he accused Britain of lacking “the warmth of morals and humanity” by allowing just 90 refugees from the conflict region to come to Britain.
Bahraini protesters dodge tear gas canisters during clashes with police after a demonstration against the arrest of Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Shiite opposition movement Al-Wefaq, in Salman's home village of Bilad al-Qadeem, on the outskirts of the capital Manama on January 26, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed al-Sheikh)
07:58 GMT
Bahrain's opposition leader Sheikh Salman will stand trial today having been accused of “promoting regime change by force, threats, and illegal means, and of insulting the Interior Ministry publicly."
Assir, the eldest of five children, was born in 1968 to a Shiite mother and a Sunni father, renowned for taking part in a TV singing competition, “Studio El Fan.” (AFP/Getty Images)
07:50 GMT
Daesh decided to appoint the Salafi Sheikh Ahamd Assir to be the new emir of Lebanon.