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November 27, 2015

A man spotted the interaction and reported to police the two women were "kissing bizarrely" in the food court. (Creatice Commons/Flickr
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The two Italian women were cleared of charges of kissing in public.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a press conference with French President at the Kremlin in Moscow, November 26, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called for economic sanctions on Turkey amid escalating tension between both countries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes French President Francois Hollande on November 26, 2015. (AFP/File)
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French President met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Thursday to discuss a cohesive strategy in battling Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
The 40-tunnel network was uncovered in Sinjar by Kurdish forces after retaking the Iraqi city this month. (Image: YouTube)
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After freeing Sinjar from Daesh control earlier this month, Peshmerga forces have uncovered their intricate web of tunnels beneath the formerly besieged town.
An Egyptian official inspects boxes containing ballot cards before the first stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections. (AFP/File)
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Candidates from individual system constituencies make up the majority of people participating in Egypts runoffs next week.

November 26, 2015

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The Iranian handball team defeated Bahrain 35-30 on Tuesday in Rio Olympic Qualifiers in Doha, Qatar and advanced to the final match.
President of International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach
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The President of International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, on Thursday said that extra effort must be taken to improve anti-doping programmes ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Egyptians protest the government's targeting of journalists in its crackdown on dissent. (AFP/File)
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Egypt's draconian protest law has essentially made any form of protest illegal.
United States special forces conduct training exercises. (AFP/File)
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Around 50 US special forces reportedly arrived at the Syrian border town of Kobane.
A worker sweeps at the closed Ras Jdir crossing between Libya and Tunisia, 180 kilometers west of Tripoli on December 3, 2011. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
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Tunisian authorities moved to close the border following an attack that killed 14 presidential guardsmen in Tunis.
Soldiers patrol along Niger's border with Nigeria, near the south-eastern city of Bosso, on May 25, 2015. (AFP/Issouf Sanogo)
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Boko Haram militants raided hundreds of homes in a village in the Diffa region. 19 people have been killed but the death toll is likely to rise given the number of those seriously injured.
A Palestinian protester climbs Israel’s controversial separation barrier during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration against Israeli settlements and its separation wall, in the West Bank village of Nilin near the Jewish settlement. (AFP/File)
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Israel's minister for military affairs Moshe Ya'alon announced plans to build a barrier near the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron).
A file photo shows an Israeli F-16 moments after take-off. (AFP/File)
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A senior Israeli official said his country will not take military action against Russian jets that cross into Israeli airspace.
Palestinian relatives and friends carry the body of 21-year-old Yahya Taha, who was killed during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of Qatanna, during his funeral on November 26, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
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This is the third Palestinian shot and killed today during clashes with Israeli forces in al-Arrub refugee camp, located in northern Hebron.
Russia announced its intention to deploy its most hi-tech missile defense system in Latakia. (
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A US official said the US military is concerned about the deployment of Russia S-400 missile defense system in the Syrian province of Latakia.
“We have seen some significant international effort to eliminate funding lines off Daesh. This effort is being led by a number of Saudi officials," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. (Al Bawaba/File)
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The White House has praised the efforts of Saudi Arabia to cut off funding for the Daesh militant group, local media reported Wednesday.
The plastics manufacturing complex will enable Oman to produce polyethylene, the form of plastic in highest global demand. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Oman's state-owned ORPIC has finalized negotiations with four preferred bidders for $4.5 billion worth of contracts to build a major plastic manufacturing unit called Liwa Plastic Industries Complex in Sohar.
Qatar Football Association set to host the eighth Gulf festival for U-14 youngsters between January 28 and 30
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Qatar Football Association (QFA) will host the eighth Gulf festival for U-14 youngsters between January 28 and 30 with the participation of six national teams from Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman.
Muslim women protest about France’s decision to ban the veil. (AFP/File)
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A Muslim social worker filed a lawsuit after she was fired from her job for wearing hijab. However, the court ruled in favor of the employer.
According to real estate investment and advisory firm JLL, apartment prices fell by 11 per cent over the past year. (Al Bawaba/File)
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With the tapering of the house price surge, a bottoming out in Dubai property market is likely to happen as prices are set to decline between three per cent and five per cent by the end of 2016.
A Panavia Tornado combat aircraft operated by the German air force, similar to those being sent to Syria. (Wikimedia)
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The aircraft will conduct the missions over Syria at the request of the French government.
Help the project reach its goal of $1,775 by donating online, through bank transfer, or in-person. (Facebook)
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An online fundraising project to make Christmas special for impoverished Lebanese children; How to get your taxi ride home refunded after spending $50 or more at Virgin Megastores; 12 reasons to exercise; And a travelers account of staying healthy and active while in Spain.
"As one of the countries that signed this international pact early, it will contribute to the well-being of humanity as a whole," said Tawfik Khoja. (Al Bawaba/File)
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has become the first Arab country and the tenth internationally to join the protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products.
Thousands of Syrian Turkmen have been displaced by sudden pro-regime violence in their towns. (AFP/Miguel Medina)
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Pro-Assad forces launched a massive attack on a Turkmen town in Northwest Syria.
Dortmund will be in Dubai January 7-16
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Borussia Dortmund are to head to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for a winter training camp early next year, the Bundesliga club said Thursday.
Egyptians hold pictures of Islamist Sayed Bilal, who died in detention, during a demonstration demanding justice on January 6, 2012, in Cairo, on the first anniversary of his death. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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Four Luxor officers are being questioned over the death of Talaat Shabib, who died two hours after being arrested on suspicion of drug possession. Relatives believe he was killed and torture by police.
The enigmatic Russian leader has said a lot of things. But not this.  (AFP/File)
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The enigmatic Russian leader has said a lot of things. But not this.
Pope Tawadros II, the leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christian Church, during his enthronement ceremony at Saint Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo. (AFP/File)
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The Egyptian Coptic Pope is going to a funeral in Jerusalem, but maintains a ban on pilgrimages to the Holy Land under Israeli rule.
Ragheb Alama remembers Sabah one year after she passed away. (Facebook)
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Ragheb Alama remembers Sabah one year after she passed away. (Facebook)
And so Yara begins decorating her Christmas tree. (Facebook)
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And so Yara begins decorating her Christmas tree. (Facebook)
Syrian legendary actress Samia al Jazaeri turns 69. (
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Syrian legendary actress Samia al Jazaeri turns 69.
Founded in 1999, Travelstart now has 200 employees across 6 global offices including Dubai, Cairo, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Lagos and Istanbul. (Arabnet)
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Following launches in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt and Morocco, customers in KSA can now enjoy an end-to-end service in Arabic on the travel booking portal.
A picture taken on November 17, 2015 shows a girl standing in a window in the old city of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Airstrikes were carried out in the northern Saada province, targeting the city of Baqam.
Hotel Intercontinental in Aqaba. (Dari Tour)
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Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba is hoping for a tourism revival as Russian flights start arriving; Hungarian low-cost flights are in the pipeline.
Forensics experts are currently investigating if the man killed in police custody was subjected to torture prior to his death. (AFP/File)
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Police violently dispersed and arrested the relatives of a 47-year-old man who died in custody as they gathered outside a Luxor police station to protest his death.
The feminization campaign began in 2012, but recent amendments to the labor law make certain conditions for female employment mandatory. (Twitter)
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The deadline for 'feminizing' women's retail stores in Saudi Arabia has been extended to allow companies more time to adapt working practices and conditions to women's needs.
Perhaps not the sort of recognition Taiwan wanted. (Twitter)
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Perhaps not the sort of attention Taiwan was hoping for.
The Saudi Interior Ministry in Riyadh. (AFP/Bilal Qabalan)
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Saudi Arabia added a dozen Hezbollah leaders to their "terrorism list" and will freeze their assets.
"On tourism, yes they made a statement dissuading Russian tourists from coming to Turkey, but this is not really the season in Turkey." (Facebook)
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Why relations between Turkey and Russia will not escalate since downing of warplane; Algerian army's paternalistic and unequal treatment of women in the force; Discrimination against women in Saudi Arabia and how they need to keep fighting; And how a Palestinian woman used her entrepreneurial skills to help women refugees start a catering service.
The guitar has 400 carats of diamonds, 1.6kg of gold and won the Guinness World Record for most valuable guitar. (Image courtesy of GDN Online)
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The top international names are exhibiting unique showpieces at Jewellery Arabia 2015, including the makers of the Guinness World Record's most expensive guitar.
A screenshot from a youtube video promoting the Kuwaiti spring camps for families. (Youtube)
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Kuwait is monitoring its spring camps for possible Daesh activity.
A story was posted on the CNN website with "Palestina" in place of Israel. (Arutz Sheva/Screenshot)
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CNN has angered a lot of Israelis after posting a news story on the Middle East showing "Palestina".
Ballots sit on a table as polling station officials count the votes at the end of the second round of voting for Egypt's parliamentary election in the capital Cairo on November 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
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The highest participation rate was in South Sinai, where 41.6 percent of eligible voters took part.
The agreement aims to enhance cooperation in Islamic affairs, in order to increase religious and Islamic cultural awareness. (Islampos)
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Egypt's leading Sunni Islamic institute has signed an agreement to open the Al Azhar College for Islamic Science and Dawaa in the UAE.
Blatter claims innocence
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FIFA's embattled president Sepp Blatter has said that he deserves an honorable exit from the world's football governing body, insisting that he is `not a bad man`.
An aid convoy in Syria in 2014. (AFP/Jalaa Marey)
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A Russian airstrike hit a humanitarian aid convoy in Aleppo on Wednesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Baku on June 13, 2015. (AFP/Ria Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin)
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Russia is Turkey's main gas supplier, while Turkey is the largest joint buyer of Russian wheat. With $100B worth of bilateral trade targeted for 2020, much is at stake.
An Israeli border guard stands in front of a damaged car at the spot where a Palestinian man was shot by Israeli forces after reportedly ramming a vehicle into a number of Israeli troops, wounding two soldiers and one border policeman, at the Tapuah junction, south of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on November 24, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
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According to Israeli police, a Palestinian man exited a taxi at the Zaatara (Tappuah) military checkpoint south of Nablus and attempted to stab a soldier. He was then shot on site several times before being pronounced dead at the scene.
"International stars such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Eva Longoria and Melanie Griffith, to name a few, are set to make an appearance in this year's festival." (Facebook)
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The Dubai International Film Festival, set to run from December 9-16, will feature dozens of international premieres, MENA premieres, and Middle Eastern premieres across a wide array of genres.
Legendary Lebanese singer Sabah died a year ago today. (
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Legendary Lebanese singer Sabah died a year ago today.
Jordanian King Abdullah attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, November 24, 2015. (AFP/File)
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King Abdullah expressed support for Tunisia after Daesh claimed responsibility for a bus attack, which killed at least 12 people.
Syrian women take part in an anti-government protest in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 13, 2013. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
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According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) regime forces have been responsible for the deaths of nearly 19,000 women.
The 36 people are believed to have been taken to an unknown location. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
Some 36 people were abducted by Daesh militants in Iraq’s northern province of Salahuddin, according to al-Forat news agency.
A Hezbollah fighter looks out over Syria. (AFP/File)
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Reports indicate that Hezbollah killed a Beirut bombing suspect during an operation in Syria.
Image used for illustrative purposes only. (Twitter)
09:09 GMT
Saudi officials call the claims of executing a gay horse "lies."
A paper plane placed outside of the Turkish embassy in Russia. (AFP/Dmitry Serebryakov)
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The Turkish embassy in Lebanon is increasing security, fears being targeted after Russian plane downing.
No more tea and crumpets: The women were exposed by a Channel 4 undercover documentary. (Shutterstock/File)
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A weekly tea afternoon was banned in London after a group of women were exposed as Daesh supporters.
Etihad Airways placed ninth on the list of the most in demand employers in MENA. (Etihad)
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A new survey by the professional networking site revealed that oil and gas, real estate, construction, transport, telecommunications and technology are the most in-demand sectors in MENA.
Palestinians carry a wounded friend during fighting in the West Bank on October 30. (AFP/File)
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A Palestinian was shot in the head by IDF forces early Thursday, marking 100 Palestinians killed in the current wave of fighting.
Eagles of Death Metal during an appearance on The Jimmy Kimmel Show. (Facebook)
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American rock band Eagles of Death Metal talks to Vice about the night ISIS attacked them during their Bataclan concert in Paris.
Daesh runs a radio station called Al-Bayan, which covers the group’s military operations in Iraq and Syria. The station broadcasts in Arabic, Kurdish, French, Russian and English. Al Bayan is headquartered in Mosul but has correspondents throughout the region. The Washington Post said Al Bayan sounds “eerily like NPR.”
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Daesh’s media and communications efforts are prolific, professional, and overwhelmingly successful. Here’s how they do it.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, November 24, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Iran said Turkey made a "big mistake" for downing a Russian jet, after a pilot was killed.
The Daesh network continues to control large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
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Daesh is a menace that won't go away easily. The US and its allies have laid out many strategies in recent months to stop the group, but what is the best way to put a stop to this militant network?
Children walk through the rubble after an airstrike in Sana'a, north of Taiz. (AFP/File)
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UN aid trucks are not being allowed into Taiz, where over 200,000 civilians require desperate emergency assistance.
Ghalia Benali singing her soul out. (Facebook)
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Ghalia Benali has joined the 16-day "Silence is not Acceptance" campaign against gender-based violence with her track. Check it out.
Turkey has some thoughts it would like to share regarding the downing of the Russian plane.
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A sense of foreboding danger is sweeping over Turkey online, as the public contemplates the implications of their government's tangle with the Russian warplane.
The expansion will include the building a new unit for electricity generation using steam inside the West Cairo Power Station. (Shutterstock)
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The Saudi Fund for Development loans supplement grants by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, to help meet Egypt's growing energy needs.
Life insurance is another cost, but it gives you peace of mind. (Shutterstock)
07:47 GMT
It's a myth that life insurance is only something to think about when you get old.
The man was arrested shortly after the incident in Brooklyn, New York. (Daily Mirror/Screenshot)
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A postal worker in New York was caught spitting on two women wearing hijabs and calling them terrorists in yet another shocking Islamophobic attack.
British Prime Minister David Cameron talks with Royal Navy personnel as they stand alongside a Royal Navy Wildcat multi-role helicopter in London, November 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron plans to set out a "comprehensive strategy" against Daesh Thursday amid increasing pressure from politicians to approve airstrikes in Syria.
The Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, after the US airstrike. (AFP/File)
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The US Army investigation into the Kunduz hospital airstrike shows "gross negligence" by US forces.
The US Treasury Building in Washington, DC. (AFP/Karen Bleier)
07:03 GMT
The US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against people and businesses in Russia that actively support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Syrian businessman George Heswani had already been sanctioned by the EU in March. (Inside Biz)
07:00 GMT
The US Treasure Department has sanctioned the Syrian owners of HESCO Engineering and Construction Company and two Russians for its business associations with Daesh and the Assad regime.
'SPOTLIGHT' is one of the films screening at DIFF this year. (Facebook)
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There will be 55 world premieres and 46 MENA premieres at this year's Dubai International Film Festival. Check out the comprehensive list here.
Decide whether you will use Twitter to engage with the community, follow news, or a bit of both. (File photo)
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If you're not yet using Twitter for professional purposes, here's how to get started.
Royal Savoy Hotel and Villas, Sharm El Sheikh. (Sharm News)
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Local operators in Egypt are complaining that foreign holiday packages are better value when compared to the high costs of domestic air travel.
Earlier this month, Yehia Zakaria was arrested and tortured by Egyptian authorities, prompting anger and criticism over the treatment of Sudanese nationals in Egypt. (Twitter)
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Increasing reports of Sudanese nationals suffering torture and arrest from Egyptian authorities has drawn criticism to their government.
Egyptian election officials sit in an empty polling station during the second day of the first stage of parliamentary elections October 19, 2015. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
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A watchdog agency recorded 60 cases of interfering with journalists during the recent round of elections in Egypt.
Tunisian police continue to investigate the wreckage of the bombed bus in Tunis, Tunisia. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
05:30 GMT
Daesh officially claimed responsibility for the bus bombing that killed thirteen and wounded 20 in Tunis, Tunisia.
A young Egyptian woman casts her vote at a polling station in the capital Cairo on November 23, 2015, on the second day of the final round of the country's parliamentary elections. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
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The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights said 19 women will compete for seats in the runoffs for Egypt's second phase of parliamentary elections.
The Arab Reading Challenge hopes to encourage over a million children in the Arab world to read recreationally. (AFP/File)
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Jordan's Queen Rania showed her support for an initiative to get Arab children excited about reading.
Mohamed Ramadan is already working on films for 2016
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Mohamed Ramadan is meeting daily with "Gawab E'teqal" movie makers right now as they prepare for the actor's next big gig.

November 25, 2015

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Qatar's inaugural FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) , 'Race of Qatar' starting at Lusail International Circuit Friday, will be unique as it will be the championship’s first night race and rally ace Nasser Saleh Al Attiyah will make his debut in the closing round of the world event.
UberCHOPPER will fly passengers between the Atlantis hotel in Dubai and Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. (Twitter)
21:36 GMT
Not sure how to get to Yas Island this weekend? UberCHOPPER's got you covered.
The recently single Lebanese-American model could not keep her pretty face to herself for long! (Facebook)
20:33 GMT
The pair rumored to be a couple have officially gone on their second date in 48 hours, updates to follow.
The suicide rate for children in Egypt has risen dramatically in 2015. (AFP/File)
19:30 GMT
At least 44 Egyptian children have committed suicide in 2015 - and the number is rising.
Dubai plans to host over 25 million visitors during World Expo 2020. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Dubai was officially declared as the venue for the World Expo 2020 at the 158th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris on Wednesday.
The pen can transform any wall into an interactive board. The young inventors hope teachers will use the pen in their classrooms. (Al Bawaba/File)
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Three Emirati female students have invented a smart pen that can convert any wall into an interactive board.
A video emerged online of the Russian jet being shot down. (screenshot)
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The surviving Russian fighter pilot claims they were never in Turkish airspace and received no warnings.
Egypt exported €9M ($9.56M( worth of fruits, vegetables, and juices in the past nine months. (Twitter)
18:29 GMT
Over the past period, Egyptian-German commercial relations witnessed growth despite the problems facing the Egyptian economy.
Brazilian coach Paqueta close to take charge of Egypt's Zamalek
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Brazilian manager Marcos Paqueta said on Tuesday he is close to taking charge of Egyptian champions Zamalek following the sudden departure of Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira.
The Tunisian bus bombing is the latest a string of Daesh-affiliated attacks in MENA. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
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Hezbollah condemns the recent bombings in Egypt and Tunisia, and calls for solidarity against terrorism.
Inhabitant of Tunisia's touristic island are putting up a solid fight against the government's destructive environmental practices. (Facebook)
17:08 GMT
Islanders protest worst environmental crisis in history of Djerba; Matt Damon revisits Beirut as 'Jason Torn', eats shwarma, yells at neighbors, and sits in traffic; How terrorism begins in schools; And a moving, soulful song by Iranian born Sami Yusuf.
Taliban fighters have kidnapped Afghan National Army soldiers after their helicopter crashed. (AFP/File)
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The Afghan National Army launched a mission to rescue eight soldiers who were taken captive by the Taliban after their helicopter crashed.
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Mubadala Community Cup gets underway this weekend at Meydan Tennis Academy in Dubai
Prisoners are protesting not receiving pardons at the Samail jail in Oman. (AFP/File)
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Omani officials deny media reports of a mass hunger strike at the Samail jail.
Israeli soldiers gather at the site of a stabbing attack at Al-Fawwar junction near the flashpoint city of Hebron on November 25, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
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Muhammad Ismail Shubaki, a 19-year-old Palestinian, was shot and critically injured after stabbing an Israeli soldier near the al-Fawwar refugee camp.
Tunisia is currently in a state of emergency after a bus bombing killed a dozen people Tuesday. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
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Egypt shows solidarity and sympathy for Tunisia after a bus bombing killed a dozen guards on Tuesday.
Nancy Ajram is one of the most stylish celebs in the Arab world. (Facebook)
15:17 GMT
Nancy Ajram looks the epitome of elegance in these 5 red carpet looks.