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October 20, 2014

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu referred to Turkey's ‘solution process’, an effort launched early last year by the Turkish government to secure an end to the decades-long conflict with the outlawed Kurdish separatist terror group, the PKK (AFP/File Archive).
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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has characterized the Kurdish solution process as "national, domestic and unique. As it is a product of the sons of this land, it must be protected against external influences."
Gareth Bale
15:54 GMT
The Wales international has picked up a muscular problem and could miss the upcoming games against Liverpool and Barcelona
The "World's Funniest Person" competition will be held at the Laugh Factory comedy club in Las Vegas! (Image: Jpupdates.com)
15:05 GMT
Gear up for the world's funniest show as Hollywood tries to find the world's funniest person!
Yemen´s parliament, in which the Houthi movement is seeking to secure the defense, interior and finance portfolios (AFP/File Archive).
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The Houthi movement is pushing to secure the defense, interior and finance portfolios in Yemen’s new cabinet, reported on Sunday.
The green figure-hugging dress Somaya wore showed off every inch of her assets. (Image: Alkhabarpress.com)
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Egyptian actress Somaya el Khashab may be approaching 49, but her mother still dresses her to this day!
Kurdish forces have been battling Islamic State militants since they began taking over large areas of Iraq and Syria in June. (AFP/File)
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Turkey announced Monday that it is now helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross its border with Syria.
The Jerusalem artichoke plant.
13:22 GMT
You'd think hummus would take care of the IDF's vegan regiment's regime but you'd be very wrong. The lettuce lovers of the Israeli army are not satisfied; an IDF vegan's blog; Queen Rania says extremism is everyone's problem; and review of Gone Girl.
Ahlam will be receiving her Alexandria International Song Festival award in person! (Image: Facebook)
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She may have many haters, but UAE singer Ahlam is much liked by the Alexandria International Song Festival!
Yemen has experienced intense turmoil since the overthrow of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (AFP/File)
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At least 20 Houthi fighters were killed in a bombardment by al-Qaeda militants in Rada'a.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said: the time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment. [AFP]
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Rivlin was speaking at the opening session of a conference entitled "From Hatred of the Stranger to Acceptance of the Other," on the escalation of tensions between Jews and Arabs.
Manal Mousa, 25, and Haitham Khalaily, 24, appeared on Arab Idol this month. (Image: The i)
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Two Arab Israelis were placed under arrest after returning home... for taking part in Arab Idol!
Marussia driver Bianchi
10:58 GMT
Marussia have expressed shock and anger at "entirely false" reports that their driver Jules Bianchi ignored warning flags and was told by the team to go faster before he crashed and suffered critical head injuries in the Japanese GP.
A Palestinian flag flies above Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood. (AFP file photo)
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Shortly after news of the controversial move was announced, President Reuven Rivlin criticized the development as surreptitious and potentially unsanctioned.
Jose Mourinho
10:35 GMT
Chelsea football team manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that his team is not invincible and they would be beaten between now and May, despite winning seven of their eight opening matches.
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival has announced the list of jury.
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The star-studded ADFF 2014 is coming, and here's the list of folks playing jury.
Work your magic for your man, Ruby! (Image: Facebook)
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Fresh from their honeymoon, Egyptian singer and actress Ruby and her new husband are getting a new kind of action.
Over 500 students have been expelled for protesting. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian students have launched a week-long campaign to protest security forces on campuses.
US wife of Saudi granted e-mail divorce. [Slate.com]
09:57 GMT
An American court has approved a woman’s plea to get a divorce from her Saudi husband via e-mail after the man left the country with her three kids and prevented her from seeing them.
A number of acid attacks against women in Iran in recent months have raised fears among some that the victims were singled out because they were not wearing veils that sufficiently covered them.
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A number of acid attacks against women in Iran in recent months have raised fears among some that the victims were singled out because they were not wearing veils that sufficiently covered them.
IS has gained tremendous wealth from smuggling oil. (AFP/File)
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Iraq's illegal oil business is booming and allowing IS to flourish.
Lebanon hasn’t seen a train on its tracks since the last service, shuttling cement to the capital, ceased to run in 1997. [the Independent]
08:43 GMT
Arab world derailed but could Lebanon get back on track by resurrecting historical railway?
A Kurdish boy and his father watch the fighting in Kobani from across the Turkish border on Oct. 19. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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In a tactical shift, the United States has started dropping small arms and supplies to Kobani's besieged defenders.
Al Ahram has accused the New York Times of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.
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Al Ahram admits they misquoted NYT correspondent David Kirkpatrick but they then focused mainly on his newspaper's ulterior motives; democracy in the Middle East must include Islamic parties; and an ode to Bahraini activist Zainab Al Khawaja.
Israeli lawmaker Haneen Zoabi. (AFP/File)
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An Israeli lawmaker says there is no difference between Israeli soldiers and militants of the IS and that both are “armies of murderers with no boundaries and red lines.”
Adel Taarabt
07:45 GMT
The former Tottenham boss slammed the 25-year-old after he was once again conspicuously absent from the QPR squad to face Liverpool at Loftus Road on Sunday
Kurdish forces have been battling IS militants in Kobani for over a month. (AFP/File)
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IS casualties are piling up as the battle for Kobani rages on.
Two Palestinian girls were hit by a car of Jewish settler in West Bank, leaving one of them dead.
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A young Palestinian girl who was struck by an Israeli settler vehicle earlier Sunday has succumbed to her wounds, medics told Ma'an.
Amal Maher is in the studio! (Image: Facebook)
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She's got a new album on the way, but Amal Maher needs her fans to help choose its title.
Syria has been experiencing a brutal civil war since 2011. (AFP/File)
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A car bomb in Damascus killed two men and injured a Syrian opposition commander Sunday night.
A Palestinian girl walks on a street of destroyed buildings in al-Tufah, in the east of Gaza City on October 19, 2014. The Palestinian government has unveiled a 76-page reconstruction plan for Gaza, calling for $4 billion to rebuild the war-battered territory, with the largest amount going to build housing for some 100,000 left homeless. (AFP / MAHMUD HAMS)
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A Palestinian girl walks on a street of destroyed buildings in al-Tufah, in the east of Gaza City on October 19, 2014. The Palestinian government has unveiled a 76-page reconstruction plan for Gaza,
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Abadi to congratulate him on his new government. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will visit Iran Monday after lawmakers approved his choices for the critically important Defense and Interior portfolios.
Thousands of Syrians have fled the town of Kobani due to ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
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The UN estimates that there are currently 1.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.
The members of the Cologne-based Median Empire Motorcycle Club reportedly have strong Kurdish roots. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
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A group of German bikers have followed in the footsteps of a Dutch Motorcycle Club and joined in the fight against Isis in Syria.
For the MENA region, economic dynamics are increasingly diverging between the GCC countries and the rest of the region.
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The decline in oil prices will provide significant boost to the oil importing countries in the Middle East.
The two governments signed the neutral zone agreement almost 50 years ago.
04:55 GMT
A Kuwaiti oil trade union on Sunday condemned the unilateral closure by Saudi Arabia of an offshore oilfield jointly operated by the Arab neighbours
Average apartment and villa rental rates dropped by two per cent and three per cent respectively compared to second quarter figures.
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Dubai’s real estate sector registered a slowdown in rents and sales prices during the third quarter of the year.
The two-week trip sets back each participant at least £9,000 ($14,333) and some as much as £25,000 including.
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The train may carry more wealth than the annual economic output of some of the places it crosses.
Shiraz will become the airline's third Iranian destination supplementing existing operations to Tehran.
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Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, yesterday (October 18) announced the relaunch of flights to Shiraz, the capital of Fars Province in Iran.

October 19, 2014

Michel Platini
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The Frenchman has conceded that if allegations of corruption in the voting process are substantiated, Fifa will have to ask its members to go back to the ballots
The company, which saw annual revenues of over $4.5 billion in 2013, employs 130,000 people and conducts operations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North Americ
23:08 GMT
CCC, one of the largest construction companies in the Middle East, was founded by Khoury in 1952 along with his cousin Hasib Sabbagh and Kamel Abdul-Rahman.
Bombings have become common place in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
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At least 19 Iraqis were killed and another 28 injured as a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite house of religious mourning in a neighborhood in western Baghdad on Sunday.
Houthi fighters continue to clash with al-Qaeda linked militants around the country. (AFP/File)
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Security officials said on Sunday that the fighters from the Shia Houthi movement captured the town of Yarim, located about 106 miles south of Sana’a in the province of Ibb.
QPR 2-3 Liverpool: Reds snatch victory after dramatic finale
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Steven Caulker turned Raheem Sterling's attempted centre into his own net in the dying seconds to ensure the Reds triumphed in a game with three injury-time goals
Multiple DJs are on location to get everyone groovin'. (Photo courtesy of discosoupe.org)
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Beirutis are bustin' moves and helping raise awareness about food waste at the trendy Disco Soup event.
Mohammad better sort out the disputes before Ramadan lands on our doorsteps in 2015! (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Egyptian actor Mohammad Ramadan has been temporarily banned from acting.
Some sources claim that over 1,000 Jordanians are currently fighting alongside IS in Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
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Hard-line Jordanian Salafists Omar Mahdi Zeidan and Saad Hneity have joined the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria.
Xox: Feryal Youssef getting cozy with Paris Hilton in Dubai. (Image: Twitter)
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Feryal Youssef was one of the many household names present at the grand opening of Dubai's hottest new club.
Libya has been in a state of upheaval since its former leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed three years ago. (AFP/File)
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In a joint statement issued late Saturday by the governments of the US, UK, Germany, France and Italy, the group threatened sanctions against violent parties in Libya if a ceasefire and negotiation process is not implemented.
Raheem Sterling
13:40 GMT
The 19-year-old had garnered interest from a number of high-profile clubs after an impressive 2014 for Liverpool and England, but the Italian has no plans to sign him
Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamic State extremists in Kobani for over a month. (AFP/File)
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Kurdish forces reportedly recaptured parts of Kobani, the strategically important Syrian border town, over the weekend.
On receipt of the funds from refiners, the RBI would buy dollars from authorized dealers.
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Indian refiners together owe about $6 billion to Iran.
 “To return iPad to high growth, form factor innovation will be required. We’ll have to wait until 2015 to see if Apple addresses this issue.”
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Apple Inc’s faster, slimmer iPads come with modest improvements, such as a fingerprint sensor, but some analysts say it offers few other features to wow consumers ahead of a holiday shopping season
Saudi Arabia will make sure it will sell its oil first, regardless of the state of the oil markets.
12:31 GMT
If Saudi Arabia no longer has the same influence on the markets it once had, what can explain the slumping prices observed today, at a rate that exceeds the relative downturn in the oil markets felt usually in autumn?
The Houthis captured Tawwal border crossing in Hajjah Province on Saturday. They also took control of Wagha region in the same province. (AFP/File)
12:27 GMT
Shiite Houthi fighters have taken control of a crossing along Yemen's northern border with Saudi Arabia.
ICT experts downplayed the impact of Yahoo’s decision to close its office in Amman, but urged authorities to do more to make Jordan more attractive for international ICT companies.
12:18 GMT
They said the US Internet giant’s decision to shut down its office in Amman before the end of the year — thus terminating 80 jobs and relocating some staff — is part of Yahoo’s efforts to cut down costs in its international operations.
Tamer received an honorary plaque from the Canadian University in Cairo. (Image: Facebook)
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The Canadian University in Cairo's students were treated to a rocking concert by Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosny this week.
Four banks were also listed as being owned or controlled by the Syrian government and sanctioned.
12:08 GMT
he United States blacklisted Lebanese company DK Group for arranging to ship Syrian pound banknotes from Russia to the Syrian central bank, an allegation strongly denied by the company’s general manager.
“The main terminal is fairly lackluster. It isn’t overly clean, crowds can be a problem, and the services for travelers are in short supply."
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An international website specializing in airport services has ranked King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah among the worst airports in the world with regard to services
Israeli soldiers pose for a photo in front of the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Oct. 19. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
11:56 GMT
Abbas' statement follows a recent spate of clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police.
The high percentage increases are indicative of the depths to which occupancy and RevPAR had plunged.
11:46 GMT
The number of tourists arriving in Egypt increased by 15.8% in July compared with the same month a year ago.
Hassan Farhan al-Maliki has been arrested, according to media reports. (Image: Fars News Agency)
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Hassan Farhan al-Maliki has called for putting an end to what he describes as discrimination against Shi'a Muslims in Saudi Arabia.
Hamada and Mervat star in the new comedy film My Mother-in-Law Loves Me. (Image: Facebook)
11:24 GMT
Most actors would argue over minor things in their work, but when it comes to Egyptian singer-turned-actor Hamada Hilal, Mervat Amin comes first!
An alleged IS fighter totes an RPG in Kobani in a screen grab taken from a video by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel that posts videos from areas under IS control (AFP).
11:11 GMT
Professor Peter Neumann said that people returning from Syria broadly fell into one of three categories: the dangerous, the disturbed and the disillusioned.
Malala Yousafzai, the world’s most recognized schoolgirl, won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize (shared with an Indian activist who battled child labor). The survivor of a Taliban assassination attempt, Malala advocates for education. She is the second Pakistani to be awarded the prize, and - at 17-years-old - the youngest.
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Take that Maher! Malala's Nobel Peace Prize helps to prove how wrong Bill Maher's comments about Islam were. Here are more Muslim Nobel Laureates that prove him wrong!
Private security guards search cars at the gates of Cairo University. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
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University students are being given mandatory drug tests.
The aftermath of a suicide bombing in Iraq.
10:09 GMT
Startling numbers have come out of Iraq showing that the Muslims killing other Muslims through the use of self-detonation are primarily Saudi; an acid attack in Yemen leaves a government employee clinging to life; and the parliament extension in Lebanon is just wrong.
Celebs celebrating May Salim's daughter's bday. (Image: Twitter)
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Egyptian actress May Salim sent a social media shout out to her celebrity pals Tamer Hosny and wife Basma Bosil, thanking them for attending her daughter's birthday party.
Ahmed Ezz has been told to "hit the road" by his not-so-friendly neighbors over Zeina drama! (Image: Albawaba edit)
09:42 GMT
Ahmed Ezz has been told to "hit the road" by his not-so-friendly neighbors over Zeina drama!
A US Air Force B1-B bomber flies over Kobani on Oct. 18. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
09:35 GMT
Observers said seven civilians were killed at a Konoco gas factory in Der-Ezzor province, and three were killed in similar strikes on oil fields in the countryside around Shadadi.
Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, a jihadist group based in Sinai, has claimed responsibility for several attacks against Egypt's security forces.
09:20 GMT
Walid Attalah is suspected of orchestrating a recent RPG attack in North Sinai, which killed three policemen and injured seven others.
Human-rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney (C) gestures as she stands between the president of the Acropolis museum Dimitris Pantermalis (2nd R), the minister of Culture and Sports Konstantinos Tasoulas (L) and Geoffrey Robertson, head of Doughty Street Chambers, during a visit at the Parthenon hall inside the museum in Athens October 15, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ POOL / YORGOS KARAHALIS)
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Maybe it's Mrs. Clooney's Middle Eastern background that has taught her to let her husband choose which causes to support.
Julie Andrews as the iconic Mary Poppins in the Disney production of the child's fantasy book written by P. L. Travers (Courtesy of Facebook).
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For all you who thought Mary Poppins was just beautiful story character, think again!
Haditha, home to a strategic dam, has been under assault for months, Iraqi forces say.
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By controlling Hīt, ISIS has effectively severed the main road linking Haditha to Ramadi. Supplies have been cut off completely from Haditha, with local officials warning foodstuffs could run out soon.
Yemeni protesters demonstrate outside the Saudi embassy in Sana'a against the death sentence of Shi'a cleric and anti-government protest leader Nimr al-Nimr on Oct. 18. (AFP/ Mohammed Huwais)
08:04 GMT
Sheikh Nimr, who has repeatedly criticized the lack of basic freedoms in Saudi Arabia, was sentenced to death last week.
Newly appointed Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled Al-Obeidi (left) is a Sunni from Mosul and Interior Minister Mohamed Al-Ghabban (right) is a Shi'ite and member of Prime Minister Abadi's own State of Law coalition (AFP/ File Archive).
08:02 GMT
Iraqi lawmakers appointed a Sunni MP Khaled al-Obeidi as defence minister and Shi'ite MP Mohamed al-Ghabban as interior minister, ending a political stalemate in the Iraqi government.
Kurdish people watch the Syrian town of Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab, from the Turkish border in the southeastern village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, on October 18, 2014. Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists, adding to existing strains with the West under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Western diplomats have repeatedly made clear they want to see the key NATO member play a key role in the coalition against the militants, who are battling for the Syrian town Kobane just a few kilometers from Turkey. (AFP / ARIS MESSINIS)
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Kurdish people watch the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab
Supernatural Halloween thriller "Annabelle" brought chills to Lebanon's box office this week!
07:11 GMT
Supernatural Halloween thriller "Annabelle" brings chills to Lebanon's box office this week!
Children wave the Palestinian flag. Support is growing around the world for Palestinian state recognition following the recent 50-day conflict in the Gaza Strip (AFP/File Archive).
07:01 GMT
The Spanish parliament will reportedly vote on recognizing Palestine as a sovereign state.
This still from the movie trailer is courtesy of Ahram Online.
06:39 GMT
After premiering in Toronto in September this film based in Iraqi Kurdistan, "Mardan" has made its way into the Oscars race.
Ahmed El-Darawi was beloved by the Egyptian media before he killed himself in Syria.
06:14 GMT
Ahmed El-Darawi did not win his parliamentary bid but he did successfully blow himself up as an IS suicide bomber in Syria; Palestinians only given 5 days to harvest their olives; Iranian official sees the end in sight; and some people are lust plain stupid.
Combining faith and fashion by challenging what it means to dress conservatively, women wearing the hijab are challenging the traditional notions of conservative Islamic attire. (File/AFP)
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Muslim women worldwide that wear the Islamic headscarf, also known as a hijab, who want to be fashion-conscious, had to get creative
Houthi rebels sit at a barricade following clashes with Yemen's government in Sana'a, September 20, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Shia Houthi rebels continued to advance in the south of Yemen after overrunning the strategic city of Rada on Friday.
“There are a huge number of macro trends which have driven London, from the Arab Spring, through to exchange rates, through to Argentina defaulting and Ukrainian money coming in.”
04:55 GMT
“A lot of the Middle Eastern buyers are next generation. They went to university in the US and the UK....They don’t want to stay in dad’s house in Knightsbridge."
Kuwait has boasted a budget surplus in each of the past 15 fiscal years, helping to increase its sovereign wealth fund to more than $500 billion, according to unofficial estimates.
04:55 GMT
Oil-rich Kuwait tripled the prices of diesel and kerosene on Wednesday, ending decades of heavy subsidies, while putting off a similar decision on electricity and water charges.
Citigroup announced that it intends to exit its consumer business in Egypt, along with its businesses in other 10 countries.
04:55 GMT
It said that these steps will focus on the markets that have the “greatest scale and growth potential”.
Becoming a parent is a joyous experience but being financially prepared is an absolute must.
04:55 GMT
Pregnancy and motherhood bring many changes — including some major ones to your bank account.
Jules Bianchi
04:30 GMT
Marussia driver Jules Bianchi's mother has accused people of shirking responsibility in light of her son's horror crash at the Japanese Grand Prix that left the Frenchman fighting for his life.
Rafael Nadal
04:27 GMT
Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal has said that appendicitis might force him to miss the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals next month.

October 18, 2014

Over 1.1 million Syrian refugees are currently taking shelter in Lebanon (File/AFP)
19:45 GMT
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Lebanon has sharply cut the influx of Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their homeland by refusing to let them in.
Between September 16 and midnight on Wednesday a total of 662 people were killed in ground fighting. (File/AFP)
18:54 GMT
Ground fighting alone has killed more than 600 combatants since Islamic State group militants launched an offensive on the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobane a month ago, a monitoring group said Thursday.
Gigi looks almost unrecognizable in her sports gear. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Gigi Hadid steals the spotlight in short silver dress at star-studded charity event in New York.
Arsenal 2-2 Hull City: Welbeck saves Gunners with stoppage time strike
17:48 GMT
Steve Bruce's side were moments away from a shock victory at the Emirates, but the England international maintained his good form with a late goal for Arsene Wenger's side
Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham: Aguero nets four as Fazio sees red on debut
15:28 GMT
The Argentina international striker ran riot as the Premier League champions routed Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs side at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon
British aid worker Alan Henning was beheaded by IS militants while volunteering to help Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT
The families of two British aid workers beheaded by the Islamic State have called for "unity" from people of all faiths against the militant group.
Three children were among the dead in eight air raids across a Damascus suburb (File/AFP)
12:26 GMT
Syrian regime airstrikes on a suburb of Damascus Friday killed 15 people, activists and a monitoring group said, as fierce clashes raged on several fronts in the country.
French President Francois Hollande looks at a sculpture as he visits the exhibition "Le Maroc Contemporain" (Contemporary Morocco Exhibition) at the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris, on October 14, 2014. (AFP)
12:09 GMT
French President Francois Hollande looks at a sculpture as he visits the exhibition
Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police have taken place frequently in Al-Aqsa (File/AFP)
09:45 GMT
Israeli authorities continued to restrict entry to the Al-Aqsa mosque, prompting anger from Hamas chief, Khaled Meshaal.
Two young Arab babies.
07:48 GMT
You might want to sit down for this statistic: 31,000 Syrian babies were born between March 2011 and September 2014 in Lebanon; some Kurds in business with ISIS; the Levante to get the the Note 4; and what could possibly go wrong in Iraq and Syria?