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October 29, 2014

Miriam Margolyes as Prof. Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. (Image: Facebook)
07:14 GMT
Jewish Actress Miriam Margolyes says that Israel's actions in Gaza have caused a "troubling backlash" for Jews in Britain, but shows no love for Hamas.
The Mesha stele - the lighter portions are original, while the darker material is reconstructed. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
07:08 GMT
Jordan is trying to reclaim the Mesha stele from the Louvre.
Kurds in Turkey celebrate as a convoy of peshmerga fighters cross at the Habur border along the Turkish-Iraqi border with heavy weapons on Oct. 29. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
06:51 GMT
The Kurdish regional government in Iraq has sent its forces to fight alongside the Kurdish groups in Kobani under a special arrangement with Turkey.
Has bibi got the guts or not? According to a US official he doesn't! (Image: Press TV)
06:41 GMT
An unnamed Obama official described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" following US frustration at the leader. Ouch!
A Tourist waves an Australian flag as he looks out of the window of a luxury train at a station in Tehran after arriving in the Iranian capital from Budapest on October 27, 2014. The tourists from Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Denmark, Britain, Australia, Spain, Singapore and Turkey spent two weeks visiting Tabriz, Zanjan, Yazd, Isfahan, Shiraz before arriving in Tehran for their flight back to Istanbul. (AFP / ATTA KENARE)
06:24 GMT
A Tourist waves an Australian flag as he looks out of the window of a luxury train
Morbid or practical? You never know when it's time to die so why not record a farewell message in case? (File/Shutterstock)
06:19 GMT
Only in Lebanon. A new smartphone app has been designed to let people prerecord and schedule a final message for loved ones before dying.
The US has donated up to $3 billion in humanitarian aid for displaced Syrians since March, 2011 (File/AFP)
06:01 GMT
US authorities said they would donate an additional $10 million in humanitarian aid through the UN for Syrian refugees.
The father of Jaffar Deghayes holds up a photo of his other son Abdullah, who was also killed fighting in Syria (Image: The Independent)
05:30 GMT
A 17-year-old British Muslim was killed fighting Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria five months after his brother joined the militant group al-Nusra Front and also died.
Banks all over the world are being excessively cautious as regulators have been imposing huge fines that hit their bottom line.
04:55 GMT
One of the biggest problems facing small and medium enterprises starting a business in Dubai these days is opening a local bank account.
Apparently the love for Nutella is popular with the Islamic State (File/AFP)
04:00 GMT
An Austrian teen who ran away from home to join IS in Syria allegedly said she still gets Nutella and cornflakes in her new home.
Rescue teams were dispatched to the Turkish town of Emerak, close to the country's Mediterranean coastline (File/AFP)
04:00 GMT
Dozens of miners remained trapped after flooding inside a coal mine caused it to collapse in the Turkish town of Emerek.

October 28, 2014

Israel's defence minister Moshe Ya'alon introduced new rules banning Palestinians from travelling on Israeli buses (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT
Israeli human rights group B'Tselem likened the country's bus ban for Palestinians to apartheid after a directive was issued to prevent them using Israeli bus lines in the occupied West Bank.
UN officials warned that an "Immense" humanitarian crisis was unfolding in Iraq (File/AFP)
18:00 GMT
Around 5.2 million Iraqis are in dire need of humanitarian assistance from the international community this winter, the UN warned.
Brent is set to average $85 a barrel in the first quarter, down from a previous forecast of $100.
17:56 GMT
US oil prices tumbled to a 28-month low below $80 per barrel on Monday after Goldman Sachs slashed its price forecasts.
Apart from Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, Al Tayer Group also operates the UK’s Harvey Nichols store at Mall of the Emirates.
17:30 GMT
The first Macy’s - the iconic department store - outside the US will open at Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Central in 2018
Lebanese and Arab banks, with the help of Central Banks, have upgraded their regulations and laws in recent years to be in line with international norms.
17:16 GMT
U.S. officials urged Arab bankers who attended a recent conference in New York to maintain measures to combat money laundering and terrorist funding.
Increased spending power, in particular, has catalysed a shift in food consumption patterns to more protein-rich diets.
17:00 GMT
Rapidly expanding population growth, increasing tourism and rising disposable income levels have stimulated remarkable increases in food and beverage consumption across Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members in recent years
Fighting ended between Lebanon's army and militants in the port city of Tripoli where over 42 people were killed (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT
Lebanon's army arrested 83 suspected militants during a widespread clampdown in northern Lebanon Tuesday after 42 people were killed during clashes in Tripoli.
The IMF had previously warned that rapid rises in Dubai real estate prices, which earlier this year were in some cases a third higher than they were 12 months previously.
16:50 GMT
Increases in Dubai's property prices have moderated quite a lot and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is now less concerned about them than it was in May
Lebanon is now home to over 1.5 million Syrian refugees fleeing the neighboring conflict (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT
Lebanon's Prime Minister Tamman Salam on Tuesday called on the international community to fund the mass influx of Syrian refugees in the country.
Wayne Rooney
15:50 GMT
The England captain suffered a foot injury in training but is expected to face Manchester City on Sunday along with Radamel Falcao, who missed the 1-1 draw with Chelsea
Soliman pulling Rashwan's shirt in a scene that angered Al Ahly's management
14:51 GMT
Ahly winger Walid Soliman has been handed a four-match suspension and a LE 5000 fine after remonstrating angrily with the referee during the Reds' scoreless stalemate at Assiouty Sport, the Egyptian Football Association announced on its website.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments come after Israel announced the plans for 1,060 settlement units in East Jerusalem (File/AFP)
14:35 GMT
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended Israel's announcement to build over 1,000 new illegal settlement units in East Jerusalem following US criticism.
A halloween Jack-O-Lantern
13:58 GMT
Iranians divulge their greatest fears with surprising honesty; a Lebanese person divulges funny thoughts on why Beirut and Dubai are worlds apart; and a look at reasons why Qatar just isn't that evil.
In launching Apple Pay, the iPhone maker hopes to lock in more customers for its mobile devices by enhancing their overall utility.
13:42 GMT
Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook fired back at CVS and Rite Aid on Monday after the drugstore chains blocked the iPhone maker's mobile payments service.
Egypt will create a 20-meter channel along the border with Gaza as a security precaution (File/AFP)
13:34 GMT
Egyptian authorities announced plans to create a buffer zone along the border with Gaza following a suicide bombing that killed 30 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula.
Abu Mohammad al Maqdisi was arrested by Jordanian security forces Monday (Image: YouTube screenshot)
13:12 GMT
A high-profile al Qaeda scholar was arrested by Jordanian authorities Monday for distributing terrorist material on the internet.
Youssef has been cast to play the role of Wentworth Miller in the Arabic version of the US TV show "Prison Break." (Image: Cairo Scene)
12:39 GMT
Egyptian heartthrob Amro Youssef is preparing himself for the role of a lifetime as the Middle East sees Prison Break adapted into Arabic.
The government says it wants to ensure all videos and images comply with the country's laws. (AFP/File)
12:35 GMT
The Saudi government will soon regulate all video sharing websites on the internet.
Mario Balotelli
12:29 GMT
Balotelli could be heading back to Italy...
Palestinian children sit in the West Bank refugee camp of Jalazoun, overlooking an Israeli settlement (File/AFP)
11:34 GMT
Jordan slammed the Israeli government's announcement to build over 1,000 settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem.
Diana will be performing live in an exclusive concert in Fujairah! (Image: Facebook)
11:06 GMT
City Centre Fujairah has announced the next celebrity singer to join its ongoing concert series: Diana Haddad is up next!
UN chief Ban Ki-moon paid a surprise visit to Libya this month urging an end to perpetual turmoil. “Let me be clear: if violent confrontations do not cease immediately... prosperity and a better life will be a distant dream”, said Ban. However, as head of a "toothless tiger" organization, how much impact can Ban's urging have?
10:47 GMT
Is Libya becoming a failed state? With so much focus on the Islamic State, it's easy to forget about Libya within the region. Here are 19 things you need to know about Libya’s forgotten conflict.
Air Supply performing at a gig back in June. (Image: Facebook)
10:34 GMT
Aussie soft rock duo Air Supply, you know, "The One That You Love" to hear, has a gig in Israel this December.
What is Sherine Abdel Wahab thinking after the verdict came out?
10:21 GMT
Sherine is pretty zipped lipped either for legal reasons or due to shell shock after she was sentenced to six months of jail in court.
Roger Federer
10:15 GMT
The Swiss won his 82nd career tournament and sixth title at Basel on Sunday, extending his winning streak to 12 matches and record for the year to a Tour best of 66 wins against 10 defeats, Sport24 reported.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin greets an Arab-Israeli elder during a memorial ceremony in honor of the Kafr Qassim massacre October 26, 2014, held in the Arab-Israeli town Kfar Qassem.
10:06 GMT
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attends a memorial ceremony in honor of the Kafr Qassim massacre on October 26th; heartbreaking last message of Reyhaneh Jabbari who was hanged for murdering the man who sexually assaulted her; and Palestinian Bedouins forced to live in graveyards by Israel.
Ahlam is intimidated by no one, especially no magazine editor! (Image: Facebook)
10:00 GMT
Ahlam is headed to court next year, and she's seriously not shy about it.
Assad's regime continues to battle multiple insurgent groups inside Syria. (AFP/File)
09:53 GMT
Syrian military forces have repelled an offensive by al-Qaeda-linked militants against the northwestern city of Idlib
Is Shujoon Al Hajery happy to be single again?
09:29 GMT
The Kuwaiti actress out on the open market again after finalizing her divorce from husband and business manager Ahmad Al Biraiki
"The Price" marks Saba's third participation in an Egyptian film. (Image: Facebook)
09:19 GMT
Jordanian actress Saba Mubarak and Egyptian actor Amro Youssef deliver a humanitarian message in their new film "The Price."
NGOs in Egypt have faced heavy security surveillance and pressure by authorities for decades. (AFP/File)
09:16 GMT
Egyptian airport authorities have barred a Danish Institute for Human Rights official from entering the country over "suspicious training” for Egyptian youth.
According to the IMF, the government's budget was coming under pressure from rising security spending and relieving the humanitarian crisis.
09:13 GMT
Iraq's economy is likely to shrink 2.7 per cent this year, the first contraction since the US-led invasion in 2003.
A senior member of the group said that his party has "a moral obligation" towards the supporters of the Popular Front, Afek Tounes, and Social Democratic Path. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The Call of Tunisia party would opt to form an alliance with "democratic" parties to secure a majority in the parliament, a senior group member has said.
Six men working in the shop were arrested because of the offensive cake. (Shutterstock)
08:49 GMT
Saudi Arabia's Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has shut down a sweets shop for selling "anti-Islamic" cakes.
Ronaldo with last year's prize
08:28 GMT
World football's governing body has announced the 23-men shortlist for the prestigious individual award, with the winner to be announced on January 12
John Cantlie has been featured in multiple IS propaganda videos. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)
08:23 GMT
IS militants have released a new video with British hostage John Cantlie.
Millions of Syrians have fled the raging violence in their country. (AFP/File)
08:10 GMT
Children in refugee camps in Lebanon are often forced to work for incredibly low wages to help their impoverished families.
Ennadha Party founder Rachid Ghannouchi gives a speech during the legislative election on October 27, 2014 Ennahda won 69 seats behind The "Call of Tunisia" which won 84 seats (Fadel Senna /AFP).
07:48 GMT
The "Call of Tunisia" won 84 seats in the 217-member National Assembly, followed by Ennahda with 69 seats, according to an AA tally.
A still from "Ghadi," which will be competing in next year's Oscars in the "Best Foreign Language Film" category. (Image: Daily Star)
07:43 GMT
Amin Dora’s comedy “Ghadi” is seeking international recognition; let's hope it wins "Best Foreign Language Film" in the 2015 Oscars.
Activist Sheikh Muhammad Khalaf al-Hadid condemned what he described as being the dispatch of Jordanian troops to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, hoping they had been sent to liberate Al-Aqsa and fight the Zionist army.
07:41 GMT
Elite force of Jordanian soldiers was currently fighting the Islamic State organization in N Iraq, Lebanese patient ordered his friends to fire at a Baalbeck hospital because doctor tried to shave hair on his body, photo exhibition highlights racism against Lebanese of African and Asian heritage
Ahlam and Somaya have recently been very praiseful of one another! (Image: Facebook)
07:18 GMT
Ahlam has a new fan: Somaya al Khashab!
According to reports, the patient and the surgeon were related. (Shutterstock)
07:17 GMT
A man in Lebanon called his friend to open fire on a hospital after a doctor told him he needed to shave his stomach hair for surgery.
Investigations revealed that thieves had stolen 150km of train track in the area, making the train’s return impossible (Photo for illustrative purposes only). (AFP/ File Archive).
07:00 GMT
The train’s last journey was in 2006 when it moved from the town of Dakhla in the north-western province of New Valley and has since never returned- until now!
The Syrian-Turkish border town has been the scene of fierce battles between Kurdish groups and IS since mid-September. (AFP/File)
06:42 GMT
Iraqi Kurdish fighters are waiting on a green light from Turkey to enter into Kobani and fight IS militants.
Relatives mourn next to the coffin of Lebanese soldier Ibrahim Salheb, who was killed during clashes between Lebanese military and armed Islamist militants in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli, during his funeral in Rayak, in the Bekaa valley, on October 27, 2014. The fighting was the fiercest bout of Syria-related violence in the northern port city since the 2011 outbreak of the civil war in Lebanon's neighbour, leaving 11 soldiers and five civilians dead between Friday and Sunday. (AFP / STR)
06:12 GMT
Relatives mourn next to the coffin of Lebanese soldier Ibrahim Salheb, who was killed during clashes between Lebanese
At least 250 people have been killed in clashes between al-Qaeda militants and Houthi fighters. (AFP/File)
05:52 GMT
Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen confirm they have retreated from their strongholds in the al-Manasseh area of the southern province of al-Bayda.
Tribute to the classic group "The Four Seasons" will treat the ears of the festival attendees. (Image courtesy of Khaleej Times)
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"Big Girls Don't Cry", especially when they're at the Taste of Abu Dhabi coming up next month. With a Four Seasons tribute and delectable delights, it's sure to be a home run of a foodie event.

“The future success of the GCC economies will be closely tied to ongoing efforts to boost the employment of nationals in the private sector and to increase economic diversification
04:55 GMT
The GCC economies have been amongst the best performing in the world in recent years, and are expected to grow 4.5 per cent in 2014-15, said Christine Lagarde.
Mohammed Al-Issa told Al-Hayat newspaper on Sunday that other reasons included marriage conflicts, forgery, depression and ethical issues.
04:55 GMT
An average of 100 Saudis studying in the US are expelled from the country annually for various reasons, including violating immigration rules

October 27, 2014

Radamel Falcao
21:34 GMT
The Italian giants' managing director has indicated that the Colombian forward had prioritised joining his team until events transpired to move him to Manchester United
So far ISIS has executed two Lebanese soldiers (AFP/File Archive).
20:00 GMT
ISIS is threatening to kill two captives if demands they submitted to the Lebanese government are not met, media reported Monday.
Iraq's oil supplies were held back by decades of war and sanction
19:42 GMT
Iraq's oil exports from its southern terminals are holding close to a record high in October and Kurdish shipments are climbing,
People are expressing greater interest in harmonising their living spaces, resulting in clutter-free, clean spaces with good quality air and light.
19:27 GMT
Employees’ health and wellbeing is a focus for businesses now more than ever, with architects and designers focusing on maximising access to natural light and clean air.
Adel's got nothing against Khaled.
18:39 GMT
Here's what Adel has to say about the rumors going around that he and Khaled Yousif are on the outs.
Mayada Al Hinawi is standing strong for Syria
18:29 GMT
Sorry, "Mazzika", Mayada isn't moving out of her unstable homeland for man or music.
The government has continued to increase investment in the emirate, besides steps to attract foreign direct investments.
18:14 GMT
Dubai’s economy from 1975 through 2008 grew by a factor of 11, making it the fastest-growing economy in the world over the period.
The army’s operation to empty the city of the Islamist fighters was now “over” and that the army was carrying out mopping-up operations to clear out any remaining gunmen (AFP/File Archive).
18:00 GMT
Fighting between Islamists and the Lebanese army in Tripoli appeared to have stopped on Monday morning.
Oil prices have fallen by a quarter since June as excess supply and weaker demand create a glut on world markets.
17:51 GMT
Gulf states, which have based their budgets on an oil price of $80 a barrel or less, are likely to remain relatively sanguine about current oil market conditions.
Advanced attackers and the APT are savvy, sophisticated, well-educated, and often well-funded.
17:30 GMT
Advanced attackers and the APT don’t just go after military secrets and big ticket items like KFC’s secret recipe.
During the meeting, Hollande and Alwaleed discussed political, economic and cultural matters.
17:15 GMT
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), attended recently a dinner at the French presidential palace, The Elysee, on the invitation of French President François Hollande.
Domestic tourism has grown significantly of late, spending in this sector soaring from SR59 billion in 2010 to SR103 billion in 2014.
16:47 GMT
In fact, Saudi Arabia has everything to win the hearts of even the most discriminating foreign traveler
Nesreen Tafesh is on the lookout for her missing family members in "Darine".
16:21 GMT
Ramadan 2015 will bring the Syrian drama "Darine" to our screens where Nesreen Tafesh will portray a woman shocked to discover her family is missing from Damascus.
The new city is expected to be built on an area of 2,700 acres on Tantur Hill near the Arab community of Jdeideh in western Galilee (AFP/ File Archive).
16:12 GMT
For the first time since the establishment of Israel in 1948, the Israeli authorities are considering a plan to build a new "Arab city"
Roger Federer
15:48 GMT
Roger Federer outclassed David Goffin in the Swiss Indoors final yesterday, winning 6-2, 6-2 to claim a third ATP title from his last four events.
The Jordanian Monarch, His Majesty King Abdullah, (pictured) reiterated Jordan’s full support to Iraqis in their endeavours to regain Iraq’s security and stability, deemed “crucial for regional security and stability” (AFP/File Archive).
15:33 GMT
His Majesty King Abdullah and Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi on Sunday discussed international and regional efforts exerted to confront the dangers of terrorist groups and their radical ideologies.
Teresa Corvina, Bashar Atiyat, Guillaume de Saille, Khaled Abol Naga and Mohammed Hefzi during a panel discussion at the film festival. (Image: Khaleej Times)
14:43 GMT
For the first time in Abu Dhabi Film Festival's history, experts gathered for an open public discussion on the poor film acting and directing in Arab cinema.
Manchester City players are celebrating the Premier League trophy at the end of last season.
14:22 GMT
Man City will display their trophies in Abu Dhabi; The UAE “Drones for Good Award” teams up with Microsoft; and Carole Babikian Kokoni helps needy children.
The report said the reserves had increased by $15.7 billion in the first six months of the year.
14:09 GMT
Kuwait had accumulated reserves of $548 billion as of June 30 after continued growth in the first six months of 2014
Maya is one of the spokeswomen for the #PinkStands4 campaign. (Image: Facebook)
14:00 GMT
Maya Diab's #PinkStands4 claimed the number one spot on Glamour Magazine's most influential breast cancer awareness campaigns worldwide.
US Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson called it an "historic day" (File/AFP)
12:40 GMT
NATO ended its combat mission in Afghanistan's Helmand Province Sunday, concluding the 13-year war by transferring responsibility of two air bases to the country's military.
Picture courtesy of (elperiodico.com)
12:31 GMT
Briton number one Andy Murray was given the finger by Tommy Robredo after the world number 10 saved five match points to beat the Spaniard and clinch the Valencia Open title.
Idlib has been controlled by Assad's forces for over a year. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT
Militants associated with al-Qaeda stormed a government building in Idlib Monday.
Around 30 soldiers were killed following militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Friday (File/AFP)
11:58 GMT
Peace talks with Israel were put on hold due to the attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the head of Palestine's ceasefire delegation team said.
One of the images captured by Yosra of Beyoncé on her Mrs Carter Show World Tour. (Image: Yosra El-Essawy/Invision)
11:21 GMT
Superstar Beyonce posted verses from the Quran on her Instagram account yesterday. What's all that about?
Social media leads to another relationship downfall … this time with a suspended prison term at the other end. (Shutterstock)
11:16 GMT
A devastated bigamy victim told a court her husband had spent £45,000 on his second wedding party in Oman.
Many films find their way to Abu Dhabi for shooting. (Image courtesy of Digital Productions Middle East)
10:53 GMT
After Star Wars and Fast and Furious filmed their sequels in the city, other productions are following suit to make Abu Dhabi one of the top international locations for film.
Anti-government Houthis chant as they guard a checkpoint in Yemen's capital Sa'ana, September 21, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:12 GMT
At least 30 people, predominantly Shia Houthi militants, were killed in violent clashes late Sunday while fighting continues throught the al-Qaeda stronghold of Manaseh.
Tarik on set while directing Bieber's new music video!  (Image: Freitekh Press Office)
09:51 GMT
Palestinian director Tarik Freitekh wraps up directing Justin Bieber's latest music video "Work for It."
The UN has condemned Israel's continued construction of homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
09:07 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the construction of 1,060 new settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories.
George and Amal's wedding has made one customer oh so very unhappy! (Image: Facebook)
08:51 GMT
One disgruntled customer has complained that their family outing had to be cancelled because of the Clooney's glitzy gathering at Danesfield House in Buckinghamshire.
Lebanese soldiers check ID cards while security is heightened in Tripoli, following intense clashes (File/AFP)
08:47 GMT
Thousands of Lebanese families fled the northern city of Tripoli following a week of intense clashes between the country's army and al-Nusra Front militants.
Senzo Meyiwa
08:27 GMT
South African police revealed that South Africa's football team captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has passed away after he was shot.
Reyhaneh said she did not want her mother to wear black to her funeral. (Photo courtesy of Daily Mail)
08:22 GMT
Iranian woman hanged for killing her rapist writes heart-wrenching letter to mother.
Suarez reveals reason behind biting other players
08:11 GMT
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has revealed the reason why he bites others and how his wife begged him to get help for the same.
Algerian police march in the capital
08:04 GMT
The police themselves are protesting in Algeria; a UN refugee official takes on an anti-Palestinian activist on Fox News; and Egypt's avant-garde theater.
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called the deadly Sinai attacks an "existential war" (File/AFP)
08:01 GMT
Egyptian officials are due to meet foreign ambassadors in Cairo to ask for support in the country's battle against terrorism.
David Beckham
07:48 GMT
Miami League Soccer (MLS) boss has admitted that former England football captain and star David Beckham's dreams of kick starting his own American football team have hit a roadblock and could end in tears due to lack local support.
According to preliminary results, Call of Tunisia has won 38 percent of the parliament's seats. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT
The secular Call of Tunisia party has taken the lead in Tunisia's elections.