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March 27, 2017

A little bit more expensive than the Tommy Hilfiger, the Hugo Boss Touch is priced at $395. (Twitter)
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Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger are the latest fashion companies to announce their own Android Wear 2.0 watches.
Daniel Levinson (L) shows a picture of his missing father, ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson, during a press conference at the Swiss embassy in Tehran, Iran, on December 22, 2007 (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
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The agent went missing during an unauthorized CIA mission in Iran more than a decade ago.
BP will own 100% of the new gas field. (File photo)
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British Petroleum (BP) announced its third natural gas discovery in the North Damietta marine concession area in Egypt.
The US dollar index slipped to 99.05 points on Monday, its lowest reading since last November’s American presidential election. (File photo)
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The US dollar versus Turkish lira rate dipped in early trading on Monday after Trump's administration failed to pass a new healthcare bill.
Your attitude is your altitude. (Pixabay)
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There are many aspects of the job application and interviewing process that are not negotiable.
This year the summit is hosted in Jordan at the Dead Sea, but how do Jordanians feel about it all? (File/Photo)
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The real action is about to kick off at the 2017 Arab Summit, how to Jordanians feel about it all?
Militants and their families gather as they prepare to board a bus ahead of their evacuation from the al-Waer neighborhood of the Syrian city of Homs, March 18, 2017. (AFP/File)
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The district of al-Waer has been under a government siege since 2013.
The US bird flu outbreak is believed to have begun on March 1. (Pixabay)
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Saudi Arabia has banned the import of poultry from the US state of Tennessee and Malaysia over concerns of bird flu.
Muscat, the capital of Oman. (Shutterstock)
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Oman’s central bank has signed a memorandum of understanding with its Iranian counterpart, sources reported.
Photo: Press TV
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The Islamic Republic of Iran Athletics Federation (IRIAF) is going to host the first edition of International Tehran Marathon early next month, with dozens of competitors from different countries having already expressed their readiness to participate in the event.
Mosul al-Jadida, March 26 2017, after airstrikes reportedly killed civilians. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubay)
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Following reports of hundreds of civilian deaths in Mosul, the Iraqi army has said it will stop using airstrikes and artillery in the city.
King's entry into twitter is particularly timely, just ahead of the 2017 Arab Summit.
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The move went down very well with the public, and his royal highness has already gained over 70K followers in less than 24 hours.
A drone. (File photo)
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Saudi Arabia has granted permission for a Chinese firm to set up the Middle East's first drone factory.
Dubai is home to 100,000 hotel rooms. (Pixabay)
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Dubai makes it to the list of countries with the most hotel rooms in the world.
Designs for the 'Big Bend' show a 4,000 ft long, arched skyscraper that would tower over Manhattan's Billionaires' Row. (website/
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If built, the proposed 'Big Bend' building will smash records as the longest building in the world, replacing Dubai's Burj Khalifa as the longest building in the world.
Jordanian investments in Saudi Arabia amount to $2 billion. (AFP/File)
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Amman will witness on Monday the establishment of a Saudi-Jordanian fund to support the business sector in both countries.
Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, stand under an Islamic State (IS) group banner in the recently recaptured town of Al-Karamah, near the IS bastion of Raqqa, on March 26, 2017. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
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The Kurdish Syrian Democratic forces said they seized Taqba airbase near Daesh's last main stronghold in Syria.
She also deleted all their pictures together. (Elaph)
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She also deleted all their pictures together.
In this photograph taken on February 9, 2017, an Italian soldier from NATO's Resolute Support Mission (L) trains Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers at a Military Training centre on the outskirts of Herat. (AFP/Aref Karimi)
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Qari Yasin, a prominent leader within the group, was behind multiple attacks including a 2008 bombing on a hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The Central Bank of UAE. (File photo)
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The UAE federal budget surplus rose during the first nine months of 2016 by 130 percent to AED8 billion ($2.2 billion).
Elected president of the PA in 2005, Abbas indefinitely extended his mandate in 2009. (AFP)
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The Steiger Award said on its website that it had chosen Abbas for the prize as a 'clear signal'.
Who will sit on the judging panel this year? (Al Masdar)
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Who will sit on the judging panel this year?
She donned another black & white look this year. (Facebook)
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She donned another black & white look this year.
Around 7.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in South Sudan, according to the UN, in the midst of a man-made famine. (AFP)
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Aid workers were ambushed while travelling between the capital Juba, and the town of Pibor in Jonglei state.
You can't say that we haven't warned you. (Pixabay)
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In the new rules, Oman authorities list the types of violations and fines for establishments and individuals.
Saudis gather to light lanterns and mark Earth Hour. (Twitter/Arab News)
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Many areas in Medina and Jeddah were plunged into darkness to shine light on climate change.
A free trade agreement between the UK and the GCC states is on the agenda. (File photo)
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The UK is set to host the largest ever business delegation from Qatar as it seeks new investment deals ahead of Brexit.
Port of Beirut. (File photo)
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Lebanon said that it is free of any contaminated Brazilian meat from the institutions involved in the meat scandal.
Tabqa dam (File photo)
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Fighting at a dam in Syria held by Daesh "the Islamic State group" has put the water barrier at risk of a catastrophic collapse, a technical source said.
In 2016, Balwinder Sahni bought the "D5" Dubai number plate for Dh33 million. (Web/Finance Nine)
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Famous Dubai license plate collector has so far donated about $27M (Dh100M) to charity.
Women protest in Lebanon. (AFP)
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Scores of people from across Lebanon convened at Ain Al-Mreisse’s corniche Sunday to protest a law which prevents Lebanese women from passing their nationality to family members.
Algerian MP vote during a parliamentary session at the National Assembly in Algiers on October 1, 2012, to adopted an action plan for the new government, focusing on further political reforms in Algeria. (AFP/Farouk Batiche)
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More and more Algerian women are challenging traditional norms by getting jobs, but many see their salaries confiscated by their husbands despite a law against the practice.
Only residents with alcohol licenses are allowed to make purchases at the shop, with each given a monthly allowance calculated based on their wages. (File photo)
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Qatar and other GCC countries plan to introduce a selective tax this year affecting items including alcohol, tobacco and fizzy drinks.

March 26, 2017

The Australian pop star belted out her hits in the shadow of her dancers. (Facebook)
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The Australian pop star belted out her hits in the shadow of her dancers.
Hakan Sukur
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Turkey’s sports minister late Saturday criticized a top football team’s decision not to disown two former players publicly known to have ties with a "terror group".
Major terror attacks have had variable degrees of impact on stock markets worldwide. (File photo)
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Analysts expect that global markets will continue in their fluctuating performance with a tendency to decline, after the British parliament attack.
The day following the attack, tube-goers in London were greeted with messages of solidarity on boards in the tube stations. (AFP)
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Tube stations in London greeted tube goers with messages - but one was fake!
Emirati performers were put into the global sporting spotlight as the UAE capital officially began the count. (Photo: Organizer)
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The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 from March 14-21 will feature 22 sports
Zac Efron is the quirky heartthrob we need. (Fjackets)
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He's coming to Dubai at the end of this month.
Real estate remains a major pillar of Lebanon’s economy. (File photo)
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A study said the demand for real estate in Lebanon showed some improvement in 2016 compared to 2015.
Hatem Ben Arfa (Photo: @CmdotCom_En)
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@CmdotCom_En #PSG, #BenArfa "I cannot accept the current situation”
How are the two connected? (Screenshot)
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How are the two connected?
Bangladesh police inspect the crime scene as an attacker was killed in front of a police box at the entrance to Dhaka’s international airport on March 24, 2017. (AFP)
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Daesh, the "Islamic State" militant group has claimed responsibility for bomb blasts near a suspected militant hideout in Bangladesh that killed six people and wounded dozens.
The UAE has taken precautionary measures on imported food products from Brazil. (Shutterstock)
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New restrictions on the import of Brazilian meat will have major impact on the UAE food industry.
The Apple Watch. (Pexels)
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This new patent feature by Apple for the Apple Watch is guaranteed to reduce distracted driving!
Jockey Mike Smith (R) rides Arrogate to win the Dubai World Cup race in the Meydan Racecourse on March 25, 2017 in Dubai.
Abdulqader AL-ANI / AFP
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Jockey Mike Smith (R) rides Arrogate to win the Dubai World Cup race in the Meydan Racecourse on March 25, 2017 in Dubai. Abdulqader AL-ANI / AFP
Millions of dirhams have been spent by UAE businessmen purchasing licence plates in auctions. (File photo)
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Why is so much money being spent on car number plates by businessmen in the UAE?
The Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy logo
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A group of Emirati girls are preparing for a new challenge with the FBMA Adventures programme, organised by the Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, FBMA.
Step #3: Try to schedule the tasks that need concentrations when your office is quiet. (Pexels)
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Here’s what you can do to deal with the distractions of a busy office.
Tarek Hamed
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Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour claimed that an English club have tabled an offer for the services of Egyptian international duo Tarek Hamed and Ali Gabr.
Yemenis protest against a Saudi-led coalition which supports various factions aligned with Yemen's internationally recognised government against Huthi rebels. (AFP)
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Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of the country's capital Sanaa on Sunday to protest against the Saudi-led coalition's ongoing military intervention.
Quriyat, Oman. (Shutterstock)
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Oman will soon have a multimillion-dollar integrated tourism complex along the eastern coast of Quriyat.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir faces charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. (AFP)
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Human Rights Watch urge Jordan to bar Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from entry to the 28th Arab League Summit.
Al-Abdali area in Amman. (Shutterstock)
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Amman ranked most expensive Arab city to live in, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Report 2017.
Doha, Qatar. (File photo)
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The introduction of a 5 percent value-added tax (VAT) in GCC countries will have a marginal effect on inflation, according to a new report.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the press prior to a meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at the State Department in Washington, DC, on March 23, 2017. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
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The visit later this week is also expected to touch on the subject of extraditing US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by the Turkish government of orchestrating last year's attempted coup.
Over 40 teams too part in the competition. (Photo:
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Over 40 teams too part in the competition.
Emaar Malls is the shopping center unit of Dubai’s biggest publicly traded property developer. (File photo)
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Dubai's Emaar Malls made a bid for online retailer seeking to challenge an existing offer from Amazon.
Iraq soldiers reach the boundary of Fallujah, on May 28, 2016, as they take part in a major assault to retake the city from Daesh. (AFP/File)
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The governor, Faisal al-Issawi, was injured in the attack, but his current condition is not known.
Alaa Ziadeh, founder of Ziadat4recycling. (Mo'taz Sulaiman)
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Meet Ziadat4recycling, the team behind the launch of the first publicly accessible recycling station in Amman!
The body of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas' official Mazen Faqaha is carried by members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, during his funeral in Gaza city on March 25, 2017. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
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Mazen Faqaha was shot dead by unknown gunmen Friday.
Expats are advised to secure their own retirement as early as possible. (Pexels)
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Nearly 70 percent of expats in the GCC do not have any form of pension or guaranteed savings.
Ahmad and Mohammad Malas perform their play at the French Institute. (French Embassy in Jordan)
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The play discusses issues immigrants around the world can relate to - communication, receiving assistance, and adapting to a new culture.
Lula the bear stands in her cage before receiving treatment from members of the international animal welfare charity "Four Paws" at the Muntazah al-Nour zoo in eastern Mosul on February 21, 2017. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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Only an emaciated lion and bear - Simba and Lula - remain, and vets hope to transport them to an animal sanctuary in Jordan.
Qatar, like other Gulf countries, has been seeking efficiency savings due to lower revenues from hydrocarbons. (Pixabay)
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Qatar Foundation, the state-owned non-profit, will soon lay off around 800 staff, according to reports.
The Uber app. (File photo)
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Non-Saudi drivers working for app-based ride-sharing services will be penalized as part of moves to saudize the Kingdom’s transportation sector.
Abu Dhabi's Waha Capital reaps the fruits of its diversification strategy. (File photo)
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The shareholders of Waha Capital approved a 20 percent cash dividend for eligible shares at its annual general meeting, held on Wednesday.
People walk past Turkey's upcoming referendum campaign posters reading "Yes" in Turkish, on the facade of a building in Rotterdam on March 25, 2017. (AFP/Remko de Waal)
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Turkey recently reinstated the death penalty, likely to put an end to the country's bid to join the EU.
The legendary Welsh singer returns to Israel to perform in June. (File photo)
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The legendary Welsh singer returns to Israel to perform in June.
Iraqi forces stand next to a barricade at the frontline of the Old City of Mosul on March 25, 2017, during the government forces' ongoing offensive to retake the city from Daesh fighters. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Officials are trying to figure out whether the devastating loss of life was caused by the coalition airstrike or by booby traps placed by Daesh.
Besides their strongholds in parts of eastern Afghanistan bordering Pakistan, the Daesh rebels are now making their presence felt in the north as well. (AFP)
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Pro-Daesh rebels in northern Jawzjan province have killed three civilians, throwing their bodies into a water well.
Qatar goes dark and green for Earth Hour. (Shutterstock)
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On the occasion of “Earth Hour”, Qatar released data related to its domestic and industrial consumption of electricity.
Uber was ordered to remove the ads on grounds that it violated Egyptian society's customs and traditions. (Twitter)
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The ad read, 'Thanks to Uber, I was spared 64 times from driving my mother-in-law home,' and has been slammed as 'disrespectful.'
Over the past few years hundreds of thousands have attempted the perilous sea journey in hopes of reaching Europe. (AFP/File)
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Meanwhile, Spanish aid workers say they fear hundreds of migrants may have died off the coast of Libya.
The UN has warned that about 600,000 people remain in the areas of west Mosul held by Daesh, including 400,000 who are "trapped" in the Old City under siege-like conditions. (AFP)
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The air raid struck three homes in the west Mosul suburb of al-Jadida killing scores of civilians.
Three people on the bridge died after being hit by the speeding car, then the attacker leapt out and fatally stabbed a police officer just inside the gates of the Houses of Parliament before being shot dead. (AFP)
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The Muslims for London campaign began on Thursday, by Friday afternoon had already reached its goal of £20,000.
Lesson #1: Embrace diversity. (Shutterstock)
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Any destination you reach is bound to teach you a thing or two about life.

March 25, 2017

Mahdi Ali
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Beleaguered Whites coach insists he won’t resign and is focused on Australia clash after 2-0 home defeat to Japan
Out of the picture with Les Bleus, the attacker has found an ally in the Manchester United legend, who pointed out some hypocrisy in his country
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Out of the picture with Les Bleus, the attacker has found an ally in the Manchester United legend, who pointed out some hypocrisy in his country
Iran head Group A in the Asian qualifiers
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Iran's football federation FFI has made Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against China free for spectators, ISNA news agency reported in Tehran on Saturday.
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Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and Chairman...
Tunisia's Foreign Ministry called in the British ambassador to express concerns about the ban, one of a number of governments saying the move was done without consultations. (File/Photo)
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The ban prevents passengers from bringing electronic items larger than a smart phone on board.
The monitoring group said that the dead included both prisoners and prison guards, adding that it had received information that a number of prisoners were shot dead while attempting to flee after airstrikes struck the prison.(AFP)
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A prison in rebel-held city of Idlib was struck, killing at least 16 people.
Head of the Nationalist Movement Party Devlet Bahceli described Erdogan’s proposal on naturalizing refugees as “irresponsible” and a threat to “social peace.” (AFP)
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Last year Erdogan proposed that nationality be granted to Syrians who posses assets that will benefit Turkey.
"We are here to remove terrorism from our country. However, in order to liberate the country from Daesh, we should first liberate it from the regime's state terrorism," Hariri told a news conference following his meeting with Mistura. (AFP)
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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura met delegates from the Syrian regime in Geneva.
UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien earlier this month described the situation in Yemen as "the largest humanitarian crisis in the world". (AFP)
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60 percent of Yemen's population is going hungry.
Girls at the refugees camp of Nahr al-Bared in Lebanon on May 30, 2011. Many young girls in Lebonon are being forced into marriage in their early teens. (AFP)
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A draft law to establish the legal age of marriage in Lebanon at 18 will be presented to Cabinet next week, following a workshop on the prevention of child marriage held Thursday at Parliament.
Hosni Mubarak 2016. (AFP)
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Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak left a Cairo military hospitalon Friday where he had spent much of his six-year detention, his lawyer said.
A driver with the women-only Pakistan taxi company, March 2017. (AFP)
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A new taxi service that aims to protect female passengers from sexual harassment was launched in Pakistan’s commercial capital Karachi on Thursday.

March 24, 2017

In war-torn west Mosul, seized this week by Iraqi forces, hundreds of residents finally received food aid. (AFP/ Aris Messinis)
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About 600,000 people remain in the areas of west Mosul held by Daesh the "Islamic State" group, including 400,000 who are "trapped" in the Old City under siege-like conditions, the UN said Thursday.
Amid his continuing absence from Les Bleus, the striker remains both defiant but also eager for a rapprochement with his coach
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Amid his continuing absence from Les Bleus, the striker remains both defiant but also eager for a rapprochement with his coach
Committee chairman Tokyo Sexwale presented a long awaited draft report in Zurich on Wednesday.
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The dispute between the Israeli and Palestinian football associations is set to reach its culmination at the FIFA Congress in Bahrain on May 11.
Saudi achieves 4th victory in FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Qualifications
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The Saudi national football team achieved its fourth victory against Thailand national football team during FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers to Russia 2018.
Qatar’s World Cup hopes suffer big blow as Iran win
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Qatar’s World Cup campaign was left in a shambles after they went down to Iran by a solitary goal in their crucial Asian qualifier in Doha yesterday.