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July 8, 2014

Investors appear to have anticipated the weaker results, which were flagged by a recent comment from Samsung’s financial director that the quarter’s earnings were “not that good”.
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Samsung Electronics’ earnings fell by almost a quarter in the three months to June, after the South Korean group was caught out by unexpectedly low demand for its smartphones in China and Europe.
The consultancy expects some 7 million square feet of new malls with a size of over 1 million square feet to enter the market over the next two years.
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Mall of the World, the latest addition to Dubai’s retail, hospitality and leisure offering, is expected to boost visitor numbers and further strengthen the emirate’s mall development pipeline.
Bomb attacks in Iraq's capital have left civilians wounded or dead almost daily over the past year (File Archvie/AFP)
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At least eight people were killed north of Iraq's capital Tuesday as Baghdad officials attempt to counter the jihadist offensive sweeping the country.
World Cup 2014: Brazil v Germany Preview and Projected Lineups
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It is hard to believe that we are already to the semi-finals and have only four games left as we decide the top four nations in World Football.
The grant is part of the EU-funded Agriculture and Rural Development Program. (File)
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The EU along with the Agriculture Ministry is donating $2 million to support reforestation in Lebanon.
A Palestinian man examines damage to his car in an Israeli "price tag" attack (File/AFP)
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Two Palestinian men were killed after an Israeli settler ran them over in what is believed to be another revenge attack.
Hassan will need at least 2 weeks to recover from his injury! (Image: Facebook)
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Hassan al Raddad paid the price for being too active!
The Iraqi army has been battling ISIL and other Sunni militants for control of multiple Iraqi cities. (AFP/File)
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The Iraqi military is building fortifications near Baghdad in preparation for an ISIL advance.
British citizens were recently pictured in a propaganda video by terrorist group ISIL (File/AFP)
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Muslim leaders in the UK called for unity and urged British citizens not to travel to Iraq and Syria and join terrorist groups such as ISIL.
Millions of Syrians are now refugees. (AFP/File)
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Syrian women who have fled the civil war often must face their struggles alone.
A conversation between Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his psychiatrist that reveals a hidden and complex side of the jihadi leader who recently declared himself Caliph.
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A collective Blogs Roundup on the politics of the Middle East including Iraq's Maliki and an exclusive transcript of a conversation between Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his psychiatrist.
As Egypt's new president, Sisi is tasked with fixing Egypt's ailing economy. (AFP/File)
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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi donated 500,000 Egyptian pounds to a bank account opened to receive donations for the ailing economy.
Saudi Arabia deployed over 30,000 troops to the border with Iraq as a precaution against ISIL militants (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT
A number of shells landed in the Saudi Arabian region of Arar as the kingdom stepped up security along the border with Iraq.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has imposed strict regulations on the people of Raqqa and Mosul. (AFP/File)
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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, is enforcing a strict and extreme Sharia law on the people forced to live under his rule.
A still from the Electro Chaabi trailer. (Image: YouTube still)
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Depicting the world of Egypt's 'mahraganat' music, the documentary will be screened on Wednesday 9 July in London.
Fouad explained that using the Israeli flag was necessary for his prank. (Image: Facebook)
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Mohammad Fouad didn't know this would be the reaction of his viewers, so he had to explain the use of the Israeli flag on his prank show!
A Yemeni soldier stands guard at a checkpoint in Sanaa (File/AFP)
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Heavy clashes between Shia Houthi rebels and Sunni tribesmen backed by government forces erupted in northern Yemen.
Muhammed Abu Khdeir's body was found badly burned in the outskirts of Jerusalem (File/AFP)
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The family murdered Palestinian teen, Muhammed Abu Khdeir, said on Monday they "refused to welcome" condolences from the former Israeli president, Shimon Peres, for their son.
One Palestinian entrepreneur raised thousands of dollars to pursue his masters degree. (AFP/File)
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Crowdfunding is becoming a popular way to pursue venture capital in Palestine.
Factory Girl by the Egyptian director Mohamed Khan opened the MedFilm Festival in Rome on Friday in the director's presence. (Image: Facebook)
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The 20th MedFilm Festival opened on Friday in Rome with Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl, one of several Egyptian films to be screened until 11 July.
Hamdi Swelim (L), uncle of Tariq Abu Khder, the high school student who was released from custody & placed under house arrest after he was brutally beaten & detained by Israeli forces, speaks to journalists during a press conference at the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Tampa on July 7, 2014. (AFP / PETER MUHLY)
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Hamdi Swelim (L), uncle of Tariq Abu Khder
There are an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon (File/AFP)
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Forty-five thousand Syrian refugees were removed from the UNHCR's registry and verification program in Lebanon because they "failed to keep in contact", according to a spokesperson.
Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have risen over the killing of three Jewish teens and one Palestinian teen. (AFP/File)
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Israel is calling up its reservist forces as tensions with Palestinians increase.
Ahlam is seriously unhappy with MBC Egypt.
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There were far too many commercial breaks in "Saraya Abdeen", and Ahlam ain't got no time for that!
Somaya has had the lights on her for many scenes, but she gives the dish on which time was the most trying.
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No one was surprised when Egyptian actress Somaya Al Khashab described a rape scene she had to film 18 times as the hardest of her career.
Dubai is known for its flashy architecture, but this takes the cake! (AFP/File)
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Developers in Dubai have announced plans to build a 48 million square-foot climate-controlled city.
Sources say the Gaza International Airport was heavily bombed. (AFP/File)
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Israeli fighter jets are launching a series of new airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
Adam did not expect additional financial assistance from Gulf countries in the next period.
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Foreign reserves are now the lowest since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
Expanding the foreign trade of the transition countries is the most effective way of raising growth and creating employment, along with massive investment in infrastructure and development projects.
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In particular, GCC governments wanting to provide aid should orient it towards Aid-for- Trade enabling and facilitating reforms and investments.
Jordan’s imports from Mexico reached $41 million compared with around $17 million of exports
04:55 GMT
His Majesty King Abdullah’s visit to Mexico has laid down the basis of improved economic relations between the two countries.
Mathieu Debuchy
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The Gunners are expected to complete the signing of the France international, as talks with Barcelona over the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez progress
A majority of the 3,189 suicides committed last year in Turkey were by men, who accounted for 72.7 percent, while women accounted for the remaining 27.3 percent.
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Financial problems were listed among the reasons for suicide in Turkey last year, according to figures from the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) released last month.
The search for gas has been a priority for Saudi Arabia as it struggles to keep pace with rapidly rising domestic demand.
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Royal Dutch Shell is ending investments in a gas development project in Saudi Arabia, complicating the top oil exporter’s efforts to exploit its huge gas reserves.

July 7, 2014


A total of 10 consortiums are vying for the first phase of the project involving civil works.
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"We have asked them to submit their bids for this project. We intend to sign the contract with the winning bidders in early October," he said.
Flight Search can be accessed on tablets, smartphones and desktop computers.
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Once users are on the Google Flight Search tool, they are able to quickly and easily conduct searches for different flight routings
A recent cut in energy subsidies has caused fuel prices to rise. (AFP/File)
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The Egyptian army will send buses to the streets to help transport civilians.
As development across the city ramps up in the lead up to the 2020 World Expo and the Emirate's vision of playing host to 20 million tourists annually.
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“The unveiling of Dubai Holding’s proposals for The Mall of the World will form part of a strengthening mall development pipeline that is critical to unlocking Dubai’s vision,” says Cluttons.
Egyptian subsidies are being cut in an effort to help the Egyptian economy. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has defended cuts to Egyptian subsidies.
Ragheb Alama reppin' it for the Red Cross at Suhoor in the Sidon (Image: Twitter)
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The session is set to focus on the government formation process. (AFP/File)
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Iraq's new parliament delayed a key session scheduled for Tuesday.
Lang Lang clanking the keys at the Byblos Festival on Thursday. (Image: Facebook courtesy of Nabil Ismail)
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Hailed by The New York Times as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet,” Lang wowed the Lebanese crowd at the opening performance of this year's Byblos International Festival on Thursday evening.
George Kurdahi can smile like this again after successfully reunited a couple on his show.
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They'd been separated for over a year, but George Kurdahi managed to do some marriage magic and bring a couple back together on his show.
Thousands of Iraqis have fled the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
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A suicide bomb exploded at a checkpoint in northern Baghdad Monday.
Vahid Halilhodzic
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The Bosnian made history by leading the north African nation into the last 16 of the World Cup but says his work was "stigmatised" in some sections of the press
Lebanon hosts millions of Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
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The head of Lebanon's parliamentary Health Committee MP Atef Majdalani said Syrian doctors and nurses are practicing illegally in Lebanese hospitals and clinics.
Subsidy reform could lead to a boost in economic growth for the country. (AFP/File)
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Egypt's new government is cutting fuel subsidies in an effort to save the economy.
Daryl Janmaat
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Manchester United have already started their defensive renovation with the hopeful addition of Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal and the already completed move of Southampton youngster Luke Shaw. It now appears that right back is their next priority according to reports from the Star.
It’s beginning “to look a lot like Christmas” (or a Beirut disco!), with trees and houses wrapped in blinking colorful lights in crescents, lanterns & stars. Electricity prices across the region are rising, but with Ramadan, caution goes out (or in this case, on) the window! See it through a child’s eyes and enjoy the jolly vibe!
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Ramadan survival guide 2014: Ramadan survival guide - what to expect if you're new to the fasting month, besides the obvious do's and don't's. This is our guide to the cultural habits and atmosphere you can expect to participate in or enjoy this holy month.
Basma and Tamer are now happier than they've ever been. (Image: Facebook)
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Basma Bousel gave her and Tamer Hosny's fans something to smile about this week!
Referee who missed Suarez bite gets semi-final
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Marco Rodriguez, the referee who failed to see Luis Suarez biting Giorgio Chiellini, has been assigned to referee the World Cup Semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.
Earlier this week, a leaked report said ISIS planned to attack Lebanon (File/AFP)
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A military judge on Monday charged 28 suspects with belonging to the radical Sunni group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria.
A 16-year-old Palestinian was burned alive by Israeli settlers last week. (AFP/File)
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Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in the Gaza Strip to voice their anger over the recent killing of a Palestinian teenager who was burned alive by Israeli settlers.
Roma confirm Cole signing
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Roma have confirmed the signing of Ashley Cole on a two-year deal following his departure from Chelsea.
Arab music icons will be introduced to Italians on Rai 1 soon.
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Italian public TV station Rai 1 will introduce the Italian public to Arab music icons for the first time in their TV history. Meanwhile, Dubai is planning the world’s largest Underwater Theme Park.
Another reason for the slowdown may be that households balance sheets are stretched after a surge in consumer borrowing over the past few years.
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In the first quarter, growth in all three sectors that relied on cheap foreign labor — construction, retail and transport — slowed markedly from a year ago.
Egypt's violence has spilled over into the Nile Delta after the ousting of Mohamed Morsi (File/AFP)
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An army officer was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Nile Delta. Police are unsure if the killing was related to political or criminal activity as investigations continue.
Hamilton wins British Grand Prix, closes in on Rosberg for 2014 title
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Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix on Sunday, and is now four points of Nico Rosberg in the 2014 Formula One title race.
Cross-dressing is banned in Bahrain's ultra-conservative society (File/Shutterstock)
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A cross-dressing man was jailed for one month in Bahrain for wearing women's accessories and "walking in a feminine way".
Dubai’s real estate market may also be overheating, as the country’s central bank issued a warning on the soaring property prices.
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Gulf markets ended their worst quarter in many years, as almost all indices in the region ended the month on a negative note.
A ceasefire between Shia Houthi fighters and government forces expired on June 23, leading to further violence (File/AFP)
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At least 35 people were killed and 40 injured as Shia rebels clashed with tribesmen allied with the government in Yemen.
Netanyahu, right, and Lieberman at a Likud-Beiteinu faction meeting on March 14, 2013.
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FM says his differences of opinion with Prime Minister Netanyahu, particularly on handling of Gaza rocket threat, have made a continued union impossible; says Yisrael Beytenu will continue to be a part of coalition.
Kinda likes attentive and helpful actors! (Image: Facebook)
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Kinda Alloush compares each acting role to a different dish... our guess is as good as yours!
A Palestinian woman Hamas supporter hold up a rifle during a protest against the kidnapping and killing a Palestinian teenager by Israeli settlers in Jerusalem earlier in the week, and against any Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip in the Jabalya refugee camp, in northern Gaza, on July 4, 2014. [AFP]
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IAF strikes in Gaza following 25 rockets throughout day; Hamas says Israel "will pay" for escalation; mortar shell lands in Golan Heights from Syria, IDF retaliates with gunfire.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon make up at least 27 percent of the population (File/AFP)
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The complications surrounding Lebanon's policy for Syrian refugees are back on the negotiating table with the UNHCR.
Farzana Parveen's husband holds up her photo shortly after her death (File/AFP)
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A father who stoned his pregnant daughter to death outside a Lahore courthouse has been found guilty of murder along with four other men from the victim's family.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting on July 6, 2014 at his Jerusalem office.
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"We worked immediately to find the perpetrators, they will be tried and brought to justice," says Netanyahu.
How quickly will we be seeing Amal's baby bump if she really is pregnant? (Image: Albawaba edit)
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So scandalous! Is Amal Alamuddin really pregnant with George Clooney's baby before they walked down the aisle?
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said during his statement on Sunday, militant group ISIL planned to "take over Egypt" (File/AFP)
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Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said a Kurdish referendum for independence would be a "catastrophic division of Iraq".
Six Palestinian fighters were buried under debris after an air strike, a Hamas spokesman said (File/AFP)
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Israeli air raids killed nine Palestinian fighters and injured at least five civilians across the besieged Gaza Strip overnight.
George and Amal make the perfect match politically and romantically! (Image: Albawaba edit)
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What a lovely wife-to-be lawyer Amal Alamuddin is for helping George Clooney achieve his ambitions for entering the White House.
Tariq Abu Khder, a Palestinian-US teenager who was allegedly beaten during police custody, is hugged by his mother following a hearing at Jerusalem Magistrates Court on July 6, 2014. Tariq, who was arrested in Shuafat during violent clashes between stonethrowers & Israeli riot police. (AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI)
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Tariq Abu Khder (C), a Palestinian-US teenager who was allegedly
MP Musallam al-Barrak was arrested on June 2, causing anger across Kuwait (File/AFP)
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Protesters on Sunday clashed with police following the arrest of a leading opposition figure. MP Musallam al-Barrak was arrested on June 2, sparking unauthorized demonstrations.
Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader & former MP Mussallam al-Barrak wave flags during a demonstration to ask for his release on July 7, 2014 in Kuwait City, as Barrak is held in custody for alleged slander & insults to the supreme judicial council. (AFP / YASSER AL-ZAYYAT)
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Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak
Pip Anderson added to the Star Wars cast, along with Crystal Clark. (Image courtesy of UPI/ Star Wars)
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Abu Dhabi is the lucky locale of the latest sequence from Star Wars, which has recently updated its cast list and release date.
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The Syrian opposition National Coalition says Hezbollah is selling refugees' organs to cope with its current financial hardship due to its involvement in Syria's civil war.
Abbas reminded the public that 16 children and women were killed within the past two weeks at the hands of Israeli forces in his commentary Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
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Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called on the UN Sunday to form an international committee to investigate Israeli crimes committed against Palestinians.
The UK prime minster, David Cameron, in his Ramadan message states: “Ramadan is about charity, contemplation and community.”
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In the context of Islamic economy contemplation, here are three thoughts for consideration during the holy month of Ramadan.
Yemen's income from oil exports tumbled by over 64 per cent to $73.4 million in May from a year ago,
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Sanaa's finances have deteriorated as it has been caught in a nationwide fight against al Qaeda militants and other rebel groups.
The event is coming!
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This week brings hippies inhabiting Israel the chance to relive memories at the sixth annual Jerusalem Woodstock Revival on July 10.
Dubai is planning to build a temperature-controlled city featuring the world’s largest mall and an indoor park, as well as hotels, health resorts and theaters, the developer said.
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Already home to one of the globe’s biggest indoor shopping complexes, Dubai Mall, the glitzy emirate known for its love of grandiose projects said it is now planning to build the “Mall of the World”.
Reduction in public expenditures has prompted the government to increase the prices of automotive petroleum products.
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Since his inauguration a month ago, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has adopted several economic measures that have shaped Egypt’s economic climate.
The tax on other alcoholic beverages, such as wine and spirits manufactured locally or imported from abroad, has been increased by 150%.
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The resolution replaces old amendments to the Sales Tax Act, which were not implemented and were postponed after facing broad popular opposition.
Disruptions linked to engineering or geopolitics have plagued global oil producers in recent years.
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The US has overtaken Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the largest producer of crude and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the past six months.
“But what has been significant for us has been the enthusiasm shown by visitors from the Middle East region despite not having a team competing."
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Spending by GCC visitors has been quite robust since the start of the mega-football tournament.

July 6, 2014

Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic claimed a second Wimbledon title after coming out on top in an extraordinary battle of wills against seven-times winner Roger Federer, eventually triumphing 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4 in a gripping encounter on Sunday.
Many army units have joined Haftar's offensive on Islamists in Libya, despite opposition from Tripoli (File Archive/AFP)
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Libya's central government called for an end to fighting in the country's eastern city of Benghazi Sunday.
Iran's birth rate has fallen from 3.22 percent in 1986 to a 1.22 percent rate today (File Archive)
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Iran's got a thing for babies--and Tehran is ready to go to new limits to encourage Persian pregnancy.
Tarek Abu Khdeir was filmed being beaten by Israeli police in Jerusalem this week (Courtesy of Ma'an News Agency)
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The Palestinian-American teenager who was brutally beaten by Israeli police and arrested without charges in Jerusalem was sentenced to house arrest for nine days ahead of his trial.


Maliki last week vowed to "never give up" on serving an unprecedented third term as the country's premier, despite growing criticism from both opposition and allies of his leadership (File Archive/AFP)
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Iranian leadership told the media Sunday that while it backs Iraq Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki's bid to continue as the country's premier, Tehran is also ready to support "any candidate chosen by the Iraqi parliament."
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif did invite Saudi's Foreign Minister to visit Tehran in his commentary.
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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the country's state news agency this week that despite rumors, Tehran has not ever had plans to visit Saudi Arabia.
Luiz: Brazil will win WC for 'injured' Neymar
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Brazil football team vice-captain David Luiz has reportedly promised to help his side win the World Cup for their injured star striker Neymar.
Ahmad Jarba has served as president of the coalition for a year, the maximum term allowed by the group (File Archive/AFP)
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Syria's opposition group will meet this week in Istanbul to elect a new president.
ISIS now controls most of Syria's oil fields as well as the country's eastern territories (Welayat Raqa/AFP)
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At least 30,000 people were forced to leave their homes in eastern Syrian by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) Saturday.
Neymar
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FIFA has said that it is investigation the tackle on Brazilian football ace Neymar, which saw the striker ruled out of the rest of the World Cup.
Di Maria out of WC after suffering muscle tear in thigh: Report
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Argentina's Angel Di Maria is reportedly out of the FIFA World Cup after suffering a muscle tear in his thigh during his side's 1-0 victory over Belgium.
Before and after images of the 15-year-old teen show the brutality of the Israeli police officers, who were filmed beating the teen (Image: Twitter)
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The U.S. has voiced concern after a 15-year-old American-Palestinian was filmed being severely beaten by Israeli police in Jerusalem. The teen has now been released from Israeli custody and is under house arrest.
Will the Egyptian Prime Minister ban Nelly Karim's TV drama this Ramadan? (Image: Facebook)
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A Facebook group has been created to petition for the cancellation of Nelly Karim's latest TV drama "Sijn Al Nisa'a" (Women's Prison).
Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Massoud Barzani, said Peshmerga forces will not give up Kirkuk (File/AFP)
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Kurds in Iraq will press ahead with a referendum to have an independent state despite refusal from Nouri al-Maliki to accept any proposals.