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August 25, 2015

The calls come amid widespread protests in Iraq over corruption, Daesh and sectarianism. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Lawmakers in Iraq called on Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to sever ties with the Islamic Da’wa Party and declare a state of emergency in the country.
An illustrative photo shows Daesh supporters holding up the flag representing the group. (AFP/File)
05:30 GMT
Residents of Gardner, Louisiana alerted the sheriff last weekend of what they though might be "terror messages written in Arabic" on signs along a highway.
Myers-Briggs is a popular personality test used by employers. (Pinterest)
05:30 GMT
Tests for IQ, personality, aptitude and other tools are increasingly being used by employers to help hire the best candidates.
Gas cookers are generally less energy efficient, but Wolf makes a 36" cooktop that ranks highly. (Pixabay)
05:00 GMT
The latest home appliances let you be environmentally-friendly while saving money in the long run.
Turkish soldiers patrol the border town of Ceylanpinar at the Turkish-Syrian border. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
According to Turkish security sources, at least 814 suspected PKK militants have been killed in Turkey and Iraq since July 22.
Demonstrators in Beirut rally against Lebanon's government corruption and ongoing garbage crisis, August 23, 2015.  (AFP/File)
04:35 GMT
Forget Daesh, war, and extremism - from Beirut to Baghdad, Arab youth's biggest complaint is incompetent government; 22 rude things you can get away with saying in Lebanon; and a new type of halal bacon comes from the most unlikely of sources.
Manchester United will continue their pursuit of Neymar and are hoping to negotiate a £240 million deal for the Brazilian. Neymar has a £130m buyout clause, while United expect to pay him £75m over five years.
04:21 GMT
Manchester United will continue their pursuit of Neymar and are hoping to negotiate a £240 million deal for the Brazilian. Neymar has a £130m buyout clause, while United expect to pay him £75m over five years. Source: The Sun
Sepp Blatter
04:10 GMT
The game's governing body was rocked by allegations of bribery in May but the Swiss insists that both he and the sport are "clean"

August 24, 2015

Karim Benzema
22:59 GMT
With the Spanish giants unwavering in their desire to ward off Arsenal's interest, the Frenchman has finally spoken out against any possible summer transfer
File photo of Saudi police standing guard in the al-Munissiyah district, north-east of Riyadh. (AFP/File)
19:50 GMT
Unidentified gunmen shot at a security patrol in the coastal Saudi city of Jeddah, injuring at least one officer.
Daesh militants used car bombs in two separate attacks on the air base, killing 40 Syrian government officers (Twitter)
19:22 GMT
Daesh militants have killed 51 Syrian soldiers in two separate attacks on Kweiris air base in the northern province of Aleppo this month, 40 of whom were officers.
Environment Minister Mohammed Machnouk on Monday said biddings for companies to manage the country's waste were completed. (AFP/File)
18:57 GMT
Environment Minister Mohammed Machnouk on Monday said biddings for companies to manage the country's waste were completed.
Al-Bayt Stadium is one of five stadiums currently under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (Courtesy/Qatar Football Association)
18:39 GMT
Al-Bayt Stadium is one of five stadiums currently under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on August 16, 2015. (AFP/Abir Sultan)
18:00 GMT
The petition calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nentanyahu is gaining momentum. The British government will have to debate the issue if the petition reaches 100,000 signatures.
Young Muslim Brotherhood supporters chant during a rally in support of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi. (AFP/File)
16:43 GMT
A report by Democracy Index recorded 600 student expulsions and 1000 arrests that took place during more than 800 protests at universities across Egypt in the past academic year.
Image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Homs on May 28, 2015 allegedly shows a Daesh flag flying on the Roman theatre in the ancient city of Palmyra. (AFP/File)
16:18 GMT
UNESCO has condemned Daesh's most recent attack on a Syrian World Heritage site, stating that the destruction of the Temple of Baal Shamin is considered a war crime in the eyes of international law.
Members of the Popular Mobilisation units gather around a vehicle on the front line during a military operation against Daesh militants in Iraq's Anbar province on August 19, 2015. (AFP/Haidar Mohammed Ali)
15:57 GMT
Three suicide car bombs were used in an attack on an Iraqi military outpost in Anbar province that killed eight soldiers on Monday.
Kevin De Bruyne
15:48 GMT
Manuel Pellegrini's men are the frontrunners to sign the Belgian, although Wolfsburg is hopeful of keeping him for two more years.
Brent oil started trading down 4.3 percent to $38.65 per barrel. (File photo)
15:45 GMT
Wall Street and oil prices plummet in response to China's largest stock dive in eight years.
Palestinian patients lie on hospital beds in the Al-Wafa rehabilitation hospital near Gaza City on July 16, 2014. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
15:30 GMT
According to the Ministry of Health, hospitals in the Gaza Strip are on the verge of collapse and could stop operating at any minute.
85 million internet users in MENA spent $10B online in 2014. (File photo)
15:30 GMT
With only one to two percent of sales being digital, there is still plenty of opportunity for growth before the region catches up with the global five percent average.
The amendments reduced the top income bracket to begin at LE200,000 per year, from LE250,000.(MBC)
15:20 GMT
New amendments include tax relief for the wealthy and wider tax exemption income brackets.
Egyptian TV series "Tariqi" (My Road) to be screened on Columbian TV.
15:08 GMT
Egyptian TV series "Tariqi" (My Road) to be screened on Columbian TV.
JADEC ranks airlines according to revenue, passenger numbers, safety benchmarks, losses and accident-free years. (The News Tribe)
15:00 GMT
The Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JADEC) have released their list of the world's ten safest airlines in 2014.
Jesualdo Ferreira
14:51 GMT
Zamalek coach fears player exhaustion due to short breaks between games
The defendants face 20 years in a maximum security prison. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT
The eight Brotherhood Members, including a journalist and former member of parliament, were accused of complicity in violence that took place in 2013.
The BDS letter alleges that the Leviev jewels were connected to human rights abuses in Angola as well as Palestine. (O Magazine)
14:29 GMT
Media moghul ignores BDS requests and wears Israeli jewels on her O magazine cover. Is this a new trend?
Ahlam has just revealed who her favorite Arab singers are, and something we didn't know about this year's Arab Idol. (Facebook)
14:22 GMT
Ahlam has just revealed who her favorite Arab singers are, and something we didn't know about this year's Arab Idol.
The air campaign will provide support for what Washington deems as moderate Syrian rebels in northern Syria.
14:21 GMT
Talks between US and Turkey concluded on Sunday, and officials said the two countries will soon launch 'comprehensive' operations against Daesh militants in northern Syria in tandem with moderate Syrian rebels.
Negotiations are allegedly underway for the release of the four Hamas members. (AFP/File)
13:23 GMT
Hamas said Egypt will be held responsible for the lives of four of its members who were kidnapped by a Daesh affiliate Wednesday at gunpoint shortly after having entered Egypt from Gaza via the Rafah border crossing.
A Lebanese protester throws clothes on a pile of burning tires as demonstrators block a road in the southern city of Sidon on Oct. 20, 2012. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
13:10 GMT
Witnesses said the 19-year-old man poured gasoline on himself near the Grand Serail in the southern city on Sunday.
In this file photo, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants are seen gathering to listen to the speech of the PKK leader on April 25, 2013 in the Qandil mountain, the PKK headquarters in northern Iraq. (AFP/File)
12:31 GMT
Turkish security sources claim that suspected members of PKK have kidnapped 316 children, 88 of whom were girls, over the past two years.
Lebanon's International Security Forces said police detained 32 people after anti-government protests in downtown Beirut. (AFP/File)
12:25 GMT
Lebanon's International Security Forces said police detained 32 people after anti-government protests in downtown Beirut.
The airline launched a new flight route to another European destination on Monday. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT
The airline launched a new flight route to another European destination on Monday.
UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond shakes hands with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif during a joint press conference in Tehran, August 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:50 GMT
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK must tread carefully in its new relationship with Iran, after visiting the Islamic Republic to reopen the British embassy in Tehran.
A vendor displays on a stall freshly caught local mullet fish on Aug. 1, 2014 at the main fish market in Kuwait City. (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)
11:48 GMT
Kuwait's residents continued a boycott for its second day, calling for the reduction of "unreasonably" high fish prices.
Abass resigned from his position leading then PLO's executive committee during a special meeting in Ramallah city on Saturday. (AFP/File)
11:47 GMT
What's happening with the Palestine Liberation Front this week?
Dozens of policemen in northern Egypt protested for better incentives and occupational hazard compensation. (AFP/File)
11:32 GMT
Dozens of policemen in northern Egypt protested for better incentives and occupational hazard compensation.
Lamitta Frangieh and her hubby enjoy elegant Cannes together. (Al Jaras Magazine)
11:27 GMT
Lamitta Frangieh and her hubby enjoy elegant Cannes together.
Loving Nancy Ajram in red from her Ehmej concert last night. (Cutehashtag.com)
11:16 GMT
Loving Nancy Ajram in red from her Ehmej concert last night.
Lebanese protesters clash with riot police following a demonstration, organized by the "You Stink" campaign, to protest against the ongoing country's trash crisis on Aug. 23, 2015 in the capital Beirut. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
What started as a cry to solve the garbage crisis ended up a symbol of Lebanese strength against government corruption.
Thousands of families have arrived by sea to Greece after fleeing war in Syria. (AFP/File)
11:03 GMT
Three people including one woman drowned after a boat carrying 73 refugees capsized en route to Greece, Turkish authorities said.
Carole Samaha and her hubby begin the final countdown until the arrival of their little bundle of joy. (Al Jaras Magazine)
11:00 GMT
Carole Samaha and her hubby begin the final countdown until the arrival of their little bundle of joy. (Al Jaras Magazine)
Iranian protesters break into the British embassy in Tehran on Nov. 29, 2011. (AFP/File)
10:51 GMT
The embassy reopened four years after protesters stormed the residence.
The UN agency only announced last week the school year would go ahead as scheduled. (AFP/File)
10:48 GMT
Local staff working for UNRWA in Gaza staged a strike on the first day of school over lack of resources and funding.
So far, “Theeb” has been commercially released in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Palestine, Egypt and Switzerland. ()
10:36 GMT
Jordanian film "Theeb" lands in Iraqi cinemas on Thursday.
The bus carrying policemen was targeted in the Beheira region. (AFP/File)
10:10 GMT
Two security personnel were killed and dozens of others injured after a bomb targeted a bus in Beheira, north of Cairo.
Jordan's border guards detained two people who tried to enter the country from Syria over the weekend. (AFP/File)
10:02 GMT
Jordan's border guards detained two people who tried to enter the country from Syria over the weekend.
Two Gulf countries advised their citizens on Monday to avoid traveling Lebanon as protests and police clashes intensify. (AFP/File)
09:51 GMT
Two Gulf countries advised their citizens on Monday to avoid traveling Lebanon as protests and police clashes intensify.
Lebanese protesters carry an injured girl during clashes with riot police following a demonstration, organized by "You Stink" campaign, to protest against the ongoing country's trash crisis on Aug. 23, 2015 in Beirut. (AFP/File)
09:29 GMT
Clashes with police intensified Saturday on the second day of protests by thousands of Lebanese residents.
Hani Shaker and Hussein al Jassmi are among those honored with national awards on Morocco’s Youth Day. (Facebook)
09:14 GMT
Hani Shaker and Hussein al Jassmi are among those honored with national awards on Morocco’s Youth Day.
Ultra-Orthodox Yishai Schlissal was charged with one count of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT
Ultra-Orthodox Yishai Schlissal was charged with one count of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder.
Israeli security service Shin Bet has been cracking down on Jewish extremists following a number of terrorist attacks in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
09:04 GMT
Israel's security forces banned ten Jewish extremists from entering the West Bank as part of a crackdown against terrorist attacks.
Rande Gerber, Amal & George Clooney, Mario Testino and Cindy Crawford at the official launch of Casamigos Tequila in Ibiza. (News.com.au)
08:50 GMT
The Clooneys and their besties Cindy Crawford and her hubby Rande Gerber hit Ibiza to celebrate the Spanish launch of their tequila brand.
Young Palestinians take part in the Festival of Colors in the West Bank city of Ramallah, August 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:49 GMT
Young Palestinian artists in the West Bank arranged their own version of the Hindu celebration of Holi by organising the Festival of Colors in Ramallah.
Once complete, the wall will separate parts of Beit Jala's Christian community. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Hundreds of Palestinians protested against the further construction of Israel's separation wall in the West Bank town of Beit Jala near Bethlehem.
The mother-of-five reportedly said she regretted joining the militant group in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
A woman who took five of her children to Syria and married a Daesh fighter has reportedly said she wants to return back to England.
A member of the Red Cross attends to a protester injured during riots in Beirut, August 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT
The Lebanese group calling itself "You Strink" postponed further demonstrations Monday after a protester was killed.
Israel has frequently been criticized by human rights groups who accuse the country of ethnically cleansing Bedouins. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Israeli authorities began construction on two Jewish settlements in the place of a destroyed Bedouin village in the Negev desert.
The MoveSouq.com survey showed that 67 per cent of apartment buildings and 50 per cent of villas in Dubai are uninsured. (File photo)
07:30 GMT
A recent survey of Dubai residents reflect extremes when in comes to uptake of insurance policies.
Sean Finna performing earlier this month. (Facebook)
07:28 GMT
If it's love you want, it's love you'll get from the Emirates, Sean Finn!
Serena Williams
07:24 GMT
World number one Serena Williams swept aside a spirited Simona Halep in straight sets to win her second successive Cincinnati Masters title.
A photo taken on March 14, 2014, shows the Temple of Baal Shamin through two Corinthian columns in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
07:23 GMT
Daesh on Sunday detonated explosives in the Temple of Baal Shamin.
Sepp Blatter
07:16 GMT
Scandal-hit FIFA can never be dominated by one continent, outgoing president Sepp Blatter says.
Tunisia has been in a state of emergency since the attack on a Sousse beach resort killed 38 tourists in June. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT
Tunisia has been in a state of emergency since the attack on a Sousse beach resort killed 38 tourists in June.
Al Jazeera's Barry Malone said referring to people fleeing war as "migrants" dehumanises them. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
In a very powerful statement, Al Jazeera said it would no longer use the word "migrant" to refer to people fleeing war and crossing the Mediterranean to enter Europe.
Myriam Klink has a fan in George Wassouf! (Facebook)
06:51 GMT
Even George Wassouf loves him some Myriam Klink.
The Italian coast guard said it saved 4,400 migrants over the past 24 hours from 22 boats off the European coast. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
06:47 GMT
The Italian coast guard said it saved 4,400 migrants over the past 24 hours from 22 boats off the European coast.
The PoloTech shirt will be available in the Middle East this week. (First Slice)
06:30 GMT
The PoloTech shirt will read vital signs that can be relayed to an iPhone app that tailors a workout for the wearer.
Screenshot from Matisyahu's Spanish Festival performance. (YouTube)
06:22 GMT
There was a mixed response to Jewish American reggae artist Matisyahu's controversial concert in Spain this weekend.
A Yemeni man walks through Sanaa's UNESCO-listed historic district.  (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
06:00 GMT
Egypt's hazy involvement in the Saudi-led coalition; Christian and Muslim Palestinians join in protest against the separation wall; and how Daesh is pushing Turks to rise against their government.
Some 500,000 people were told by Kirkuk's council they had one month to leave the city. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
At least 500,000 people fleeing violence from the Iraqi province of Diyala were told to leave Kirkuk within one month by the city's council.
The statue of Sekhemka and his wife Sitmerit dates back to the 5th dynasty. (Museum Association)
06:00 GMT
4500 year-old statue was stopped from export to a private buyer, but the ban is due to expire on 29 July.
Gigi Hadid's Instagram post in the revealing jumpsuit.
05:45 GMT
Obviously very comfortable with her body, Gigi Hadid exhibited the phrase "If you've got it, flaunt it!" by sporting a revealing bodysuit en route to see T Swift.
The total bill, ten beef döner kebabs and 25 chicken döner kebabs, was $94.
05:30 GMT
A local turkish woman gathered 35 Syrian refugee children, took them to a restaurant, ordered food for all of them, and then disappeared.
When it comes to finances, failing to plan is planning to fail. (iStockphoto)
05:30 GMT
Take stock of your financial health and improve your credit rating.
Ragheb Alama is one of the stars showing his solidarity. (Archived Image)
05:04 GMT
Haifa Wehbe, Ragheb Alama, and other stars have shown their support of the "You Stink" campaign by protesting themselves or expressing solidarity via social media.
Smoke rises from an explosion in the Syrian capital of Damascus. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
According to Syrian state news, ten people were killed and 53 wounded in rebel shelling attacks on the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday.
A healthy and positive corporate culture, with opportunities for career development are musts to attract A-players. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
If you want to attract top talent, make sure your company is also aiming high.

August 23, 2015

Federer holds up the trophy after defeating Djokovic to win the final at the Western & Southern Open
22:02 GMT
Roger Federer will return to second in the world rankings after winning his seventh trophy at the Cincinnati Masters on Sunday with a 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 defeat of Novak Djokovic in the final.
Iran's missile program is one of the largest in the Middle East and a major sticking point for world powers in the Iran nuclear deal. (AFP/File)
22:01 GMT
Iran introduced the Fateh-313 and declared it ready for mass production, despite some promises the country made just over a month ago.
Thousands of protesters - including many children - gathered to decry government inability to solve the worsening waste problem. After ISF attempted to disperse the crowds with water cannon and tear gas, many of the peaceful - yet vocal - demonstrators moved to nearby Martyrs’ Square, vowing to stay the night. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
21:38 GMT
Lebanon’s waste war escalated yesterday when anti-garbage demonstrators tried to pull down barricades and storm parliament in Beirut. Security forces responded with tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets. The demonstrations began over the growing mountains of rubbish. Now leaders are also under fire for excessive use of force against protesters.
Hamilton celebrates winning with the trophy on the podium at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit after the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix
19:21 GMT
Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead over team mate Nico Rosberg to 28 points after claiming a dominant victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Lebanese protesters and riot police stand at opposite sides of a barbed wire fence during a demonstration organized by "You Stink" campaign on August 23, 2015 in the capital Beirut. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
18:23 GMT
For the second day in a row, Lebanese security forces clashed with protesters during a rally organized by the "YouReek" campaign, firing tear gas canisters, rubber bullets, and water cannons on the crowd of thousands.
Medhi Benatia
17:55 GMT
Bayern confirm thigh injury for Benatia http://dlvr.it/BxGZN5
Egypt's president discussed his infrastructure plans for the new city with the Council of Economic Development. (AFP/File)
17:33 GMT
Egypt's president discussed his infrastructure plans for the new city with the Council of Economic Development.
Thousands of customers from the online dating site were vulnerable to cyber attacks that revealed their private information.
17:23 GMT
Thousands of customers from the online dating site were vulnerable to cyber attacks that revealed their private information.
Five people were acquitted after facing trial for the deadly violence that took place in a football stadium in Port Said
17:23 GMT
Five people were acquitted on Sunday, after facing trial for the deadly violence that took place in a football stadium in the northeastern city of Port Said in February 2012.
An initiative to restore a rundown Jewish cemetery in southern Lebanon was funded anonymously by a New York-based member of the diaspora. (YouTube)
17:07 GMT
An initiative to restore a rundown Jewish cemetery in southern Lebanon was funded anonymously by a New York-based member of the diaspora.
Nancy Ajram is bringing her beautiful self to Dubai! (Archived Image)
16:36 GMT
We all love us some Nancy Ajram, and now fans at Modhesh World will get a dose of the sweetheart songstress this Monday night!
The term gets more complicated the deeper into MENA conflicts you go. (AFP/File)
16:32 GMT
The term gets more complicated the deeper into Syria you go.
Shuaiba is one of three oil refineries in Kuwait that produce a total of 930,000 barrels per day. (AFP/File)
16:28 GMT
The refinery stopped producing oil when a massive fire closed down its facilities.
Natalie Portman gets real with her fans. (Archived Image)
16:25 GMT
Natalie Portman directed and co-starred in the upcoming film "A Tale of Love and Darkness", and now the Jewish star gives the story behind the story.
Iraqi security forces conduct a training exercise in Baghdad on July 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
16:16 GMT
Daesh militants used suicide bombs and mortars in an attack that killed 17 Iraqi soldiers and six Sunni militiamen in Iraq's Anbar province on Sunday.
Iran's oil minister Bijan Zanganeh began negotiations with the British foreign secretary in Tehran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
16:10 GMT
Iran's oil minister began negotiations with the British foreign secretary in Tehran.
Fanja players celebrate winning the Super Cup
15:59 GMT
It was an expected outcome on Friday - Fanja winning the Super Cup without kicking a ball
Khaled Darwish rockin' the oud at the Citadel festival. (Facebook)
15:43 GMT
The 24th iteration of the festival gave props to five fine artists who left their mark on the music and opera scene to the sounds of Cairo Steps.
Turkish security sources said one driver and an official had been released, but that ten additional officials are being held by “militants belonging to separatist terrorist organization.” (AFP/File)
15:15 GMT
The Turkish military on Sunday said ten customs officials have been kidnapped by suspected PKK militants in Turkey's eastern Van province.
Egyptian riot police stand guard outside the Shura Council during a protest against President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo on Dec. 29, 2012. (AFP/File)
15:12 GMT
Police officers went on strike for the second day to demand better pay.