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February 2, 2016

Photographs of shops in Saudi Arabia with notices telling women they cannot enter, and instead should send in their driver, have caused a stir on social media. (Twitter)
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Photographs of shops in Saudi Arabia with notices telling women they cannot enter, and instead should send in their driver, have caused a stir on social media.
Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari (R) gestures as he arrives for Syrian peace talks in Geneva on February 2, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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Every day we hear news of hardships and dire conditions suffered by tens of thousands of besieged Syrians.
A Palestinian holds a placard as part of a protest during which they try to set up a tent on 8 June, 2013 near the Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin and the West Bank village of Surif, west of Hebron. (AFP/File)
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The BDS movement in Jordan shared its criticism of the gas deal on Twitter, directing questions at officials.
Saudi high school students taking their final exams in Jeddah. (AFP/File)
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Falling oil prices may teach Saudi students planning to study abroad a hard lesson.
The UNHCR refugee camp. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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The international charity released an analysis on Monday which revealed how many rich nations are giving much less than their fair share to the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis.
The Arab Advisors Groups conducted the ranking based on nine categories, including number of prepaid and smartphone plans. (File photo)
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Lebanon's position near the bottom of the Arab Advisors Group’s Cellular Competition Intensity Index remains unchanged from last year.
For $28 a night, you can stay on an unauthorized outpost in the West Bank, which is illegal even under Israeli law! Just be careful: the outpost, called Maale Rechavam, was the site of violent protests in 2014 when the Israeli government demolished 10 illegally-built houses here. Masked demonstrators set fire to roads and threw stones at police.
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Users of the vacation rental service list their settlement homes as if they were in Israel proper.
Palestinians face home demolitions in both Israel and the West Bank. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian homes, claiming they were built without the appropriate permits. Both were built by families of seven and eight, who planned to move in on Tuesday.
The Halal tourism sector has advanced following product investments in the UAE, the Maldives, Spain, Japan, the Philippines and Russia, and others.(AMEinfo)
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The latest Global Islamic Economy Report indicates that the growing halal industry could be worth $3.7 trillion by 2019 with 10.8 percent annual rise in spending.
Directed by Mai Masri, the Palestinian film 3000 Nights will close the European Film Festival, which runs in Beirut until 6 February. (File photo)
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Directed by Mai Masri, the Palestinian film 3000 Nights will close the European Film Festival, which runs in Beirut until 6 February.
Venezuela's oil minister is meeting with Russia, Qatar, Iran and Saudi Arabia to discuss ways to boost crude prices. (Shutterstock)
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Analysts from Goldman Sachs cast doubt on the likelihood of harmonized reduction in oil production, despite a campaign from OPEC member Venezuela.
Saudi folklore dance. (Flickr)
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The group performed at an event titled "My Environment, My Responsibility".
The couple, who have been married for almost two years, strolled down the red carpet in LA hand-in-hand last night. (Courtesy of Splash)
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Amal and George Clooney were inseparable at the LA premiere of his new film Hail, Caesar!
The king told the BBC that the enormous pressure on Jordan’s infrastructure, economy and social services is causing problems for the nation. (AFP/File)
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The king told the BBC that the enormous pressure on Jordan’s infrastructure, economy and social services is causing problems for the nation.
Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef has signed with UTA and Anonymous Content. (File photo)
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Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef has signed with UTA and Anonymous Content.
Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters during her caucus night event in the Olmsted Center at Drake University on February 1, 2016. (AFP/Justin Sullivan)
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Believe it or not, 7 percent of Muslims polled said they would vote for Donald Trump.
A young boy inspects the damage in a house demolished by Israeli troops in Qalandia on November 16, 2015. (AFP/File)
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After killing Ahmad Sukkari, father of four, the Israeli government has instructed the demolition of the deceased's family home.
Annual passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport increased by 10.7 percent over last year. (Vision Dubai)
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Dubai International Airport first overtook London Heathrow in 2014 as the world' busiest airport in terms of international passengers numbers.
Saudi army artillery fire shells towards Yemen from a post close to the Saudi-Yemeni border, in southwestern Saudi Arabia, on April 13, 2015. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
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Military commander commented on Saudi Arabia remaining stuck in a static war while the kingdom enforces a blockade on Yemen.
Syria refugees arrive in Turkey via the Akcakale border crossing on June 15, 2015. (AFP/File)
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A denial was issued following a report by German media outlets that Ankara asked the EU for an additional 2 billion euros in aid.
 The state of the art centre will cover one million square feet and is expected to welcome nine million visitors when it opens. (Image courtesy of The National)
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The mega-library will have more than 4.5 million titles and will open in Al Jaddaf area of the emirate in 2017.
The General Court of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. (AFP/File)
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The majority of cases are still under investigation, with no set prison sentences.
Daesh-run Radio Caliphate has been broadcasting programs over last the three months. (Twitter)
06:52 GMT
At least 20 fighters were killed in the air attack that took place in Achin district on Monday afternoon.
Al Said, the luxury yacht of Sultan Qaboos in the old port of Muttrah in Muscat. (Shutterstock/Philip Lange)
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The cruise will take between seven and ten days, and plans to launch later this year by Khedri Jahan Darya Company.
US soldiers chat as they train Iraq's 72nd Brigade in a live-fire exercise in Basmaya base, southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on January 27, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland said the battle against the militant group in Syria would be much more complex.
Some of what's to come at this year's Dubai Food Festival. (Facebook)
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Masterchef Australia's celebrity chefs George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan will head to the Dubai Food Festival in February.
Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. (AFP/File)
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Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi made the comments following speculation that cartoonist Islam Gawish had been arrested for mocking the former army chief.
This was done out of respect to the religion, not in offense.' (Shutterstock)
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The two Australian women wore conservative Muslim dress to a health industry exhibition.
‘Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival’ is coming to Dubai in April. (Ourhomemadelife.com)
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‘Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival’ is coming to Dubai in April.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (AFP/File)
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Ban Ki-moon urged Israeli authorities to stop "lashing out at every well-intentioned critic."
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HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of Youth and Sports (SCYS), President of Bahrain Athletics Association (BAA)...
My main task will be to bring football back to FIFA and FIFA back to football, says Infantino
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Gianni Infantino unveiled a plan of action on Monday for his first 90 days if he's elected FIFA president.

February 1, 2016

Galal’s family received a phone call to retrieve their son’s body from Zeinhom morgue; he had been shot in the head. (AFP/File)
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Ahmed Galal, a young Egyptian man, was found dead on Sunday after having been reported missing for two weeks.
Schreiber said a clear picture of which disciplines would need to change to accommodate the IOC's wish would emerge after the Rio Games
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By the 2020 Olympics (in Tokyo), women shooters will be seen competing against men. The previous instance was during the 1992 Barcelona Games...
Australian Open winners look to keep up form in Dubai
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Djokovic looks forward to shopping not just at Dubai’s malls, but for another Duty Free title too
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. (AFP/File)
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The trip comes as opposing factions in Syria’s five-year conflict gather in Geneva for UN-brokered talks.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein. (AFP/File)
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The UN official said starvation of people in besieged cities and towns in Syria should not also be ignored.
Cartoonist Islam Gawish. (Twitter)
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The popular cartoonist was released after being detained for a day.
Afghan boy in Messi bag shirt excited about meeting Barcelona's football star
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@AJEnglish: Afghan boy in Messi bag shirt excited about meeting Barcelona's football star http://aje.io/eq9k
A picture taken on January 30, 2016 shows debris at the Queen Arwa University campus following a Saudi-led airstrike, in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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UN report said that the Saudi-led coalition targeted civilians and documented 119 raids that may violate international law.
After all, the Scots are known for their bravery. (Twitter)
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After all, the Scots are known for their bravery.
"I have a baby boy who is five months and a daughter who is eight years old. I ask myself what I would do if this were my baby. I ask myself what is happening to humanity." (AFP/File Photo) (Photo for illustrative purposes)
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Thoughts and photos of the latest capsized refugee boat off Canakkale; US sides with Turkey and leaves Syrian Kurds out of Geneva III talks; Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan spreading her beautiful music around the world from Paris; And a Palestinian's recollection of his childhood encounters with Jews.
Egyptian police stand guard at Tahrir Square in Cairo. (Twitter)
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Egypt's constitutional court is currently looking into another lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the controversial law.
Source: Qatar News Agency
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Doha has won its bid to host the 2023 FINA World Championships and FINA World Masters Championships. Following final presentations in Budapest...
In 2015, Saudi Arabia ordered the execution of 153 people, the highest for two decades. (Twitter)
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Ahmed al-Harbi was found guilty of stabbing and shooting fellow Saudi national Fahed al-Balawi in a dispute.
Families of victims are to receive compensation from the governorate in addition to the Social Solidarity Ministry. (Twitter)
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The detained suspect was accused of endangering the lives of citizens and the unintentional injury and killing of others.
Workers survey the aftermath of a crane that collapsed at Mecca's Grand Mosque, killing more than 100 worshippers. (AFP/File)
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The suspects include directors, technicians, project leaders, and at least ten from the public sector.
February 1 marks World Hijab Day, and while many women across the world have taken to social media to celebrate, others have taken the opportunity to voice their criticism. (AFP/File)
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February 1 marks World Hijab Day, and while many women across the world have taken to social media to celebrate, others have taken the opportunity to voice their criticism.
More than 220,000 people have been killed in Syria in four years of conflict, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP/Zein al-Rifai)
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Reports of additional Russian airstrikes on Aleppo said four people have been killed and a further 60 have been injured.
The accumulation of trash has forced municipalities to begin burning it, which creates other health hazards. (AFP/File)
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After false reports of Sierra Leone agreeing to import Lebanon's trash, Russia is the latest country to deny that they would accept the waste.
Banagas plans on multi-million dollar expansion. (AFP/File)
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With the help of Japanese firm JGC, Banagas plans on expanding its business.
An initial eight commodities will be traded by the end of the year, with plans for expansion in five years. (Eco Global Business)
13:38 GMT
A bourse for the trading of the region's agricultural commodities will be launched as part of Egypt's plans to be a hub for grain exchange.
Hundreds of unemployed youth in Tunisia. (Twitter)
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Tunisia is launching a new program to engage youth across the country.
Saudi Telecom recently gained majority control of Viva. (Mubasher)
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After months of negotiation, Saudi Telecom ups it stakes in Viva.
Afghan security personnels carry a victim at the site of a suicide car bomb next to a police base in Kabul on February 1, 2016. (AFP/Shah Marai)
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A Taliban statement claimed more than 40 police officers were killed or injured in the attack.
The Royal Atlantis Hotel will be an upscale apartment complex on 37 stories in Dubai. (Construction Week Online)
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The consortium includes Chinese and European partners and will includes plans to build the $1.6B Royal Atlantis Hotel and $386M Palm Gateway project.
Egyptians wave the national flag in Cairo's Tahrir Square during a rally marking the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising on January 25, 2014. (AFP/Virginie Nguyen Hoang)
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On the fifth anniversary since the January 25 Revolution, many reflect on what's left and what went wrong.
Working in the hospitality industry was rated less stressful than banking and finance sectors, according to the Bayt survey. (Shutterstock)
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A better work-life balance helps to keep stress levels in check, but certain professions put on the pressure. Make sure your interests and disposition are well matched.
A Twitter user posted a picture of a truck with an al-Qaeda flag in Azzan, Yemen. (Twitter)
12:30 GMT
Al-Qaeda has claimed a popular commercial city in Yemn.
Arab Cinema Centre attends International Film Festival Rotterdam. (Facebook)
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Arab Cinema Centre attends International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Numerous people have been arrested for posting inappropriate selfies and other content on social media. (Twitter)
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The man arrested reportedly told the victim to be patient and promised to drive him to the hospital while filming him for 44 seconds. He then posted the video online.
"For black tie optional you can go with a dark suit or black tuxedo a white shirt and a black tie. As for the Creative Black Tie, you can go with a black tuxedo, a black shirt and a bowtie." (Pixabay)
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From black-tie to casual, what to wear to your next party invitation; A rare video of high-lining in Lebanon; Delicious looking Austrian cut-out cookies using hazelnuts; And the best makeup products of the month.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld shares his experiences from his recent comedy tour in Israel. (YouTube)
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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld shares his experiences from his recent comedy tour in Israel.
Syrian refugees run away as Turkish border guards use water cannon to move them away from fences at the Turkish border near the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, June 13, 2015. (AFP/File)
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A fresh flow of regime fled Syria as the Assad regime pounded the Turkmen region with attacks.
Soldiers walk through Ramallah. (AFP/File)
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Israel will only let people with Ramallah IDs enter, and no one can leave the city.
Afghan security forces. (Twitter)
11:20 GMT
A suicide bombing left no casualties but injured eight civilians. The bombing took place in the Gilan district centre at noon on Monday.
Maya Diab's daughter Kay looks all grown up! (Albawaba Arabic)
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Maya Diab's daughter Kay looks all grown up! (Albawaba Arabic)
Def Jam founder Russell Simmons and Rabbi Marc Schneier talk Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and why Trump won’t be winning in the US Presidential campaign. (Bet.com)
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Def Jam founder Russell Simmons and Rabbi Marc Schneier talk Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and why Trump won’t be winning in the US Presidential campaign.
Residents of the besieged Syrian town are still dying of hunger despite the arrival of a UN aid convoy last month. (Twitter)
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Residents of the besieged Syrian town are still dying of hunger despite the arrival of a UN aid convoy last month.
Bright ideas to help your savings grow.  (Shutterstock)
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Weeding out a few misconceptions about money management.
Excessive sharing on social media can leave one with little space for accommodating a partner's needs. (File)
10:07 GMT
Trust, personal opinions, and personal space in relationships all get eroded by overusing social networks.
Tony Issa was the winner of this year's 'Celebrity Duets.' (Facebook)
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'Celebrity Duets' concluded with Tony Issa winning this week.
A Yemeni boy stands amidst the rubble of houses destroyed in the Saudi-led air strikes against Shia Houthi rebels in Sanaa, on May 18, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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The rocket was fired on the Saudi Arabian border regions from Yemen. It hit a family home killing one child and injuring the rest of the child's family.
The sky's the limit for Abu Dhabi's upcoming kite festival. (Pixabay)
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Abu Dhabi will host its first-ever Kite Festival on February 19.
Afghan soldiers prepare their equipment in Helmand, southern Afghanistan on December 21, 2015. (AFP/Noor Mohammad)
09:39 GMT
Allegations from Afghanistan of abuse and killings may lead to investigations into the British army.
The Nobel laureate hopes she can persuade world leaders to pledge the money to provide schools, teachers and books to the children in need. (Twitter)
09:25 GMT
The Nobel laureate hopes she can persuade world leaders to pledge the money to provide schools, teachers and books to the children in need.
Lionel Messi. (Twitter)
09:12 GMT
After sharing Messi's personal details online in a Snapchat of the football player's passport, the UAE officer has been jailed for one month.
The Syrian Opposition / Higher Negotiations speaker Salem Muslit. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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After multiple attacks on civilians in Damascus, the Syrian opposition is threatening a boycott.
Nancy Ajram and Anabella Hilal are friends again! (Instagram)
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Nancy Ajram and Anabella Hilal are friends again!
The body of a Palestinian man shot during an attempted stabbing is covered by Israeli forces. (AFP)
08:30 GMT
Palestinian shot after penetrating security fence, threatening soldiers with knife.
'As an artist, all you can do to help is leverage your reach and use your voice,' says Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees Fathi. (Facebook)
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Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees talks about her role in empowering women in the Middle East.
Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu said, “Turkey and Saudi Arabia will continue to support moderate opposition groups in Syria.” in a news conference following a meeting with Saudi King Salman. (AFP/File)
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Saudi, Turkey share the same views towards Syrian conflict
Sean Paul will set the stage alight on February 4 at the opening ceremony of HBL Pakistan Super League. (Facebook)
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Sean Paul will set the stage alight on February 4 at the opening ceremony of HBL Pakistan Super League.
Protesters run for cover from tear gas. (AFP/Mohammed Al-Shaikh)
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Bahraini police fired birdshot and tear gas onto protesters near the capital.
Traditional health care facilities have not kept pace with demand, leaving a gap being filled by home care treatment. (Shutterstock)
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Demand for quality home care is outstripping supply in the GCC due to factors such as demographics, over-capacity in public facilities, and high numbers of chronic lifestyle ailment sufferers.
Iraq, Syria and Libya have not prevented commercial airlines from using their airspace as the UN has not declared them as no-fly zones. (World Airline News)
06:13 GMT
Higher security-related costs such as insurance premiums and higher fuel consumption present major challenges for airlines flying over the region.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Even though sanctions against Iran have been lifted, Iran vowed to promote a self sufficient economy.
The infamous 'Tree Man' photographed with a relative. (Twitter)
05:30 GMT
He's got 99 problems but a birch ain't one. Or is it? The Tree-man is preparing to undergo surgery to remove the aggressive growths from his body.
Cartoonist Islam Gawish. (Facebook)
05:00 GMT
Islam Gawish, popular cartoonist, was arrested at his place of work, after publishing an anti-regime cartoon.
Zidane delighted with Ronaldo's contribution
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The forward has been criticised for his performances this season, but his coach praised him for responding on the pitch
The four UAE clubs that will participate have a strong chance to win titles and awards
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The UAE is taking part through four clubs in the 3rd Arab Women Sports Tournament, Sharjah 2016 (AWST), which will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, the wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, in Sharjah from February 2nd to 12th.

January 31, 2016

People take part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration on October 10, 2015, in Paris, calling for a boycott of Israel and for the recognition of the State of Palestine. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
France has given Israel an ultimatum that should peace efforts collapse, the country would recognize a Palestinian state.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (AFP/Win McNamee)
17:41 GMT
Kerry addressed all sides of the Syrian war, urging them to take the opportunity to come to an agreement, otherwise Syria will end up completely destroyed.
Army forces supervise the process of demolishing tunnels in North Sinai. (Twitter)
17:00 GMT
Explosions in North Sinai killed two and injured two others according to security sources.
Source: misrjournal
16:56 GMT
Players from Egypt’s national handball team will each receive awards worth LE20,000 after winning the 22nd African Cup Saturday, Youth and Sports Minister Khaled Abdel Aziz has said.
Dr. Taher Mokhtar  and his roommates were arrested after rioting broke out at the  fifth anniversary of the 25 January revolution. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
Egyptian courts add 15-day extension to doctor's sentence while they investigate his part in Egyptian riots.
The tournament takes place between February 2-12 in Sharjah under the slogan, "Your World, Your Court, Together Victorious".
16:19 GMT
H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs...
The men were charged with inviting support for a banned organization. (Twitter)
16:02 GMT
The men were charged with inviting support for a banned organization.
Iraqi refugees arriving in Erbil from Mosul. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The Iraqi government announced that it could only fund up to 43 percent of the humanitarian needs from its budget.
The stadium will be built over an area of 515,400 square metres
15:40 GMT
"The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has appointed Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) as the design consultant for the 2022 FIFA World Cup's eighth proposed host venue, which will be located in Al Thumama."