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April 26, 2016

Oil exports were not affected by the strike action.  (AFP/File)
05:13 GMT
With production cut by up to 60 percent, the three-day strike over proposed austerity cuts lead to losses between $175M and $200M.
Loyalist forces on patrol against al-Qaeda militants in the south of Yemen. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
05:00 GMT
Loyalist forces and UAE troops recaptured Al-Mukalla from al-Qaeda militants.
People arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after making a dangerous voyage from Turkey (AFP/Aris Messinis)
03:11 GMT
A Greek journalist reflects on a year of covering the migration tragedy; making 'Inshallah' cool; and the rare time TV got Birthright...right.

April 25, 2016

The Israeli soldier charged with manslaughter for shooting a prostrate Palestinian was released from detention for Passover last week. (Credit: Twitter)
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One writer took to Twitter to eloquently criticize Israeli society for its reaction to a controversial Palestinian shooting.
As anti-government protests were repressed by authorities, Twitter rallied behind the demonstrators. But pro-Sisi voices could be heard too (AFP / File)
19:13 GMT
As anti-government protests were repressed by authorities, Twitter rallied behind the demonstrators. But pro-Sisi voices could be heard too.
A basketball game in Syria on Sunday. (photo:@LinaArabii)
19:11 GMT
A Syrian university student uploaded a number of photos to Twitter today and yesterday that show a side of the country often ignored by the media.
Syrian refugee children face new dangers once they arrive in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
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With unaccompanied minors coming from Syria and little government intervention, Lebanon faces an increase in the selling of children.
Ramadan Sobhi (source:
16:37 GMT
Ahly hope on loan forward Trezeguet, who is playing in Europe, returns to take Sobhi's space next season
Arabs never travel lightly - not just the female of the species! Arabs abroad are hardwired to shop like they live in a desert, even now that the Mideast is a mall mecca (or Mecca Mall in Amman!). 30 kilos is not going to carry your 5 year (wardrobe) plan plus that of your expectant family and friends. And check-in counter trauma is a thing.
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While headlines abound with accounts of Arabs being unfairly removed from airplanes for no crimes at all, here is an Arab-crew drawn up check-list of cheeky crimes against travel etiquette that SHOULD get them thrown off flights.
US President Barack Obama. (AFP/File)
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Obama called on NATO and EU members to increase the fight against Daesh.
Mahsa Javar (source:
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Iranian female rower has finished runner-up at 2016 FISA Asia & Oceania Olympic Qualification Regatta (FAOQR) in South Korea.
The Head of the United Nations Working Group said that he sensed during his meetings with Qatari officials that Doha is taking important decisions in strengthening and improving workers' conditions
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In an exclusive interview with (Al Raya) Qatari newspaper issued Monday, Pesce said that raising all issues with the utmost freedom and transparency in the Asia Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights which was hosted by Doha over two days, reflects the transparency and openness of the Qatari authorities on all issues related to the organization of the World Cup.
Fanja players receive the OPL shield from Sayyid Khalid al Busaidy, the Oman Football Association chairman, at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Sunday (Ahmed al Saidi/Muscat Daily)
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One of the most dominating football clubs in Oman since the early seventies, Fanja once again re-established its superiority on Sunday night when it clinched the Omantel Professional League (OPL) title for the ninth time.
Saudi border guards look out across the Yemen border in April 2015. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
Houthi rebels attacked two Saudi watchtowers on the border, killing three Saudi guards.
Saudi Arabia is reevaluating what it means to be Saudi. (Shutterstock)
14:14 GMT
Who is Saudi and who is not? The answer may cost some people thousands of dollars over property resolutions.
Casual tutoring can lead to some serious consequences! (Shutterstock)
14:05 GMT
Thirteen teachers were arrested for giving private tutoring at coffee shops in Kuwait.
People search for injured people inside a mosque after it was hit by a rocket fired into Turkey from an area of Syria controlled by the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
13:55 GMT
People search for injured people inside a mosque after it was hit by a rocket
This file photo shows a Palestinian man arrested by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT
"Passover for Jews means freedom and justice," Amro told Ma'an. "Unfortunately for us [Palestinians] it means curfews, restrictions, discrimination, detentions."
More details of the sweeping changes are expected to be released shortly. (File photo)
13:52 GMT
King Salman announced that the much-anticipated transformation plan to move the country away from oil dependency has been approved.
A child rides his bicycle alongside a separation wall in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Seven Israelis were indicted for "terror activities" against Palestinians in the West Bank.
A soldier of the self-defense army of Nagorno-Karabakh carries weapons in Martakert. (AFP/File)
13:18 GMT
The simmering 25-year conflict between Azerbaijan and the Armenian-backed disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh saw a dramatic escalation early this month. It didn’t make many headlines, but more than 100 people were killed in fierce clashes.
Elissa is one of the biggest stars in the Middle East. (File photo)
13:03 GMT
Check out these nicknames given to Arab celebs' fans.
Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Iran warned that a US plan to deploy more troops to Syria will worsen the crisis as it pledged to continue support for the Syrian government.
A representational image of a pile of cocaine. (Shutterstock)
12:30 GMT
Beirut airport customs seized a large amount of cocaine from a Brazilian man.
DiCaprio met Pakistan's Maleeha Lodhi at the UN climate change assembly session. (Twitter)
12:15 GMT
Hollywood actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio has been invited to visit Pakistan by its Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi.
Al Qaeda militants in Yemen. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Saudi-led coalition claimed it killed hundreds of al-Qaeda militants in war-torn Yemen’s coastal Hadhramaut province.
Emirates has said it would now launch flights to Panama at the end of 2016 or in early 2017. (File photo)
12:00 GMT
Emirates' plans for expansion in Latin America are being scuppered by its failure to procure strategic code-share agreements, but the airline remains hopeful.
Seagal was the latest celebrity to fall for Egyptian prankster Ramez Galal's prank. (Facebook)
11:47 GMT
Hollywood actor Steven Seagal was the latest celebrity to fall for Egyptian prankster Ramez Galal's prank.
Refugees formed a human chain across the river to help people cross into Macedonia. (AFP/File)
11:31 GMT
Some 7,000 Arabs formed human chain to spell out 'Tesekkurler' (Thanks).
Ms Gadot's pro-IDF stance means she's not their kind of Gal. (Movie Pilot)
11:03 GMT
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in Lebanon has called for a ban on 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' because it stars the Israeli actress.
A row of tombs from the al-Khuraymat group, in the archaelogical Nabatean site of Mada'in Saleh. (Wikipedia)
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The move is part of 'The Kingdom is Muslims’ Destination' tourism initiative and is also available to business visa holders and GCC citizens.
The Vision Council reports an increase in myopia that scientists attribute to a mix of genetic and environmental factors, including increasing near-range activities such as the use of digital devices. (Tech Times)
10:18 GMT
The new app uses facial recognition to alert the user when they are too close to the screen, helping to prevent eyestrain and myopia.
If you’re doing business or shopping online, take the time to investigate the reliability of the sites you are using. (Shutterstock)
10:07 GMT
When it comes to protecting your data online, sweat the small stuff.
A view of Damascus. (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT
Lebanese group Hezbollah's Al Manar television reported the blast had occurred at a Syrian army checkpoint.
Lebanese singer Najwa Karam to be honored in Belgium next month. (Facebook)
09:51 GMT
Lebanese singer Najwa Karam to be honored in Belgium next month.
If you aren't aware of your communication and management style, do some self-evaluation before the interview. (Shutterstock)
09:32 GMT
If you're looking to move up the corporate ladder, be prepared for tougher questions during the interview process.
Join the action: Arabs Got Talent is returning to our TV screens for a fifth season. (Facebook)
09:30 GMT
Join the action: Arabs Got Talent is returning to our TV screens for a fifth season.
The second phase of the project includes 300 residential units, 240 villas and five administrative buildings over 53,000 sq m of land.  (Sedra Homes)
09:30 GMT
The mixed-use, $2.2B Cairo Festival City project enters its second phase of development with plans for more homes and administrative buildings.
Zee's Alphabet is aimed at 3-5 year olds to teach the Arabic alphabet. (AppyKids)
09:14 GMT
Some of the Middle East's best apps for training the brain!
Activists and Italian nationals living in Egypt take part in a rally in memory of Italian student Giulio Regeni on February 6, 2016, outside of the Italian Embassy. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The Reuters Headquarters in New York placed the blame to the Cairo office manager for allowing the publishing of unconfirmed news using anonymous sources, causing the police to file a law suit against him.
The first American troops arrive at the airport in Swidwin, Poland on April 23, 2014. (AFP/Janek Skarzynski)
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The plans will be announced Monday in Hanover, Germany, as Obama concludes a week-long overseas trip, according to the report, which quoted unidentified US officials.
One of Israel's main concerns is that Russian involvement would forestall the development of Leviathan in order to prevent competition with Russian gas. (File photo)
08:30 GMT
The prospect of Gazprom joining the Leviathan partnership, rebuffed in 2013, was raised during Netanyahu's meeting with Vladimir Putin in Russia last week.
Do you like it? Sherine Abdel Wahab's brand new look after "returning back to showbiz." (Bitajarod)
08:22 GMT
Do you like it? Sherine Abdel Wahab's brand new look after "returning back to showbiz." (Bitajarod)
Israel's representative to Eurovision stopped in Russia reportedly for 'being gay.' (
07:59 GMT
Russian passport control destroy Israeli Eurovision representative's passport 'because he's gay.'
Palestinian 12-year-old Dima al-Wawi, imprisoned by Israel for allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack, is greeted by her mother Sabha al-Wawi and her father Ismail al-Wawi after her release from an Israeli prison, at Jabara checkpoint near the West Bank town of Tulkarem on April 24, 2016. (Twitter/Press TV)
07:37 GMT
Believed to have been the youngest female Palestinian to be incarcerated by Israel, al-Wawi's parent filed requests for her release and Israel agreed to release the child two months early, alongside an 8,000 shekel ($2,100) plea deal payment.
George Clooney next to a pope at the Genocide Memorial in Yerevan on April 24. (AFP / Karen Minasyan)
07:31 GMT
George Clooney joins Armenian Remembrance Day commemorations.
The drop in oil prices has severely affected Bahrain’s public finances, with 86 percent of the total revenues dependent on oil. (File photo)
07:30 GMT
Credit rating agencies have put Bahrain under pressure to reduce spending or risk junk bond status.
Artistic director Franco Dragone is the creative brain behind prdouctions such as Celine Dion's Las Vegas show and The House of Dancing Water in Macau. (Time Out Dubai)
06:45 GMT
Franco Dragone's La Perle show will feature 65 artists performing water and aerial feats on an 'aqua stage' in Al Habtoor City later this year.
Ehab Al Misi is using his engineering skills to develop solar energy solutions in the West Bank (AFP / File)
06:33 GMT
Ehab Al Misi is using his engineering skills to develop solar energy solutions in the West Bank
The proposed solar project will create jobs of 1,000 people locally.  (File photo)
06:30 GMT
A German consortium has plans for a solar power project with the capacity to generate one gigawatt, subject to approval by the Omani government.
Egyptian protests chanting slogans against the transfer of two Red Sea Islands to Saudi Arabia. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
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Tunisians will protest on April 25 in solidarity with Egyptians protesting against the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
Locals say marriage has lost most of its fun in Daesh-controlled Mosul, where the extremist group has banned wedding parties and requires full beard and niqab for new couples. (AFP/Jay Directo)
05:52 GMT
Marriage isn't so fun anymore in Daesh-controlled Mosul; displaced by war at home, an Armenian and a Palestinian find solidarity in Beirut; and the everyday escapism of Turkey's traditional "birdmen."
The 1.5 million sq ft park will have a two-month headstart over rival Dubai Parks and Resorts. (
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The Marvel and Cartoon-Network themed destination is set to be the world's largest indoor theme park.
Not a peaceful slumber. (Shutterstock)
05:02 GMT
An Omani man killed his mother while she was sleeping, and immediately turned himself into the authorities.
A representational image of a stockpile of weapons. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Algerian forces uncovered a stockpile of machine guns and ammunition.
Riyad Mahrez
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The Algeria international has scooped the prestigious award after a phenomenal season that has seen him score 17 times, with 11 assists, to help Leicester to the top of the table

April 24, 2016

Riyad Mahrez
21:33 GMT
It was another fine contribution from the Algeria international, but he concedes luck was on his side in scoring the Foxes' opener versus the Swans in their 4-0 victory
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale scores during the Spanish league football match Rayo Vallecano de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Vallecas stadium in Madrid on April 23, 2016.
18:58 GMT
Rayo Vallecano took a two goal lead over Los Blancos on Saturday but the Welshman netted two to help his side recover and take three points, much to the coach's delight
18:51 GMT
The first GCC Sports Medicine Conference, which is co-organised by Aspetar and the GCC Health Ministers' Council, kicked off on Saturday.
A flash mob of more than 15 Indian dancers surprised a crowd of people at Cairo International Airport on Friday with a Bollywood dance routine. (YouTube)
18:34 GMT
A flash mob of more than 15 Indian dancers surprised a crowd of people at Cairo International Airport on Friday with a Bollywood dance routine.
The Afghanistan flag. (Shutterstock)
16:54 GMT
University students in Nangarhar were sentenced to jail for insulting the national flag.
Ahly are yet to officially confirm the news
16:18 GMT
Egyptian giants Ahly are set to play Italy's AS Roma in a friendly game in May, local reports said.
Bernie Sanders after winning the New Hampshire primary in February. (photo: AFP)
15:46 GMT
The Democratic candidate has won praise from progressives for taking a relatively more balanced approach to the Israel-Palestinian conflict than US presidential contenders typically do.
15:39 GMT
Iran Wrestling Federation has handed in the proposal to host the Wrestling World Cups in the year 2017 to the United World Wrestling (UWW).
Egyptian President Sisi. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian President Al-Sisi spoke against militants and protesters in a Sinai Liberation Day speech.
Beirut's "river of garbage," the result of government incompetence. (Photo: Twitter/@TRH_WandC)
14:59 GMT
The Beirut Madinati are a group of volunteers who want to elect a new municipal council in May.
Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman is due to announce the National Transformation Plan tomorrow. (Twitter)
14:47 GMT
Ahead of the much-anticipated National Transformation Plan, the financial advisor to the deputy crown prince revealed that nearly a quarter of the budget was wasted on inefficient spending every year.
Israeli soldiers check the ID of a Palestinian at a checkpoint (Menahem Kahana / AFP)
14:30 GMT
Dima Al Wawy was twelve years old when she was arrested at the entrance to an Israeli settlement.
Forces loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni President Hadi on patrol against al-Qaeda fighters in the south. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
14:30 GMT
Yemeni government forces launched major attacks against al-Qaeda to liberate al-Mukalla.
Smoking kills! (Shutterstock)
14:21 GMT
Almost a third of Jordanian teenagers are using tobacco regularly!
Amal with Dallas TV anchor Shelly Slater. (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
The human rights lawyer was in Dallas on her first US public speaking engagement, and gave some advice to aspiring law students.
Action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme was the guest on the Egyptian TV show 'Yes, I'm Famous' this week. (Facebook)
13:57 GMT
Action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme was the guest on the Egyptian TV show 'Yes, I'm Famous' this week.
A Hezbollah soldier stands on a hill, surveying land in Northern Lebanon. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
Saudi Arabia and the Lebanese group Hezbollah have no plans to reconcile, as tensions continue to rise.
Sheikh Abdelaziz Al Tarifi is rumoured to have been arrested after criticising the Kingdom's regime (AFP / File)
13:08 GMT
Sheikh Abdelaziz Al Tarifi is rumoured to have been arrested after criticising the Kingdom's regime.
Humera Saqib asked the Afghan youth to demand fight against extremism with one voice from the government. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Humera Saqib, head the Women Coordination Network, and member of the AYCCS told a gathering here from the past few year Afghan youth had been the victims of Talibanisation and they had been taught the Taliban ideology in religious seminaries.
The Syrian actress is living in isolation until she's recovered. (Facebook)
12:39 GMT
The Syrian actress is living in isolation until she's recovered.
Egyptian army soldiers block Salah Salem highway to prevent supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi from crossing during their demonstration in Cairo, on July 19, 2013.
(AFP/Marwan Naamani)
12:00 GMT
An explosion has rocked Egypt’s volatile Sinai Peninsula, killing three Egyptian military forces, according to local media.
Hamas claimed responsibility for the bus bombing in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
10:51 GMT
The international rights group said in a statement that "deliberate attacks on civilians" could never be justified, calling on Hamas to reject rather than support such attacks.
The British monarch looked happy as everyone sang happy birthday to her as she cut her orange-flavored birthday cake. (Twitter)
10:40 GMT
The British monarch looked happy as everyone sang happy birthday to her as she cut her orange-flavored birthday cake.
Refugees from Western Sahara walk through a school in a refugee camp in the Tindouf reigon. (AFP/File)
10:21 GMT
How the UN chief waded into a forgotten conflict with no end in sight.
Friends of the Earth Middle East Director Gidon Bromberg stands at the shore of the Dead Sea. (Waterworld)
10:00 GMT
Proposals for the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project have been delayed until May 30.
People visiting the Armenian 'Genocide' Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia. (AFP/File)
09:55 GMT
A day earlier, around 200 Armenian-Lebanese youths protested outside the Turkish embassy near Beirut to demand Ankara recognize the 1915 Armenian genocide.
Nesma Mahgoub and Mostafa ‘Safy’ Rashad in ‘Leila Kebira,’ Feb. 2016. (Scoop Empire)
09:26 GMT
Fabrica: Bringing Musical Theater to the People, 3ameyya-Style.
Moroccan King Mohammed VI (C) visits a field hospital treating Syrian refugees at the Zaatari camp in northern Jordan, which houses around 36,000 refugees. (AFP/File)
09:21 GMT
The two officials stressed their countries' unique bilateral relations and the continuous coordination between His Majesty King Abdullah and Moroccan King Mohammed VI, noting that economic and commercial relations are still below aspirations.
Iraqi troops inspect the scene of a car bomb explosion in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
08:56 GMT
A car-bomb struck a security checkpoint in northern Baghdad, killing 10 people and injuring 29 others, a security source said.
A file photo of Ahrar al Sham militant group. (Twitter)
08:37 GMT
The Britain-based group noted that an unknown person parked his motorcycle near the militant base, and headed on foot towards a gathering of the fighters. He then detonated his explosives-laden belt, killing Sadeq and three of his comrades.
The celebrations for Gigi's bday have just begun. (File photo)
08:35 GMT
Palestinian-Dutch teen model Gigi Hadid turned 21 on April 23.
Clooney poses for selfies with fans in Armenia. (YouTube)
08:02 GMT
Hollywood star George Clooney talks fame, highlighting injustice around the world and the Armenian Genocide.
A Jewish female activist (C) from the Women of the Wall prayer rights group wears a prayer shawl and tefillin during a monthly prayer session near the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem. (Twitter/Jpost)
07:55 GMT
Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit prohibited the Women of the Wall from staging the "birkat kohanot" ceremony at the Western Wall during Passover.
Israeli forces talk with Jewish settlers from the Esh Kodesh outpost as they stage a sit-in to prevent Palestinians from working in their fields, Jan. 2, 2013. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
07:28 GMT
Officials from Jalud's local council told Ma'an that the military identified areas of the Palestinian village expected to lose land to the confiscation as Khallat al-Wusta, Shieb Khallat al-Wusta, and Abu al-Kasbar.
A member of the Syrian pro-government forces carries a Daesh group flag as he stands on a street in the ancient city of Palmyra on March 27, 2016. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT
They released footage of what they said was the burning wreckage of the plane in the Syrian desert, southeast of Damascus.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with refugee children at a preschool, during a visit to a refugee camp on April 23, 2016 (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The EU is offering Ankara a package of incentives, from billions in refugee aid to progress on visa-free access to the bloc for Turkish citizens, in exchange for help in returning migrants. Turkey already hosts 2.2 million Syrian refugees.
Gigi and Zayn were spotted house-hunting as the pair prepare to move in together. (
06:49 GMT
Gigi Hadid's ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas has broken his silence on her new relationship with the ex-One Direction singer.
Many companies organize their own pregnancy wellness initiatives.  (Shutterstock)
06:07 GMT
An employer’s duty of care to a pregnant employee should extend beyond ensuring she is covered for insurance purposes.
A Syrian civil defense volunteer evacuates a woman following a reported airstrike on April 23, 2016 in Aleppo. (AFP/Ameer Alhalbi)
06:00 GMT
A dozen civilians were killed in an airstrike on a residential neighborhood.
If the man had controlled his temper, he would have saved thousands of dirhams! (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT
A man in Dubai rekindled an argument with an old friend - and took it too far!
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of Egypt.  (File photo)
05:36 GMT
The agreement was confirmed during a visit to Cairo by Abu Dhabi's crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan.
A photo of the slain professor. (AFP/Abdullah Iqbal)
05:00 GMT
Daesh claimed the murder of a Bangladeshi professor who "promoted atheism."
France's President Francois Hollande (C) arrives with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN after the Opening Ceremony of the High-Level Event for the Signature of the Paris Agreement April 22, 2016 in New York. (AFP/Kena Betancur)
04:56 GMT
The signing represented the biggest day-one endorsement of a global accord, but many states still need to a parliamentary vote to approve the deal.
An activist attends a demonstration in Beirut against government inaction on Lebanon's growing garbage crisis, September 2015. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
03:37 GMT
Earth Day amid Lebanon's garbage crisis; the politics of speaking Kurdish; and Gaza's unknown archaeological treasures at risk.