December 16, 2014
At least 6,000 workers are making efforts to expand the Prophet's Mosque in Saudi Arabia. Engineers and construction workers were in a race against time to get the job done.
Man Haron Monis was many things. A sexual harasser, accessory to the murder of his wife and also guilty of sending threatening letters to the families of dead Australian soldiers. But, was he a terrorist?
Is Hussain al Jasmi really denying the huge favor Amro Mustafa did him by composing the "song of his career"?
A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces while standing on the rooftop of his home in the Qalandiya refugee camp.
Jewish bombshell and SodaStream advocate Scarlett Johansson, as well as Jewish funny man Jonah Hill surprised everyone with a live performance at Vice Media's 20th year celebration.
At lease 104 children Tuesday were killed by Taliban gunmen who attacked an army school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Moroccan film critic Noureddine Sail reveals the triumphs and challenges regional film production and festivals face.
Moving their entertainment to YouTube in 2015 might be the smartest things Dubai ON Demand has ever done.
The British embassy in Cairo reopened Tuesday after it closed on December 7 due to security reasons along with the Canadian embassy.
Mamoon Qabha, 17, didn't have any confidence but after life changing surgery to restore his face, life is definitely looking up!
ABC host Barbara Walters has named Amal Alamuddin "Most Fascinating Person of 2014" and you won't believe the reason behind it?
Photos have emerged showing the massacre of 13 Iraqi tribesmen, wearing orange jumpsuits in the eastern city of Tikrit.
Jihadist rebels seized a Syrian government military base in Idlib Monday. The Wadi Deif base was captured by Nusra Front rebels and Ahrar al-Sham.
A picture taken on December 15, 2014, shows the inside of a Christmas tree erected in the Lebanese historical coastal city of Byblos.
Iraq’s Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga forces, have made significant gains in their fight against the ISIL terrorist group.
A Saudi woman is being investigated by police after attending a football game.
The European Union Foreign Affairs Council recommitted Monday to providing Syria with relief and recovery assistance.
Qatar predicted its economy would grow 7.7 percent next year, signalling the world’s top exporter of liquefied natural gas expects very little disruption to its finances
Businesses and organisations in the Middle are failing to create professionals equipped with the necessary skills to head industry.
December 15, 2014
Uefa Champions League round of 16 fixture dates
Yemeni security forces have reportedly killed a key leader of a southern separatist movement in the port city of Aden, inciting tensions in the major city amid continuing pro-independence protests.
Forces loyal to Libya’s former army general, Khalifa Haftar, have sealed off the Ras Ajdir border crossing with Tunisia.
At least five people were killed and 13 others were wounded in three different attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Monday, authorities said.
The Spanish goalkeeper earned rave reviews again for his heroics in Sunday's 3-0 win over Liverpool but his compatriot would prefer that he had fewer saves to make
In the spirit of New Year's let's take a look at the giants of Egypt's entertainment business.
We've been waiting for ages through many postponements, but Mohammad Foad says his new album will be released during New Year's Eve celebrations! This is one old acquaintance that won't be forgot!
Australian police have stormed the Sydney cafe where hostages were being held by Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.
The gunman who has taken around 15 hostages in a Sydney café has been named by police as Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.
French authorities dismantled an alleged ISIL network following a series of raids across the country Monday.
A Saudi man was given a luxurious wedding in prison.
Libyan officials recently announced the closure of two of the country's biggest oil terminals.
A UNESCO award-winning Iranian film titled "The Painting Pool" has entered the competition lineup of the 2015 Victoria Film Festival in Canada.
Three Israeli men were indicted Monday for a price-tag attack on an mixed Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem. All three suspects are members of an extremist Jewish group, according to Shin Bet.
The Serie A outfit will have to deal with the Eredivisie giants, while a tricky trip to Turkey awaits Brendan Rodgers' struggling Reds
Egypt's foreign ministry Monday reissued a security warning to nationals in Libya after the death of two citizens during clashes.
Without equality for Palestinians, will there ever be peace? Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy said during an interview that without dignity towards Palestinians, Netanyahu would jeopardize the peace process.
The English champions will have to deal with the Spanish giants, while Chelsea were paired with PSG again
A gunman holding three laborers hostage in Riyadh shot and killed a policeman Monday during an attempted rescue operation.
Has his gratitude for good health pushed him to up the religion aspect of his life? Ahmed Helmy hit up Saudi Arabia for the religious pilgrimage Umrah
#IllRideWithYou: Aussies unite against racism amid the Sydney siege with an awesome hashtag to help Muslims
Hundreds of Aussies took to Twitter with the hashtag #IllRideWithYou, offering help to Muslims concerned over their safety after the Sydney siege.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned BBC's Oversees Sports Personality 2014 award as he upstaged tennis player Serena Williams, boxer Floyd Mayweather and MotoGP rider Marc Marquez to claim the coveted prize.
Is handing out sweets a crime? Palestinian man jailed by Israel for distributing gifts to children at Al Aqsa
Since when was handing out gifts and sweets to children a crime? For Israeli security forces, a Palestinian man distributing presents for children in Al Aqsa Mosque, it clearly was a threat to national security (sarcasm intended).
Amal and George Clooney went out for dinner in LA... don't they have access to a kitchen away from their London home?
Five people escaped from a chocolate cafe in Sydney where they were being held by a potential jihadist gunman.
Hollywood beauty Eva Longoria looked red carpet-ready as she attended the Dubai International Film Festival press conference on Sunday.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said a UN proposal to end Israeli occupation would be submitted Monday.
Beating out "Hunger Games: Mockingjay" by a long stretch, the controversially Caucasian "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is North America's no. 1 movie right now.
Residents of the US capital voted to legalise cannabis for recreational purposes, but Congress did not approve the move; the world Mandela inspires is far from accepting Israel’s occupation of Palestine; to this day, some even remain convinced that Israel’s supposed preference for the Assad regime stands behind Washington’s de facto pro-Assad policy
Desperate Housewives starlet Eva Longoria was in Dubai for the The Global Gift Gala fundraiser; she's just too good to be true!
Government forces and various Syrian rebel groups clashed in the northern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib Sunday.
Friday and Sunday night left fans' love tanks filled with good "Air Supply" as the Aussie soft rock group jammed the nights away at Tel Aviv's Heichal Hatarbut.
The European Union condemned Turkey's government for its clampdown on opposition media outlets following a series of raids in a television station.
A banner is displayed during a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists
A banner is displayed during a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists on December 14, 2014 in Beirut.
OPEC will stand by its decision not to cut crude output even if oil prices fall as low as $40 a barrel.
Zawaneh told The Jordan Times the “government should play it smart” and build the law based on an average price, “not to go for $30 and not to keep it exaggerated as $100”.
Beginning next month, hundreds of British soldiers will help train anti-ISIL forces in Iraq.
Iranian authorities have arrested 12 people for syphoning off more than $4.5 billion (3.6 billion euros) from one of the country's main banks over several years.
Every year, nearly 250,000 students from the Mena flock to universities overseas to pursue higher education.
With deep pockets and hundreds of new planes on order, Qatar Airways is one of a trio of fast-growing Gulf carriers seeking to further muscle into European markets.
"It is a strategic threat to the country; not only poverty, but also wage gaps."
A doctored photo of Amman Mayor Aqel Biltaji released by the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) on Friday sparked sarcastic comments in the local social media sphere over the weekend.
Libya's eastern Es Sider oil export port, the country's biggest, has been shut due to fighting nearby between forces representing the country's competing governments.
The Dubai index wiped off gains registered in 2014, since it fell another 7 per cent for a second straight session.
Egypt's stock market plunged by 22 billion Egyptian pounds (just over $3 billion) in a single day of trading Sunday as low oil prices dragged down regional economies.
Dozens of people have been taken hostage Monday in a Sydney chocolate cafe by gunmen. Staff and customers were forced to hold up a black Islamic flag while police closed off the area.
December 14, 2014
Real Madrid will make their Club World Cup debut in Marrakesh rather than Rabat this season after Tuesday's semi-final with Cruz Azul was moved due to pitch problems.
Global brands that you never knew were owned or part-owned by Arabs!
Thousands of Palestinians attended a Hamas rally in Gaza, marking the group's 27th anniversary Sunday.
Syrian forces seized territory north of Aleppo, while rebel forces capture three government checkpoints.
More like the ‘gold’ lining? Oil price fall a golden opportunity to switch to clean energy, says IEA
World leaders have a "golden opportunity" with plunging oil prices to put a price on carbon emissions since cheaper fuel makes the move less risky politically, said the International Energy Agency (IEA).
US officials say Washington has not yet decided whether to veto or back the UN bid, will consult with European leaders.
Crude oil supplies from Saudi Arabia inched up in November from a month earlier, an industry source said, signalling no change in the kingdom's supply
Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu says the Tel Aviv regime will not retreat from East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the West Bank within two years.
Following repeated delays, it was generally understood that full completion of the project would take place in 2015.
Suha Arraf's debut at the big screen with Villa Touma has brought much heated discussion. More details about the highly-controversial movie inside...
Manchester United's resurgence continued on Sunday as rivals Liverpool were easily beaten 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Rallying Syrian spirit for her co-patriot competitor, actress Karis Bashar was in the audience for the semi final episode of "Arab Idol".
The region's hottest stars will warm up the January cold of the Dubai Shopping Festival Celebration Nights.
Militants still holding 25 Lebanese servicemen captive have appointed a new mediator to handle negotiations following the withdrawal f Qatar's mediator originally tasked with the talks.
The ex-France international says he is settled in Bavaria and feels happily married to the club, but nonetheless admitted that he is open to a new experience elsewhere
Majida el Roumi graced the stage in Amman on Friday, with a beautiful concert filled with "Love and Peace."
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has lauded compatriot golf star Rory McIlroy for having had a phenomenal year ahead of their showdown tonight for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Refugees say that it always works the same way: the sheikh has an NGO, he gets money, and he keeps some for himself and the rest he distributes as aid; Fear of ISIS Threatens Media Freedom in Kyrgyzstan; In Israel, there is no law against torture and the justification of its use is still mainstream.
Pamphlets distributed by ISIL militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul reportedly detailed guidelines associated with taking on female sex slaves, confirming reports of the group's abhorrent sexual abuses of female captives.
After being approached and detailed by gunman while trying to deliver Qatari-sent aid to Syrian refugees, a resident of the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal was released Saturday, according to security sources.
Three suspected militants were arrested during a raid by the Lebanese army over their alleged involvement in October clashes with army personnel is Lebanon's Tripoli.
"The Theory of Everything," a film based on Stephen Hawking and his wife's life, made it to the big screen at the Dubai International Film Festival.
Egyptian authorities have refused Egyptian entry to an American Middle East researcher, citing 'security reasons,' despite the researcher being apparent invitation by a "pro-government group" to attend a conference to attend a conference.
Glazers promise to spend huge amounts of money in bid to convert Man U into Galacticos club worth 3 bln pounds
Prominent Duze MP Walid Jumblatt renewed a call for Lebanon to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana to help struggling farmers collect better profits.
After months of tough competition, Syrian singer Hazem Shareef claimed the Arab Idol winning title.
Most Arabs are butt people, except Lebanon and Egypt; British Airways launches virtual reality experience; YouTube now lets you create GIFs from videos.
Looking out for local interests too, the Dubai International Film Festival that's currently underway has included 17 films in its Enjaaz program.
Egypt held Africa's first-ever competitive game of American football to be recognized by the International Federation of American Football. There are now three recognized federations on the continent — Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco.
Turkish authorities attempted a raid operation on one of the country's most popular newspapers early Sunday, in which they indented to arrest the paper's editor-in-chief, but were not able to enter amid heavy protests by readers.
Two prominent Kurdish parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, have been removed from the US terror blacklist by the US Congress.
An Iraqi Peshmerga commander said while the two groups have had trouble in the past, Shiite fighters are helping the peshmerga fight ISIL militants after liberating the north-east Iraqi town of Jaloula from the extremist group last month.
Iraqi Shiite Muslim pilgrims attend the Arbaeen religious festival which marks the 40th day after Ashura, commemorating the seventh century killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson.
Several suspected al-Qaeda militants dressed in women's niqabs were confronted and killed at the border of Saudi Arabia and Yemen when a bus security search prompted one of the militants to open fire.
Iraq is seeking to postpone a final $4.6 billion installment of reparations for its 1990-91 occupation of Kuwait,