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May 26, 2016

Photo: OSN
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OSN, the home to all WWE programming in the Middle East, announced that Smackdown will now air live – for the first time ever...
Israel's Spokesperson for Arabic media, Ofir Gendelman (Youtube)
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The two men argued in Arabic over the history of Israel and Palestine.
Anti-government protesters are seen at a demonstration in Bahrain. (AFP/File)
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The prison terms range from three to 15 years, while other activists have been stripped of their nationality in court rulings.
Emirati Al-Ain club's players pose for a picture during their Asian Champions League football match against Iranian Zobahan club at Foolad Shahr Stadium in Isfahan on May 25, 2016.
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Emirati Al-Ain club's players pose for a picture during their Asian Champions League football match against Iranian Zobahan club at Foolad Shahr Stadium in Isfahan on May 25, 2016. MEHDI ZARE / AFP
Mike and Hirani on the frontline during the battle for Tel Eskof on May 3rd. Daesh led a deadly attack on this day, taking Tel Eskof for several hours before being driven out. How do they take pics during battle? Helmet cams, they say. (@peshmerganor/Instagram)
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Meet @peshmerganor and @peshmergaswe, two volunteers in the peshmerga (military of Iraqi Kurdistan) fighting Daesh (ISIS), and documenting it one Instagram post at a time.
Zinedine Zidane
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The Spanish defender praised Zizou for the impact he's had since occupying the Bernabeu hotseat and believes the former France captain has healed the scars left by Rafael Benitez
Israeli musicians A-WA after an interview with the radio station France Inter (Instagram/@a_wa_official)
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A-WA will wear clothing designed by Hassan Hajjaj as they promote their album "Habib Galbi"
Fatma al Nabhani
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Oman's Fatma al Nabhani advanced to the second round of the US$25,000 ITF Incheon Women's Challenger tournament in Incheon, South Korea on Wednesday.
Migrants protect themselves from the cold with blankets as they wait to arrive in the port of Cagliari, Sardinia, on May 26, 2016 aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius", two day after their rescue off the Libyan coasts. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)
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The Italian coast guard said it was coordinating about 20 rescues on Thursday for boats that had capsized.
A general view shows graffiti in Gaza City commemorating the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" in Arabic in reference to the establishment of the state of Israel 68-years-ago. (AFP/File)
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A general view shows graffiti in Gaza City commemorating the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" in Arabic in reference to the establishment of the state of Israel 68-years-ago. (AFP/File)
The first promotional poster for Ramez Galal's upcoming TV prank show "Ramez Plays with Fire" is here! (Bitajarod)
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The first promotional poster for Ramez Galal's upcoming TV prank show "Ramez Plays with Fire" is here!
Egyptian journalists take part in a candle light vigil in memory of EgyptAir MS804 victims in front of the Journalists' Syndicate in Cairo on May 24, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed el-Shahed)
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Investigators are working against the clock to recover the plane's black boxes, which will cease to emit a signal after about 30 days.
Who does the Lebanese starlet have her eyes set on? (Facebook)
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Who does the Lebanese starlet have her eyes set on?
Donald Trump is the likely nominee for the Republican party in the 2016 U.S. presidential election (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
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Twitter goes wild after Muslim-American voices support for Donald Trump on CNN
Yemenis gather at the site of a twin bombing that targeted Yemeni forces in the southern city of Aden on May 23, 2016. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
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The delegation has called for militias to be disbanded before reaching any political agreement.
A foreign ministry spokesman said the Swiss government had blocked about $650 million in the case of Egypt, and $61 million in the case of Tunisia. (Twitter)
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A new law allowing Swiss authorities to seize and return illicitly-acquired funds from Swiss banks will come into effect in July.
The 12-year-old Muhammad Ismail Hushiyeh was detained in January for alleged involvement in a stabbing attack. (File photo)
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There are curently 438 Palestinian children locked up in Israeli jails.
Analysts had earlier predicted that Qatar's bond would only be valued at $5 billion. (File photo)
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The sale will help to bridge Qatar's budget deficit, which is expected to reach $12.8B this year due to persistently low oil prices.
Some apps have the option to wipe-out data on the phone if it is stolen so you don’t become a victim of identity theft. (Shutterstock)
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Having a smartphone potentially exposes you to the risk of identity theft and financial fraud; keep it safe!
Jaysh al-Islam fighters in Eastern Ghouta. (AFP/File)
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Jaysh al-Islam and al-Rahman Legion signed a ceasefire agreement and decided to unite rebel forces in Eastern Ghouta.
Last year, Iraq secured $1.7 billion in loans from the World Bank and $833 million from the IMF. (YouTube)
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Following the IMF's decision to grant Iraq with a $5.4B standby loan, news of the IsDB loan will offer some respite to the country's $20.5B deficit.
Motherhood is a dream come true for the superstar. (File photo)
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Motherhood is a dream come true for the superstar.
Amman's Rotana Tower decked out for Jordan's Independence Day celebrations. (Facebook)
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3D mapping technology is being used to showcase images in Amman for Jordan's 70th Independence Anniversary and the centennial of the Great Arab Revolt celebrations.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called on Lebanon to elect a new president, saying the country's protracted political crisis put its sovereignty and stability at risk. (AFP/File)
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The EU foreign policy chief called on leaders to put aside partisan differences and not let regional conflicts hold sway over electing a President.
Stolen photos of glamorous hotels in Dubai add to the scam. (AFP/File)
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A well-crafted fake convention at a nonexistent hotel has international scholars paying hundreds to Senegalese conmen!
If genuinely interested in more than one job with an employer, make sure to explain why you are applying for each job.  (File photo)
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When more than one vacancy in the same company is advertised, consider whether your skills really match and use your cover letter to customize your application.
Should Amar be judged for going back to her normal life so soon after her mother's death? (File photo)
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Should Amar be judged for going back to her normal life so soon after her mother's death?
The agreement was signed yesterday during a ceremony at Al Jazeera headquarters in the Qatari capital Doha.  (AFP/Tuck/Ullstein Bild)
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The agreement allows Turkey's Anadolu Agency News Academy and Al Jazeera's Media Training and Development Centre to hold joint training programs and exchanges.
The Muslim students had refused to shake their female teachers’ hand on religious grounds (AFP / File)
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The Muslim students had refused to shake their female teachers’ hand on religious grounds.
Jordan used to receive around 10,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Iraq before Daesh militants controlled several parts in western Iraq, causing a complete halt to shipments. (Shutterstock)
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Baghdad recently announced route changes to the highly-anticipated pipeline in order to expedite construction of the $15B project.
A Yemeni child walks through the rubble of a building hit by a Saudi airstrike. (AFP/File)
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A Saudi airstrike on a Yemeni family home killed 11 people, leaving one child still alive.
The merger negotiations between CBC and AlNahar lasted nine months. (Scoop Empire)
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After nine months of intense negotiations the two major networks will create an umbrella holding company with global aspirations.
Afghan police on patrol in Herat, near the Afghanistan-Iran border, in 2012. (AFP/File)
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Iran and Afghanistan met on the sidelines of the International Security Conference to discuss strengthening their ties.
The time and place of MS804's disappearance coincided with international training exercises (AFP / File)
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The time and place of MS804's disappearance coincided with international training exercises
Naked selfies weren't quite enough, now the Egyptian artist is making videos. (File photo)
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Naked selfies weren't quite enough, now the Egyptian artist is making videos.
Wyclef Jean's Hips Don't Lie, he is a party animal!    (Mawazine)
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The ex-Fugees star got fans into a frenzy and refused to finish his set on time at the Mawazine festival!
Palestinian-Dutch model Bella Hadid on the Cannes red carpet. (
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From actors to designers, filmmakers and journalists, check out all the Arabs who made it to the Cannes Film Festival 2016.
The IsDB and THY will also cooperate within the framework of the Parties’ Social Responsibility Program in the transportation and distribution of hajj meat provided to the poor, health, and education.  (Twitter)
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Turkish Airlines will provide aviation training and tech support to 56 of the IsDB's member countries.
Smokes rises from the city of Raqqa after a US-backed airstrike. (AFP/File)
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Arab and Kurdish forces recaptured two villages from Daesh control north of Raqqa.
A children's cancer ward started Ramadan celebrations early! (Shutterstock)
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A Muscat charity hosted a special pre-Ramadan celebration for children with cancer at the Royal Hospital.
A file photo of the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike outside of Rafah. (AFP/File)
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Israeli forces conducted two airstrikes after a rocket was fired from Gaza.
Etihad has embarked on a strategy of buying up stakes in airlines from Australia to Italy in bid to grow its network. (File photo)
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Etihad Airways and minority-owned airlines Air Berlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Alitalia will use the funds for capital expenditure, fleet investment and refinancing the individual carriers.
A father and daughter wait for aid distribution aboard a rescue ship, after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya. (AFP/Gabriel Bouys)
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A fish boat full of migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, with almost two dozen people still missing.
The film is the story of a young newlywed Palestinian school teacher who is jailed in a top-security Israeli prison where she eventually gives birth. (TIFF)
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After success in film festivals in Luxor, Berlin, Palm Springs, and Toronto, Mai Masri's film will now hit screens in Iraq and Tunisia.
Social media users posted an overhead view of the massive cake mosaic. (Facebook)
06:19 GMT
A mosaic of over 18,000 cakes in the shape of the Jordanian flag broke the Guinness world record!
Egyptian security forces are seen on patrol in Sinai. (AFP/File)
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The offensive comes days after Daesh carried out multiple attacks against police officers across Egypt.
The development will include 2 square kilometres of residential units and create more than 200,000 jobs.  (Ventures on Site)
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The joint venture between Mountain View-Sisban and Egypt's Ministry of Housing is one of the first major projects in Egypt based on a public-private partnership.
Young Palestinian Mohammed al-Sheikh, 12, shows his skills in Gaza city on April 28, 2016. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
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Mohammed al-Sheikh first grabbed attention on 'Arabs Got Talent' in 2014, and now he's trying for a Guinness world record.
Kuwaiti student Rajih al-Hamidani celebrates after winning the TV poetry competition 'Million's Poet' in Abu Dhabi on May 17, 2016.  (AFP/File)
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The poetry equivalent of 'Arab Idol' hearkens back to traditional pre-Islamic poetry festivals; why the world is silent on the war in Yemen; and a hijabi hip hop dance troupe fights stereotypes.
Egyptians protest a controversial deal to give two islands in the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia on Friday in Cairo. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
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More than 150 protesters have been given prison sentences since the beginning of May, 47 of whom are now on hunger strike.
Earlier this week, Reuters reported that the bank had cut 15 per cent of its workforce of 70 employees. (File photo)
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The investment bank released a statement to insist that the slashed jobs do not have a significant impact on the firm's performance and balance sheet.

May 25, 2016

Raneem Al Welily (photo: @RaneemElWelily)
19:55 GMT
Egyptain sympathetic with tired rival after posting straight-set win in PSA Dubai World Series Finals
Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic says that Salah 'speaks about Egypt all the time'
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Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic says that Salah 'speaks about Egypt all the time'
Millions of spectators are expected for the tournament, which takes place from June 10-July 10
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More than 90,000 security and specialty forces will be deployed across France during the Euro 2016 football championship this summer, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Wednesday.
France's forward Kevin Gameiro (L) and defender Adil Rami walk at the French national football team training base in Clairefontaine on May 24, 2016, as part of the team's preparation for the upcoming Euro 2016 European football championships.
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Having suffered a thigh tear over the weekend, the Real Madrid centre-half has been replaced with the 30-year-old Sevilla man by Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps
A boy walks acros rail tracks during a police operation to clear a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants at the border between Greece and Macedonia near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece on May 25, 2016. (AFP/Yannis Kolesidis)
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A potential agreement reached during the summit could help fill a $15 billion funding gap.
This file photo taken on October 29, 2012 shows Honoree Khadija Ismayilova attending the 2012 Courage in Journalism Awards hosted by the International Women's Media Foundation held at the Beverly Hills Hotel, California. (AFP/Getty Images/Jason Merritt)
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Khadija Ismayilova was jailed in September 2015 on corruption charges, which rights group denounced as politically-motivated, calling her a 'prisoner of conscience.'
Palestinians gather at an UNRWA aid distribution. (AFP/File)
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Palestinians shut down two UNRWA offices over the decision to switch from food distribution to cash cards without consulting the refugees.
Jordan's Queen Rania is a major supporter of women's education in the Middle East. (AFP/File)
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Queen Rania met with students and teachers in Safout to commemorate Jordan Independence Day.
IDF soldiers are seen on patrol in Hebron. (AFP/File)
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In a new report, B'Tselem said it had become 'subcontractors to the occupation' by upholding the credibility of internal investigations carried out by the IDF.
Lebanese forces deployed in a military operation in Arsal. (AFP/File)
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Lebanese forces arrested Sameh al-Breidy during a military operation in Arsal.
CAF Champions League logo
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Enyimba FC of Aba will take on the five-time African champions Zamalek in the group stage of the CAF Champions League having been drawn together in Group B.
United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks during a press conference on May 15, 2016 at the information ministry in Kuwait City.  (AFP/Yasser al-Zayyat)
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His comments today contrast with remarks made a day earlier in which he said a political solution would likely 'take a long time.'
Rotana tower in the new downtown of Amman lights up as part of Jordan 70th independence anniversary. (Facebook Photo)
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Rotana tower
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman, the head of hardline nationalist party Israel Beiteinu, are seen during a ceremony signing a coalition agreement on May 25, 2016 at the Knesset. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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Netanyahu's Likud party has a razor-thin majority hold on power in the Knesset, but Israel Beiteinu, favors far-right policies supporting settlers and opposing peace talks.
A study on pollution with the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA), is expected to be released soon. (Arab News)
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Claims by a former environmental professor at King Abdulaziz University over pollution on Jeddah's beaches have been rejected by the head of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment.
Cherie Blair's firm Omnia Strategy represented the Maldivian government for a hefty sum, while Amal was defending Mr Nasheed pro-bono. (Zimbio/Twitter)
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It's a victory of sorts for Amal Clooney's firm defending former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, as he is granted political asylum in the UK.
A woman and her daughter protect themselves with a blanket aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius", on May 25, 2016 a day after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees off the Libyan coast. (AFP/Gabriel Buoys)
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Another overcrowded boat has sunk trying to cross the Mediterranean.
A large chunk of the upcoming 2016 movie was filmed in futuristic Dubai. (YouTube)
12:50 GMT
Watch Dubai's famous landmarks in the new Star Trek Beyond trailer.
Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov in Grozny, 2009 (AFP/Viskhan Magomadov)
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Head of the Chechen Republican Ramzan Kadyrov didn't take too kindly to comedian John Oliver's segment ridiculing the politician's quest to find his lost cat
Financial experts agree that an emergency fund is not just a nice extra, it can be a lifeline. (Shutterstock)
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Even if your financial situation is good, at some point in time, we will all face an unexpected expense.
With an overwhelming workload, a busy schedule and looming deadlines, it’s very likely that your employees will head for hard times. (File photo)
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When burnout happens, efficiency typically gives way to a lack of productivity, while the ability to handle multiple tasks is replaced by tendency to procrastinate and failure to perform ordinary duties.
Half as big as Florida, and four times as big as Israel, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is home to nearly 10 million people. Compare that to the 0.4 million people who lived here in 1946!  The fast-growing nation with the deliciously dry climate is nearly land-locked, framed by Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.
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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has a birthday today - celebrating 70 years of sovereign independence - and everyone wants in on the party! Look and learn about this peaceful, stable kingdom often called "the Canada of the Middle East".
Time flies: The cast of Layali El Helmeya in a 2004 poster. (YouTube)
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The legendary show is returning to our screens this Ramadan - here are some of the cast, then and now.
Doha Bank is the worst performing lender on the Qatar Exchange Index, having been hit by negative S&P ratings due to an expected further deterioration in its asset quality. (File photo)
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Bank liquidity in the GCC has been hit by a more than 50 per cent slide in crude prices since mid-2014, forcing banks to redefine its business models.
Daesh militants drive through the streets of Raqqa. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants are embedded in civilian buildings in Raqqa, making it difficult for Iraqi forces to target them without massive civilian casualties.
The rapper shot his new video, dedicated to his fans, in Dubai. (YouTube)
10:58 GMT
The rapper shot his new video, dedicated to his fans, in Dubai.
Presenter Nicole Tannoury appears on the list of employees reportedly axed by Al Arabiya. (YouTube)
10:17 GMT
Saudi Akhbaar24 reports that Al Arabiya has slashed jobs including those of Lebanese presenter Gisele Habib, veteran journalist Nasser al-Sarami, and presenter Nicole Tannoury.
The prevalence of travel apps allows you to become your own travel agent and tour guide.  (Shutterstock)
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It's never been easier to plan and enjoy a getaway, with the convenience of your mobile phone.
Google celebrates Jordan Independence Day 2016 with this doodle
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Jordan celebrates 70 years of independence on May 25, 2016
Daesh-linked Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines. (AFP/File)
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Philippine troops seized a major encampment of Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu.
Despite the changes, Twitter is standing by its 140-character limit.  (File photo)
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The Twitter rumour mill proves true as the microblogging site announces plans to simplify tweets.
Who wore it better in your opinion? (File photo)
09:06 GMT
Myriam Fares: 'I have no problem with Aishwarya wearing Rami Kadi's dress because she wore it after me.'
Tunisian special forces on patrol in Ben Guerdane after a Daesh attack in March. (AFP/File)
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Tunisian forces uncovered a Daesh weapons stockpile in the border town of Ben Guerdane.
Under Algerian law, foreign channels must broadcast their content from abroad but dozens of satellite television channels have been broadcasting news and social programs from Algeria. (Twitter)

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As the Algerian government takes steps to regulate the media sector, it was revealed that only five out of 60 satellite channels in Algeria are licensed.
The Syrian actor was horrified by what had happened to his fan. (Facebook)
08:28 GMT
The Syrian actor was horrified by what had happened to his fan.
A man lifts his hands in prayer while overlooking pilgrims on Hajj. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia and Iran have agreed on terms to allow Iranian pilgrims to participate in Hajj this year.
The Marasi Business Bay is a 12km waterfront scheme comprising shops, restaurants, a 1,250-berth marina and a park. (Marasi Business Bay)
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Dubai Holding has unveiled its seven-year plans for Marasi Business Bay, a new marina development along the Dubai Water Canal.
Afghan officials examine the remains of roadside bombing from a suicide attack in Kabul earlier this year. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
A suicide bomber attacked a bus of court employees, killing at least ten people in Kabul.
A file photo of cluster bombs. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The UK is investigating the usage of British cluster bombs on Yemeni civilians.
Saudi women outside of a mall. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
A mixed-gender graduation celebration in Saudi Arabia raised some concerns about modesty - that were quickly resolved!
Refugees line up next to a bus in the Idomeni refugee camp. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
Over 1,500 people were relocated to better refugee camps inside Greece on the first day of dismantling the Idomeni refugee camp.
A Jeddah doctor's angry outburst had lasting repercussions! (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT
A nurse prevented a doctor from wiping his shoes with medical towels, so he attacked her in the hospital.
Allegations about the UAE’s suitability to chair KP from the CSC were “strongly refuted and rejected” by the UAE.   (Shutterstock)
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The UAE hosts its first meeting as chair of the 'blood diamond' regulatory group, despite doubts over its suitability to chair were raised by representatives from the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition.
Egyptian security forces stand guard in front of satirical graffiti on the walls of the Presidential Palace in Cairo.  (AFP/File)
05:53 GMT
A wave of arrests has Egypt's satire industry reeling; a new novel explores love, revolution, and LGBT life in the Arab World; and how one football club is beating the odds to keep the world's favorite game alive in Syria's Idlib province.
Iran continues to stress that it has no plans to freeze the level of its oil production and exports. (File photo)
05:17 GMT
Ahead of Vienna OPEC meeting, there are signs of slow market recovery, but Qatar's energy minister does not rule out reviving talks of a production freeze.
The grenade was set to detonate when the car turned on. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
A grenade was planted and set to explode on the car of a Palestinian official's son.
The vote drew fire from BDS activists on Jordanian social media networks. (File photo)
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As Jordan celebrates its Independence Day, a parliamentary vote to permit Israelis to support Jordanian governmental projects has generated controversy.

May 24, 2016

Israeli soldiers throw a flash grenade during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank village of Beit Fajjar, on October 31, 2015 (AFP Photo/Musa Al-Shaer)
20:52 GMT
The Israeli government took a prominent anti-occupation NGO to court this week in an effort to force the NGO to reveal the names of former Israeli soldiers who testified about potential war crimes they witnessed while serving on duty in the Palestinian Territories.