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November 30, 2016

Raneem El Welily
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On Wednesday, the 2016 Women’s World Team Squash Championship held the third round of the first group, in which Egypt defeated Mexico with a 3-0 victory.
The Oman Hockey Association logo
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The newly-elected board of the Oman Hockey Association (OHA) under Talib al Wahaibi is keen to develop hockey in public and private schools involving expatriate and Omani children.
Chapecoense were flying to Colombia for the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional when the disaster struck
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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and Brazil coach Tite sent their condolences to those affected by the Chapecoense plane crash.
Women wearing niqab visit the Senate on November 23, 2016 in the Hague, the Netherlands. (AFP/ANP/STR)
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Muslim women can still wear the burka in streets but will be fined up to EUR400 if in public places. This law was faced with huge objection because "it contradicts with the freedom of religion," as stated by the Council of State.
She's going all out to make it a wedding to remember. (File photo)
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She's going all out to make it a wedding to remember.
Workers at the four newspapers believe the seizure comes as a punishment for covering the news of the civil disobedience. (AFP/File)
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At dawn on Tuesday, NISS agents confiscated print runs of Al-Tayyar, Al-Jareeda, Al-Youm Al-Tali and Al-Ayam newspapers from the printing house without stating reasons.
Almost 50,000 people have fled Aleppo as fighting continues. (AFP/File)
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If Assad wrests control of the city, “the war is essentially over,” a US defense official told the Huffington Post earlier this year.
Ezz was sentenced to three years in jail for defaming Zeina. (File photo)
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Ezz was sentenced to three years in jail for defaming Zeina.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (top-L) listening as Ali Abdel Aal (top-R), speaker of Egypt’s parliament, delivers a speech to the parliament headquarters in Cairo, 23 February, 2016. (AFP/HO/Egyptian presidency)
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The law gives existing NGOs one year to adjust their legal status and creates a new regulatory body.
40,000 people were arrested following the unsuccessful coup (Wikimedia Commons)
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His stance has been criticized by some as hypocritical.
The ministry has received many complaints from domestic workers about how they are treated by their employers, as well as from households employing domestic workers. (AFP/File)
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Lebanon's labor ministry has made an appeal to improve recruitment agencies as it is revealed that just 441 out of over 700 domestic worker recruitment firms meet legal standards.
Policemen look at a group of refugees waiting on a platform of the main station in Munich, Germany. (AFP/File)
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The 51-year-old German national began working for Germany's BfV domestic intelligence agency in April 2016 and was tasked with observing radical Islamists in the country.
A key factor behind declining construction costs has been the lower profit margins charged by building contractors. (File photo)
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Construction costs have plummeted since the oil-price crash began in 2014, which led to a massive scaling back of building works, the cancelation of many projects, and contractors slashing profit margins.
Turkish soldiers sit in a tank driving to Syria from the Turkish Syrian border city of Karkamis in the southern region of Gaziantep, on August 27, 2016. (AFP/File)
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Turkey launched an incursion into northern Syria in August, sending tanks, fighter jets and special forces over the border. It aims to sweep Daesh from a roughly 90-km strip of the Syrian border and prevent Kurdish militia groups from seizing territory in their wake.
Overplayed with the sounds of a Muslim call to prayer, the shirt hacked footage flashed various messages written in Hebrew in reference to divine retribution. "Punishment from God," read the text of one message with others reading: "The fire burned hearts" and "To for big great God [is] war from God (the fire burns you)." (Twitter)
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The hacker appeared to be from Saudi Arabia, allegedly hacked the satellites due to the "muezzin bill," which has struck anger in many Muslim communities both inside Israel and abroad.
The UK flight ban was put in place after the October 2015 crash of a Russian airliner in Sinai shortly after it took off from Sharm El-Sheikh. (File photo)
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The UNWTO and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) have appealed to the British Prime Minister to lift the ban on flights to the Red Sea resort, adding that Egypt has taken significant measures to improve security.
Prince Andrew said it was an honour to cooperate with Shaikh Mohammad and with the Khalifa Fund to introduce Pitch@Palace in Abu Dhabi and the Gulf. (Twitter/Khalifa Fund)
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Britain's Prince Andrew was in Abu Dhabi for the UAE launch of his entrepreneurship initiative Pitch@Palace alongside Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
A sculpture of an Israeli soldier standing guard is seen next to a sign for tourists. (AFP/File)
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The Syrian report stated that two missiles were fired from Lebanese airspace and that no one was injured in the strikes.
The ban on women driving is the most famous of Saudi's sexist restrictions (Wikimedia Commons)
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A hashtag has been trending in support of his words.
Spokesman for Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement Mohammad Abdulsalam. (AFP/File)
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The “national salvation” government was sworn in on Tuesday after the Houthi Ansarullah movement and their allies announced its formation on the previous day.
The British rock band will be performing in Abu Dhabi. Yay! (File photo)
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The British rock band will be performing in Abu Dhabi. Yay!
Three suspects allegedly assaulted duo with swords in flat that turned out to be a brothel. (File photo)
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The Emirati man and his Indian friend were said to be searching for a place to dine when a group of Vietnamese men lured them to have a massage in a flat at Dubai International City in January.
The Anglo-Dutch is the operator of the giant Majnoon field near Basrah in southern Iraq which started production in 2014. (Shell)
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The Anglo-Dutch company, which has been present in Iraq for over a century, has found only limited financial benefits in recent years from its involvement in Iraq’s oil production.
The singer will perform in Abu Dhabi on NYE. (Facebook)
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She will be performing in Abu Dhabi.
Since mid-November, more than 694 civilians have been killed in regime attacks on eastern Aleppo. (AFP/File)
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Warplanes targeted civilians as they attempted to flee the Al-Myassar district to the Bab al-Nairab neighborhood in opposition-held areas of eastern Aleppo.
The song sends a clear message demanding gender equality and refusing gender discrimination. (YouTube)
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The song sends a clear message demanding gender equality and refusing gender discrimination.
Many have praised the rapid police response to the attack (Paul Vernon/AFP)
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Similar sentiments were echoed by many on social media.
Sadara's first phase commenced operations in 2015, and the remaining operating units are scheduled for completion by the end of 2016. (File photo)
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The Sadara project is the largest integrated chemicals complex in the world to be built in one phase.
A wax figure of your idol is better than no star at all. (Instagram)
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A wax figure of your idol is better than no star at all.
Mobile attacks will combine mobile device locks with credential theft, allowing cyber thieves to access such things as banks accounts and credit cards. (Shutterstock)
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Police investigate the scene where an individual used a car to crash into a group of students outside of Watts Hall on the Ohio State University campus on November 28, 2016. (AFP/Kirk Irwin)
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Amaq news agency said in a statement that the attacker responded to calls from the group to target citizens of the so-called coalition against Daesh.
Sayeed Bin Farwa is a controversial Saudi cleric (Youtube)
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The video has caused outrage in the country.
Recruiters and HR managers are tasked with navigating large volumes of applications in order to choose the right one. (Shutterstock)
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Filtering unsuitable applicants from the pile of candidates with the use of online tools can help expedite and smoothen the applicant screening process.
An automated system can streamline the recruitment process and combat hidden trade. (File photo)
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A new automated job database proposed by Tanfeedh would allow employers to search and recruit qualified Omani staff instead of hiring expat labor.
Mistaken airstrike by US, British, Danish and Australian warplanes killed at least 83 people. (AFP/File)
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The US-led airstrike near Deir al-Zour in Syria's east on September 18 was supposed to target Islamic State fighters, but instead the bombs landed on Syrian forces.
According to the PIF, Alabbar's Adeptio acquired earlier 67% of Kuwait Food Co (Americana). (File photo)
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Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) has acquired Adeptio as part of it's strategy to boost its non-oil investments.
Fatah has witnessed growing internal dissent, with the party discharging a number of officials from their functions in past months. (AFP/File)
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His re-election dashed speculations that the event would lead to serious discussions of a post-Abbas future for the ruling party of the PA.
In 2014, Egypt embarked on a plan to introduce a number of fiscal reforms, including fuel subsidy cuts that increased prices up to 78 percent, as well as imposing new taxes to ease a growing budget deficit. (File photo)
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Proposed new measures will include imposing progressive taxes and linking the automated wage system with citizens' national identification numbers so as to distribute food subsidies based on monthly income.
Amnesty called on Spain's government to stop cooperating with Morocco to block refugees crossing the African side of the border into Spain. (AFP/File)
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A report shows refugees were not given adequate protection by Spanish authorities in the two North African territories on the Moroccan border.

November 29, 2016

Photo: Gulf News
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The second batch of tickets for the Qatar Airways ‘Match of Champions’ between Barcelona and Al Ahli Saudi were sold out in a few hours.
Jerusalem residents know winter is truly coming. (Facebook)
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Jerusalem residents know winter is truly coming.
The rapper failed to turn up to one of his scheduled gigs over the weekend. (Instagram)
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The rapper failed to turn up to one of his scheduled gigs over the weekend.
The 31-year-old will sit out the Copa del Rey clash with Cultural Leonesa, his coach has confirmed, but Casemiro is ready to make his comeback
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The 31-year-old will sit out the Copa del Rey clash with Cultural Leonesa, his coach has confirmed, but Casemiro is ready to make his comeback
Oman Football Association logo
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Following the departure of Spain's Juan Ramon Lopez Caro as Oman national football team coach, the Oman Football Association (OFA) has begun its hunt for the former Real Madrid coach's successor.
Fheid Al-Daihani
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The Mohammad bin Rashed Al-Maktoum Creative Sports award has named Kuwait's shooter Fheid Al-Daihani Monday as one of the distinguished and creative Arab sports figures of the year 2016.
Hedaya Malak
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Egypt took a good share home from the 2016 Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award.
Syrian regime forces have recently stepped up their attacks on opposition-held parts of eastern Aleppo in an effort to retake the city and advance on Idlib. (AFP/File)
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"At least 25 were killed -- mostly women and children -- and scores more injured."
Former US President Jimmy Carter. (AFP/File)
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Jimmy Carter suggests that US President Barack Obama “must recognize Palestine” before Donald Trump takes control of the White House.
The medical system in Egypt has faced criticism for poor standards (Flickr)
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The incident is currently under investigation.
Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone" have long been a near-daily occurrence.
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Witnesses added that Israeli reconnaissance planes hovered over the area during the activities on the ground.
Displaced families arrive at a makeshift camp in a government-held area (George Ourfalian/AFP)
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Many on Twitter stood in solidarity as civilians fled bombardment.
Fire threatens to engulf a tower block in Haifa, Israel. (AFP)
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The municipal chief rabbi of Zichron Ya’acov issued a statement saying a man and wife whose marriage contract was destroyed in the fires could not live under the same roof until a new contract had been drawn up.
Syrian forces advance into the Masaken Hanano district of eastern Aleppo (AFP/George Ourfalian)
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Thousands of residents crossed into Kurdish and government-held areas on Monday as rebel defences in the northern part of the besieged eastern Aleppo enclave collapsed.
A special five-member committee has finalized the names of the people killed or injured in the crash after comparing them with the names submitted by the Ministry of Health and the Civil Defense. AFP/File)
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Families of victims who died when a crane crashed into Mecca's Grand Mosque last year have filed five lawsuits demanding private rights.
In this file photo, Israeli soldiers violently arrest a Palestinian demonstrator during a protest. (AFP/File)
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In the northern occupied West Bank district of Salfit, locals from the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan told Ma'an that Israeli forces detained five residents during raids.
The GCC region is one of the biggest employers of expatriates in the world, and consequently, a large source of remittances, which hit more than $80 billion in 2015. (File photo)
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The International Monetary Fund has warned that a tax on expat income and remittances could lower the region’s attractiveness as an expatriate destination and breach double tax agreements.
"The government should not show any leniency toward those people who object to women driving at the expense of the country. They impose their views on people and blame society for the mistakes of a few." (AFP/File)
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"This is a simple issue and the ban should not continue affecting the Kingdom's global reputation as a fast-developing country."
According to Wenzel, flirting is a large part of the integration process and hopes that the migrants will "fall in love with Germany". (Twitter)
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The 27-year-old, who makes his living teaching wealthy but shy German men, has recently decided to offer his advice to young Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Dortmund, most of them from war-torn Muslim countries.
At the moment, visas can take up to 12 months to be processed and migrant workers have to come to Oman on specific full-time work visas for a period of two years.  (Shutterstock)
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Oman plans to introduce a ‘one window' approach to visa issuance, which would reduce the labour clearance process from months to five working days in an effort to speed up the labor market.
We've Got a Crush on You! (Omar Kamal official website)
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We've Got a Crush on You!
Israeli soldiers stand atop armored personnel carriers stationed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. (AFP/File)
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The cause of the sirens' activation was not initially known. The IDF said it was checking the background of the incident.
Egyptian protesters shout during a demonstration against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (AFP/File)
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A Facebook page called Movement of the Poor had called for Egyptians to protest on Nov. 11 against deepening austerity measures, but protests failed to materialise as authorities imposed a big security clampdown.
British architectural firm Foster + Partners completed the schematic design of the stadium earlier this year. (Architect Weekly)
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A joint venture between Qatari contractor HBK Contracting (HBK) and China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) has won the contract to build the 80,000 seater Lusail stadium.
The world’s very first cities emerged around 3500 BC, with the development of Sumerian city states (think Vatican) in “the cradle of civilization”, Mesopotamia. These seven city states, in modern southern Iraq, lasted over a thousand years, fed by the flooding of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates. This is a Sumerian “bill of sale”.
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Checkout five amazing ancient civilizations you forgot were in the Middle East!
Police attend the scene of the stabbing yesterday (Paul Vernon/AFP)
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He had complained about a lack of prayer facilities on campus.
Street View, a feature by Google Maps that will allow users to view and navigate 360 degree street-level imagery of major streets across the city, has been available in Dubai since 2014. (Google Street View)
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As the UAE gears up to celebrate its 45th National Day on December 2, Google Maps' one billion daily users can now explore some of Dubai's world-renowned landmarks in crisp 360-imagery.
A detained Turkish soldier who allegedly took part in a military coup arrives with his hands bound behind his back at the Istanbul Justice Palace, July 20, 2016. (AFP/File)
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Officials in Turkey may remove adopted children from the custody of their foster parents if the guardians are found to have been linked to a recent coup attempt in the country.
The shipbuilding complex is expected to cost more than SR20 billion ($5.32 billion) on completion. (File photo)
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The Saudi Aramco joint venture project, which will come up at Ras Al Khair on the kingdom's east coast, is expected to begin production in 2022.
Doesn't she look fabulous? (Instagram)
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According to designer Zaid Affas.
Bilateral trade between Oman and Iran is likely to touch $5 billion within five years, from the current $1 billion.  (File photo)
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Oman is set to bypass the UAE as Iran's biggest trading partner in MENA.
Saad Hariri, son of slain former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri. (AFP/Jan Hennop)
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Lebanon’s Future Movement was founded in 1990s by late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Whether they’re connecting with other professionals via smartphones, social media, or online job sites, respondents undoubtedly see the importance of networking. (File photo)
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Online job sites continue to be more popular and more frequently used than the rest of job search tools in the region.
If you're one for handwriting notes but wish that they could be digitized, the Book Pad could be a perfect solution for you.(Lenovo)
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While Lenovo refers to the Yoga Book as a tablet, it also has the Book Pad, AnyPen and Halo keyboard features.
The Oscar-winning actor has not made his personal religious beliefs clear (Wikimedia Commons)
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The actor tried out for the role in a recent documentary.
Iraqi oil fields on fire outside of Mosul. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi special forces claim to have killed nearly 1,000 Daesh militants in the battle for Mosul.
Uber Egypt faces challenges with patchy network coverage and inaccurate GPS maps. (File photo)
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Anthony Khoury, General Manager of Uber Egypt discusses the company's expansion plans and challenges of the sharing economy.
Through the Netherlands’ support, up to 8,000 children will be able to enrol in the formal education system after the end of level exam. (WFP)
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The grants will support Jordan’s efforts in addressing issues such as education, economic development, host communities, social cohesion, human rights and good governance, renewable energy, and humanitarian assistance.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, September 18, 2016. (AFP/File)
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At his weekly cabinet meeting held in Hafia on Sunday, Netanyahu said he wants to help those whose homes and businesses were destroyed.
Last week, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. said there was a 60 percent chance of a successful OPEC meeting, which from its perspective would put the price for Brent at the end of 2017 at $60 per barrel. (Shutterstock)
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Scenarios from market watchers were about as fluid as the comments coming out of preliminary OPEC talks in Vienna.
IDF soldiers stand guard near the site where a Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier. (AFP/File)
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Separately, Israeli forces detained Anas Hatim Qafisha -- the son of oft-imprisoned Hamas MP Hatem Qafisha -- and Asim Amr Ubeido in Hebron, locals reported.
The website contains all information on the Zeugma Antique City, its history and civilization, its mosaics and artworks as well as providing latest information on ongoing excavations. (Anadolu Agency)
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Visitors can now view the Zeugma Mosiac Museum in Gaziantep province on the website 'www.zeugma.com.tr'.

November 28, 2016

Photo: thenational.ae
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Hundreds of fans will gather at Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, at the official Manchester City Fanzone event on Saturday to watch the match between Manchester City against Chelsea, which kicks-off at 4.30pm.
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton (R) and his teammate German driver Nico Rosberg steer their cars during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 27, 2016. KARIM SAHIB / AFP
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Mercedes are considering taking disciplinary action against three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton after he deliberately...
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg celebrates at the end of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on November 27, 2016.
MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP
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German says it’s ‘unreal’ to emulate the feat of his father Keke, the 1982 champion
Lama Qubbaj (2nd from left) (Photo: Jordan Olympic Committee)
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Lama Qubbaj is the toast of Jordan after winning the JJIF World Ju Jitsu title for the second year in a row, according to the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service.
"We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life," Mouline said during the 10-minute segment. (Video thumbnail)
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Broadcast on Channel 2M's daytime talk show Sabahiyat on November 23, guest Lilia Mouline offered tips to female viewers on how to "camouflage traces of violence" with make-up.
Russia's Apti Aukhadov poses on the podium with his silver medal, during the men's 85kg group A weightlifting event of the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Excel Centre in London on August 3, 2012. YURI CORTEZ / AFP
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After the International Olympic Committee re-analysed the blood samples of some athletes, it discovered that Russia’s...
According to investigations, the 20 Egyptians received military training at the Daesh camps in Syria and Libya. (Screengrab from Daesh videos)
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Egypt's armed forces carried out airstrikes against Daesh fighters in Libya last year, hours after Daesh released a video showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya.
Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. (AFP/File)
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Millions of Muslims in Iran and across the world are observing the passing anniversary of Islam’s holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
The gig will take place on December 1. (File photo)
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The gig will take place on December 1.
A woman cycling is a rare sight in Baghdad (Pixabay)
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The picture has been met with a wave of support on Facebook.