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June 30, 2015

US socialite Paris Hilton is suing Egyptian TV host Ramez Galal for putting her through a terrifying plane crash prank. (YouTube)
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US socialite Paris Hilton is suing Egyptian TV host Ramez Galal for putting her through a terrifying plane crash prank.
Swedish boat the Marianne of Gothenburg (L), is escorted by an Israeli navy vessel as they enter the Israeli military port in the city of Ashdod on the Mediterranean shore on June 29, 2015. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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Tunisia’s ex-president among those deported; Knesset member Basel Ghattas to face possible parliamentary measures.
Indonesian rescue personnel work at the scene of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules aircraft crash in Medan on June 30, 2015. An Indonesian military transport plane crashed on June 30 shortly after take-off in a city on Sumatra island, exploding in a ball of flames in a residential area. (AFP/ATAR)
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An Indonesia air force cargo plane carrying 12 crew members and 101 passengers crashed into a residential area in North Sumatra's provincial capital.
Security forces gather outside the Shiite al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque after it was targeted by a suicide bombing during Friday prayers, in Kuwait City, on June 26, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Local media reported 60 suspects were arrested for militant connections.
Iranian liquid-fueled Shahab-3 Scud missiles test-fired in 2008. (AFP/File)
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The kingdom denied rebel claims that a Scud missile had struck a military base.
Walmart issued an apology after the retail giant designed a cake with a Daesh flag. (AFP/Frederic J. Brown)
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Walmart may want to look into some cultural sensitivity training.
Security forces outside the mosque in Kuwait City that was targeted by a suicide bomber on Friday, June 26th (AFP/file)
12:04 GMT
How substantial the connection between Friday's three attacks actually are; a clear rejection of terrorism from Tunisia; and a summary of what the Saudi Cables have revealed over recent weeks.
The Sadat station in Cairo was closed only two weeks after it was reopened. (AFP/File)
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The station was closed only two weeks after it was reopened.
International tourists in Sousse gather around a memorial for the slain. (AFP/Fethi Nasri)
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The massacre of foreign tourists in Sousse was a calculated attempt to destroy the biggest revenue earner and source of employment in Tunisia.
The social media giant is opening a new office in Johannesburg, only the second office in the entire Middle East and Africa. (AFP/File)
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The social media giant has only one office located in the MENA region, in Dubai.
The tourism minister remained cautiously optimistic, recognising that the political impasse and the Syrian conflict threaten Lebanon's stability. (Shutterstock)
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The country has witnessed a 25 percent increase in tourist numbers over the last nine months, in spite of recent attacks.
Over 3,000 people including 74 children have been executed by the militant group in the last 12 months. (AFP/File)
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Two women along with their husbands were reportedly beheaded in Syria's Deir al-Zor province for carrying acts of "sorcery", according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Malaysian Muslims arrive for prayers after breaking their fast at sunset during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur. (AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)
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Malaysian Muslims arrive for prayers after breaking their fast at sunset during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur. (AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)
Lebanese security forces have continued to battle militants near the border with Syria in recent months. (AFP/File)
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Lebanese security forces arrested eight Syrian men on suspicion of being affiliated with terrorist groups in the border towns of Labweh and Arsal.
The Omagine Project will incorporate cultural, heritage, entertainment and residential components. Yiti Beach, Muscat. (Shutterstock)
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The ambitious complex will cover one million square meters of beachfront west of Muscat.
Hadid has got Australians counting down the days until summer's return in Seafolly's Summer 2015 swimwear campaign.  (Instagram)
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American model Gigi Hadid has got Australians counting down the days until summer's return in Seafolly's Summer 2015 swimwear campaign.
Partner Communications will cease to use the Orange name within 24 months, the companies announced Tuesday. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
10:12 GMT
Partner Communications will cease to use the Orange name within 24 months, the companies announced Tuesday.
British comedian John Oliver mocked CNN on his latest show. (Screenshot)
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While CNN still hasn't commented on not being able to tell the difference between dildos and butt-plugs on a Daesh flag, British comedian John Oliver had to get his say on the matter.
Israeli settlers were said to be driving through the north of the West Bank at the time of the shooting. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Three Israeli settlers were injured in a shooting near the south of Nablus late Monday, the Israeli army confirmed.
While al-Qaeda claims to be fighting for the establishment of an Islamic State, Daesh purports to be one. (AFP/File)
09:57 GMT
While al-Qaeda claims to be fighting for the establishment of an Islamic State, Daesh purports to be one.
Teenage singer Hala Turk was involved in yet another 'photo scandal'! (Al Jaras Magazine)
09:31 GMT
Teenage singer Hala Turk was involved in yet another 'photo scandal'!
Mohamed bin Abdallah and Rafikhe Tayari are believed to have assisted Tunisian gunman Seifeddine Rezgui in his beach rampage. (Mirror)
09:30 GMT
Tunisian security forces launched a manhunt for two "dangerous terrorists" believed to be connected to the recent beach massacre.
"If you want to impress me, don't play it safe!" Naomi Campbell to her contestants on The Face. Consider yourself warned! (Hollywood Reporter)
09:30 GMT
Watch out Dubai, the British supermodel will unleash her tough-talking judgement on MENA designers in a new talent scouting event in October!
The Israeli prime minister said Monday that Israel is considering leaving the UN body after last week's UN Gaza report. (AFP/File)
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The Israeli prime minister said Monday that Israel is considering leaving the UN body after last week's UN Gaza report.
Tel Aviv was ranked third for the most expensive beer in the world. (Shutterstock)
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You might think twice about boozing around town in Tel Aviv after the capital was voted the third most expensive place in the world for beer.
Ehab Tawfik's doctor has ordered him to rest in bed until he is healthy again. (File photo)
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Ehab Tawfik's doctor has ordered him to rest in bed until he is healthy again.
Employers make a statement by hiring a certain candidate; validate the decision. (Shutterstock)
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Employers make a statement by hiring a certain candidate; validate the decision.
Afghan police inspect a suicide car bombing of the police chief's office in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
08:38 GMT
The bomb follows a string of attacks since the Taliban began its spring offensive.
Kidnappings have been a common occurrence in the Bekaa Valley, an area known for hosting a large number of gangs. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Kidnappings have been a common occurrence in the Bekaa Valley, an area known for hosting a large number of gangs.
The hoax involved 'Israeli' helicopters, uniformed officers and mock Israeli army base. (File photo)
08:30 GMT
The Syrian actor was 'kidnapped' from a cruise by 'Israeli forces' and interrogated at gunpoint, in the latest hoax stunt on Egyptian TV.
Apple is ready to give iPhones Force Touch, a feature that lets the phone know how hard its screen is being pressed. (AFP/Robyn Beck)
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Apple is ready to give iPhones Force Touch, a feature that lets the phone know how hard its screen is being pressed.
Tourists on safari in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, second on the list for value against the dirham. (Shutterstock/Grigvovan)
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Rio tops the list for a budget-conscious traveller, where the dirham's value increased by 35 percent over the Brazilian real.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius walks with others during a break in a meeting with world powers seeking to pin down a nuclear deal with Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel, on March 31, 2015 in Lausanne. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
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France is ready to travel to Tehran in the event of a signed nuclear agreement with the US.
A Muslim grave is graffitied with a swastika following the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby in England. (Daily Star)
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Police in the English town of Nottingham have increased patrols in a Muslim cemetery after graves were vandalized in the wake of the Tunisia terror attack.
Two Houthi leaders were among 28 people killed in the Sanaa bombing. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Daesh claimed responsibility for targeting two Houthi leaders in Yemen's capital of Sanaa, leading to 28 people being killed.
The anti-BDS law was part of a deal with Asian states known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT
The bipartisan bill conditions any free trade agreement with the European Union on its rejection of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS).
Elie Saab speaking at the LAU graduation ceremony. (Photo courtesy of The Daily Star)
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The self-taught fashion guru receives the honor for his outstanding contribution to the fashion industry in Lebanon and around the world.
CCTV footage shows Al'a Al Hashemi walking through a shopping mall prior to the stabbing. (Screenshot)
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A woman from the UAE was handed down a death sentence Monday for stabbing an American kindergarten teacher to death in a shopping mall.
Benali last performed in Egypt in March of this year. (Cairo Scene)
06:30 GMT
The East-West fusion singer brings her magical mix of music back again to Cairo!
The prime minister was "smuggled" into the hospital late at night for routine checkups. (AFP/File)
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The prime minister was "smuggled" into the hospital late at night for routine checkups.
Former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tours centrifuges in a nuclear facility in the Islamic republic of Iran. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
World powers have "worked out a process that we believe will ensure that the IAEA has the access it needs" to all sites related to Iran's nuclear program.
Max Amini's YouTube videos have racked up more than 15 million views. (Twitter)
05:24 GMT
Following a successful run in October of last year, the Iranian-American comedian is back for one night only!
Iraqi medics attend to a wounded man at a hospital in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, on May 17, 2013 following a bomb blast in a coffee shop (AFP/File)
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At least 71 civilians have been killed and 90 injured since the beginning of Ramadan due to the repeated shelling of Fallujah city in Iraq’s western Anbar province
Picture courtesy: fooyoh.com
04:54 GMT
Fasting for over 15 hours a day during Ramadan could make the thought of exercising very daunting.
A woman looks at piles of manga. (AFP/File)
02:05 GMT
Representation from the Middle East may have been slim, but the pieces that did win will leave you in awe.
The Gaza Freedom Flotilla's first ship, Marianne, left for Gaza from an Italian port last week. (AFP/File)
01:12 GMT
When the Israeli navy seized the flotilla's first ship, the European activists were ready to respond.
IRAN: The Islamic Republic began enriching its own uranium in the ’80s. Its nuclear program was established in 2003 and became the crux for the perceived nuclear race in the Middle East. The US wants to freeze any sensitive nuclear developments in Iran with the deal, the deadline for which is Tuesday. (AFP/File)
00:14 GMT
Anxiety over Iran's nuclear capacity has jumpstarted initiatives in countries across the region — here's a rundown of the state of nuclear power in the Middle East.

June 29, 2015

Ronaldinho
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The club chief, Gultekin Gencer, says the club and the player have agreed personal terms and the deal will be official in the coming days
Each plant in Upper Egypt is expected to generate 143 GWh per year. (AFP/Abdelhak Senna)
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Each plant in Upper Egypt is expected to generate 143 GWh per year.
The report conflicts with statements made by a Jordanian government spokesman who said King Abdullah had no intention of getting involved in the conflict in Syria. (AFP/File)
20:06 GMT
Jordan was said to be mulling the establishment of a humanitarian buffer zone in southern Syria to prevent the entrenchment of extremist militants along its border.
The 27-year-old Indian suspect faces charges of molestation in Dubai's Court of First Instance. (Shutterstock)
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The 27-year-old Indian suspect faces charges of molestation in Dubai's Court of First Instance.
Mindful eating can be a challenge during the holy month. (AFP/File)
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Mindful eating can be a challenge during the holy month.
Andy Murray
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Andy Murray has employed a psychiatrist as part of his efforts to rediscover how to "genuinely enjoy" playing competitive tennis, the star revealed ahead of the beginning of Wimbledon today.
Thailand welcomed about 650,000 Middle Eastern visitors in 2014. (AFP/File)
19:13 GMT
Thailand welcomed about 650,000 Middle Eastern visitors in 2014.
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman meet with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (unseen) at a hotel in Vienna on June 28, 2015
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One day before the self-imposed deadline, US Secretary of State John Kerry says it is still too soon to tell if a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran is within reach.
In recent years, Sinai has become a hotbed for militant activity. (AFP/File)
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An explosion targeted a truck in North Sinai on Monday, killing the director general for the North Sinai General Authority for Roads and Bridges and two other engineers, police sources said.
IDF soldiers stand on the Dome of the Rock, part of the Haram al-Sharif compound. It is one of the various holy sites Palestinians are trying to visit in Jerusalem (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
17:06 GMT
Why the relaxing of restrictions on Palestinians might not be simply for Ramadan; the Iranian press's confused response to the nuclear deal; and the best summer reads from Arab authors.
Picture courtesy: bloominhealth
16:59 GMT
Here's a list for sports and exercises that could be practiced during the holy month of Ramadan
The Institute for Economics and Peace said dealing with Egypt's levels of violence cost the nation $62.5 billion in 2014. (AFP/File)
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The Institute for Economics and Peace said dealing with Egypt's levels of violence cost the nation $62.5 billion in 2014.
DFL not joining Spain in Qatar World Cup claim
16:44 GMT
The German Football League (DFL) decided Monday against joining a Spanish league legal action against FIFA over the winter staging of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Delegates attend a signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AFP/Takaki Yajima)
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Nine nations in the Middle East are founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
The Syrian national flag waves in the wind over the a prison in Syria. (AFP/Zein al-Rifai)
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The two Islamists returned home and were received by their families at a ceremony Sunday.
People's bad moods can be contagious — but there are ways to counter them. (Shutterstock)
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People's bad moods can be contagious — but there are ways to counter them.
Yemeni fighters of the southern separatist movement and firefighters attempt to extinguish a flame at an oil refinery in the port city of Aden on June 27, 2015, following shelling by Shiite Houthi rebels. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)
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A second shelling by Houthi rebels in three days of a oil refinery in Yemen's Aden raised concerns over the large reserves of diesel and petrol stored there.
An Egyptian court will deliver its verdict of two Al Jazeera journalists charged with broadcasting false news next month. (AFP/File)
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An Egyptian court will deliver its verdict of two Al Jazeera journalists charged with broadcasting false news next month.
Theme parks in Dubai are set to generate close to $5 billion in revenues by 2020. (AFP/File)
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Theme parks in Dubai are set to generate close to $5 billion in revenues by 2020.
Egyptian security forces stand guard at the site of a bomb that targeted the convoy of the Egyptian state prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, in the capital Cairo on June 29, 2015. (AFP/Khaled Desouk)
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Egypt's Prosecutor General, Hisham Barakat, has died following a bomb attack on his vehicle early Monday.
British prime minister David Cameron speaks during a press conference, on the second and final day of an EU summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on June 26, 2015. (AFP/Alain Jocard)
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David Cameron on Monday criticized the use of the term "Islamic State" by the BBC when referring to Daesh.
The interior ministry said Tunisian authorities have arrested suspects for the shooting in Sousse that killed 39 people Friday. (AFP/File)
14:02 GMT
The interior ministry said Tunisian authorities have arrested suspects for the shooting in Sousse that killed 39 people Friday.
Visitors enjoy the swimming pool of Beirut's bombed landmark Saint-George Hotel. (AFP/File)
13:51 GMT
Lots of generalizations lead to some pretty dumb questions.
Novak Djokovic
13:46 GMT
Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are all geared up to stir conversations in southwest London as they will take on their respective challengers in the opening round of Wimbledon, which starts today.
A man walks past a Star of David decorating the door of a home in the Jewish quarter of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
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A man walks past a Star of David decorating the door of a home in the Jewish quarter of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. (AFP/ Khaled Desouki)
The Mujahideen Shura Council is currently in de facto control of Darnah. (AFP/EastNews)
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Clashes erupted in the eastern city of Darnah between the Tobruk-backed army and the Mujahideen Shura Council militiamen.
Mariah Carey is reportedly going to visit a spiritual advisor in Israel with her boyfriend James Packer for a 'pre-engagement' meeting. (Radar Online)
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Mariah Carey is reportedly going to visit a spiritual advisor in Israel with her boyfriend James Packer for a 'pre-engagement' meeting.
Egypt's General Prosecutor Hisham Barakat. (Image: YOUM7/Hossam Atef)
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Egypt's General Prosecutor Hisham Barakat was injured when a bomb exploded behind a military academy in Heliopolis.
US pop diva Mariah Carey and her boyfriend Australian entrepreneur James Packer had dinner with Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife. (Jerusalem Post)
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US pop diva Mariah Carey and her boyfriend Australian entrepreneur James Packer had dinner with Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife.
The fence is seen along the Israel-Egypt border 12 miles north of the Red Sea resort of Eilat. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT
The fence running from the Gaza Strip to Eliat will be extended by 18 miles to the Jordanian border.
Palestinians collect water from a broken pipe (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
12:04 GMT
The drought that the Israeli government forces upon Palestine; how the youth have been left behind in Tunisia; and the battle over Morocco's languages.
Hend Sabry has Ramadan Iftar with a Syrian refugee family in Amman. (Albawaba Arabic)
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UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger, Tunisian actress Hend Sabry had one of her Ramadan Iftars with a Syrian refugee family in Jordan.
Pakistani residents sleep outdoors in Karachi late June 28, 2015. Power cuts have contributed to the suffering, preventing fans and air-conditioners working and hampering water pumps. (AFP/Asif Hassan)
12:00 GMT
As for who is to blame for the excessive fatalities during this relentless heatwave, government workers are pointing fingers at one another.
British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a press conference at the EU headquarters in Brussels, June 26, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:25 GMT
Prime Minister David Cameron said Daesh militants were planning terrorist attacks in the UK, following the Tunisian massacre where some 15 British nationals were killed.
A fighter from the Kurdish People Protection Unit (YPG) watches smoke billowing in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah on June 28, 2015. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
11:09 GMT
Syrian state news released a newsflash stating th army had "cleansed" militants from the southern district of Nashwa in the city.
Joe, Gigi, Karlie, Taylor and Calvin at London Bridge. (Instagram/Taylor Swift)
11:00 GMT
Gigi Hadid and her celeb pals have jet-setted in to see Taylor Swift perform and live it up in London!
The Palestinian suspect was arrested and questioned, according to an Israeli spokesperson. (UCSD)
10:39 GMT
An Israeli soldier is said to be in "moderate" condition after being stabbed in the neck by a Palestinian woman Monday at a military checkpoint in Bethlehem.
Recent cases include busting a fake recruitment agency, money fraud, and manipulation of university degree certificates. (Shutterstock)
10:23 GMT
Dubai Police are increasingly tackling sophisticated technology-assisted crimes.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif prepared to head home Monday. (AFP/File)
10:19 GMT
A US official said the Iran nuclear talks would miss their June 30 target, while the Islamic Republic's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif headed home.
Mourners pray over the bodies of victims killed by Friday's deadly mosque attack in Kuwait City, June 27, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
An audio recording has emerged purporting to be the voice of the Daesh militant who carried out a deadly mosque bombing in Kuwait.
Sorry, Safinaz, you can't be an Egyptian citizen just yet! (Aladdwaa.com)
09:52 GMT
Armenian belly dancer Safinaz married an Egyptian man in the hopes of granting herself the Egyptian residency.
The Nabatean site of Madain Saleh in Tabuk became Saudi Arabia's first UNESCO World Heritage site. (The Culture Trip)
09:39 GMT
The Umrah Plus program will allow foreign pilgrims to visit Saudi's tourist destinations beyond Mecca, Madinah and Jeddah.
Syrian soldiers and local pro-government fighters patrol the Handarat region, located in northwestern Syria. (AFP/File)
09:33 GMT
One map shows the extent of the government's concerns.
In Saudi Arabia, PepsiCo will be helping to feed the needy by donating 10%. (YouTube screenshot)
09:30 GMT
The new ad also features Saudi football player Jamal Bajandouh and Haitham Zaki, son of Ahmad Zaki.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on June 28, 2015. /(AFP/Atef Safadi)
09:30 GMT
In a statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to flotilla as "nothing but a display of hypocrisy."
Research costs before hand, and set a budget. (Wikimedia Commons)
09:15 GMT
Curb your duty-free spending on overpriced items with these tips.
Diana is in good health after undergoing surgery this week. (Facebook)
09:08 GMT
Diana Karazon thanked everyone who asked about her before and after she underwent surgery.
Lebanon and Israel are disputing a maritime zone of 854 square km with suspected energy reserves potentially worth billions of dollars. (Shutterstock)
08:51 GMT
US Dept of State official to mediate talks between Lebanon and Israel over disputed maritime zone and exploration of lucrative energy reserves.
Palestinian protesters wave their national flag and banners during a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan on June 25, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
08:30 GMT
Khader Adnan ended his hunger strike after 55 days upon reaching a deal with Israel for his release. According to his lawyer, he will be a free man in two weeks.
Glasgow-born Aqsa Mahmood praised the attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait. (Twitter)
08:22 GMT
Aqsa Mahmood, who left Glasgow to join Daesh in Syria, wrote a chilling poem in support of the attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait.
"The Jewish Quarter" has also faced criticism from Egyptian Jews. (MBC)
08:22 GMT
Egyptian soap opera 'The Jewish Quarter' starring Menna Shalabi shows Muslims, Christians and Jews living alongside each other in a Cairo district.
Saudi seeks to finance slaughterhouses and access to Hungary's $130B food market. (Pixabay)
08:04 GMT
Prince Al Waleed bin Talal has visited Hungary to strengthen partnership and investments between the two countries.