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February 24, 2015

Egyptian airstrikes have killed several civilians, Amnesty International said Tuesday, along with the Daesh militants they targeted. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian airstrikes have killed several civilians, Amnesty International said Tuesday, along with the Daesh militants they targeted.
Gigi and Cody made such a cute couple at the Oscars After Party. (Image: AFP)
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What would Gigi Hadid's Palestinian family think of her PDA with bf Cody Simpson at this Oscars After Party?
FIFA mulls video replays for referees to eliminate on field mistakes
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Chairman of FIFA's referees committee and Britain's vice-president of the world governing body, Jim Boyce, has claimed that he has changed his opinion about video replays and would back their use for penalty-area incidents.
Young Iranian women in Tehran.  (AFP/File)
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Iranian STEM students in the US; letter to a home and husband lost in war; sexism in Egyptian law
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a new law which will broadly define terrorism and terrorist acts.
Mohamed with his beautiful ex-wife on their wedding day. (Image: Mshaher.sowark.com)
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Mohamed Hamaki has finally announced his divorce from wife of two-years Nahla al Hajari!
Egyptian former interior minister Habib al-Adly (C) walks outside the court room after his retrial at Cairo's police academy on February 24, 2015 after an Egyptian court acquitted him and former prime minister Ahmed Nazif of corruption charges, in the latest reversal of verdicts against officials who served under strongman Hosni Mubarak. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian courts acquitted the former prime minister and interior minister from the Mubarak regime of charges pertaining to corruption earlier today,
Despite increasing threats, global security experts for the most part believe their organizations’ cyber security posture will improve in the coming three years.
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More than half of business and government leaders in the Mena region identify cyber security as a strategic priority, compared to only 23 per cent in the US and 36 per cent in UK/Europe,
Russia isn’t the first Muslim-minority country to venture into Islamic finance.
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Russia plans to open its first Islamic bank this year, seeking to attract Shariah-complaint funds as international sanctions push the economy toward a recession.
George and Nada are said to be expecting a child. (Image: Albawaba file)
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George Wassouf's marriage to Nada Zeidan has just taken a new turbulent turn!
Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi escaped house arrest from Houthi militants on February 21. (AFP/File)
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President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi allegedly retracted his resignation after standing down from his post in late January.
The al-Hasakah governorate, where fierce clashes continue to unfold between Kurdish troops and Daesh, is a strategic totem for Kurdish forces because of its proximity to the Iraqi border. (AFP/File)
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Fierce clashes near the Iraqi border between Kurdish troops and Daesh militants left some 90 Christian civlians in the hands of the extremist group.
Amr Diab is hard at work on a new album. (Image: Facebook)
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"Tonight" hit maker Amr Diab is working hard to bring us more of the music we love. The Egyptian songster has a new album under construction to be ready come summer.
International scholars gathered at a convention to discuss terrorism. (Shutterstock)
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Scholars from across the world condemned extremism and the double standards of using the word "terrorism" when referring to Muslims.
Iraqi workers pile bricks up inside a kiln at the traditional brick factory of Nahrawan, one of the largest brick factories in Iraq. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi workers pile bricks up inside a kiln at the traditional brick factory of Nahrawan, one of the largest brick factories in Iraq
The man was accused of sneaking into a washroom to watch women use the facilities. (Shutterstock)
09:29 GMT
A 50-year-old man who spied on women using the lavatory in the UAE has been found guilty of voyeurism.
The 87th Oscars were held on Sunday, February 22, 2015. (Image: contently.com)
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Egyptian film makers' endeavors to enter the Oscars have nearly always gone unheeded. Check out this list of films that were close to competing the best foreign language film Oscar award.
Jihad Shehada al-Jaafari was shot dead by Israeli soldiers while watching predawn raids from his roof in the camp. (AFP/File)
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A 19-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces during a predawn raid in Bethlehem's Duheisha refugee camp.
Imam has apologized to Nour for his lack of touch. (Image: Al Arab)
09:11 GMT
Somebody tell Adel Imam that Nour el Sherif is a friend in need!
"The rise in foreign money in European football is nothing new, however investment in shirt sponsorship is increasing more rapidly than ever," said Glenn Lovett, the president of Repucom.
09:10 GMT
Companies in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar invested about 160 million euros ($200 million) this season, almost a quarter of the total spent by companies worldwide sponsoring the shirts in Europe's top six leagues.
But the international oil benchmark is still 6-per cent off a peak reached a week ago as worries about oversupply fester.
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Brent edged above $59 a barrel on Tuesday after a 2-per cent slide the session before, buoyed by cautious optimism on the outlook for the global economy.
Money fell from the sky in Dubai without any explanation, according to witnesses. (Shutterstock)
08:56 GMT
It usually rains men but in Dubai's case, thousands of dirham notes fell from the sky, stopping traffic without explanation.
Reportedly, this was the fourth blast in the factory in the last 12 years.
08:52 GMT
Two people died and at least 13 were injured after an explosion at a factory belonging to Gulf Oil Corporation Limited in Hyderabad.
According to one report published by Newsweek earlier this week, Daesh militants wants to use some Assyrian hostages captured in earlier clashes in northwestern Syrian towns in a prisoner swap with the Kurds. (AFP/File)
08:44 GMT
At least 90 Christians have been abducted by Daesh militants in northeastern Syria, activists told Reuters.
French dance troupe Hey Crew. (Image: Facebook)
08:33 GMT
Less than a month away until the music of Macklemore, Lil Wayne, Avicii and Clean Bandit brings dancers alive from around the globe at the Street Life show March 18-21.
Oil’s sharp rebound earlier this year and fourth-quarter earnings reports were the main drivers behind equity market rallies across the Gulf.
08:29 GMT
Gulf equity markets were mostly soft Monday after oil prices pulled back again.
Turkish tanks drive through a street in the Syrian border town of Kobani during an operation to relocate the remains of Suleyman Shah, February 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:29 GMT
Turkish forces managed to safely relocate the remains of a sacred tomb inside Syria but how did they do it? With the help of Kurds, of course.
The expenditure adjustments in the GCC countries as policy response to oil price decline are expected to vary depending on the relative fiscal health of individual countries .
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While the current oil prices are below most GCC countries’ fiscal break-even point, governments generally have the resources to help mitigate the immediate impact and maintain a supportive operating environment for economies.
Newly-appointed US Defense Secretary Ash Carter congregated a council of about 25 US officials who told reporters about a fresh offensive led by some 800 Iraqi troops and American warplanes against Daesh positions in western Iraq. (AFP/File)
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As new US Defense Secretary Ash Carter takes office, around 800 Iraqi forces, bolstered by U.S. warplanes, prepare to take on Daesh for control of the western town of al-Baghdadi.
After months of negotiations, Iran said Monday there is still a long way to go. (AFP/Vladimir Simicek)
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After months of negotiations, Iran said Monday there is still a long way to go.
Daesh militants intend to launch further operations in Lebanon, according to the report. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants are reportedly planning wide-scale military operations in Lebanon, according to a report by The Daily Star.
Daesh militants. (AFP/File)
05:09 GMT
Daesh recruitment in suburban Sweden; Egyptian art house filmmaker; the success of one unlikely Lebanese scholar
A weapons shipment from Jordan arrived in Lebanon on Monday at a time when the country's arms are crucial to its fight against Daesh. (AFP/File)
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A weapons shipment from Jordan arrived in Lebanon on Monday at a time when the country's arms are crucial to its fight against Daesh.
It said the construction of 3,100 "residential units" began last year in West Bank settlements.
04:55 GMT
The number of new homes under construction in Jewish settlements on the Israel-occupied West Bank rose last year by 40 percent.

February 23, 2015

Andy Murray
21:34 GMT
Andy Murray admitted he was struggling without his coach Amelie Mauresmo ahead of this week’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
In general, Europe is entering a new phase of recession, and the instability and lack of economic growth is part of the current drop in oil prices, Al Hassani added.
20:08 GMT
Cyprus and Greece which are struggling following economic bailouts are looking to attract investors from the UAE.
The news comes days after three more British schoolgirls traveled to Turkey and then to Syria after being lured by Daesh affiliates online. (AFP/File)
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As the world focuses in on the most recent cases of Britons traveling to Syria to join Daesh - this time it was three teenaged girls - the military group has reportedly begun offering English-language schools to connect with foreign fighters and their children.
A very small percentage of expatriates, working in managerial positions, are paid huge salaries but the vast majority is not.
19:44 GMT
The Labor Ministry has forced the minimum wage on the private sector to make sure that Saudis will not be exploited, the same should be done for expats.
Six French citizens have lost their passports to the French government Monday for planning to fight in Syria. (AFP/File)
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Six French citizens have lost their passports to the French government Monday for planning to fight in Syria.
Iran’s annual petrochemical output is forecast to hit 43 million tons by the yearend.
19:32 GMT
The country produced 40 million tons of petrochemical products since the beginning of current Iranian year.
A court in New York ruled Palestinian groups guilty for supporting terrorist acts against Israel on Monday. (AFP/File)
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A court in New York ruled Palestinian groups guilty for supporting terrorist acts against Israel on Monday.
An official said Monday Turkey was in contact with Daesh to avoid clashes, after the country denied communication during the tomb operation. (AFP/File)
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An official said Monday Turkey was in contact with Daesh to avoid clashes, after the country denied communication during the tomb operation.
In May 2014, Iran Privatization Organization Director Abdollah Pouri Hosseini said the country would privatize 186 state-run companies in Iranian calendar year 1393
18:00 GMT
Iran has transferred 38.471 trillion rials (about $1.127 billion) worth of shares of state-run companies to the private sector since the beginning of current Iranian calendar year.
Mohamed Salah
17:56 GMT
Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah continued his perfect start in Italy after scoring his second Serie A goal in Fiorentina’s 1-1 draw with Torino on Sunday.
The comprehensive project plan will be announced within two weeks.
17:49 GMT
The cost of the Suez Canal Development Project’s infrastructure is expected to be $15bn,
The U.S. initially sought restrictions lasting for up to 20 years; Iran had pushed for less than a decade.
17:41 GMT
The United States and Iran are shaping the contours of a deal that would initially freeze Tehran's nuclear program but would allow it to slowly ramp up activities.
Israel's security service caught 11 alleged Hamas fighters planning attacks against the country. (Shin Bet Security Services)
17:28 GMT
Israel's security service caught 11 alleged Hamas fighters planning attacks against the country.
Nadine Njiem gave the dish on personal and professional life. (Image: Facebook)
17:21 GMT
Having worked with both talented actors Yousif Al Khal and Abed Fahed in the hit drama "Law" (If), Nadine played nice girl and wouldn't give the dish on which star she preferred.
In 2002, Saudi Arabia opened its telecoms market to competition.
17:02 GMT
Mobile and landline calls between telecom service providers will now be cheaper after the Board of Directors of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) approved a reduction in rates.
Workers’ trust and confidence in corporate leaders has increased modestly over the past four years, but the number of workers who think top management provides effective leadership overall has slipped slightly.
16:56 GMT
A new study on corporate leadership has revealed that less than half (48 per cent) of employees surveyed in the UAE have trust and confidence in their senior leaders.
Egypt won't bid for hosting the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to instead support Arab neighbours Algeria in their bid
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Egypt has announced it won't bid for hosting the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to instead support Arab neighbours Algeria in their bid.
Iraqi forces plan to retake the town of al-Baghdadi from Daesh militants, a key location for training local forces. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi forces plan to retake the town of al-Baghdadi from Daesh militants, a key location for training local forces.
Wide areas of the north and east – where much of Syria’s grain is grown and its oil is extracted – have been seized by the hard-line ISIS  group.
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The Syrian government does not expect to import wheat this year because domestic grain supplies will be boosted by heavy rainfall and wider control over farmland, a minister said.
Palestinians were injured late Sunday by ammunition in Bethlehem clashes with Israeli forces. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
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Palestinians were injured late Sunday by ammunition in Bethlehem clashes with Israeli forces.
Vincent Kompany
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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insisted the Premier League champion does not fear Barcelona as the two teams prepare to face each other in the opening leg of their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 tie.
Turkey said it did not coordinate with or contact terrorist organizations in its efforts to retrieve tomb remains Sunday. (AFP/File)
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Turkey said it did not coordinate with or contact terrorist organizations in its efforts to retrieve tomb remains Sunday.
Displaced Syrian refugees (File-AFP)
15:00 GMT
Influx of refugees poses potential threat to Jordan's borders; Malcolm X and Palestinian activism; and Egyptian kids play out Daesh executions.
The exodus of Egyptian migrants has been increasing since the mass execution of Egyptian Christians in February. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
The exodus of Egyptian migrants has been increasing since the mass execution of Egyptian Christians in February.
CCTV footage of the girls going through airport security. (Photo: Scotland Yard)
14:32 GMT
Three teen-aged students, Shamima, 15, Amira, 15, and Kadiza, 16, left London last week for Turkey reportedly to cross over into Syria to join Daesh.
Lindsay Instagrammed a picture of her sunbathing in Dubai. (Image: Instagram)
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Lindsay Lohan admits she likes to learn lessons the hard way, but insists she is ready to lead a more private life.
The government cracked down on organizations involved with the now-banned political group Monday. (AFP/File)
14:08 GMT
The government cracked down on organizations involved with the now-banned political group Monday.
Roger Federer
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Former World number one Roger Federer is hoping he can rediscover his form of the last six months of 2014 to stage a serious bid on defending his title at this week’s Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open.
The reporters' retrial was postponed Monday shortly after their release on bail. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
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The reporters' retrial was postponed Monday shortly after their release on bail.
John Legend will soon see we're no ordinary people. (Image: Facebook)
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We were made to love this year's Spring of Culture line-up. John Legend, Hussain Al Jassmi, Joss Stone, Omar Khairat, and many others will make this a festival to remember, for sure.
Shiite Houthi fighters in military fatigue take part in a demonstration against the United States and the United Nations Security Council on February 20, 2015 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP/File)
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Yemeni government officials will be arrested should they not return to work, according to the Houthi TV news channel Al-Masirah.
"Aya" made it to the Oscars. (Image: www.ayathefilm.com)
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It got the nomination, but "Aya" didn't go home with the coveted Oscar for best live action short film. Read here to see which film got it instead.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday most of those killed were Daesh and al-Nusra Front fighters. (AFP/File)
12:42 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday most of those killed were Daesh and al-Nusra Front fighters.
Sakka saved a baby girl from a dumpster in Egypt. (Image: Facebook)
12:42 GMT
Egyptian actor Ahmed el Sakka saved a baby's life this week after finding her in a dumpster!
UAE expatriates said companies only need to increase the gratuity provisions so that they will have more savings to look forward to when they retire
12:37 GMT
About eight out of 10 people (83 per cent) in the UAE are now feeling anxious that their gratuity pay won't be sufficient to meet their retirement needs.
Hundreds of Palestinians had to be evacuated from their homes following severe flooding in the Gaza Valley Sunday. (AFP/File)
12:19 GMT
Israeli authorities Monday rejected claims by Gaza's government that it caused severe flooding in the Strip by releasing storm water from dams.
Shahin also mentioned that the cars people ride and international-educational institutions is currently a part of the social-status equation.
12:09 GMT
From Michael Kors to Victoria’s Secret and Tory Burch, City Stars' entire floor is a line-up of the most luxurious brands in the world.
"In the Suez Canal what we've seen consistently despite unrest that has occurred in Egypt ... (is) a Suez canal that is secure and properly administered," he said.
11:48 GMT
Shipping corridors used by Gulf energy exporters are not at risk from violence and political volatility in Yemen and the seizure of swathes of territory in the region by Islamic State militants.
A French Navy fighter jet is pulled across the Charles de Gaulle carrier, en route to the Gulf, February 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT
France dispatched a fighter jet towards Iraq Monday to launch further airstrikes against Daesh targets as part of the US-led coalition.
A Yemeni reads a local newspaper whose front page shows President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. Yemen's Western-backed president Hadi, who resigned last month under pressure from the Shiite Huthi militia, escaped house arrest and fled the capital to friendly territory on February 21, labeling as a coup the grab for power by the militia that had held him. (AFP/File)
11:35 GMT
Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has demanded that the UN-sponsored peace talks currently being held in the capital, Sana’a, be transferred to a different location for safety reasons.
Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be deployed on the new Durban route which offers passengers 254 seats across its Business and Economy Class
11:25 GMT
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of Qatar, has introduced Durban to its list of destinations in South Africa – its third route to the country following Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Syrian Civil Defense workers carry an 80-year-old woman after freeing her from under the rubble of her home, where she spent several hours, following a reported air strike. (AFP/File)
11:12 GMT
According to an opposition group, nine civilians were killed when bombs struck Zalak village near the Syrian-Turkish border.
Lady Gaga's red gloves did not scrub up well with her fans! (Image: AFP)
11:08 GMT
Were Lady Gaga's Oscar "dishwashing gloves" inspired by Amal Clooney's pair from her Golden Globes appearance?
Yemeni soldiers stand guard outside the Egyptian embassy, a few hours after it was shut down, on February 23, 2015. Egypt's is the latest foreign mission to shut down over security fears after the Shia Houthi militia takeover. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
11:04 GMT
The Egyptian diplomatic mission in Yemen returned to Cairo in the early hours on Monday.
Anyone caught abusing AIDS patients could face up to seven years in jail under the proposed law. (Shutterstock)
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A special committee in Saudi is looking to introduce a new law that will protect AIDS patients from discrimination and stigmas.
Turkish men in Istanbul protest following the brutal killing of a 20-year-old woman who tried to fend off a rapist, February 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:45 GMT
Following the brutal killing of a 20-year-old woman who tried to fend off a rapist, Turkish men took to the streets to protest for women's rights in a very unconventional way.
Clashes between protesters and police in downtown Cairo, 2012 (File-AFP)
10:34 GMT
Criminal Court ready to sentence protesters for assault of police officer; being bisexual in Beirut; and a look at the Oscars best and worse dressed.
US Central Command chief General Lloyd Austin. (AFP/Getty Images)
09:44 GMT
In a meeting with the Iraqi defense minister, US Central Command chief General Lloyd Austin claimed the US has killed approximately 8,500 Daesh militants throughout the ongoing airstrikes.
Emma's dress was custom-made by Lebanese designer Elie Saab. (Image: AFP)
09:44 GMT
Emma Stone stuns in a winning Elie Saab dress at the Oscars.
Prominent Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
Egyptian courts have sentenced Alaa Abdel-Fattah to five years in prison for protesting and other charges.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT
Mohamed Hemish discusses why Palestinians should no longer look at Erdogan as a champion of democracy in the Middle East.
Cinderella performed by Kharkov Children Ballet Company in 2005 (Photo: Mohamed Wassim / Al Ahram)
08:48 GMT
It will be a fairy tale story again in the Cairo Opera House. The Cinderella ballet is returning after a 15 year hiatus.
Last July, Egypt's then newly-elected president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi raised taxes on cigarettes and alcohol-by up to 200 percent.
08:48 GMT
Egypt has raised sales taxes on cigarettes for the third time in a year, according to a presidential decree published in the country's official gazette on Saturday.
Jennifer looked absolutely stunning at the Oscars. (Image: AFP)
08:40 GMT
Jennifer Lopez gracefully tripped on the train of her dress while she was presenting at the Oscar Awards on Sunday.
The weapons are currently in route to Lebanon, after having been delayed for over a year. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
After a one year delay, $1 billion worth of weapons purchased through a Saudi Grant agreement with France will soon arrive in Lebanon.
The men were arrested for "loud music and inappropriate dancing," according to Saudi police. (Shutterstock)
08:01 GMT
Yes, we all know Saudi Arabia actually has the "morality police". But, is it going too far when they arrested a group of men for playing loud music and dancing around a birthday cake?
Turkey already has a law that permits Saudis to own real estate in the country.
07:42 GMT
Turkey is planning to offer citizenship to Saudi investors, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said here on Sunday.
Libyan supporters of "Fajr Libya" (Libya Dawn), a mainly-Islamist alliance, take part in a protest in Tripoli's central Martyr's Square. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT
The militias, which have been controlling Tripoli since 2014, lauded efforts made by a western Libya council of tribal dignitaries to hammer out a truce among warring groups in the western cities of Zintan and Misurata.
The kingdom has made appraisals of unconventional gas potential in its northwest, Eastern Province and Empty Quarter.
07:33 GMT
"Saudi Arabia will be the next frontier after the US, where shale and unconventional will make a significant contribution to our energy mix, especially gas."
Egypt has accelerated the pace of auctions for exploration and production blocks and improved deal terms to help attract major energy companies.
07:12 GMT
Egypt will hold an international auction for eight oil and natural gas exploration blocks in the Mediterranean Sea.
Israeli forces raided the camp late Sunday, injuring a number of Palestinians. (AFP/File)
06:36 GMT
Seven Palestinians were injured by live bullets during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem late Sunday.