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April 15, 2015

Omar Samra already succeeded in making it to the South Pole! (Photo: Omar Samra)
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With Mount Everest and the South Pole under his belt, Egyptian mountaineer Omar Samra heads to the North Pole in his latest adventure.
The ambassador's remarks come on the heels of harsh criticism of Saudi's military campaign from the Hezbollah group, who is allied with Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels targeted in the airstrikes. (AFP/File)
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As the Saudi-led coalition enters its third week of airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen, Saudi's ambassador to Lebanon warned Hezbollah to stay out of international dialogue on the escalating crisis following harsh criticism from the Lebanon-based Shiite group.
A man sits outside a demolished building in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus on April 6, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Author Ramzy Baroud identifies those responsible for the plight of Palestinians living in Syria's Yarmouk refugee camp. Resident of Yarmouk are caught between the Syrian regime and Daesh, making every day a living hell.
Javier Pastore
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Famed for his unusual pronouncements, the ever-unpredictable Eric Cantona said on Tuesday that Paris Saint-German and Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore is the best player in world football.
A boy stands in front of damaged buildings following a reported airstrike by government forces on the central al-Fardous rebel held neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2015. (AFP/Karam Al-Masri)
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The Human Rights Watch claims to have evidence indicating that Assad's forces used toxic chemicals in several barrel bomb attacks on Idlib between March 16 and 31.
Iraqi Yazidis light candles and paraffin torches outside Lalish temple situated in a valley near Dohuk. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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Iraqi Yazidis light candles and paraffin torches outside Lalish temple situated in a valley near Dohuk.
Gay foreigners can also be denied entry at the border. (Shutterstock)
07:39 GMT
Egyptian courts issued a new law which allows for the deportation of homosexual foreigners by the Interior Ministry.
Israeli forces have arrested some 850,000 Palestinians between 1967 and April 2015. (AFP/File)
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Israeli forces raided the homes of dozens of Hamas members in Nablus in response to increased activity in the area.
If confirmed, the shocking number of missing in Sunday's shipwreck would represent the worst migrant boat disaster off the Italian coast since 2013, when 366 migrants perished in a wreck just off the Italian island Lampedusa. (AFP/File)
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400 people are still missing after a migrant boat with 550 aboard capsized Sunday, while nine bodies have been recovered and 144 survivors counted.
While the security sources suggested a deal was close with the Nusra Front, the fate of another nine hostages held by Daesh militants remains shrouded in mystery. (AFP/File)
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Security sources in Lebanon say a deal may soon be forged between al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate, Nusra Front, and the Lebanese government for release of some 16 Lebanese servicemen whose hostage crisis at the extremist group's hands is now in it's ninth month. Meanwhile, the fate of another nine hostages held by Daesh remains unknown.
Rising consumption and falling production has turned the country from an energy exporter to a net importer.
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Egypt moved closer to easing its chronic power shortages this month with the arrival of a floating import terminal marking the start of imports of super-cooled LNG.
Iranian's council for human rights has called on the UN to investigate the recent sexual abuse of two teenage boys. (AFP/File)
06:36 GMT
Iranian's council for human rights has called on the UN to investigate the alleged sexual abuse of two teenage boys.
The country's authorities said they have "zero tolerance" for begging. (Shutterstock)
06:31 GMT
The country's authorities said they have "zero tolerance" for begging.
The law also stipulates that the finder of any lost or abandoned property is entitled to receive a 10 per cent reward from the total value of the property (image: on file).
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Those finding abandoned plots of land in Dubai are required to report the property to the police within 48 hours
“Easing bankruptcy law will give confidence to business community as well as banks. It’s long overdue,” Gianchandani said.
05:55 GMT
It suggests a package of five policy initiatives to sustain the growth of the financial sector and to spur foreign direct investments (FDIs).
The Gulf states saw $2.8 billion of inbound real estate investments in 2014, far less than the outbound investments from the region to destinations such as Europe.
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“If we are spending $14 billion out, we should at least be able to get $14 billion in. That is what the opportunity is.”
Haifa Wehbe's happy about her salary.
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Haifa Wehbe's not only the most controversial celebrity this Ramadan, she also makes the most cash!
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel patrol the border with Bangladesh near the Fulbari Border post, some 20km from Siliguri. (AFP/File)
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Lapses in border security have allowed transnational crime to grow rampant, speakers at the Interpol World Congress said Tuesday.

April 14, 2015

 Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid: Oblak outstanding as derby ends in stalemate
22:18 GMT
The Slovenian produced some terrific first-half saves to keep the holders at bay as another feisty Calderon clash finished goalless
 Juventus 1-0 Monaco: Vidal on the spot to hand Italian champions advantage
22:14 GMT
The Chilean's second-half penalty was all that separated the sides in Turin in the first leg of their quarter-final tie
About 400 migrants are feared to have drowned after a boat capzied off the coast of Libya, BBC reported Tuesday. (AFP/File)
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About 400 migrants are feared to have drowned after a boat capzied off the coast of Libya, BBC reported Tuesday.
The bank’s past experience in integrating previous acquisitions will “ensure a smooth transition for the clients of this business,” he added.
18:06 GMT
Swiss private banking firm Union Bancaire Privee (UBP) is hoping to boost its Middle East operations following its recent acquisition of the overseas operations of Coutts from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution imposing an arms embargo against Houthi rebels. (AFP/File)
18:02 GMT
The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution imposing an arms embargo against Houthi rebels.
Egypt’s railway, which transports around 1.4 million passengers every day, has been struggling with an outdated system for years (image: on file).
18:02 GMT
Egypt signed a $600 million framework agreement with the China Railway Construction Corporation Limited to renovate railway tracks along the the national railway network.

Shar Al-Shahri, director general of the expropriation department, said owners must present their title deeds and other documents for getting compensation.
17:58 GMT
Saudi government is set to expropriate more than 749 properties around the country at a cost of SR466.4 million ($124 million) for future infrastructure projects.
A prominent leader for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed in a drone strike allegedly conducted by the US.
17:39 GMT
A prominent leader for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed in a drone strike allegedly conducted by the US.
The first year of your career can be extremely overwhelming; you will probably face many problems and challenges that can negatively affect your personal wellness and job satisfaction.
17:29 GMT
Getting the job is much easier than being successful in it.
“The future of Alcatel-Lucent would be assured but our biggest fear is the future of our R&D in France since it develops products in direct competition with Nokia,” he said. (Image: Shutterstock)
17:20 GMT
Nokia Oyj is in talks to buy smaller telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent, a deal that would combine the industry’s two weakest players but could pose challenges in cutting costs and overcoming political opposition.
Erdogan has hardly helped investor sentiment, fulminating against high interest rates in comments which have raised concerns about the independence of the central bank.
17:07 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dreams of transforming Istanbul into a financial hub that can rival Dubai or Singapore, but first he needs to win over would-be investors like Ali Bahcuvan.
Daesh has lost ground to Palestinian fighters in Syria's Yarmouk camp, Palestinian officials and a resident said Tuesday.
16:58 GMT
Daesh has lost ground to Palestinian fighters in Syria's Yarmouk camp, Palestinian officials and a resident said Tuesday.
MEED Projects content and analysis director Ed James forecasts that the value of contracts placed in the GCC will rise to $172 billion in 2015.
16:54 GMT
GCC projects market will continue to grow in 2015 despite lower oil prices and evidence that some government clients are deferring capital investment plans.
French Open to raise prize money to 28 million euros
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The French Open will increase this spring's prize money payout to a record 28 million euros (29.7 million dollars), up three million euros, as the financial arms race continues at the four grand slam events.
Kim and her husband Kanye will be visiting Jordan on Tuesday, according to some leaked sources. (Image: Rapbasement.com)
15:29 GMT
Jordan is bracing itself for Kim Kardashian's promised visit just as she rounds up her Holy land tour.
A court in Egypt turned down a request for retrial Tuesday by a politician who received a seven-year prison sentence.
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A court in Egypt turned down a request for retrial Tuesday by a politician who received a seven-year prison sentence.
One of the Bollywood shows at the Cairo Opera House. (Image: Bassam Al Zoghby)
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This year, the India by the Nile festival brought several components addressing Egypt's Bollywood lovers, uncovering – or reasserting – the unconditional passion that the population holds towards the Mumbai's riches.
Qatar team
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Qatar received a difficult draw for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday as they embark on their final attempt to qualify for the tournament before hosting it in 2022.
Waheed A., the son of Rochdale Labour councillor Shakil Ahmed. (Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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The son of a British Labour councilor was caught in Turkey on April 1 along with eight other British citizens, while allegedly trying to illegally enter Syria to join militant groups.
Real Madrid side put eight past Al Wasl (picture courtesy of alfajr-news.net)
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Spanish giants Real Madrid qualified for the semi-finals of the Hamdan Bin Mohammad Under-18 International Football Tournament with a whopping 8-0 win over Al Wasl, while Dubai Club held Al Nasr 2-2 on the third day at the Dubai Police Officers Club on Sunday.
A doctor with the Royal Medical Services and his assistant nurse have discovered a genetic disease undocumented in international medical records. (Shutterstock)
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A doctor with the Royal Medical Services and his assistant nurse have discovered a genetic disease undocumented in international medical records.
The centre will foster cross-border use of the Renminbi in the region and increase opportunity to expand trade and investment between China, Qatar and the region (image: on file).
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The first clearing centre in the region to offer RMB clearing and settlement and increase financial connectivity between China.
The doctors will be able to enter Jerusalem in private vehicles holding Palestinian license plates. (Wikimedia Commons/Justin McIntosh)
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The vehicles are carrying approximately 100 Palestinian doctors to Jerusalem.
Varsity’s programme helps students acquire skills to investigate offences and help identify, apprehend criminals (Image: shutterstock).
13:08 GMT
Emirati students can now learn forensic science at Amity University’s Dubai campus.
Some 200 kilometers north of Baghdad, the Baiji refinery has not been in use since last year, when fierce fighting halted operations. (AFP/File)
13:03 GMT
The extremist group made advances into the country's Baiji refinery, some 200 kilometers north of Baghdad, seizing crude oil tanks and killing the complex's commander in charge.
A store in Baghdad sells wedding gowns.  (AFP/Khalil al-Murshidi)
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Locals continue getting married in Mosul; Egyptians call for legalization of hashish; and Turkey looks back on the Armenian genocide.
Somali security forces have regained control of a government ministry in the capital from al-Shabaab, a security official said Tuesday.
12:44 GMT
Somali security forces have regained control of a government ministry in the capital from al-Shabaab, a security official said Tuesday.
Dubai is among the world’s leaders in the promotion of sustainable energy as it steadily works to diminish its vast carbon footprint.
12:40 GMT
The UAE has one of the largest carbon footprints in the world
Russia signed an $800 million contract to sell Iran the missile system in 2007, but the operation was suspended three years later following heavy criticism from Israel and the US. (AFP/File)
12:14 GMT
After Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a 5-year ban on the project Monday, the head of the Iranian security council said Tuesday his country expects the delivery of the S-300 missile system by the end of this year from Russia.
Some 330 Australian troops are headed to Iraq's Taji base to begin a 2-year training program for Iraqi soldiers. (AFP/File)
12:12 GMT
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Prime announced approximately 330 troops will join a New Zealand contingent in training Iraqi military at base north of Baghdad.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to drive Iran's wilted women's rights record into reform, but progress has been slow. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Iran will appoint Foreign Minister Marzieh Afkham to a foreign ambassador posting, making her the country's second ever woman to take up the position, and the first since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
Representatives from the political parties say the ban is to protect the children of the nation. (Shutterstock)
12:00 GMT
Two Islamic parties have proposed an alcohol ban in Indonesia, a country famous for having the world's largest Muslim population.
The attestation of prayer is just one of the many character recommendations required in the aid application.  (Image: File photo)
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In order to receive marriage financial aid, Saudi's Ministry of Social Affairs now requires an attestation from an imam confirming that applicants pray five times a day.
A Yemeni soldier stands guard near a gas plant in Balhaf, on November 7, 2009. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)
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Armed tribesman seized the Balhaf oil plant from an army unit on Tuesday.
Iranian director Marjane Satrapi at the Cannes Film Festival 2008. (Image: Wikipedia Commons)
10:55 GMT
Known for being an author and animated film creator, Marjane Satrapi is ready to reinvent herself.
French Montana is making way to the Middle East again. (Image: Facebook)
10:47 GMT
Will his on again-off again gf Khloe K remain in the region to see French Montana perform at the JW Mariott Marquis on Thursday, April 23?
Algerian Minister for Africa and Maghreb Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, (L) speaks with United Nations Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Bernardino Leon, as they take part in talks between Libya's rival factions, hosted in the Algerian capital, Algiers on April 13, 2015. (AFP/Farouk Batiche)
10:33 GMT
In a second round of peace talks, the UN strongly encouraged Libya's rival parties to form a national unity government.
Lina has now been off the radar for two weeks. (Image: Dp-news.com)
10:32 GMT
Syrian actress Lina Diab is nowhere to be found!
Pakistani labourers fill bags with rice outside a storage centre near Lahore. (AFP/Arif Ali)
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Pakistani labourers fill bags with rice outside a storage centre near Lahore .
Coalition fighter jets pounded areas across Yemen Tuesday as the Saudi-led military campaign in the country entered its 20th day. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
Now over two weeks old, the Saudi-led coalition targeted areas across Yemen Tuesday as ground fighting intensified in the war-torn country.
Iraqi troops inspect the scene of a car bomb explosion in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
09:56 GMT
Two separate bombings in the areas around Baghdad killed a total of eleven civilians and injuring 23 others on Tuesday morning.
#BringBackOurGirls campaign held rallies around the world. One year later, 219 are still missing. (Image: Facebook)
09:22 GMT
A year ago today, Boko Haram jihadists stormed a girls boarding school, abducting 275 girls. Some 50 escaped on the night of the attack, but most of them have not been seen since.
An Iranian flag flutters at an undisclosed location in Iran next to a liquid fuel surface-to-surface Qiam-1 missile with advanced guidance systems. (AFP/Getty Images/File)
09:17 GMT
While Israel branded Iran as a “messianic and apocalyptic regime," Zakaria argues that it is in fact a rational, but perhaps not reasonable, state.
Diesel will be filming scenes from his new film "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" in Iraq. (Image: Facebook)
09:05 GMT
Vin Diesel will be filming scenes from his new film "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" in Iraq.
Iraqi forces will next take on Daesh in Anbar. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The US Department of Defense announced Daesh lost up to 25 percent of the territory it had previously claimed in Iraq.
In response to the statement, Lebanese businessmen working in Gulf nations say they're planning to form a delegation to visit GCC countries to express solidarity with Saudi's military action in Yemen. (AFP/File)
08:37 GMT
After the militant group's statement agaist Saudi Arabia, Lebanese expats living in Gulf nations say they feel threatened.
Haifaa Al Mansour's, director of the Saudi film "Wadjda." (Image: Facebook)
08:37 GMT
Saudi filmmakers celebrated the the second government-approved film festival in Saudi Arabia.
Protesters gather outside Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
The US particularly criticized Egypt's frequent use of mass trials and sentencing, following the recent conviction 37 defendants to life terms, including Egyptian-American activist Mohamed Soltan.
Lil Jon is coming to Cavalli Club! (Image: Facebook)
08:22 GMT
Only one more night until epic rapper Lil Jon bounces into the Emirates for a gig at Dubai's Cavalli Club on April 15.
Amal Clooney's surprising casual look. (Image: Twitter/ Hello Magazine)
08:01 GMT
She's become quite the fashion icon, we attribute it to her Beirut roots, but we're surprised Amal Clooney chose a biker jacket and jeans to visit her celebrity husband on set.
In 2014 alone, only 17 percent of received 998 calls constituted an actual emergency. (Shutterstock)
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Dubai residents are famous for calling the emergency line for non-life threatening cases, like a sick cat!
On the other hand, Western expats were the least likely to settle debt (32 per cent) or pay bills (nine per cent) with their bonus payments.
07:56 GMT
Emiratis were the most likely to spend their bonus payments while Indian expats are most likely to invest their bonus payments in a savings scheme.
Kim Kardashian's Facebook post this morning. (Image: Facebook)
07:47 GMT
Baptizing baby North, meeting the Jerusalem mayor, and potentially crossing into Jordan to promote tourism all after spending five days in Kim's Armenian homeland make for one epic trip to the Holy Land.
A man walks in a street inside the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus on April 6, 2015. Around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the camp after the Islamic State group seized large parts of it. (AFP/File)
07:44 GMT
According to the PLO, Daesh has resorted to using heavy machinery and artillery inside Yarmouk refugee camp, located in the outskirts of Damascus.
Yemeni supporters of the southern seperatist movement drive a tank in the city of Aden on April 13, 2015. Humanitarian groups have struggled to deliver aid and said the situation in Aden was deteriorating rapidly. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)
07:35 GMT
The United Nations Security Council will vote on a draft resolution which proposes imposing an arms arms embargo on Yemen’s Houthi leaders and urge the movement to withdraw from the territories under its control.
Interrogations conducted after the arrest reflect the militant's frequent visits to Egypt, Turkey and Algeria. (AFP/File)
07:25 GMT
A Daesh militant likely behind several recruits for the group was arrested in east Lebanon.
Manny Pacquiao
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Filipino politician and boxer Manny Pacquiao is following a rigorous training routine ahead of his mega-bout with unbeaten US boxer Floyd Mayweather, and he has been using only his left hand to stop his opponents while sparring.
The chick is the offspring of parents Bubbles and Wall-E, two of Ski Dubai’s King Penguins who had been taking turns incubating the egg inside the penguin habitat. (Image: becuo.com)
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The King penguin chick hatched at Ski Dubai on February 17, 2015 and is part of the Snow Penguins programme, an extension of a multi-generation breeding programme in the US.
The Middle East represents between 58-60 per cent volume of our global business.
06:06 GMT
Fragrances accounted for 19.6 percent of the Middle East and Africa's beauty and wellness market in 2014,
All nine Lebanese truck drivers kidnapped by al-Nusra Front on the border between Syria and Jordan returned home Monday. (AFP/File)
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All nine Lebanese truck drivers kidnapped by al-Nusra Front on the border between Syria and Jordan returned home Monday.
These programs included the implementation of 18 training programs for age groups of 10-24 years, covering more than 50 cities in 25 educational regions.
05:55 GMT
Boeing and Injaz Saudi Arabia signs a strategic partnerships agreement with more than SR500,000 to sponsor 20 schools within "Safeer Initiative".
US inventories in the week to April 3 surged nearly 11 million barrels to a fresh record high of 482.4 million.
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Oil prices rose on Monday, extending last week's gains, but the persistent global supply glut will likely cap advances, analysts said
Iran's minorities face discrimination and harassment during their required military service, fighting for a country that often ignores their rights.  (AFP/Atta Kenare)
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Being a minority recruit in Iran's military; one Qatari restaurant's free food handouts; and modern-day slavery in the Gulf.
Israeli settlers in occupied territories are exploiting Palestinian children for cheap labor and depriving them of the opportunity to attend school, the Human Rights Watch said Monday. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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Israeli settlers in occupied territories are exploiting Palestinian children for cheap labor and depriving them of the opportunity to attend school, the Human Rights Watch said Monday.

April 13, 2015

"Dubai is an ideal destination for us to debut our first Delano property in the Middle East," said Jason Kalisman, interim CEO of Morgans Hotel Group.
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Scheduled to open in 2017 as the third hotel in the Delano portfolio, Delano Dubai's 110-key deluxe hotel apartment property will be situated on Palm Jumeirah
On sale from today (April 13) to April 19, passengers can plan their trips in advance and save on Economy class or Business class fares.
23:16 GMT
Qatar Airways' passengers can expect great savings to global destinations across the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Americas with its latest "A World of Fabulous Fares" promotion.
"Six months later, reconstruction and rehabilitation have barely kicked off," said the report.
23:13 GMT
Six months after donors pledged billions of dollars (euros) for devastated Gaza, most of the money remains blocked.
The company signed an exploration and production-sharing agreement in December 2013 for Block 41
23:10 GMT
French oil and gas giant Total has pulled out of a deepwater block in offshore Oman after failing to make commercially attractive discoveries.

The leading fashion television channel will be visiting Cityscape Abu Dhabi in UAE this month to meet potential private investors to reveal details of its new property portfolio opportunities.
23:01 GMT
Fashion TV, a French-based fashion and lifestyle broadcaster, is eyeing the GCC to launch its brand of hotels and residences.
“My intention this week is to try and convince the GCC and all the member countries that it would be to both our interests,” Robb said.
22:55 GMT
Australia’s Trade Minister, Andrew Robb, wants the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes the UAE, to make a regional free trade agreement a top priority.
22:51 GMT
Gulf Business compares what Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways offer versus their counterparts in the US.
To help you choose, Apple has plenty of videos on its website and Apple Store and Apple Watch apps.
22:38 GMT
Apple Watch comes with a choice of watch case, band and size — there are 54 possible configurations in all.
When our brain senses that we are being threatened by a word, a gesture or even a micro expression on someone’s face, something incredible happens that is completely outside of your control.
22:32 GMT
Someone always wins an argument. Every argument will leave you changed.
Lionel Messi
22:30 GMT
The Barcelona star admitted that injuries and issues off the pitch affected his performance but said those days are now over
Nicholas Slatten, center, was sentenced to life for his role in the 2007 slaughter in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
22:30 GMT
Former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten was sentenced to life in prison. The other three guards will serve 30 years.
Ramin Rahmani Nejad Asil, the Iranian photographer behind these images, told Al Bawaba, “Many locals believe that this is the most exquisite mosque in the world, and I have never seen anything like it." Located in the southern city of Shiraz, the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque is a hidden treasure in the Islamic Republic.
20:35 GMT
Stained glass and sunlight create a daily magic show inside a 19th century Iranian mosque.
Putin has signed a presidential decree paving the way for the delivery of the S-300 missile system Monday. (EPA)
19:55 GMT
Putin has signed a presidential decree paving the way for the delivery of the S-300 missile system Monday.
Daesh released a video of militants destroying the ancient city of Nimrud on Saturday. (Albawaba.com/File)
19:53 GMT
The UN's cultural agency issued a fresh condemnation Monday of jihadists' destruction of Iraq's Nimrud, once the jewel of Assyria and home to a treasure considered one of the 20th century's main archaeological finds.