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February 10, 2016

Day One of IFIF examined the transformative impact of social media on banking. (Mapcarta)
08:26 GMT
Over 200 delegates from across MENA are meeting in Sudan to discuss trends in Islamic finance and how it can be used to spur economic growth across the region.
Mohammed Assaf and Lina Qishawi aren't engaged anymore. (Arab48.com)
08:25 GMT
Mohammed Assaf and Lina Qishawi aren't engaged anymore.
The former Israeli PM is now facing 19 months in prison for various corruption charges. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Judge refuses plea bargain and gives former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert additional month in prison for secret tapes saga.
The new agreement adds Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Britain to Mobily's list. (Yanbutoday)
07:02 GMT
Saudi Arabia's Etihad Etisalat Mobily has signed an agreement with Vodafone that will permit roaming in 21 countries.
Saudi army artillery fire shells towards Yemen  on April 13, 2015. (AFP / Fayez Nureldine)
06:37 GMT
On Tuesday, six Saudi soldiers were killed in retaliatory rocket attacks in southern Saudi Arabia.
The twinning project will make a significant contribution to the business environment. (File photo)
06:19 GMT
The 18-month project will be carried out in cooperation with the Netherlands and Sweden to create a buildings database using modern technologies.
The recently completed border fence is one of many new security updates for Tunisia. (Twitter)
06:00 GMT
Tunisia is increasing military and security patrols at the Libyan border.
 “I lived through hell. I’m not going to live that life anymore," Sheena Shirani said of her sexual harassment ordeal. (Facebook)
06:00 GMT
Former news anchor Sheena Shirani posted a series of Facebook messages and voice recordings cataloging years of harassment by Press TV's Managing News Director Hamid Reza Emadi.
Nigerian police on patrol. (AFP/File)
05:30 GMT
Nigeria arrested multiple militants and is tightening security against people leaving to train in Libya.
Smouldering in Forgotten posts pictures of their rehearsals and merch on twitter. (Twitter)
05:30 GMT
Oman gets ready to rock with Smouldering in Forgotten.
Egypt relies on the Nile as its main source of water but Ethiopia believes wants to use the water to generate electricity for development. (Twitter)
05:08 GMT
After nearly a dozen tripartite talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia, progress is finally being made in selecting the consultancy firms.
The Egypt State Council. (Twitter)
05:00 GMT
Eleven groups issued a statement against the ongoing exclusion of women from major judicial bodies in Egypt.

February 9, 2016

Currently in its third season, season four of Orange is the New Black will premiere on 17 June 2016. (Wikimedia)
22:32 GMT
Currently in its third season, season four of Orange is the New Black will premiere on 17 June 2016.
Comedy group 'Fooq alsada' released a parody of Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk", with lyrics that spoof the difficulty highly educated young Jordanians have finding decent jobs. The tightly produced video was a YouTube hit, racking up over 300,000 views.                                                                (link: https://youtu.be/vIeyLcW2clw)
20:03 GMT
Kill the winter chill with some music. Why sit and shiver when you can jump around to a beat? So take a scan of Arab artists who are remaking pop favorites in their own image. Eight covers worth a listen.
The rubble of a house in the Idlib province after an airstrike. (AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
Russian airstrikes hit civilian targets in the Idlib province.
Simona Halep
18:17 GMT
A stunning four of the world’s top five and six of the top 10 will compete in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships WTA event next week after defending champion and world number three Simona Halep, 2015 Dubai finalist Karolina Pliskova and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova accepted wild cards into the tournament.
A woman holds up a sign at a demonstration in Cairo demanding freedom for all political prisoners in July 2012. (AFP/Gianluigi Guerci)
18:00 GMT
Reports of 44,000 political prisoners in Egypt are a 'lie' according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
Smoke rises from an attack in the Sangin district of the Helmand province. (AFP/File)
17:30 GMT
Afghan forces are moving in on the hotly-contested Sangin district.
The pack rides on the highway during the second stage of the 2016 Tour of Qatar cycling race, starting and finishing at the Qatar University on February 9, 2016. Norway's Alexander Kristoff won a sprint finish ahead of Britain's Marc Cavendish in the second stage of the Tour of Qatar.
17:28 GMT
The pack rides on the highway during the second stage of the 2016 Tour of Qatar cycling race, starting and finishing at the Qatar University on February 9, 2016. Norway's Alexander Kristoff won a sprint finish ahead of Britain's Marc Cavendish in the second stage of the Tour of Qatar.
Directed by Bregtje van der Haak, the film titled Saudi Solutions touches on modernity versus fundamentalism. (YouTube)
17:17 GMT
Directed by Bregtje van der Haak, the film titled Saudi Solutions touches on modernity versus fundamentalism.
Riyad Mahrez
17:14 GMT
In 2010, Riyad Mahrez "didn't even know how to take a throw-in". And the rest is history... http://bbc.in/1UZSLmx
Gianni Infantino
16:58 GMT
Leading European clubs are supporting UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino in his bid to become president of football governing body FIFA, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Tuesday.
AFC president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa arrives to watch the AFC U23 Championship final football match between Japan and South Korea at Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha on January 30, 2016.
16:36 GMT
Ten Arab and international human rights organisations have launched a campaign in support of a Bahraini official in his bid to become Fifa president.
Israeli Arab member of parliament, Hanin Zoabi, is one of three Palestinian lawmakers suspended. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
Palestinian lawmakers vow to appeal their suspension as punishment for visiting victims' families.
A man walks past rubble from an airstrike in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
As Russian airstrikes increase, civilians are fleeing Aleppo in massive numbers.
The money was withdrawn after concerns were raised that it was not being spent on education. (AFP/File)
15:55 GMT
The money was withdrawn after concerns were raised that it was not being spent on education.
Qatar Olympic Committee logo
15:07 GMT
Despite two unsuccessful bids in the past, Doha has still not given up on its dream to host the Summer Olympics, Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) secretary-general Dr Thani al-Kuwari has said.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
Israel has responded to UN criticism of illegal occupation-related crimes by accusing the organisation of promoting 'terror'. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stands by his statements.
Experts says the best protection against the H1N1 virus is a yearly dose of the flu vaccine. (AFP/Jesus Alcazar)
14:30 GMT
A Palestinian man has succumbed to the H1N1 virus after being treated in an Israeli hospital.
Lebanon is host to about 1.1 million Syrians registered with UNHCR who have arrived since the onset of the country’s civil war in 2011. (Wikimedia Commons)
14:00 GMT
The United States has pledged an additional $133M for humanitarian assistance in Lebanon, while $290M will be used for education in Lebanon and Jordan.
Palestinian family looks on as Israeli authorities demolish home. (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
Israeli occupation forces bulldozed over 10 homes east of Nablus in the West Bank.
According to Q Restaurant chef Noor al Turkmani, camel burgers are healthier and not as heavy on your stomach. (AFP/ Georges Gobet)
13:51 GMT
A downtown Jordanian restaurant includes camel burgers on its menu and they are a hit with both foreigners and locals.
Cluster munitions. (Twitter)
13:30 GMT
Cluster bombs have killed dozens of civilians in 2016 alone.
Growing connectivity across the MENA region is reshaping consumers’ viewing habits. (Wikimedia Commons)
13:21 GMT
Movers and shakers from the world's media agencies will converge on CABSAT 2016's Content Congress to discuss the evolving tv landscape in the Middle East.
Saudi tanks deploy in Jizan close to the Yemeni border. (AFP/Fayez Nuraldine)
13:00 GMT
Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri announced Saudi Arabia is prepared for land war in Syria to tackle Daesh as part of the international coalition against the organisation.
Images circulating on the Internet last week showing a sign barring women from entry into a Saudi branch of the popular coffee shop caused major controversy for Starbucks. (AFP/File)
12:42 GMT
Images circulating on the Internet last week showing a sign barring women from entry into a Saudi branch of the popular coffee shop caused major controversy for Starbucks.
Whilst there is a significant Muslim community in Malta, it was not the main contributing factor in deciding to launch the Index. (Malta Today)
12:39 GMT
The Malta Stock Exchange hopes to attract halal companies that have not previously listed with the exchange.
Along with dengue, Rift Valley fever, and the West Nile vrus, these pesky little creatures could also bring the Zika virus to the MENA region. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The Middle East region is Zika-free according to the WHO, but the presence of mosquitoes in the region still makes the virus a possibility.
Kuwait is the only GCC country that has not yet raised fuel prices. (Imgarcade)
12:00 GMT
Public sector employees in Kuwait are set to get performance-related bonuses, despite a 64 percent budget deficit.
"His Royal Highness" is one of Hafez's pieces being featured at the harts gallery in Connecticut. (Image: Mohamad Hafez)
12:00 GMT
Syrian artist Mohamad Hafez rebuilds Syria through art; 8 rules of engagement taught by the Prophet Muhammad; Insights into Iranian rock star Ali Azimi's turbulent career.
The students were inspired by a friend's huge phobia of spiders. (Shutterstock)
11:54 GMT
Three university students think their new app can help cure your deepest fears.
Solid colors suit everyone; avoid clothes that have too much going on. (Shutterstock)
11:43 GMT
Prepping for your job interview includes paying attention to how you look as much as preparing what you will say.
Iraqi pro-government forces drive their armored vehicles in the Jwaibah area, on the eastern outskirts of Ramadi, on February 8, 2016. (AFP/Moadh al-Dulaimi)
11:30 GMT
Iraqi forces and their allies were able to retake the last remaining Daesh strongholds surrounding Ramadi.
A powerful car bomb explosion in the centre of Damascus on February 21, 2013. (AFP/File)
11:17 GMT
A car bomb attack exploded in Damascus, killing at least eight and injuring others, according to initial reports.
The president’s apparent extravagance did not sit well with many Egyptians. (Twitter)
11:14 GMT
The president’s apparent extravagance did not sit well with many Egyptians.
According to Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, Daesh leader Al Baghdadi "owned" Kayla Mueller. (AFP)
11:08 GMT
Widow of Daesh financial leader Abu Sayyaf has been charged with conspiracy in the death of a female US captive.
A spokesman for the Iraqi embassy in the US denied that Baghdad has ever withheld US military aid to the Peshmerga. (File photo)
11:00 GMT
A Kurdish Iraqi official has said that the KRG needs US assistance to cover salaries, logistics and transport in order to defeat Daesh.
Yemenis gather near the rubble of houses close to Sanaa Airport, March 31, 2015, after they were destroyed in an air strike a Saudi-led coalition warplanes. (AFP/ Mohammed Huwais)
10:44 GMT
Saudi airstrikes targeting several areas across Yemen have killed at least five. Yemeni ballistics struck an airport in Saudi Arabia.
Mohammad Assaf was appointed as the first UNRWA Regional Youth Ambassador for Palestinian Refugees.(UN.org)
10:40 GMT
10 Arab celebrities you didn’t know were UN Goodwill Ambassadors.
They were punished for having visited the families of Palestinian attackers. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT
They were punished for having visited the families of Palestinian attackers.
Detectives found 600 marijuana plants in a nursery near Nablus.  (AFP/ Raul Arboleda)
10:30 GMT
Palestinian Authority find a nursery full of marijuana plants in Nablus.
Rita Ora is making an appearance at the Dubai Mall when she launches her spring summer 2016 collection at the adidas Originals store on February 10.  (Facebook)
10:20 GMT
Rita Ora is making an appearance at the Dubai Mall when she launches her spring summer 2016 collection at the adidas Originals store on February 10.
Israeli border guards keep position during clashes with Palestinian youths following a protest over the rights of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, on February 05, 2016. (AFP/Musa al Shaer)
10:00 GMT
The two girls were detained in separate incidents, one in Jerusalem and the other near the West Bank City of Hebron.
Iran's plan to boost oil production cloud prospects for a major rebound in crude oil prices. (File photo)
10:00 GMT
As OPEC members continue discussions over how to stabilize the oil market, oil prices continue to slide.
The prime minister announced that the UAE will create a ministerial position to oversee citizens’ happiness. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
The prime minister announced that the UAE will create a ministerial position to oversee citizens’ happiness.
The city of Aden is subject to numerous skirmishes with the presence of Al Qaeda and Daesh militants. (AFP/Saleh Al Obeidi)
09:41 GMT
Al Qaeda fighters clashed with Yemeni forces loyal to the embattled president Hadi as they attempted to recapture parts of Aden city.
The Victoria's Secret model, who is dating former One Direction heartthrob Zayn Malik, left nothing to the imagination. (Instagram)
09:38 GMT
The Victoria's Secret model, who is dating former One Direction heartthrob Zayn Malik, left nothing to the imagination.
A new 'Minister of State for Happiness' will have the  mission to channel policies and plans to achieve a happier society. (Dubai Media Office)
09:00 GMT
Sheikh Maktoum has announced sweeping structural changes to federal government which consolidates ministries and incorporates plans for outsourcing to the private sector.
Christina with her ex-husband Sheikh Walid Juffali. (The Times UK)
08:46 GMT
Former Pirelli model wins right to sue her Saudi billionaire ex-husband for slice of his £4BILLION fortune.
Jordan's King Abdullah II and US President Barack Obama speak during a joint press conference. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
08:25 GMT
King Abdullah and President Obama will tackle efforts to combat extremism across the Middle East.
US State Department spokesman John Kirby. (AFP/File)
08:06 GMT
The US responds to Turkish concerns over support to the PYD which is linked to the PKK, saying the US will continue to support any moderate groups fighting Daesh.
The first-of-its-kind project will be constructed over 250,000sqm of land, located 5km away from Al Mabailah exit at the express way. (Skyscraper City)
08:00 GMT
Oman's first light-industries city will cater to the automotive and construction sectors and will create some 8000 jobs after completion.
Let's discuss it over ice cream. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
07:34 GMT
The woman quickly realized her husband was exploiting her financially to save up and take a second wife.
Arabian horses are famous for being able to carry heavy loads. Just not this heavy. (YouTube)
07:26 GMT
Something about straws an camels.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (center-right) and Defense Minister Ehud Barak (left) during the session of the Knesset in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
07:15 GMT
The bill was previously described as marking the return to a 'climate of hate'.
QP have bought the 30% interest in Chevron's deep-water leases for exploration in Cap Rhir Deep, Cap Cantin Deep and Cap Walidia Deep. (Caspian Explorer)
07:00 GMT
Qatar Petroleum has acquired a 30 percent stake in three offshore leases held by Chevron Morocco Exploration.
The personal information of everything from contractors to special agents was released. (File photo)
07:00 GMT
Hacktivists announced via a pro-Palestinian Twitter account that it had dumped personal data for 10,000 Homeland Security staff and threatened the FBI was next.
Egypt's interior minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar speaks during a press conference on February 8, 2016 in the capital Cairo. (AFP/Mostafa Abulezz)
06:46 GMT
“These accusations are totally unacceptable, and this is not Egyptian security policy at all," Egypt’s Interior Minister said.
In terms of foreign policy, Daesh and Iran have dominated this year's presidential discussions. (Shutterstock)
06:09 GMT
What does it all mean for the Middle East?
Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
06:00 GMT
"Our first goal is to host these refugees outside of Turkey.”
"Massive and systematised violence -- including the killing of detainees in official and makeshift detention centres -- has taken place out of sight, far from the battlefield," the report stated. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
05:39 GMT
The scathing report details widespread incidents of torture, murder, and even sexual abuse.
GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al Zayani speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai. (EAY)
05:02 GMT
GCC Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif Al Zayani has laid out five points for Arab countries to focus on for the future.
Serry Siam was one of 28 parliamentarians to have been appointed by President Sisi. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Egyptian parliamentarian Serry Siam had complained about being marginalized during recent sessions.
"We don't know where their parents come from, they have no documentation whatsoever," Trump said. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Trump made the comment during a town hall event in New Hampshire.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 7, 2016. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)
04:26 GMT
Israel frets about “Iran as Neighbor” amid fighting in Aleppo; African Hebrew family demands Israeli army explain soldier’s suspicious death; Israelis fail to understand what leads leads Palestinians to violent measures.
Fadi El-Khatib (source: dailystar.com.lb)
02:53 GMT
Lebanese basketball icon Fadi El-Khatib returned to the country late Sunday after ending his second stint in the Chinese Basketball Association League with Fujian club, who failed to make the playoffs.

February 8, 2016

Sources told Ma’an the man, identified only by his initials “M.M”, was a 24-year-old Palestinian from the village of Khirbet al-Aadas. (AFP/File)
20:06 GMT
The death comes along a string of tunnel collapses and flooding along the Strip.
AWST is being held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs
18:53 GMT
The Egyptian Sporting Club has defeated Jordan's Orthodox Club 48-47 after a very tough basketball match as part of the third Arab Women Sports Tournament...
A general view taken on February 3, 2016 shows the town of Tal Jabin, north of the Syrian embattled city of Aleppo. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
18:22 GMT
According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, some of the barrel bombs contained toxic gas.
The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) issued the final confirmation ahead of Tuesday’s match for round 17 of the Egyptian Football League
17:29 GMT
The Ministry of Interior declared that fans will not be allowed to enter Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria for the face-off between arch-rivals Al-Ahly SC and Al-Zamalek SC on Tuesday.
Apparently there is an extensive Chechen spy network in Daesh controlled areas. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT
Apparently there is an extensive Chechen spy network in Daesh controlled areas.
Activists and Italian nationals living in Egypt take part in a rally in memory of Italian student Giulio Regeni on February 6, 2016. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
17:00 GMT
The results also confirmed that Regeni was not subject to any type of sexual abuse or assaults.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. (Twitter)
16:00 GMT
German Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister of Turkey Davutoglu
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15:59 GMT
Zamalek’s Ultras will commemorate at Fustat Park the one year anniversary of the stadium clashes and stampedes that killed 20 fans
UAE pilot Major Mariam Al Mansouri led a strike against Daesh in Syria in October 2014.
15:38 GMT
The army chief officials discussed several issues including the fight against extremism in the region
A member of Iraq's elite counter-terrorism service sits in a vehicle after being wounded in fighting with Daesh militants on February 3, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
15:30 GMT
Some 4,500 soldiers are expected to arrive at a military base near Makhmur, 70 km southeast of Mosul.
Hassan Abdullah Al Thawadi (source: Qatar News Agency)
15:16 GMT
Presentations by top delegates and continental meetings of the 79th AIPS Congress (Association Internationale De La Presse Sportive or International Sports Press Association) start here Monday at the Doha Sheraton.
A pair of Mi-17 helicopters operated by the Afghanistan air force. (Wikimedia)
15:00 GMT
An Afghan National Army official said the helicopter made an emergency landing due to technical issues.
The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice apparently took issue with the dress-up gag. (Twitter)
14:50 GMT
The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice apparently took issue with the dress-up gag.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP/Yuri Cortez).
14:28 GMT
Erdogan expressed anger at US support for Syrian Kurds and called on Washington to choose between Turkey and the PKK.
Saudi is encouraging FDI in order to balance its $98B budget deficit. (File photo)
14:00 GMT
A Saudi committee is examining the possibility of removing the requirement of having a local partner in order to promote foreign direct investment.
Director Amr Arafa concludes shooting 'Men 30 Sana' Moqattam scenes, which stars Ahmed al-Sakka (pictured). ()
13:58 GMT
Director Amr Arafa concludes shooting 'Men 30 Sana' Moqattam scenes.
Several lawmakers are preparing legislation that would make attendance to presidential elections mandatory. (AFP/File)
13:52 GMT
Monday's session was adjourned until March 2 due to a lack of quorum.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 18, 2015. (AFP/Tolgas Bozoglu)
13:30 GMT
Merkel travelled to Turkey to meet the Prime Minister and the President concerning cooperation over the influx of refugees into Turkey and Europe.
Enas is known for making people gasp with her unorthodox opinions. (File photo)
13:17 GMT
Enas el Dughaidi talks sex, porn and homosexuals!
Syrian government forces in the village of Tal Jabin, north of the embattled city of Aleppo, as they advanced to break a three-year rebel siege of two government-held Shia villages, Nubol and Zahraa, on February 3, 2016. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
13:00 GMT
The Syrian regime tightens its grip around rebel held Fallujah and Aleppo preparing for a costly and possibly lengthy siege.
Electrosteel's business of distributing the company’s products is logistically demanding, and involves a high cost with transporting huge volumes of cargo. (Electrosteel Castings)
13:00 GMT
The new facility will become the regional hub for the India-based company, the world's third largest producer of ductile iron pipes.
Two Boats capsized off the coast of Turkey, killing 33 (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
12:37 GMT
The capsizing of two boats in two separate incidents off the Turkish coast have cost 33 migrant lives.
Security forces inspect the aftermath of deadly attack carried out by Daesh in a mall in Baghdad. (Hindustan Times)
12:30 GMT
The Iraqi Interior Ministry's spokesman said the "wall" would include an increased number of checkpoints around Baghdad.
Understanding retail footfall allows retailers to direct sales strategies and plan staffing. (File photo)
12:22 GMT
With 90 percent market share, Dubai's Savant Data Systems is helping retailers understand footfall patterns to make the right business decisions.