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September 21, 2016

An anti-war protest in London. (AFP/File)
15:05 GMT
A roundup of Twitter users in the Middle East shows some either reject the message or misunderstand it entirely.
Law enforcement officers secure the area where they allegedly arrested terror suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami following a shootout in Linden, New Jersey, on September 19, 2016. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
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Afghan-born Rahami who is a naturalised US citizen is accused on 10 counts including the use of weapons of mass destruction and the use of a destructive device.
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein
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HRH Prince Ali, president of the Jordan Football Association (JFA), on Monday discussed boosting women’s empowerment through sports with Norway’s Minister of Culture and Sports Cathrine Hofstad Helleland.
Jordanians elected a new parliament yesterday (AFP/Khalil Mazaawri)
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Parliamentary politics struggles against widespread apathy in the Kingdom.
Security guards rush to Israeli embassy in Ankara, Turkey, after attempted attack on its staff Wednesday. (AFP/Adem Altan)
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Perpetrator wounded by security forces after rushing at building with a knife; no Israelis injured in incident.
"I'm not sitting down" reads this iteration of Hind's meme (Facebook)
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Hind Al Fayez was furious after ballot boxes were stolen from her district.
Syrian troops stand guard as a bus carrying people drives by, as part of an evacuation from the town of Daraya outside the capital Damascus on August 26, 2016 (AFP/Youssef Karwashan)
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Missiles tore into a humanitarian aid convoy in Aleppo Province on Monday night as a partial US and Russia-led ceasefire collapsed in a fresh round of airstrikes and recriminations. It’s not yet clear who was directly responsible, but if it was designed to snuff out any final flickers of hope of diplomatic progress, it appears to have had the desired effect.
A soldier in The New Syrian Army (Twitter)
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Images from Amaq are on Twitter, but don’t offer much proof the soldiers came from The New Syrian Army.
The Bahrain Asian Traders Committee plans roadshows in South Korea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and other Asian countries to promote Bahrain as an ideal investment destination. (File photo)
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The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry is focusing its efforts to encourage businesses to look closer to home rather than investing abroad.
Indonesia police are on high-alert for Daesh-affiliated attacks after an attack in Jakarta in 2015. (AFP/File)
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Indonesia is monitoring the return of citizens from Syria, fearing Daesh-linked attacks to take place in their home country.
Lionel Richie played at Glastonbury last year and had a concert in Dubai in 2014. (Digital Spy)
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The iconic singer will perform the day before Rihanna and the Chemical Brothers, but opinion is divided over whether Lionel Richie is a good fit for F1!
We’ve all known that one person who seems to get more done in one day than we do in an entire week. (Bayt)
12:53 GMT
August's best insider tips and expert advice to help both job seekers and employers.
Both the handsets run on Android Marshmallow with HTC's Sense interface on top. (Tbreak)
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HTC's latest flagship brings high end specs at lower price points.
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a Refugee Summit on the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly inNew York on September 20, 2016. (AFP/Jim Watson)
12:30 GMT
Over 65 million refugees have fled their homes worldwide as a result of armed conflict.
The grand prize for the competition is a national US comedy tour and $100,000. (
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The Egyptian founder of Al Hezb El Comedy is up against comedians from 56 countries in Laugh Factory's Funniest Person in the World contest,!
An Israeli warship patrols the Mediterranean Sea (AFP/File)
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Eli Cohen, famous Israeli spy, was hanged by the Syrian government in 1964. Now, new footage of his hanging in downtown Damascus has surfaced.
Israeli border guards shot a young teenage girl in the legs for not stopping at a checkpoint in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
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A 13-year-old girl was shot in the legs at the Eliyahu checkpoint when she did not stop.
The merger between First Gulf Bank and National Bank of Abu Dhabi is a trend that is likely to continue as banks look at improving efficiency. (File photo)
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Standard & Poor's expects a six percent loan growth, deterioration of asset quality, and reduced profitability for GCC banks this year as low oil prices continue to exert pressure.
Aid is seen strewn across the floor in the town of Orum al-Kubra on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 20, 2016, the morning after a convoy delivering aid was hit by a deadly air strike. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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Meanwhile Russia has accused rebels of destroying the convoy via a ground attack, not the air.
As if we haven't seen it all already (unimpressed face). (Instagram)
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As if we haven't seen it all already (unimpressed face).
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (AFP/Robyn Beck)
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News that Jolie filed for divorce broke yesterday and are making headlines worldwide.
The hospital is owned by Saudi businessman Maan al-Sanea, the founder and chairman of the conglomerate Saad Group. (Saad Medical)
11:00 GMT
The strike by 200 medical and non-medical staff of one of Saudi's largest private medical facilities began three weeks ago but is growing momentum.
A Yemeni woman inspects the rubble of a factory allegedly targeted by Saudi-led airstrikes in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
11:00 GMT
The latest Oxfam report revealed the breadth of displacement and civilian casualties in Yemen, and warned of an impending humanitarian crisis.
The hijab is still under fire in the west. (Shutterstock)
11:00 GMT
An independent study revealed that headscarf-wearing women with Turkish names have to send almost five times as many job applications as a native German to get a job interview.
Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt on Monday. (Instagram)
10:05 GMT
He didn't hear the news from them first though.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd is a global aerospace corporation founded in 2006. (File photo)
10:00 GMT
DAE has acquired 80 percent of Amman-based Joramco from The Abraaj Group for an undisclosed sum.
Israeli security forces fire tear gas canisters to disperse Palestinian protesters during a demonstration. (AFP/File)
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Seven Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Hebron since Thursday, after a period of relative calm since a wave of unrest spread across the occupied territory nearly a year ago, which has seen 230 Palestinians killed by Israelis and 32 Israelis killed by Palestinians.
Ruby is one happy mama with her one-year-old girl Teebah. (
09:41 GMT
Is she that cute?
The happy couple in 2002. (YouTube)
09:07 GMT
Loved up or trouble in paradise?
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters, September 20, 2016 in New York City. (AFP/Drew Angerer)
09:00 GMT
Egyptian President Sisi addressed the UN general assembly on a wide range of issues facing Egypt.
Al Raha Group for Technical Services specializes in logistics and supply chain management, services and repair of aerospace equipment and vehicles, systems design and integration and training. (Wikimedia Commons)
09:00 GMT
Al Raha Group for Technical Services has landed a fixed-price US Air Force contract for support of the Saudi Arabian F-15 fleet.
Seat selection on Qantas is only complimentary for international economy saver and flex fares. (Qantas)
08:51 GMT
Dubai-based Emirates has confirmed that a fee will be applicable for select seats, but other airlines are already doing the same.
Palestinians hold their national flag as they ride boats during a rally to show support for activists aboard the flotilla. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
08:24 GMT
Regev plans to set sail with 30 other women from Messina, Sicily, to the Gaza Strip aboard the Amal to protest Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Texting while driving is not only dangerous - it can be deadly. (Shutterstock)
08:23 GMT
The UAE proposed extreme measures to combat people using their phones while driving.
The actress posted a photo with an alleged tumor on her back! (Bitajarod)
08:22 GMT
The actress posted a photo with an alleged tumor on her back!
Turkish contractors have so far completed approximately $6.3 billion projects in Kuwait. (Wikimedia Commons)
08:00 GMT
Turkey is looking to invest in upcoming infrastructure projects in Kuwait that are valued at $150B.
Refugees walk past burned tents at the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos after the overnight fire that burned more than half of the camp. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
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The Greek government will host displaced family aboard two ships, as more than half of the camp was destroyed.
The exhibition follows a successful partnership with Jimmy Choo during New York Fashion Week. (Etihad)
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Etihad Airways unveiled the exhibition of fashion and travel images by celebrity photographers as part of London Fashion Week.
US President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 20, 2016 in New York City. (AFP/Drew Angerer)
07:00 GMT
Obama said the international community must either move forward or recede into old divisions of religion and race.
12 A380 superjumbos are part of the order but Iran has not yet decided whether to take the double-decker jets. (File photo)
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Iran will trim the Airbus order by six aircraft in order to expedite the process of export approvals from the US Treasury Department.
GCC governments are also considering a proposal to raise tobacco tariffs across the region. (Shutterstock)
06:17 GMT
The tax on cigarettes and tobacco products in Oman has been raised for the first time in 17 years as the country seeks to raise revenues and bridge its budget deficit.
The Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon has been the scene of increased violence and lawlessness. (AFP/File)
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UNRWA offices were closed as residents protested increasing lawlessness in the camp.
Young Jordanians hand out campaign fliers outside a polling station on Election Day in Amman, Jordan, on Sept. 20, 2016. (Lindsey Leger)
06:00 GMT
A monitor group found 624 violations by media outlets during the election season.
A damaged truck carrying aid is seen on the side of the road in the town of Orum al-Kubra on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 20, 2016, the morning after a convoy delivering aid was hit by a deadly air strike. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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UN chief Ban Ki-moon delivered scathing criticism accusing the Syrian regime of intentionally attacking a UN humanitarian aid convoy.

September 20, 2016

21:36 GMT
Aysegul Terzi told Turkey's Show TV she often finds herself crying over the attack; is that “perfection” really dependent on weight loss?; and troubling the easy dichotomy between secular and religious, good and bad.
FIFA, the international football association, lifted its ban on hijab in 2014 (AFP/File)
20:14 GMT
But the International Basketball Federation hasn’t budged.
Migrants fix their makeshift tent made from blankets in the Moria camp, on the island of Lesvos, on September 20, 2016. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
19:52 GMT
More than 3,000 refugees reached Greek islands in the month of August.
Two women cast their ballots in parliamentary elections in Amman, Jordan, on Sept. 20, 2016. (Lindsey Leger)
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The total number of voters for the 2013 elections stood at 1.2 million.
Kuwait Football Association headquarters
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Sports suspension in the country is considered a great challenge that should be resolved as soon as possible, a Kuwait Football Association (KFA) official said on Tuesday.
Members of The White Helmets retrieve a body from the rubble in Aleppo (AFP/Ameer Alhalbi)
16:15 GMT
Some have accused the group having ties to jihadists in Syria.
Zinedine Zidane
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The attacking duo have made a swift recovery and will be back in Real Madrid's squad after missing out at the weekend
An Israeli soldier scuffles with a Palestinian woman who is trying to film the scene of a reported Palestinian stabbing attack on a soldier near the Jewish settler enclave of Tal Rumeda in the city centre of the West Bank town of Hebron on September 16, 2016. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
16:00 GMT
Scores of Palestinians have been detained in recent months for social media activity.
Uber is offering free rides to Jordanians who wish to vote on September 20 (File photo)
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Uber is offering free rides to Jordanians headed to the polls today.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
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Mohammed bin Rashid hails achievements of UAE team at 2016 Rio Paralympic Games
Absolutely not Skittles (AFP/File)
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And that tells us a lot about how we think about risk.
Turkish police detain a student in Diyarbakir on September 19, 2016, during a protest against the suspension of teachers for suspected links to militants. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
15:30 GMT
Turkey shut down about 1,000 Gulen-affiliated schools and has started a program aimed at instilling anti-coup attitudes in students.
Law enforcement at the scene of the explosion in New York. (AFP/File)
15:14 GMT
Pressure cooker bombs found in New York bear a strikingly similar resemblance to designs found in al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine.
A row of Saudi police vehicles. (AFP/File)
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Saudi authorities cracked down on four separate Daesh plots, arresting 17 people and seizing explosive devices.
Mahmoud 'Kahraba' Abdel-Moneim (Photo: Ahram)
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For the first time in nine months, Egypt's coach Hector Cuper called-up Ittihad of Jeddah winger Mahmoud 'Kahraba' Abdel-Moneim for next month's World Cup qualifier against Congo.
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Qatar Women Handball team beat Jordan 22-19 to win the title of the Inaugural West Asian Women's Handball Championship 2016 in Doha on Monday.
Iraq's "Golden Division" counter-extremism forces train in Baghdad as they preparare for an operation to retake Mosul. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
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Iraq says its army and volunteer forces have begun operations to rid a town near the Daesh stronghold of Mosul of the extremist group’s presence.
Television footage had shown the plane, reportedly carrying around 300 people, surrounded by dozens of security vehicles and officers armed with high-powered firearms at an isolated area of the runway at Manila's airport. (AFP/File)
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Authorities at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport dispatched armed security teams and emergency units to surround the Boeing 777-300 plane after receiving a distress signal indicating a hijacking incident.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in Saturday's Manhattan bombing, after having been arrested by police in New Jersey. (photo: ABC 7 News)
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Rahami, 28, traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013 and 2011 and appeared to have become more religious after his trips.
The connectivity project will offer unlimited, 24/7 outdoor and indoor Wi-Fi access points through Zain Jordan’s high-speed 4G mobile network, initially in four primary locations across the country. (Shutterstock)
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More than 724,000 registered refugees in Jordan will receive free high-speed internet access for five years as part of UNHCR’s Connectivity for Refugees Programme.
Her Majesty Queen Rania participates in a roundtable on international action at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants in New York on Monday. (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)
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The Queen made these remarks in her capacity as a humanitarian advocate during a roundtable on international action at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants, while on a working visit to New York with His Majesty King Abdullah.
The stage at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2016.  (AFP/Valerie Macon)
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Ground-breaking as it was, Rami Malek's victory on Sunday night was preceded by a handful of Emmy wins by Arab talent.
Faisal al-Kasim hosts his Al Jazeera program The Opposite Direction. (Youtube)
12:50 GMT
Faisal al-Kasim asks why Sunni rebels haven’t expelled Shias from the areas they control on “The Opposite Direction.”
Palestinian farmer Abbas Yusef, 70, looks towards his olive trees. (AFP/File)
12:45 GMT
For Palestinians in the homeland as well as in exile, oral history production centers around a common experience of displacement.
A Jordanian woman shows her ink-stained finger after voting Tuesday morning in the parliamentary elections. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
12:44 GMT
The Jordanian elections kicked off Tuesday morning with a few internet problems and minor issues at polling stations.
Old but gold: the iPhone 4. (Wikimedia Commons)
12:32 GMT
Is your iOS device is feeling sluggish after updating to iOS 10? Learn what you can do to put a little pep back in its step.
In difficult times, not all companies advertise their vacant positions online or in the media. (File photo)
12:27 GMT
You can still land a dream job, despite the global credit crisis.
The projects in Ajloun would create job opportunities for around 1,000 residents.  (Wikimedia Commons)
12:25 GMT
Projects will include installing aerial tramway, building convention centre, a 300-room hotel and retail outlets in the 'Green Governorate".
Lebanese Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The Lebanese Labor Minister introduced a plan to return non-working Syrian refugees to designated safe zones within their country.
A spokesman from Abu Dhabi's TransAd said that app-based transport services must only work with luxury hire companies, follow set pricing schemes, and submit a list of drivers and cars to Transad. (File photo)
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App-based car services such as Uber and Careem will soon be subject to tighter controls in Abu Dhabi.
The Guggenheim museum in NYC hosted a collection of Hassan Sharif's work. (AFP/File)
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Emirati artist Hassan Sharif had work displayed at the Guggenheim and Centre Pompidou, making him one of the most well-known Arab artists in the world.
Rallies are in tents, not in the streets. If you go to a political rally in Jordan, don’t expect rhetoric to fall along the lines of the typical liberal or conservative spectrum. Instead, you’ll mostly encounter speeches calling for national unity, while being served coffee and baklava under a tent reminiscent of the country’s Bedouin roots.
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Everyone from the Islamic Action Front to the secularist Ma'an party are aiming to make waves in Jordan's parliamentary elections.
US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi in New York on September 19, 2016. (AFP/Kena Betancur)
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The Tunisian President and US Secretary of State met in New York City to discuss tensions at the Tunisian-Libyan border.
Emirati filmmaker, Nayla Al Khaja. (Nayla Al Khaja)
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'HAKAWI: Ambitious Saudi' is a series of six short films that will feature personalities such as Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi woman to climb Mt Everest.
The deadline for the implementation of the automatic tax data exchange ends in September. (File photo)
10:56 GMT
Failure to pass a bill which allows OECD members to ask for disclosure of suspicious bank accounts could see Lebanese banks blacklisted by G20 nations.
A man walks in Aleppo during a time of no fighting (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT
Some blamed the US, others Russia, and a few even laughed at the news.
Les Rois Hurghada did not allow guests to drink alcohol and kept men and women separate. (TripAdvisor)
10:00 GMT
The first hotel in Hurghada to abide by Islamic Sharia has shut down after only 30 months of operation.
Abu Mohammed al-Adnani in a video before his death. (Screengrab)
10:00 GMT
Al-Adnani was notorious for his audio messages calling for attacks on Daesh's enemies, including civilian targets in the West.
Refugees hurt and tents set ablaze as brawls break out on two Greek island camps. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Rescue personnel first moved children to safety, before occupants were forced to flee the camp as the blaze spread. Many refugees then made their way to the island capital, Mytilini, some six kilometres away, where boats leave for Athens.
Israeli occupation forces gather around a wounded Palestinian near the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron on Monday. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that two Palestinians were "apprehended and neutralized" at the Ibrahimi mosque checkpoint in Hebron after carrying out a stabbing attack on a border police officer.
GCC states have been taking measures to improve the condition of domestic workers in the region in recent years. (File photo)
09:00 GMT
Domestic workers in Dubai receive the highest salaries in the region, according to a new global survey by HelperChoice.
The Egyptian-American actor said that his surprise win represented a move in the industry towards being as progressive as possible. (AFP/Kevin Winter)
08:17 GMT
Rami Malek did his best to avoid soaking Jimmy Kimmel's suit with tears after picking up the Lead Actor gong at the Emmy Awards on Sunday. Aww!
Baghdad's Nakheel mall pictured on September 10, 2016 in the aftermath of two car bomb blasts which killed at least 13 people and wounded another 30. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Daesh militants reportedly attacked a security headquarters in al-Rutba in western Iraq, police officer Ahmed al-Duleimi.
A Red Crescent convoy prepares to leave the Syrian capital Damascus to the besieged areas of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The United Nations said 18 of 31 trucks taking part in an aid mission near Urum al-Kubra, north-west of Aleppo city in northern Syria, were hit.
Upon final ministerial approval, the new plans will be effective during the month of October, 2016, according to Touch. (Pexels)
08:00 GMT
Telecoms operators Touch and Alfa have submitted pricing plans for government approval, proposing cuts from 10 to 40 percent for 4G and other internet services.
The Top Chef judges are Lebanese chef Maroun Chedid, Saudi chef Mona Mosly and Egyptian-Chinese internationally renowned chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Bobby Chinn. (LBC group)
07:37 GMT
The culinary reality show brings 15 men and women from all over the Arab world to compete in front of celebrity chefs over 13 episodes.
Yemeni Shia Houthi's Celebrate Eid al Ghadeer. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Millions of Shia Muslims across the world, including in Iran, are celebrating the Eid al-Ghadeer, which marks the appointment of the first Shia Imam, Ali ibn Abi Talib (PBUH), by Islam’s most revered figure, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as his successor.
In August, Riyadh witnessed the opening of the first women’s telecom complex. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The move follows the recent Saudization of the telecom sector and is part of ongoing efforts to create more job opportunities for Saudi women.
Al Hooti believes that raids will not solve the issue of black market workers in Oman while middlemen allegedly are involved in the selling of visas. (File photo)
06:30 GMT
Employees, employers and the current recruitment system is allowing the black market of workers to thrive, according to an Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry board member.
German chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) speaks during a press conference one day after regional election polls in Berlin on September 19, 2016. (AFP/John Macdougall)
06:00 GMT
But the German Chancellor maintains it was 'absolutely right' to provide refuge for the one million who sought refuge in Germany last year.
More than 70 per cent of Afghans have no regular access to electricity. Charbagh village in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)
05:56 GMT
Afghanistan is looking to the UAE to help fill a gap of $6B for infrastructure and power-generation programmes which will also be supported by international aid.
An El Al flight lands at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion international airport. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Arab passengers at Israel's airports are frequently subjected to strip searches and 'security escorts.'

September 19, 2016

They will all be produced by director Majid Al Ansari. (Twitter)
18:00 GMT
They will all be produced by director Majid Al Ansari.
Destroyed buildings in the central city of Homs, Syria. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
17:02 GMT
The shaky ceasefire in Syria has been called off after multiple violations on all sides.
A general view taken on September 16, 2016, shows the rubble-strewn Castello Road, the main route for humanitarian assistance in to divided Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
17:00 GMT
Western allies have shied away from creating a no-fly zone on Turkey's border with Syria, saying it would take significant forces to patrol.
Photo: FIBA
16:57 GMT
National Iranian basketball team had the better of South Korea in a final match to win trophy at 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran.