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May 17, 2017

A new Syrian constitution is one of four separate "baskets" that U.N.-backed talks are focused on. (AFP)
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Syrian opposition pledge not to walk away from a new round of peace talks in Geneva.
Nawaz accepted the charges levelled against him by the PCB
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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has imposed a two-month ban and a fine of Rs. two lakhs on all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz...
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Five Egyptians are among the 16 men competing in the ongoing finals of the 2017 Pacific Market International Bellevue Squash Classic tournament, taking place between 16 and 20 May.
Omar Kamal performed in London on Monday night (Twitter)
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Rising Palestinian singer Omar Kamal enchanted the audience during a concert he gave in London on Monday night.
New French President Emmanuel Macron (C) poses next to the president of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2024 Olympics Patrick Baumann (L) and French member of the IOC Guy Drut (R) at the Elysee Palace in Paris after a meeting with members of the IOC Evaluation Commission, on May 16, 2017. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
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New French President Emmanuel Macron (C) poses next to the president of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2024 Olympics Patrick Baumann (L) and French member of the IOC Guy Drut (R) at the Elysee Palace in Paris after a meeting with members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission, on May 16, 2017, prior to a vote for the 2024 Summer Olympics. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
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One of the best things about fashion is that it has the power to make everyone feel empowered — regardless of their color, religion, body type or even height.
Saudi Arabia is planning to turn over 374,000 job opportunities in the private sector into jobs that can be performed from a distance and paid by the hour. (File photo)
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Saudi Arabia is planning to introduce a new “flexible work” system for Saudis.
Women walk by Syrian Red Crescent vehicles in Damascus' north eastern al-Qaboun suburb on May 16, 2017, after the formerly rebel-held neighbourhood was retaken by Syrian government forces. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
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Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant went on to say that Assad's actions in Syria amounts to nothing less than a 'genocide.'
The 20-year-old British actor was introduced as Spider-Man last year in Captain America: Civil War
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The actor was introduced as Spider-Man last year in ‘Captain America: Civil War’
t is not the first time that Erdogan's security detail have violently attacked protesters. In 2016, his bodyguards attacked Turkish journalists and staff outside an event at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. (YouTube)
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Witnesses to the mass fight said that clashes erupted when Erdogan's security detail attacked protesters carrying the Kurdish PYD flag.
Many of the deaths are caused by suicide or through botched escape attempts. (shutterstock)
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According to Lebanon's intelligence agency migrant workers are dying at a rate of two every week.
The Foxes managed to keep of the bulk of their title-winning squad last summer, but it seems unlikely the same will happen this time around
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The Foxes managed to keep of the bulk of their title-winning squad last summer, but it seems unlikely the same will happen this time around
Sharm El Sheikh has been named Pinterest and Airbnb’s top trending destination. (Shutterstock)
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Sharm El Sheikh is — believe it or not — Airbnb and Pinterest's top trending destination.
Karim Benzema
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Banned from the national team since November 2015 because of his suspected involvement in a sex-tape scandal, the Real Madrid striker may have found an unexpected supporter in the new French president.
The American traveller said there is much more to Jordan than “camels or stones”. (shutterstock)
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Andrew Evans, a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveller travelled across 52 local communities across Jordan.
A new research suggests that Internet trolls may be the product of nurture, not nature. In other words, they're made, not born. (Shutterstock)
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A new research suggests that Internet trolls may be a product of nurture, not nature.
A new study has shown that the majority of millennials in the UAE still haven't started saving for their retirement. (Shutterstock)
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A new study suggests that millennials in the UAE aren't properly planning for their retirement.
Face-to-face interaction yields much better results than an email request, according to a new study. (File photo)
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If you need a favor or answer the good ol' face-to-face request is the way to go.
Timeless Amr Diab with his record seven music awards (Wikimedia Commons)
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We thought he was eternal but new photos show the singer getting old.
At least two civilians have been killed and 14 others wounded so far. (AFP)
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Suicide bombers stormed the national television station in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday.
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania step off a plane upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on January 19, 2017. (AFP/ Mandel Ngan)
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Aramco plans to sign at least 10 energy agreements during Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia.
Rukban refugee camp, northern Jordan (File photo)
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It is not yet known how many have been injured in the latest attack on the refugee camp.
A Chinese traditional dance troupe performs at the inauguration ceremony of the Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company Project in Riyadh on January 20, 2016. (AFP/ Fayez Nureldine)
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Saudi Aramco, Chinese groups sign a deal to build an oil refinery in China.
Trump, who spoke of the "Muslim problem" during his campaign, will give a speech on Islam during his visit to Saudi Arabia (Flickr)
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Residents of the kingdom have been showing surprising enthusiasm for the US President's upcoming visit.
The number of Qataris employed by the country’s energy and industry sector has tripled from 2,900 to 9,300 in 16 years, but challenges remain. (AFP)
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The Qatari Minister of Energy and Industry says that Qatar has achieved a Qatarization of 29 percent.
Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish flags during a rally in front of the White House in Washington,DC on May 16, 2017. (AFP/Olivier Douliery)
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Turkey's President Erdogan has called for the US' decision to arm the YPG to be reversed.
Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar has announced that his e-commerce platform, noon, will go live this year and will be based in Saudi Arabia. (File photo)
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Mohamed Alabbar said noon will be launched this year with a permanent base in Riyadh.
The high-profile visit is set to “renew our mutual commitment to global security and further strengthen already deep business, cultural and political ties.” (AFP)
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Observers looking to follow Trump's visit and related events can now do so via the official website.
The surprise strike by maintenance workers of Air Algérie left hundreds of passengers stranded in Houari Boumediene airport in Algiers on Tuesday. (Twitter)
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A surprise strike by maintenance workers of Air Algérie left hundreds stranded in Algiers.
Palestinians walk on the red carpet during a film festival showcasing films focusing on human rights, in Gaza City on May 12, 2017. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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Thousands of ordinary Palestinians turn out to watch the films in the port area, transformed into an outdoor cinema.
The new CEO of Kuwait Airways, Ebrahim Abdullah Al-Khuzam, assumed his role on May 4, 2017, following the resignation of Rasha Al-Roumi.
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Ebrahim Abdullah Al-Khuzam will be tasked with reversing the airline’s two-decade slide in profits.
The villages of Dalhis, Hodley, Halaney and Hul-adur were hard hit by the outbreak. (AFP)
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Over 13 out of 18 Somali regions have been hit by the outbreak.
The Real Madrid forward (R) is growing frustrated by his former team-mate's 'inventing' amid an ongoing scandal involving the two
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The Real Madrid forward is growing frustrated by his former team-mate's 'inventing' amid an ongoing scandal involving the two
Trump will address a gathering of Muslim leaders on his "hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam." (AFP)
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US President Donald Trump is set to give a major speech on the Islamic faith during his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia.
Mahmoud Kahraba
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Zamalek's in-form winger Mahmoud Kahraba will not be sold for less than $15 million after he impressed during a season-long loan with Saudi Arabia's Ittihad, the Cairo club's chairman said on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia's consumer price index (CPI) fell 0.8 percent in April showing a drop in consumer prices for the fourth month in a row. (File photo)
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Saudi Arabia’s inflation declined 0.6% year-on-year in April.
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura gestures as he speaks during a press conference on the eve of a sixth round of Syria peace talks on May 15, 2017 at the United Nations office in Geneva. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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On Tuesday US officials claimed up to 50 prisoners a day were being executed and their bodies disposed of at Saydnaya Prison.
changing dynamics on the ground could lead to the decision to move the corridor 140 miles south for Iran. (AFP)
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Iran is diverting the course of a land corridor it aims to carve through Syria ultimately linking Tehran, through Iraq, to the Mediterranean coast.
There is a possibility some detainees may die as a result of the announcement. (AFP)
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More than 800 people are currently languishing in the centre, which was deemed illegal by Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court last year.
Al-Najar says he was hit by an Israeli missile towards the end of the three-week-long conflict -- in January of 2009. (File/Photo)
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Al-Najar, for his part, who at other times of the year joins his fellow farmers collecting olives, barley and lentils, says there is a danger of being shot at if one gets to close to the border.

May 16, 2017

Paul McCartney, looking like a scoundrel
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That Scoundrel Look: Paul McCartney Confirms Role In Pirates of the Caribbean
Ghalibaf encouraged his voters to back Hardliner candidate Ibrahim Raisi in order to ensure the ‘preservation of the interests of the people, the revolution and the country’. (twitter)
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Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf has withdrawn from the presidential race, but what will this mean on election day?
Miley: Shy & Retiring.
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Miley Cyrus believes she was"always a little controversial" right from a young age.
Customs officers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia seized 330 endangered tortoises in suitcases that had been packed in cardboard boxes and falsely labeled as "stones". (AFP)
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Malaysian authorities seized 330 endangered tortoises that were falsely labeled as "stones".
Palestinians want the capital of their future independent state to be Jerusalem, which is home to the al-Aqsa Mosque - the third-holiest site in Islam. (File/Photo)
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A diplomatic spat has erupted between the US and Israel after a US official said the Western Wall "was not part of Israeli territory".
The majority of Egyptians are investing in real estate as a safe haven against the large changes in the value of the Egyptian pound. (Shutterstock)
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More and more Egyptians are choosing to buy property as a safe haven against the unstable Egyptian pound.
The Astana track produced a May 4 deal to create four "de-escalation" zones across some of Syria's bloodiest battlegrounds. (AFP)
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New round of Syria peace talks in Geneva is the latest push by the UN to resolve a six year conflict that has killed 320,000 people to date.
New French President Emmanuel Macron (C) poses next to the president of the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2024 Olympics Patrick Baumann (L) and French member of the IOC Guy Drut (R) at the Elysee Palace in Paris after a meeting with members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission, on May 16, 2017, prior to a vote for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
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France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday lent heavyweight support to Paris' bid to host the 2024 Olympic.
The Warner Bros Park in Abu Dhabi is Estimated to have Cost $1BN
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Superhero fans, brace yourselves; Warner Bros. theme park is opening in Abu Dhabi and its everything you ever dreamed of ad more!
A Lebanese pride flag flies at a 2013 anti-homophobia rally in Beirut (Joseph Eid/AFP)
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The Lebanese capital is this week hosting the Arab world's first gay pride event.
Saudi Aramco has appointed a new senior deputy chairman, eight executives and six deputy chairmen ahead of its much- anticipated IPO. (AFP/ File)
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Saudi Aramco has announced several new appointments in the run-up to its IPO.
The recapture came after Afghan forces launched a major operation against Taliban positions early in the morning and engaged the militants in fierce battles. (AFP)
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Afghan forces recapture key district in Northern province of Kunduz from the Taliban.
AGL top goalscorer says he will sit with Abu Dhabi club and discuss a potential transfer abroad
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AGL top goalscorer says he will sit with Abu Dhabi club and discuss a potential transfer abroad
15 companies are set to hire in UAE this month including Microsoft, Coca Cola and Facebook. (pexels)
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Facebook, Coca-Cola and Microsoft are on the list.
The use of mobile wallets as a means of payment will perhaps be the biggest disruption the financial sector in the UAE has ever seen. (Pixabay)
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Get ready to pay for everything with your phone.
Bella Hadid (Wikimedia Commons)
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The Palestinian-American model has revealed she has sleepless nights worrying about when her career will end.
HTC has officially announced the HTC U11. (Mashable)
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Here are the 5 things you need to know about the new HTC U11.
Night shifts dampen men's sex drives and reduce their ability to father children, according to a new study. (Shutterstock)
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A new study links shift work to erectile dysfunction and lower testosterone levels in men.
Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club logo
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The new club will be called Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club
The deaths came after another strike by the US-led coalition in Raqa province on Sunday that killed 12 women. (AFP)
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US led airstrikes kill 23 civilians in a Syrian town on the border with Iraq.
This Ramadan's must-see series (screenshot)
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Get excited about this brand new Egyptian TV series.
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The ninth Ramadan Women’s Sports Tournament will be held from 27th May to 2nd June, the Sharjah Women’s Sport Foundation, SWSF, has recently announced.
Donald Trump Jr. spoke at a graduation ceremony for the American University in Dubai this week. (Facebook)
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Donald Trump Jr. had some contradictory messages for students in Dubai this week.
Currently foreigners are only allowed to acquire property in defined tourism communities, but Oman wants to change that. (Pixabay)
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Oman is considering plans to allow foreigners to buy property outside of tourism complexes.

His appointment comes a week before Trump is due to visit Israel on May 22 and 23, with the US president seeking ways to restart the moribund peace process. (AFP)
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US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, a staunch backer of illegal settlements, arrives in the country to take up his post.
Saad said he expects to recoup half of his initial investment in his power station in Minya in about four months. (shutterstock)
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After generating electricity, Saad's station feeds it into the na­tional grid where it is used to power houses, farms and workshops in Minya's villages.
The Chinese government is set to pump in around $40 billion into big development projects in Egypt as part of its ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. (AFP)
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China is set to pump in around $40 billion into big development projects in Egypt.
An Emirati man with his falcon. (Pixabay)
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The UAE's non-oil growth is expected to pick up in 2017 as the oil market stabilizes.
Kuwait’s oil minister Essam Marzouk has expressed his country’s support for an oil cut deal extension previously agreed by Saudi Arabia and Russia. (AFP/ Yasser Al-Zayyat)
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Following in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia and Russia, Kuwait has announced its support for an oil cut deal extension.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (AFP/File)
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A report by Amnesty International in February outlined various abuses by the Syrian government at Sednaya and called the prison a 'human slaughterhouse.
The king expressed confidence that the Saudi-US Summit, to be held on Saturday, will boost the strategic relations between the two countries. (AFP)
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As Trump heads to Saudi Arabia to join the 17th consultative meeting of GCC leaders, King Salman is feeling hopeful about outcomes.
Nakba day protests on Monday outside Ramallah (Abbas Momani/AFP)
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May 15 marks the anniversary of what Palestinians call the "catastrophe".
Anne Aly is Australia's first Muslim MP. (twitter)
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Egyptian-Australian MP kills the runway at fashion week in Australia.
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Qatar players and officials celebrate their win in the 6th Asian Beach Handball Championship in Pattaya, Thailand, yesterday.
Paris and Los Angeles are the only bids after the withdrawal of Boston, Hamburg, Rome and Budapest.
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The International Olympic Committee's evaluation committee on Monday toured the sites where Paris is proposing to hold the 2024 Games.
About 4,000 fishermen work off the coastal strip, more than half of whom live below the poverty line. (AFP)
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An Israeli patrol boat fired at Palestinian fishermen accused of breaching the blockade off the shore of Northern Gaza.
Around 2,000 houses in the dusty, poverty stricken area are painted in bright colours thank stop a new project run by Kabul's municipal authorities. (shutterstock)
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In an attempt to bring hope to Kabul, people take to the streets with brightly coloured paints.
A snapshot of films to look out for as the festival unfolds. (shutterstock)
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Keep an eye out for these MENA-related films in the upcoming 2017 Cannes festival.
The World Health Organisation now classifies Yemen as one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world. (AFP)
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Yemen declared under a state of emergency over deadly outbreak of cholera.
French authorities began removing the 'love locks' after a section of the bridge partially collapsed under the weight. (Shutterstock)
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The event was briefly interrupted by protests from far-right nationalists.
Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. (AFP/File)
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The Shia cleric called on the rival countries to hold 'serious dialogue' to prevent more sectarian fighting.
German planes at Incirlik air base in Turkey. (AFP/File)
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It marks a new escalation in an ongoing diplomatic row between the two countries.

May 15, 2017

All four and five star hotels in Abu Dhabi will now be required to serve Emirati food under a new regulation. (Pixabay)
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The new initiative will apply to restaurants and room-service offerings at four and five star hotels.
France's new President was greeted by his predecessor, François Hollande, outside the Elysee presidential palace
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Before the just-concluded French presidential election, the United States’ National Public Radio (NPR) requested that I give an interview about the outcome. But there was a catch: The interview would take place only if the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen won. It seems that good news, like Le Pen’s defeat, is barely news at all nowadays.
El-Badry has been leading Ahly since last August
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Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has rubbished reports linking him with resignation, confirming he is engaged with the team to continue competing for titles.
Trump's Latest Target: Embattled FBI Director James Comey
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Donald Trump launched a stinging attack on his critics last night at the end of the most turbulent week of his presidency. Mr Trump has been heavily criticised over his brutal firing of FBI boss James Comey while he was in the middle of a...
The clock tower at Avenue Habib Bourguiba in downtown Tunis. (File photo)
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A Tunisian official said that the state can generate billions of dinars if it invests in the fight against corruption.
Amna al-Qubaisi (Photo: thenational.ae)
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Seventeen-year-old Amna al-Qubaisi is on track to become the first Arab woman to race in Formula 4.
A view of the Galata Tower in Istanbul. (File photo)
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Foreign direct investment in Turkey increased 43 percent in January-March this year.
A Saudi student stomps on shredded books after exams. (File photo)
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Saudi students are taking out their anger and stress by shredding their textbooks after final exams.
Al-Azhar Committee to Prepare New Law to Confront Hatred and Violence
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The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb announced on Saturday the formation of a new committee which is assigned to prepare a new law to confront hatred and violence in the name of religion, according to a statement from the institution.
Rift over Icardi’s Argentina selection apparently over after both coaches get UAE jobs
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Rift over Icardi’s Argentina selection apparently over after both coaches get UAE jobs
How can you make financial decisions today that don’t backfire in a few years? Here's a 5-step guide to ensure you’re not willingly walking into a financial trap. (Pexels)
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Here are some steps to ensure you’re not willingly walking into a financial trap.
The Opus project. (Omniyat)
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After almost a decade in development, The Opus Omniyat is finally taking shape in Dubai.
With the Samsung Galaxy S8 being covered in glass, it's not surprise that it is quite fragile. (Pexels)
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been described as more fragile than any other phone on the market.
Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri and Saeb Erekat, PLO’s executive committee’s secretary and chief Palestinian negotiator, during a press conference in Amman on Sunday (Petra photo)
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Jordan, Palestine and Egypt on Sunday reiterated their commitment to the two-state solution as the only solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, expressing keenness to cooperate with the US administration in this regard.
With global oil stocks still too high and US supply recovering faster than anticipated, Brent is seen averaging $54 per barrel in 2017 and $56 per barrel in 2018. (File photo)
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Brent is seen averaging $54 per barrel in 2017 and $56 per barrel in 2018, says a report.
Egypt has reported a decline in the unemployment rate during the first quarter of 2017, to reach 12 percent of the total labor force, compared to 12.7 percent in the first quarter of 2016, with youth (15-29 year-olds) making up 79 percent of the total unemployed ratio. (AFP)
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Egypt has reported a slight decline in the unemployment rate during the first quarter of 2017.
A member of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) walks with a Kalashnikov assault rifle slung behind his back.
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Experts say the U.S. decision to arm Kurdish forces in Syria will strengthen U.S.-backed forces fighting ISIS and result in possible tacit agreements between the U.S. and unlikely partners.
People buying clothes in front of Al-Husseini Mosque on December 9, 2016, in downtown Amman. (Shutterstock)
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The average spending of a family in Jordan is around $1,200 monthly.