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February 15, 2017

The Egyptian Athletics Federation president Walid Atta supported the athlete, saying that Abdelrahman is the victim of personal conflicts between the federation and others.
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Egyptian javelin thrower Ihab Abdelrahman has been suspended for two years by the World Anti-Doping Agency after failing two doping tests.
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona on February 14, 2017 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has postponed a medical tourism campaign visit to Egypt following his side’s 4-0 defeat against Paris St-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.
A displaced Iraqi woman and child, who fled the violence in the northern city of Mosul walk by the tents at the Hasan Sham camp on February 11, 2017 east of Erbil. (AFP/Safin Hamid)
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An estimated 191,000 civilians have been displaced in eastern Mosul due to fighting between Daesh and Iraqi forces.
We still don't know whether Elissa is dating or not. (Facebook)
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Was it a day to remember?
The Ghana international attacker is one of more than 40 players to have been punished for the crime
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The Ghana international attacker is one of more than 40 players to have been punished for the crime
Turkish Football Federation headquarters
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Turkey has announced its candidacy to host the European football Championship in 2024, joining Germany in the running.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun (C) and Jordan's King Abdullah II (unseen) review the honour guard during an official welcome ceremony at Marka airport in Amman on February 14, 2017. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
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Meanwhile, Michel Aoun's comments describing Hezbollah as a 'crucial' part of Lebanon's defenses caused an uproar in the region.
This controversial sketch made reference to Sadr's disappearance (screenshot)
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Supporters of the Amal party violently attacked the headquarters of al-Jadeed television channel on Tuesday night.
A U.S. retreat from the internationally backed goal of a future two-state solution alarms Palestinians, who seek a state in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and in the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
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The comments came on the eve of White House talks between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as a senior White House official said the decision to shape future peace lies in the hands of Palestinians and Israelis themselves.
The glitzy silver and gold fashions of Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan. (Instagram)
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Most of the models were also reportedly immigrants or second generation Americans.
The current four destinations, served by Royal Wings, bring an average of 400 tourists a week to Jordan through Aqaba. (Shutterstock)
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The Jordan Tourism Board is in the final stage of negotiations to bring more tourists from the UK and Italy to Aqaba via low-cost carriers.
Israeli forces launched multiple raids in towns and villages across the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, detaining at least 11 Palestinians. (AFP/File)
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Israeli forces carry out detention raids across the occupied territory on a near-daily basis, with the UN recording an average of 95 weekly raids in the West Bank in 2016, and 100 weekly raids on average thus far in 2017.
Protests at Bahrain's Pearl Roundabout in 2011 (Wikimedia Commons)
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Protests took place across the nation, as many others took to social media to remember those who were killed half-a-dozen years ago.
First released nearly 17 years ago as a replacement to another popular phone, 3210, Nokia 3310 became known for its long battery life and resilient build.  (YouTube)
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Nokia is remaking the beloved classic 3310 phone which will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of February.
The Bahrain World Trade Centre, Bahrain Financial Harbor and the anticipated pre-leasing stage of the United Tower at Bahrain Bay, are all due to open in 2017. (Shutterstock)
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Major infrastructure projects in Bahrain, mainly in hospitality and luxury segments, will continue despite financial challenges, according to a report by property consultancy firm CBRE.
Befitting the occasion, he shared a heartfelt poem, paying tribute to love and Valentine's Day on his Instagram page. (Instagram)
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Earlier, Sheikh Mohammad surprised residents with his visit to Madinat Jumeirah.
Saudis travelers’ expenditure rate has been considered among the highest in Britain.  (Shutterstock/4kclips)
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The British Tourism Authority has opened a new office in Riyadh for the purpose of attracting more Saudi visitors to London.
America's acting National Security Adviser, Keith Kellogg (Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America/AFP)
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At least we have got rid of the man who called Islam "a cancer".
Bahrainis protest in the capital of Manama. (AFP/File)
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A bomb blast also struck Manama earlier this month, leaving no casualties.
Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed since the start of Syria's war. (AFP/File)
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Opposition forces appear to have encircled a number of militias belonging to Iran and Lebanese group Hizballah in the town of Kafraya
Turkish rescue workers posed with the pup after he was removed from the well. (Twitter)
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The puppy had been trapped in a 70 meter well for eleven days.
All-in-all, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro is a fantastic phone any way you look at it.  (Huawei)
10:42 GMT
Despite no change in the camera from the Huawei Mate 9, the Mate 9 Pro is a very different phone.
Egypt's tourism industry effectively asks tourists to help subsidise the oppression of Nubians, to give them a bit of tourists' money, and contribute to a sort of rentier state in southern Egypt, in which cash is doled out in return for stolen land and silence over the lack of basic rights. (AFP/File)
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The Nubian human rights defenders fighting for the right of return are slandered as anti-national trouble makers, digging up 'ancient history' to destabilise and disrupt Egypt's alleged march into the future.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed shake hands after a press conference at the Chancellery in Berlin on February 14, 2017. (AFP/File)
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The Tunisian PM insisted cooperation with Germany on asylum seekers was working well.
The fantabulous Aussie singer will enchant the DWC audience with her endless hits on 25 March. (Rolling Stone)
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The fantabulous Aussie singer will enchant the DWC audience with her endless hits on 25 March.
Saturday's protests in the heart of Baghdad (Sabah Arar/AFP)
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It seems Moqtada al-Sadr's calls for a change to the Iraq's electoral commission are not popular outside the country.
Libya has been bogged down with years of conflict and instability. (AFP/File)
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The rival army chief and the head of the country's unity government in Cairo made the agreement on Tuesday.
Egypt has pledged to eliminate its arrears to foreign oil and gas companies by the end of June 2019 and to not accumulate new arrears. (File photo)
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Egypt's arrears owed to foreign oil companies stood at $3.5 billion at the end of December, down from $3.6 billion in September.
Comic Con comes to Jeddah this week (February 16-18th). (The Daily Beast)
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And it's taking place this weekend.
Trump and Bibi are expected to meet on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
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"A two-state solution that doesn't bring peace is not a goal that anybody wants to achieve," a senior White House official told Reuters.
Etisalat completed the Mena region's first 5G mobile technology live trial during Gitex 2016. (Shutterstock)
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5G deployments will positively affect virtually every industry sector, with manufacturing set to see the largest share of 5G-enabled economic activity in 2035, according to a report by Qualcomm Technologies.
Your decision to stay with a job or pursue a new opportunity shouldn’t be influenced by office politics. (Shutterstock)
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There are always many factors at play when changing jobs; filter rumours to get to the facts.
Syria's armed rebel groups have been invited to Astana talks this month. (AFP/File)
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The opposition factions that took part in the [first] Astana negotiations have reportedly been invited to the talks over the next two days.
Last month, Uber introduced a new pricing policy called "upfront fares", which helps clients budget better and saves them from "surprises or complicated math." (File photo)
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Hundreds of Uber drivers in Qatar are striking in protest over a new pricing policy which they argue will negatively affect their earnings.
The upcoming visit will also of­fer insights into the relationship between the Netanyahu govern­ment and the Jewish community in the United States. (AFP/File)
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After eight years of U.S.-Israeli differences under Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, Netanyahu is hoping to establish a strong bond with the staunchly pro-Israel Trump administration.
The Cosplay competition must be devoid of “inappropriate signs or symbols in violation of or affecting Islamic morals” with sound effects also avoiding “inappropriate connotations”.  (Twitter/@SaudiComicCon)
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Supported by Saudi’s General Entertainment Authority, the three-day event will take place from February 16-18 at Take Off RC Club in Jeddah.
According to UBS, the UAE is one of the most "advanced countries in terms of its economic diversification", benefiting from a stable political environment and substantial public foreign assets. (File photo)
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As regional transformation programmes gather momentum, the Middle East's major economies present increasingly attractive non-oil, long-term investment opportunities, says a UBS report.
The UAE is among the top nine countries in the world that invest in the space sciences.  (Twitter/@HHShkMohd)
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The Mars 2117 Project aims to establish the first inhabitable human settlement in Mars by 2117.
The Iraq-born Baghdadi, who proclaimed a "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria in June 2014. (File photo)
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Iraqi air force F-16 jets struck a meeting of top Daesh commanders on February 11 but provided no additional information has been given on Baghdadi's fate.

February 14, 2017

Photo: @EPBYAA
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In a latest development, a study has revealed that work-hard, play-hard culture may put elite athletes at higher risk of substance abuse.
Jordan’s Qusai Hubbub has his eye on the big time in fencing (Photo: JOC Media Service)
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Fourteen-year-old Qusai Habboub has big ambitions, according to the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service.
Photo: Qatar News Agency
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The sixth edition of Qatar Sports Day Kicked off Tuesday. The event launches in the second Tuesday of February of every year in compliance with an Emiri decision.
An Iraqi policeman stands guard as the Iraqi army search for booby-trapped buildings in eastern Mosul on 16 January. (AFP/File)
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Conditions in the city have been deteriorating since November.
Photo: Jordan Olympic Committee
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Jordan finished the West Asian Table Tennis Championships with four gold, four silver and five bronze medals after a glorious final day in Aqaba, according to the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service.
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UAE Rugby is hosting 4 touch-rugby festivals across the Emirates as part of celebrations for UAE National Sports Day on Thursday, February 16th.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks to the media after a hearing February 10, 2017 in front of a US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. Herring attended the hearing for a request he filed to block the travel ban executive order issued by President Donald Trump. (AFP/Alex Wong)
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Virginia became the third state to block Trump's executive order on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
178 targets were destroyed over 24 hours of Operation Euphrates Shield. (AFP/File)
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Operation Euphrates Shield, in which Turkish forces are backing Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters, is currently focused on taking the town of Al-Bab, 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of the Turkish border.
A couple in Saudi Arabia (Wikimedia Commons)
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No, seriously, romance might be dead in the Middle East...
The Turkish embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (AFP/File)
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Israeli forces detained Muhammad Murtaja, a coordinator for the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), and added that the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv was making calls to release him.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is set to visit Kuwait after last month's landmark visit to Tehran by the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister. (AFP/File)
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GCC member state Kuwait has been tasted with re-establishing contact with Iran after a diplomatic row last year caused several Gulf countries to break ties with the country.
To cope with projected demand, there are an additional 61,224 hotel rooms in the pipeline across Saudi Arabia.  (Shutterstock/raydignity)
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Driven, in part, by domestic tourism, Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is expected to contribute more than $81 billion to the country’s GDP by 2026.
US airstrike on Iraqi city of Fallujah, 2004 (Wikimedia Commons, image used for illustrative purposes only)
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As well as large numbers of non-combatants in Iraq.
A new film is dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of cats that call Istanbul home. (Shutterstock)
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'Kedi' is being premiered in the United States after its 2016 Turkish release.
The banking and financial services sector in the region are adapting fast to both global and regional economic challenges and new opportunities. (Shutterstock)
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While the contraction in oil revenues have forced governments to rationalise and prioritise spending, all have been adopting measures to augment and diversify revenues through new sources.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on February 12, 2017. (AFP/Gali Tibbon)
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Chancellor Angela Merkel cancelled the meeting after the Israeli Knesset passed a law retroactively legalizing some 4,000 illegal settlements.
A Yemeni man harvests Qat, a mild drug used daily by many Yemenis. (AFP/File)
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While millions of Yemenis are suffering serious food and water shortages due to the ongoing conflict, the cultivation and sale of Khat is expanding. Consumers say chewing the mild narcotic plant is their only escape, but the increased demand is putting pressure on Yemen's agricultural production.
Saudi students want exams delayed until after Ramadan (Wikimedia Commons)
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That's an excuse to get out of exams you haven't heard before!
No you can charge your iPhone wirelessly like your Android devices. (AFP/File)
10:26 GMT
Here's how you can add wireless charging to your iPhone, quickly, cheaply, and easily.
A Turkish woman and her grandson walk down the hill to their village near Bafa Lake. (Lindsey Leger)
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Finally, babysitting grandmothers will be compensated with something more substantial than love and appreciation.
In the heart of the factory lies a drive to catalyze collaboration and bring together heads of Lebanon’s innovative collectives. (The Daily Star)
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Combining design thinking, industry, technology and business, the Innovation Factory is a space for individuals and collectives to take their ideas from prototypes to ultimately finished products.
The aftermath of an airstrike in Aleppo, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Regime helicopters dropped chlorine bombs on rebel-held eastern Aleppo between November 17 to December 13, killing at least nine people, including four children.
The Cotton Egypt Association estimates that about 90 percent of global supplies of Egyptian cotton last year were fake. (File photo)
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A surge in local cotton prices ahead of next month's planting season and a crackdown on ersatz Egyptian cotton worldwide are reviving interest in cultivating the long-neglected crop.

Translation: Have mercy on us. 

When beauty is just too much for the mortal man.
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Peace and love are not out of reach in the Middle East, if you know what to say!
Tunisian security forces have been accuses of reliance of 'brutal' tactics. (AFP/File)
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The report "exposes how entrenched impunity has fostered a culture in which violations by security forces have been able to thrive."
Legoland and Legoland Water Park, Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks are among DXB Entertainments' newest offerings. (
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The company behind Dubai Parks and Resorts reported a $132M loss for 2016, with costs related to the opening of its multiple theme parks.
Memorial shrine to Rafik Hariri (Wikipedia)
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Twelve years on since his assassination, many in Lebanon have expressed their continuing sadness on social media.
Saudi women will be allowed to run and swim but football is still on the banned list. (AFP/File)
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Women are still be banned from competitive sports such as volleyball, basketball and football.
Finding the right employee may require being extra specific with the job requirements. (Shutterstock)
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Bayt's CV Search function allows employers to search the candidate profiles, conduct customized searches and filtering to help find right talent for the job.
The Iraqi government is seeking to lower its international borrowing costs after the country was badly hit by the slump in oil prices. (Shutterstock)
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A second tranche of a further one billion-dollar sovereign issuance by Iraq is likely to come to market before the end of the first quarter of 2017.
Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AFP/File)
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“Our objective here is (to establish) an area of at least 4,000, 5,000 square kilometers free from terrorism, to create a safe zone,”
A Pakistani vendor carries heart-shaped bouquets for sale ahead of Valentine's Day along a street in Islamabad on February 13, 2017. (AFP)
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Country bans VDay celebrations.
Celebrities flaunted the Lebanese designer's couture at the Grammys. (Instagram)
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Celebrities flaunted the Lebanese designer's couture at the Grammys.
Millions have been displaced, both inside and outside of Syria, since the start of the war. (AFP/File)
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nitiating negotiations requires seriousness and concrete measures to build trust.”
Russian tourists made up 67.9 percent of Egypt’s tourists in 2015. (AFP/File)
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Russian flights will be flying to Cairo, Sharm El-Sheikh, and Hurghada, bringing hopes for a tourism revival in Egypt's South Sinai.
The bulk of Valentine’s Day spending this year, about $4.3 billion, will go to jewellery, followed by $3.8 billion on an evening out and $2 billion on flowers.  (File photo)
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Valentine’s Day is here and across the world are again loosening up their purse strings to celebrate love.
The closure of the Nassib border crossing translated into a heavy drop in Lebanese agricultural exports from 533.18 tons in 2014 to 360.76 tons in 2016. (File photo)
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Lebanese farmers are incurring huge losses yearly due to border closures and regional competition, and are urging the government to up the one percent budget contribution to agriculture.
Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. (AFP/File)
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Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are to meet to discuss the conflict.
OPEC is still urging oil suppliers outside the group to fulfil their commitments to cut output. (File photo)
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The level of Saudi cuts in January shows that the Kingdom went beyond its OPEC obligations under a deal cut last year to balance world markets.
High-ranking member of the Hamas military wing, Yahya Sinwar, was elected head of the movements political office in Gaza. (AFP/File)
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Hamas officials said on Monday that Yahya Sinwar, a senior commander of the Ezzedine Qassam Brigades, was elected to head the movement’s political office in Gaza.

February 13, 2017

Celine finished off her elegant look with pulled back tresses and glowing makeup. (Instagram)
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Celine finished off her elegant look with pulled back tresses and glowing makeup.
The films from DIFF’s 13th edition have won nine Golden Globe Awards, nine BAFTA awards and received 30 Oscar nominations. (Facebook)
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The films from DIFF’s 13th edition have won nine Golden Globe Awards, nine BAFTA awards and received 30 Oscar nominations.
The singer, known for her famous hit "Torn," announced Sunday that she was cancelling the concert slated for March 1. (The Gazette Review)
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The singer, known for her famous hit "Torn," announced Sunday that she was cancelling the concert slated for March 1.
Manny says April bout will be in UAE, but Horn’s camp adamant on Australia plans
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Manny Pacquiao revealed on Sunday that his April fight against Jeff Horn will be in the UAE, but Horn’s promoters are adamant it will still be in Australia as initially planned.
Oman Hockey Association chief Talib Al Wahaibi (Photo: Times of Oman)
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Oman has been granted the rights to host the hockey qualifiers for the 2018 Asian Games as well as the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) congress later this year, according to Talib al Wahaibi, the chairman of the Oman Hockey Association (OHA).
Russian has finished second three times in 13 appearances in the emirate
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Russian has finished second three times in 13 appearances in the emirate
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Tunisia won the bronze medal of the Women's 1st World Championship of the Sport-boule lyonnaise, Sunday in Saint-Vulbas (France) after conceding defeat to China 0-6 in the semi-final.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Damascus and militants had exchanged 112 people under a swap deal. (AFP/File)
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The militant groups have not commented on the report so far.
Late Iranian wrestler Nasser Hosseinpour rests as Iranian wrestler and two-time World Champion Reza Yazdani visits him at his house in the city of Juybar, northern Iran, in this undated picture. (Photo: Press TV)
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Iran’s veteran wrestler Nasser Hosseinpour has died of colon cancer after suffering a nearly three-long battle with the malady that had invaded other parts of his body, and had even struck him with a brain hemorrhage.
US air force planes (Wikimedia Commons, for illustrative purposes only)
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408 civilians, including many women and children, died when the US targeted the bomb shelter on February 13 1991.
Renewed clashes in the coastal towns of Midi and Mokha erupted the day after government forces seized control of the area. (AFP/File)
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Twenty rebels and government troops were killed overnight in clashes as warring parties pushed north along Yemen's western coast.
Divorce is no joking matter in Jordan, which has the highest rate in the region (Flickr)
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Jordan's fatwa department did not see it as a laughing matter.
The project is expected to cost SAR2bn, with investors receiving a profit of 15 per cent of the capital annually or SAR350m through 20-year rental leases. (File photo)
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The first phase of investment targets construction of 50 schools in Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh this year, while a second phase will establish 50 more schools in other densely populated cities.
Mourners pay respects on the anniversary of Rafik Hariri's death. (AFP/File)
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Religious leaders gathered at former prime minister Rafik Hariri's grave in downtown Beirut on the eve of the anniversary of his death.
Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese Hezbollah organization. (AFP/File)
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"We are not worried, but very optimistic because when an idiot resides in the White House, this is the beginning of the release for the oppressed in the world."
Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, said he does not oppose visiting Iran, a staunch backer of Hezbollah group. 
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Michel Aoun speaks ahead of his first visit to Egypt for talks with Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi
The new terminal will have 118 check-in counters for international and domestic flights, along with 82 immigration counters. (File photo)
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Muscat International Airport’s new terminal will be operational by the end of 2017, and will be able to handle 12 million passengers per year.
Their hubbies are best friends and business partners. (File photo)
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Their hubbies are best friends and business partners.
The UN has called repeatedly for a ceasefire in Yemen to allow the delivery of relief supplies. (AFP/File)
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"If negotiations are dead they can always resurrect."