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July 5, 2014

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10:00 GMT
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Takfiri group has posted a video on the web, threatening to invade and take over Spain.
A Syrian girl carries food she collected from tables after Turkish people break their fasting on July 4, 2014, at Taksim square, during the holy month of Ramadan in Istanbul. Muslim believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn until sunset. (AFP / OZAN KOSE)
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A Syrian girl carries food she collected from tables after Turkish people break
Saudi security forces patrol Riyadh’s al-Munissiyah district in 2006. (AFP)
08:51 GMT
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a government building in Saudi Arabia Saturday after being surrounded by security forces, Al-Arabiya reported.
Masked Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli police during clashes in the Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem. (AFP/THOMAS COEX)
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At least 20 Palestinians were reported injured on Friday in clashes following the funeral of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir, medics said.
Kuwaitis took to the streets after an opposition figure was detained for "insulting" the government earlier this week (Kuwaiti Interior Ministry/AFP)
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Kuwait's Interior Ministry released a statement Friday saying that the government will firmly confront all forms of rioting and incitement following this week's rise in public protests in the capital.
Algeria was the only team from the MENA region to make it to the World Cup this year (File Archive)
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Some Salafi clerics have issued fatwas banning-gasp!-watching the World Cup football matches this year.

July 4, 2014

Brazil 2-1 Colombia: David Luiz wonderstrike sends hosts through as Neymar is stretchered off
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The defender lashed home a stunning free kick after Thiago Silva's early goal, with James Rodriguez scoring a penalty before the Barcelona star was forced off in the dying minutes
Pro-Morsi supporters took to the streets Thursday and Friday to mark the oust of the former Islamist president's oust (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
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At least one teenager was killed in clashes between Egyptian security forces and protesters Friday.
France 0-1 Germany: Hummels breaks French hearts to seal semi-final berth
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The centre-back scored his second goal of the tournament to send Joachim Low's men into the last four
Maliki at one point pledged to not run for a third term (File Archive/AFP)
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Iraq's Prime Minister reiterated his staunch determination to remain in power for a third term Friday despite growing pressures to resign.
Steinitz's statement of support comes days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to "support" and "safeguard" Jordan from Islamist militant forces if need be (File Archive)
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A top Israeli official told reporters Friday that Tel Aviv is ready to help Jordan fight off any Islamist insurgents from its neighbor Iraq if requested.
Israeli police told reporters that "thousands" of officers were deployed to East Jerusalem ahead of the teen's funeral in Shufat Friday (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
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At least 20 people were reportedly injured in clashes in Jerusalem after Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir's funeral was held Friday.
At least 374 Yemeni forces have been killed during the first half of 2014 in Sanaa's offensives on AQAP, Shiite Houthi rebels and southern separatists (File Archive)
16:25 GMT
Armed gunmen from Yemen killed a Saudi security official Friday.
The spending figure of 23.21 billion dinars is 10.5 percent higher than estimates in the past fiscal year of 21 billion dinars.
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he OPEC member has projected a deficit in each of the past 14 fiscal years but ended each year in the black, accumulating more than $300 billion in budget surpluses.
For those concerned about consumption and commercialization in Ramadan, the month of fasting threatens to be turned into the month of overeating and excessive prices.
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With petrodollars in the Gulf, splashing cash at luxury hotels is not an issue for those who can afford it, but the true meaning of Ramadan is being lost in the process
ISIS also remains in control of the city of Raqqa located in north central Syria (Welayat Raqa/AFP)
15:02 GMT
Jihadists in Syria now control all of the country's main oil and gas fields.
Iraqi forces also targeted the Qaim border crossing, but it is not yet clear how many people have been killed in the offensive (Karim Sahib/AFP)
14:35 GMT
At least 30 militants trying to seize control of the country's largest oil refinery were killed from Iraqi airstrikes Friday.
Egyptian riot policemen douse burning tyres thrown by supporters of Muslim Brotherhood movement during their rally to mark the first anniversary of the military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2014 in Cairo's Ain Shams district. [AFP]
13:58 GMT
A bomb detonated on Friday in Egypt’s Fayoum governorate killing three, reported Al-Ahram Arabic website.
The project has envisaged that about 250 megawatts (MW) of electricity will be generated per day from burning 1,500 tons of solid waste.
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The project will create 650 direct jobs and 2,000 indirect jobs, and will be implemented in four phases over the course of 24 to 36 months.
World Cup 2014: Brazil v Colombia Preview and Projected Lineups
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While France and Germany are the major European battle of the World Cup quarterfinals, Brazil and Colombia are the Great South American one.
World Cup 2014: France v Germany Preview and Projected Lineups
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France and Germany have a long history of battling it out on the world stage and it is certain that tomorrow's match will be another exciting chapter in their national team's histories.
Mohammed Abu Khudair (Facebook)
11:29 GMT
Mohammed Abu Khudair, 17-year-old Palestinian from Shuafat, was killed this morning after being kidnapped in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem.
An Israeli soldier stands guard at the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, to reach the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City for traditional Friday prayers, the first of Islam's holy month of Ramadan on July 4, 2014. [AFP]
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Extra officers have been placed at potential flashpoints, such as on roadways and at hitchhiking spots.
Photo used for illustrative purposes (AFP)
11:18 GMT
Syrian warplanes carried out at least three airstrikes on the outskirts of Arsal in east Lebanon Friday, killing a 12-year-old boy and wounding three family members
Palestinian women make their way through the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah & Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, to reach the al-Aqsa mosque for traditional Friday prayers. Israeli authority has forbidden access to Al-Aqsa mosque to muslim men under 50 years & for muslim women under 40. (AFP / MUSA AL SHAER)
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Palestinian women make their way through the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah
Abu Obeida, the official spokesperson of the Palestinian militant group Ezzedine al-Qassam brigade, the armed wing of Hamas, give a press conference on July 3, 2014 in Gaza City. [AFP]
08:19 GMT
Hamas called Thursday upon all Palestinians to engage in “the revolution of Shufat” with every possible tool in their power to aid the resistance.
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08:17 GMT
Dubai: A taxi driver has been jailed for nine months for peeing in public and assaulting the roommates of a woman who hurled her shoe at him when she saw him from her balcony urinating.
Al-Asiri's sinister creations have also been used on two high-profile terror attempts in the US, including the underwear bomb carried by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in his attempt to blow up a plane carrying 300 passengers over America on Christmas Day 2009
08:09 GMT
He is al Qaeda’s most valued bombmaker and the creator of explosives so dangerous only an ‘evil genius’ could have come up with them.
A picture taken on July 3, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod shows an "Iron Dome" battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells. [AFP]
07:52 GMT
Iron dome intercepts one rocket while two fall in open fields near Sderot following barrage of rocket-fire the day before; PM, security forces warn of impending IDF action if rockets do not stop.
The scene of the bombing North Lebanon's Hermel earlier this year (AFP)
07:28 GMT
The Army carried out another raid in the northern village of Fnaydeq Thursday, confiscating explosives in light of confessions made by a terror suspect.
Pro-Morsi supporters took to Egypt's streets Thursday marking the first anniversary of the former Islamist president's oust (Khaled Kamel/AFP)
05:00 GMT
At least seven people have died thus far in a bomb blast on an Alexandra train late Wednesday.
Around 14.4 percent of Jordan's population lived in poverty in 2010 (File Archive)
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In Jordan, at least 33 percent of the population lives under the poverty line at least once annually.
Etihad joins Emirates, which sponsors Old Trafford cricket ground and Durham County Cricket Club, in bolstering its English brand profile through cricket.
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“Cricket enables Etihad Airways to create strong synergies between the key cricket playing nations and our major flight networks across the Indian subcontinent, Australia and the UK."
Political unrest in Egypt is not affecting work on the mall, confirms George Kostas, CEO of UAE-based retailer Majid Al Futtaim Properties.
02:14 GMT
Mall of Egypt, the 160,000-square metre mega-mall being developed by Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) Properties in Cairo, is proceeding on track despite unrest in the country, a senior official confirmed.
Buoyed by a growing population of both locals and expats, the total number of schools in the region is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4 per cent from 2013 to 2020.
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However, the sector also faces a number of challenges such as the shortage of skilled teachers and regulation of fees that obstruct the growth of the education industry in the long term.
Taking back the two major eastern oil terminals could make around 500,000 more barrels per day (bpd) of crude available for export
01:59 GMT
Thinni said the ports had been reclaimed after an agreement with Ibrahim Jathran, whose fighters had seized the terminals almost a year ago to demand more regional autonomy.

July 3, 2014

General Martin Dempsey also emphasized that a military campaign needs to be accompanied by willingness from Baghdad to reach out to minority groups in the country (File Archive)
20:00 GMT
Washington's top military officer told reporters Thursday that Iraqi forces will need help to regain the territory that they have lost over the past month in the Sunni militant offensive.
ISIS announced this week that the group established an Islamic Caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria (File Archive)
19:04 GMT
When analyzing the impact of the ISIS declaration of the caliphate, one must consider the circumstances surrounding the announcement, says one expert.
Thousands gathered Wednesday evening in Kuwait city demanding for Barrak's release (Yasser Al Zayyat/AFP)
19:00 GMT
Kuwaiti forces used teargas and stun grenades Thursday to dismantle an opposition demonstration.
Barzani blames the current crisis in Iraq as the handiwork of Iraq's PM Maliki (File Archive/AFP)
18:00 GMT
Kurdish president Massoud Barzani called on MPs Thursday to set a date for the autonomous region's independence vote despite Iraqi leadership's discouragement earlier this week.
Egyptian officials conducted a massive crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters in Kerdasa last year (File Archive/AFP)
17:00 GMT
At least two people have died from the bomb attack that struck Egypt's Kerdasa region Thursday on the first year anniversary of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi's oust.
More people are classified as poor on a quarterly than on an annual basis as many households face temporary spells of poverty.
16:39 GMT
Economist Yusuf Mansur explained that the study simply shows that some Jordanian households are poor during a certain period of the year, while not poor for the rest of the year.
FIFA could allow fourth sub in extra time before 2018 WC
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FIFA's coaching advisers would reportedly propose that teams can use a fourth substitute in extra time before the 2018 World Cup starts.
At least 374 Yemeni armed forces members have been killed in the first half of 2014 (File Archive)
16:08 GMT
At least two people were killed and three wounded in an attack on a government complex in Yemen's Baida province Thursday.
Forgery of educational certificates constituted around 40 per cent of all document fraud cases during the first half of this year,
14:43 GMT
Suspects face charges of forging an official document, faking a stamp, and attempting to use the fake document.
Regarding President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s plan to provide the market with citizen’s needs for oil and sugar produced by the army, she said this plan is “illogical in economic terms and impossible to implement.
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The government is unlikely to succeed in controlling anticipated price jumps in markets, goods, and services vulnerable to such abnormalities in the wake of petroleum subsidy cuts in the new budget.
Al Qaeda-linked Nusra fighters were allegedly in control of the oil field before ISIS seized it Thursday (File Archive/AFP)
13:56 GMT
The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has allegedly taken over control of Syria's largest oil field.
ISIS militants seized the truck drivers in Mosul earlier this month (File Archive)
13:41 GMT
At least 30 Turkish truck drivers who were being held by jihadis in Iraq were released this week.
ِAndy Murray
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After the Wimbledon champion's title defence came to a stunning end against Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday, Andy Murray has admitted that he needs to make significant improvement to his game.
Roger Federer
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Roger Federer's quest for a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title continues apace after victory in the Swiss derby on Centre Court yesterday...
The Muslim Brotherhood called for a "day of anger," one year on from the ousting of Mohamed Morsi (File/AFP)
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Egypt's security forces cracked down on Muslim Brotherhood protesters on the year anniversary of their leader's ousting from government.
Although Iraq didn't qualify for this year's World Cup, there are still many other teams supported across the country (File/AFP)
11:41 GMT
Iraq might be on the brink of destruction right now with a fierce battle between ISIS and the country's armed forces, but that won't stop football fans from watching the latest game.
Tension amounts in the Middle East as 30,000 Saudi troops were deployed to the country's border with Iraq (Image: Middle East Monitor)
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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said all necessary measures were being taken against "terrorist threats" on Thursday while 30,000 soldiers were deployed to the borders with Iraq.
Conley had met the Tunisian militant over the Internet and had joined a military career exploration program in order to learn US military tactics and train ISIL militants in those tactics. [AFP]
11:11 GMT
A woman in the US state of Colorado faces federal charges of trying to aid terrorist militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
A Danish ship arrives in southern Italy on July 2, 2014 prior to the transfer and destruction of Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons (File/AFP)
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The Pentagon confirmed the full transfer of Syria's chemical weapons to an American vessel off the Italian coast.
The Algeria team don't want Ahlam's promised money for the goals they scored in the FIFA World Cup. (Image: Albawaba edit)
10:29 GMT
The Algeria team don't want Ahlam's promised money for the goals they scored in the FIFA World Cup.
It's unknown whether Assi realizes that his Moroccan song was insulting to Moroccan women or not. (Image: Facebook)
09:57 GMT
Moroccan singer Fatima al Arousi wasn't impressed at all by Lebanese singer Assi Helani's Moroccan single "Satta" and hit back at him with a song of her own!
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stands with member of the UN Security Council in Geneva, November 24, 2013 (File/AFP)
09:54 GMT
Russia remained optimistic about meeting the July 20 deadline with Iran over a nuclear deal with other UN Security Council members.
Amr will begin recording his postponed Ramadan drama in October. (Image: Facebook)
09:33 GMT
Singer Amr Diab recorded 8 songs for his TV drama debut next Ramadan.
Adham passes away after a long battle with cancer. (Image: Facebook)
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Renowned Syrian actor Adham al Mulla passes away at the age of 82 on Wednesday morning.
The new DKNY collection is available across the Middle East (Image: DKNY/Styleblazer)
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Who said Muslim women are all about the burka? In the same week that france upheld the burka ban, DKNY released a Ramadan collection, so add it to your list of Eid presents!
The rebel groups singled out recent military gains by ISIS in northern Aleppo province, calling them a “threat to the Syrian revolution.”
08:32 GMT
Rebels in the north and east of Syria have vowed to lay down their arms if they don’t receive help to fight Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS, as an offensive by a leading Islamist faction targets the militants in the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus.
Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been arrested since ousted leader Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last year (File/AFP)
08:31 GMT
Leader and spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood's National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, was arrested in Cairo after Egyptian forces raided his home.
Nancy celebrated life in Lebanon through her Beirut concert last week. (Image: Facebook)
08:26 GMT
A few bombings or terrorist attacks in Lebanon didn't scare Nancy Ajram, as she went ahead with her planned Beirut concert as scheduled!
The team returned home to a heroes' welcome after they managed to push Germany into extra-time, before conceding 2-1.
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Forward Islam Slimani says, "They need it more than us"; underdog Algeria nearly beat favorite Germany in quarterfinal game this week.
Women hold a banner reading "Swept away by Cancer" as they demonstrate against the transfer of chemical weapons, on July 2, 2014 at the port of Gioia Tauro, southern Italy. (AFP / MARIO LAPORTA)
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Women hold a banner reading "Swept away by Cancer"
Two journalists were among the injured in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem (File/AFP)
07:50 GMT
At least 170 Palestinians were injured in clashes with the Israeli army following the abduction and killing of a 16-year-old boy in East Jerusalem, Wednesday.
We all have certain thoughts when fasting in Ramadan.
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Ramadan isn't as easy as ABC and we all have exactly the same thoughts while fasting! Meanwhile someone tells us why he hates his co-workers and another on how long it takes to develop a new habit!
Salafism is on the rise in countries such as Lebanon and Jordan (File Archive)
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Salafist comedian and Sheikh Maher Mawas isn't known in Lebanon for his sermons, but rather for cracking jokes and humorous posts on social media.
Airstrikes between Gaza and southern Israel are quite frequent, but the latest round comes in part as a response to Netanyahu's plan to target Hamas in Gaza (File Archive)
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Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Wednesday evening.
Such an eclectic list of things to do this month (Image courtesy of Al Ahram Gate).
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Here's where to go and how to have fun this holy month in Egypt.
The government also lowered the target deficit ratio in the new budget to 10%, compared to 12% in the FY 2013/2014 budget, according to Dimian.
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Economic experts have voiced scepticism over the government’s ability to meet the finance ministry’s revised GDP target for the 2014/2015 fiscal year (FY).
“It [the company] was also acquitted of any violation of Egypt’s tax laws, and thus did not take this decision into consideration,” the company added.
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AhramOnline reported Tuesday that the construction tycoon has been sentenced in absentia to three years imprisonment on charges of tax evasion.
KPC has said previously that the existing pipeline linking the two cities, also built by Zakhem International in 1973, has outlived its 30-year lifespan and was prone to ruptures.
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Family-owned Zakhem International has also carried out oil pipeline, refinery and fuel storage projects in Libya, Iraq, Nigeria, Qatar, Italy and Tanzania, according to its website.
"Less religiously-linked branding could be useful for the industry if it wants to attract non-Muslim clients," he pointed out.
02:43 GMT
Islamic banking is based on core principles of the religion. So it is striking that some banks are removing the word "Islam" from their names.
“The facility scope of work is similar to other facilities built in the past by the US Army Corps of Engineers in other Middle Eastern countries,” it added.
02:14 GMT
The US government has announced plans to build a new military hospital in Kuwait at a cost of $1.7 billion
Kaka
00:43 GMT
The 32-year-old insists he turned down the chance for even higher wages and admits David Beckham played a part in helping him to make the switch to America
AELLA is campaigning for a reduction in meat farms that suck the life out of the earth.
00:34 GMT
The world's rising obsession with meat is doing massive damage to humanity's collective health and the environment in general; students demand a better education and get pummelled by Egyptian riot police; and Palestinians from Syria mistreated in Lebanon.
Alexis Sanchez
00:28 GMT
Arsenal have submitted an offer for the Chile star that matches Barcelona's valuation but must now convince the forward to choose them over his other suitors

July 2, 2014

The survey noted that 44.5 percent of those surveyed said employer efficiency is not affected, and 55 percent claim that important decisions and vital meetings are not postponed till the holy month is over.
23:23 GMT
The survey noted that 44.5 percent of those surveyed said employer efficiency is not affected
The Iraqi government is trying to establish a new government to handle the ongoing crisis, but failure to reach quorum earlier this week has undermined prospects that such will be achieved in the given timeline (File Archive)
20:00 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki extended amnesty to Sunni tribes that battled government forces over the last months during a parliamentary session Wednesday.
The new complex will create significant value to Ma’aden shareholders.
19:42 GMT
The estimated cost of the project is approximately SR28 billion ($7.5 billion), and production at the new facility is expected to commence in late 2016.
The Salafist movement gained momentum and expanded its reach in Tunisia under Ennahda leadership following the oust of former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (File Archive/AFP)
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At least four Tunisian soldiers were killed from land mines Wednesday in their offensive on jihadists in the country's northwest region.
Maliki issued a warning to Kurdish leadership Wednesday saying that holding an independence vote "will damage them a lot" (File Archive)
18:00 GMT
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has rejected Kurdish leadership's plan to hold an independence referendum, saying that such a vote would be "unconstitutional."
Ajnad Misr, or the Soldiers of Egypt, claimed responsibility for Monday's bombings, but authorities have arrested members from Ansar Beit Maqdis instead (Mohamed El Shahed/AFP)
17:19 GMT
At least four members of the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Maqdis were arrested by Egyptian authorities Wednesday over this week's palace bombings.However, another militant group, Ajnad Misr, claimed responsibility for the attacks on Tuesday.
These two lovebirds are still going strong despite the current distance. (Image: Facebook)
17:13 GMT
With their careers keeping them apart, married Lebanese stars Yousif Al Khal and Nicole Saba are supportive but sad.
The ISIS dream of an Islamic nation that spans across borders has picked up steam.
16:48 GMT
One blogger sees all the hype by some Muslims yearning for a the return of Islamic rule as short-sighted and a recipe for disaster; Egypt's military could have easily stopped the bombings; and even sympathy can be very ethnocentric. .
Lionel Messi and Ahmed Helmy in a commercial together. (Image: screenshot from commercial)
16:41 GMT
Egyptian comedian actor Ahmed Helmy clears the air about his connection with soccer player Lionel Messi.
Morsi's son will also have to pay nearly $1500 in fines for carrying the two hashish joints (File Archive)
16:17 GMT
Egyptian courts have sentenced Mohammed Morsi's son, Abdallah Morsi, to jail with labour and fines for possession of two joints of hashish.
Israeli forces have continued to crack down on Palestinians after the missing teens' bodies were found earlier this week (Jafaar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
16:00 GMT
Israeli forces demolished the home of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli police officer in April. Several were injured in clashes that erupted in response to the demolition.
An estimated 20 million visitors are expected to attend Expo 2015, of which 7.6 million will travel to Milan by air, the two airlines said in a joint statement.
15:23 GMT
Etihad Airways and Italy’s Alitalia have been named as the Official Global Airline Carriers for Expo 2015 in Milan.
Tim Howard
15:15 GMT
USA's Tim Howard saved 15 goals against Belgium in Salvador, Brazil, setting a new World Cup record.
ISIS declared the establishment of an Islamic State on Sunday (Welayat Salahuddin/AFP)
15:11 GMT
Top leaders among Jordan's jihadist movement denounced the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria's declaration of a caliphate earlier this week.
Nick Kyrgios
14:58 GMT
After his match-winning performance against 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon on Tuesday, Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios has said he would like to be world number one some day.
The new route departs Doha at 8.10am and arrives in Dallas the same day at 3.35pm.
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Airline begins daily services to Dallas, Texas, from Hamad International Airport
A similar visa policy is already in place for nationals from 38 countries, and once implemented, it will be available to 102 countries in total, EDB stated. The new policy was presented in a cabinet meeting earlier this week by Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s first deputy PM and chairman of the EDB.
14:38 GMT
Bahrain is mulling the implementation of a new visa policy, under which nationals from 64 countries will be provided a one-month visa on arrival.
Uighurs in China have been persecuted for their religious beliefs for years (AFP)
14:27 GMT
In China, Muslims will not be allowed to fast during the holy month of Ramadan, at least not legally.
Most of the personnel killed over the past six months are from Yemen's army (File Archive/AFP)
14:04 GMT
At least 374 Yemeni security force personnel have died this year in Sanaa's offensives, including attacks on Al Qaeda, this year.
Syrian rebels have been intensely fighting ISIS in parts of the Aleppo province, as well as in Raqa and Deir Ezzor (File Archive/AFP)
13:40 GMT
Syrian rebels will lay down their arms within the next week if they do not receive support from the exiled opposition to fight against the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).