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October 13, 2014

Victor Valdes (R)
06:41 GMT
Reports had suggested the goalkeeper rejected the chance of a trial at Anfield ahead of a possible move, but Gines Carvajal has insisted such speculation is "false"
The Gaza offensive lasted 51 days and killed over 2,000 Palestinians. (AFP/File)
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Over 30 foreign ministers attended the conference to pledge their monetary support for Gaza.
Too good to be true? Some on social media were skeptical. (Shutterstock)
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Thousands of men responded to a wealthy Saudi woman's tweet for marriage!
In August, the capital market rose to the 9,000 points for the first time since 2008.
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Discussing the trade behaviour, EGX noted that foreign and Arab investors were directed towards selling while Egyptian sought to buy
The pull back then snowballed due to panic selling and, possibly, margin calls, according to market players.
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Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates fell sharply on Sunday as declines on global bourses sparked a broad sell-off in the Gulf region.
The expected visit will also involve forming a joint expert group from the four countries.
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Egypt’s agricultural exports to Russia have significantly increased and will increase further in the coming period.
The rise in Gulf nation cash is “definitely good news for the kingdom."
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Beyond the walls of a palace outside Casablanca owned by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, Moroccans are buying housing plots that one of the Middle East’s biggest construction firms will fold into a new mini-city
Media, academics and the general public generally focus on the issues which have already become popular magazine topics, such as YouTube and Twitter bans.
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Turkey and her Internet Law are still far away from what could make Turkey achieve its ambitions in the 100th anniversary of the Republic in 2023.

October 12, 2014

The consortium is led by Faiz Al-Abideen, a prominent Saudi businessman and adviser to members of the royal family, whose group has built 17 power plants in Saudi Arabia and abroad.
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The proposed power plant, which would cost anywhere between $3 billion and $4.5 billion, will generate between 2,500 and 3,500 megawatts (MW) of power.
Estonia 0-1 England: Rooney secures narrow win for Three Lions
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The Manchester United captain's precise free-kick just beat a scrambling Sergei Pareiko to see Roy Hodgson's men pull three points clear at the top of Group E
Kurdish forces have been instrumental in the fight against IS extremists in both Iraq and Syria. (AFP/File)
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Kurdish forces have stopped the advance of IS fighters in Syria's Kobani Sunday.
Libya has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and various militias since the fall of Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
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At least 21 people have been killed and many others wounded after tribal clashes broke out in the western region of Libya's capital city, Tripoli.
Millions of Syrians have fled the ongoing violence in their country. (AFP/File)
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Turkey closed the border with Syria on Sunday leaving thousands of people who had fled Kobani stranded in a minefield in no-man’s-land on the border.
Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth win a row with a commanding performance from the front in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix in Sochi Sunday.
There are an estimated 3,000 Tunisians fighting in Syria. (AFP/File)
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Tunisia’s Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa has announced that his country has arrested some 1,500 militants as part of efforts to secure its transition to democracy.
Bahrainis protest against their own government.
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On one hand, the Bahraini government is giving air support to fight ISIS and with the other they are slapping their own residents and torturing Americans; lawlessness in Libya; missing Iraqi cash found in Lebanon; and Kuwaitis fight in an airport.
The students protesting voiced their anger over the university's current leadership. (AFP/File)
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Police fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters at Cairo's Azhar University Sunday for the second day in a row.
Bianchi crash
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Leading Formula One drivers have reportedly backed a move to implement changes that include a virtual safety car plan in light of Marussia driver Jules Bianchi's accident that left him in a critical condition.
Madonna applauded her son Rocco for posting the ISIS video. (Image:
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Madonna defends son Rocco's Instagram video reportedly showing Isis terrorist killing.
U.S. President Barack Obama has ruled out the use of U.S. forces on the ground. (AFP/File)
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Officials in Iraq's Anbar province are calling for the U.S. to send ground troops into Iraq to help battle Islamic State militants.
Federer celebrates after winning
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Roger Federer claimed one of the few titles to have previously eluded him after he overcame a sluggish start to beat injured Frenchman Gilles Simon in the final of the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.
Assaf also released a tribute song to Gaza during the Israeli offensive in July, which garnered more than 1.5 million hits on YouTube. (AFP/File)
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Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf released a video calling for the siege of Gaza to be lifted, garners more YouTube love.
Muhammad Ali
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American boxing legend Muhammad Ali's brother has revealed that the boxer who was once famous for his lightning speed and even faster tongue is now so ill that he can barely speak.
The pictures show hot young Iranians lounging by their poolsides (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
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A social media account documenting the lives of Iran's purported rich youth has been shut down
Kurdish forces fighting IS militants since June. (AFP/File)
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A series of bomb attacks has left at least 26 people dead in Iraq, amid the deadly violence that rages on across the country.
Kurds across Europe and the Middle East have grown increasingly frustrated with international inaction in Kobani, sparking widespread, sometimes violent protests. (AFP/File)
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Protesters mostly hailing from the Kurdish region in Syria took to the streets in Beirut Sunday to protest international handling of Kobani, particularly in Turkey, where the borders have been closed and government authorities have ignored UN urges to intervene in the border town.
As the fight inches closer to the Turkish border, the US urges Turkey to act while Kurdish forces urge the US to send more air power. (AFP/File)
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Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani requested heightened airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition. Despite strong defense, Kurdish fighters warn failed weapon requests and inaction from the Turkish government could mean the fall of Kobani to IS control.
Paris Hilton hit up the grand opening of the exclusive club Clé in Dubai over the weekend with her sister Nicky. (Image: Twitter)
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Paris Hilton hit up the grand opening of the exclusive club Clé in Dubai.
Rudimental rocked Dubai's Sandance festival over the weekend. (Image: Facebook)
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It was sweet weekend for music lovers in the UAE. The Sandance festival went down again without a hitch as Rudimental, Clean Bandit, Empire of the Sun and De La Soul took the stage.
Rahim Said has made a controversial name for herself.
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The "Sabaya Al Khair" presenter was accused of assault by her assistant director and now faces a court date on November 8th.
Sherine Abdel Wahab was pleasantly surprised with a birthday gathering. (Images: Facebook)
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Sherine Abdel Wahab surprisingly revealed her age, but do you suppose she's telling the truth that she's...
A Pakistani Air Force F16 fighter jet. [AFP]
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At least 21 militants have been killed in Pakistan Air Force’s airstrikes on their hideouts in the country’s volatile northwestern tribal areas.
Members of national delegations, regional and international organizations met in Cairo for the Gaza conference led dually by Egypt and Norway to discuss the future of the territory and what should come next. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi opened the Gaza aid conference but highlighting the importance of new generations in Israel and Palestine in solving the problems facing the war-torn territory.
Sleiman will be playing the role of Jesus Christ in the adaptation of the Bill O’Reilly’s novel Killing Jesus. (Image: Facebook)
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‘Killing Jesus’ cast announced and an Arab-American actor will be playing the role of Jesus Christ.
The 15-year-old girl was one of hundreds of Yazidi women who were kidnapped following the IS siege on Mount Sinjar. She's since escaped and been reunited with some surviving family members in n. Iraq. (AFP/FIle)
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After being kidnapped by Islamic State militants following the siege of Mount SInjar, a 15-year-old Yazidi girl speaks out for the first time, tells of being sold to two different husbands and escaping each.
A Chinese woman looks at her iPhone.
10:18 GMT
If you've never heard of OnePlus or Xiaomi then give yourself about a year- some of these could names be more in demand than Samsung or Apple; Arabs nixed for human rights awards; good news about Muslims.. finally; and lightening crashes in Jordan.
The beautiful manor house that's been reportedly purchased by George and Amal. (Image: Vagner Vidal/INS News Agency)
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Word spread among locals that George Clooney and new wife Amal Alamuddin bought a £10m mansion in Berkshire.
The Turbo Commander light aircraft went down in the Sabzpoushan mountainous area in Zahedan.
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An aircraft belonging to Iranian police forces has reportedly crashed in the southeastern city of Zahedan, leaving all seven people onboard dead.
You'd think their presence would be present enough, but Amal gave George some sweet wedding gifts.
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How un-Islamic of Amal Alamuddin to bring doggies into her new home with her Hollywood hubby, but the Lebanese-born barrister gifted George Clooney with two cocker spaniels as a surprise wedding present.
"Archer" had been using the name ISIS for its fictional spy agency until the real militant group made it suddenly inappropriate.
09:43 GMT
The animated series on FX has quietly removed the fictional spy agency called ISIS from the show after the real militant group of the same name rose to the surface.
News of the soldier's defection first surfaced in a video late Saturday, in which he says his decision is the result of Lebanon's 'mass detention of Sunnis.' (AFP/File)
09:28 GMT
A third Lebanese soldier has reportedly defected to join IS ranks, adding to a feared surge of defectors following the recent IS and Nusra call for Sunni soldiers to leave posts and join extremist ranks.
Pro-kurdish demonstrators holding a giant flag as they gather on October 11, 2014 in Duesseldorf, north-western Germany, during a rally in solidarity with Kurds trapped in the northern Syrian city of Kobane. [AFP]
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Thousands of Kurds in Britain and across Europe protest against the ISIS attack on Kobane as Turkey stubbornly refuses to help the besieged town.
Raad al-Azzawi's TV station was also attacked last year, when a militia group raided and detonated two suicide bombs, killing several journalists and the station's chief news editor. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT
The Islamic State reportedly publicly executed a local Iraqi cameraman in northern Iraq on Friday, highlighting the dangers faced by both international and local media workers in Syria and Iraq.
Tania has performed all over the world but her dream is to perform in Las Vegas. (Image: Facebook)
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International Lebanese Soprano and Pop Diva Tania Kassis spreads her message of peace around the globe.
Palestinian children sit on the window of a partially destroyed building in al-Tufah, east of Gaza City on October 11, 2014, ahead of a donors conference in Cairo. [AFP]
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US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo early on Sunday for a conference seeking to raise billions of dollars in aid donations to rebuild the Gaza Strip, which was left devastated after a 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.
American-led air attacks are failing. President Obama's plan to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. [AFP]
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America's plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group's fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad.
A collection of some of the cultural events that took place in Egypt this year. (Image: Al Ahram)
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This week includes exhibition openings, concerts, film screenings and ballet; here are the recommended culture events for the week in Cairo and Alexandria.
Iranian men work on a Peugeot 206 at the Iran Khodro auto plant, west of Tehran, on October 10, 2014. (AFP / ATTA KENARE)
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Iranian men work on a Peugeot 206 at the Iran Khodro auto plant
Earlier this week, IS and Nusra militants called on Sunni soldiers to defect from their posts and join extremist ranks in Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
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After defecting from the Lebanese Army and joining the al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front, a Lebanse man remains with the militant group as his family pleads for his return.
Victor Valdes
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Victor Valdes' proposed deal to Liverpool seems to be OFF
Path set for Morocco 2014 finalists
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The journey has been set for the clubs that have qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014.
The upgradation of key elements of the terminal forms part of the first phase of the Airport Modernization Program.
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Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) said it has started the installation of new state-of-the-art passenger boarding bridges at the Bahrain International Airport (BIA).
The government was “taking a diverse” approach to funding the infrastructure demands of Expo 2020 but declined to state specific details.
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As part of its bid the emirate has earmarked billions of dollars of infrastructure investment including an extension of the metro rail link, new hotels and roads.
The programs for tackling unemployment have contributed to creating a parallel crisis in the labor market and disrupting the market.
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At least one million vacancies must be created to tackle unemployment among Saudis and 300,000 jobs are needed annually to absorb new graduates entering the labor market,
Most of the property belongs to locals who have fled and had their property confiscated by the IS group as a result or those who have been forced out.
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The Sunni Muslim extremist group that has taken over the northern city of Mosul has a new source of income: real estate.
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy sits in a Cairo courtroom (AFP file photo).
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Several Muslim Brotherhood figures were given sentences of up to 15 years on charges of torturing an opponent protester.
A Pittsburgh restaurant with a Palestinian menu finds itself in deep hummus with the local Jewish community (Image: Shutterstock).
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Jews in Pittsburgh are in a pickle over a restaurant's Palestinian menu.

October 11, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo
22:14 GMT
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is history's greatest-ever athlete and is worth €1 billion, according to his agent, Jorge Mendes.
At least 38 people were killed Saturday night in Shi'a areas of Baghdad. (Image: Shutterstock)
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Media reports said that the blasts occurred within minutes of one another.
Jules Bianchi
19:41 GMT
Marussia driver Jules Bianchi's father Philippe has revealed that there has been no change in the Formula One racer's condition after his horrific crash during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton
19:08 GMT
An emotional Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has revealed about his first brush with death as a nine-year-old kart racer as fears continued to grow about the fate of Marussia racer Jules Bianchi following his horror smash in Japanese Grand Prix .
Luis Suarez
18:56 GMT
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez made his first appearance for Uruguay since his biting ban, as he set up his country's goal in the 1-1 draw against Saudi Arabia.
Mourners in Suruc, Turkey bury Kurdish fighters killed battling IS jihadists for control of Kobani on Oct. 11. 
(AFP/Aris Messinis)
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Outgunned by the more heavily armed IS attackers, Kurdish defenders were facing IS advances from two directions.
Displaced foreigners stream into Tunisia from Libya in August (AFP file photo).
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Increased violence among rival groups in Libya has resulted in the displacement of an estimated 287,000 people.
Britain's police were told to be on alert for their personal safety after last week's terror arrests. (AFP file photo)
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On Tuesday, Scotland Yard arrested five people during an investigation into a suspected terror plot targeting London.
Iraqi Shi'a fighters from Tal Afar, loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, take part in a parade in the Shi'a shrine city of Karbala in central Iraq on October 2, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
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Armed militias have increased their presence across Iraq as part of local and national attempts to combat advancing ISIS fighters.
Co-Founder and board member of animals right group Animals Lebanon, Safa Hojeij, pets one of two rescued stripped-hyenas in Aley, east of Beirut, on October 10, 2014. Max and Val, the brother and sister pair of hyenas cubs are being kept in Aley after they were rescued by Animals Lebanon and will soon be sent to a sanctuary in France. (AFP /JOSEPH EID)
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Co-Founder and board member of animals right group Animals Lebanon
Yusra Hussien's family fears the UK teen was brainwashed by online jihadis.
09:43 GMT
The aunt of a missing 15-year-old schoolgirl who is thought to have been radicalised online before travelling to Syria says powerful jihadists are 'brainwashing' British teenagers through the internet.
Yazidi girls from Iraq sit in shock.
09:22 GMT
The only Yazidi member of Iraq's parliament says, ""Only Yazidi women are kidnapped. We don't know, actually, why exactly the Yazidi women"; BBC maps need a rewrite; Congratulations, Malala! and a reviews of Frank.
Students at Al-Azhar university run for cover during clashes with police outside their campus in Cairo in 2013. (AFP file photo)
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Police have arrested several students in different governorates over the past few days, including 14 of the "Students Against the Coup" movement.
A Palestinian boy fills a container with water in front of the rubble of his family house in Beit Hanoun. (AFP/Said Khatib)
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The Palestinian government plans to request a total of $4 billion in pledges from donor countries and organizations at the conference in Cairo.
Rebel fighters gather on the Syrian side of the Qalamun hills close to the Lebanese border in September. AFP/Wissam Al -Omor
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Military posts were attacked by unidentified gunmen for the second day running.
Google Street View is using a camel to map the Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi (File/AFP)
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Who says you need the latest technology to achieve results? Google Street View is now using a camel called Raffia to map the Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi.
Nine Islamic State militants were killed in the northern Saladin province (File/AFP)
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Iraq's army killed nine militants from the Islamic State and destroyed an IS base in the northern Saladin province, according to security officials.
Barcelona squad wearing the Catalan colors
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Despite threats from La Liga chiefs that separation from Spain would see them booted from the division, the Camp Nou club have signed a pact supporting the referendum
The stats don’t lie - Arabs score high with porn sites. Cairo is the #1 city that searched for “sex” on Google. So don’t be shy-- check out who searched for sex by country in this cross section that includes some Muslim hot spots in and out of the Middle East 'desert'.
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Think 1001 Arabian nights and we bring you 10 online porn findings relating to Middle East and Muslim users. See how the the region procrastinates with porn and brace yourselves for some unexpected hard truths.

October 10, 2014

Sneijder confirms Gala financial dispute
17:42 GMT
The Netherlands international has now gone a number of weeks without pay and could be entitled to leave the club on a free transfer
Ghoncheh Ghavami was jailed in Iran for trying to watch a male volleyball match (Image: Facebook)
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A British-Iranian woman who was jailed in Tehran for watching a men's volleyball game has went on hunger strike after three months in prison.
Felipe Massa
16:58 GMT
Williams driver Felipe Massa has revealed that he considered quitting Formula One after Marussia driver Jules Bianchi's 160 miles-per-hour horror accident during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Rafael Nadal
16:56 GMT
Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal's spokesperson has revealed that the world number two would continue a course of antibiotics in a bid to be fit for the remainder of the 2014 season as his recovery from appendicitis is going satisfactorily.
Cristiano Ronaldo
16:48 GMT
Portuguese football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo's agent has revealed that the forward would play out the rest of his career at Real Madrid, shunning reports of return to Manchester United.
Saudi woman caught cheering on football team causes uproar
16:45 GMT
A highlights video of a top Saudi football team's latest match reportedly went viral on the internet, because a woman was spotted in the crowd.
Civilians watch smoke rise from the Kurdish city of Kobani in the distance, October 8th, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Hundreds of civilians trapped in Kobani could be executed by the Islamic State if the extremist group gains complete control of the border town, the UN warned.
Bombings and shootings have become commonplace in Egypt's Nile Delta region since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 (File/AFP)
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Two bombs hit separate cities in the Nile Delta Friday, according to senior officials although no casualties were reported.
Smoke rises from the Kurdish town of Kobani, close to the Syrian border with Turkey, October 9th, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:42 GMT
The U.S.-led coalition targeted Islamic State positions near Kobani overnight while the militant group still controls a third of the Kurdish town.
Malala Yousafzai was critically injured in October 2012, when she was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan (File/AFP)
11:32 GMT
Pakistan's 17-year-old children's rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday.
Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey opposed IS along with Bashar al-Assad, but would not put "boots on the ground" (File/AFP)
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Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu rejected calls from the country's main opposition group to "put boots on the ground" in Kobani.
Lebanon's army has faced a wave of attacks from extremist groups in recent months (File/AFP)
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Masked gunmen in Lebanon's Tripoli attacked three army posts overnight, prompting soldiers to retaliate with gunfire, security sources said.
Only two months out from the 11th Dubai International Film Festival.
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Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is asking around the community for cultural connoisseurs, philanthropists and visionary business leaders within the UAE to join the "Friends of the Festival".
Former Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (right) shakes hands with the new Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza City, October 9th, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Palestine's unity government headed from Gaza to Cairo for further talks following a successful visit to the Strip.
Oh goodness, I just woke up like this! (Image/Twitter)
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Like the #nomakeupselfie, #WakeUpCall is basically just another excuse to get crazy with the Instagram filter. You know, "for charity."
Nineteen people have been killed during the ongoing protests. (AFP/File)
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Security forces in Turkey continue to clash with protesters who are voicing their anger over the Turkish government's inaction in Kobani.
Paris HIlton in her headache-inducing travel garb. (Image: Instagram)
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The Hilton heiress has made her way to the UAE.
With the World Cup just eight years away, the likelihood is that the market is only going to become bigger, it added.
01:15 GMT
With the World Cup just eight years away, the likelihood is that the market is only going to become bigger.
The intensification of the civil war in Syria and the continued influx of refugees have adversely affected Lebanon’s economy.
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Growth in the Middle East and North Africa is forecasted to average 4.2 percent in 2015, the World Bank reported in its latest Middle East and North Africa Economic Monitor.
The level of interest mirrors widespread investor confidence in the markets of the UAE, with Dubai's index more than tripling in value since the start of 2013.
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The feeding frenzy driving a flurry of new stock listings in the United Arab Emirates could scupper the market's nascent revival if companies float too soon and expose the fragility of overstretched investors.
It was the sixth consecutive slip in the index, which FAO said was the longest period of continuous falls since the late 1990s.
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It was the sixth consecutive slip in the index, which FAO said was the longest period of continuous falls since the late 1990s.
The Europe-Iran Forum is being held at a politically sensitive moment as world powers try to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear program before a Nov. 24 deadline.
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The Oct. 15-16 conference, the largest gathering of Iranian commercial officials in London for years, aims to attract capital which the country badly needs due to its isolation under international sanctions.