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July 18, 2014

Turkish protesters held a massive prayer Friday afternoon in solidarity with the people of Gaza affected by the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Strip (Adem Altan/AFP)
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Israel announced Friday that it would reduce its diplomatic presence in Turkey saying that Ankara's leadership was inciting protests against Tel Aviv's operations in Gaza.
Iraq's ambassador was told to return to Baghdad Friday for consultations (File Archive)
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Leadership in Baghdad pulled its ambassador in Jordan Friday,
Jalal Talabani has been receiving medical treatment in Germany for the past 18 months (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
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Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is set to return to Baghdad after spending 18 months in Germany for medical treatment.
Real looks set to seal 63 mln-pound deal for Colombian WC star Rodriguez
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Spanish League club Real Madrid look set to tie up a move for Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez as the midfielder has reportedly agreed terms for a 63 million pound deal with the 10-time European champions.
Even before the current crisis, water was a rare commodity in Gaza (AFP).
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Israel deploys dystopian propaganda to depict Hamas as taking its own people hostage; Devil's advocate: an argument for why Israel is a beneficent peacemaker; How Israel and the West destroyed peace in Palestine; What much of the world's media thinks is inconsequential to inform its viewers about the conflict in Gaza.
More than 260 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge (File Archive/AFP)
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The UN Security Council will meet today to discuss the ongoing crisis in Gaza, and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has also called for Hamas to immediately accept a second version of the Egyptian ceasefire deal during his meeting with Turkey's leadership in Ankara Friday.
Pope Francis visited the Baptismal site earlier this year during his Middle East tour where he invited Abbas and Peres to attend a joint prayer for peace (File Archive/AFP)
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The Vatican called on Palestinian and Israeli leadership to implement an immediate ceasefire Friday to end the Gaza conflict.
Ayman Mohyeldin was ordered by a top NBC executive to leave Gaza immediately after reporting the airstrike on the beach that killed four children. NBC did not provide any reason publicly regarding his dismissal (Courtesy of Al Jazeera America)
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U.S. TV network NBC yanked its leading correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin from covering Gaza after he reported the Israeli airstrike on the Gaza beach that left four Palestinian children dead.
Libya's main international airport has been reduced to rubble from fighting between Zintan and Misrata militias over the past week alone (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
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Fresh fighting in Libya's capital was reported Friday despite earlier news that a ceasefire between the warring militias had been reached.
Bahraini women hold pictures of victims during a protest against Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip on July 18, 2014, in the village of Diraz, west of Manama. (AFP / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH)
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Bahraini women hold pictures of victims
ISIS frequently conducts public executions in the territories that it controls (File Archive)
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The United Nations said Friday that at least 5,576 Iraqi civilians have been kill this year thus far as violence continues to envelope the fragile country.
Libya's main airport in Tripoli has been severely damaged from fighting between the Zintan and Misrata militias (STR/AFP)
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Libyan fighters in the country's capital who have been clashing at the country's main airport have agreed to a ceasefire
Diana Magnay, pictured reporting live for CNN while Israeli bystanders cheer as IDF bombs hit Gaza in the background (Image: Screenshot)
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Israeli crowds cheered in the midst of a CNN report, while the IDF pounded Gaza in the background. Diana Magnay, the correspondent reporting live at the time, branded the group "scum", on Twitter shortly after.
A Palestinian man rests on school desks at a UN school near the Gaza border. (AFP)
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Hundreds of Palestinians in southern Gaza fled their homes Friday as Israeli forces launched ground operations in the besieged enclave.
Migrant workers in Saudi Arabia (AFP)
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The salaries of expatriates in the private sector rose by 25 percent while those of Saudis declined by 1 percent during 2013
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At least twenty-one Palestinians have been killed in Gaza by airstrikes and artillery fire since Israel launched a ground operation late Thursday, medics said.
Israeli soldiers gather in an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 10, 2014. (AFP)
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Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal says Israel’s ground invasion of the besieged Gaza Strip is destined to fail.
(Fayez Nureldine/AFP)
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Four Civil Defense units, backed up by two rescue teams, battled for several hours a fire that ripped through a cluster of makeshift houses built on an empty plot in Al-Mansour Street in Mecca Thursday night.
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With the loss of a child, Palestinian and Israeli families promote peace; The lunacy of Israel's self-defense claim; Want peace between Palestinians and Israelis? Don't hold your breath; Tweets and news of Israel's ground invasion of Gaza
Militias throughout Libya have been fighting for power and control over the country's territory and resources since the oust of Moammar Gaddafi in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
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Libyan leadership called on the United Nations late Thursday to assist the country's security forces in their effort to restore order in what has the potential to turn into a failed state.
At least 888,978 Egyptians have visited Mecca this year thus far (File Archive)
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Egyptians make up the largest group of religious pilgrims that have visited Mecca so far in 2014.
Official: Rio Ferdinand joins QPR on one-year deal
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The centre-back left Manchester United at the end of last season, ending a 12-year association with the club, and has now been reunited with his former West Ham boss Harry Redknapp
Mathieu Debuchy
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The full-back has completed his move to the Emirates Stadium as Newcastle confirm the arrival of his replacement, Daryl Janmaat, to become the club's second summer signing
Exhausted after a long day of work under the blazing desert sun, the migrants spend the afternoon searching for a place to sleep on the streets of Doha.
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Exhausted after a long day of work under the blazing desert sun, the migrants spend the afternoon searching for a place to sleep on the streets of Doha.
Launched at Farnborough on Monday, the neo plane is a revamped version of the A330, sporting engine upgrades to provide more economical long-haul travel.
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Qatar Airways gave Boeing a lift on Wednesday, concluding a deal for 50 of the US planemaker's revamped long-haul passenger jets and proposing to buy the same amount again.
The report expects that if Qatar loses its hosting right of the World Cup, the infrastructure spending will lose execution focus and face potential delays.
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The nominal effect of the World Cup cancellation is credit positive, as capital spending would be lower and more efficient, according to the bank.

July 17, 2014

Kurds in Syria declared their own autonomous region in November 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
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Kurds in Syria are now requiring that all of their men serve in their armed forces in the self-declared autonomous region's attempt to fight off jihadist insurgents.
At least eighty percent of those killed from Israeli airstrikes over the past week and a half in Gaza are civilians (Said Khatib/AFP)
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Five more children were killed from Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Thursday as the civilian death toll climbs yet again under the Tel Aviv offensive.
The probe is expected to reach Mars by 2021 (File Archive)
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The UAE is planning to send a probe to Mars by 2021 in the country's latest out-of-this-world feat attempt.
ISIS controls oil fields in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor as well (File Archive/AFP)
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The Jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) seized a major gas field in Syria Thursday, leaving at least 23 people dead in the process.
UNRWA schools have been used in recent days as refuge sites for Palestinians fleeing ongoing Israeli strikes in their neighborhoods (File Archive)
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The UN refugee agency for Palestinians reported Thursday that it found rockets stored in one of its vacant schools in Gaza.
Despite their recent upgrade to the more mainstream emerging market league, UAE and Qatar are considered risky enough by many investors that they still treat them like frontier markets.
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Erratic price moves, difficulties of accessing the market, and deep political risks, alongside strong growth, are common characteristics of frontier markets
Arab Bank also owns 40 percent of Saudi Arabia's Arab National Bank ANB.
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Arab Bank has been expanding across several Middle Eastern countries and has built a reputation for stability in a region shaken by conflict and political upheaval, partly thanks to diversified investments.
The $7 billion Kuwait Metro project is another vital project currently in the stages of design and supervision.
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Kuwait’s construction sector has witnessed high growth at a steady pace, driven by the announcement of several infrastructure projects in recent times.
Lebanon has been trying to crack down on outlaws firing rockets into Israel (File Archive)
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Lebanon filed a complaint to the United Nations Security Council Thursday against Israel in response to Tel Aviv's bombardment of Lebanon's southern villages.
Luis Suarez
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Barcelona mounted an impassioned defence of their £75m signing of Luis Suarez from Liverpool yesterday and did their best not to further...
Eighty percent of those killed since Israel launched its so-called Operation Protective Edge are civilians (Said Khatib/AFP)
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Hamas officials denied the alleged ceasefire deal set for early Friday, saying that talks between themselves and Israel are still ongoing.
Bombs also exploded in Sadr City late Wednesday (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
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At least 15 militants were killed in clashes with Iraqi security forces in the country's north, and another four civilians were killed in a bomb explosion in the country's capital.
Women mourn the death of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was kidnapped and burned to death on July 2 (File Archive/AFP)
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Israel's Justice Ministry reported that prosecutors indicted three Jews Thursday over the kidnapping and murder of the Palestinian teenager who was burned to death this month in what has been described as a "revenge killing."
Real Madrid
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Real Madrid has topped Forbes' annual list of the world's most valuable sports teams.
Libyan security forces have struggled to combat armed militia groups who have grown powerful since Gaddafi's overthrow. (AFP/File)
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Intense fighting at the Libyan airport in Tripoli has left 30 dead.
Sebastian Vettel
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Red Bull's ace racer Sebastian Vettel has said that Formula One can be a very cruel sport as the consecutive four time world champion attempts to save his season.
Detainees in Guantanamo Bay have been on hunger strike to protest over conditions in the prison (File/AFP)
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A U.S. nurse has bravely refused to force-feed Guantanamo Bay detainees on hunger strike in protest to the barbaric methods used by medical teams at the prison.
Serena Williams
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World number one Serena Williams' French coach has said that the American tennis ace is enduring a difficult period in her life.
Yasmine looked so pretty in her wedding dress. (Image: Facebook)
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What's the mystery behind Yasmine Abdel Aziz's bridal picture?
Lebanon's army patrols the country's border town of Ersal, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Hezbollah fighters and Nusra Front militants clashed again close to Lebanon's border with Syria, according to a security source.
At least 230 Palestinians have died in recent airstrikes. (AFP/File)
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Israel and Hamas have reached an agreement on a comprehensive ceasefire that will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday.
Duraid is currently appearing in the traditional Syrian drama "Bawabet Al Reeh" (Gate of the Wind). (Image: Facebook)
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Duraid Lahham is making special guest appearance on the TV drama "Dobbu El Shanati" (Pack up your Suitcases).
An injured Palestinian boy is carried away from the beach after an Israeli strike, July 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Israel's government spokesperson Mark Regev said the IDF "does not target civilians" on the same day four children were killed while playing on a Gaza beach.
Israel's Iron Dome system normally intercepts rockets fired from Gaza with a 90% success rate. (AFP/File)
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Three rockets landed in Israel's Eshkol region two hours after a temporary five-hour ceasefire was agreed upon by Hamas and Israel.
The UN estimates that 13 percent of the 4.5 million children under the age of five are "acutely malnourished" (File/AFP)
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Around 40 percent of Yemen's population faces a serious food crisis according to a United Nations report. The UN's sister body UNICEF also said Yemeni children are showing signs of stunting.
The Islamic State has experienced many successes in Iraq in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
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The success of the Islamic State is due to a combination of brutal force and winning over local populations.
Israel's army conducted at least 37 raids overnight in Gaza, bringing the Palestinian death toll up to 227 (File/AFP)
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Eight Palestinians were killed overnight after intensive shelling by Israeli forces across the Gaza Strip ahead of a UN brokered "humanitarian" ceasefire.
The UAE will make history if they enter the space race with a mission to Mars. (Image: IBTimes)
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The UAE is entering the space race with a mission to Mars; Blues legend Johnny Winter passes away; Police still using the banned and shameful "gay test" in Lebanon.
Various political groups called for the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt to be opened permanently (File/AFP)
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Political groups in Egypt joined forces to support Palestinian resistance against Israel while denouncing a recent truce deal brokered by Cairo between Tel Aviv and Hamas.
Tunisian security forces have been struggling to extricate militants from the Chaambi Mountains. (AFP/File)
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Fourteen Tunisian soldiers were killed in an attack by militants at a military checkpoint near the Algerian border.
Piers has offended millions with his "#FreePalestineAndIsrael" tweets. (Image: The Independent)
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Piers Morgan managed to offend every Pro-Palestine person on his Twitter feed... again!
Yara is well-known for her simple and conservative elegance. (Image: Facebook)
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Being beautiful, elegant and conservative has paid off for Yara who's been appointed as the ambassador of fashion house "Miss Bella."
Thirteen members of Hamas crossed into Israeli territory via a tunnel dug in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
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IDF forces stopped an attempt by Hamas to infiltrate a kibbutz via an underground tunnel.
Militant group ISIL has been engaged in a deadly battle with Iraq's forces and other splinter groups (File/AFP)
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A Saudi "mufti" who joined militant group ISIL has been killed by Iraq's armed forces during an air raid in Tikrit, according to a news site.
Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said: "I don't know whether to laugh or cry on the so-called swearing-in ceremony of Syrian regime's President Bashar Assad” (AFP/ File).
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Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea ridiculed Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday following Assad's swearing-in ceremony as president.
Over 1,600 people have been injured since the conflict began ten days ago. (AFP/File)
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The death toll in the besieged Gaza Strip has reached 227.
The majority of celebs condemned the evil acts of Israel on Gaza. (Image: Google)
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Arab and international celebrities tweet to condemn Israel.
A Syrian woman begs with her children downtown Istanbul on July 16, 2014. Turkey is to take "drastic measures" to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its biggest city Istanbul, including forcibly sending them to camps in the southeast. (AFP)
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A Syrian woman begs with her children downtown Istanbul on July 16, 2014
A new report shows that 48 percent of Syrian refugee girls were forced to marry men at least 10 years their senior. (AFP/File)
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Child marriages among Syrian refugee girls in Jordan has doubled since the onset of the war.
A view from southern Israel into Gaza during the ceasefire (Menahem Kahana/ AFP).
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Israel on Wednesday agreed to temporarily halt its assault on Gaza to come into effect on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Two Palestinians and a Lebanese man were arrested in connection with rocket attacks towards Israel (File/AFP)
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Palestinian factions are not interested in drawing Lebanon into the current Israel-Gaza conflict, a senior Hamas official said Wednesday.
Libya's capital airport has been under attack for the past four days (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
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Rocket fire targeted Libya's main international airport for a fourth straight day Wednesday.
The lawmaker emphasized that Lebanon was negotiating “state to state” and not with any private companies. The Turkish Embassy declined to comment.
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Lebanon is moving forward with a plan to import water from Turkey, having failed to impose any restrictions on water usage in response to one of the worst water shortages in recent memory.
The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021.
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Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitious trip to Mar

July 16, 2014

EU officials and experts voiced support over the weekend for proposals to turn Cyprus into an energy hub for Europe in order to reduce the continent’s dependence on Russian gas.
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Oettinger also outlined a need in Europe for liquefied natural gas, which Cyprus hopes to make part of its emerging status as an energy hub with the eventual opening of a massive LNG plant.
Total private sector liabilities were up 5.2 percent in the first five months of the year over the end of last year to $208 billion, corresponding
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Total outstanding loans received from abroad, based on a remaining maturity basis, that the Turkish private sector is obliged to repay within 12 months
Relatives of the four boys - all from the same family, mourn during the funeral in Gaza City, July 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Four Palestinian boys were killed while they played football on the beach by Israeli shelling from naval boats in a horrific strike witnessed by AFP journalists.
(Mohammed Abed/AFP)
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Genocidal tweets from Israeli teens shows the difficult path ahead for those who want peace; Poetry gets political. Scottish icon endorses cultural boycott of Israel; Peace derailed: how Israel ruined the best chance for peace in decades with anti-violence Abbas; Media dystopia: Israel's semantic battle for PR victory.
Demba Ba
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The striker has departed Chelsea after the arrival of Diego Costa saw him drop further down the pecking order, having scored just 14 goals in 18 months at Stamford Bridge
De Mistura previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan (File Archive)
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Syria's newly appointed UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura will meet with the Security Council Friday in the latest effort to end the ongoing conflict.
With the addition of new games, the lottery system is expected to pay off in a short time. The winner will also have the right to hold the lottery every weekday.
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Turkey attracted several billion dollars in privatization revenues last year driven by sell-offs in the energy sector and is now trying to focus on more profitable sales after some tender revenues came in below expectations.
Approximately 300,000 refugees in Turkey live in the country's border camps (File Archive/AFP)
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Turkey may force Syrian refugees to leave the country's city centers in Ankara's latest move to "deal" with the influx of refugees in the country.
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad was officially sworn in for a third term in office Wednesday despite highly disputed polls (SANA/AFP)
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At least four people were killed and 22 wounded from an attack on Syria's capital following the inauguration ceremony of President Bashar Al Assad Wednesday.
The Garden Apartments range from studio to three-bedroom duplexes — each reflecting classic modernity while maintaining a balance of style and functionality.
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Located just three kilometres from Burj Khalifa, the exclusive, ultra-stylish yet family-orientated community has more than 30 per cent of the 185-acre project dedicated to green living and is now offering its luxury homes for sale.
“Texas and California are likely the biggest losers in terms of lost employment"
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The new report "Losing Billions – The Cost of Iran Sanctions to the U.S. Economy" reveals that between 1995 and 2012, the U.S. sacrificed at least $135 billion and as much as $175 billion in potential export revenue to Iran.
More than 1550 people have been injured from strikes on Gaza within the past nine days (AFP)
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Hamas officially rejected a proposed ceasefire deal with Israel Wednesday as the death toll surpassed 200.
The first of 13 A380 superjumbos ordered by Qatar was scheduled to be delivered in May and exhibited during the industry's key trade show at Farnborough in Britain.
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"We are a very demanding customer, we want everything to be absolutely perfect. It is absolutely disappointing to Qatar Airways."
Asafa Powell
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The doping bans on former world 100 metre record holder Asafa Powell and fellow Jamaican Sherone Simpson have been reduced from 18 months to six months.
More than 250 cases of sexual harassment were recorded in less than two years, including sexual assaults en masse in the capital's Tahrir Square (File Archive)
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An Egyptian court sentenced nine men to lengthy jail terms Wednesday for assaulting women, representing the longest sentences since Cairo authorities criminalized sexual harassment.
Toni Kroos
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The Germany midfielder looks certain now to part ways with Bayern Munich, with only contract details to agree with the Spanish giants this summer
It is also the first time Qatar had acquired Patriot missiles, which other Gulf countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have purchased in the past.
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"As you know our region is going through a lot of instability. What we bought are weapons to defend Qatar," he said.
The overall positive market sentiment at the start of 2014 has also seen the reprisal of a number of stalled residential projects and launch of several new projects in the Northern Emirates,
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Annual rates in Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah remained stable with nominal increases of two and one per cent respectively.
Death tolls: Every war in Gaza has been bloody. In the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, 174 Palestinians were killed in what Israeli human rights org B’Tselem said was not “justified”. Here’s a roundup of the death toll figures: 2009 - 1,017, in 2012 - 174 and now, 2014 - 205.
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Does Israel bombing Gaza, Hamas firing rockets into Israel sound familiar? Are we experiencing deja vu for the third time round?
More than 200 people have been killed in the past nine days as Israeli forces continues strikes on the Palestinian Strip and Hamas sends retaliatory rockets into Israeli territory (AFP)
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Will a ceasefire take us back to square one in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri made the proposal in exchange for forming a cabinet that ensures the interests of his movement (AFP/ File).
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Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri proposed a two year presidential term for Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun in return for forming a cabinet that meets the interests of Hariri's party.
The practice has been condemned by Amnesty International. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)
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Israel's practice of "roof knocking" was caught on camera for the first time.
Man City boss Pellegrini rejects Brazil coaching job
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Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini has turned down the chance to manage Brazil.
Do you think Sherihan and Damme would make a cute couple? (Image: Future TV Network)
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A-Lister Jean-Claude Van Damme has a crush on Sherihan?
Filipe Luis agrees move to Chelsea
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The Blues have agreed to sign the Brazilian full-back and he will join former club-mate Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge once he has completed his medical in London
The #FreePalestine tweet Rihanna posted earlier. (Image: Twitter)
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Celebs have been voicing their political stance on the Gaza-Israel conflict worldwide, but Rihanna seems to be confused about her own stand!
Will Sherine and Sherif kiss and make up over the water leakage? (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Sherif Mounir and Sherine Abdel Wahab are having some plumbing problems, and Sherif says she's the one to blame!
Ayelet Shaked called for the genocide of all Palestinians (Image: Twitter)
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A right-wing Israeli parliament member said "mothers of all Palestinians should be killed" on her Facebook page. It's not the first time she's been caught in the act with bigoted comments!