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October 23, 2014

Miss Somalia is only 15! Yusra Hussein fled Britain for Syria saying, “I yearn to be the wife of a mujahid and support him and khalifa (the caliphate) all the way.” Did she miss the part about IS militants massacring, beheading, and crucifying innocent civilians by the hundreds? Cops think she made her love connection on “Jihad Matchmaker”.
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In the wake of Wednesday’s Ottawa Parliament shooting, it might be time to show that it’s not just the men who go to extremes, but the women too - here’s a look at the Girls of IS: the teen runaways signing up as IS brides in far away lands.
French President Francois Hollande walks with Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud before a meeting in Paris, September 1, 2014 (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia's Minister of Defense, Prince Salman, said the military would continue to protect Islam's holiest sites from potential attacks.
Canadian security forces walk close to the National War Museum, where a soldier was shot dead, October 22, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:35 GMT
Canadian security forces continued to search for gunmen following an attack on the country's parliament in Ottawa, which killed one soldier.
Israeli policemen stand guard at the scene after a car rammed a group of pedestrians at the Ammunition Hill tram stop, which lies on the seamline between west and occupied east Jerusalem, injuring nine on October 22, 2014. [AFP]
09:32 GMT
A Palestinian suspect who rammed a car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Wednesday died early Thursday after being shot by Israeli police.
Libya has been engulfed in violence since the fall of Gaddafi in 2011. (AFP/File)
09:12 GMT
Renewed clashes in Benghazi have killed at least 11 people.
Ehab is sadly mourning the death of his beloved mother. (Image: Facebook)
09:10 GMT
Egyptian singer Ehab Tawfiq's mother has passed away on Wednesday.
Tunisian-French street artist eL Seed paints in Amman, Jordan. (7iber)
09:07 GMT
How classy is el Seed's caligrafitti? He painted a mural on the minaret of a Tunisian mosque. This globetrotting Arab Banksy showed his stuff recently in Amman; is the White Shroud Syria's answer to ISIS; and which GoPro Hero is better?
President Mahmoud Abbas, of Palestine, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters. [AFP]
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The sources also told the newspaper that the PA leadership is prepared to return to the negotiations with Israel but not according to "old mechanisms.
Khaled Abol Naga is seriously displeased his film wasn't picked for the Oscars. (Image: Facebook)
08:04 GMT
The Egyptian actor is displeased that his film didn't get picked as the Egyptian entry into the Oscars.
Palestinian girls play next to their home in Beit Lahia in the northern of Gaza Strip on October 20, 2014. [AFP]
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A Palestinian child died on Wednesday after he touched an unexploded Israeli ordnance left over from the most recent offensive over the summer, causing it to explode.
An Ottawa police officer stands guard in Elgin Street, following reports of multiple shootings, which left one man dead, October 22, 2014 (AFP/File)
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Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is a Canadian Muslim convert who fatally shot a soldier Thursday, but who is this privately educated man and why was he thirsty to kill?
The ISIL terrorists have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including mass executions and beheading of people. [AFP]
07:34 GMT
Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian city of Kobani against the ISIL say the militants have used chemical weapons.
Universities across Egypt have been witnessing mass protests by angry students in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
07:28 GMT
A bomb outside Cairo University injured 10 people.
Ultra-orthodox Jewish mourners carry the body of three-month-old baby Chaya Zissel Braun during her funeral in Jerusalem on October 23, 2014 after she was killed in what Israeli police called a "hit-and-run terror attack" when a Palestinian driver rammed a group of pedestrians. Nine others were injured in the attack. Abed Abdelrahman Shaludeh, 21, was shot and wounded by police as he tried to flee the scene. He later died of his injuries. (AFP)
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Ultra-orthodox Jewish mourners carry the body of three-month-old baby Chaya Zissel Braun during her funeral in Jerusalem on October 23, 2014 after she was killed in what Israeli police called
Former Blackwater employee Dustin Heard (center) leaves the US district court in Washington, January 6, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Four former employees of the US Blackwater security firm were found guilty of crimes related to the shootings of over 30 Iraqis in 2007 where 14 people were killed.
A Yazidi refugee camp in Khanek (photo: Saad al-Avdal)
06:08 GMT
One rainfall made the Yazidi camps in Iraqi Kurdistan into a massive mud pit. If they don't receive legitimate housing soon, lives may be lost to ices, not ISIS; the Iranian Axis against ISIL; Five times a Lebanese was proud; and acid attacks on women in Iran.
Tripoli's Cultural League Theatre featured local artists, dancers and actors promoting a non-violent way forward in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
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Young artists in Tripoli, Lebanon showcased work reflecting MENA's challenges and triumphs on International Peace Day, September 21st.
A lack of coordination on air traffic control among GCC states has been blamed for the region’s increasing congestion problems.
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Failure to solve the GCC’s airspace congestion issues will negatively impact the Dubai economy.
Iran is normally among the first members of the oil producers’ group to call for supply cuts to support prices.
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Iran’s dependence on oil revenue is putting the Islamic Republic’s economy at the mercy of major powers,
The right-wing Israeli visit is the most recent instance of increasing pressure at East Jerusalme's Al-Aqsa compound this week amid clashes and security presence. (AFP/File)
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A group of right-wing Israeli Jews entered Al-Aqsa compound in East Jerusalem Wednesday under heavy security escort, spiking ongoing tensions.

October 22, 2014

Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, was shot dead at the National War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday by a man described as being short, overweight and wearing an 'Arabic scarf.' (AFP/File)
22:45 GMT
A gunman shot and killed a Canadian soldier in Ottawa Wednesday, prompting a lockdown of the city's entire downtown area.
Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal: Late turnaround hands Wenger timely birthday present
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Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal: Late turnaround hands Wenger timely birthday present
Haifa Wehbe passed on the ALS challenge to Ellie Saab.
22:01 GMT
The Instagram campaign to support the Lebanese Autism Society managed to find its way to Haifa Wehbe's page.
During his time in power, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has led a paradoxical campaign about Islam. (AFP/File)
21:59 GMT
When his fans hail him as the new Ataturk, they're ignoring some key details about Egypt's al-Sisi
Turkey and the United States have been at odds over involvement in Syria's Kobani, where Kurdish militias fighting the Islamic State are associated with the PKK, which Turkey identifies as a terror group. (AFP/File)
18:09 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he's 'already said' the Iraqi peshmerga would be allowed to enter Kobani through the Turkish border, but was still opposed to the U.S. plan to provide weapons to the PYD and PKK.
The workers were taken earlier Wednesday by masked assailants, security sources suspected PKK involvement due to heightened Kurdish tensions over Turkish inaction in Syria's Kobani. (AFP/File)
17:39 GMT
The ten electrical workers abducted by masked assailants in southeastern Turkey earlier Wednesday have reportedly been released.
The Lebanese army has received numerous donation pledges in recent months, the largest two coming from Saudi Arabia with pledges' combined total of $4 billion. (AFP/File)
17:10 GMT
The United Kingdom donated $16 million worth of military equipment to the Lebanese army to defend the country's eastern border from jihadist threat.
Anderlect v Arsenal: Preview and projected lineups
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Anderlecht (1-0-1) are struggling both in Europe and domestically after losing to Borussia Dortmund in their last round and have fell to back to back draws in the Jupiter League.
Liverpool v Real Madrid: Preview and projected lineups
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Liverpool (1-0-1) managed to escape London with a win on Sunday but if they are hoping to defeat the defending European champions on Anfield's pitch, then there will have to be a completely new mentality in the Reds lockerroom on Wednesday.
So glitz, so glam: Emily Blunt is ready for the DIFF red carpet come December (Image: Facebook).
14:53 GMT
Now we've yet another reason to attend the Dubai International Film Festival; Hollywood actress Emily Blunt will be there!
Bushra is willing to sell her Paris-made wedding gown for a good cause.
14:17 GMT
The Egyptian actress is calling all celebs to join her charitable campaign of donating personal items for a cause.
Militants in the Sinai have staged cross-border attacks in the past, but have not claimed responsibility for today's shootings. (AFP?Said Khatib)
14:11 GMT
IDF spokesman Peter Lerner said in an Twitter statement Wednesday that two IDF soldiers, one male and one female, had been wounded by shots fired from Egypt.
So long, no silver screen for Yousra. (Image: Facebook)
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When it rains it pours for Yousra because she'll be filming the "Saraya Abdeen" sequel scenes at the same time as this new film.
Ramy is a pretty good actor in all of his music videos, so acting might come as second nature to him! (Image: Facebook)
13:40 GMT
While acting has become the latest trend for singers in the Arab world, Ramy Ayach wants a piece of the action too!
Iraqis gather at the site of a bomb attack on Oct. 21 in the Talbiyah area of Baghdad, where two blasts hit the parking lot of a restaurant. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
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The most recent attacks killed at least 18.
Paul Cantlie had made an emotional plea from his hospital bed for his son to be released before dying (Image: Screenshot)
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The father of British hostage John Cantlie has died in hospital following an emotional video appeal for his son's release from IS captors.
Over 500 British nationals have joined IS in Iraq and Syria, according to the UK's top police chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (File/AFP)
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The UK's Metropolitan Police Service released shocking figures, which state five British citizens are leaving to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria every week.
Over 200 Palestinian children have been detained by Israel since August 2014 according to Defense for Children International (File/AFP)
11:52 GMT
The Palestinian Authority Department of Prisoner's Affairs on Wednesday said dozens of minors were assaulted or beaten while in Israeli custody.
One-year dollar/Saudi riyal forwards jumped to 90.0 points, their highest level since a peak of 91.50 points hit in March 2011.
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The dollar demand had pushed the Saudi riyal’s spot rate unusually far beyond its peg of 3.75 against the dollar.
Roger Federer
11:43 GMT
17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is reportedly taking aim at multiple major goals starting with a sixth title at his home Swiss Indoors, as he admitted that his current positive situation even has him surprised.
The Islamic State now controls major areas in Iraq including Mosul and Anbar (File/AFP)
11:28 GMT
Iraq's new Defense Minister Khalid Al-Obeidi promised to retake Islamic State controlled areas of the country including the city of Mosul.
Kobani continues to remain under siege by IS militants despite resistance from Kurdish fighters (File/AFP)
10:54 GMT
A Pentagon official Tuesday said the situation in the Syrian border town of Kobani remained "tenuous" despite US air strikes against IS.
A Malaysian mother holds her baby while petting a dog for the first time, October 19, 2014 (Image: Facebook)
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A Malaysian dog lover decided to tackle the cultural taboo surrounding pretty pooches by organizing an "I want to touch a dog" event, where hundreds of Muslims petted dogs for the first time.
How well will Hamaki do as a first-time actor? (Image: Facebook)
10:20 GMT
Egyptian singer Mohamed Hamaki's upcoming acting project has been brewing for a while now, but he's in no rush to cook it up yet!
The accused terror cell members had planned to attack U.S. forces in Kuwait (U.S. Central Command file photo).
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The individuals had planned to attack U.S. military personnel in Qatar and Kuwait.
England's vote for recognizing a Palestinian State build the push for statehood.
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With an overwhelming yes, England continued the push for a Palestinian State and as Juan Cole sees it, the momentum is now unstoppable; blowing up the ideas of ISIL; Iran smells something fishy with oil prices; and Palestinian blogs hacked.
Philip Spence, 33, bludgeoned his victims repeatedly in front of their children in their suite at London's plush Cumberland Hotel near Marble Arch.
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Philip Spence had been smoking crack for two days when he spotted a stash of designer bags through a partially open door as he prowled the corridors on the seventh floor of the hotel.
A fighter from the Fajr Libya group fires his weapon during clashes in the hill village of Kikla, southwest of Tripoli on Oct. 21.The internationally recognised Libyan government called for a civil disobedience campaign in Tripoli until its forces retake the capital from militias who seized it. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
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Libya’s internationally recognized government says its forces are getting ready to recapture the capital from militias.
Israeli forces recently imposed restrictions on Palestinian worshipers entering the Al Aqsa Mosque, in order for Jewish settlers to access the site (File/AFP)
08:18 GMT
Jordan's representative to the UN Security Council, Dina Kawar, said Israel is "determined" to provoke Palestinians by imposing restrictions on worshipers entering Islam's third most holiest site, Al Asqa Mosque.
A Tunisian man walks past election posters in the Tunis suburb of Ariana on Oct. 21. Tunisians vote on Oct. 26 for their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
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Islamist party Ennahda is still projected to do well, but the other big contender this time around is Nidaa Tounes, a broad-based secularist party.
Gigi follows the celeb trend of flashing her Calvins in bed! (Image: Instagram/Daily Mail)
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Gigi Hadid displays her taut stomach in her underwear as she relaxes in bed.
Abdullah Elmir, 17, was branded an "idiot" by his relative for joining the extremist group (Image: Screenshot)
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A Sydney-born ginger teen is the latest Islamic State protégé to call for destruction of the West. A bit silly? Abdullah Elmir was branded a "stupid idiot" by his family for joining the terrorist group.
Syria has struggled with an ongoing civil war since 2011. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT
The Syrian air force carried out over 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours.
A French Army pilot getting down a Rafale fighter jet, initially equiped with 4 laser guided bombs GBU-12, parked at Al-Dhafra base in the United Arab Emirates after returning from a mission over Iraq. French jets carried out on October 19, 2014 an air strike against two pick up trucks in the region of Tikrit, successfully destroying their target using 3 laser-guided bombs GBU-12, as part of the "Chammal" operation. France has increased its equipment on October 1, 2014 with 3 more Rafale up to 9 Rafale fighter jets, also mobilizing one c135 refueling aircraft and an Atlantique 2 maritime patrol airplane, along with a warship deployed to the Persian Gulf to boost the fight against Islamic State in Iraq. (AFP / ECPAD)
07:35 GMT
A French Army pilot getting down a Rafale fighter jet, initially equiped with 4 laser guided bombs GBU-12
Acclaimed actress Nelly Karim will be gracing the ADFF judging panel. (Image: Facebook)
07:28 GMT
Jury members for 2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival includes Egyptian filmmakers Marwan Hamed, Hala Lotfy and Sherif Elkatsha, along with acclaimed actress Nelly Karim.
The strategic town of al-Sab, which is situated to the west of Baghdad and also borders Baghdad Intentional Airport, is now fully under the control of the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT
Iraqi soldiers have pushed IS militants out of al-Sab, a strategic town near Baghdad.
The Islamic State is  made up of foreign fighters from dozens of countires (File/AFP)
06:37 GMT
Three US teenagers hoping to join the Islamic State were caught by FBI agents in Germany and sent back home to Denver where they were reunited with their families.
A man's fist punches a table.
06:05 GMT
Lebanese MP Nicolas Fattouche wanted his files bumped to the top of the pile, the secretary said no because of rules, so he cold-cocked her right in the neck; his website was hacked and it is funny; and the blame falls on the Minister of Justice.
The UN chief also praised Turkey for providing Gaza with a temporary power plant after much the area's power grid was destroyed in the most recent conflict with Israel. (File/AFP)
06:00 GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said there was no chance of long term stability without Israel properly addressing the occupied territories.
A woman was forced to give birth in front of Kafr El-Dawar General Hospital after her husband claimed she was denied a place.  (File/Shutterstock)
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Kafr El-Dawar General Hospital's director has been suspended following the hospital's refusal to admit a patient in labor who was forced to give birth on the street.
Work on the dome, which consists of 85 super-sized steel elements and weighs 7,000 tonnes, began in December 2013.
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The construction of all the galleries has also been completed structurally, along with the concrete work for the museum’s basement levels and the security screening facility.
People often – also because of the economic crisis – prefer to buy a single device which acts both as smartphone and a bit as a small tablet.
04:55 GMT
The tablet world has a newcomer in the form of Apple’s new iPad Air 2, which includes a fingerprint sensor to provide increased personal security
The housing challenges in the region are profound.
04:55 GMT
The young demographic structure of the GCC region is creating a surge in demand for housing.

Chelsea 6-0 Maribor: Drogba & Hazard strike in Blues romp
02:23 GMT
The club legend hit his first goal for the club since the 2012 Champions League final, while the Belgium international bagged a brace as the Blues ran riot at Stamford Bridge

October 21, 2014

Fuel prices in Jordan are “expensive” and do not match the average income of the majority of people, Majali said.
22:47 GMT
The drop in international oil prices is good news for Jordanians, if it is reflected “fairly” on domestic fuel prices.
can cover the country’s needs for around 275 years, according to Khaled Shraideh.
22:29 GMT
The Kingdom’s oil shale reserves rank fifth worldwide in terms of quantity.
The government has begun taking steps to convert Egypt into a global logistics centre for the handling and storage of grain and food commodities according
22:10 GMT
Mehleb says the project is as important as the Suez Canal expansion
Shoukry believes that, besides the GCC, Jordan represents approximately 80% of total Arab tourism to Egypt.
21:47 GMT
The Ministry of Tourism is aiming for regional tourism to account for 20% of the total inbound tourism to Egypt, according
Christophe de Margerie, chief executive of French oil giant Total, died on Monday in a business jet that collided with a snow plough during takeoff in Russia.
21:12 GMT
With his unique bushy mustache and outspoken manner, De Margerie was one of the most respected figures among the top oil executives in the world
IS in Iraq has lost the support of some Sunni tribal groups.
20:10 GMT
Many Sunni tribal groups have had enough of their IS neighbors and since they are definitely not going to side with America, they are opting to fight alone; Jew on Jew violence.. kind of; Kuwait is ebola free; and Barbados Muslims stuck between Iraq and a hard place.
CSKA Moscow 2-2 Manchester City: Pellegrini's men throw away two-goal lead to leave Champions League hopes in tatters
19:18 GMT
Bibras Natkho fired home a late penalty following Seydou Doumbia's second half strike as the Russian side came from 2-0 down to earn a gutsy point at Arena Khimki
An emergency department of an Istanbul hospital was quarantined after a patient suspected of having MERS was treated there. (File/AP)
17:30 GMT
The Turkish Ministry of Health has stepped up its MERS screening process after being the latest country in which the MERS virus has been fatal.
Serena Williams
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World number one Serena Williams has reportedly slammed Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev for making sexist, racist and bullying comments about her and sister Venus.
Li Na
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Chinese tennis star Li Na reportedly ruled out a return to the sport on Sunday despite retiring just months after winning her second Grand Slam title.
359 structures have been destroyed in the West Bank this year according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT
Israeli officers evicted the residents of 3 houses in Jerusalem and demolished them leaving 23 Palestinians homeless.
The Abu Dhabi International Film Festival will run from 16-25 October. (Image:
14:11 GMT
Short film ‘ONE’ shows Islam and Christianity existing happily side-by-side; documentary will screen as part of Emirates Film Competition.
Rory McIlroy
13:52 GMT
Northern Irish golf ace Rory McIlroy if reportedly suing his former agent, Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management, after both of them failed to reach agreement in a legal dispute over fees.
Paramedics carry the bodies of those killed, following a fierce gun battle between security forces and militants in the village of Arab Sharkas, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:33 GMT
An Egyptian court handed down death sentences to seven men found guilty of terrorism offenses Tuesday following a raid in March where two military officers were killed.
The concert is in the memory of US journalist Daniel Pearl before his death by Pakistani militants in 2002.
13:30 GMT
David Broza, Mira Awad, Jerusalem Jewish-Arab Youth Chorus to take stage in Lod at 8 p.m. Thursday for music event in conjunction with "Daniel Pearl World Music Days."
Private security guards check student IDs as they enter their universities. (File/AFP)
12:58 GMT
Egypt bolstered private security at universities due to increased anti-government protests at the start of the academic year.
At least 1.13 million Syrian refugees are registered with the UN in Lebanon (File/AFP)
12:55 GMT
Lebanon's Social Affair Minister said no more Syrian refugees would be allowed in the country following the mass influx of people fleeing the neighboring conflict.
Mayada and Raed are working on a secret project together! (Image: Albawaba edit)
12:49 GMT
While rumors about Mayada al Hinnawi selling her music copyrights are on wild fire, she's busy making music with Joe Raed!
She told her students on Twitter after they asked about her disappearance that she was trying to find a cave where she could speak freely. (Shutterstock)
12:20 GMT
A lecturer at Dammam University informed her students recently that she had left her job to join Islamic State.
Syria's death toll has risen to 190,000 people since the war began over three years ago (File/AFP)
11:53 GMT
The EU on Tuesday added a total of 16 Syrians including 12 ministers to a new sanctions list due to the continuing war by Assad's regime.
The Aerostar Hotel is launching a new halal service for Muslim travelers.
11:19 GMT
Trying to woo more Muslim travelers to Russia, a Moscow hotel is launching a new halal service - right down to the Quran on the nightstand.
Those affected by Standard Chartered's exit have an annual sales turnover of between $1 million and $35 million, it added.
11:16 GMT
Standard Chartered has notified thousands of UAE small and medium enterprise customers it is closing their accounts as it responds to pressure from US regulators
King Abdullah speaks during the UN General Assembly, September 24, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:11 GMT
King Abdullah of Jordan said "there is no grey area" in battling terrorism and warned against IS militants creating a civil war in Islam.
Kurds have a tangled, shifting web of alliances and enemies, from the Americans and Assad, to IS and Turkey. Last week, Turkey attacked PKK positions in the southeast for the first time since a 2013 peace deal ended a 30-year conflict between the Turkish government and PKK rebels. Could the winds change again?
11:04 GMT
10 things to know about the Kurds, the PKK, and the struggle that's bigger than Kobani.
Chomsky believes an alternative to U.S. airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria would be appealing to the UN Security Council. (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT
Noam Chomsky shares his thoughts on the rise of the Islamic State, the most recent Gaza offensive, and US policy in the region.
Ahmed "the adventurer" with his wife Maha. (Image: Facebook)
10:26 GMT
Egyptian actor Ahmed el Sakka was surprised to come home to a large crowd of angry protesters gathered outside his house. What did the action hero do?
Elissa promotes for her latest album - coming soon - with Rotana! (Image: Facebook)
10:15 GMT
Heirs of the late artist Muneer Murad are not too happy about one of Elissa's tracks on her latest album.
Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat. [AFP]
10:10 GMT
Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that if the US vetoed the Palestinian UN resolution for a timetable to end the Israeli occupation, Palestine would apply for membership to 522 international organizations and statutes.
When will we see Maali on our screens again? (Image: Facebook)
10:03 GMT
We haven't seen her in the cinema for quite some time, and it looks like we'll still have to wait to see Maali Zayed in the movie theater.
Kobani survivors have given graphic and shocking details of the atrocities they witnessed as they fled their town  (Bulent Kilic/ AFP).
10:00 GMT
Survivors of the fighting in Kobani have spoken of the atrocities the saw as they fled the town besieged by Islamic State militants.
Drones were moved from Afghanistan to target Islamic State operations in Iraq and Syria (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT
British drones have been moved from Afghanistan to hit Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria following 10 air strikes carried out by UK forces in the region.
A man prepares the coals on his water-pipe.
09:39 GMT
Time and time again media rpeorts have told thew world the same message. Now, a blogger in Lebanon makes it even clearer: hookah kills; Lebanese-American Journalist Serena Shim killed; and Chocolate Walnut Roll with Coffee Butter Cream Filling.
Then and now: Amr Diab's still got the same cute face he had in 1961. (Images: Facebook)
09:38 GMT
Count those candles! Amr Diab made quite the cute 8-year-old birthday boy. Do you think his looks have carried on 45 years later?