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January 25, 2015


Also with the new King continuing to back the veteran Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi, any possibility of Naimi finally hanging his boots also disappeared
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The passing of King Abdullah in the early hours of Friday led to speculation that a leadership transition could result in a change to the country’s oil policy and strategy.
Well loved by Palestine, Omar Al Abdallat has a new somethin' somethin' for all his fans. (Image: Facebook)
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The Jordanian singer has a new album out produced by Rotana.
In October, a document showed Germany’s national security council approved the export of arms to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries in the Middle East.
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Germany has decided to stop exporting arms to Saudi Arabia, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said on Sunday, citing government sources as saying the kingdom was “too unstable”
Wael Kfoury wishes his former talent show well. (Image: Facebook/Zeina KFOURY)
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He left the judging panel for the talent show "X Factor Arabia", and now he's wishing those left behind good luck. Will they need it?
His company may not rival Google or German software maker SAP yet, but Gaza-based IT entrepreneur Saady Lozon has plans to change that (Picture: Facebook).
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At the offices, dozens of women, most wearing headscarves, are busy at work, one group entering data on global trademarks for a company in the Netherlands.
 The company describes itself as building the next generation semiconductor platform.
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The Yokne'am-based company, Amazon's first Israeli acquisition, is building an innovative semiconductor platform.
This face didn't get shown off over the weekend after Saudi's king passed away.
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After Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Bin Abdel Aziz passed away Thursday evening at the age of 91, Kuwait's Hala February Music Festival declared all concerts cancelled in mourning.
The Gulf powerhouse now finds itself locked in a battle for market share against unconventional producers
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King Abdullah's death could not have come at a worse time for Saudi Arabia's vital oil sector as the absolute monarchy seeks to reassert its leadership in a fast-changing industry.
Having fled the war, Syrian women and girls are vulnerable to exploitation and increasing levels of abuse. Some look to marriage for protection, others are victims of pimps or matchmakers out for profit. (AFP/File)
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Meet "Nur", a Syrian refugee who has suffered sexual exploitation at the hands of her Turkish husband. But was it rape, and can she even escape?
DJ Eskalob performing at 3alganoobfestival last year. (Image: Instagram)
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The music scene on the Sinai is hoppin', and the new music festival Oshtoora is one example.
Similar attacks are a nearly daily occurrence in Iraq. (AFP/File)
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Two bombings in Baghdad have left eight civilians dead and at least 22 wounded.
The Irish beauty enjoyed a few days of soaking up the sun in Dubai. (Image: Facebook)
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Life's a beach and then you... sing! Looking forward to my gig tonight but until then relaxing in La Perla and taking in the sights of Dubai...
A still from GloZell's interview with US President Obama. (Image: Stern.de)
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The West Wing actor Rob Lowe mocks Obama for meeting with cereal-eating YouTube star and refusing to meet with Israel's Netanyahu!
At least five people were killed in a suicide car bombing against a hotel in Mogadishu on the eve of a visit to the Somali capital by Turkey's president, police and witnesses said. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday as part of his official visit to the Horn of Africa.
The group's leader, Zahran Alloush, demanded that the Syrian government stop their offensive in Ghouta or else the militant group will retaliate. (AFP/File)
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A militant commander in Syria has threatened Damascus that terrorists may hit the capital by Katyusha rockets.
Talk about a close shave. (Shutterstock)
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King Tut loses his beard; the vulnerable Druze of Idlib province; and a Palestinian leader speaks out about his arrest.
Earlier in the month  two Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo Paris offices to “avenge” the publication of cartoons considered disrespectful to the Prophet Muhammad. (AFP/GettyImages/Thomas Coex)
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Following a decision by an Israeli bookshop to cease in-store sales of Charlie Hebdo because of fear of Muslim push-back, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered Yisrael Beytenu to buy thousands of copies of the weekly to distribute publicly.
Nakheel had piled up a mountain of debt during five years of rapid growth in Dubai's property sector.
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Dubai real estate giant Nakheel, hit badly during the global debt crisis, said Wednesday its profits surged 43 percent on year in 2014 to $1.0 billion.
The lawsuit claims that the woman's First Amendment right to freedom of religious expression was violated. (Shutterstock)
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According to the lawsuit filed in a Detroit federal court, an officer taking Kazan's booking photograph made her remove her hijab.
Youssef Chahine is one of the most-acclaimed Egyptian directors in Egyptian cinema history. (Image: Google screenshot)
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Google Doodle celebrates Youssef Chahine’s 89th Birthday!
A female demonstrator was killed during clashes with Egyptian police in central Cairo Saturday, the eve of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. (AFP/MOHAMED EL-RAAY)
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A bomb was detonated outside a sports club in Cairo's Heliopolis area.
Soldiers and policemen deploy to secure the venue during a rally of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Maiduguri, the epicentre of the Islamist group's six-year insurgency. (AFP/Tunji Omirin)
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Insurgents affiliated with the Boko Haram militant group are attacking the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, engaging in heavy fighting with security forces that are trying to repel the assault, multiple sources said Sunday.
The US-led air campaign, which Washington claims aims to degrade Daesh's military capability, remains the subject of debate, with critics pointing to Daesh’s advances and battlefield successes despite the raids.(AFP/DOD /Jonathan Synder)
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Since the start of the US-led airstrikes against Daesh, only one percent of the supposed "caliphate" has been reclaimed.
Yemeni supporters of the separatist Southern Movement place their flag on the Post office in the southern city of Aden. Separatists also seized police checkpoints in Ataq, the provincial capital of Shabwa, as other regions declared they would defy Sanaa following the resignation of Hadi, who is a southerner. (AFP/File)
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Clashes have broken out between Southern Movement supporters and Yemeni security forces, leaving one member of the government forces dead.
Umm Kulthum was and still is one of the Arab world's timeless musical icons. (Image: Albustanseeds.org)
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Timeless musical icon Umm Kulthum was honored with a performance by Rehab Omar during the Muscat Chamber Music Series.
Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sanaa in the largest demonstration against Huthis since the Shiite militiamen overran the capital in September. "Down, down with the Huthis' rule," chanted the protesters who rallied following a call by the Rejection Movement -- a group recently formed in provincial areas to challenge the powerful militia. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Yemen's parliament again postponed meeting following the resignation of President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, leaving the country's imminent power vacuum unresolved.
American Sniper has done Muslims more harm than good in the US. (Image: Americansnipermovie.com)
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Since the release of Hollywood's Iraq war movie "American Sniper," more Muslims have been reportedly attacked in the US.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga answers questions during a press conference after Daesh released a nearly three-minute recording showing a still image of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding an apparent photograph of Haruna Yukawa's slain body. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
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Japan's government ministers held emergency meeting in response to the recently released Daesh video.
Shaimaa El-Sabag was allegedly shot and killed at a march in Tahrir Square. (Photo: Courtesy of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party )
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A woman was killed as security forces dispersed a march by the Socialist Popular Alliance Party on Saturday in central Cairo.
Mourners throw rice and flower petals over the coffin of Lebanese soldier Mohammad Ali Alaeddine, who was killed alongside four other soldiers in clashes with gunmen near the Syrian border, during his funeral on January 24, 2015, in the southern Lebanese village of Majdal Silm. The clashes erupted in the Ras Baalbek area early on January 23, after around 200 gunmen coming from the Qalamun region of Syria attacked a Lebanese military post, according to a security source. (AFP/MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
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Mourners throw rice and flower petals over the coffin of Lebanese soldier Mohammad Ali Alaeddine, who was killed alongside four other soldiers in clashes with gunmen near the Syrian border, during his funeral on January 24, 2015,
Al-Rishawi planned to wear a suicide bomb alongside her husband at a wedding reception in the Radisson SAS Hotel in Amman in 2005. (AFP/File)
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Daesh reportedly demanded the release of an Iraqi woman detained in Jordan in exchange for a Japanese hostage they have captured.
Trevor Noah is ready to leave the snow and come to Dubai! (Image: Facebook)
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He's hilarious, we're all in need of a good laugh. Comic Trevor Noah's Dubai gig will be a very good thing.
Shannon Maureen Conley was arrested in the Denver airport. Her arrest foiled her plans to board a plane to Turkey, where she would join Daesh. (AFP/File)
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An American woman was sentenced to four years in prison for attempting to join Daesh. She planned to join Daesh in Turkey and marry a militant she had never met.
Air traffic in Dubai was halted for nearly an hour on Friday due to public misuse of recreational drones near the flight path.
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He said such recreational drones pose a serious risk to the safety of air navigation as well as passengers, he said.
UAE team
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Australia are flying high at the Asian Cup but cannot afford to be complacent as they ppare to face a tricky UAE side for a place in the Sydney final on January 31.
The late King Abdullah, who died early Friday morning at the age of 90, was an integral part of Saudi Arabian politics over the last decade, now Western powers wonder what's in store with successor King Salman. (AFP/File)
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As a new age Saudi monarchy is ushered in with the placement of former Crown Prince Salman, world leaders arrived in Saudi capital Riyadh to offer condolences.
In it's fifth year, the Syrian conflict has so far resulted in an exodus of 3.8 million Syrians into Jordan and Iraq, while another 7.6 have been internally displaced. (AFP/File)
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Activist network Syrian Network for Human Rights reported in a statement that at least 92 people across Syria were killed in government airstrikes on Friday.
Kuwait’s government has announced that it will launch a crackdown on illegal residents, which is expected to lead to the arrest of more than 100,000 residents currently living in the country.
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The crackdown will be the largest operation ever, conducted by the authorities in Kuwait, an official said.
“The recent fall in the oil price is also a warning that the region cannot be over-reliant on energy resources for GDP growth."
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The proposed Arab Stabilisation Plan, ASP, would build a regional framework to promote infrastructure investment and create jobs.

January 24, 2015

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The following are the Asian Nations Cup 2015 Semifinals currently held in Australia:
Manuel Pellegrini
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Championship outfit Middlesbrough won 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with Manchester City lacklustre for the majority after arriving back in England on Friday
His Childhood:  Abdullah was born in 1924 in Riyadh, the fifth (or tenth!) son of Saudi Arabia's founder, Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud, better known as Ibn Saud. His mother was from the Al Rashid dynasty, Bedouin rivals of the Al Saud. As a boy, he suffered from a speech impediment.
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Reformist or stagnating ruler? Turns out the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was a lot of things. Here's the decade-long King in twelve slides.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived in Riyadh Saturday, previously declined an invitation to visit Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Riyadh. He will offer his condolences after the death of Saudi King Abdullah.
Queen Elizabeth behind the wheel. (Image: Examiner.com)
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Women can't drive in Saudi, but Queen Elizabeth put the late Saudi King Abdullah in the passenger seat on a visit to the UK in 1998; Take a look at the Lebanese soldiers who died against ISIS; A terrible video shows animal abuse in Lebanon.
While the video has not yet been verified by officials, experts have noted the original video, which demanded $200 million ransom on a 72-hour deadline, varies considerably from previous Daesh videos. (AFP/File)
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In an unverified video released Saturday afternoon, Daesh militants claim to have killed the first of two Japanese hostages after the passing of a 72-hour deadline to receive a $200 million ransom, and issues new demands for the release of the second hostage, journalist Kenji Goto.
Lindsay paid a tribute to the late King Abdullah on her Instagram account. (Image: Mytopfbcover.com)
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Seriously, why did Lindsay Lohan post an Instagram about Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah's death?
A lighting offensive by Daesh militants last summer in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul that took the country by surprise and sparked a massive Christian exodus to neighboring countries. (AFP/File)
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US military's Central Command General Lloyd Austin said US and Iraqi forces are organizing plans to launch a counter-attack in the Daesh-held, northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king of the world's top oil exporter.
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Oil prices rose on Friday after the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah added more uncertainty to an oil market that has more than halved over the last six months.
A tantalizing possibility is that King Salman could now accelerate some economic reforms that have been proceeding only slowly.
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Saudi Arabia’s new king is expected to focus economic policy on creating jobs and multibillion dollar infrastructure projects to prevent tumbling oil prices from causing social tensions or undermining business confidence.
Among other leaders to offer condolences in Beirut were U.S. Ambassador David Hale and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt. (AFP/File)
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Following the early Friday death of Saudi King Abdullah, Lebanese officials joined international voices when Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri was consoled by hundreds in downtown Beirut.
This anti-Houthi demonstration is the largest since Houthi rebels raided Sanaa in September. (AFP/File)
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In the aftermath of the collapse of the Yemeni government, thousands are marching in Sanaa in the largest anti-Houthi demonstration yet.
Majida el Roumi was set to perform in Sharjah on Monday, January 26. (Image: Facebook)
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The Sharjah Media Centre postpones Majida el Roumi's charity concert with news of Saudi Arabia's King Abdallah's death.
U.S. President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah are pictured during a meeting in the White House in 2010. (AFP/File)
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In the wake of the death of Saudi King Abdullah, U.S. President Barack Obama plans to cut his visit to India short and fly to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
"What is happening now is Kingdom policy, not just the King's policy," said analyst Yasser Elguindi of Medley Global Advisors
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Saudi Arabia's new King Salman was quick to keep veteran oil minister Ali al-Naimi on Friday in a message aimed at calming a jittery energy market mindful of Naimi's powerful role.
Women are so far banned from driving in Saudi Arabia — is it time to take notes from the British Queen herself? (We're looking at you, King Salman) (AFP/File)
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Amid international debate on what, exactly, the late King Abdullah's legacy represents, this is a story about a Queen, a King and a Land Rover, and it's gonna make today better.
The violence is the latest in a slew of clashes in Lebanon's restive Bekaa Valley area, where militants spill over from Syria and encounter the Lebanese army frequently. (AFP/File)
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Ongoing clashes between the Lebanese army and Syrian al-Qaeda-affiliate Nusra Front have reportedly left casualties on both sides, with two Lebanese soldiers dead, four wounded and five missing completely in the restive Lebanese border town of Ras Baalbek.
Mohammad al-Zahawi was a leader of Ansar al-Shariah, the Islamist group blamed for the attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2012. (AFP/File)
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Mohammad al-Zahawi, the leader of Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Shariah, died of wounds incurred in an ambush in September.
A members of the Spanish Legion stands beside a goat mascot during a farewell ceremony for the contingent making up part of the "Support Iraq" operation, at the base military "Alvarez de Sotomayor in Almeria" on January 23, 2015, before their departure to Iraq. Soon 200 legionaries will ship out imminently with the primary objective of educating and training members of the Iraqi army. (AFP / JORGE GUERRERO)
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A members of the Spanish Legion stands beside a goat mascot during a farewell ceremony for the contingent making up part of the "Support Iraq" operation, at the base military "Alvarez de Sotomayor in Almeria on January 23, 2015.
King Salman, although rumored to be in poor health himself, has asserted that a Saudi Arabia under his rule will not differ much from his predecessor and half-brother, King Abdullah. (AFP/File)
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With impending social issues and a tense economic environment at home, and regional and international interests looming outside his country's borders, newly appointed Saudi King Salman has moved quickly to appoint younger heirs, reassuring of a path not far from the late King Abdullah's, and a successor plan for years to come.
Mohamed Salah
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The 22-year-old will move to Italy temporarily, though the Serie A club have the option to make the move permanent for €17 million
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javed Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry met Friday in an effort to finalize a nuclear deal by the March 1 deadline. (AFP/File)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran Foreign Minister Mohammed Javed Zarif held nuclear talks during the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday. The meeting was their fifth in the latest round of talks between Iran and the P5+1.
The news follows an international address by UN Security General Ban Ki-moon Friday, in which the UN leader stressed the deteriorating state of some 7.6 internally displaced people in Syria, and another 3.8 million who have be forced to flee. (AFP/File)
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British-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday an air attack by the Syrian government in the city of Ghouta, outside Damascus, has killed over 40 people, many of the women and children.
Almost 13 million people watched Yasmina's audition in just three weeks. (Image: YouTube still)
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The new season of Arabs Got Talent has some serious contenders, but Yasmina is the one act everyone needs to watch out for!
Carlos Queiroz
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Carlos Queiroz's future as Iran coach is uncertain after the side were eliminated by Iraq in the Asian Cup quarter-finals in Australia on Friday.
Yemen is in the midst of political chaos. (Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
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Thousands of people have taken to the streets across Yemen to support Shia Ansarullah revolutionaries of Houthi movement.
Bahrain and Jordan have both declared 40 days of mourning for Saudi's late King Abdullah. (Photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)
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As tributes flooded in for the passing of the Saudi's King Abdullah, so too did the announcements of official days of mourning from Arab and Middle Eastern leaders.

January 23, 2015

King Abdullah was heavily criticized for Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but has been praised for advancing women's rights in the country. (Photo: AFP)
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Tributes, condolences and kind words have continued to pour in for King Abdullah following his death early on Friday.
Mohamed Salah
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Chelsea have told Roma they will only allow winger Mohamed Salah to leave this month on a permanent deal worth over £11m.
Daesh and other Islamic fundamentalists have taken to social media to celebrate the death of the king. (Photo: AFP)
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Islamic fundamentalists and those who support them took to social media to celebrate the death of the late Saudi King Abdullah on Friday, the Associated Press has reported.
Ghana 1-0 Algeria: Gyan rises from sickbed to revive Black Stars' fortunes
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The striker recovered from malaria to feature on Friday and fired his nation right back into contention to qualify from Group C
Former British politician Louise Mensch expressed her outrage on twitter at the messages of condolence for King Abdullah. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
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Louise Mensch tweeted her fury at Saudi human rights abuses, and at the politicians and heads of state who issued condolences at the death of King Abdullah.
Israel's former president Shimos Peres said King Abdullah was "an experienced leader and a wise king."(Photo: AFP/Gali Tibbon)
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Israel's former president Shimon Peres Friday said the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah was "a real loss for the peace of the Middle East."
World leaders took part in a funeral prayer at the Imam Turki Abdullah mosque in Riyadh. (Photo: AFP Photo/Ho/Saudi TV)
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Leaders from around the world gathered in Riyadh on Friday for the funeral of King Abdullah who passed away aged 90, after being admitted to hospital in December.
Miss Lebanon received criticism after she was snapped with Miss Israel. (Photo: AFP/Anwar Amro)
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A Lebanese minister has slammed the campaign against Miss Lebanon and said that she will not be stripped of her title.
Saudi Arabia has come under widespread criticism for its approach to human rights. (Photo: AFP/Jiji)
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Amnesty International has lashed out at the Western leaders for turning a blind eye to human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, voicing concern over the fate of the jailed Saudi activist, Raif Badawi.
The second-in-line to the Saudi throne is reportedly a fan of Hollywood films and guns. (Photo: AFP/Robyn Beck)
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He’s the nephew of the new King of Saudi Arabia and now he’s been named as next in line to the Saudi throne, AFP has reported, after Crown Prince Muqrin.
Japan 1-1 UAE (pens: 4-5): Emirates win shootout to reach final four
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Gaku Shibasaki scored late on to cancel out Ali Ahmed Mabkhout's early opener and take the tie into extra time where UAE emerged after sudden death
King Salman's son flew abroard the Space Shuttle Discover in 1985. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
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Salman bin Abdulaziz will ascend to the throne of Saudi Arabia after a single year as its crown prince. But are reports true that he raised funds for the Mujahideen and has a son who went into space?
Lebanon has witnessed increased violence recently that is seen as a spillover from the Syria conflict. (Photo: AFP/Zac Baillie)
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Daesh militants have reportedly clashed with the Free Syrian Army in eastern Lebanon, which has been suffering from a spillover of the Syria crisis.
Saudi Arabia's new King Salman has given the post of defense minister to his son. (Photo: Fayez Nurdeline/AFP File)
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The new Saudi king has appointed his son as the country's new defense minister, Saudi state television has reported.
Concerns have been raised over the health of the new king. (Photo: AFP)
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The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah earlier this morning has placed the crown in the hands of his younger half-brother King Salman. But who is this veteran ruler?
Saudi Arabia's new king had served as defense minister since 2011. (Photo: AFP)
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Saudi Arabia's new king promised Friday to continue the policies of his predecessors in a nationally televised speech, taking control of the kingdom after the death of its 90-year-old ruler.
Iran 3-3 Iraq (pens: 6-7): Lions book place in semi-finals
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After seeing out a draw after 120 minutes of playing time, spot-kicks were needed to separate the two sides
Many countries in the region have declared periods of mourning following Saudi King Abdullah's death. (Photo: AFP/Awad Awad)
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Leaders from across the Middle East have paid tribute to the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who died on Friday morning.
Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Laskhar Gah city of Helmand on January 22, 2015. Police commander in southern Helmand, Sayed Rahman Shayeq told AFP that a suicide bomber driving an explosive-laden minivan blew himself up next to a convoy of Afghan police in Laskhar Gah city of Helmand killing at least two, one police and one civilian, and wounding around 20 others. (AFP / Noor Mohammad)
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Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Laskhar Gah city of Helmand on January 22, 2015.
King Abdullah had ruled Saudi Arabia since 2006. (Photo: AFP)
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President Obama has released a statement in response to King Abdullah's death, Reuters has reported.
Large parts of Anbar province are under Daesh control. (Photo: AFP/STR)
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Daesh has reportedly turned over 1,500 schools in Iraq's Anbar province into military barracks, local sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.
The resignation follows months of political turmoil and violence in Yemen. (Photo: AFP)
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Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi handed in his resignation on Thursday, not long after his Cabinet stepped down. It follows months of fighting in the country and comes just days after the government and Houthi rebels reached a peace deal.
King Abdullah was admitted to hospital in December. (Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)
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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died aged 90, after being admitted to hospital in December. He will be succeeded by his brother, Crown Prince Salman.
In additional comments, Hammond stressed that any ground activity to combat the group would be done by a reconstructed Iraqi army, and British ground troops would not be involved. (AFP/File)
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As Europe remains tense after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, British Foreign Secretary Philiip Hammond said he believed the greatest threat to British soil was a Daesh attack by sympathizers living in the UK.
Mohammad Ramadan at the 2010 Dubai International Film Festival (Image: zimbio.com)
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Despite the fact that his very name is Ramadan, Mohammad won't be included in this year's drama marathon. name includes the Ramadan 915-626-5303 Mohammad Ramadan
You guys remember Old Yeller? Well, there's a new one in town, and he's a little bit taller. (AFP/File)
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Six days after his burial, a Yemeni man's loyal camel is still standing by his grave. Happy Thursday!

January 22, 2015

The shooting comes just days after rebel groups and government bodies agreed to a ceasefire in war-torn Libya. (AFP/File)
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Armed men opened fire on the car of Libya's head of security Colonel Senussi Kaiba Thursday, killing him and his driver in the coastal, Islamist city of Sirte.
Zambia 1-2 Tunisia: Captain Chikhaoui scores late winner
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The North African nation's skipper netted in the 89th minute to complete a turnaround after Honour Janza's men had taken a second-half lead
Mohamed Salah
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The Egyptian has turned down the chance to be part of a deal to bring Juan Cuadrado to Stamford Bridge and is now set for Stadio Olimpico
The US announced a train and equip program for moderate Syrian rebels in the northern and southern fronts of war-torn Syria, which is set to launch in March. (AFP/File)
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Syrian opposition umbrella group Syrian National Coalition (SNC) received $6 million from the US, marking the first direct financial aid from Washington to reach the group.
Oil prices are unlikely to fall further after a plunge of nearly 60 percent since June,
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“Our estimate is that the prices have reached the bottom. It is very difficult to drop lower than this,” Abdul Mahdi told a conference in Kuwait.
He blamed the private sector for employing unskilled expatriates just because they are cheap hands.
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About 2.5 million expatriates are either illiterate or have little or no education at all, Makkah Arabic daily reported on Wednesday.