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July 29, 2015

Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign is dropping bombs on heavily populated civilian areas of Sanaa, according to the newest Human Rights Watch report. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign is dropping bombs on heavily populated civilian areas of Sanaa, according to the newest Human Rights Watch report.
Boats, including a container ship, cross the new waterway of the Suez Canal on July 25, 2015, in the Egyptian port city of Ismailia, east of Cairo. (AFP/File)
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Egypt is allowing smaller vessels in the Mediterranean direct access to East Port Said to speed up shipping movements.
Davis said he has "been brainwashed" by online propaganda videos posted by extremist groups. (YouTube)
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A US man who said he was “ready for jihad” before buying a one-way ticket overseas to join Daesh militants was sentenced to prison on Tuesday.
HuffPost Arabi launched on Tuesday. (Screenshot)
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A new Arabic language edition of the Huffington Post will give a voice to bloggers from across the region - including those who might succumb to the message of Isis (Daesh) - the platform’s founder Arianna Huffington promised.
Mourners in Yemen bury the bodies of Houthi fighters killed in a car bomb attack at a funeral on July 22, 2015. (AFP/FIle)
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The World Health Organization (WHO) says nearly 4,000 people have been killed in Yemen since Saudi Arabia launched its airstrikes inside the country in late March.
Mohammed Salah
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Mohammed Salah will finally complete a loan move to Roma following long negotiations over the fee.
UK boy band Rudimental made way into the Middle East again. (Twitter)
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After headlining the Sandance Festival in the Emirates last fall, Rudimental came back from the UK again for a secret gig at The Act Dubai.
Saba Mubarak stars in "The Price". (Facebook)
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Saba Mubarak, Amr Youssef, and Salah Abdallah

July 28, 2015

German President Joachim Gauck holds a speech during the official opening ceremony of the 14th European Maccabi Games
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Around 2,300 Jewish athletes are preparing to take part in the Maccabi Games which opened in Berlin Tuesday and run until August 5.
Nancy Ajram and her hot hubby livin' the high life on a yacht. (Facebook)
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With Nancy Ajram, a yacht and her hot hubby, what's not to like?
"Hotline" takes us right into a real meeting of the Hotline organization. (Screenshot)
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The large social issue of African migrants in Israel is covered in Silvina Landsmann's documentary "Hotline".
An image from al-Manar news shows the first moments of an explosion as Hezbollah destroys a tunnel used by opposition forces. (Twitter)
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At least 20 militants were killed in clashes Tuesday with Hezbollah and the Syrian army.
Jordanian security forces (AFP/File)
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Twelve Jordanians on Tuesday were sentenced to prison terms of up to 15 years for their involvement in recruiting members for the Hamas movement.
Picture courtesy: instagram.com/karimbenzema
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The striker has long been on Arsene Wenger's wishlist and has suggested he could be moving clubs with a cryptic Instagram message as he departs los Blancos' pre-season tour early
Kurds in Turkey hold up Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government's banners. (AFP/File)
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Turkey says an army sergeant has been killed in an attack near the country’s border with Iraq.
Pro-government loyalists recaptured Aden airport from rebels last week. (AFP/File)
15:07 GMT
Saudi-led coalition warplanes resumed airstrikes on Yemen rebels on Tuesday, marking the complete failure of a unilaterally declared humanitarian truce.
The Syriac defense group active in Hasakah say their YPG allies should be left out of Turkish strikes. (AFP/File)
14:56 GMT
YPG's Assyrian Christian allies in Hasakah say the Kurds should be left out of Turkish strikes.
The dispute between the Muslim Brotherhood and the unlicensed group is moving to new level of complication. (AFP/File)
14:48 GMT
The dispute between the Muslim Brotherhood and the unlicensed group is moving to new level of complication.
Those killed and injured in the fire were transferred to five different hospitals in Greater Cairo. (AFP/File)
14:36 GMT
A fire at a furniture factory in Egypt left 25 dead on Wednesday, the health ministry spokesman said.
Michel Platini
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UEFA president Michel Platini is to announce his candidacy for FIFA president in the coming days according to a report in French sports paper L'Equipe on Tuesday.
Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad said around 300 Moroccan nationals have been killed in the past two years. (AFP/File)
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Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad said around 300 Moroccan nationals have been killed in the past two years.
More than 1,800 migrants have been rescued off the coast of Italy and 13 bodies recovered. (AFP/File)
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More than 1,800 migrants have been rescued off the coast of Italy and 13 bodies recovered.
A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) mans a mounted machine gun in the al-Nashwa neighborhood in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah on July 26, 2015. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
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Syrian government forces and Kurdish fighters have pushed Daesh militants from the northeastern city of Hasakah, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
A healthy diet may give you the energy boost you need to alter your work habits.
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A healthy diet may give you the energy boost you need to alter your work habits.
An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas popular mobilisation unit looks out through the window of a plane during an air combat training session in the holy city of Karbala. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
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An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas popular mobilisation unit looks out through the window of a plane during an air combat training session in the holy city of Karbala. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
Vendors salvage goods in the rubble after a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hits their shops in Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
11:37 GMT
The monitor called for a UN investigation into all parties' actions in Yemen.
State Department Spokesperson John Kirby addressed a group of reporters during a press conference in  Washington DC on Monday. (AFP/File)
11:37 GMT
State Department Spokesperson John Kirby addressed the question during a press conference in Washington DC.
Thanks to new technology, blind people can now watch movies in normal movie theaters in Egypt.
11:27 GMT
Thanks to new technology, blind people can now watch movies in normal movie theaters in Egypt.
A Palestinian man is arrested by Israeli police following clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, July 26, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said 15 Arab League envoys will hold a meeting in Cairo next month over Israeli aggression in the Al-Aqsa compound.
Singer Sami Yusuf is not welcome on Iranian state television. (Facebook)
10:51 GMT
Azeri-origin British singer Sami Yusuf is not welcome on Iranian state television anymore.
Some easy tricks can go a long way in the hiring process.
10:49 GMT
Some easy tricks can go a long way in the hiring process.
Saif al-Islam who is currently being held in the town of Zitan was sentenced to death in absentia by a Libyan court. (AFP/File)
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Saif al-Islam, the son of Libya's slain former leader Colonel Gaddafi was sentenced to death in absentia for committing war crimes during the country's unrest.
Egyptian police killed two men suspected of involvement in violence, state news agency MENA said late Monday. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian police killed two men suspected of involvement in violence, state news agency MENA said late Monday.
Relatives of Palestinian teen Mohammad Abu Latifa mourn during his funeral in Qalandia refugee camp beside Ramallah, July 27, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas condemned Israel Monday for killing an unarmed 18-year-old Palestinian teen.
The controversial scene from the movie "Stateside." (MWN)
09:14 GMT
An "obscene penis scene" leaves Moroccan TV viewers outraged at a local Moroccan channel.
The increase brings yearly aid from Saudi to the PA to $60 million. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Saudi's government announced increasing financial aid to the Palestinian Authority budget to $20 million.
A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units stands in a damaged stadium on July 26, 2015 in the al-Nashwa neighborhood of the Syrian province of Hasakah. (AFP Photo/Delil Souleiman)
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A TV show is exposing stars to dangers in Syria for the "refugee experience."
Bahraini police stand near the site of a bomb blast in a village south of Manama, on Dec. 9, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed al-Shaikh)
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A bomb in the Shiite village of Sitra killed two Bahraini police officers and injured six, the interior ministry said Tuesday.
It was a beautiful day for Nancy Ajram and her family on their vacation with her parents. (Facebook)
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It was a beautiful day for Nancy Ajram and her family on their vacation with her parents. (Facebook)
Celebrities Nancy Ajram, Kazem el Saher and Tamer Hosny are set to judge young talents on The Voice Kids Arabia. (Facebook)
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Celebrities Nancy Ajram, Kazem el Saher and Tamer Hosny are set to judge young talents on The Voice Kids Arabia.
Picture courtesy: @juventusfcen
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After missing a friendly against Borussia Dortmund through injury, the Germany international rejoined his new team-mates, though Fernando Llorente remains out of action
Bike enthusiasts ride during a retro cycling event in Chianti near Siena
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Some amateur sports enthusiasts take products such as vitamin tablets to avoid nutrient deficiencies without knowing whether...
Turkish authorities said they believed the PKK was behind the attack. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT
An explosion hit a natural gas pipeline in Turkey's eastern province of Agri, some 15 kilometres away from Iran.
PKK fighters stand at a checkpoint during a military operation against Daesh in the Iraqi town of Makhmur, August 21, 2014. (AFP/File)
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The Kurdish population has been constantly overlooked throughout history. When Turkey announced targeting the PKK as well as Daesh this week with new airstrikes, it's not anything new.
Hundreds of Israeli police Tuesday morning stormed illegally constructed buildings in the West Bank settlement of Beit El. (AFP/File)
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Hundreds of Israeli police special forces early Tuesday morning stormed illegally constructed buildings in a West Bank settlement.
Marijuana will be made available to tens of thousands of people with 'chronic' symptoms. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
A revolutionary decision by the Health Ministry will make it possible for patients licensed to receive medical cannabis to get it at a pharmacy with authorization from a medical expert instead of having to go to a handful of approved ministry physicians
Ban Ki-moon said he was concerned a deadly conflict would occur between Turkey and the PKK. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
UK chief Ban Ki-moon said he was "concerned" amid heightened tensions between Turkey and the PKK.
Ali Alghanim and Sons highlighted the third-generation BMW available at its showroom. (AFP/Bill Pugliano)
06:53 GMT
Ali Alghanim and Sons highlighted the third-generation BMW available at its showroom.
Author Bahaa Taher. (Courtesy of www.goodreads.com)
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You've barely cleaned the counters of all that food from this year's Eid El Fitr, but TV producers already have their sights set on next Ramadan's dramas. The novel, "The Sunset Oasis" is being made into a series.
A Kurdish man leans on his motorbike while smoke rises from the Syrian border town of Kobani in the background. (AFP/File)
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American and Turkish authorities said they were working on establishing a safe zone between Turkey and Syria in order to secure stability in the area.
RTA's Public Transport Agency has launched its online booking for its Water Taxi service. (AFP/File)
06:09 GMT
RTA's Public Transport Agency has launched its online booking for its Water Taxi service.
A deal was reached Monday night to end a severe garbage crisis. (AFP/File)
06:02 GMT
A deal was reached Monday night to end a severe garbage crisis.
Daesh militants seized the city from the Syrian army in May. (AFP/File)
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Syrian troops and volunteer forces have liberated some key positions around the central Syrian city of Palmyra, killing scores of Daesh militants in the area.
The data released in a report ranked Egypt fourth-most sued. (AFP/File)
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The data released in a report ranked Egypt fourth-most sued.
Iran has revoked visa requirements for nationals of seven countries as part of plans to boost tourism. (AFP/File)
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Iran has revoked visa requirements for nationals of seven countries as part of plans to boost tourism.
Russian oil and gas companies plan to restart projects worth a total of $1.6 billion with Syria. (AFP/File)
05:47 GMT
Russian oil and gas companies plan to restart projects worth a total of $1.6 billion with Syria.
Qatar's armed forces will receive low-level radar systems from Italy's Finmeccanica-Salex ES. (AFP/File)
05:43 GMT
Qatar's armed forces will receive low-level radar systems from Italy's Finmeccanica-Salex ES.
Hope it was worth it, captain.
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Kuwait’s communication minister has ordered an “urgent investigation” of media reports that a Kuwait Airways pilot had invited a porn star and her “glamorous” friend into the cockpit.
The king's holiday home overlooks the beach and prohibits public tourism. (AFP/File)
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The king's holiday home overlooks the beach and prohibits public tourism.
Beirut officials have been attempting to secure temporary landfills across Lebanon to dispose of the capital's trash. (AFP/File)
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Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan said he will propose a permanent solution to Lebanon’s waste management crisis at a meeting Monday night with the premier and other ministers.
DJ Saif and Sound happy to be behind the decks. (Twitter)
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"Revival" night at the club People by Crystal Abu Dhabi bring the 80s and 90s back to life thanks to DJ Saif and Sound.
A clown entertains children in a destroyed neighborhood of Gaza City on July 8, 2015.  (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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Quirky photos from around occupied Palestine; an optimistic take on the fight against Daesh; and Israel's exploitation of Palestinian water.
Jordan on Sunday stressed the UN should continue to offer services for as long as the problem exists. (AFP/File)
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Jordan on Sunday stressed the UN should continue to offer services for as long as the problem exists.
The increase brings the kingdom's contribution to $60 million a year. (AFP/File)
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The increase brings the kingdom's contribution to $60 million a year.
The Dubai-based airline said it will start operating a second daily service to the capital. (AFP/File)
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The Dubai-based airline said it will start operating a second daily service to the capital.
The OnePlus 2 launch has been highly anticipated among tech followers. (Flickr/Maurizio Pesce)
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The specs may give other popular choices a run for their money.
Did the American army veteran predict the escalated violence we're seeing in Turkey and Iraq now? (AFP/File)
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Did the American army veteran predict the escalated violence we're seeing in Turkey and Iraq now?

July 27, 2015

Blatter deserves a Nobel prize according to Putin
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The president of Russia says heads of sporting organisations deserve greater recognition and has criticised the timing of the corruption investigation
Between the Houthis and Daesh, things are still pretty bad for journalists in this region. (AFP/File)
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Between the Houthis and Daesh, things are still pretty bad for journalists in this region.
Security forces transport with a blanket the remains of some of the eleven victims of a double blast in the northern Cameroonian city of Maroua on July 22, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Boko Haram fighters from Nigeria beheaded three villagers during a weekend raid in Cameroon.
Salma Al-Foly, who was famously sentenced to one year in prison for her single "Seeb Eidy" (Let Go of My Hand) is coming out of prison sooner than we thought. (File photo)
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Salma Al-Foly, who was famously sentenced to one year in prison for her single "Seeb Eidy" (Let Go of My Hand) is coming out of prison sooner than we thought.
Yemeni vendors search for salvageable items after a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa on July 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Saudi-led coalition warplanes Monday accidentally targeted pro-government positions in southern Yemen, killing 12 people on the first day of a humanitarian truce.
Bar Refaeli kiss and tells about her future hubby. (Facebook)
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Bar Refaeli's wedding bells are set to chime just after Jewish holidays come to a close.
GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is under fire for comparing the Iran nuclear agreement with the Holocaust. (AFP/File)
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US President Barack Obama on Monday condemned rhetoric about the Iran deal from leading members of the Republican party, including GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, who has drawn criticism for comparing the accord to the Holocaust.
Security forces have rounded up 30 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, bringing the total number of group members to 119. (AFP/File)
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Security forces have rounded up 30 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, bringing the total number of group members to 119.
Things are getting more tense for Turkey across the border. (AFP/File)
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Things are getting more tense for Turkey across the border.
Sebastian Vettel
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After a wild and unpredictable race packed with drama and penalties, Sebastian Vettel's first thought was to dedicate his surprise success in the Hungarian Grand Prix yesterday to the memory of Ferrari's...
Success in Zabadani would be a capstone to territorial gains made by Hezbollah in the Qalamoun region. (Twitter)
14:11 GMT
Hezbollah and the Syrian army tightened the screws on militants holed up in the center of the embattled border town of Zabadani over the weekend.
Aymen Abdennour
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The Tunisia international is hopeful the Catalans can agree a deal with his current club and has little doubt he is ready for the step up
Don't believe everything you hear on Twitter. (Twitter)
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Don't believe everything you hear on Twitter.
Financial corruption in Egypt has cost nearly $450 million worth of state funds in one month alone. (AFP/File)
13:16 GMT
Financial corruption in Egypt has cost nearly $450 million worth of state funds in one month alone.
Beautiful bride Ayten Amer and her husband on their wedding day. (Facebook)
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Newlywed Ayten Amer's wedding album is here!
Kurdish forces position themselves inside a classroom on July 16, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Syrian government troops and Kurdish forces advanced Sunday against Daesh fighters in the northeastern city of Hasakah.
Students are often reluctant to leave a steady job for an MBA program.
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The business model is changing, and students need to be prepared.
Haifa Wehbe is one of the Arab world's leading and sexiest stars. (Facebook)
12:31 GMT
Are any of these older Arab starlets as sexy as 46-year-old Jennifer Lopez? See for yourselves!
Twenty Palestinians were killed when a UN school was shelled during last year's war in Gaza. (AFP/File)
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Two IDF officers are under investigation for their roles in shelling a UN school in Gaza where some 20 Palestinians were killed during the war last year.
YPG fighters are currently fighting Daesh militants in Syria. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) accused Turkish forces of targeting their positions instead of Daesh in Syria.
Supporters of the Houthi movement rally in the capital, Sanaa, and perform the traditional Baraa dance on July 24, 2015. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Residents and Saudi media said Yemen's Houthi rebels have continued clashes in the north and south despite the ceasefire agreement.
A Syrian boy watches vehicles driving past dumpsters and a pile of garbage in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, July 26, 2015. (AFP/Hassan Ammar)
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A major highway linking Beirut with south Lebanon was reopened Monday after 500 protesters blocked it for a second day.
Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani urged both the Turkish government and the PKK to find a peaceful solution. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
Masoud Barzani called for peace between the Turkish government and the PKK, urging both sides to go back to the negotiating table.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the YPG took over Daesh-held Sarrin, a strategic town near Kobani. (YouTube)
10:55 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the YPG took over Daesh-held Sarrin, a strategic town near Kobani.
Two groups attending the wedding broke into a gun battle, according to AP. (AFP/File)
10:39 GMT
A gunfight during a wedding ceremony in Afghanistan's Baghlan province left 21 people dead and ten others wounded.
Prosecutors ordered the detention of the 20-year-old captain on Monday after the man turned himself in. (AFP/File)
10:37 GMT
Prosecutors ordered the detention of the 20-year-old captain on Monday after the man turned himself in.
One of Georges's beautiful creations from Paris Fashion Week. (Facebook)
10:21 GMT
Lebanese designer Georges Chakra drew inspiration from filmmaker Jean Cocteau, film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn and the eventful 1950s for his fall-winter 2015-2016 collection.
A snapshot of a very lucky French Montana with J-Lo from her birthday bash. (Facebook)
10:06 GMT
Moroccan-American rapper French Montana attended J-Lo's very fab birthday party over the weekend.
 A Jordanian soldier stands guard in his tank at the Jordan-Syrian border near Mafraq. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT
Jordanian Border Guards arrested three infiltrators who were attempting to cross into Syrian territories from the kingdom.
Eleven of the suspects arrested in Ankara were foreigners, a local police source said. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT
Turkish police Monday arrested 15 people believed to be affiliated with Daesh in the country's capital, Ankara.
Amy Schumer claims being a celebrity is "quite embarrassing". (Facebook)
09:26 GMT
Amy Schumer claims being a celebrity is "quite embarrassing."
The Middle East's first LGBT-inclusive magazine could expand its publication into Arabic as early as October. (My.Kali)
09:18 GMT
The Middle East's first LGBT-inclusive magazine could expand its publication into Arabic as early as October.