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May 24, 2015

The TV we've come to know may be old news. (Shutterstock)
10:46 GMT
The TV we've come to know may be old news.
The country's main index EGX30 jumped 8.25 percent this week after the government put a hold on a new tax on capital gains. (Shutterstock)
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The country's main index EGX30 jumped 8.25 percent this week after the government put a hold on a new tax on capital gains.
Hend Sabry's Salam PROD will give her the chance to pursue her dream projects. (Facebook)
10:30 GMT
The multi-faceted Tunisian announced the launch of her own production company at the Cannes Film Festival.
Nearly a year after the 50-day Gaza war, the World Bank called for urgent reforms to avoid a "dangerous fiscal crisis" in Gaza. (AFP/File)
10:23 GMT
Nearly a year after the 50-day Gaza war, the World Bank called for urgent reforms to avoid a "dangerous fiscal crisis" in Gaza.
Egyptians inspect the damage after twin bombs struck police posts near Cairo University. (AFP/File)
10:12 GMT
A 67-year-old man was killed when a bomb exploded in a road tunnel.
The Treasury at Petra, Jordan. (Pixabay)
10:00 GMT
Jordan confirms investment projects worth $8.5B finalized at the conclusion of the World Economic Forum meeting at the Dead Sea.
Oman is set to expand its water infrastructure by spending $6.5 billion over the next 25 years. (Shutterstock)
09:59 GMT
Oman is set to expand its water infrastructure by spending $6.5 billion over the next 25 years.
Ramadi fell to Daesh last week, a significant defeat for government forces (AFP/Azhar Shallal)
09:57 GMT
The past, present and future of Anbar province; the dangers of fixing stereotypes about Arabs; and the need to speak out against domestic violence.
Ramez posted a picture with Paris from behind-the-scenes of his prank show "Ramez in Control." (Veto Gate)
09:31 GMT
Ramez Galal is back with a vengeance, and this year Paris Hilton was one of the prankster's victims!
Ladies are still permitted to wear the burqa on the street. (Shutterstock)
09:30 GMT
It will be illegal to wear the burqa in schools, hospitals and on public transport.
A leading Lebanese banker called on Lebanese businesses abroad to invest 5 percent of their profits in the country's private sector. (AFP/Hassan Ammar)
09:24 GMT
A leading Lebanese banker called on Lebanese businesses abroad to invest 5 percent of their profits in the country's private sector.
A Palestinian protester gestures towards member of the Israeli security forces during clashes outside the compound of the Israeli Ofer Military Prison, near the West Bank town of Betunia, following a protest against the construction of settlements and the confiscation of Palestinian land on May 22, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
09:11 GMT
The stabbing took place late Sturday night
Raya radiates on the red carpet. (Facebook)
09:02 GMT
We've been getting the star scoop with Raya for years, but the Lebanese-Brit presenter is a celeb in her own right.
Daesh militants waving the trademark Jihadits flag as vehicles drive on a newly cut road through the Syrian-Iraqi border between the Iraqi Nineveh province and the Syrian town of Al-Hasakah. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT
After taking the Syrian side three days prior, Daesh is now in full control of both sides of the border crossing.
More than 600 oil wells in Kuwait were set alight by Iraqi forces, causing massive environmental damage. (WIkimedia Commons)
09:00 GMT
$2.97 billion was deposited into the 'Kuwait Fund' as compensation for environmental damages caused during the 1990 invasion by Iraq.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes the hand of European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini following their meeting in Jerusalem, on May 20, 2015. (AFP/Dan Balilty)
08:39 GMT
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini paid a two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an attempt to relaunch the peace process.
Germany has the second-largest Muslim population in western Europe after France. (Shutterstock)
08:27 GMT
The Imam will support Germany's Muslim soldiers serving in the military.
The pretty ink work Suzanne showed off on Instagram. (Al Watan Voice)
08:15 GMT
Syrian actress Suzanne Najm Eddine has a butterfly on her shoulder!
While wearing a kippah, sidecurls, a beard, and a hat, the man asked people passing by for directions to a synagogue. (Shutterstock)
08:14 GMT
An Egyptian journalist walked the streets of Cairo wearing ultra-Orthodox Jewish garb to test attitudes- and apparently it wasn't all bad.
Palestinian protesters take part in a demonstration organised by the Islamic Movement against the death sentence to Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, in the town of Kfar Kana, in northern Israel, on May 23, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
08:00 GMT
Thousands of Palestinians marched in northern Israel to protest the death sentence of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
Bonki Rushdi Tojikiston decided to move towards Islamic banking in October 2014. (Pixabay)
08:00 GMT
BRT in Tajikistan looks to Saudi-based ICD, an arm of the Islamic Development Bank, in their move towards a shariah compliant financial system.
Don't miss Donia Samir Ghanem, Ahmed Ezz, and Simone on your screens this Ramadan! (Facebook/Al Bawaba edit)
07:42 GMT
Get ready to tuck into the 11 soaps to grace our screens over Ramadan.
A Saudi man reacts following a blast inside a mosque, in the mainly Shiite Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif, 400 kms east of Riyadh, on May 22, 2015.  (AFP/Husein Radwan)
07:09 GMT
Saudi Arabia's official press agency claims the suspect, Saleh al-Qashaami, was already wanted by Saudi security agencies.
The pipeline is expected to be operational in 2017. (Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
Iraq is determined to complete the oil and gas pipeline linking Basra to Aqaba despite 'challenges on the ground' according to the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister.
Iraqi soldiers were backed by Shia and Sunni fighters in the offensive. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Iraqi government forces have managed to take back the town of Husaybeh from Daesh in Anbar province,Iraq.
The new tool is called 'Kahawai' after the Hawaiian word for 'stream'. (Shutterstock)
05:30 GMT
Duke University researchers are developing a tool that allows hi-res video games to be played on mobile devices for a fraction of cloud-gaming bandwidth.
Interest rates are displayed in a number of ways, which will affect your cost of borrowing. (Pixabay)
05:30 GMT
Getting to grips with the basics of interest rates will help you make an informed decision about your financial affairs.
The UAE hopes to send an unmanned spacecraft to Mars by 2021. (Al Bawaba/File)
05:00 GMT
The UAE Space Agency is launching its official strategy and operation plan in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The US commander said Daesh's sophisticated social media presence was tempting Taliban militants to join the group. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The commander of international forces in Afghanistan has said that Daesh (ISIS) is actively recruiting in the country, although is not yet operational there.
Participants at WEF MENA 2015 listen to Gordon Brown, former UK PM and current Chair of the WEF Global Strategic Infrastructure Initiative. (World Economic Forum/Benedikt von Loebell)
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Low interest rates and savings surpluses, as well as low oil prices, mean the time is right for MENA countries to focus on infrastructure development; public-private partnerships are essential.
Delegation requires trust and commitment. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Assess your management style and understand how delegation can help you become more effective and efficient.

May 23, 2015

Elderly men who exercise regularly – even by doing light activities like walking – may be less likely to die than those who are sedentary (picture courtesy of totalgymdirect.com)
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Elderly men who exercise regularly – even by doing light activities like walking – may be less likely to die than those who are sedentary, a large Norwegian study suggests.
Iran backs Palestinians’ call for FIFA to show Israel red card
23:22 GMT
The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran says it will inform FIFA of its agreement with the Palestinian Football Association’s demand for expelling Israel from the world body.
Omar's son Tarek says that his father has been showing signs of Alzheimer's disease since 2013. (File photo)
19:02 GMT
Tarek El-Sharif claims that his father Omar Sharif is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Michael Schumacher
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Michael Schumacher's manager has recently said that after almost 17 months of suffering, the Formula One champion is still improving.
The Nigerian army also killed several Boko Haram militants during the rescue operation. (AFP/File)
17:28 GMT
The Nigerian army has rescued another 20 women and children who were being held captive by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria.
Morsi was removed from power in 2013. (AFP/File)
16:40 GMT
Egypt's ousted president, Mohamad, Morsi is standing trial for insulting the judiciary in the country. He is on trial along with 25 other people.
Bernadino Leon said Daesh militants could become "a very serious threat" to Libya. (AFP/File)
15:44 GMT
The United Nations envoy on Libya has warned that Daesh's presence in Libya could became of very serious threat to the country.
Sami Khedira
14:46 GMT
The Germany international says the club exaggerated the severity of his injury problems in order to deny him more game time
A government helicopter reportedly targeted the area of al-Hamidia in Deir Ez-Zor on Saturday. (AFP/Al-Rifai)
14:22 GMT
At least 14 people have been killed after a barrel bomb attack on Deir Ez-Zor in eastern Syria, an opposition group has claimed.
H. Gamble, CNBC Anchor; S Al Mutlaq Dep. PM of Iraq; NS Judeh, Jordanian Deputy PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs, A Moussa Secretary-Gen. League of Arab States (2001-2011); and EB Eide, WEF. (World Economic Forum/Benedikt von Loebell)
14:00 GMT
Chaotic geopolitics across the Middle East and North Africa could lead to a new strategic order in the region.
The report stated that the offer was turned down for unspecified reasons. (AFP/Getty Images)
13:54 GMT
Saudi Arabia rejected an offer by Israel to supply it with Iron Dome rocket defense technology, according to a London-based Arab newspaper.
Bodour Al Qasimi of the UAE (center).  (World Economic Forum/Benedikt von Loebell)
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Young people should be educated in critical thinking skills, while the inclusion of women in the workforce can reduce unemployment levels.
“The officer who called in the order seemed cool — plus he told me to add whatever toppings I wanted," explained the pizzeria owner who sprinkled marijuana on the pizza instead of oregano. (Shutterstock/File)
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The owner of a Holon pizzeria was arrested this week after police discovered that the pizza they ordered was sprinkled with synthetic marijuana instead of oregano.
The high intensity explosive has been deemed illegal in civilian areas under international law, but the vacuum bomb has also shown up in Afghanistan, by US forces, and in Chechnya, by Russians. (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT
High heat, high pressure bombs deemed illegal under international law — this is the vacuum bomb, and it may have just resurfaced.
Daesh took full control of Ramadi last week. (AFP/File)
12:20 GMT
Iraqi armed forces have retaken a police station in a western town in the country’s Anbar Province from ISIL militants after they started a military operation to liberate the provincial capital, Ramadi.
Daesh hostage John Cantlie is regularly used in the group's propaganda videos and articles. Image used for illustrative purposes. (Al Bawaba/File)
11:12 GMT
Daesh's propaganda magazine Dabiq featured an article suggesting the group is expanding so rapidly it could buy its first nuclear weapon within a year.
Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority and Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
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Egypt's President Sisi stressed the importance of engaging young people and addressing extremism, while Palestinian leader Abbas expressed hope for resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The Schwab Foundation's 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awardees for MENA with Hilde Schwab and HRH King Abdullah and HRH Queen Rania of Jordan. (World Economic Forum/Benedikt von Loebell)
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Three outstanding social entrepreneurs from Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine working in the areas of health, disability, employment and gender are this year's MENA awardees.
Residents bike in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, most of which is now controlled by Daesh. (Al Bawaba/File)
08:11 GMT
The UN Security Council has expressed grave concern for thousands of people trapped inside Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra after it was captured by Daesh militants.
A Sudanese protester carries an poster of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. (AFP/Ashraf Shazly)
07:43 GMT
Hundreds of Sudanese have rallied outside the office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the capital, Khartoum, to denounce a death sentence handed down to Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi.
O. Alghanim, CEO, Alghanim Industries, Kuwait; Co-Chair WEF MENA; M. Jafar, CEO, Crescent Petroleum, UAE; O Al-Madhi, MD Abdul Latif Jameel Industrial Development Company, KSA (World Economic Forum/Faruk Pinjo)
07:00 GMT
The New Vision for Arab Employment Initiative commits to making 100,000 youth job-ready by 2017.
US President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill that gives US Congress 30 days to review any final nuclear deal between Iran and international negotiators. It also requires the president verify Iran's compliance with any deal.  (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
06:00 GMT
The bill gives US Congress 30 days to review any final nuclear deal between Iran and international negotiators.
A Palestinian student arrives in Caracas for a study abroad program, November 2014.  (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The announcement comes after a visit by Palestinian foreign affairs minister Riyad al-Maliki to Venezuela this past week.
After being recently 'love-bombed' in Lebanon, Salma Hayek works the crowd at the Cannes Film Festival. (AFP/Bertrand Langlois)
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Salma Hayek is in discussions about portraying cunning courtesan Mata Hari, who was executed by firing squad in 1917 after being accused of spying for Germany.
Jordan's King Abdullah II at the opening of  the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2015. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
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Meeting is a platform to promote economic and social progress; King calls for entrepreneurship and inclusive growth to achieve regional prosperity; MENA should focus on innovation and not be sidetracked by regional turmoil.
Before Abdifatah Ahmed left to join Daesh, he was paying $700 monthly to three separate women.  (AFP/Younis al-Bayati)
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Before this secular Muslim American man left to join Daesh, he was paying $700 monthly to three separate women - yikes.
An Iranian woman plays with her pet terrier.  (AFP/Behrouz Mehria)
05:00 GMT
Police violence against pets leaves Iranian dog owners heartbroken; Palestinian play portrays microcosm of life under occupation; and an archeology buff reflects on the fall of Palmyra.

May 22, 2015

Sunni volunteers in the mainly Shiite Popular Mobilization forces take part in training exercises on May 8, 2015.  (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
20:02 GMT
A spokesman for Popular Mobilization, a Shiite militia, announced Iraqi forces plan to launch Ramadi offensive in upcoming days to retake the city from Daesh.
Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein
19:23 GMT
Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein has named restoring the credibility of the ruling football body FIFA a priority in his presidential campaign to topple incumbent Joseph Blatter.
Israeli Forces delayed the Palestinian National Football Team at the Allenby/Al Karamah Crossing (picture courtesy of PNN)
19:03 GMT
President of the Palestine Football Association, Jibril Rajoub sent a Letter to Mr. Joseph Blatter, President of the International Federation Football Association FIFA,
A market in Gaziantep, Turkey displays embroidered images of US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen (left) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right).  (AFP/Ozan Kose)
18:59 GMT
Turkish authorities on Friday arrested 43 suspected supporters of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen ahead of June 7 legislative elections.
Al-Hilal team
18:56 GMT
The Saudi Arabian Football Union disclosed that it was closely following-up some grave soccer referees' mistakes which mounted to become a fixed motto made to badly treat Saudi football clubs
Xavi
18:35 GMT
Mohamed Ghanem Al Ali is delighted that the midfielder will join the Qatari side and believes he can help them win a third Asian Champions League title
Locals examine the damage to Imam Ali mosque in Qatif, Saudi Arabia following a Friday suicide bomb attack that left at least 15 dead.  (AFP/File)
17:32 GMT
In an online statement, Daesh militants claimed Friday's deadly suicide bombing attack on a Shiite mosque in Qatif. At least 15 were killed, sources say.
Women pray in a church in Syria. A Syriac Catholic priest was kidnapped along with a companion near Qaryatayn, in Homs governorate, says an NGO. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
17:09 GMT
A Syriac Catholic priest was kidnapped along with a companion near Qaryatayn, in Homs governorate, says an NGO.
People place candles outside Tunis' National Bardo Museum after an attacked that claimed 22 lives.  (AFP/Fadel Senna)
16:01 GMT
Moroccan migrant Abdelmajid Touil, arrested for alleged involvement in Bardo museum attack, maintained his innocence Friday during his first hearing in Milan.
People inspect damage following a string of Daesh-claimed attacks in March on Shiite mosques in Yemen's capital Sanaa. Friday's attack injured 13, say security sources.  (AFP/File)
14:49 GMT
Security sources say the bombs were planted before Friday prayers, two of the 13 people are in critical condition.
A Yemeni man observes the damage following a Saudi-led coalition airstrike near Sanaa's airport.  (AFP/File)
13:51 GMT
Friday morning airstrikes targeted Houthi positions around Yemen's capital, residents say.
Egypt's Al Azhar University said it wouldn't allow transgender engineering professor to keep her job after a sex change because she could "face problems" with students.  (AFP/File)
12:29 GMT
Egypt's Al Azhar University said it wouldn't allow transgender engineering professor to keep her job after a sex change because she could "face problems" with students.
At least 30 people were injured during the attack in Qatif province. (AFP/File)
12:15 GMT
At least 15 people are believed to have been killed by a suicide bomber after explosives were detonated at a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in Saudi Arabia.
US fighter jets have been carrying out airstrikes against Daesh positions in Syria for over eight months. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Pentagon officials admitted killing civilians during the US-led coalition's air campaign against Daesh militants in Syria.
The 16-year-old was stopped from leaving the UK by counter-terror officers after an undercover investigation by the Daily Mail. (AFP/File)
11:54 GMT
British police prevented a 16-year-old from leaving London to join Daesh militants in Syria following an undercover investigation by the Daily Mail.
Hungarian singer Boggie was forced by Israel to remove part of her video display over Gaza references. (YouTube)
11:42 GMT
Israel makes it to the final and complains about Hungary's entry, which references Gaza in the original video.
The 27-year-old is believed to have been killed while fighting in Palmyra. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT
A Daesh militant from Palestine was killed fighting in the Syrian city of Palmyra. The 27-year-old is believed to have joined the terrorist group five months ago.
Doctors and medical staff treat wounded Yemenis at Al-Sadaqa hospital in the port city of Aden, May 21, 2015. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Houthi rebels in Yemen demanded an end to Saudi airstrikes as a condition to participate in UN-brokered peace talks.
Medical staff treat a wounded Palestinian boy who was hit by an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
A ten-year-old Palestinian minor was shot and critically injured after Israeli soldiers opened fire on the child in northeast Jerusalem.
Many Syrian rebel fighters' weapons are homemade due to their lack of funding and access to ammunition. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
These amateurs show they know how to be resourceful in war.
Models Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, and Chanel Iman conduct an auction for amfAR's 22st Annual Cinema Against AIDS, at the Cannes Film Festival (AFP/Valery Hache)
07:21 GMT
Models Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, and Chanel Iman conduct an auction for amfAR's 22st Annual Cinema Against AIDS, at the Cannes Film Festival
British TV presenter Coleen Nolan faced a backlash on Twitter after her controversial comments. (Shutterstock/File)
07:00 GMT
A British TV presenter is in hot water after comparing gay marriage to Daesh on her women's chat show.
An American soldier stands guard at the Taji base complex, which hosts Iraqi and US troops. (AFP/Ali al-Saadi)
06:00 GMT
A British national was convicted on Thursday of killing a US soldier in a roadside bombing in September 2007.
There has been criticism of some agencies not responding to the scale of the crisis. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said that the Boko Haram conflict has caused a grave crisis, with more funding for victims needed.
The plans were revealed at a press conference at the Imex Frankfurt 2015 in Germany.
01:23 GMT
The plans were revealed at a press conference at the Imex Frankfurt 2015 in Germany.
A general view shows muslim pilgrims praying at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
01:04 GMT
The governor disclosed his plans for massive development in the region.
Israel has refused a court order to pay compensation to Iran as part of an agreement dating back to the Islamic Revolution. (AFP/File)
00:41 GMT
Israel has refused a court order to pay compensation to Iran as part of an agreement dating back to the Islamic Revolution.
An image made available by the extremist Twitter account al-Baraka news, showing Daesh militants on a newly cut road through the Syrian-Iraqi border between the Iraqi Nineveh province and the Syrian town of al-Hasakah. (AFP/File)
00:25 GMT
Several officials confirmed Daesh has taken control of the border crossing in the Homs province.

May 21, 2015

The forum will be held on the eastern shores of the Dead Sea, where over 58 countries plan to attend. (AFP/File)
23:46 GMT
The forum will be held on the eastern shores of the Dead Sea, where over 58 countries plan to attend.
Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) raided the firm’s offices in Pakistan, confiscated computers and secured data this week. (Shutterstock)
23:35 GMT
Gulf News visited the office on Thursday and was told that while it is still officially open, no employees appear to have ever worked in the office.
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein
23:34 GMT
The candidate for the Fifa presidency has confirmed that he wants to expand the tournament as he released an updated version of his manifesto
Daesh has stepped up its campaign in Ramadi since last Sunday. (AFP)
19:41 GMT
Reports indicate that over 40,000 people have escaped Daesh in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province in Iraq.
At least four of the people were beheaded. (AFP/File)
19:03 GMT
At least 17 people have been executed in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, AFP has reported. Four of them are thought to have been beheaded.
No, Hollywood star turned anti-Daesh fighter Michael Enright was not arrested by the YPG in Syria. (AFP/File)
18:35 GMT
Watch a Reddit news "exclusive" go delightfully wrong.
Foreign involvement and internal turmoil has sent many of these MENA countries into a corruption black hole. (AFP/File)
17:56 GMT
Here are the MENA countries that made it to the top ten list no one wants to be on.
Daesh is urging attacks on judges in retaliation for the recent execution of six militants who were active in Sinai. (AFP/File)
17:47 GMT
Daesh is urging its followers in Egypt to attack judges and court officials for cracking down on militants in the Sinai Peninsula.
Luis Figo
17:40 GMT
Prince Ali will be Sepp Blatter's sole rival after the former Portugal star joined Michael van Praag in announcing he will no longer stand
The Olympic Council of Asia selects Iran to host the upcoming West Asian Games
17:34 GMT
The Olympic Council of Asia has selected Iran to host the upcoming West Asian Games, the OCA president has said.
One of the men had been previously arrested for smuggling rockets. (AFP/File)
16:42 GMT
Three people have been arrested in Lebanon, accused of financing armed groups in Syria, according to the Lebanese Army.
Three people were also injured in the attacks. (AFP)
15:50 GMT
Two mortar attacks close to Russian's embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus have left at least one person dead.
Daesh is present in 10 of Syria's 14 provinces. (AFP/File)
15:18 GMT
Daesh is now in control of half of Syria, according to the monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Ghita is originally from Casablanca, Morocco but is studying in the US. (Facebook)
15:02 GMT
Ghita, a student from Casablanca, was discovered via social media and will be opening for Maroon 5 at the star-studded Mawazine Festival that starts on May 29th.