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September 10, 2014

A Libyan solider points at an unexploded mortar shell at a checkpoint close to Tripoli, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
16:00 GMT
Libya's army, lead by rogue General Haftar, called on Islamist militias to disarm, ahead of a renewed assault on the eastern city of Benghazi.
Preventative measured also include special equipment at airports to detect anyone who may be infected.
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Hajj season is almost upon us, and in October an estimated three million Muslims from around the world will congregate in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to perform the Islamic pilgrimage.
OPEC also publishes production figures from secondary sources, a legacy of past OPEC disagreements about countries’ reported output figures.
15:39 GMT
In the report, OPEC cut its 2014 global oil demand growth forecast for a third consecutive month and also reduced its assessment of the requirement for its members’ crude oil.
The brand has been co-founded by former Apple CEO and ace marketer John Sculley.
15:09 GMT
“It is just a coincidence that iPhone 6 launching in Mena [Middle East and North Africa] at the same time. We wish Apple much success in the premium mobile device market,” said Sculley.
Lebanon's army stepped up security along the country's border with Syria since clashes erupted with Nusra Front and ISIS last month (File/AFP)
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Providing weapons to Lebanon has been prioritized and delivery should be imminent, the French Ministry said.
A supporter of the Shia Houthi movement wears a banner, which reads "civil disobedience" during a protest, September 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Anti-government protests in Yemen continued Wednesday across the country a day after security forces opened fire on demonstrators.
The victim is believed to have been shot during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces (File/AFP)
13:41 GMT
Israeli forces shot and killed a 22-year-old Palestinian man in the al-Amari refugee camp Wednesday, close to Ramallah.
Andy Murray
13:40 GMT
Croatian tennis ace Marin Cilic's victory at the US Open has led to British number one Andy Murray slipping out of the world's top 10 for the first time since 2008.
This little gem brought Jordanian Director Naji Abu Nowar the award for Best Director. (Image: Facebook)
13:14 GMT
Critics say Marhaba to filmmakers from the Middle East; four Jordanian films received special recognition at this year's Venice International Film Festival.
Lady Gaga has never been afraid of showing off her flesh, no matter how much of it there might be. (Image courtesy of www.upskt.com)
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After getting slammed on social media for her curvacious figure, the "Bad Romance" hitmaker responded by saying she'd "rather be fat than shallow". We wonder how much Gaga flesh the UAE fans will see tonight!
U.S. pop star Lady Gaga arrives at Dubai International airport on September 8, 2014, on her fourth world tour ArtRave: The Artpop Ball Tour, where she will perform at the at Meydan Racecourse on September 10 (Karim Sahib/ AFP).
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Emirati Mother Monster fans go gaga as the Lady herself lands at Dubai airport.
A masked Palestinian militant of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, holds-up his rifle on September 2, 2014 in Gaza city during a rally to celebrate a week after the Egypt-mediated ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. [AFP]
12:13 GMT
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Hamas is getting stronger and enjoying majority support among the Palestinian public with repeated bouts of Tel Aviv’s military conflict.
Hisham Abbas revealed that he is trying to convince famous Egyptian belly dancer Fifi Abdo to star in the film with him to support him.
10:24 GMT
Egyptian singer Hisham Abbas will star in his first film directed by Yasser Zayed and is seeking a certain belly dancer to star alongside him.
President Obama pauses to think while giving a speech.
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What is already clear about Obama's approach to ISIS is that it will not involve ground troops and will take time. What else will be revealed today? Surviving incest; Kuwait holding auditions for theater productions; and the people you'll see at the Beirut Airport.
Kerry will urge Abadi to maintain a more inclusive government. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Baghdad Wednesday to hold talks with Iraq's new prime minister.
Khaled Salim, normally so happy, burst into tears when he remembered the legendary Algerian singer Wardah (Courtesy of Facebook).
09:29 GMT
Egyptian singer Khaled Salim cried upon remembering the late Algerian singer Wardah.
Hannan Turk remarried, and now her ex husband Khaled Khatab has too! (Courtesy of Facebook).
09:23 GMT
After several failed attempts to win his ex-wife Hannan Turk back, Khaled Khatab has moved on and married a younger woman.
The cat is called Abu Hureyra after an ancient settlement by the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State stronghold where the girls are thought to be living.
09:22 GMT
The British jihadi bride hell-bent on murder - and whining about her lost cat: 'Terror twin' tweets fears for missing kitten - before posting pictures of her holding an AK47.
New laws allow the government to view individuals' browsing history. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT
The Turkish government has yet again made moves to censor the internet.
The ice cream truck company was banned without explanation. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT
Residents of one UAE neighborhood are planning to launch a social media campaign to voice their anger after popular ice cream trucks were banned from entering their community.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to attend. (AFP/File)
07:31 GMT
Saudi Arabia has called a conference on counter-terrorism Thursday in Jeddah.
Israeli border guards aim their guns at Palestinian protesters during clashes following a demonstration against Palestinian land's confiscation. [AFP]
07:31 GMT
An IDF unit sent to arrest a Hamas member in Ramallah encountered violent disturbances when approximately 50 Palestinians hurled rocks, firebombs, and burning tires, the army said.
An Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany, on September 22, 2012 (Image courtesy of theatlantic.com).
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Bring on the Bavarians and the beer! Who says you need to be in Germany to party hardy Oktoberfest style?!
US pop star Lady Gaga arrives at Dubai International airport on September 8, 2014, on her fourth world tour as ArtRave: The Artpop Ball Tour, where she will perform at the at Meydan Racecourse on September 10. (AFP/ KARIM SAHIB)
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US pop star Lady Gaga arrives at Dubai International airport on September 8, 2014, on her fourth world tour as ArtRave
Egyptians expressed dissatisfaction with ongoing power outages. (AFP/File)
07:08 GMT
Egyptians held multiple protests across the country to voice their displeasure over Egypt's economy.
Eskenderella performing at El Genaina theater. (Image: Facebook)
07:05 GMT
Revolutionary artists Eskenderella have released their very first album called Safha Gedida (A New Page).
The Yazidi girl was captured during an offensive on Mount Sinjar. She remains with her captors. [Pamela Geller]
07:03 GMT
A Yazidi girl captured by Islamic State (IS) has revealed the extreme abuse she suffers as a sex slave at the hands of IS extremists.
US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, on September 5, 2014. [AFP]
06:45 GMT
The United States is reluctantly but decisively becoming engaged in the civil wars in Iraq and Syria as it seeks to combat Isis, which calls itself Islamic State.
The Libyan government has lost control of many major cities, including Tripoli. (Photo courtesy of UPI)
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Libya's parliament, escaping from the militant-occupied capital of Tripoli, has taken refuge abroad a Greek car ferry in Tobruk harbor.
Along with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple revealed their new Apple Watch.
06:15 GMT
One Arab techie blogger says the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are amazing but the real Apple Watch is something that is truly out-of-this world great! For IS to be stopped, Iran must be controlled as well; and the reason Arabs 'hate' each other is multi-faceted.
“More than 110,000 people have arrived in Italy so far this year, sometimes 4,000 or even 5,000 people in a matter of days,” said Flavio Di Giacomo, spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Italy.
04:55 GMT
On a late-summer morning in northern Jordan, as the sun rose over the city of Irbid, perched high on a desert ridge, a young father prepared to die at sea.
The so-called offset programme was introduced in 1992 as a way of weaning Kuwait off its reliance on oil and gaining access to new technologies and training.
04:55 GMT
Kuwait is suspending a programme under which foreign winners of big government contracts are required to invest in the local economy.
Wounded Syrian men wait for treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus on September 9, 2014. [AFP]
04:00 GMT
Idlib bombing kills 45 high-ranking militants in Syria
Steven Sotloff pictured in Egypt. [Supplied]
04:00 GMT
The family of murdered journalist Steven Sotloff believe his location was sold to Islamic State (Isis) militants for up to $50,000 (£30,000) by a moderate rebel group in Syria.
Michael Schumacher
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Record Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher will continue his recovery at home from injuries suffered in a ski accident late last year, his management said Tuesday.
Jordan national football team
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Jordan's national team continued preparations for the Asian Cup next year, managing a draw with China 1-1 last night in Harbin.

September 9, 2014

Qatar 2022 World Cup logo
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Nasser Al Khater is sure there will be a consensus on what time of the year the competition will be held and says they will work on cooling stadiums as well as fan areas
The new iPhones are expected to come in two screen sizes- one measuring 4.7 inches diagonally and the other 5.5-inches- and have faster processors.
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The launch of the new iPhone is expected to be one of the largest events this year.
The iPhone 6 will feature a larger 4.7 inch retina HD screen, while a 5.5 inch model also will be offered.
20:19 GMT
The iPhone 6 will feature a larger 4.7 inch retina HD screen, while a 5.5 inch model also will be offered.
The study, by the research centre at the ministry of sport and young people, was published a day after President Hassan Rouhani dubbed existing Internet controls counter-productive.
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More than two thirds of young Iranian Internet users are using illegal software to reach websites that are officially banned, according to government research cited by media on Monday.
Migrants setting off from Turkey also commonly travel by sea to the Greek Aegean Islands, a route much shorter than the treacherous route from Libya to Italy but still fraught with dangers.
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During the past three days alone, 424 people attempting to make the dangerous crossing to European territory were found during search and rescue operations off the Turkish coast.
In an interview with Reuters, Global’s chief executive Maha Al Ghoneim said the company was now “debt-free” following its debt restructuring last year.
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Kuwait’s Global Investment House said on Tuesday it aimed to relist its shares on the Kuwaiti bourse, after its listing was cancelled last year because of accumulated debt.
Jordan currently imports 97 percent of its energy needs, including crude oil from Saudi Arabia and other petroleum derivative.
17:38 GMT
Jordan has recently sought to establish alternative energy sources and diversify its imports. It is also building two liquefied natural gas terminals, to be finished by 2017, which will be used to import gas for electricity generation.
The brokers also demand a large fee, on average $908 for Bangladeshi workers and $581 for Nepalese workers.
17:03 GMT
The report states that 88 percent of the migrant domestic workers surveyed said they would not have come to Lebanon “had they fully known the reality.”
Married after all? Ruby denies media marriage claims. (Image: Facebook)
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In an "I said," "the media said," Egyptian singer and actress Ruby denies marriage claims.
Security prisoners in Ofer Prison, Israel. [Al-Tahrir]
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A Palestinian detainee died in an Israeli hospital on Tuesday, a Palestinian official said.
Lebanese stars were sporting black at Murex d'Or 2014 proving that this timeless color never 'dyes' a death
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Lebanese stars do Murex d'Or in typical avante-garde style-- showing that the classic black numbers are still winners on the red carpet!
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrives for a meeting of foreign ministers at the headquarters of the Arab League in the Egyptian capital Cairo on September 7, 2014. [AFP]
16:28 GMT
The Palestinian envoy to Egypt says Arab League (AL) member states have supported the Palestinian appeal to the United Nations (UN) to recognize Palestine as an independent state.
Mecca Great Mosque. [AFP]
16:20 GMT
Saudis deny rumors that would allow direct flights from Israel for Haj
Sepp Blatter
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FIFA President Sepp Blatter has announced that a TV replay system allowing coaches to challenge a referee's decision may be trialled next year.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures before a meeting of foreign ministers at the headquarters of the Arab League in the Egyptian capital Cairo on September 7, 2014. [AFP]
13:16 GMT
Abbas wants UN to replace US as leading negotiator in peace talks, aide says.
Israeli naval forces have fired at least three times at Palestinian fishermen since the recent ceasefire, which ended 50 days of fighting (File/AFP)
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Israeli forces arrested four fishermen off the coast of Gaza Tuesday for allegedly being outside the "permitted fishing zone".
A scene from the star-studded film The Prophet (Courtesy of www.tiff.net).
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The second Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute, will host the Middle East premiere of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
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Manchester United and Arsenal reportedly have better 'cost-per-trophy' ratio than their big-spending rivals Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League.
Iran's security forces stand guard along the country's border with Iraq (File/AFP)
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Iran's security forces allegedly arrested three people under suspicion of attempting to cross into Iraq to join the Islamic State.
On the show The Luck of the Draw, Sefer Çalınak explained calmly that he “accidentally” killed his first wife. (Global Voices)
12:00 GMT
After a dating show contestant 'mentioned' he killed his wives, Seda Sayan hosted the murderer on her morning show and controversy ensued; Lebanese MP spends the evening with dozens of supermodels; and no land for Palestinians says Sisi.
A Shia Houthi protester gestures during clashes with riot police in Sanaa, September 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Two Yemeni Houthi members have allegedly been killed while trying to storm a government building in Sanaa Tuesday.
Swedish House Mafia (Courtesy of Facebook).
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Two-thirds of the Swedish House Mafia are set to round off next month’s Sandance line-up.
Ratzon is believed to have had up to 32 wives and 49 children. (AFP/File)
11:03 GMT
An Israeli cult leader has been convicted of a number of sexual offenses.
Adel Imam has two reasons to smile. (Image courtesy of www.zimbio.com)
10:53 GMT
Next year's holy month will have us feasting our eyes on Adel Imam in not one but two dramas!
Israeli forces have arrested around 7,000 children in the past ten years according to the UN (File/AFP)
10:33 GMT
Two Palestinian minors were arrested by Israeli forces while they were playing outside their house in the central West Bank.
Human rights lawyer Malek Adly denounced the prosecution's order to physically inspect the suspect as a violation of privacy and human rights. (AFP/File)
10:20 GMT
Egyptian forensics inspected seven men and found them to be "not gay."
Wael Kfoury got up close and personal with Wafa Al Kilani on "The Judge" (Image: Facebook)
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We've seen him judge others on Arab Idol, but now Wael Kfoury gets questioned by Wafa Al Kilani on the show "Al Hakam" (The Judge) that's aired on MBC1.
Up to 2,137 Palestinians were killed during Israel's 50-day assault in Gaza (File/AFP)
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A Palestinian man has died in Gaza from injuries obtained from Israel's assault in the Strip. The 22-year-old was critically wounded after Israeli forces shelled his neighborhood.
The tumor weighed almost as much as 10 fetuses. (Shutterstock)
09:37 GMT
A woman in the UAE thought she was pregnant but when she went to the doctor it turned out to be a tumor.
Nour El Sherif speaks up about his health at last.
08:55 GMT
Egyptian actor Nour El Sharif has had some serious health issues, but he's remain zipped lipped about it until his recent interview on the talk show "Inta Hur" (You are Free).
Syrians, who are fleeing the violence some from the cities of Idlib or Aleppo, stand next to their belongings in front of the Syrian-Turkish border as they attempt to cross illegally to Turkey on September 7, 2014. Turkish border guards have reportedly stopped a group of Syrians who tried to cross the border, before they confiscated and burnt their belongings. Syria's war began in March 2011 as a peaceful protest movement demanding Assad's ouster, but morphed into a brutal war after the regime unleashed a massive crackdown against dissent. (AFP / ZEIN AL RIFAI)
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Syrians, who are fleeing the violence some from the cities of Idlib or Aleppo
Haider al-Abadi was officially named Iraq's new prime minister. (AFP/File)
07:51 GMT
Iraq's parliament officially named Haider al-Abadi as the country's new prime minister and approved the majority of his cabinet.
Catherine Ashton said she was hopeful about making progress during the next round of talks on September 18 (File/AFP)
07:45 GMT
The EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, was hopeful about making progress in talks with Iran over Tehran's nuclear energy program.
Bragelina are tackling self-defense, Israeli style. (Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox)
07:43 GMT
In prep for their new hot and steamy movie together, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are studying the self-defense system developed for the military in Israel.
Foreign ministers reconvene during an Arab League meeting in Egypt, September 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:33 GMT
The Arab League backed Lebanon in the country's ongoing battle with rising terrorism, emphasizing the need to support the army against ISIS and Nusra Front.
Hear it from Howie Dorough's heart: he's sorry he didn't sing for you, Israel! (Image: screenshot from YouTube video)
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Sending out a sincere social media apology, Backstreet Boys' band member Howie Dorough assures Israeli fans that their nixed concert will be rescheduled, maybe in spring 2015.
Lebanese protesters burn an imitation of the Islamic State flag, which reads in Arabic: "We are coming to burn you" on September 1, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:17 GMT
Security sources in Lebanon's tense Bekaa Valley denied that there is any linkage between recent kidnappings and IS militants beheading two soldiers.
Protestors burn a mock copy of the ISIS flag (Photo: AFP-Anwar Amro)
07:07 GMT
Lebanese Christians and Muslims have shown their hate for IS by burning its flag but all the government cares about is the desecration of 'Allah's' name'; the eight responses every parent gives their children; and Sara El Khatib's final words.
HRH Prince Hassan with Pope Francis at the Vatican on 4 September 2014 (Osservatore Romano/ AFP).
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His Royal Highness Prince Hassan of Jordan met Pope Francis late last week and called for the establishment of a new worldwide humanitarian order.
Amr Diab's latest album (Shuft Al Ayam) is due out September 20 (Image: FB)
05:32 GMT
Egyptian superstar's stray solo track-- a dedication to his daughter -- finds its way on the internet ahead of the official album release date causing a ripple across the musical Mediterranean mainstream.
Cilic lifts the US Open trophy
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Marin Cilic hammered Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Monday to win the US Open, following in the footsteps of his coach and 2001 Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic.
'Jihadi John' the executioner is one of four British jihadis known as the 'Beatles' holding hostages in Syria (AFP/ File Archive)
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Anti-terror police are set to arrest up to 12 British associates of Islamic State executioner Jihadi John, it has been reported.
The Toastmasters organization is aimed at improving speaking and leadership skills and has over 14,650 clubs in 126 countries (Shutterstock).
05:00 GMT
Arabs get internationally recognized for the amazing talkers we are!
Al Tayer praised the strategic partners whose efforts were integral part of the success of the RTA in the successful operation of the Dubai Metro.
04:55 GMT
The Dubai Metro will celebrate on Tuesday its fifth anniversary amid very healthy indicators of success in the operational efficiency
In June 2014, the balance sheets of Bank Audi showed that 45 percent of the assets were abroad while the rest were in Lebanon and 43 percent of the total deposits were from abroad while the rest were in Lebanon.
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“Provided there is a political transition in Syria followed by a reconstruction drive, Bank Audi will be among the first to grab this opportunity,” he added.
Centrally located between the three theme parks, Riverpark will serve as an entrance plaza district featuring an array of retail, dining and entertainment options.
04:55 GMT
The first phase of Dubai Parks & Resorts will comprise three theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and LEGOLAND Dubai. The
Munir El Haddadi
01:36 GMT
The young Barcelona attacker has been criticised in some quarters for not choosing to represent Morocco, but he says he always intended to represent la Roja

September 8, 2014

Switzerland 0-2 England: Welbeck double lifts pressure on Hodgson
22:08 GMT
The Arsenal striker struck twice to down Vladimir Petkovic's side in their Euro 2016 qualifier, whilst also easing the scrutiny on the under-fire 67-year-old
Iran exported $5.2 billion of food and agricultural products and imported $13.2 billion of the products in the previous Iranian calendar year.
20:18 GMT
Iran exported $237 million of pistachio in the first five months of the current Iranian calendar year
The emirate is now reviving development plans as its real estate market recovers and its safe haven status in the turbulent Middle East attracts heavy inflows of money.
20:06 GMT
The expansion could allow Dubai’s fast-growing flagship carrier Emirates to shift its operations to the new facility by the mid-2020s, airport officials said.
The seven pro-democracy protesters are hunger striking on the premises of National Council for Human Rights in Cairo (AFP/ File Archive).
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Seven activists, sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison, have started a hunger strike in the premises of a state-appointed rights watchdog.
Meanwhile, in the UAE and Kuwait growth in capital expenditure has been slower than the rise in current expenditure in the recent years.
19:51 GMT
Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been on the forefront of capital expenditures compared to their GCC peers in the past few years.
Foodways are anything but apolitical, particularly in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
18:25 GMT
The scope of Palestinian and Israeli foodways extends beyond gastro-nationalistic debates on the provenance of za’tar and knafeh or legal battles between Palestinians and Israelis regarding access to and ownership of agricultural land.
The first female defendant was sentenced to 15 years, while the other women were found guilty of luring other women to join the group. (Photo for illustrative purposes only: AFP/File Archive).
18:00 GMT
Five women, of whom four Saudis and one Yemeni, are set to be tried by a specialized criminal court for terror-related activities.
Seeking Nabila Obeid-- brought to you by Rotana
17:59 GMT
Rotana brings us a new talent show - 'seeking Nabila Obeid.'
During the meeting, Queen Rania said education is at the top of His Majesty King Abdullah’s priorities, adding that His Majesty has ordered the government to set out an educational reform plan that includes all stakeholders.
17:47 GMT
Discussions at the meeting also covered other issues, including the integration of technology into classrooms, education level indicators in the Kingdom, and how to develop school curricula.
Clooney and Alamuddin at the Celebrity Fight Night in Italy. (Courtesy of nydailynews.com)
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George Clooney took his fiance Amal Alamuddin to a Celebrity Fight Night in Italy on Sunday.
Daila Al Buhairi leads Egypt into the latest reality race show with
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Brace yourself, or even steel yourself for the latest MBC talent show this season -- it's "Qawi Qalbak" (Fortify your heart! Grit your teeth)
Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old of French-Algerian origin (pictured here) was one of the hostage's captors, and is also a suspect in the attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels which killed four people (Benoit Peyrucq/ AFP).
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A French journalist held hostage in Aleppo has alleged that one of his captors was a Frenchman suspected of an attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels.
Assi with his wife in Paris; They vacationed at the same time that the Morex De Awards ceremony was being held (Courtesy of Facebook).
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What reason did Assi Helani have to turn down a special invitation to the Morex De Awards ceremony in Lebanon?
Mehdi Benatia
15:37 GMT
The centre-back revealed that that he could also have continued his career in La Liga or the Premier League but that he did not want to leave the Stadio Olimpico
Roger Federer
14:20 GMT
Roger Federer says that he will not obsess over winning an 18th Grand Slam title, after putting up a dismal show in the US Open semi-finals.
Lebanon hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT
Syrian refugees in a southern village in Lebanon have been given 48 hours to leave.