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August 22, 2015

The new center is aimed to provide specialized rescue services, patient transfer and air ambulance operations. (AFP/Massoud Hossani)
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Jordan's King Abdullah on Thursday announced the new center that aims to provide specialized rescue and patient transfer services.

August 21, 2015

Wolfsburg's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne holds his trophy for "Best Player of The year" awarded by German sports journalists
22:39 GMT
Wolfsburg have accepted a £50 million offer from Manchester City for playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, with the move set to be completed in the coming days.
This US Air Forces Central Command photo released by the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System shows a pair of US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles flying over northern Iraq on Sept. 23, 2014 after conducting airstrikes. (AFP/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch)
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Haji Mutaz was killed in a US airstrike Tuesday in northern Iraq.
Nick Kyrgios
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Controversial tennis star Nick Kyrgios has hit back at Swiss player Stan Wawrinka over his remark that the 20-year-old had...
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the second legislative elections will begin early. (AFP/File)
20:15 GMT
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the second legislative elections will begin early.
Yemeni security officials said the violence in Taiz started with Houthi rebels shelling civilians. (AFP/File)
20:04 GMT
Doctors Without Borders called on warring factions Friday to stop their attacks targeting civilians.
Esmail Mattar (picture courtesy: alwahda-fc.com)
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Esmail Mattar has been a household name of sorts in UAE football for well over a decade.
Turkish security forces have carried out countless attacks against the PKK, both in and out of Turkey. (AFP/File)
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Turkey claims to have killed 771 suspected Kurdish militants with its operations against the PKK.
Images circulated on social media show the Daesh militants destroying the Saint Elian Monstery near al-Qaryatain in a Christian neighborhood in Homs. (AFP/File)
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The structure was founded more than 1,500 years ago in a Syrian Christian neighborhood.
A child walks past burning tires as Egyptian demonstrators battle police during a demonstration in Suez. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
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"I left no stone unturned in the search of my beloved son."
Palestinian men wait to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, on Aug. 20, 2015. (AFP/Said Khatib)
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Thousands crossed between Egypt and the Gaza Strip using the Rafah border crossing during its temporary opening, an official said Friday.
The first commercial ship in Yemen in four months arrived Friday. (Wikimedia)
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Aden's port deputy director said the ship "signals the return of life" to the city.
Turkish forces patrol the border with Syria. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT
The Kilis governorate said 14 of the suspects were foreign nationals.
Migrants rest while waiting to pass the Greek-Macedonian border, guarded by Macedonian police near the town of Idomeni, northern Greece, on Aug. 21, 2015. (AFP/Sakis Mitrolidis)
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Police secured a fence and tried to stop migrants from entering Greece.
Artists from Palestine, Egypt, Syria and Iran featured their work in the theme park. (AFP/Getty)
12:08 GMT
Street artist Banksy has opened up a theme park in England, with many alternative messages. From the refugee crisis to Palestinian children killed in Gaza, artists from across the Middle East were featured in the project.
Thousands of Palestinians are restricted from leaving the Gaza Strip, due to blockades by Israel and Egypt. (AFP/File)
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The Rafah crossing was closed by Egyptian authorities Friday after being open for four days to allow medical patients through, Gaza officials said.
Israel accused Islamic Jihad and Iran of instigating rocket attacks from Syria. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
One person was killed in Syria and seven others wounded following a retaliation airstrike by the Israeli army.
Syria has been caught up in a brutal four-year civil war, claiming the lives of at least 240,000 people. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Iran's foreign ministry welcomed the UN's peace plan aimed at ending the four-year war in Syria.
Refugees in Suhl bow over pages of a ripped Quran following riots in the German town, August 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Four police officers and 11 asylum seekers were injured during riots in the German town of Suhl after an Afghan national tore pages out of the Quran in a refugee center.
Four rockets from Syria reportedly hit northern Israel on Thursday. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Israeli fighter jets bombed the province of Quneitra after four Syrian rockets reportedly hit northern Israel.
Mohammed Rayhan walked into his own funeral on the third day of his family mourning his presumed death. (Facebook)
08:00 GMT
Mohammed Rayhan walked into his own funeral on the third day of his family mourning his presumed death.
Welad Rizk (The Sons of Rizk) is currently being screened in Egyptian cinemas. (YouTube)
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Welad Rizk (The Sons of Rizk) is currently being screened in Egyptian cinemas. Although coming from the experienced and renowned team, the film fails to live up to their best work.
Human rights groups have demanded the immediate release of both children. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Five Palestinians including two minors were arrested by Israeli forces during a series of raids in the West Bank town of Kafr Qaddam.
Nicholas Reeves will have an opportunity to prove his theory that Nefertiti's remains are still inside one of two secret chambers connected to the tomb of Tutankhamun. (Wikimedia/SA 3.0)
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American archaeologist Nicholas Reeves has been invited by Egypt's minister of antiquities to argue his theory that Nefertiti's remains lie in a secret chamber in Tutankhamun's tomb.
Ties between the two countries have improved considerably since Sisi rose to power in 2013. (AFP/File)
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In a sign of further warming of international relations, Sisi will meet with Russian officials and company heads during his visit.
Modi delivers a speech to members of the Indian expatriate community at the Dubai Cricket Stadium, on Aug. 17, 2015. (AFP/Karim Sahib)
03:23 GMT
An intimate moment between UAE's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed and the Indian prime minister will forever be captured by some epic memes.
Kuwait City was ranked one of the most improved cities and has a liveability score of 83 out of 140. (AFP/File)
02:12 GMT
A recent report gave cities around the world scores of liveability; guess which place ranked the worst.
A mother sits alongside her son, a thalassemia patient, as he receives blood in Peshawar, Pakistan on Dec. 4, 2014. (AFP/File)
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For some Arab couples, thalassemia isn't just a disorder; it's a final hurdle to face before they're granted their marriage license.
Mesut Ozil
00:59 GMT
Turkish giants Besiktas are plotting an audacious swoop for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.

August 20, 2015

The satellite TV channels will offer classes for students in all school subjects.
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The satellite TV channels will offer classes for students in all school subjects.
The airline is providing eight new pricing structures that give passengers more choices depending on the services they want. (AFP/File)
23:01 GMT
The airline is providing eight new pricing structures that give passengers more choices depending on the services they want.
Murat Ozturk is one of the unique opera-pop artists set to perform in Dubai this October. (Facebook)
22:58 GMT
A little dash of opera and a bit of pop jazz fused together, and Dubai has got an opera-pop performance that will rock your socks off on October 10.
Food imports and exports will be carefully examined at Middle East Airlines' new cargo center. (AFP/File)
22:50 GMT
Food imports and exports will be carefully examined at Middle East Airlines' new cargo center.
Byblos Bank said Lebanese residents still have low household confidence on the economy. (AFP/File)
22:50 GMT
Byblos Bank said Lebanese residents still have low household confidence on the economy.

"As I Open My Eyes" is getting a moment in the spotlight. (Image used for illustrative purposes)
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Leyla Bouzid directed the film "As I Open My Eyes", and now all eyes will be on it at the Toronto International Film Festival!
A report by the Central Bank of Jordan showed Jordanians' debt-to-income ratio jumped significantly last year. (Shutterstock)
19:35 GMT
A report by the Central Bank of Jordan showed Jordanians' debt-to-income ratio jumped significantly last year.
Israeli military forces survey the the landscape while on guard in the Golan Heights. (AFP/File)
19:22 GMT
The IDF released a statement on its Twitter account holding Syria and Iran responsible for the four rockets fired at the country by the Islamic Jihad group.
Migrants walk in the direction of the Eurotunnel terminal near Calais, northern France, on Aug. 6, 2015. (AFP/Philippe Huguen)
19:15 GMT
Officials between the two countries agreed to strengthen security cooperation at the Calais border crossing in northern France.
Al Arouba team (picture courtesy: kooora.com)
18:50 GMT
The start to the domestic football season has been jeopardised with Al Arouba pulling out of the Super Cup, the traditional curtain-raiser, on Wednesday.
Tourists sunbathe in the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
18:44 GMT
Ten Egyptian crew members and 27 French tourists were rescued Thursday from their diving boat after they hit a coral reef.
Families of Daesh's Lebanese hostages protest no word from the government on Nov. 17, 2014. (AFP/File)
18:24 GMT
Media reported Thursday a mediator began talking to the militants again about the release of the hostages two weeks ago.
The agreement would allow Egypt to get Saudi oil products and pay the kingdom back within a year. (AFP/Hassan Ammar)
18:10 GMT
The agreement would allow Egypt to get Saudi oil products and pay the kingdom back within a year.
Palestinian protesters hold portraits of Mohammed Allaan, who ended his hunger strike on Thursday after more than two months of fasting. (AFP/File)
17:35 GMT
Mohammed Allaan has ended a near-fatal hunger strike that lasted more than two months and is said to be improving after being brought out of a coma several days earlier.
Lewis Hamilton
17:19 GMT
Formula One is back from its mid-season break and leader Lewis Hamilton heads to this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix knowing Nico Rosberg and...
The company will provide supervision services for the UAE site's infrastructure design and construction. (AFP/File)
16:26 GMT
The company will provide supervision services for the UAE site's infrastructure design and construction.
Iranian protesters break into British embassy in Tehran in 2011. (AFP/File)
16:24 GMT
The UK embassy will reopen in Tehran this weekend, four years after its closure following an attack on the compound during a protest in 2011.
The rockets were shot from Syria but caused no injuries. (AFP/Edouard Elias)
16:16 GMT
The rockets were shot from Syria but caused no injuries.
A psychiatric evaluation has shown that Yishai Schlissel is fit to stand trial. (AFP/File)
16:10 GMT
Yishai Schlissel, the perpetrator of a brutal stabbing at a Jerusalem gay pride parade that left one girl dead, has been shown fit to stand trial following a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation.
The monitor said Thursday the UN has failed to implement resolutions that would protect the lives of Syrian civilians. (AFP/File)
16:04 GMT
The monitor said Thursday the UN has failed to implement resolutions that would protect the lives of Syrian civilians.
Israeli soldiers in the West Bank town of Nablus on June 18, 2014. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
15:05 GMT
Israeli intelligence forces raided stores in the Yatma village near Nablus.
Luis Garcia (picture courtesy: sport360.com)
14:52 GMT
Bani Yas coach Luis Garcia has issued a rallying cry to his charges, urging them to achieve a better Arabian Gulf League position than last season and cup success in the new campaign.
Smoke billows from the site of a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a weapons depot at a Houthi-held military airport in Sanaa on August 20,2015. (AFP/Muhammed Huwais)
14:47 GMT
Tuesday's strike targeted Houthi militiamen meeting in the same building as a teachers' union where educators were preparing for exams.
Government sources said the larger group of five at Sydney's airport were red-flagged and found to be carrying suspicious materials. (AFP/File)
14:42 GMT
Government sources said the larger group of five at Sydney's airport were red-flagged and found to be carrying suspicious materials.
Nicole Saba gets excited about a photo shoot in the beautiful outdoors. (Facebook)
14:32 GMT
Nicole Saba gets excited about a photo shoot in the beautiful outdoors. (Facebook)
Sources say that the four Palestinians will be killed if Hamas did not comply with the group's demands. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
14:26 GMT
Four Hamas members are being held by a Daesh affiliate in the restive Sinai region after being kidnapped at gunpoint from a bus.
Usain Bolt
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Usain Bolt threw himself onto a couch with a broad smile but that vanished when the Jamaican sprint superstar was quizzed about doping by the international media on Thursday.
Fun in the sun: Amal Maher has some fun by the seaside! (Facebook)
14:20 GMT
Fun in the sun: Amal Maher has some fun by the seaside! (Facebook)
Police at the scene of the suicide bomber attack in Turkey. (AFP/File)
14:10 GMT
Two assailants shot Star Media Group Chairman Murat Sancak's car as he was travelling through Istanbul with his bodyguard.
Egyptian Ramy DJunkie has the music 80s kids love to listen to.
14:06 GMT
Egyptian Ramy DJunkie has the music 80s kids love to listen to.
Foreign investors in Egypt's stock exchange continued to sell their shares and retreat on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
13:36 GMT
Foreign investors in Egypt's stock exchange continued to sell their shares and retreat on Wednesday.
A Pakistani F-16 fighter jet performs in-flight maneuvers. (AFP/File)
13:36 GMT
The Pakistani military claims to have killed 43 suspected Taliban fighters on Tuesday, bringing the total to more than 160 fighters killed in five consecutive days of airstrikes.
The Islamic Republic wants to revive its share of the global oil market despite a slump in oil prices. (AFP/File)
13:27 GMT
The Islamic Republic wants to revive its share of the global oil market despite a slump in oil prices.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a historic visit to the UAE on Sunday. (AFP/File)
13:05 GMT
The announcement for Abu Dhabi's first Hindu temple had some Gulf residents up in arms.
Four Iraqis were arrested in a car with fake license plates, which belong to another car used in what the Lebanese army described as a "security act". (AFP/File)
13:03 GMT
The Lebanese army detained four Iraqi nationals after they were found to be traveling in a car with fake license plates.
Authorities closed the emergency ward in one of the largest Saudi hospitals after another 46 people contracted MERS. (AFP/File)
12:54 GMT
At least 46 people in the kingdom contracted the respiratory syndrome in one of the largest hospitals in Riyadh.
Spandau Ballet are ready to play next month. (Facebook)
12:52 GMT
Spandau Ballet drummer John Keeble fell ill, leading to multiple performance cancellations, but word is that the British group are stil on for their gig in the UAE next month!
170,000 Israeli emails were registered with the cheating website Ashley Madison at the time the hack occurred. (AshleyMadison.com)
12:33 GMT
Some 170,000 Israeli emails may be among millions in a massive trove of leaked information from the cheating website Ashley Madison's database, hacked by a group known as the Impact Team last month.
Israeli troops amass on the Gaza border. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
A Lod resident is accused of trying to sell secret information regarding IDF positions on the Egyptian border in exchange for a large sum of money.
Jennifer has signed a $5 million deal to appear in adverts for Emirates Airlines. (Fulviameirosu.ro)
12:09 GMT
Jennifer Aniston has signed a $5 million deal to appear in adverts for Emirates Airlines.
The Chuckle Club in Doha is going to make you laugh with top British comedians this September. (Doha Comedy)
11:31 GMT
The Chuckle Club in Doha is going to make you laugh with top British comedians this September.
Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have went on hunger strike in recent months to protest against being detained without trail. (AFP/File)
10:55 GMT
Israel Medical Association chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman Thursday condemned the force feeding of Palestinian inmates, calling it "torture".
Zoroastrianism, founded circa 1400 BCE by Persian prophet Zoroaster, might be the oldest monotheistic religion. Followers believe God (Ahura Mazda) gives them free will and commands them to perform a lifetime of good deeds. Famous faithful?  Maybe the three wise men attendant at Christ’s birth, but definitely rocker Freddie Mercury.
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While Islam, Christianity, and Judaism are the triad of True Faith, other native-born belief systems have also shaped the face of our region. Now those smaller faith systems have become some of the biggest casualties of modern war, some of them are nearing extinction. See our a quick snapshot of the Middle East’s minority religions.
Get a taste of expatriate life in Dubai through the new comedy series "DCity." (YouTube)
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Get a taste of expatriate life in Dubai through the new comedy series "DCity."
Egyptian riot policemen stand in front of the damaged national security building in northern Cairo's district of Shubra on August 20, 2015. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
10:30 GMT
Daesh has claimed a car bomb attack on a Cairo courthouse Thursday morning that injured 29 people.
The Freekasol cafe in the village of Kaso refuses to serve Indian customers. (Screenshot)
10:00 GMT
An Israeli cafe in India was accused of being racist for its "whites only" policy.
Migrants wait in a migrant camp called "New Jungle" next to the fence of the ferry port in Calais, northern France, on August 14, 2015. (AFP/Philippe Huguen)
10:00 GMT
More than 3,000 migrants and refugees, many of whom fled violence in Syria, Libya and Eritrea, are camped out in a makeshift tent village in Calais waiting for a chance to cross to Britain.
Mohammed Allan is believed to have suffered brain damage after going on hunger strike for 65 days. (AFP/File)
09:41 GMT
Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Allah was temporarily released by Israeli authorities after the hunger striker suffered from brain damage and was hospitalized.
Turkish forensic officers work at the site where shots were fired at police officers on August 19, 2015 at Dolmabahce palace in Istanbul. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
09:30 GMT
Following a string of armed attacks, Turkey's anti-terror division has arrested more than 40 people early Monday morning.
Some 240,000 Syrians are believed to have been killed in the conflict so far. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
At least 30 people were killed in the Syrian southwestern town of Harasta after an explosion reportedly hit a hospital.
The dolphin was reportedly taken to the shore by Hamas fighters. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Hamas reportedly captured a dolphin used by the Israeli navy to attack its fighters, which was found to be carrying small arrows and a camera.
Shiites assist an injured Sunni Muslim during clashes in Pakistan. (AFP/Aamir Qureishi)
08:50 GMT
The political geography of oil and minorities in Saudi Arabia and Iran highlights a fault line in the Sunni-Shiite divide at the core of violent transition in the Middle East.
Over 100 Palestinians were made homeless near the Jordan Valley and illegal Ma'aleh Adumim settlement after the IDF destroyed a series of Bedouin structures. (AFP/File)
08:05 GMT
Both the EU and UN voiced concern over the IDF's destruction of Palestinian properties, which made over 100 people homeless.
The individual accidentally shot himself in the arm while guarding a bigoted gun store. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Whoopsie! Who said karma isn't real? This silly man accidentally shot himself while guarding a "Muslim-free" bigoted gun store in the US!
More than 3,600 people have passed through the Rafah border crossing between Palestine and Egypt since it opened earlier this week. (AFP/Said Khatib)
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According to Hamas officials, four Palestinians were taken from a bus passing through the restive Sinai region by unidentified gunmen. They had recently entered Egypt through the Rafah border crossing.
Dozens of olive trees were uprooted in Beit Jala this week to make way for the wall. (AFP/File)
07:45 GMT
A group of Palestinian Christians clashed with Israeli police in the West Bank town of Beit Jala, following Israel's decision to expand the barrier wall.
No militant group claimed responsibility for the attack so far. (AFP/File)
07:21 GMT
At least six people were wounded Thursday after a bomb blast close to a state security building and courthouse in Cairo.
Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi said he would return for Eid Al Adha in September. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Fugitive President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi vowed to returned to the Yemeni city of Aden in September, according to sources.
The social networking service is releasing a new app that will help professionals learn more about their coworkers' skills. (AFP/Justin Sullivan)
05:30 GMT
The social networking service is releasing a new app that will help professionals learn more about their coworkers' skills.
Canadian 42-year-old Steve Maman started a nonprofit to collect money and negotiate the release of Daesh's sex slaves. (Twitter)
05:30 GMT
Steve Maman has been nicknamed "the Jewish Schindler" by the press.
In a moment of calm following 2014's brutal war in Gaza, a man throws his laughing baby into the air on the beach in Gaza City.  Gaza's beaches, where last summer four boys were killed by Israeli missiles while playing soccer, are worlds away from the swanky seaside hangouts of Tel Aviv.  (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
05:08 GMT
Tel Aviv and Gaza beaches a stark study in war and contrasts; on being a single lady in Egypt; and 62 years since Mossadegh's ouster in Iran.
Turkey has been conducting a series of counter-terrorism raids on suspected militants from the PKK, the DHKP-C, and Daesh since an deadly bombing took place in Suruc, killing over 30 people. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Around 1,600 people have been arrested in counter-terrorism raids in Turkey since a deadly bombing in the southeastern border district of Suruc on July 20.
Married couples who work together find challenges others may not experience.
05:00 GMT
It's already hard enough separating work life with home life.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives by bus with his wife Emine Erdogan in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Nov. 16, 2013. (AFP/Mehmet Engin)
04:30 GMT
The green-friendly bus will make its first public appearance on Istanbul's roads Thursday.
One of the jury members, Jay Wud rockin' out. (Facebook)
04:28 GMT
The UAE is looking for emerging talent, and winners will win a gig at the Beats on the Beach 2015 as well as other perks.
Ten out of 12 consumers in the UAE still use cash over credit, according to a recent poll. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT
Ten out of 12 consumers in the UAE still use cash over credit, according to a recent poll.

August 19, 2015

Aivaras Abromavicius said he plans to make an official visit to Iran to discuss cooperation between the two countries. (AFP/File)
23:18 GMT
Ukraine's minister of economy and trade said he plans to make an official visit to Iran to discuss cooperation between the two countries.
The refugee schools will open on time thanks to donors that helped solve the UN's budgetary crisis. (AFP/File)
23:00 GMT
The refugee schools will open on time thanks to donors that helped solve the UN's budgetary crisis.
Sebastian Coe
22:06 GMT
Former athlete and British politian Sebastian Coe, who led the organising committee of London's 2012 Games, has been appointed as the president of world governing body for athletics.
Muhammed Allaan has been on a 64-day hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention by Israel. (AFP/File)
19:54 GMT
Concerns over Muhammed Allaan's deteriorating state spurred Israel's high court to suspend his status as an administrative detainee after medical tests showed the Palestinian hunger striker had suffered brain damage.