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January 28, 2016

Syrian refugees cross into Turkey via the Akcakale border crossing. (AFP/File)
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According to Turkish officials, the vast majority are living outside refugee camps.
Morteza Pouraliganji
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Iranian international defender Morteza Pouraliganji has officially joined Qatari side Al Sadd on a four-month deal on Wednesday.
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Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Wife of the Ruler...
Egyptian police stand guard during protests. (AFP/File)
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Thursday's operation was aimed to clamp down on violators and fugitives, Giza's provincial security official said.
"The richest Arab is unsurprisingly Prince AlWaleed Bin Talal with $25 billions, but if Carlos Slim had the Lebanese citizenship then he would have definitely topped the list with his $77 billions." (File photo/AFP)
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The seven Lebanese on Arabian Business's '50 richest' list; What Russia's intervention in Syria means for Israel; Men's clothing as women's fashion; And easy 4-ingredient no-bake homemade bounty bars!
FC Barcelona team
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Reports come as Bayern Munich signs sponsorship deal with Hamad International Airport - which is managed by Qatar Airways
Qasem Al Najar with Mohammed Assaf. (Alwatanvoice.com)
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A touching letter from Qasem Al Najar to Mohammed Assaf.
Houriya Feghali still looks good as she approaches 40. (Facebook)
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Houriya Feghali still looks good as she approaches 40.
Hawala is an ancient trust-based system of money transfer that leaves no paper trail and works outside traditional banking protocols. It evolved to enable trade between distant places where conventional banking instruments were weak or nonexistent. Today the world’s “guest workers” use it to send an estimated $390 bil a year back home.
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Hawala is the main means by which migrants move money, a system to transfer cash founded solely on trust. It’s use has expanded with the millions of MidEast migrants moving towards the EU since the start of the Syrian conflict. Read on to see how everything old is new again.
Yemenis walk past the site of a Saudi-led airstrike that targeted a building in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on January 25, 2016. (AFP/Muhammed Huwais)
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President Hadi was not in the building at the time and remains unharmed.
People are still wondering what the Syrian opposition's Geneva representation will look like, but according to the Syrian activists behind this week's campaign, they shouldn't go at all. (AFP/File)
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People are still wondering what the Syrian opposition's Geneva representation will look like, but according to the Syrian activists behind this week's campaign, they shouldn't go at all.
Ragheb's SHAZAM account is now officially verified. (Shazam screenshot)
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Superstar Ragheb Alama's SHAZAM account is officially recognized by SHAZAM.
The film was declared unsuitable for minors as it contains “sometimes unbearable” violence and interviews with extremist leaders. (Twitter)
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The film was declared unsuitable for minors as it contains “sometimes unbearable” violence and interviews with extremist leaders.
Le Grand Hotel Paris passed into Qatari hands in 2014 when it was sold by InterContinental for 330 million euros to Constellation Hotels. (Expedia.com)
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Landmark hotels in London and Paris have proven to be irresistible to Arab investors.
Hollywood actors, local talent, and regional VIPs were among the first globally to see the Marriott International Content Studio film, Two Bellmen Two. (YouTube)
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Hollywood actors, local talent, and regional VIPs were among the first globally to see the Marriott International Content Studio film, Two Bellmen Two.
An estimated 1.5 million homes are needed to bridge the demand. (Imad Company)
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Rental demand in Saudi Arabia is expected to increase as low oil prices have slowed the construction of affordable homes.
"The committee is studying options on how to deal with the issue of participation in the Geneva talks," Samir al-Nashar (AFP/File)
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Representatives for opposition groups in Syria are reportedly considering sending a three-person delegation to Geneva.
Hesham Selim is unhappy with Yasmin Abdulaziz for almost getting his daughter arrested. (File photo)
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Hesham Selim is unhappy with Yasmin Abdulaziz for almost getting his daughter arrested.
The new facility is scheduled to open in 2017 and will offer advanced medical care to children with the support of CHOP expertise. (PR Newswire)
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The new partnership will establish a state-of-the-art pediatric center in Abu Dhabi and allow seamless referrals of specialized cases to the renowned children's hospital.
She was found guilty of insulting Islam after describing Eid al-Adha's tradition of slaughtering sheep as the "greatest massacre committed by human beings." (Twitter)
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She was found guilty of insulting Islam after describing Eid al-Adha's tradition of slaughtering sheep as the "greatest massacre committed by human beings."
A year-long compilation in Syria and Iraq shows those who held territory, made gains and some did a little of both. (AFP/File)
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A year-long compilation in Syria and Iraq shows those who held territory, made gains and some did a little of both.
Inspectors detected the bottles of booze which were attached with adhesive tapes to the man's upper and lower legs. (Twitter)
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The Saudi man was stopped at customs on his way back from the island kingdom of Bahrain.
The hefty charges against two Turkish journalists this week is a grim reminder of the state of press freedom in the country. (AFP/File)
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The hefty charges against two Turkish journalists this week is a grim reminder of the state of press freedom in the country.
Iran's Khodro Haima S7 was launched in 2015. (RealIran.org)
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According to the plan, some 20,000 cars are expected to be built in the $200M factory in Oman, which is expected to break ground by the end of 2016.
The Egyptian government declared Sinai as in a state of emergency. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
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The shooting occured in Beni Suef and killed a civilian.
Jordanian army responds to threat at border saying that it's "ready to resort to all military options to prevent any attempt to approach the Jordanian border from whichever side, using firepower". (AFP/File photo)
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Amman readying troops, and Moscow staying unconcerned of militants moving closer to Jordan; The complicated case of Lebanese politics; Fashion blog on switching up colors in the winter time; And getting into opera with a list of Pavarotti's 8 best.
The suspect allegedly planned to target police by packing a kangaroo full of bombs. (Twitter)
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The suspect allegedly planned to target police by packing a kangaroo full of bombs.
Palestinian members of al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, take part in a military parade marking the 27th anniversary of Hamas founding, in Gaza City, on Dec. 14, 2014. (Twitter)
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The seven deceased were members of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian political party Hamas.
People arrive at Minkammen, South Sudan, January 9, 2014. (AFP/Nichole Sobeki)
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The border between Sudan and South Sudan has been blocked since 2011.
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Perkins & Will)
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University and The American University of Beirut are the top universities in the Arab world, according to the latest Times Higher Education table.
A Russian made Syrian army armoured personnel carrier (APC). (AFP/File)
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Human Rights Watch director Kenneth Roth discussed peace talks, war crimes and mass atrocities, as part of his op-ed on the Syrian war.
Dubai Islamic Bank's 2015 profit jumped by 37 percent. (Google Plus)
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Despite challenging markets, DIB has joined the billion dollar profit club for 2015.
Eva Schloss said that it would be a “complete disaster” if the Republican candidate becomes president of the US. (Twitter)
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Eva Schloss said that it would be a “complete disaster” if the Republican candidate becomes president of the US.
Israeli occupation forces demolish Bedouin homes. (Twitter)
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Israeli forces plan to expel and displace Bedouin residents in order to move forward with illegal settlement plan.
Syrian children in Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan. (AFP/File)
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The grant is part of NetHope Foundation's Project Reconnect, which targets refugee education.
Syrian Kurdish refugees call for help as their boat sinks off the coast of Lesbos, Greece after crossing the Aegean from Turkey, Oct. 30, 2015. (AFP/Aris Messinis)
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A man who swam safely ashore told authorities there were between 40 and 45 people on the boat.
Local investors are concerned that amendments to the foreign investment laws will have a negative impact on small businesses. (Shutterstock)
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A draft proposal to encourage foreign investment would overturn the current requirement for foreign investors to have Omani partners with at least a 35 percent stake.
Yemeni women hold placards during a protest on 25 June 2014 in the capital Sanaa in solidarity with Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt at the time. (AFP/File)
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The pan-Arab news channel said on its website early on Thursday morning that the three men had been freed.
The Microsoft Band allows you to choose from 40 lifestyle goals and helps you set achievable targets. (Techebizz)
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Whether your goal for the New Year is fitness, financial or family-oriented, there's an app to help you.
Bedeir has withdrawn from the film Hepta over 'police insulting' video. (Almorakib.com)
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Egyptian actor Ahmed Bedeir withdraws from the film Hepta over 'police insulting' video.
Women in Isa Town wave the Bahraini flag on Tuesday during a rally of Shiite workers who lost their jobs for protesting in 2011. (Twitter)
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The latest report by HRW has slammed Bahrain for failing to stop torturing political prisoners.
The dam project will provide more irrigation water to the region of Cap Bon. (Wikimedia Commons)
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The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development deal comes as a loan to support two dam projects and to conduct income-generating feasibility studies.
Gad Elbaz and hasidic rapper Nissim crown God on New York City streets to raise funds for terror victim's family. (YouTube)
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Gad Elbaz and hasidic rapper Nissim crown God on New York City streets to raise funds for terror victim's family.
Lt. Gen. John W. Mick Nicholson Jr. is to lead the US military mission in Afghanistan. (Twitter)
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President Obama nominated the new commander of the US military mission in Afghanistan.
“It’s all about your story. Work on it and move if you feel that you’re not being yourself or that you‘re unable to grow or pursue your dreams.” (Photo courtesy of Qatar is Blooming)
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Zeid Hreish joined Uber as Senior Operations Manager and has oversen launches in Qatar, Bahrain, Riyadh and Jeddah.
A customer smokes a shisha pipe at a cafe in Singapore, on November 4, 2014. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)
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Sharjah cracked down on shisha and barbecues in public places.
The Hilton Hotel in Taba. (Wikimedia Commons)
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With occupancy rates below five percent, the majority of hotels in the Red Sea resort of Taba have been forced to shut down.
Refugees are detained by Police at Padborg Station after crossing the Danish-German border in an effort to reach Sweden. (AFP/Alex Luka Ladime)
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Sweden plans to deport up to 80,000 refugees who they consider not to be asylum seekers.
A panoramic view of Sharjah. (Twitter)
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Sharjah hosted its first ever local elections to select candidates to represent them in the Sharjah Consultative Council.
Syrian Kurdish children hold on to a fence in a United Nations Refugee Agency refugee camp at Suruc in Turkey, on February 2, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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The UK has pledged to take in refugee children who have been separated from their parents.
Bahrain's Central Bank put Future Bank and the Iran Insurance company under administration last year. (Central Banking)
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The joint venture between Iran's Bank Saderat, Bank Melli and Bahrain's Ahli United Bank was put under administration last year.
Babies are sometimes surprising developments in extramarital affairs. (Twitter)
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The woman was carrying a child conceived outside of marriage and was fearful enough to try conceal her identity.
Jordan will host the International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment, also known as KADEX 2016. (File photo)
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Jordan is set to purchase an undisclosed number of Arlan armored vehicles, weapons and equipment under a new military cooperation agreement with Kazakhstan.
Egypt has been through five years social and economic turmoil. (AFP/File)
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The latest Human Rights Watch report revealed numerous failings for Egypt's human rights record.
Qatar Airways' Doha-Santiago route will become the second longest flight at 18 hours and 25 minutes. (Facebook)
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The proposed Doha-Auckland route would take 18 hours and 25 minutes, beating the Qatas Dallas-Sydney and Dubai-Panama City routes.
New Danish Prime Minister of the centre-right party Venstre, Lars Loekke Rasmussen. (AFP/File)
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Welcome no more: rightwing party in Denmark passes deterring policies to keep refugees out.
Stop us if you've heard this one. (Shutterstock)
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The chef allegedly bit off part of the waiter's ear for harassing his girlfriend.
Source: Qatar News Agency
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Five players from French club Paris Saint-Germain have been given starring roles in a recently recorded promotional video that shines a spotlight on the unique care and...

January 27, 2016

Emirati fashion designer Muna Al Zarooni will compete on the upcoming 'Fashion Star.' (YouTube)
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Emirati fashion designer Muna Al Zarooni will compete on the upcoming 'Fashion Star.'
UN Syria envoy Staffan De Mistura will host the talks in Geneva, on January 29, 2016. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
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Tensions mounted as different sides disagree over who should be invited to participated in the peace negotiations.
Israeli security forces stand guard at the Gilboa/Jalama checkpoint, located north of the West Bank town of Jenin on October 24, 2015. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
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Israeli occupation forces closed a West Bank village following a stabbing attack.
Fighters from Al-Nusra Front. (AFP/File)
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Al Nusra shared a video on Twitter displaying a large convoy of vehicles and fighters driving through Aleppo.
Source: Qatar News Agency
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Hamad International Airport-Qatar (HIA-Qatar) today announced that it will be the official platinum sponsor of the legendary German football club, FC Bayern Munich...
Boko Haram militants raid northeastern town in Nigeria. (AFP/File)
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Three bomb explosions killed ten people and wounded over 30 others.
A mother embraces her son after arriving from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos on August 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Authorities said that one of two people rescued in the incident was a 27-year-old Iranian woman.
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International tennis governing bodies are launching an independent review of the sport's anti-corruption unit following recent allegations of match-fixing, officials said Wednesday.
A public beheading in Saudi Arabia. (Twitter)
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Saudi Arabia has executed 54 people so far in 2016, including both locals and foreigners. In 2015, Saudi Arabia carried out 153 executions. This number of executions in terms of annual basis in Saudi Arabia has been unseen since 1995.
Players and officials at the annual awards ceremony organised by the Oman Tennis Association on Monday (source:
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Oman's No 1 player Fatma al Nabhani was the cynosure of all eyes at the annual awards ceremony of the Oman Tennis Association (OTA) that was organized on Monday.
The issuing of family cards to women is seen as a major step towards improving the rights of women in the ultra-conservative country. (AFP/File)
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The practice in the kingdom had been to provide only husbands with the family record, which made women depend fully on them for official documents.
Russell Peters to perform in Oman on February 1. (Old.whatsonlive.co.uk)
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Russell Peters was recently seen as a judge on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and now he's coming to perform in Oman.
Assala and Tarek have been married since 2006. (Facebook)
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Assala posts a picture indicating that she's mad at her husband.
Russian jets have been accused of providing cover for President Assad's forces. (AFP/File)
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Russian airstrikes have been targeting moderate opposition held areas and indiscriminately bombing civilian areas such as schools, mosques, hospitals and bakeries.
Lebanese activists from the You Stink movement are arrested during protests on September 16, 2015. (AFP/File)
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“As security challenges in Lebanon mount, so do concerns about the government failing to adequately protect human rights," HRW director Nadim Houry said.
Hend Sabry is shooting a new TV commercial in Kuwait. (Arabia Weddings)
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Hend Sabry is shooting a new TV commercial in Kuwait.
'Picasso East' is the first art gallery in New Cairo. (Ask-mag.com)
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The founder aims to reach out to new audience and reintroduce art in innovative methods.
The government of Bahrain currently owns 100 percent of Gulf Air. (File photo)
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Bahrain's lawmakers want to sell off the country's biggest companies, including Gulf Air and the National Bank of Bahrain.
"Their first-ever brunch for a cause is launching this Saturday, Jan. 29 at The Bear in Palm Hills with the help of chefs brought in from The Cookery Co. to make sure your brunch game is strong. Also coming from the land of Fayrouz is Lebanese DJ Hadi Sabaa with his unique brand of Nu Disco. "
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A monthly brunch hosted in Egypt gives all proceeds to Arab Syrian Red Crescent for the residents of Madaya; Why Jordan's Bedouin film 'Theeb' deserves an Oscar; A heart-warming vegetable soup for a rainy Monday night; And why Lebanon needs to stop exporting its fashion talent to Paris and keep it for Beirut.
Bella won't be able to compete in equestrian events at the 2016 Olympics due to Lyme Disease. (File photo)
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Palestinian-Dutch model Bella Hadid won't be able to compete in equestrian events at the 2016 Olympics due to Lyme Disease.
The Iraqi air force. (AFP/File)
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A series of suicide bomb attacks killed at least four and wounded ten others in western Iraq.
Radio/TV Presenter at Nogoum FM Farida El Khadem. (YouTube)
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"I learned the hard way that work and friendship should never be mixed. The best way to live a drama-free life in that field is to maintain a respectful relationship with everyone superficially," says Farida El Khadem
The Egyptian constitution grants the right to an education for all citizens, regardless of their legal status. (AFP/File)
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Interior Ministry says its the constitutional right of prisoners to get an education.
Adel Imam is one of the Arab stars whose kids have gone on to become stars as well. (File photo)
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Check out the Arab stars whose parents were famous first.
A member of the YPG, the military wing of the Kurdish PYD party, sits on rubble in Syria. (AFP/File)
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"I'll go with my friends or not (at all). There is no compromise in this question," Haytham Manna said.
The project is currently in the design phase and is expected to be operational in another four years. (File photo)
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The 100,000 square foot wellness center at Dubai Healthcare City in Al Jadaf in the next four years.
The ancient naked statues were hidden from the Iranian president’s view during his official visit to Rome. (Twitter)
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The ancient naked statues were hidden from the Iranian president’s view during his official visit to Rome.
MERS attacks the respiratory system. (Shutterstock)
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A man was discovered to have MERS after traveling from Oman to Thailand
Carole Samaha and her hubby, aka Umm and Abu Tala :) (Facebook)
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Carole Samaha and her hubby, aka Umm and Abu Tala :) (Facebook)
A clause dissolving the need for a minimum capital investment of 150,000 Omani riyals ($388,289 or Dh1.42 million) is likely to be introduced. (BigPicture.ru)
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New incentives to Oman’s Foreign Investment Capital Law are expected to include the removal of minimum investment amounts to boost job creation.
Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. (AFP/Jim Watson)
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The Qatari emir is making changes to the ministries to reflect his rule.
UN Secretary-General says occupation is often the incubator of extremism, sparking Israeli prime minister's anger. (API/File)
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Netanyahu says UN Secretary-General is 'encouraging terror' by claiming it's human nature for oppressed people to react to occupation.
"The project will cover 20 villages in the region. Each of these villages was chosen due to the high level of destruction suffered during battles between the government and the opposition, before the region was liberated." (AFP/File photo)
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A Qatar Red Crescent funded house construction project gives Syrians refuge at home; The absurdity of seeing someone express genuine emotion in public; How to turn a big scarf into a cozy cape/vest for winter evenings; And the 8 typical couples you are bound to encounter in Egypt.
It's true, ‘Bigg Boss 9’ winner Prince Narula has confirmed he is seeing his co-contestant Nora Fatehi. (YouTube)
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It's true, ‘Bigg Boss 9’ winner Prince Narula has confirmed he is seeing his co-contestant Nora Fatehi.
The Lumia 950 is equipped with a 5.2-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels.
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Microsoft has been trying to get a foothold in the mobile market for a few years now, and the Lumia 950's hardware is definitely on par with the best phones out there.
Arab celebrities are tweeting under a new hashtag for empowering women. (Asrarmashahers.com)
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Arab celebrities tweet under a new hashtag for empowering women.
Kerry says Geneva will not be about negotiations, but about "talks" on the Syrian Crisis. (AFP/File)
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America has big plans for the Geneva conference, but the real plans are unfolding on the ground in Syria
Mentoring, group games and training by internal teams are cost-effective ways to train staff. (Shutterstock)
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If you don't have a big budget to invest in employee training, consider these six ways to keep costs down.
Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein was reportedly targeted for wearing a shirt that read "nation without torture." (Twitter)
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Mahmoud Mohamed Hussein has been languishing in an Egyptian prison since January 25, 2014.
Also included in the new cap are production machinery, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing components. (FX Comment)
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The ECB has raised the ceiling on dollar deposits for imported basic commodities from $50,000 to $250,000 monthly, with no daily cap.
File photo areportedly shows the scene of a double suicide bombing in Homs city on January 26, 2015. (AFP/SANA)
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The explosions comes one day after a similar Daesh-claimed attack killed 25 people in the same city.
A Catholic church in Kuwait. (Twitter)
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Kuwaiti MPs rejected requests for new churches to be built.