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October 12, 2014

The upgradation of key elements of the terminal forms part of the first phase of the Airport Modernization Program.
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Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) said it has started the installation of new state-of-the-art passenger boarding bridges at the Bahrain International Airport (BIA).
The government was “taking a diverse” approach to funding the infrastructure demands of Expo 2020 but declined to state specific details.
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As part of its bid the emirate has earmarked billions of dollars of infrastructure investment including an extension of the metro rail link, new hotels and roads.
The programs for tackling unemployment have contributed to creating a parallel crisis in the labor market and disrupting the market.
04:55 GMT
At least one million vacancies must be created to tackle unemployment among Saudis and 300,000 jobs are needed annually to absorb new graduates entering the labor market,
Most of the property belongs to locals who have fled and had their property confiscated by the IS group as a result or those who have been forced out.
04:55 GMT
The Sunni Muslim extremist group that has taken over the northern city of Mosul has a new source of income: real estate.
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy sits in a Cairo courtroom (AFP file photo).
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Several Muslim Brotherhood figures were given sentences of up to 15 years on charges of torturing an opponent protester.
A Pittsburgh restaurant with a Palestinian menu finds itself in deep hummus with the local Jewish community (Image: Shutterstock).
04:00 GMT
Jews in Pittsburgh are in a pickle over a restaurant's Palestinian menu.

October 11, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo
22:14 GMT
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is history's greatest-ever athlete and is worth €1 billion, according to his agent, Jorge Mendes.
At least 38 people were killed Saturday night in Shi'a areas of Baghdad. (Image: Shutterstock)
20:40 GMT
Media reports said that the blasts occurred within minutes of one another.
Jules Bianchi
19:41 GMT
Marussia driver Jules Bianchi's father Philippe has revealed that there has been no change in the Formula One racer's condition after his horrific crash during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton
19:08 GMT
An emotional Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has revealed about his first brush with death as a nine-year-old kart racer as fears continued to grow about the fate of Marussia racer Jules Bianchi following his horror smash in Japanese Grand Prix .
Luis Suarez
18:56 GMT
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez made his first appearance for Uruguay since his biting ban, as he set up his country's goal in the 1-1 draw against Saudi Arabia.
Mourners in Suruc, Turkey bury Kurdish fighters killed battling IS jihadists for control of Kobani on Oct. 11. 
(AFP/Aris Messinis)
17:12 GMT
Outgunned by the more heavily armed IS attackers, Kurdish defenders were facing IS advances from two directions.
Displaced foreigners stream into Tunisia from Libya in August (AFP file photo).
14:00 GMT
Increased violence among rival groups in Libya has resulted in the displacement of an estimated 287,000 people.
Britain's police were told to be on alert for their personal safety after last week's terror arrests. (AFP file photo)
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On Tuesday, Scotland Yard arrested five people during an investigation into a suspected terror plot targeting London.
Iraqi Shi'a fighters from Tal Afar, loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, take part in a parade in the Shi'a shrine city of Karbala in central Iraq on October 2, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
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Armed militias have increased their presence across Iraq as part of local and national attempts to combat advancing ISIS fighters.
Co-Founder and board member of animals right group Animals Lebanon, Safa Hojeij, pets one of two rescued stripped-hyenas in Aley, east of Beirut, on October 10, 2014. Max and Val, the brother and sister pair of hyenas cubs are being kept in Aley after they were rescued by Animals Lebanon and will soon be sent to a sanctuary in France. (AFP /JOSEPH EID)
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Co-Founder and board member of animals right group Animals Lebanon
Yusra Hussien's family fears the UK teen was brainwashed by online jihadis.
09:43 GMT
The aunt of a missing 15-year-old schoolgirl who is thought to have been radicalised online before travelling to Syria says powerful jihadists are 'brainwashing' British teenagers through the internet.
Yazidi girls from Iraq sit in shock.
09:22 GMT
The only Yazidi member of Iraq's parliament says, ""Only Yazidi women are kidnapped. We don't know, actually, why exactly the Yazidi women"; BBC maps need a rewrite; Congratulations, Malala! and a reviews of Frank.
Students at Al-Azhar university run for cover during clashes with police outside their campus in Cairo in 2013. (AFP file photo)
08:49 GMT
Police have arrested several students in different governorates over the past few days, including 14 of the "Students Against the Coup" movement.
A Palestinian boy fills a container with water in front of the rubble of his family house in Beit Hanoun. (AFP/Said Khatib)
08:11 GMT
The Palestinian government plans to request a total of $4 billion in pledges from donor countries and organizations at the conference in Cairo.
Rebel fighters gather on the Syrian side of the Qalamun hills close to the Lebanese border in September. AFP/Wissam Al -Omor
07:44 GMT
Military posts were attacked by unidentified gunmen for the second day running.
Google Street View is using a camel to map the Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Who says you need the latest technology to achieve results? Google Street View is now using a camel called Raffia to map the Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi.
Nine Islamic State militants were killed in the northern Saladin province (File/AFP)
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Iraq's army killed nine militants from the Islamic State and destroyed an IS base in the northern Saladin province, according to security officials.
Barcelona squad wearing the Catalan colors
03:09 GMT
Despite threats from La Liga chiefs that separation from Spain would see them booted from the division, the Camp Nou club have signed a pact supporting the referendum
The stats don’t lie - Arabs score high with porn sites. Cairo is the #1 city that searched for “sex” on Google. So don’t be shy-- check out who searched for sex by country in this cross section that includes some Muslim hot spots in and out of the Middle East 'desert'.
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Think 1001 Arabian nights and we bring you 10 online porn findings relating to Middle East and Muslim users. See how the the region procrastinates with porn and brace yourselves for some unexpected hard truths.

October 10, 2014

Sneijder confirms Gala financial dispute
17:42 GMT
The Netherlands international has now gone a number of weeks without pay and could be entitled to leave the club on a free transfer
Ghoncheh Ghavami was jailed in Iran for trying to watch a male volleyball match (Image: Facebook)
17:00 GMT
A British-Iranian woman who was jailed in Tehran for watching a men's volleyball game has went on hunger strike after three months in prison.
Felipe Massa
16:58 GMT
Williams driver Felipe Massa has revealed that he considered quitting Formula One after Marussia driver Jules Bianchi's 160 miles-per-hour horror accident during the Japanese Grand Prix.
Rafael Nadal
16:56 GMT
Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal's spokesperson has revealed that the world number two would continue a course of antibiotics in a bid to be fit for the remainder of the 2014 season as his recovery from appendicitis is going satisfactorily.
Cristiano Ronaldo
16:48 GMT
Portuguese football team captain Cristiano Ronaldo's agent has revealed that the forward would play out the rest of his career at Real Madrid, shunning reports of return to Manchester United.
Saudi woman caught cheering on football team causes uproar
16:45 GMT
A highlights video of a top Saudi football team's latest match reportedly went viral on the internet, because a woman was spotted in the crowd.
Civilians watch smoke rise from the Kurdish city of Kobani in the distance, October 8th, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:52 GMT
Hundreds of civilians trapped in Kobani could be executed by the Islamic State if the extremist group gains complete control of the border town, the UN warned.
Bombings and shootings have become commonplace in Egypt's Nile Delta region since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 (File/AFP)
13:44 GMT
Two bombs hit separate cities in the Nile Delta Friday, according to senior officials although no casualties were reported.
Smoke rises from the Kurdish town of Kobani, close to the Syrian border with Turkey, October 9th, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:42 GMT
The U.S.-led coalition targeted Islamic State positions near Kobani overnight while the militant group still controls a third of the Kurdish town.
Malala Yousafzai was critically injured in October 2012, when she was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan (File/AFP)
11:32 GMT
Pakistan's 17-year-old children's rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday.
Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey opposed IS along with Bashar al-Assad, but would not put "boots on the ground" (File/AFP)
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Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu rejected calls from the country's main opposition group to "put boots on the ground" in Kobani.
Lebanon's army has faced a wave of attacks from extremist groups in recent months (File/AFP)
10:21 GMT
Masked gunmen in Lebanon's Tripoli attacked three army posts overnight, prompting soldiers to retaliate with gunfire, security sources said.
Only two months out from the 11th Dubai International Film Festival.
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Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is asking around the community for cultural connoisseurs, philanthropists and visionary business leaders within the UAE to join the "Friends of the Festival".
Former Hamas leader Ismail Haniya (right) shakes hands with the new Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza City, October 9th, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Palestine's unity government headed from Gaza to Cairo for further talks following a successful visit to the Strip.
Oh goodness, I just woke up like this! (Image/Twitter)
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Like the #nomakeupselfie, #WakeUpCall is basically just another excuse to get crazy with the Instagram filter. You know, "for charity."
Nineteen people have been killed during the ongoing protests. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Security forces in Turkey continue to clash with protesters who are voicing their anger over the Turkish government's inaction in Kobani.
Paris HIlton in her headache-inducing travel garb. (Image: Instagram)
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The Hilton heiress has made her way to the UAE.
With the World Cup just eight years away, the likelihood is that the market is only going to become bigger, it added.
01:15 GMT
With the World Cup just eight years away, the likelihood is that the market is only going to become bigger.
The intensification of the civil war in Syria and the continued influx of refugees have adversely affected Lebanon’s economy.
00:59 GMT
Growth in the Middle East and North Africa is forecasted to average 4.2 percent in 2015, the World Bank reported in its latest Middle East and North Africa Economic Monitor.
The level of interest mirrors widespread investor confidence in the markets of the UAE, with Dubai's index more than tripling in value since the start of 2013.
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The feeding frenzy driving a flurry of new stock listings in the United Arab Emirates could scupper the market's nascent revival if companies float too soon and expose the fragility of overstretched investors.
It was the sixth consecutive slip in the index, which FAO said was the longest period of continuous falls since the late 1990s.
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It was the sixth consecutive slip in the index, which FAO said was the longest period of continuous falls since the late 1990s.
The Europe-Iran Forum is being held at a politically sensitive moment as world powers try to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear program before a Nov. 24 deadline.
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The Oct. 15-16 conference, the largest gathering of Iranian commercial officials in London for years, aims to attract capital which the country badly needs due to its isolation under international sanctions.

October 9, 2014

Slovakia 2-1 Spain: Stoch and Kucka give hosts a shock win
22:15 GMT
Paco Alcacer looked to have ensured a point for the visitors when he netted late on to cancel out an earlier Iker Casillas blunder but the forward headed in the winner

England 5-0 San Marino: Rooney struggles as Three Lions claim easy win
22:12 GMT
The Manchester United captain did convert from the penalty spot but missed a host of other opportunities as the Three Lions eventually ran out easy winners
Rajab is charged with “publicly insulting government institutions.” (AFP/File)
19:30 GMT
Nabeel Rajab, a prominent rights activist in Bahrain, faces trial over tweets that the Bahraini government sees as insulting.
The Turkish government has stated repeatedly that it will not carry out a ground operation alone. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT
Amid fresh US-led airstrikes, Kurdish forces look to be holding out in the strategic Syrian town for now.
FIFA logo
16:47 GMT
Uefa president Michel Platini and Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer have both called for the findings to be made public, but the drinks giant will not exert its influence
According to the United Nations, over 1,110 people lost their lives in acts of violence across Iraq last month. (AFP/File)
16:45 GMT
A car bomb explosion in Iraq’s capital city of Baghdad has claimed at least 12 lives.
The meeting at this level is the first since France and Turkey signed a "strategic cooperation agreement" last January. (AFP/File)
15:32 GMT
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will meet with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Kuwait Friday to discuss the ongoing struggle against Islamic State militants.
The city, located 3 km to the west of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, will cover an area of over 1.6 million sq m and accommodate 200,000 people.
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The project will have 100 administrative and residential towers and 30 hotels, apart from the haj ministry headquarters, the haj secretariat, and the Madinah governor’s office.
Saudi Arabia, which has taken part in air strikes in neighbouring Syria, may be seeking to bolster the army as a counterbalance to Hezbollah.
14:41 GMT
The contract, which was initially agreed in December, has been under intense scrutiny for several months as negotiations between Paris and Riyadh over the deal have proved more complicated than first imagined.
Israel plans to fully or partly privatise a number of state-owned companies in a move aimed at boosting efficiency, reducing the national debt and fighting corruption.
14:31 GMT
"To break these things you have to put the country into misery for a long time," Beenstock said, and Netanyahu and Lapid are "not going to do it".
Wayne Rooney
14:30 GMT
England captain Wayne Rooney has said that he would make history and become the nation's greatest ever goalscorer, surpassing former midfielder Sir Bobby Charlton.
In addition to today's clashes, fighting along the Syrian border has picked up again in the last weeks, leaving at least eight Hezbollah fighters and 15 Nusra fighters dead. (AFP/File)
14:20 GMT
Hezbollah said they captured a strategic Nusra Front post Thursday in after advancing on several of the group's border posts in east Lebanon. Later, Nusra released a video purporting the capture of one Hezbollah fighter.
Kevin Strootman
14:10 GMT
Italian football club A.S. Roma owner James Pallotta has insisted that their midfielder Kevin Strootman would not be sold to Premier League side Manchester United.
Despite multiple airstrikes from the anti-IS coalition, Islamic State militants now reportedly control more than a third of Kobani.. (AFP/File)
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Fighters from the Islamic State now reportedly control more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, while Washington presses for Turkish military action to aid air strikes,
An injured Yemeni man is carried away from the attack site, October 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:20 GMT
The death toll in Yemen has risen to over 40, following a suicide bomb attack in the country's capital, Sana'a. The bomber is believed to have attacked a Shia checkpoint prior to a rally.
 A Super Hornet fighter jet has carried out Australia's first bombing raid in Iraq, targeting what the defence ministry on October 9, 2014. [AFP]
13:11 GMT
An Australian jet fighter has targeted positions of the ISIL terrorists in Iraq for the first time since the country joined a US-led international coalition against the terror group.
Lebanese soldiers reportedly returned fire and are now trying to identify the shooters. (AFP/File)
12:58 GMT
A Lebanese Army post in the northeastern border town of Arsal came under fire from a Syrian refugee camp Thursday.
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain's role in Iraq and Syria would continue to be supportive (File/AFP)
12:32 GMT
The British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the UK will become more involved in the fight against IS, but ground troops won't be deployed to Iraq and Syria.
Over three million Syrians have fled their country's civil war. (AFP/File)
12:18 GMT
The Jordanian government insists its border remains open, but humanitarian agencies say it is now closed to Syrian refugees.
The child, pictured with his father, was believed to have been killed fighting alongside the Islamic State (Image: YouTube screenshot)
11:47 GMT
Islamic State supporters have circulated images on social media allegedly of the youngest foreign fighter, aged 10 years old, to be killed in battle alongside the extremist group.
Lebanese security sources say another soldier was injured in the attack (File/AFP)
10:50 GMT
A Lebanese soldier was shot dead by two gunmen on a motorcycle Thursday in the northern town of Rihaniyeh, security sources reported.
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.
10:17 GMT
Palestinian officials say they are optimistic about the outcome of the unity government's first cabinet meeting in Gaza.
Malfunctions were first discovered Wednesday when Health Minister Adel El-Adawi arrived to check on the arriving pilgrims. (AFP/File)
10:11 GMT
As Hajj pilgrims return, malfunctions are found in equipment used to detect diseases like Ebola at Cairo's international airport. State news agency MENA reports defects in electronic temperature gauges and thermal surveying cameras, p
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.
10:10 GMT
Palestinian officials say they are optimistic about the outcome of the unity government's first cabinet meeting in Gaza.
A Saudi boy stabbed his 18-months old sister in the neck and chest after watching sheep being slaughtered during Eid al-Adha.
09:46 GMT
A Saudi boy stabbed his 18-months old sister in the neck and chest after watching sheep being slaughtered during Eid al-Adha.
Ahlam's son Fahed (right) threatens to defend his mum against her enemies! (Image: Instagram)
09:36 GMT
Ahlam is back to verbally threatening her frenemies in new Instagram posts!
The buffer zone along the border has been supported by France, but the U.S. has yet to agree. (AFP/File)
09:28 GMT
U.S. officials say Turkey's request for a no-fly buffer zone to protect the recent onslaught of refugees is still on the table, but the priority should be for Turkey to join the military coalition against the Islamic State.
The Emirates said not to this singer entering their borders. (Image: Facebook)
09:00 GMT
The Moroccan singer was banned from entry into the UAE recently, and here's the reason we think might be behind it.
Armed Yemeni Shiite Huthi rebels man a checkpoint erected in the capital Sanaa, on October 7, 2014. [AFP]
08:54 GMT
At least 20 people were killed on Thursday in a suicide attack apparently targeting a Houthi checkpoint in the center of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, witnesses including a Reuters reporter said.
Announcing: Yousra Al Lawzi has a baby girl! (Image: Facebook)
08:52 GMT
With Hollywood stars giving their babes ultra unusual names, we wondering what Yousra Al Lawzi's still nameless newborn will be called.
Diana has filmed her latest single My Lover is Egyptian in Cairo and Dubai. (Image: Facebook)
08:51 GMT
Diana Haddad releases her latest single "Habeebi Masri" (My Lover is Egyptian).
The HTC Desire Eye.
08:50 GMT
Since everyone always looks at themselves first when viewing pictures, HTC thought why not ensure that all those selfies are perfectly centred around the sefle-ophile; Hezbollah is losing its reality; and the ten thoughts of a girl in heels.
President Barack Obama says the “barbaric” ISIL terrorist organization poses a threat to the world and fighting against the group will be a “difficult mission.” [AFP]
08:43 GMT
US President Barack Obama says the “barbaric” ISIL terrorist organization poses a threat to the world and fighting against the group will be a “difficult mission.”
Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak handed in his resignation to Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi after Houthi rebels protested against his appointment (File/AFP)
08:24 GMT
Yemen's newly elected premier, Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, resigned from his post following mass protests from Houthi rebels.
Despite U.S.-led air attacks causing a few fighters to withdraw, most of Kobani is still occupied by IS, prompting Turkey to propose a no-fly zone along the Syrian border to protect refugees. (AFP/File)
08:15 GMT
French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday he would support Turkey's request for a no-fly safe haven for refugees slong the Syrian border.
As the fighting continues, the lack of assistance for those living in Kobani sparked more violent demonstrations across Turkey. [Getty Images]
08:04 GMT
Isis in Kobani: Still no sign of Turkey reacting to threat on its border as John Kerry says preventing the fall of the town is 'not a strategic objective'
Ahlam with a lil' cuppa somethin' somethin' out and about in Istanbul. (Image: Facebook)
08:03 GMT
Ahlam out and about in Istanbul
All the deets you needs to know for the breast cancer awareness event this Saturday. (Image: Facebook)
07:54 GMT
It's breast cancer awareness month, and the the Three Sopranos are doing their part.
No more waxing. [Twitter]
07:54 GMT
First it was #Bendgate, now iPhone 6 users are claiming their phones are pulling their hair out! #Hairgate
Razan is back to work with a new TV show in place! (Image: Facebook)
07:48 GMT
It's nice to see Razan Moghrabi in the news for something positive. The artist is back with a new TV gig in place!
"The Narrow Frame of Midnight" is one of the films being screened this week in London.
07:43 GMT
The 85th edition of the BFI London Film Festival is going down this week, and Director Tala Hadid's rendition of "The Narrow Frame of Midnight" starring Khalid Abdalla is one of the 248 films being screened.
Pakistani protesters from the United Citizen Action (UCA) group shout anti-US slogans during a demonstration against US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region in Multan on October 8, 2014. At least five militants were killed on October 7 when a US drone fired missiles on a compund in Pakistan's restive tribal region, taking the death toll to 18 after three strikes in three days, officials said. (AFP / SS MIRZA)
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Pakistani protesters from the United Citizen Action (UCA) group shout anti-US
A Palestinian child from the Msabeh family sits in a room of her family home which was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel's army and militants from Hamas on October 8, 2014, in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. [AFP]
07:06 GMT
Palestinians will be able to begin importing reconstruction material into the Gaza Strip through Israeli-controlled crossings starting next week, Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh said on Wednesday.
Rafael Nadal
06:25 GMT
Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal has accepted that he would undergo surgery at the end of the year after he was diagnosed with appendicitis.
Scotland Yard said the raids were linked to 'Islamist related terrorism.
05:00 GMT
'Oi lads I smell war': What medical student dubbed The Surgeon tweeted hours before his arrest in Jihadi terror raid
The total of the loan package has surged to $6.45 billion.
04:55 GMT
In May of last year, the Central Bank of Turkey paid the country's final loan installment, freeing Ankara of IMF debts for the first time in 19 years.
Egypt's economy has been hit by more than three years of political and economic turmoil following the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power.
04:55 GMT
Increased output and a sharp rise in new orders last month, however, appeared to suggest that confidence was beginning to return
Afghan residents move injured people after a suicide attack in Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province on October 8, 2014. [AFP]
04:00 GMT
At least five people have been killed and nearly 20 others injured in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, an official says.
SodaStream machines allow consumers to make their own flavoured fizzy drinks at home and counts Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson as its brand ambassador.
00:52 GMT
Shares in Sodastream, the Israeli maker of fizzy drink machines, crashed in pre-market trading after the company reported dismal preliminary earnings for the third quarter.

October 8, 2014

Mesut Ozil
21:13 GMT
The €50 million man has suffered a ligament tear and the Germany national team has confirmed he will take up to 12 weeks to recover
Lebanon launched 23 shells near the Shebaa hills at a rate of about three shells per minute. [AFP]
19:09 GMT
Israel Tuesday used cluster bombs to attack Lebanon, a joint committee comprised of the Lebanese Army, UNIFIL and civilians determined Wednesday after carrying out field inspections on the southern border.
The campaign group said the EU should suspend the association agreement, as Israel violates the human rights requirements of the deal. [tumblr}
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The UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has called on Prime Minister David Cameron’s government to pressure Brussels to suspend extensive cooperation with Tel Aviv under the EU-Israel Association Agreement.