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July 24, 2015

Joaquin Larrivey
10:26 GMT
Bani Yas have signed Argentinian striker Joaquin Larrivey from Spanish La Liga side Celta Vigo, the Abu Dhabi club confirmed on their Twitter account on Wednesday.
Shipments through the Port of Beirut in June 2015 increased by 81 percent compared with the same month last year. (AFP/File)
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Shipments through the Port of Beirut in June 2015 increased by 81 percent compared with the same month last year.
Egypt is targeting a GDP growth rate of 4.5 to 4.7 percent in the first quarter of the fiscal year. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
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Egypt is targeting a GDP growth rate of 4.5 to 4.7 percent in the first quarter of the fiscal year.
Many Palestinian children detained by Israel endure prolonged periods of solitary confinement and are denied legal counsel. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
An eight-year-old boy was arrested by Israeli troops in an East Jerusalem neighborhood for allegedly throwing stones.
Support for a two-state solution has dropped among Israelis and Palestinians, according to a recent poll. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
UN representative Nickolay Mladenov said support for the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine was "fading away", during a briefing with the UN Security Council.
08:00 GMT
A video has emerged of a female police officer slapping a man who reportedly molested a woman in Cairo.
The Syrian army in Zabadani. (Al Bawaba/File)
06:00 GMT
Syrian troops and fighters of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah have made new gains in their battle to retake the strategic border town of Zabadani as more militants choose to surrender.
The circus manager denied having any bears and claimed animal rights activists were spreading rumors. (Pixabay/File)
05:12 GMT
The Iranian Police have launched a citywide search for animals that escaped from a circus following floods in northern Iran, which killed more than a dozen people.
United Nations special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura will present his peace initiatives to the UN Security Council on July 28. (Al Bawaba/File)
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The United Nations special envoy to Syria has met with the Syrian foreign minister as part of diplomatic efforts to find a political solution to the four-year conflict gripping the Arab country.
Karim Benzema
01:02 GMT
Arsenal were keen to make the striker their marquee signing during the summer transfer window but the Frenchman remains happy at the Santiago Bernabeu

July 23, 2015

The Saudi Railways Organization has increased the frequency of trains between Riyadh and Dammam. (AFP/File)
21:57 GMT
The Saudi Railways Organization has increased the frequency of trains between Riyadh and Dammam.
Bahrain's non-oil sectors outdid growth projections, expanding by five percent in the first quarter. (AFP/File)
21:47 GMT
Bahrain's non-oil sectors outdid growth projections, expanding by five percent in the first quarter.
Daesh militants captured Ramadi from US-backed Iraqi troops two months ago. (AFP/File)
17:44 GMT
For the first time in the conflict, Iraq has deployed 3,000 troops trained by US-coalition forces in a campaign to seize the city of Ramadi form Daesh.
Turkish Dogan news agency said the gunfire came from an area controlled by the Daesh group in neighboring Syria. (AFP/File)
15:55 GMT
One Turkish soldier has been killed and at least one more wounded in the Kilis border region by gunfire which came from the Syrian side of the border.
Mohamed Salah
15:41 GMT
Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has confirmed that he is close to leaving English Premier League champions Chelsea, a few days after boss Jose Mourinho revealed there is no place for the Pharaohs star.
The Palestinian Minister of Housing and Public Works still faces limitations as reconstruction of Gaza homes is under way. (AFP/File)
15:36 GMT
The Palestinian Minister of Housing and Public Works said reconstruction of the Gaza Strip started Tuesday.
Egyptian troops patrol a street in the divided border town of Rafah on November 14, 2014. (AFP/FIle)
15:27 GMT
A military officer and three soldiers were killed Thursday morning in an explosion which targeted a military vehicle.
Egypt's Suez Canal revenues continued to fall in June for the fourth consecutive month. (AFP/File)
15:22 GMT
Egypt's Suez Canal revenues continued to fall in June for the fourth consecutive month.
Despite having recorded just one single record, Casey Kassem built a career on his voice that spanned nearly half a century.  Best known as a radio deejay, he was also the voice actor behind the lovable mutt Shaggy on cartoon series Scooby Doo.
15:20 GMT
Many American musical stars have deep Lebanese roots. Meet 11 giants who have changed the music industry in the USA and beyond.
Germany's tech giant won a major contract to construct three substations in Qatar. (AFP/File)
15:06 GMT
Germany's tech giant won a major contract to construct three substations in Qatar.
Here comes the bride! (Anazahra)
15:00 GMT
After months of teasing her fans, Ayten Amer is finally hitched!
A senior Iranian government official said Tehran has successfully negotiated more than $2 billion worth of trade deals. (AFP/File)
14:53 GMT
A senior Iranian government official said Tehran has successfully negotiated more than $2 billion worth of trade deals.
The chemical weapons evidence is in — and it's exactly what the Kurds expected. (AFP/File)
14:53 GMT
Chemical weapons were used by Daesh during the bitter battle for Syria's Hasakah. Here's what they looked like.
Obama first appeared on The Daily Show in 2005 when he was state senator for Illinois. (Twitter)
14:53 GMT
The US President makes his seventh and final appearance on The Daily Show prior to Jon Stewart's 'retirement' on August 6.
Michel Platini
14:49 GMT
Michel Platini will delay any announcement on standing for the Fifa presidency until after this weekend's 2018 World Cup preliminary draw in St...
The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported 33 civilian deaths at the hands of regime forces across Syria on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
14:34 GMT
At least 33 civilians, including eight children and two women, were killed on Wednesday, after Syrian regime forces shelled a number of towns and villages under the control of the opposition.
A Turkish police officer was shot dead and a second wounded Thursday, security sources said. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
14:26 GMT
A Turkish police officer was shot dead and a second wounded Thursday, security sources said.
Fighters loyal to exiled Yemeni President Hadi said Thursday they had full control of Aden, despite Houthi claims to the contrary.
14:00 GMT
Despite Houthi claims earlier in the day to the contrary, forces loyal to exiled president Hadi said they have full claim over Aden.
Bill Murray in a scene from Rock the Kasbah, which was filmed in Morocco.
13:50 GMT
The award-winning star took Comic-Con by storm and talked about filming the upcoming comedy 'Rock the Kasbah'.
UAE consumers are hitting the shops over the next few days. (AFP/File)
13:31 GMT
UAE consumers are hitting the shops over the next few days.
Displaced Yazidis from Iraq cross the Iraqi-Syrian border in summer 2014, when Daesh seized swathes of territory across the country.  (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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"We are very worried by reports that communities and families are being forced to look to [Daesh] for life-saving assistance," warned the UN's mission to Iraq.
Soldiers man mobile launchers of the US-made TOW anti-tank missiles during a drill held in the northern Taoyuan county on April 18, 2012. (AFP/Mandy Cheng)
12:49 GMT
The sale of 1,500 TOW 2A missiles to Lebanon has been allowed by the State Department.
A group of Afghan refugees arrive on the Greek island of Kos, May 27, 2015.  (AFP/Angelos Tzortzinis)
12:45 GMT
Tourists are flocking to Lesbos, Greece, encouraged by a travel agency offering free extra luggage weight if participants bring donations for the growing numbers of asylum-seekers on the island.
Workers unload bags of food from a UN's World Food Programme ship docked in Yemen's devastated port city of Aden as it brings in desperately needed relief supplies after four months of fierce fighting between rebels and loyalist fighters. (AFP/STR)
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Workers unload bags of food from a UN's World Food Programme ship docked in Yemen's devastated port city of Aden as it brings in desperately needed relief supplies after four months of fierce fighting between rebels and loyalist fighters. (AFP/STR)
Turkish police guard the town of Ceylanpinar, where Kurdish PKK fighters shot and killed two police officers to avenge a suspected Daesh suicide bombing that killed 32 Kurdish youth.
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Turkish police arrested three people Thursday over a shooting attack claimed by the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that left two officers dead.
The two musical legends have not stopped their creative collaborations since they started out in the mid-1960s. (Twitter)
12:30 GMT
Brazilian Samba icons Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso will be turning up the heat in their ' Two Friends, One Century of Music' concert next Tuesday
Authorities are looking into the option of a direct route to transport goods to Iraq after Baghdad's border closure. (Creative Commons)
12:08 GMT
Authorities are looking into the option of a direct route to transport goods to Iraq after Baghdad's border closure.
Locals stand amidst the rubble following an alleged barrel bomb attack in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, May 20, 2015.  The Syrian regime's use of barrel bombs, imprecise explosives often filled with shrapnel, has faced sharp criticism for taking civilian lives.  (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
12:00 GMT
The UN's Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura denounced Syria's use of imprecise, shrapnel-filled barrel bombs in the strategic Lebanese border town Zabadani, saying the bomb attacks took civilian lives.
Sony may need to address an issue before the price is worth all of its benefits. (Twitter)
11:54 GMT
Sony may need to address an issue before the price is worth all of its benefits.
George and Amal were planning to move into the 17th-century Mill House later this year once renovations are complete. (Manzo e Machete/Splash News)
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After disturbing the peace with unending renovations, The Clooneys are miffing their neighbors again with plans to install 18 cameras on 18ft poles.
Following last week's landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, the EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini plans to visit regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia.  (AFP/John Thys)
11:30 GMT
Following last week's landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, the EU's Federica Mogherini plans to visit regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The two pairs of Israeli twins saw children born to their wives not more than 20 minutes apart Wednesday night.
11:27 GMT
The two pairs of Israeli men and women saw children born to their wives not more than 20 minutes apart Wednesday night.
A Pakistani man travels on a train filled with other asylum-seekers bound for Belgrade, Serbia.  (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
11:00 GMT
A rough journey for migrants in the Balkans; diary of a Syrian girl; and one year in Iranian prison for Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian.
Relatives and onlookers gather on the bank of the Nile on July 23, 2015, north of the Egyptian capital Cairo, as the wreckage of a boat is pulled out of the water. (AFP/File)
10:47 GMT
A security source said the death toll from a boat collision on the Nile rose to 21.
The furniture giant issued a safety warning for 27 million chests and dressers. (AFP/Jens Ulrich-Koch)
10:34 GMT
The furniture giant issued a safety warning for 27 million chests and dressers.
Guards transport a prisoner in the highly controversial Guantanamo Bay prison.  (AFP/John Moore)
10:31 GMT
A White House spokesperson said Wednesday the US is in the "final stages" of planning to close the controversial military site at Guantanamo Bay, which houses 116 prisoners.
When it comes to speaking out against religious extremism, Nasser Al Qasabi is no stranger to pushing the envelope. (Lumi.do)
10:13 GMT
The Saudi comedian makes a public service announcement on Twitter warning people to beware of the new law affecting discrimination and hate speech.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter landed in the Iraqi capital Thursday for talks with government and military officials on the fight against Daesh.  (AFP/File)
10:02 GMT
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter landed in the Iraqi capital Thursday for talks with government and military officials on the fight against Daesh.
Syria has been named the most dangerous country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index. (AFP/File)
09:55 GMT
Syria has been named the most dangerous country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index.
Forces loyal to exiled Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi seized Aden's airport last week, allowing a handful of government ministers to return to the southern port city.  (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi).
09:13 GMT
A leading member of the Houthi's movement on Thursday claimed parts of Yemen's port city Aden remained in the hands of Houthi fighters.
Somali troops have seized the southern city of Bardera from the militant group after four days of fighting. (AFP/File)
09:01 GMT
Somali troops have seized the southern city of Bardera from the militant group after four days of fighting.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met with Saudi King Salman Wednesday in Jeddah to discuss regional ties following last week's Iran nuclear deal.  (AFP/Carolyn Kaster)
09:00 GMT
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Saudi King Salman met Wednesday, reaffirming regional ties following last week's historical nuclear deal with Iran.
Tensions with the ethnic minority continue to rise. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
08:50 GMT
Tensions with the ethnic minority continue to rise as the war with Daesh rages on.
The destroyed facade of the Italian consulate building following a powerful bomb explosion in Cairo, on July 11, 2015. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)
08:30 GMT
The Italian embassy announced it will partially resume its services next week, two weeks after a car bomb struck its building.
Lebanon will receive $450 million from an international donors conference in Kuwait. (AFP/File)
08:23 GMT
Lebanon will receive $450 million from an international donors conference in Kuwait.
The grandchildren of Palestinian Saad al-Jamal pet two lion cubs outside their family house in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 19, 2015. (AFP/Said Khatib)
08:13 GMT
Jordan is hosting two Gazan lion cubs that were transported earlier this month to receive proper care and sanctuary.
Game enthusiasts test the new Gearbox Software title "Battleborn." (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT
Here to answer your questions is Eyad al-Basheer, operations manager of a leading mobile game publishing company in the Arab world.
Israeli troops conduct a search operation in Tapuah, a Palestinian village near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, June 2014.  (AFP/Hazem Bader)
08:00 GMT
Neighbors say Israeli troops shot and killed a 50-year-old man after raiding his home to arrest his son.
DJs, dwarfs, mixologists and mayhem is the order of the night at Cirque le Soir! (Cirque le Soir)
07:25 GMT
Clowns, contortionists, fire eaters and sword swallowers join the madness of Chad Tyson's 'Bordel'!
Shad Agza took in fifty percent of box office sales over Eid. (File photo)
06:53 GMT
Shad Agza took in LE12.5M in Egyptian box office sales over Eid weekend, followed by Ahmed Ezz's film which took in LE6M.
The ferryboat sunk in the Nile River in Giza on Wednesday, leaving 15 passengers dead. (AFP/File)
06:49 GMT
The ferryboat sunk in the Nile River in Giza on Wednesday, leaving 15 passengers dead.
Members of the Iraqi paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces celebrate with a Daesh flag after retaking the village of Albu Ajil near Tikrit in March 2015. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
06:13 GMT
The men teased a sniper with a bag popping out from behind a wall.
Abu Sisi, 42, was an engineer and former technical director at Gaza's sole electricity plant before he was arrested in Ukraine. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Palestinian prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi is still being held by Israeli authorities in solitary confinement since his detention began over four years ago.
The manuscript could date to within a few years of the founding of Islam. (Twitter)
05:30 GMT
Researchers in the UK have discovered fragments of the Quran that were radiocarbon dated to within 20 years or less of Muhammad’s death in 632, making it one of the oldest Islamic manuscripts on record.
Saudi Arabia has conducted thousands of airstrikes in Yemen over the past four months. (AFP/File)
05:29 GMT
Before and after satellite images of areas targeted by Saudi raids show what's left behind.
Refugees wait at the Turkish border town of Gaziantep, considered by authorities to be a staging point for potential militants to enter into Syria. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Almost half of the 457 people detained by Turkish authorities on the Turkish-Syrian border between January 1 and June 30 are Chinese nationals.
A document allegedly leaked from the Assad regime said 686 army soldiers from Assad's hometown are on the wanted list. (AFP/File)
04:16 GMT
A document allegedly leaked from the Assad regime said 686 army soldiers from Assad's hometown are on the wanted list.
Istanbul's historic Haydarpasa train station ablaze in November 2010.  The terminal - which once connected Turkey's capital to cities as far as Basra and Medinah - survived the fire, but plans for its future remain uncertain.  (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
04:05 GMT
Will the train station that once linked Istanbul to Aleppo and Basra ever be needed again?; Syria's war and media 'devastation'; and divisive military offensive in Iraq's Anbar province.
Vladimir Putin
00:49 GMT
The coming weekend is very much to the taste of Russia's President Vladimir Putin. On Sunday he is to visit the enclave of...
MENA countries are in hot water over whopping carbon footprints. (AFP/File)
00:12 GMT
Turns out, the World Economic Forum released a list of the worst greenhouse gas emitters and a heap of MENA countries top it
Domenico Scala
00:07 GMT
Despite talk that he is set to be appointed to the role, world football's chief governing body says the naming of a chair of its new taskforce is a "work in progress"

July 22, 2015

Not everyone's happy about the new relations between the Islamic Republic and America. (AFP/File)
22:19 GMT
Not everyone's happy about the new relations between the Islamic Republic and America.
Worldwide shipments of devices are expected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015.
22:09 GMT
Worldwide shipments of devices are expected to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015.
The number of Palestinian women in the labor force remains among the lowest in the world. (Shutterstock)
21:58 GMT
The number of Palestinian women in the labor force remains among the lowest in the world.
Deregulated fuel prices in the UAE left mixed reactions from the Emirates' residents.
21:41 GMT
Deregulated fuel prices in the UAE left mixed reactions from the Emirates' residents.
The retail company paid the Muslim $25,000 to settle a lawsuit after it refused to hire a woman who wore a hijab. (AFP/File)
21:08 GMT
The retail company paid the Muslim $25,000 to settle a lawsuit after it refused to hire a woman who wore a hijab.
Egypt's prosecution announced Wednesday it collected more than $1.5 billion in tax evasion cases and real estate. (Shutterstock)
20:58 GMT
Egypt's prosecution announced Wednesday it collected more than $1.5 billion in tax evasion cases and real estate.
Rezaian’s incarceration is the longest for a Western journalist in Iran since the 1979 revolution. (AFP/File)
19:06 GMT
The brother of an Iranian-American journalist in an Iranian prison made a public plea Wednesday for his brother's release on the first anniversary of his detention.
Myriam Fares channels her inner hippie onstage in Egypt
18:37 GMT
Myriam Fares channels her inner hippie onstage in Egypt
The low interest rate environment is also conducive to deal making, enabling cheaper borrowing to finance deals.
18:34 GMT
The low interest rate environment is also conducive to deal making, enabling cheaper borrowing to finance deals.
Palestinian workers unload goods from trucks that arrived in Rafah. (AFP/File)
18:26 GMT
Israeli occupation authorities have allowed the entry of 500 trucks loaded with goods.
Rola Saad kicks back with kids and furry friends
18:18 GMT
Rola Saad kicks back with kids and furry friends
Samir Nasri
17:21 GMT
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has blasted out at 'stupid' fans who booed the club's new signing Raheem Sterling on his stunning debut in the friendly tie against Rome in Melbourne.
A young Syrian boy cries as he sits on the rubble after a missile fired by Syrian government forces hit a residential area in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 21, 2015. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
16:46 GMT
At least 12 civilians, including four children and a pregnant woman, were killed and dozens wounded Wednesday.
Mohammed Assaf's will be singing with an Egyptian accent on his new album! (Instagram)
16:39 GMT
It's been a two-year whirlwind for the Palestinian singer and it doesn't look like he's going to slow down any time soon!
An Egyptian criminal court sentenced Ahmed Nazif to five years in prison and ordered him to pay a $6.8 million fine. (AFP/File)
16:28 GMT
An Egyptian criminal court sentenced Ahmed Nazif to five years in prison and ordered him to pay a $6.8 million fine.
Shadi Alfons, Fahad Albutairi and Fadi Rifaai star in Ali Mostafa's film 'From A to B'. (Arab Film Festival)
15:45 GMT
Headed down under? Check out the celebration of Arab films screening in Sydney (Aug 13-16), Melbourne (Aug 21-13) and Canberra (Aug 28-30).
Syrian refugees have been pouring into Lebanon to escape the violence that is ongoing inside their country. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
​Lebanese army intelligence Wednesday detained two Syrians and a Palestinian over the killing of a 7-year-old Syrian boy after his father refused to pay a ransom in exchange for his release.
8 arrested in aftermath of Al-Ahly vs Al-Zamalek match
15:10 GMT
Small-scale riots took place in the Mohandessin neighbourhood of Cairo on Tuesday night after a football match between Cairene arch-rivals Al-Ahly and Al-Zamalek, and eight fans were arrested.
The Israeli Civil Administration on Wednesday delivered five home demolition orders to the town of Jit in Qaliqliya. (AFP/File)
14:29 GMT
The Israeli Civil Administration on Wednesday delivered five home demolition orders to the town of Jit in Qaliqliya.
The PKK claimed the attack was a punitive measure in response to the suicide bombing of Kurdish activists in Suruc. (AFP/File)
14:23 GMT
Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has claimed responsibility for the killing of two Turkish police officers, saying they were cooperating with Daesh, who recently killed over 30 people in a bomb attack in a Turkish border town.
Kataeb's party leader accused company Sukleen of blackmailing Lebanon to renew its own contract. (AFP/File)
14:22 GMT
Kataeb's party leader accused company Sukleen of blackmailing Lebanon to renew its own contract.
Iran and Germany discussed expanding banking cooperation. (AFP/File)
14:13 GMT
Iran and Germany discussed expanding banking cooperation.
Armed militiamen loyal to Yemen's fugitive President Abderabbo Mansour Hadi stand at the entrance to Aden's international airport on July 14, 2015. (AFP/File)
14:02 GMT
A Saudi military plane loaded with arms for pro-government forces landed at Aden airport in Yemen Wednesday, marking the airport’s first arrival since the conflict escalated four months ago.
The gender gap in the UK is currently at 19 percent. (Shutterstock)
13:55 GMT
Fixing the disparity of pay starts with greater transparency.
Some say food lasts longer if dieters avoid the method of total deprivation.
13:40 GMT
Sometimes the best way to go is to indulge.
The suspect was identified by DNA tests. (AFP/File)
13:27 GMT
Turkish authorities have identified a 20-year-old Turkish man with reported links to Daesh as the individual who carried out the suicide bombing in the mainly Kurdish town of Suruc that killed 32 people.
Microsoft's CEO wants to ramp up the company's offering of apps for smartphones.
13:07 GMT
Microsoft's CEO wants to ramp up the company's offering of apps for smartphones.