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September 8, 2014

Thousands of Iraqis have been forced to flee the ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
12:34 GMT
Islamic State militants attacked a town north of Baghdad Monday.
Sepp Blatter
12:29 GMT
The 78-year-old Swiss has made public his decision to run again, arguing that his "mission" is not yet finished
"Begin Again' is a romantic comedy which features Maroon Five's Adam Levine and Kiera Knightly.
12:00 GMT
For a movie with singing, romance, and Maroon Five's Adam Levine, "Begin Again" has not received its just deserts in terms of acclamation; Lebanon has its own unique phobias; and Al Jazeera has hired some new anchors. Will they help change AJ's image?
David Beckham
11:48 GMT
After David Beckham recently expressed his desire to work with the Three Lions, England boss Roy Hodgson said that it would be impossible for FA to reject the former England football star's offer.
An Israeli border policemen looks on near burning tires lit by Palestinians protesting against the death of a Palestinian teenager, in the neighbourhood of Wadi Joz in east Jerusalem on September 7, 2014. [AFP]
10:03 GMT
Father of 16-year-old says boy was shot in the head by sponge bullet during riot, police claim teen was shot in leg, fell on head while attempting to flee.
These two sure aren't smiling at each other right now!
09:52 GMT
Once he's been shamed, there's clearly no going back for Sherif Mounir.
The body of Lebanese soldier, Ali Sayyed, who was also beheaded by Islamic State, is carried by mourners September 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT
The family of a Lebanese soldier who was beheaded by Islamic State extremists appealed for calm in the town of Ansar Sunday, following sectarian violence after his killing.
Thousands of Bosnian Muslim women were raped by Serbs during the Bosnian war. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
The international community was slow to respond to the genocide happening in Bosnia in the 90s. Did the world's botched response lead to the rise of Islamic extremism today?
Dina is down and out after her show was stopped. (Image: Facebook)
09:18 GMT
The new dance program "Al Rakisa" (The Dancer) hosted by belly dancer Dina mysteriously disappeared off the programming schedule after just one episode aired. Is it low ratings, political instability, or something more sinister to blame?
Summer 2014 has seen the introduction of new beer brands, styles and tastes (Image: Daily Star)
09:14 GMT
Beer lovers in Lebanon are in for a drinking treat during the 22nd annual Beer Festival. Definitely time for a cold one!
Ghada Abdel Razek with the birthday girl and close friends (Image: Facebook).
08:50 GMT
Ghada's one and only daughter Rotana turned the big 25, and the celebrity momma showed off their birthday fun to the world of her Facebook fans.
Tensions are high in Lebanon after Islamic State militants beheaded two Lebanese soldiers. (AFP/File)
08:41 GMT
The Lebanese government is in touch with Hezbollah to ease tensions after the beheading of a second Lebanese solider at the hands of the Islamic State.
Oh dear: $4.6 million worth of counterfeit viagra and cosmetics were found by police (File/Shutterstock)
08:34 GMT
Dubai authorities seized $4.6 million worth of counterfeit weight loss drugs, viagra and cosmetics in a raid of two warehouses.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman waits for his Norwegian counterpart Borge Brende before a meeting in Jerusalem, September 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:16 GMT
Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said it would be unlikely for Tel Aviv to reach its goal of disarming Hamas, despite launching a high-scale assault in July.
Abdelmajid Lakhal is currently in critical condition. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)
08:05 GMT
The Tunisian government loves the country's multi-talented artist so much, the medical bills for Abdelmajid Lakhal are covered by the state.
Ennahda has chosen not to participate to send a message of cooperation to other political parties. (AFP/File)
07:57 GMT
Tunisia's Ennahda movement has decided not to take part in the country's upcoming presidential elections.
Aqsa Mahmoud from Glasgow was one of many British nationals who joined the Islamic State (Image: Facebook)
07:42 GMT
They extremism comes in many forms; British nationals who joined terrorist group IS are apparently operating a police force that punishes women for being 'un-Islamic".
Lebanese couples attending a mass wedding pose for a picture in the Roman ruins of Baalkek in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on September 6, 2014. (AFP/STR)
07:31 GMT
Lebanese couples attending a mass wedding pose for a picture in the Roman ruins
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was held under water until the point of death. [AFP]
07:26 GMT
Al-Qa'ida suspects were brought to the 'point of death' during 'real torture' by CIA.
The ministers agreed to "take all measures to counter terrorism: political, security, and ideological." (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT
Arab states agreed Sunday to take the necessary measures and cooperate with international efforts to combat the militants in the Islamic State.
Russia is to host the World Cup in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, but will these rights be revoked by FIFA?
07:08 GMT
The Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 World Cups might be moved away from one, or both, or none of the nations. We'll know after FIFA executives meet this month; contentment or happiness, or both; Arab regimes to fight IS; and the power of graffiti in Amman.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaking to Iran's state television before going to hospital to undergo a prostate operation in Tehran on September 8, 2014. [AFP]
07:08 GMT
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has undergone a successful surgery at a state hospital in Tehran.
A picture shows the remains of the spy device near the village of Adloun, September 5, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:39 GMT
The funeral of a Hezbollah operative killed while trying to disable an Israeli spy device took place over the weekend.
The Lebanese man had more than 27,000 shots covering over 100 years of cultural and political history. (Photo courtesy of Kickstarter)
05:00 GMT
A London-based artist recently discovered that a homeless Lebanese photographer had a collection of over 27,000 shots that document Lebanese history.
Yemen's Houthis gathered in an effort to press the Yemeni government to step down. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
At least one protester has been killed in clashes with police.
Saleh Nass directs "Central Market", debuted at the Calgary International Film Festival.
05:00 GMT
The short film Souq Al Markazi (Central Market) made its way from Bahrain all the way to Canada where the weather is cold, but the feelings about the film are warm!
Many blame authorities for this change in attitude, since residents say that officials leave runaway reports to pile up unresolved.
04:55 GMT
A shortage of maids has led to a thriving black market in domestic workers.
Speaking ahead of the "Invest in Tunisia: Start-up democracy" conference to be held Monday, Jomaa said Tunisia's new government was upbeat but realistic about a recovery.
04:55 GMT
Tunisia has stabilised from the fallout of the 2011 revolution and is now ripe for investment in its battered economy, Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa told AFP in an interview.
A Palestinian Agriculture Ministry official says the recent Israeli onslaught against the Gaza Strip has had grave impacts on the farming sector in the besieged coastal sliver.
04:55 GMT
“This figure includes $350 million of direct losses and $200 million of indirect ones.”
Hamdallah, who heads the Palestinian government of national consensus which took office on 2 June, said the problem of the wages had turned into the main stumbling block to an intra-Palestinian reconciliation deal.
04:55 GMT
The international community has threatened to boycott the Palestinian leadership if it pays the salaries of former Hamas employees in Gaza, prime minister Rami Hamdallah told AFP on Sunday.
Scarcity of financial resources and the lack of a solid plan are the main reasons behind the perpetuation of Egypt's energy crisis, according to experts who attended the Cairo Energy Conference.
04:55 GMT
The solutions are known, but the will to implement them is absent, say energy experts discussing Egypt's energy crisis
The study was published before finance ministers from the G20 group of leading countries meet in Australia on September 20 and 21.This in turn cost 3.6 million lives a year that could be saved if the missing money were wisely invested, non-government organisation ONE estimated.
04:55 GMT
It is nothing short of a trillion-dollar scandal," said the report, recommending action on four fronts.
Serena wins 18th grand slam title
01:35 GMT
Serena Williams won the 18th grand slam title of her career on Sunday, beating Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to claim a third consecutive trophy at the US Open.

September 7, 2014

Germany 2-1 Scotland: Muller double spares world champions' blushes
22:09 GMT
Gordon Strachan's men made Joachim Low's men work hard for three points but two clinical goals from the Bayern Munich star made the decisive difference
Lewis Hamilton
20:00 GMT
Lewis Hamilton recovered from a poor start and profited from a mistake by team-mate Nico Rosberg to win the Italian Grand Prix in a seventh Mercedes one-two of the season.
Quneitra has been at the center of violent clashes in recent days. (AFP/File)
18:19 GMT
At least 43 people have been killed in clashes between Syrian government forces and Nusra Front militants.
Obama said he does not intend to send U.S. ground troops back to Iraq. (AFP/File)
16:20 GMT
U.S. President Barack Obama said he will make an address Wednesday about his plan to fight Islamic State militants.
The Lebanese army has been engaged in fierce battles with Islamic State militants at the border. (AFP/File)
14:55 GMT
Two Arsal locals were kidnapped late Saturday night by a relative of one of the eleven soldiers held captive by Islamic State fighters.
A Japanese woman makes a splash on the Arab street when she steals the show on Arab Idol... in her best Fairouz Arabic!
14:49 GMT
When Dubai held auditions for season 3 of Arab Idol and aired the premier on MBC 1 Friday, a Japanese lady singing Fairouz was soon the talk of the Arab masses!
Automakers have largely renewed their fleets of mainstream sedans and small cars.
14:15 GMT
Among more pulse-pounding models, one of the longest running vehicles in the business – the venerable Ford Mustang – gets a major makeover that brings the original “pony car” into the modern age.
The new causeway, a terrestrial link, will be called the “King Hamad Causeway”.
14:08 GMT
The new link is expected to consolidate economic, social and cultural relations and cooperation between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, of which Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are members.
Some economists have concerns about banking liquidity after the issuance of the investment certificates.
13:52 GMT
Ramez said that banking liquidity is safe and has not been affected by the certificates’ financing.
Some Arab League ministers said they were considering adopting a resolution on combating the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
13:38 GMT
Arab League Chief Nabil Elaraby Sunday called for the Islamic State militants to be confronted militarily and politically.
Turkey is the second-largest table olive producer and fourth largest in olive oil production globally. Turkey's share in worldwide olive oil production is 16.7 percent.
13:37 GMT
Turkey has found itself in the midst of an unprecedented agricultural crisis as a result of periods of drought, frost and excessive rainfall this year.
Hamilton and Rosberg
13:18 GMT
McLaren boss Ron Dennis has said that the tensions between Formula One title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg could result in one of them leaving Mercedes at the end of this season.
Taking his paw in marriage: The dog decided to have a K9 nap instead (Image: Daily Mail)
13:10 GMT
An 18-year-old Indian teen had a ruff wedding when she married a dog to apparently ward of evil spirits in her village.
Nawal Al Zoghbi lookin' glam at the Murex D'Or (Image: Twitter)
12:41 GMT
Nawal Al Zoghbi and the Murex
Maya Diab's maxin' and relaxin' in Turkey on family vacay (Image: Twitter)
12:37 GMT
Maya Diab on vacation.
12:27 GMT
20 MPs call for criminalising sexual harassment, imposing harsher punishment
Since May, General Haftar has aligned himself with Libyan special forces. (AFP/File)
12:20 GMT
Government forces loyal to Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar have allegedly made advances this week against militias in Benghazi.
There is no accurate figure of how many people ISIS beheaded but it's likely to be high (Image: Sword History)
12:11 GMT
Apparently, Saudi Arabia beheaded 113 people in a 21-month period between James Foley's capture and his killing on August 19. How many people did ISIS behead in the same period?
Long before there was the present occupation of Israel, there were Palestinian Christians.
12:00 GMT
A Palestinian Christian wrote during the midst of the Gaza onslaught the truth on what it means to be Palestinian as opposed to the lies that say Palestine never existed; the Ayatollah Khomeini ain't laughing; and Syrians have to look at their family's killers daily.
Awesome Aussie electropop stars Empire of the Sun (L) will star in Dubai's Sandance music festival (Al Bawaba edit).
11:29 GMT
It's on again! Dubai's famed music festival Sandance starts on 10 October 2014.
Egyptian army [AFP]
11:09 GMT
Egyptian military intelligence on Saturday said that they had discovered what officials called "the biggest explosives workshop and cache" in the Sinai peninsula belonging to the major insurgent group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.
Civilians in Raqqa run for cover from shelling by Syrian forces, August 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT
Syrian air raids over Raqqa killed 53 people, many of them civilians, while President Assad's campaign against Islamic State militants intensifies.
Now she's given birth, life is a bed of roses for Scarlett! (Facebook)
10:52 GMT
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson has given birth to her first child- a daughter called Rose.
Krishna Upadhyaya and Ghimire Gundev. [AP]
10:51 GMT
Qatar confirms it has detained two British human rights activists who were probing the working conditions of workers building facilities for the 2022 World Cup.
Juan Mata
10:43 GMT
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata along with the club's other superstar signings are now taking history lessons on the Premier League side's glorious past to fully appreciate the importance of playing for the club.
Here's to sixty more years, Nancy Ajram! (Image: Facebook)
10:39 GMT
Way to stay in like flynn for six years and counting, Nancy!
The celebrity cousins at the Lebanon Comedy Club Play Room (Image: Twitter)
10:38 GMT
Lebanon's beloved superstar dropped a bomb on fans recently, announcing that he and Canadian music sensation Massari are blood relatives from the same hometown.
US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit. [AFP]
10:30 GMT
Turkey denied the US access to a base to launch the rescue attempt due to concerns over its hostages still being held by Islamic State militants in Iraq, says the Wall Street Journal.
Lady Gaga poised to storm the UAE September 10, 2014
10:17 GMT
With Dubai's concert date upon us, we bring you 10 things you must know about the new 'Queen of Pop' - Emirate monsters take note!
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talk with an official during their meeting in Cairo. [AFP]
10:07 GMT
A Hamas spokesman on Sunday said Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas should stop conducting dialogue through the media, a day after Abbas accused the group of running a "shadow government" in Gaza.
When will Mai Ezz Eldin become a Mrs. for real? (Image: Facebook)
09:52 GMT
What's behind the picture with a tiara on her head?
Maya Diab's maxin' and relaxin' in the sun. (Image: Instagram)
09:22 GMT
All work and no play would make Maya a very dull girl, and she knows it well.
Civilians flee violence in the border town of Arsal as Lebanese forces continue to battle Islamic State and Nusra Front militants, August 28, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:21 GMT
Angry protesters set ablaze tents housing Syrian refugees in Arsal following reports that a second Lebanese soldier was beheaded by the Islamic State.
Hmm, will Obama be at his bud's big day?
08:49 GMT
There have been mixed reports about whether the U.S. President will be at the A-list event this month, but here's the latest.
Libyan fighter jet. [AFP]
08:46 GMT
Libya says a Sudanese military transport plane bound for a Tripoli airport under control of an armed group had entered its airspace, a government statement said on Saturday.
A screen grab from a Nusra Front video shows three captured members of Lebanon's security forces (Image: Daily Star)
08:28 GMT
A second Lebanese soldier from the Bekaa Valley was beheaded by militants from the Islamic State according to a Turkish news agency.
Female members of the PKK prepare for battle in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk (File/AFP)
08:07 GMT
In a rare moment of solidarity, female fighters from the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), joined forces with the Peshmerga to fight IS. Is it true to say, one man's terrorist is another (wo)man's freedom fighter?
Iraq's Haditha Dam
08:06 GMT
US military planes carry out airstrikes againts Islamic State near Iraq's Haditha Dam.
07:46 GMT
Pakistani window cleaners work on the facade of a building in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on September 6, 2014
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [AFP]
07:45 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has hinted that he is close to ending his reconciliation agreement with Hamas.
Lauren Goodger says she said no to sharing sheets with a man in Dubai. (Image: Twitter)
07:42 GMT
Running away to the UAE after an embarrassing scandal, Celebrity Big Brother house star Lauren Goodger shares what a man in Dubai offered her in exchange for sharing sheets.
07:39 GMT
Pakistani window cleaners work on the facade of a building in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on September 6, 2014
Islamic State militants threatened to strike Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha, according to reports (File/AFP)
07:35 GMT
Saudi Arabia tightened security along the borders with Iraq by announcing plans to build a five-layer security fence, amid growing threats for the Islamic State.
 Egyptian heiress Enayat Younes. [Facebook]
07:23 GMT
According to sources, Harry also a play for Egyptian heiress Enayat Younes – pictured above in a yellow Big Bird hat – after spotting her in a Spanish nightclub.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron answers questions from the media at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014. [AFP]
07:08 GMT
David Cameron is preparing a diplomatic charm offensive to build widespread Arab support for Western military action against Islamic State (IS) in both Iraq and Syria.
Iraqi Peshmerga fighters take position at a post near the jihadist-held city of Zumar in Mosul province on September 4, 2014. [AFP]
06:51 GMT
Kurdish Peshmerga forces have strengthened their hold on the town of Makhmour in northern Iraq as they manage to gain more ground in the battle against Takfiri ISIL militants, Press TV reports.
Abbad Medlej is the second Lebanese soldier beheaded by ISIS. (Blog Baladi)
06:42 GMT
Islamic State fighters on Saturday claimed to have beheaded Abbas Medlej, being decapitated after he attempted to escape; how to help refugees in Saudi; a Saudi tweep calls ISIS his daughter; and Israel has their own set of terror tunnels.
Palestinians sit inside their destroyed house after returning home in the Tufah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City on August 31, 2014. [AFP]
06:41 GMT
Indirect negotiations between Palestinian factions and Israel will continue in two weeks in Cairo, a leading member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Saturday.
A Chinese factory that supplies Apple with parts has been operating with violations of basic standards for health, safety and environmental protection, an investigative report said Thursday.
05:55 GMT
Asked about the report,Apple said that it audits the plant regularly and works with its operators to raise standards and implement best practices.
Panjabi said that there is “a lot riding” on the new iPhone, as an opportunity for Apple to regain some ground lost to rival phone manufacturers like Samsung.
05:55 GMT
Whatever the launch date, retailers expect the iPhone 6 to be in short supply when it is first available in the Middle East.
Clashes erupted overnight in the Jawb province, north of Sana'a (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Deadly clashes between Houthi rebels and government-backed tribesmen killed at least 40 people in Yemen Saturday.
The 11 men were arrested on charges of unlawful assembly and use of a uniform in public (Image: Facebook)
05:00 GMT
German police officers arrested 11 men dubbed the "Sharia police" for attempting to enforce Sharia law in the city of Wuppertal.
The recent flare-up of violence in Iraq is past its worst and Kuwait Energy is keen to invest more in the country because of its potential, Chief Executive Sara Akbar said.
04:55 GMT
Several oil companies in Iraq's Kurdistan region withdrew staff last month after Islamic State militants approached Erbil, the region's capital, threatening its vast oil infrastructure.
“The instructions that the IS group gave were shocking to anyone who has a bank account”
04:55 GMT
Every withdrawal comes with conditions, including a three-person committee that asks where the money came from and a compulsory tax for funding the Islamist’s Caliphate.
For now — at least into next year — the labour reforms look set to continue slowing growth and dampening corporate profits. But that is a price which the government is willing to pay. "Reforms started in 2011 and now we are coming to the end of 2014. We are probably spending 20 or 30 times as much as we spent in 2011," indicated Ibrahim Al Muaiqil, the HRDF's director.
The government is spending billions of riyals on subsidising Saudi workers' salaries, paying up to 50 per cent of increased payroll costs due to firms hiring more Saudis or raising their wages.
04:55 GMT
"Reforms started in 2011 and now we are coming to the end of 2014. We are probably spending 20 or 30 times as much as we spent in 2011," indicated Ibrahim Al Muaiqil, the HRDF's director.
The first phase of the project will include the Faculty of Medicine and the Dental College, which exists already.
04:55 GMT
The Dubai Healthcare City authority said the university will offer citizens and residents with a host of graduate and postgraduate programmes
Al-Sisi has also charged the council with the responsibility of reducing “the Egyptian brain drain”, which sees many of the nation’s most educated and skilled workers move abroad to find work.
04:55 GMT
Among the attendees of the meeting was Nobel Prize-winning chemist Ahmed Zuweil, renowned heart surgeon Magdy Yacoub, and psychiatrist Ahmed Okasha.
Federer fails to reach yet another final
01:41 GMT
Marin Cilic faced a difficult task matching Kei Nishikori’s heroics but the 25-year-old from Croatia did just that in the second of the US Open semi-finals here.

September 6, 2014

Nishikori celebrates historical win
22:12 GMT
Kei Nishikori stunned Novak Djokovic to become the first Japanese player ever to reach a grand slam singles final.
Caroline Wozniacki
21:24 GMT
Caroline Wozniacki reached the final of the US Open here last night but not in the manner she would have wanted. Shuai Peng...
Marcos Rojo
19:31 GMT
The 24-year-old was finally granted a UK visa this week and is eligible for selection as Louis van Gaal's struggling side prepare to take on QPR at Old Trafford
Jose Mourinho
19:07 GMT
The Blues sold David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku this summer and their Portuguese boss says this is the reality of a club with smaller incomes than Manchester United and Real Madrid
Mohamed Morsi is on trial for a number of charges after he was ousted in July 2013 (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT
Ousted leader Mohamed Morsi was accused on fresh charges of sharing state information with Qatar Saturday, along with nine others.
An image grab from a video released by the Islamic State shows footage of a masked militant with David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
13:39 GMT
The aid agency David Haines was working for when abducted by Islamic State militants has called for his immediate release.
Mahmoud Abbas and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are due to hold talks with the Arab League during the visit (File/AFP)
11:14 GMT
Leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, began a three-day visit in Egypt Saturday where he will meet President Sisi for talks.
Serena Williams
09:22 GMT
World number one Serena Williams remained on course for a hat trick of US Open titles with an easy straight set win over Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.
Egyptian soldiers stand at attention.
09:17 GMT
A young Egyptian soldier goes on vacation and returns feeling a bit under the weather, so his commanding officer beats him to death with a stick; more, more, more emoticons! Lebanese people have funny food habits; and Iranians sympathize with Americans.