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April 19, 2015

Daesh has released another video showing the murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya on Sunday. (Screenshot)
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Daesh has released another video showing the murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya on Sunday.
The WMO Hurricane Committee deemed the name inappropriate because of the eponymous militant group.(Image: Flickr)
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UN's World Meteorological Organization has removed Isis from the official list of future Pacific hurricane names.
The Transportation and Telecommunications Ministry has given local agents Taj Al Khaleej Travel and Tourism official permission to make the arrangements. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
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Syrian Air is set to resume flights to and from Bahrain from May 2, a report said.
Court preliminarily sentences 11 defendants to death for 2012 Port Said stadium violence
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The Port Said Criminal Court referred on Sunday 11 defendants to the Grand Mufti to issue an opinion on sentencing them to death over murder charges during stadium violence which erupted in the canal city of Port Said in February 2012.
The International Monetary Fund, the world’s lender of last resort, has recently released a report on the effect of financial panics on Islamic banks.
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Preliminary results by the report indicate that Islamic banking branches are less likely to experience a run on deposits compared to their conventional counterparts.
A Yemeni girl arrives at a UNHCR reception facilty in Djibouti. Yemenis continue to flee as Saudi-led strikes pound Houthi positions across Yemen. (Image: AFP/Tony Karumba)
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Yemeni girl escapes the Houthis disguised in men's clothing with her hair cropped short.
According to the resolution, the MBRSC is mandated to develop research, projects and studies on space.
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The center will support UAE's drive for advancing this sector and for building national capabilities related to the space knowledge and science.
Juggling working life and responsibilities at home is one of the biggest challenges facing working women in the GCC.
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Career women in the GCC are ambitious and want to lead in their organizations, with over 50 percent of those surveyed aiming at senior or board level position within the next seven years.
Kotil addressed 86 newly trained pilots at a THY pilot training center in İstanbul on Thursday.
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Turkish Airlines CEO has recommended single pilots who have recently completed training with the airline get married as soon as possible.
Uncertainties might continue to add to volatile swings in markets.
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After a lackluster first quarter in the UAE equity markets, market participants say the second quarter looks more promising.
Ferrari team during preparations for Bahrain GP
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Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton admitted that Italian rivals Ferrari has a great race pace, and will be 'very hard to beat' in the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
Participants are seen during the 6th annual Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah Special Operation Training Center in Jordan, April 30, 2014. (Xinhua/Cheng Chunxiang)
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Eighteen countries will be participating in the kingdom's Seventh Annual Warrior Competition.
The chairman was at the helm of Arabtec during last June’s market crash, following a dispute that led to the resignation of CEO Hasan Ismaik and the dismissal of much of the management team.
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Riad Kamal, who founded Arabtec in 1975, was also not on the list, although his departure was considered less surprising.
Samaneh, who moved to Tehran on her own from a small town in Iran, faces many difficulties as both a blind and a lesbian woman.  (AFP/Atta Kenare)
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One Iranian woman's determination to live an independent life in the big city; how Egypt is reading to the war in Yemen; and Lebanon's favorite buzzword.
A Lebanese father of six was killed in an "execution-style" shooting in the city of Melbourne, state media reported Sunday.
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A Lebanese father of six was killed in an "execution-style" shooting in the city of Melbourne, state media reported Sunday.
Who are the Zaydis? Technically a branch of Shiite Islam, Zaydis see Zayd ibn-Ali, grandson of Husayn ibn Ali, as the fifth and final imam, making them ‘Fiver Shiites.’ Zayd was killed in an uprising against the Ummayyad caliph in 713 CE.
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As the situation in Yemen worsens by the day, international headlines warn of escalating tensions between Sunni-led Saudi and Shiite-led Iran. But things are much more complicated.
Sherine soaking up the sun in Beirut. (Image: Facebook)
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Sherine Abdel Wahab soaks up the sun in Beirut and celebrates her "Best Middle Eastern Female Artist" MEMA win.
Riot police at Port Said Stadium in Egypt. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
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Death sentences handed to 11 convicted of participating in the massacre have been referred to the Grand Mufti.
The official poster of the film "From A to B." (Image:
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Image Nation Abu Dhabi announced today that its slate of UAE-produced films will now be available on iTunes.
Iranian leadership has challenged several parts of the framework deal, most notably a stipulation calling for complete access to its nuclear sites by UN nuclear agency investigators, and a hold on lifting sanctions until the International Atomic Energy Agency has verified Tehran's compliance. (AFP/File)
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On the heels of a framework nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, a senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard says allowing foreign inspectors inside Iranian military sites would be "selling out."
The Italian coastguard has rescued more than 11,000 migrants from North Africa in the past six days, with hundreds more expected. (Image: AFP/Giovanni Isolino)
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Over 700 are missing and feared dead, 28 rescued in the latest deadly sea accident involving migrants from North Africa.
Haifa didn't care much for her ferocious critics. (Image: Facebook)
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Haifa Wehbe's new music video did not exactly impress everyone!
Experts say Morsi could face the death penalty in his upcoming trial this Tuesday in the latest of a series of harsh sentences handed down to Brotherhood affiliates in Egypt. (AFP/File)
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The ousted Egyptian leader faces a potential death penalty change in an upcoming trial this week, but experts warn either way, a harsh sentencing will likely mean the final end for the Brotherhood in Egypt.
Youssef during his latest appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. (Image: Twitter)
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Bassem Youssef explains the Middle East's current state of affairs to Jon Stewart!
Syrian actress Lina Diab is still MIA. (Image: Facebook)
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We're left with more questions than real answers on why Lina Diab went AWOL after her sister Rana finally speaks up.
Novak Djokovic
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World number one Novak Djokovic secured a convincing straight sets win over 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal to reach the Monte Carlo Open final on Saturday.
Sean Paul sharing his excitement to be in Bahrain at a press conference in the kingdom. (Image: Facebook)
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"Bailando" singing artist Sean Paul rocked out before a sold-out crowd in Bahrain yesterday.
Ghada Adel stars in "The Pledge". (Image: Facebook)
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Ramadan will take us to an unknown village that appears to be cursed in the TV series “The Pledge” ("Al-Ahd"), starring Ghada Adel among other Arab actors.
This has been the longest closure of the Rafah crossing since 2009. (Image: AFP/File)
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Palestinians call on Egyptian authorities to reopen the border point to alleviate the suffering of the residents of the Gaza Strip.
For three months the five friends shaped and welded scrap metal to form a rigid frame before fitting it out with nearly 1,000 green plastic bottles. (Image: AFP/Mohamed Abed)
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Five Palestinians have built a four meter boat from nearly 1000 green plastic bottles, to cruise around the six nautical mile sailing restriction in the Mediterranean Sea.
Egyptian actress Rania Youssef. (Image: Facebook)
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What better way to enjoy Eid El Fitr with the family than to celebrate at the cinema and watch Rania Youssef star in the film "Shad Agzaa".
Models present creations by Pakistani designer Zonia Anwaar at the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) Sunsilk Fashion Week in Lahore. (AFP/Arif Ali)
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Models present creations by Pakistani designer Zonia Anwaar at the Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) Sunsilk Fashion Week in Lahore. (AFP/Arif Ali)
In its rating action, Moody’s has also lowered Bahrain’s foreign currency bond ceiling to Baa 1 from A3 and the foreign-currency deposit ceiling to Baa 3 from Baa2.
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Moody’s Investors Service said on Thursday it has downgraded Bahrain’s long-term government issuer rating to Baa 3 from Baa2 due to expected deterioration in the government’s finances.
Explosions in Gaza in 2014. (AFP/File)
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Two explosive devices were detonated simultaneously in Gaza overnight, targeting the headquarters of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees and a police station. No injuries reported.
Egyptian nationals are exiting Yemen due to the deterioration of the security situation in the country.. (AFP/FIle)
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A total of 1460 Egyptians have exited Yemen since 25 March, according to a spokesman for the Egyptian foreign ministry.
Moqaddam said that Chinese banks are investigating a plan to finance Iranian projects at three times the amount of money Iran has in China (image: on file).
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Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Abbas Sheri Moqaddam has said that China has so far invested €20 billion in the country’s oil industry.
One factor holding back the i3 is recharging infrastructure, which is not in place right now in the Middle East, he says.
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The German carmaker thinks that there is a market for hybrid and electric cars in the Middle East, no matter the cost of fuel or the love for SUVs.
The UAE currently uses drones for official purposes such as to deliver documents and packages to its citizens as part of its efforts to upgrade government services.
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It aims to enhance safety and security measures in Dubai’s airspace and will also regulate the usage of laser, fireworks, light beams and drones in the city.
Al-Mestarayah recruited 100 delegates to collect the money, in return for 20% of the collected money.
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Prosecution investigations revealed that a notorious conman, known as Al-Mestarayah, has scammed Egyptians.
Research has found that Self-Driving cars, when introduced in the United States, could reduce crash costs by up to $488 billion and boost productivity by $645 billion (image: pixabay).
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Given that self-driving cars eliminate the need for human control, it follows that self-driving cars could reduce road traffic deaths in the country by a massive 90%.
Bob Sinclar rockin' a concert. (Image: Facebook)
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"World Hold On" hit maker Bob Sinclar is coming back to Dubai this week for a gig at Cavalli Club on April 23
Egyptian authorities have been cracking down on militants in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
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The Egyptian army has said that it destroyed 69 entry points to underground tunnels in the Sinai Peninsula on the border with Gaza in the last two and a half weeks.
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Thousands of beachgoers at Dubai’s Kite Beach got a little more than they (bucket) bargained for on Friday as KFC surprised them with an unexpected afternoon treat.
The source further explained that Kuwait will be targeting between “5%-10% shares of large transactions” in Egypt.
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Kuwait has completed the lengthy establishment of a company through which the state’s future investments in Egypt will be carried out.

April 18, 2015

Lewis Hamilton
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Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes claims pole position for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.
Turkey has so far refrained from sending troops to directly intervene in the Syrian conflict (File-AFP)
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KSA and Turkey in "high-level" talks over intervention in Syria; the hopeless youth of the Arab world; and a Red Cross exhibit reminds us of the anguish of Lebanon's wars.
RCO, Real Madrid renew training contract
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Following directives from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Charity Organization (RCO) Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, RCO Secretary-General Dr. Mustafa Al-Sayed signed, on behalf of RCO, a renewal agreement with Real Madrid in Spain in the famous Santiago Bernabeu Stadium,
Egypt begins trial of 16 over deadly stadium violence
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The Cairo Criminal Court postponed on Saturday the trial of 16 defendants accused of involvement in February's deadly football violence to May 18, during the trial's first session.
Hamilton and Rosberg
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Reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton lost to his teammate Nico Rosberg as the German recorded the fastest time in second practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The teenagers were reportedly planning to carry out a terrorist attack on ANZAC Day. (AFP/File)
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Australian police forces have arrested five teenagers for planning to purportedly launch an ISIL-inspired terrorist attack.
The army has reportedly managed to secure areas around the refinery. (AFP/File)
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A high-ranking Iraqi military commander says the country’s ground forces have entered the embattled oil refinery of Baiji in the northern Iraqi province of Salahuddin.
Egypt's Culture Minister issued a public apology after insulting museum curator Azza Abd El-Moneim during a tour.  (Image: Facebook)
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Egypt's Culture Minister issued a public apology after insulting overweight museum curator during tour.
Yemen has been in a state of turmoil since 2012. (AFP/File)
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Saudi-led coalition planes struck a camp belonging to the Shiite Houthi group in Yemen's eastern Maarib province early Saturday, eyewitnesses have said.
The attack, which took place outside a busy bank Saturday morning in Afghanistan's Jalalabad, killed over 30 and left over 100 injured.  (AFP/File)
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The attack, which took place outside a busy bank Saturday morning in Afghanistan's Jalalabad, killed over 30 and left over 100 injured.
Leader of pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party Selahattin Demirtas at a presidential campaign rally, July 2014.  (AFP/Ozan Kose)
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Drive-by shooters fired rounds at the People's Democratic Party headquarter's in Turkish capital Ankara early Saturday morning, according to officials.
The group of migrants, prior to departure from Libya, suffered burn injuries from a gas cylinder explosion then were forced aboard a smuggler's boat without medical treatment.  (AFP/File)
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The group of migrants, prior to departure from Libya, suffered burn injuries from a gas cylinder explosion then were forced aboard a smuggler's boat without medical treatment.
Al-Qaeda militants drove out government forces from a weapons depot in Mukalla Friday, one day after seizing a major airport.  (AFP/File)
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Al-Qaeda militants drove out government forces from a weapons depot in Mukalla Friday, one day after seizing a major airport.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called for end to airstrikes and formation of a unity government. (AFP/File)
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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called for end to airstrikes and formation of a unity government.
Tunisians gather in a rally against extremism outside Tunis' Bardo Museum, after a Daesh-claimed attack on the site in March left 23 people dead.  (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
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Tunisia, the origin of 2,000 to 3,000 foreign militants in extremist groups, has launched a campaign against militant hopefuls.
A UNHCR camp for displaced people in western Yemen, 2009.  (AFP/Khaled Fazaa)
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UN seeks funds for emergency relief in Yemen's humanitarian crisis, officials in Jordan say.
The markets sell mini Daesh uniforms for children. (
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Daesh has released a new set of disturbing propaganda photos, showing off their growing number of military markets in Iraq and Syria.
Bombs exploded in several neighborhoods throughout the city. (
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At least forty people were killed and nearly 60 others wounded on Fridaywhen separate bomb attacks struck public places and pro-government Sunni fighters in and around the capital, Baghdad.
Daesh reportedly killed three people in the car bombing on Friday. (
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Daesh claimed responsibility for a car bomb that exploded near the U.S. Consulate in the northern Iraq city of Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region.

April 17, 2015

Sven-Goran Eriksson
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Manchester City possess the best squad in the English Premier League and should have rewarded their Abu Dhabi owners with a third English Premier League title, according to ex-Blues boss Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Mohamed El Ouriachi (picture courtesy of
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The Potters have signed two players from the Catalans in recent years and now look set to acquire a third, with the 19-year-old closing in on a move to the Britannia Stadium
Several news agencies have reported one or more deaths in the incident. (Photo courtesy of
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A car bomb exploded near the U.S. Consulate in the northern Iraq city of Erbil in northern Iraq, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish autonomy zone.
Despite the hurdles they face, the majority of working women in the region are quite ambitious.
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Around 75 per cent of working women in the GCC say that they are not treated equally in their workplaces, which hampers their prospects to advance in their careers as quickly as men.
The market for theme parks in the UAE was valued at Dh1.6 billion in 2014.
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The UAE is expected to see an increase in amusement parks over the next five years.
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, called the "mastermind of Islamic State in Iraq," was the King of Clubs on America's list of most-wanted Iraqis during the war. (AFP/File)
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Former top aid to Saddam Hussein Izzat al-Douri was reportedly killed in Iraq while fighting for Daesh.
Daesh's attack on Ramadi is widely considered a counteroffensive in response to their loss in Tikrit earlier this month. (
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More than 2,000 families have fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi after Daesh forces intensified their offensive on the Iraqi city.
The two towns are located near to Iraq's largest oil refinery. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi government forces have managed to take full control of two towns close to the country's largest oil refinery in the northern province of Salahuddin from ISIL (Daesh) militants.
Screenshot of the Abu Dhabi desert from the new trailer. (Image: YouTube)
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The "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" new trailer opens in on the desert planet Jaku (aka Abu Dhabi!). Read all about it here.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks with UN envoy Staffan de Mistura. Image used for illustrative purposes. (
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accused neighboring Turkey of torpedoing a UN plan for a ceasefire with rebels in the second city of Aleppo. He told the Swedish newspaper Expressen that Ankara had used its influence with rebel factions to persuade them to reject the proposals put forward by UN envoy Staffan de Mistura for a ceasefire in the former commercial hub.
Turkey has been declared as the host for the conference on Halal Tourism- a sector that is currently worth $150 billion (Dh550.5 billion).
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Conference to discuss and shape the agenda on Halal Tourism
This is the latest in a series of incidents where Turkish Airlines planes have been forced to turn back. (AFP/File)
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A Turkish Airlines flight headed for Basel was forced to return back to Istanbul Friday following a bomb scare, AFP has reported.
Security Council members were shown footage of children dying following a reported chemical weapon attack in March. (AFP/File)
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Syrian doctors have presented their accounts to the UN of alleged chlorine attacks in Idlib province in Syria.
Pele prefers Messi over Ronaldo
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The Brazil icon maintains that it's difficult to compare the two players but feels the Argentina star has the edge because of his added ability to create from deep
There is also concern about the dangers of passive smoking in Jordan. (AFP/File)
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Jordanians annually spend JD508 million on tobacco, which is enough to build eight hospitals, Jordan National Anti-Smoking Society President Mohammad Shreim told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, on Thursday.
Three civilians are reported to be among the 36 fatalities. (AFP/File)
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At least 36 people have been killed because of airstrikes and fighting in conflict-ridden Yemen, according to AFP.
Nico Rosberg
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Mercedes racer Nico Rosberg has claimed that it is important for him to finish ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton for the first time this season at Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Iraqi prime minister said that everything "must be done through the government of Iraq." (AFP/File)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has welcomed help from Iran in the fight against Daesh (ISIS), but has warned the country to respect Baghdad's sovereignty.
The UN boss says he is trying to find a new representative to deploy to Yemen. (AFP/File)
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called for an immediate stop to fighting in Yemen and is urging a political solution as the best way to stop to violence.
It is the second time this week that an Indonesian domestic worker has been executed. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia has beheaded an Indonesian female domestic worker, just two days after executing another woman from the Southeast Asian country.
The video only recently emerged on social media. (Screengrab)
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A young Kurdish girl fires a machine gun at ISIS (Daesh), before boasting she has killed 400 of the Islamic militants - as she is egged on with cries of 'kill, kill'.
Medical supplies arrived last week from the International Committee of the Red Cross, but this is the first shipment from the WHO. (AFP)
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The World Health Organization has sent medical supplies to Yemen which arrived in the country on Thursday.

April 16, 2015

Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic was named Sportsman of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai. The Serb tennis player also won the award in 2012.
Ahmed Ezz's controversial look. (Image: El Fagr news)
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Ahmed Ezz is in the Egyptian spotlight often, be it for his artistic talents or some scandal, and his latest attention grabbing act was sporting a new look that Wafaa Amer assures she has no probs with.
Even assuming a conclusion of a nuclear agreement in June, it would take a while for its economic impact to be felt on the ground.
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The economic implications of lifting the sanctions would be enormous for Iran but it would take about a year to be felt in full and growth could accelerate from around 3 per cent in fiscal year 2015-16.

The governments need to urgently scale up their efforts, notably to prioritise the education needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged families, urged the report.
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Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, more than 21 million - one in every four children and young adolescents region are either out of school or at risk of dropping out,
Saudi Arabia announced last July that it would permit direct foreign purchases of shares in the first half of 2015 (image: on file).
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Saudi Arabia will open its $532 billion stock market to direct foreign investment on June 15.
The UAE is strengthening its position as one of the most popular destinations in the world, with flight bookings to the country increasing significantly in recent years (image: on file).
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Expedia has examined its own data to find out where the biggest flight bookings to Dubai come from
In today’s hyper-connected world, it is no longer a question of whether you will be attacked — but when?
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Cyber security has always been a headache not only for the consumers but also for the enterprises and it will always continue to be.
Four new gas-powered power plants will have
a total capacity of 900 megawatts (image: on file).
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Egypt has signed preliminary deals with Kuwait's Alghanim International for two energy-related projects worth a total of $1.6 billion.
The survey also found that up to 63 per cent of the respondents plan to move to a new house before their next lease renewal.
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Most Dubai residents – up to 82 per cent – faced a rental increase during their last contract renewal, according to a new survey.
Saud al-Faisal said the country's judiciary would invest the case. (AFP)
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Saudi Arabia has said two Saudi officers responsible for the sexual abuse of two teenage Iranian girls at Jeddah airport would receive the maximum penalty.
beIN Sports set to launch in Spain
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Qatar-based television network Al Jazeera and Spanish broadcaster Mediapro have partnered to launch beIN Sports channel.
Al-Qaeda has had a growing presence in Yemen. (AFP/File)
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Residents and military officials say that al-Qaeda has seized control of one of Yemen's main airports in the south of the country following brief fighting with troops, according to AP.