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April 20, 2016

Nadiya will personally present the Queen with her cake at an event in Windsor's town hall. (The Sun UK)
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Queen Elizabeth II wants Nadiya Hussain to bake her 90th birthday cake.
Over 1,100 people in the UAE's banking sector have lost their jobs since last year. (Emirates NBD)
07:00 GMT
Dubai's largest lender is the latest to announce job cuts, as the banking industry struggles to save costs in a weaker economy.
Erdogan does not like to be teased. (AFP/File)
06:50 GMT
A British magazine will award almost $1,500 to the nastiest poem about the Turkish President!
The Musicians Syndicate rescinded the permit of Egyptian singer Dina El-Wedidi on Sunday night after accusing her of insulting the board of the syndicate. (File photo)
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The Musicians Syndicate rescinded the permit of Egyptian singer Dina El-Wedidi on Sunday night after accusing her of insulting the board of the syndicate.
An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter holds his weapon while on patrol in Bashiqa, a town northeast of Mosul. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants attacked a Turkish military camp in northern Iraq and lost almost three dozen militants.
A child without a family suddenly has hundreds of homes to choose from. (Shutterstock)
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A young girl abandoned at a public park is facing hundreds of offers for a temporary home.
Iconic Warner Bros characters at Warner Bros Movie World in Australia. (Pinterest)
06:00 GMT
Bugs Bunny and company will find a new home on Yas Island in 2018, in a billion-dollar project that is expected to create 1,000 jobs.
A man was reportedly killed over the price of a cup, prompting angry reactions on the streets and online.
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A man was reportedly killed over the price of a cup, prompting angry reactions on the streets and online.
If convicted, the defendants could be sentenced to seven to 20 years with hard labor. (File photo)
05:30 GMT
The fate of an Australian mother and TV crew is expected to be revealed Wednesday amid attempts to convince the father to drop the lawsuit over the abduction of his two children.
Iraqi King Faisal rides his horse outside government buildings in Baghdad, damaged in a 2009 suicide bombing.  (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
05:20 GMT
Vintage photographs shed light on Baghdad's modernist past; a DJ remixes her mother's retro Armenian tunes; and Israel's tourism industry wipes Palestinian history from the map - literally.
FlyDubai established a Family Assistance Team, which is working to support bereaved families and to help identify and repatriate personal effects of the victims. (AFP/File)
05:06 GMT
One month after the fatal air crash in Rostov-On-Don, the airline has launched a website to express condolences for those who perished on flight FZ981.
All the shows premiering on Comedy Central HD will be available on OSN’s award-winning catch-up service, OSN Play and via OSN on Demand. (Facebook)
05:00 GMT
OSN adds Comedy Central HD to its roster in the Middle East.

April 19, 2016

Saudi Arabia is beefing up its Iraqi border with a 965 km state-of-the-art security system. Ground broke last September on a combo 5-layer fence-and-ditch design that will be strung with radar, night vision cameras, and buried motion sensors. The $3.4 BIL defense against ISIS will one day protect their entire Iraqi border from Kuwait to Jordan.
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We hear you knocking, but you can't come in! Take a tour of the Middle East's many border barriers.
Zidane: Barca and Atletico still in the driving seat
19:15 GMT
Real Madrid are closing in on their city and Clasico rivals, but the Blancos boss warned his side have achieved nothing in La Liga yet
Tractorsazi Tabriz' Mehdi Kiani (L) vies for the ball with Al-Hilal's Yussef al-Salem during their AFC Champions League group stage football match in Doha on April 19, 2016.
KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
18:39 GMT
Tractorsazi Tabriz' Mehdi Kiani (L) vies for the ball with Al-Hilal's Yussef al-Salem during their AFC Champions League group stage football match in Doha on April 19, 2016. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
Elkabetz began her career in modeling but later found success in 1990 with her first starring role in 'The Intended'. (Forward.com)
17:41 GMT
Actress Ronit Elkabetz has passed away on Tuesday.
Source: @MailSport
17:32 GMT
Why did David Beckham play in Kuwait All-Star game banned by FIFA?
Afghan security forces at the site of a car bombing earlier on April 19. (AFP/Shah Marai)
16:33 GMT
A second blast struck central Kabul.
An affair led a carpenter to contemplate murder. (Shutterstock)
16:15 GMT
A carpenter threatened to murder a babysitter when she discovered his affair.
Argentina's Facundo Campazzo (L) vies for the ball with Edgar Sosa (R) of the Dominican Republic, during a 2015 FIBA Americas Championship Men's Olympic qualifying match at the Sport Palace in Mexico City on September 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO/RONALDO SCHEMIDT
RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP
15:42 GMT
The 28-year-old guard led Bandar Imam to the Iranian league title last week and has also played in Italy and Germany in the past.
A house destroyed by an airstrike in the Idlib province. (AFP/File)
15:20 GMT
Syrian regime airstrikes hit two civilian areas in the Idlib province.
The speakers and organizers of the Oman Sports Conference at Grand Hyatt on Monday (source: Muscat Daily)
15:12 GMT
The need for a protocol on good governance in sports organisations and lesser reliance on government support were the key recommendations made at the fourth Oman Sports Conference (OSC) that was held at Grand Hyatt on Monday.
Theo Zwanziger
14:44 GMT
A court in Germany on Tuesday rejected a claim for slander by the Qatar Football Association (QFA) against former German football federation president Theo Zwanziger.
Afghan forces gather at the site of a car bomb in Kabul on April 19. (AFP/Shah Marai)
14:43 GMT
Afghan media has released more details about he deadly Kabul attack, with at least 24 people killed.
Superstar Haifa Wehbe is currently filming scenes for Project Runway ME. (Facebook)
14:20 GMT
Superstar Haifa Wehbe is currently filming scenes for Project Runway ME.
Jordanian honour guards parade during an official welcoming ceremony for the French president. (AFP/File)
14:05 GMT
Jordanian honour guards parade during an official welcoming ceremony for the French president.
Kuwaiti oil workers at the union headquarters in Al-Ahmadi, 35 km south of Kuwait city.  (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
A strike by 6,000 oil workers in Kuwait has reduced the country's output to to just 1.1 million barrels per day, compared to 2.81 million barrels last month.
Latifa looks almost unrecognizable on the cover of her new TV series's promotional poster. (Facebook)
13:34 GMT
Latifa looks almost unrecognizable on the cover of her new TV series's promotional poster.
A blind and deaf man from Ramtha was reportedly caught in Turkey trying to join Daesh in Syria. (AFP Photo/Rami Al-Sayed)
13:00 GMT
The 20-year-old from Ramtha was caught in Turkey while trying to cross into Syria.
French President Francois Hollande (C), flanked by Egyptian Minister of Transports Gallal al-Said (L) and Head of the National Authority of Tunnels (NAT), Ismael al-Nagdi, visits the third line of Cairo's metro which is under construction, on April 18, 2016. (AFP/Stefane de Sakutin)
13:00 GMT
Egypt's ninth largest trading partner signed a number of deals including support for the Cairo metro renovation, financing a wind power station and €180M in loans for additional infrastructure projects.
Inspired by true events, Bilal is the story of a boy who dreams of becoming a great warrior but is abducted with his sister and taken to a land far away from home.  (Al Sharq)
12:30 GMT
Dubai-based Barajoun Entertainment is bringing its $30M epic computer-animated adventure tale to the Cannes Film Festival next month.
The build-up of refugees at Greece-Macedonia border has been described as a humanitarian disaster. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
Economically embattled Greece has been the main point of arrival for migrants and asylum seekers entering Europe, with most of them crossing by sea from Turkey until a deal was struck with Ankara last month to return people.
Arab Idol was going to be filmed in Jordan, according to Ahlam! (Mivois.com)
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Arab Idol was going to be filmed in Jordan, according to the show's celebrity judge Ahlam!
Julio Iglesias has sold more than 300 million records in 14 languages. (Twitter)
12:08 GMT
The legendary Spanish singer follows in the footsteps of Marcel Khalife as he takes the stage at Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah.
Expat remittances to Lebanon have been dropping since 2014, and low oil prices will continue to limit the amounts sent to Lebanon. (Argaam)
12:00 GMT
The World Bank has revised downwards expat remittances to Lebanon in 2015 from $7.5B to $7.16B, and there is little hope for a rebound in 2016.
Whenever you make a decision around security, the most important thing to consider is the adversary you face. (Shutterstock)
11:50 GMT
If you're choosing a smartphone based on how secure it is, you need to examine your biggest concerns.
Some Twitter users compared the image used in wSieci for an article referring to the Cologne sexual assaults, to Nazi propaganda. The words translate as "The Islamic rape of Europe". (AFP/Janek Skarzynski)
11:49 GMT
Dr. Farid Hafez from the University of Salzburg and Dr. Enes Bayraklı analyze Islamophobia in Europe vis-a-vis their new annual report, 'European Islamophobia Report 2015'.
Salaries can play a huge role in assessing job satisfaction. (File photo)
11:41 GMT
Here's how to compare your salary with others in your field.
A screenshot from the video filmed in Daraya, Syria. (credit: YouTube/Amnesty International)
11:40 GMT
Amnesty International released the video Tuesday, showing life under siege in the small city of Daraya. (Warning: graphic content)
A police officer kicks a demonstrator during a protest in Rabat, Morocco. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
A street vendor, nicknamed in the Moroccan media as "The Baghrir (Moroccan pancake) vendor Umm Fatiha," committed self-immolation after a Kenitra police officer confiscated her stall.
The contract includes the design of elevated stations, and a construction of a tunnel under the Nile. (Vinci)
11:00 GMT
The contract was announced at a signing attended by Egypt's President Sisi and French President François Hollande in Cairo.
The international community pledged some $3.51B in aid over three years to rebuild Gaza, but only $1.41B has been delivered. (AFP/File)
10:56 GMT
Current revenue sharing arrangements outlined by the 1994 Paris Protocol are depriving the Palestinian economy of vital revenue, according to a World Bank report.

Andrea will be taking to the du Arena stage on Friday, April 22. (Facebook)
10:00 GMT
Ahead of his April concert in Abu Dhabi, Andrea Bocelli said that he's 'happy to return to an a extraordinary land.'
Airlines are likely to increase prices to offset the decline in corporate bookings. (Oman Air)
10:00 GMT
Airlines in Oman are feeling the pressure as falling oil prices and tighter budgets have led to a decline in corporate bookings.
Shoura member Haya Al-Minai said the success of women in municipal council elections is proof that women have the potential to contribute to the development of the Kingdom. (AFP/File)
09:41 GMT
Shoura member Haya Al-Minai said she is proposing to amend Article 36 in the Traffic Law to state that driving is an equal right for men and women.
At your service: Female fan pays $90,000 to kiss Ricky Martin on the lips at AIDS charity fundraiser. (YouTube)
09:36 GMT
Female fan pays $90,000 to kiss Ricky Martin on the lips at AIDS charity fundraiser.
A fire extinguisher is pictured in this file photo. (File photo)
09:30 GMT
According to the forensic report, the victim was left with a partial brain damage after the attack. He has been suffering recurrent epilepsy episodes and has become very aggressive and nervous, the report said.
Melinda and Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum. (WEF)
09:00 GMT
Qatar Development Fund is supporting a $2.5B sharia-compliant fund created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to combat poverty.
Ricky and Jwan made their relationship public in Brazil this week. (Us.hola.com)
08:52 GMT
14 things you gotta know about Ricky Martin's new Syrian boyfriend!
Police escort Yosef Haim Ben-David, one of the Jewish suspects of the murder of Muhammed Abu Khdeir, in the Disctrict Court in Jerusalem. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
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Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Arab from Shuafat in east Jerusalem was abducted, burned and brutally murdered on July 2, 2014 while waiting to enter a mosque.
Monsoon and Accessorize were founded in London and together have more than 1,000 stores in 70 countries around the world. (Wikipedia)
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The new partnership will see expansion of the UK fashion brand with 25 new stores in Saudi Arabia and a rollout of stores in the Gulf.
All the way from the Philippines and Britain's Got Talent, girl group '4th Impact' is headed for a performance in Dubai this month. (Facebook)
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All the way from the Philippines and X Factor UK, girl group '4th Impact' is headed for a performance in Dubai this month.
Muslims perform the third Friday prayer of the Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque on July 03, 2015 in the Old City of Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
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The decision was reached after "some of our people in Palestine complained and expressed reservations toward the process," according to al-Nsoor.
Flash waters killed six people, three women and three children, and damaged about 20 houses and at least five acres of agricultural land in Samangan Province. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
At least 38 people have lost their lives due to heavy rains accompanied by flash floods in northern parts of Afghanistan, according to officials.
The investment will capitalise on Dubai’s growing logistics market and will offer premium warehousing facilities to tenants. (Twitter)
07:00 GMT
The investment comprises nine freehold plots of land in the Al Quoz Industrial Area covering an area of approximately 630,000 sq ft.
President Barack Obama of the United States and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT
The deal struck over Iran's nuclear programme last year, under which the US backed the gradual lifting of international sanctions against the Islamic Republic, did nothing to reassure Riyadh.
Black smoke was seen rising from the vicinity of the US embassy in Kabul. (Twitter)
06:27 GMT
There was no indication of the source of the blast, but rocket attacks remain common in the city.
UN Syria envoy Staffan De Mistura speaks at the United Nations Offices. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
High Negotiations Committee will remain in Geneva for 'technical discussions', UN envoy said.
Contingency plans have been put into place to operate oil installations during the strike. (AFP/Yasser Al-Zayyat)
06:00 GMT
Authorities are arguing against the oil workers' right to strike, calling out limitations on unions to follow dispute-settlement mechanisms.
Morgan Stanley said that the failed deal "underscores the poor state of OPEC relations." (AFP/File)
05:20 GMT
As oil prices plunge in the wake of the failed oil producers' meeting, here are five things we learned.
Israeli security forces and emergency services gather around a burnt-out bus following an explosion by IED (improvised explosive device). (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld reported that bomb disposal experts had identified the cause of the blast as an explosive device on the bus.
The law says it is the local governments' responsibility to care of the rehabilitation of stray animals. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
Despite being famed for its love of cats, a million stray cats and dogs are reported to be causing a headache for the city authorities.
Though Jewish-Muslim relations in Morocco have not always been ideal, Israeli peace activist Ron Berlitz reflects on his trip to the country, where there may be signs of reconciliation.  (Flickr Creative Commons/Antonio Cinotti)
04:58 GMT
An Israeli peace activist reflects on Jewish-Muslim relations in Morocco; a baby born amid war in Syria; and revisiting the Qana massacre twenty years later.
Fabregas: Player of the Year Mahrez good enough for Barca (source: @goal)
02:26 GMT
The Chelsea midfielder has backed the Leicester winger to scoop the PFA award for the leading star of 2015/16, and believes the Algerian could succeed at the Camp Nou

April 18, 2016

Ahmed Elmohamady (source: elfagr.org)
19:49 GMT
Cairo giants Ahly played down on Monday claims that they were interested in acquiring the services of Hull City's Egyptian winger Ahmed Elmohamady.
Source: sabq.org
19:24 GMT
The Jeddah Autism Center, a subsidiary of Al Faisalya Women Welfare Society, held a Cycling Marathon to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day under the slogan #Altouhdi_kman_draj (#autistics_ are also_ cyclists) on Saturday.
Photos on social media show the bus engulfed in flames. (Twitter)
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Bus in Talpiot neighborhood went up in flames; 15 people rushed to hospital, including two in serious condition; police say unclear if it was an attack.
The Lebanese superstar held yet another one of her classic concerts in the North African country. (Morocco World News)
16:11 GMT
The Lebanese superstar held yet another one of her classic concerts in the North African country.
The Puerto Rican superstar introduced his new bae to the world on Instagram this week. (Instagram)
16:01 GMT
The Puerto Rican superstar introduced his new bae to the world on Instagram this week.
An Egyptian street vendor sells the country's national flag and masks of Egypt's, then Defence Minister but now current president, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (AFP/File)
15:26 GMT
Egyptian government had announced transferring sovereignty of Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia.
Medhi Benatia
15:19 GMT
The defender has grown frustrated by the constant speculation surrounding his future and admits he will leave Bayern Munich if they want to sell him at the end of the season
Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi and his French counterpart Francois Hollande review the honour guard during a welcome ceremony at the al-Quba presidential palace in Cairo on April 17, 2016. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
15:17 GMT
Francois Hollande was speaking alongside Sisi in Cairo at the Egyptian-French Business Forum; Egyptian president says Europe needs to see things through our scope and culture.
The mutaween were the subject of controversy after chasing and assaulting two women over their dress. (Twitter)
15:06 GMT
Last week saw Saudi’s rampant religious police’s powers clipped. A look at the timing and significance of this power-’strip’ geopolitically.
The country's representative in Turkey includes a conspicuous warning to travellers on its website (AFP / Bulent Kilic)
15:03 GMT
The country's travel advice for Turkey includes a conspicuous warning to tourists.
In the past, religious police were able to arrest Saudis for inappropriate dress (AFP)
14:55 GMT
After the Kingdom's notorious morality police were stripped of their powers, some Saudis fear a national slide into depravity, wizardry and licentiousness.
Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh has instructed the Jordanian ambassador in Iran to return to Amman. (Twitter)
14:44 GMT
Jordan had also called Iran to respect the sovereignty of nations and respond to the Arab efforts to forge a balanced and solid joint ties based on respect for the principles of the international relations and international law.
Anti-refugee, anti-immigration movement demonstrates against refugees coming to Germany which has, to date, been the most welcoming of EU states to asylum seekers. (AFP/File)
14:27 GMT
In an interview with state broadcaster NDR, the chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, said that for "the first time since Hitler's Germany there is a party that again seeks to discredit an entire religious community and threatens its existence."
Saad Lamjarred added to the list of celebrities not wanting to take part in Ramez Galal's prank show. (File photo)
14:13 GMT
Saad Lamjarred added to the list of celebrities not wanting to take part in Ramez Galal's prank show.
Lebanon: US watching presidential elections closely, no favored candidate yet. (AFP/File)
13:31 GMT
Telecommunications Minister Butros Harb, who was present at the session, slammed the "shameful" failure to elect a head of state, saying that he came to parliament because he has a "constitutional role to fulfill."
Who would have thought that Ragheb had a problem with Hassan? (Bitajarod)
13:25 GMT
Who would have thought that Ragheb Alama had a hidden problem with his former Arab Idol colleague Hassan el Shafei?
Some customers apparently got more than they bargained for at this beauty salon! (Big stock)
13:16 GMT
The men were charging 10 dinars ($33) for the sexual services offered under the guise of massages, Kuwaiti daily Al Rai reported on Sunday.
Mohamed Salah
13:12 GMT
Roma's director Walter Sabatini insisted on Sunday that Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah "will not be harmed" over a proposed plan that if implemented will see Serie A players raise banners next weekend to demand the truth over the murder of Italian student Gulio Regeni in Cairo.
At last year's Paris Air Show, Saudia ordered 50 passenger planes from Airbus worth some $8B. (Argaam)
13:04 GMT
The new low cost airline company, Flyadeal, will take on regional budget carriers such as Oman's Salam Air, launched last month.
Beverly Hills celebrity salon owner Anastasia Soare with the Clooneys. (Snapchat/Anastasia Beverly Hills)
12:38 GMT
Sanders protesters threw dollar bills at guests arriving at George and Amal's fundraising dinner for Hillary Clinton in LA.
Protesters in Kerkennah chant slogans at the arriving military forces. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
12:30 GMT
Unemployment protests turned violent on the island of Kerkennah, prompting military intervention.
Egyptian Disney fans ask for return to dubbing in Egyptian Arabic dialect. (Disney)
12:03 GMT
In anticipation of Finding Dory's release, an online campaign has been launched calling for Disney to abandon its new trend of dubbing films in modern standard Arabic instead of Egyptian.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) and his French counterpart Francois Hollande hold a press conference at the al-Qubaa palace in Cairo on April 17, 2016. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
12:00 GMT
French President Francois Hollande confirmed support for a $1.4B Cairo metro expansion project and $1B arms agreement as pressure mounts against Sisi in the capital.
A Palestinian girl wraps a scarf around her face to protect from tear gas. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Israeli forces fired tear gas into a girls' school in Hebron, wounding eleven.
Michael Bay's 'Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen' was filmed in Petra. (File photo)
11:56 GMT
How many of these films, which were shot in Jordan, have you seen?
Amy Samir Ghanem and Hassan Raddad are finally making their relationship official. (Dotmsr.com)
11:47 GMT
Amy Samir Ghanem and Hassan Raddad are finally making their relationship official.
Free Syrian Army members raise their weapons and a revolutionary flag during a training session on the outskirts of Idlib, Syria. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
'We're not here to share power, but to establish a transitional government with full authority', said top opposition negotiator.
Now you have no excuse for managing your inbox. (Android Insider)
11:11 GMT
A new update will allow users to check their emails, respond with pre-set messages or voice dictation from your wrist.
If you have past financial problems, make sure you address them before you apply for a loan. (Shutterstock)
11:02 GMT
Understand what lenders are looking for, and increase highlight your good financial standing when applying for a long-term loan.
The first Air France airliner arrives at the Imam Khomeini International airport in the Iranian capital Tehran on April 17, 2016. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
11:00 GMT
With a compromise found in the row over compulsory hijabs for female cabin crew, the first Air France flight in eight years landed in Tehran with the French transport minister and business delegation.
If you are serious about making a drastic shift in your career, be prepared to work for free to learn the ropes. (Bayt)
10:53 GMT
Working for an international organization or non-profit is not just about getting field experience; you need the required skills and commitment.
Taiz citizens protest the ongoing conflict in Yemen. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Basha)
10:46 GMT
Delegations refuse to meet in Kuwait to discuss peace after multiple ceasefire violations from both sides.
Kardashian Momager Kris Jenner turns Business Mentor in Dubai. (Cosmopolitan)
10:45 GMT
Kris Jenner talks business mentoring in Dubai (and even reveals her who her fave daughter is)!
Former Libyan Prime Minister, Ahmed Maiteeq. (AFP/File)
10:09 GMT
An attempted kidnapping of Libya's former Prime Minister caused military personnel to be deployed to Tripoli.
QIA has stake of just over 25 percent in Sainsbury's. (Retail Gazette)
10:00 GMT
Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), CVC Capital Partners and Canada's Brookfield had reportedly planned the takeover last autumn.
A private tutor in Dubai got too close for comfort. (Shutterstock)
09:48 GMT
A private Arabic tutor was caught touching a young girl inappropriately in Dubai.