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July 18, 2014

At least 888,978 Egyptians have visited Mecca this year thus far (File Archive)
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Egyptians make up the largest group of religious pilgrims that have visited Mecca so far in 2014.
Official: Rio Ferdinand joins QPR on one-year deal
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The centre-back left Manchester United at the end of last season, ending a 12-year association with the club, and has now been reunited with his former West Ham boss Harry Redknapp
Mathieu Debuchy
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The full-back has completed his move to the Emirates Stadium as Newcastle confirm the arrival of his replacement, Daryl Janmaat, to become the club's second summer signing
Exhausted after a long day of work under the blazing desert sun, the migrants spend the afternoon searching for a place to sleep on the streets of Doha.
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Exhausted after a long day of work under the blazing desert sun, the migrants spend the afternoon searching for a place to sleep on the streets of Doha.
Launched at Farnborough on Monday, the neo plane is a revamped version of the A330, sporting engine upgrades to provide more economical long-haul travel.
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Qatar Airways gave Boeing a lift on Wednesday, concluding a deal for 50 of the US planemaker's revamped long-haul passenger jets and proposing to buy the same amount again.
The report expects that if Qatar loses its hosting right of the World Cup, the infrastructure spending will lose execution focus and face potential delays.
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The nominal effect of the World Cup cancellation is credit positive, as capital spending would be lower and more efficient, according to the bank.

July 17, 2014

Kurds in Syria declared their own autonomous region in November 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
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Kurds in Syria are now requiring that all of their men serve in their armed forces in the self-declared autonomous region's attempt to fight off jihadist insurgents.
At least eighty percent of those killed from Israeli airstrikes over the past week and a half in Gaza are civilians (Said Khatib/AFP)
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Five more children were killed from Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Thursday as the civilian death toll climbs yet again under the Tel Aviv offensive.
The probe is expected to reach Mars by 2021 (File Archive)
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The UAE is planning to send a probe to Mars by 2021 in the country's latest out-of-this-world feat attempt.
ISIS controls oil fields in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor as well (File Archive/AFP)
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The Jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) seized a major gas field in Syria Thursday, leaving at least 23 people dead in the process.
UNRWA schools have been used in recent days as refuge sites for Palestinians fleeing ongoing Israeli strikes in their neighborhoods (File Archive)
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The UN refugee agency for Palestinians reported Thursday that it found rockets stored in one of its vacant schools in Gaza.
Despite their recent upgrade to the more mainstream emerging market league, UAE and Qatar are considered risky enough by many investors that they still treat them like frontier markets.
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Erratic price moves, difficulties of accessing the market, and deep political risks, alongside strong growth, are common characteristics of frontier markets
Arab Bank also owns 40 percent of Saudi Arabia's Arab National Bank ANB.
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Arab Bank has been expanding across several Middle Eastern countries and has built a reputation for stability in a region shaken by conflict and political upheaval, partly thanks to diversified investments.
The $7 billion Kuwait Metro project is another vital project currently in the stages of design and supervision.
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Kuwait’s construction sector has witnessed high growth at a steady pace, driven by the announcement of several infrastructure projects in recent times.
Lebanon has been trying to crack down on outlaws firing rockets into Israel (File Archive)
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Lebanon filed a complaint to the United Nations Security Council Thursday against Israel in response to Tel Aviv's bombardment of Lebanon's southern villages.
Luis Suarez
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Barcelona mounted an impassioned defence of their £75m signing of Luis Suarez from Liverpool yesterday and did their best not to further...
Eighty percent of those killed since Israel launched its so-called Operation Protective Edge are civilians (Said Khatib/AFP)
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Hamas officials denied the alleged ceasefire deal set for early Friday, saying that talks between themselves and Israel are still ongoing.
Bombs also exploded in Sadr City late Wednesday (Ali Al Saadi/AFP)
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At least 15 militants were killed in clashes with Iraqi security forces in the country's north, and another four civilians were killed in a bomb explosion in the country's capital.
Women mourn the death of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was kidnapped and burned to death on July 2 (File Archive/AFP)
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Israel's Justice Ministry reported that prosecutors indicted three Jews Thursday over the kidnapping and murder of the Palestinian teenager who was burned to death this month in what has been described as a "revenge killing."
Real Madrid
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Real Madrid has topped Forbes' annual list of the world's most valuable sports teams.
Libyan security forces have struggled to combat armed militia groups who have grown powerful since Gaddafi's overthrow. (AFP/File)
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Intense fighting at the Libyan airport in Tripoli has left 30 dead.
Sebastian Vettel
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Red Bull's ace racer Sebastian Vettel has said that Formula One can be a very cruel sport as the consecutive four time world champion attempts to save his season.
Detainees in Guantanamo Bay have been on hunger strike to protest over conditions in the prison (File/AFP)
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A U.S. nurse has bravely refused to force-feed Guantanamo Bay detainees on hunger strike in protest to the barbaric methods used by medical teams at the prison.
Serena Williams
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World number one Serena Williams' French coach has said that the American tennis ace is enduring a difficult period in her life.
Yasmine looked so pretty in her wedding dress. (Image: Facebook)
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What's the mystery behind Yasmine Abdel Aziz's bridal picture?
Lebanon's army patrols the country's border town of Ersal, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Hezbollah fighters and Nusra Front militants clashed again close to Lebanon's border with Syria, according to a security source.
At least 230 Palestinians have died in recent airstrikes. (AFP/File)
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Israel and Hamas have reached an agreement on a comprehensive ceasefire that will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday.
Duraid is currently appearing in the traditional Syrian drama "Bawabet Al Reeh" (Gate of the Wind). (Image: Facebook)
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Duraid Lahham is making special guest appearance on the TV drama "Dobbu El Shanati" (Pack up your Suitcases).
An injured Palestinian boy is carried away from the beach after an Israeli strike, July 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Israel's government spokesperson Mark Regev said the IDF "does not target civilians" on the same day four children were killed while playing on a Gaza beach.
Israel's Iron Dome system normally intercepts rockets fired from Gaza with a 90% success rate. (AFP/File)
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Three rockets landed in Israel's Eshkol region two hours after a temporary five-hour ceasefire was agreed upon by Hamas and Israel.
The UN estimates that 13 percent of the 4.5 million children under the age of five are "acutely malnourished" (File/AFP)
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Around 40 percent of Yemen's population faces a serious food crisis according to a United Nations report. The UN's sister body UNICEF also said Yemeni children are showing signs of stunting.
The Islamic State has experienced many successes in Iraq in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
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The success of the Islamic State is due to a combination of brutal force and winning over local populations.
Israel's army conducted at least 37 raids overnight in Gaza, bringing the Palestinian death toll up to 227 (File/AFP)
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Eight Palestinians were killed overnight after intensive shelling by Israeli forces across the Gaza Strip ahead of a UN brokered "humanitarian" ceasefire.
The UAE will make history if they enter the space race with a mission to Mars. (Image: IBTimes)
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The UAE is entering the space race with a mission to Mars; Blues legend Johnny Winter passes away; Police still using the banned and shameful "gay test" in Lebanon.
Various political groups called for the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt to be opened permanently (File/AFP)
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Political groups in Egypt joined forces to support Palestinian resistance against Israel while denouncing a recent truce deal brokered by Cairo between Tel Aviv and Hamas.
Tunisian security forces have been struggling to extricate militants from the Chaambi Mountains. (AFP/File)
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Fourteen Tunisian soldiers were killed in an attack by militants at a military checkpoint near the Algerian border.
Piers has offended millions with his "#FreePalestineAndIsrael" tweets. (Image: The Independent)
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Piers Morgan managed to offend every Pro-Palestine person on his Twitter feed... again!
Yara is well-known for her simple and conservative elegance. (Image: Facebook)
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Being beautiful, elegant and conservative has paid off for Yara who's been appointed as the ambassador of fashion house "Miss Bella."
Thirteen members of Hamas crossed into Israeli territory via a tunnel dug in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP/File)
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IDF forces stopped an attempt by Hamas to infiltrate a kibbutz via an underground tunnel.
Militant group ISIL has been engaged in a deadly battle with Iraq's forces and other splinter groups (File/AFP)
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A Saudi "mufti" who joined militant group ISIL has been killed by Iraq's armed forces during an air raid in Tikrit, according to a news site.
Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said: "I don't know whether to laugh or cry on the so-called swearing-in ceremony of Syrian regime's President Bashar Assad” (AFP/ File).
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Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea ridiculed Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday following Assad's swearing-in ceremony as president.
Over 1,600 people have been injured since the conflict began ten days ago. (AFP/File)
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The death toll in the besieged Gaza Strip has reached 227.
The majority of celebs condemned the evil acts of Israel on Gaza. (Image: Google)
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Arab and international celebrities tweet to condemn Israel.
A Syrian woman begs with her children downtown Istanbul on July 16, 2014. Turkey is to take "drastic measures" to deal with the influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its biggest city Istanbul, including forcibly sending them to camps in the southeast. (AFP)
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A Syrian woman begs with her children downtown Istanbul on July 16, 2014
A new report shows that 48 percent of Syrian refugee girls were forced to marry men at least 10 years their senior. (AFP/File)
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Child marriages among Syrian refugee girls in Jordan has doubled since the onset of the war.
A view from southern Israel into Gaza during the ceasefire (Menahem Kahana/ AFP).
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Israel on Wednesday agreed to temporarily halt its assault on Gaza to come into effect on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Two Palestinians and a Lebanese man were arrested in connection with rocket attacks towards Israel (File/AFP)
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Palestinian factions are not interested in drawing Lebanon into the current Israel-Gaza conflict, a senior Hamas official said Wednesday.
Libya's capital airport has been under attack for the past four days (Mahmud Turkia/AFP)
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Rocket fire targeted Libya's main international airport for a fourth straight day Wednesday.
The lawmaker emphasized that Lebanon was negotiating “state to state” and not with any private companies. The Turkish Embassy declined to comment.
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Lebanon is moving forward with a plan to import water from Turkey, having failed to impose any restrictions on water usage in response to one of the worst water shortages in recent memory.
The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021.
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Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitious trip to Mar

July 16, 2014

EU officials and experts voiced support over the weekend for proposals to turn Cyprus into an energy hub for Europe in order to reduce the continent’s dependence on Russian gas.
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Oettinger also outlined a need in Europe for liquefied natural gas, which Cyprus hopes to make part of its emerging status as an energy hub with the eventual opening of a massive LNG plant.
Total private sector liabilities were up 5.2 percent in the first five months of the year over the end of last year to $208 billion, corresponding
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Total outstanding loans received from abroad, based on a remaining maturity basis, that the Turkish private sector is obliged to repay within 12 months
Relatives of the four boys - all from the same family, mourn during the funeral in Gaza City, July 16, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Four Palestinian boys were killed while they played football on the beach by Israeli shelling from naval boats in a horrific strike witnessed by AFP journalists.
(Mohammed Abed/AFP)
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Genocidal tweets from Israeli teens shows the difficult path ahead for those who want peace; Poetry gets political. Scottish icon endorses cultural boycott of Israel; Peace derailed: how Israel ruined the best chance for peace in decades with anti-violence Abbas; Media dystopia: Israel's semantic battle for PR victory.
Demba Ba
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The striker has departed Chelsea after the arrival of Diego Costa saw him drop further down the pecking order, having scored just 14 goals in 18 months at Stamford Bridge
De Mistura previously served in Iraq and Afghanistan (File Archive)
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Syria's newly appointed UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura will meet with the Security Council Friday in the latest effort to end the ongoing conflict.
With the addition of new games, the lottery system is expected to pay off in a short time. The winner will also have the right to hold the lottery every weekday.
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Turkey attracted several billion dollars in privatization revenues last year driven by sell-offs in the energy sector and is now trying to focus on more profitable sales after some tender revenues came in below expectations.
Approximately 300,000 refugees in Turkey live in the country's border camps (File Archive/AFP)
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Turkey may force Syrian refugees to leave the country's city centers in Ankara's latest move to "deal" with the influx of refugees in the country.
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad was officially sworn in for a third term in office Wednesday despite highly disputed polls (SANA/AFP)
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At least four people were killed and 22 wounded from an attack on Syria's capital following the inauguration ceremony of President Bashar Al Assad Wednesday.
The Garden Apartments range from studio to three-bedroom duplexes — each reflecting classic modernity while maintaining a balance of style and functionality.
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Located just three kilometres from Burj Khalifa, the exclusive, ultra-stylish yet family-orientated community has more than 30 per cent of the 185-acre project dedicated to green living and is now offering its luxury homes for sale.
“Texas and California are likely the biggest losers in terms of lost employment"
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The new report "Losing Billions – The Cost of Iran Sanctions to the U.S. Economy" reveals that between 1995 and 2012, the U.S. sacrificed at least $135 billion and as much as $175 billion in potential export revenue to Iran.
More than 1550 people have been injured from strikes on Gaza within the past nine days (AFP)
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Hamas officially rejected a proposed ceasefire deal with Israel Wednesday as the death toll surpassed 200.
The first of 13 A380 superjumbos ordered by Qatar was scheduled to be delivered in May and exhibited during the industry's key trade show at Farnborough in Britain.
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"We are a very demanding customer, we want everything to be absolutely perfect. It is absolutely disappointing to Qatar Airways."
Asafa Powell
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The doping bans on former world 100 metre record holder Asafa Powell and fellow Jamaican Sherone Simpson have been reduced from 18 months to six months.
More than 250 cases of sexual harassment were recorded in less than two years, including sexual assaults en masse in the capital's Tahrir Square (File Archive)
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An Egyptian court sentenced nine men to lengthy jail terms Wednesday for assaulting women, representing the longest sentences since Cairo authorities criminalized sexual harassment.
Toni Kroos
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The Germany midfielder looks certain now to part ways with Bayern Munich, with only contract details to agree with the Spanish giants this summer
It is also the first time Qatar had acquired Patriot missiles, which other Gulf countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have purchased in the past.
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"As you know our region is going through a lot of instability. What we bought are weapons to defend Qatar," he said.
The overall positive market sentiment at the start of 2014 has also seen the reprisal of a number of stalled residential projects and launch of several new projects in the Northern Emirates,
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Annual rates in Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah remained stable with nominal increases of two and one per cent respectively.
Death tolls: Every war in Gaza has been bloody. In the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, 174 Palestinians were killed in what Israeli human rights org B’Tselem said was not “justified”. Here’s a roundup of the death toll figures: 2009 - 1,017, in 2012 - 174 and now, 2014 - 205.
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Does Israel bombing Gaza, Hamas firing rockets into Israel sound familiar? Are we experiencing deja vu for the third time round?
More than 200 people have been killed in the past nine days as Israeli forces continues strikes on the Palestinian Strip and Hamas sends retaliatory rockets into Israeli territory (AFP)
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Will a ceasefire take us back to square one in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri made the proposal in exchange for forming a cabinet that ensures the interests of his movement (AFP/ File).
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Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri proposed a two year presidential term for Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun in return for forming a cabinet that meets the interests of Hariri's party.
The practice has been condemned by Amnesty International. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)
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Israel's practice of "roof knocking" was caught on camera for the first time.
Man City boss Pellegrini rejects Brazil coaching job
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Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini has turned down the chance to manage Brazil.
Do you think Sherihan and Damme would make a cute couple? (Image: Future TV Network)
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A-Lister Jean-Claude Van Damme has a crush on Sherihan?
Filipe Luis agrees move to Chelsea
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The Blues have agreed to sign the Brazilian full-back and he will join former club-mate Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge once he has completed his medical in London
The #FreePalestine tweet Rihanna posted earlier. (Image: Twitter)
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Celebs have been voicing their political stance on the Gaza-Israel conflict worldwide, but Rihanna seems to be confused about her own stand!
Will Sherine and Sherif kiss and make up over the water leakage? (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Sherif Mounir and Sherine Abdel Wahab are having some plumbing problems, and Sherif says she's the one to blame!
Ayelet Shaked called for the genocide of all Palestinians (Image: Twitter)
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A right-wing Israeli parliament member said "mothers of all Palestinians should be killed" on her Facebook page. It's not the first time she's been caught in the act with bigoted comments!
Is Elissa the fairest of them all? (Image: Facebook)
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Elissa teases her fans with a sexy new look and a magical mirror!
President Assad was re-elected on June 3 in an election that was widely disputed by the international community. (AFP/File)
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Syrian President Bashar Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a new seven-year term.
Durra and Nelly are on sick leave until their skin rashes have recovered. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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A skin rash has taken over Nelly Karim and Durra's bodies, which means filming "Women's Prison" has been halted!
Ola and Fifi are still on good terms with each other. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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What's going on between Ola Ghanem, Fifi Abdo and one new TV drama?
A soldier examines the remains of a rocket fired from Israel into the south of Lebanon, December 29, 2013 (File/AFP)
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Lebanese security forces clamped down on rocket attacks into Israel after the Jewish state retaliated with heavy artillery shelling in the south of the country.
Fired Defense Minister Danny Danon responded defiantly  by saying that he would not come in line with “the spirit of leftist feebleness of the prime minister” (Photo courtesy of Flickr).
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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon on Tuesday following criticism from Danon and others for accepting the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.
The blast took place in Baghdad's Sadr City. (AFP/File)
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At least 12 people have been killed in two car bombs in Baghdad.
Homosexuality is a criminal offense in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
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An invasive anal homosexuality test that was deemed to constitute torture is still being used by Lebanese doctors despite a ban.
Get free wifi and support an Iftar charity drive? Yes please! (Shutterstock)
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Get free wifi and support an Iftar charity drive? Yes please!
Caviar is one of the world's most expensive foods!
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Wanna eat the world's most expensive meal in a day? What happens when Apple and IBM get together?
Iraqi forces have been battling Sunni insurgents since June. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi forces withdrew from Tikrit after a failed attempt to retake the city from Islamic State militants.
Alwiya A Thani, has been awarded gold in the Narrative Short category at this year’s International Independent Film Awards for her short film, ‘Faith in Love’. (Image: Image Nation)
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Emirati female filmmakers are on the rise, and this year one "independent" woman won the Narrative Short category at this year’s International Independent Film Awards.
Libyan officials expressed fear that militants could try to take over the country's capital, Tripoli (File/AFP)
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Libyan militants in Iraq and Syria are returning back home to fight a breakaway militia group led by rogue ex-general, Khalifa Haftar, security officials say.
Syrian men react during a reported air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo on July 15, 2014. More than 170,000 people have been killed in the three-year Syrian war, one third of them civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP / AHMED DEEB)
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Syrian men react during a reported air strike by government forces
ISIL militants are believed to have killed a leader of rival group, al-Nusra Front in the east of Syria (File/AFP)
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Rival militant groups continued to clash in Dayr al-Zawr, eastern Syria on Tuesday. ISIL fighters pushed out al-Nusra Front members, along with other armed groups.
The number of fatalities has now exceeded the number of deaths during the 2012 conflict. (AFP/File)
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The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza has now reached over 200.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said “If there is no cease-fire, our answer is fire”  (GALI TIBBON/ AFP).
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel would answer Hamas’s rejection of a truce with stepped-up attacks.
The location of the ceremony has not yet been announced for security reasons, said AFP's source close to the regime (File Archive/AFP)
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Syrian President Bashar Al Assad will be sworn in for his new seven-year term today.
A group of friends snap their #bombshelterselfie (Image: Globalpost.com)
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If stoned, naked IDF soldiers instagram photos were not enough for you, we now bring you the latest social media trend: bomb shelter selfies.
Palestinians remove the rubble from a home targeted in the latest Israeli airstrikes in the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip November 16, 2012. (AFP)
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During the current Gaza conflict, an Israeli thinks back to the time a Palestinian saved his life; US foreign policy supporting the double standards in Israel must end; Hamas is putting Palestinian lives in danger by refusing the ceasefire.