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August 11, 2014

Maliki has ignored calls for his resignation. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he will file a legal complaint against the newly elected president for committing "a clear constitutional violation."
The ISIS fighter tweeted a picture of his son holding a severed head, with the caption: "That's my boy." (Image: Twitter)
09:55 GMT
An Australian national tweeted a picture of his ten-year-old son holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier. Very disturbing if you ask us.
Real Madrid-Sevilla Preview: Blancos target second Super Cup success
09:49 GMT
Gareth Bale is set for an emotional return to his native Cardiff for the showpiece event, while star signings Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez could make their competitive debuts
Enrique puts his success down to truly loving what he does. (Image:
09:49 GMT
Enrique Iglesias talks about the reasons behind his incredible success over the years.
Gigi and Cody on the set of the singer's music video. (Image: Facebook)
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Cody Simpson holds out hope he can win back his Sports Illustrated model girlfriend Gigi Hadid after HE broke up with her.
Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at protesters after Friday prayers at the Hawara checkpoint in Nablus, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:10 GMT
IDF soldiers shot and killed a 24-year-old Fatah activist during a raid in the West Bank city of Nablus, local officials and witnesses confirmed.
Sepp Blatter
08:55 GMT
FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants his detractors to contest and take him down rather than just criticize him.
Lebanese soldiers secure a street in Arsal, following swift battles with militants, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:55 GMT
Families of soldiers kidnapped in Lebanon's border town Arsal staged a protest Sunday demanding their release as negotiations between the government and militants continue.
Libi Khan, originally from Bangladesh, offers traditional dishes from her homeland such as biryani, along with Lebanese food as part of a woman's project (Image: Wordpress)
08:13 GMT
An ex-maid in Lebanon turned her life around through food! Bangladesh-born Libi Khan used her culinary skills as part of the “Bounties of Domestic Workers” program, to empower women.
The contract provides for the UAE to import some 600 million cubic feet per day of Iranian gas, though the actual amount will depend on many factors and may only become clear in coming months.
08:03 GMT
The UAE is eager to obtain additional natural gas supplies to support its rapid economic growth.
Smoke billows from a petrol depot, which was set ablaze following clashes between rival rebel groups near Tripoli's airport (File/AFP)
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Clashes between rival militias in Libya's capital continued on Sunday while the UN attempted to broker a ceasefire between both sides.
A medic carries an injured Palestinian child into al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Hospitals in Gaza are lacking supplies and struggling to cope with the high number of Palestinian casualties injured by Israeli air strikes, according to Press TV.
The decision came after an increase in violence following U.S. air strikes. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT
The U.S. State Department has relocated some of its staff members from the Kurdish city of Irbil and Baghdad.
Iranian security forces stand next to the remains of a plane as they secure the scene of a crash near Tehran's Mehrabad airport on August 10, 2014. A civilian airliner crashed on take-off near the Mehrabad airport in the capital, Iranian news agencies said, with reports that almost 50 people were killed. (AFP / ATTA KENARE)
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Iranian security forces stand next to the remains of a plane as they secure the scene of a crash near Tehran's Mehrabad airport on August 10, 2014. A civilian airliner crashed on take-off near the Mehrabad airport in the capital, Iranian news agencies said, with reports that almost 50 people were killed
President Obama says ‘problem’ will not be solved in weeks. So how long will it take, asks Robert Fisk.
06:40 GMT
Iraq crisis: West’s ‘mandate’ is limited by national borders – and don’t dare mention oil.
The mother and the sisters of Mohammed Khalil al-Anati, a 11-year-old Palestinian who was reportedly shot dead by Israeli soldiers, mourn during his funeral on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
06:22 GMT
A 72-hour ceasefire brokered by Egypt went into effect at midnight Monday, hours after Israeli bombings killed four Palestinians and armed groups fired rockets toward Israel.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has spent years denying that he sends millions of dollars to support Israel and its army. [Getty Images]
05:30 GMT
Coffee giant Starbucks has been forced once again to deny rumors that the company or its chief executive financially support Israel and its army.
Newly elected Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Ermine wave at supporters from the balcony of the AKP party headquarters during the celebrations of his victory in the presidential election vote in Ankara on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
05:12 GMT
Outgoing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will witness “a new era” during his tenure as the new president of the country.
Asala was totes surprised by her daughter's Instagram pics. (Image: Instagram)
05:04 GMT
Syrian singer Asala Nasri's head is reeling after her daughter Sham surprisingly seems to be back together with her ex-fiancé.
Photographs showing Malay language ISIS magazine Al-Mustaqbal being circulated in Indonesia have emerged. [Daily Mail]
05:00 GMT
ISIS magazine Al Mustaqbal being handed out at Indonesian mosques along with 'vouchers for fried chicken'.
Dubai-based brokerage Arqaam Capital last year valued OSN at $4.3 billion.
04:55 GMT
The TV company has operations across Mena, and posted earnings of 139.5 million dinars ($494 million) in 2013.
No Tel Aviv beach for this babe this month. (Image: Facebook)
04:16 GMT
The American pop star was slated to take the stage in Tel Aviv on August 20.
Mr Etheridge posted a picture of himself with a 'golliwog' on Facebook.
04:00 GMT
Ukip MEP Bill Etheridge has been caught in a race-row once again after praising Adolf Hitler for his "magnetic and forceful" qualities as a public speaker to a roomful of prospective party candidates.
In 2012, the value of Egyptian migrant remittances peaked at $19.2bn, representing 7.3% of Egypt’s total GDP.
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In addition to receiving remittances from abroad, the Egyptian economy benefits tremendously from the vibrant and successful professional community of Egyptians that is active outside her borders
In 2007, Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Doosan Engineering won the 1.8 billion dinar ($1.5 billion) contract to build and operate the power plant,
00:12 GMT
Libya is facing the worst violence since the fall of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi three years ago
If Hogan can turn around Alitalia in the next 36 months, it will rank among his most impressive achievements.
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Friday served as a new marker for Alitalia as Etihad set out its “roadmap” to return the troubled carrier to profit by 2017.

August 10, 2014

They also accuse the bank of performing financial services for people affiliated with Hamas and other designated foreign terrorist organisations.
23:47 GMT
Arab Bank, Jordan’s largest financial institution with branches throughout the Middle East and elsewhere in the world, denied the charges, saying it would exercise all legal options to disprove the accusations.
This high end area of Tripoli offers a facade of Western comforts. (Arabglot)
20:05 GMT
While not a terrorised wasteland like much of Iraq and Syria, Libya offers many perks and perils for an expat; Amman has weekly offerings for those who want a taste of classical music; and the truth behind the 'kidnapped' Israeli soldier.
Arsenal 3-0 Man City: Gunners fire early title warning
17:48 GMT
Arsene Wenger's side romped to victory at Wembley and laid down a marker ahead of the new Premier League season
Demonstrators take part in a pro-Yazidi rally on August 9, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. [AFP]
17:25 GMT
Militants in north-western Iraq have buried women and children alive during their offensive against the Yazidi ethnic minority, according to Iraq’s minister for human rights.
Safinaz's controversial costume. (Image courtesy of Twitter)
17:24 GMT
She's been tossed in jail and found herself in many a sticky situation before, but will Safinaz be able to dance her way out getting deported?
A Palestinian man mourns over the body of a 17-year-old boy who was killed by an Israeli military strike during his burial ceremony at a mosque in the town of Deir al-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip early on August 10, 2014. [AFP]
17:15 GMT
Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire on Sunday, according to AFP.
Bieber loves him some Malala now. (Image courtesy of Justin Bieber's Instagram account)
17:08 GMT
After getting some Facetime action with Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai, Justin is a Belieber in her cause.
Superstar advocate and UN Ambassador, Angelina Jolie has done much for those suffering in our region.
16:54 GMT
The chief beneficiaries of star-studded attempts to raise the profile of a good cause are the celebrity themselves, according to sociologists, who say the appearance of altruism makes them more popular with the public.
Lebanese pianist Maan Hamadeh wows the crowds at the Prague Airport  (YouTube)
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While weary travellers were waiting for their flights in a Prague airpot Terminal, Maan Hamadeh decided to use the available piano and completely stun them all; some Yazidis safe in Northern Iraq, but not all; and Mubarak crony says the Arab Spring was anti-Islam.
Summer Festival 2014 is on fire this month!
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World-renowned jazz musicians to songs by Egyptian film soundtracks composer Gamel Salama, there's never a dull night in Egypt right now.
The stand-up comedian will be at the mic next month in Dubai. (Image courtesy of Marc's website)
16:21 GMT
If you're in need of a good laugh, then a night with South African stand-up comedian Marc Lottering might be just what the Dr. ordered.
The majority of capacity additions within the GCC between 2007 and 2012 took place in Saudi Arabia, which accounted for 64 percent of the regional capacity additions.
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The expansion in ethylene production capacity has resulted in Saudi Arabia being the third largest producer worldwide, accounting for 11 percent of global ethylene capacity.
Thousands more remain trapped atop the mountain. (AFP/File)
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Kurdish forces aided thousands of Yazidis in fleeing Mount Sinjar Sunday.
In general, investment in R&D and HT exports are positively related since R&D eventually leads to more technologically intensive production capabilities.
14:25 GMT
The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are a special case amongst high income economies.
"This process should be gradual as one cannot change a 30- year-old policy in three months. The process should be a step at a time," Ahmed said.
14:18 GMT
According to Ahmed, future generations of Jordanians will have to shoulder the burden of indebtedness arising from the budget deficit.
Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinians in the West Bank, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:11 GMT
A 11-year-old Palestinian boy has died after being shot by Israeli forces while he played in front of his home in al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron.
A supermoon occurs when the moon's elliptical orbit brings it closer to earth, making it look bigger (File/AFP)
13:17 GMT
The UAE and countries across the Middle East will get an astonishing view of the brightest full moon this year, dubbed the "supermoon", astronomers confirmed.
Mohammed was sentenced to two years in jail for writing bad cheques. (Image: Facebook)
13:10 GMT
Egyptian singer Mohammed Al Helou was left red-faced at Cairo International Airport when airport police arrested him shortly after landing from Dubai.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends a cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv on August 10, 2014. Israel will not return to talks to end the conflict in Gaza while Palestinian militants continue cross-border rocket attacks, Netanyahu said. [AFP]
13:00 GMT
Operation Protective Edge will continue until quiet is returned, and Israel will not negotiate under fire, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday in Tel Aviv.
Roughly 300 Yazidi women were kidnapped as slaves. (AFP/File)
12:52 GMT
Militants of the Islamic State have killed at least 500 Yazidis and buried them in mass graves.
Arturo Vidal
12:45 GMT
Juventus F.C.'s midfielder Arturo Vidal has reportedly agreed personal terms to join Premier League club Manchester United, it has been revealed.
U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech where he outlined a plan for military action, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Barack Obama said U.S. air strikes against ISIS in Iraq would be a "long-term project" following the aftermath of thousands of ethnic Yazidis fleeing violence in the north-western Sinjar mountain range.
Sherine with her cute little girls Mariam and Hanna. (Image: Facebook)
11:53 GMT
Sherine Abdel Wahab considering involving her daughters in the entertainment business!
Iran's security forces stand beside wreckage of the plane near Tehran's Mehrabad airport, August 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:31 GMT
An Iranian plane crashed Sunday near the country's capital, Tehran, killing at least 40 people including several children.
The sixth grader shared a hopeful message through his drawing. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
10:30 GMT
A community organization dedicated to discussing political and social issues hosted a workshop for kids to help them deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One young school kid's piece of artwork is hopeful and inspiring.
A Syrian refugee sits in the back of a pick-up truck as it drives through the Bekaa Valley, Aug 7, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Refugees who spent two nights stranded in their trucks with minimal supplies were finally allowed back into Syria, the country's ambassador to Lebanon confirmed.
Cruz and Bardem have said that they detest "anti-Semitism" as much as they detest "horrible and painful consequences of war." (Image: Press TV)
09:49 GMT
Top Hollywood executives have blacklisted Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem over their Gaza open letter.
Palestinian boys sift through rubble from a mosque after an Israeli air strike in Nuseirat, Aug 10, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:30 GMT
Three Palestinians were killed overnight including a 13-year-old girl following Israeli raids over Rafah and Khan Younis.
Angela Gheorghiu performed at the Baalbek Festival, but she requested to be moved to the Casino du Liban theater so that she remains close to the country’s international airport. (Image: Facebook)
09:29 GMT
Several of Lebanon’s summer festivals have canceled, rescheduled or relocated performances after fierce fighting broke out Saturday between the Lebanese Army and Nusra Front and ISIS militants.
Samir Nasri
09:12 GMT
The French midfielder, who spent three years at the Emirates Stadium, has hit back at fans who dubbed him a mercenary and says he joined Manchester City to win titles
David Cameron ruled out any military action but announced an £8 million package of aid instead (File/AFP)
08:38 GMT
British Prime Minister David Cameron joined Barack Obama in calling for an end to ISIS violence in Iraq following the displacement of ethnic Yazidis.
Surveys last month showed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the lead. (AFP/File)
08:37 GMT
Turkish presidential candidates are gearing up for the presidential election Sunday.
Suarez appeals to CAS against four-month FIFA footballing ban
08:27 GMT
Barcelona's new signing Luis Suarez has appealed to the Court of Arbitration (CAS) on Friday against his four-month ban from all football related activity, which FIFA imposed on him for biting during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Rivers says she stands behind her comments about the Gaza war. (Image:
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Comedian Joan Rivers surpasses herself as she makes a very controversial statement about Palestine.
A woman with a Palestinian flag covering her head lays on the ground along with other protesters during a demonstration against Israel's military operations in Gaza and in support of the Palestinian people, on August 9, 2014. [AFP]
08:24 GMT
Palestinian negotiators will leave Cairo on Sunday unless Israel agrees to return to Egyptian-mediated negotiations.
Protesters against ISIS stand outside the White House during a Kurdish demonstration, Aug 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:06 GMT
Life in Iraq isn't good between Sunnis, Shia and the Kurds. It was already tense post American invasion but now, ISIS came and added salt to the wound.
Most Saudi women support the new regulations. (Shutterstock)
07:58 GMT
Saudi men now need their Saudi wives' consent before they take a Moroccan woman for their second wife.
Militants in the Sinai frequently target Egyptian security forces. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT
Over 60 militants have been killed in Egypt's Sinai over the past 12 days, according to Egyptian armed forces.
Palestinian children look up at an Israeli plane from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, Aug 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Over 450 children have been killed in one month of Israeli attacks across the Gaza Strip according to health officials.
NEW YORK, AUGUST 09: Protestors march as they take part in a National Demonstration against military action in Gaza on August 9, 2014 in New York City, Renewed fighting has taken place between Hamas fighters and Israel after the end of a three-day ceasefire on Friday. (AFP)
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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: Protestors march as they take part in a National Demonstration
ISIS has its own gift shop in Istanbul now. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
There's now a place in Istanbul to buy ISIS-themed mugs, t-shirts and more.
After new Israeli strikes Saturday, medics find the body of a Palestinian child. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
06:59 GMT
Amid new Israeli airstrikes and another crumbled peace deal, medics find the body of child in Gaza neighborhood of Shujaiyya.
At least 200 people have been sentenced to death in mass trials for alleged relations with the Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
06:53 GMT
An Egyptian court has dissolved the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Meanwhile, an aviation analyst termed the Etihad’s deal with Alitalia risky and said Abu Dhabi-based airline will have to go all-out to make this deal work to achieve desire results by 2017.
04:55 GMT
Etihad Airways on Friday signed a €1.76 billion deal to acquire 49 per cent stake in loss-making Alitalia.
The tech rumour mill is rife with talk about two new Apple iPhones set to be launched within a few weeks.
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The tech rumour mill is rife with talk about two new Apple iPhones set to be launched within a few weeks.
Growth forecasts for seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa might be too rosy and consequently misleading according a World Bank report.
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Government as well as international institution predictions made in 2010 for 2011-13 also proved to be overoptimistic.
Dubai-based construction firm Arabtec came under intense scrutiny over the last few months as the company’s stock went on a wild roller-coaster ride.
04:55 GMT
While both Arabtec and the wider DFM have recovered since, the episode sparked panic amongst investors and highlighted the lack of transparency and disclosure among local companies.

August 9, 2014

Thomas Vermaelen
21:03 GMT
The Belgium international passed a medical earlier on Saturday and has now completed a move to the Catalan club for a fee of €19m
Iraq's Yazidis flee to Syria after days of being trapped by ISIS militants. (AFP/File)
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After day of being trapped and hunted by militants, thousands of Iraq's Yazidis have fled to Syria.
Manuel Pellegrini
18:41 GMT
The Chilean boss has denied that he has a quota to meet but reiterated that he will look to win as much silverware as possible in the upcoming campaign
Ex-MP Hariri says Lebanon will use Saudi grant to bulk up security and stability forces against the looming threat of militant attacks and to address growing Syrian refugee needs. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT
Hariri met with several foreign envoys Saturday, including US and Canadian ambassadors and representatives from European Union, to address how Lebanon planned to 'fight terrorism' and assist armed forced with the $1 billion Saudi grant offered to the Lebanese Army earlier this week.
Angel Di Maria
16:57 GMT
Manchester United has reportedly launched a surprising 55 million-pound bid for Real Madrid star Angel di Maria, who is speculated to also be a Paris Saint Germain target.
The Lebanese army has regained control of checkpoints outside Arsal, but have yet to negotiate the release of the 25 hostages ISIS took in clashes last week. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
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The Lebanese army has taken back control of several posts in northeastern Lebanon, but ISIS has yet to release 25 hostages taken in clashes.
Chinese Muslims praying for the victims of the Yunnan earthquake in a mosque in Tancheng on August 8, 2014, east China's Shandong province. The death toll from an earthquake that devastated a remote region of China has killed 615 people, state media said, as hopes of finding any more survivors faded. ( AFP)
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This picture taken on August 8, 2014 shows Chinese Muslims praying for the victims of the Yunnan earthquake in a mosque in Tancheng
Garnier's wartime beauty bags for the IDF went crazy on Twitter. (Shuttershock)
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After donating care packages filled with soaps and scrubs to Israel's female soldiers, Garner issues an apology amid boycott threats and Twitter spats.
Lebanese billionaire Carlos Slim calls for a three day work week.
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As arguably the second richest man in the world, Carlos Slim knows a thing or two about work efficiency. His idea- work less, retire later; Syrians are welcomed into Jordan but Palestinians from Syria are not; and the Turkish press deemed penguins.
One day after negotiations in Egypt fell through, Hamas rockets and Israeli air strikes began again. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
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Five Palestinians, including senior Hamas official Moaaz Zaid, have been killed in Israeli air strikes into Gaza Saturday.
Arsenal-Manchester City Preview: Giants clash for Community Shield
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Manuel Pellegrini's Premier League champions are set to take on the FA Cup-winning Gunners at Wembley in the curtain-raiser, with plenty of new signings likely to be on show
In addition to the airstrikes, U.S. planes have dropped food and water supplies to the Iraqi minority sect marooned by militants.
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Friday marked the first time since 2011 that U.S. airstrikes took place in Iraq. Two rounds of strikes were executed on ISIS artillery targets while U.S. humanitarian air support dropped food and water to trapped Yazidis.
The alleged honeymoon photo of Ahmed Ezz and Zeina (Image courtesy of Arabia Weddings)
09:01 GMT
Egyptian actress Zeina has posted a pic she claims was taken during her honeymoon with Ahmed Ezz.
Israeli forces used a combination of live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets to break up a riot crowd of around 300 Palestinians in Hebron. (AFP/File)
07:38 GMT
After another ceasefire attempt crumbles, new rallies commence in Hebron and hundreds clash with Israeli forces trying to disperse the crowds. At least 40 Palestinians have been injured.
Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney are getting hitched, guys! (Image: Twitter)
05:00 GMT
Lebanon has promised to welcome actor George Clooney with open arms after he weds their beloved human rights lawyer in a high-fashion affair on Sept. 20.

August 8, 2014

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri
23:25 GMT
Bringing with him one billion dollars in aid to the Lebanese military, former PM Saad Hariri appeared suddenly on state TV this Friday morning; a new blog speaks for the Gazan people; and the plight of Yazidis and Christians is only getting worse.
Businessman Faisal al Shawa, vice-president of the Palestinian Trade Center (Paltrade), believes that the most urgent problem is the refugees.
21:08 GMT
Gaza does not need merely an economic plan; it needs basic reconstruction from the beginning.
Ezz is the former chairman of Ezz Steel and has a 55 percent stake in EZDK, the largest steel complex in the Middle East.
20:30 GMT
Over the last three years, Ezz has received cumulative sentences of 60 years in prison, but his appeals have all been accepted and he is currently facing retrials.
Foreign direct investment in the GCC (FDI) fell for the fifth consecutive year in 2013.
20:10 GMT
FDI tails off after the completion of major hydrocarbon projects and on the back of Middle East unrest.
Champions League logo
18:38 GMT
The Premier League outfit will have to deal with the Istanbul giants on their way to the group stages, while the Serie A side face Basque opposition
Europa League logo
18:35 GMT
The Premier League outfit will have to deal with the Cypriots, while the Serie A side have been paired with an Icelandic team renowned for their goal celebrations
Hidden, or indirect, taxes for goods including food, gasoline, cars and cellular phones in Turkey have reached record-breaking levels based on European standards,
14:20 GMT
The union's research indicated that hidden taxes on such goods in Turkey has reached 69 percent of total taxes, a figure which has nearly doubled over the last three decades.
"Let your women chase their dreams," writes Abeer Al-Harbi. (AFP file photo).
09:17 GMT
Women represent solace and shelter. As mothers, sisters, wives, and sweethearts, they help men in their endeavors. Women are independent human beings with independent thought and soul.
Bahrain says Qatar's acquisition of its citizens is a bane for the country's strategic interests. (J. Zach Hollo for Albawaba)
08:56 GMT
Manama has expressed concern over Qatar naturalizing Bahraini citizens, an Al Arabiya report said. The official BNA reported the Interior Ministry as saying that it could affect Bahrain’s national interests and security.
Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukri and Palestinian delegation discussing ceasefire on 3 August in Cairo. (AFP)
08:33 GMT
A three-day truce between Israel and the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas expired as indirect talks in Cairo on new border arrangements for the blockaded Gaza Strip hit a deadlock.
Lionel Messi
08:16 GMT
Barcelona wizard speaks out - as a father and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador - against child death toll in Gaza