March 4, 2014
Bahrain's state news agency reported Tuesday that three anti-government groups have been blacklisted as terrorist groups.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told lobbyists in Washington Tuesday that Palestinians should recognize Israel as a Jewish state and for Palestinian leadership to "abandon fantasies" related to right of return.
Egypt's foreign reserves have increased for the second consecutive month, with a net amount of $17.3 billion at the end of February reported by the Central Bank of Egypt this Tuesday.
Seven times world champion Michael Schumacher, still in a coma in a French hospital after a skiing accident in late December, is to have the first corner of Bahrain's Formula One circuit named after him.
Abbas, Israeli Housing Minister issue clashing statements on potential settlement freeze for peace talks
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has allegedly said that peace negotiations with Israel will not extend past the April deadline unless more Palestinian prisoners are released and settlement construction is suspended.
Three rockets from Syria's ongoing civil war hit Lebanon's Bekaa Tuesday causing damage to many homes, but no casualties have yet been reported.
Is the Israel-US and even the Obama-Netanyahu relationship on the rocks or launching into a renewed era of strong ties?
It seems every techie in the MIddle East is getting bombarded by requests to hack someone else's' Facebook account. Well, this is neither legal or possible; Algerians fight fraud; Lebanese Jews reminisce from New York; and Doha Film Institute remembers Jacques Tati.
You probably know the first, but here are Forbes' revelations on the Arab world's top ten billionaires!
In its list this year, Forbes features a total of 1,645 billionaires with an aggregate net worth of $6.4 trillion, up from $5.4 trillion a year ago.
A new report shows that Israeli construction of settlements in the West Bank doubled last year.
The club's turnover rose by nine per cent to £206.1 million, with debt being decreased by 29%, while a cash injection from Fenway Sports Group saw the repayment of a stadium loan
Abu Dhabi's Department of Transportation has begun work on its nearly $9 billion adaptive traffic control central system.
All GCC economies with the exception of Bahrain are expected to see a rise in inflation this year, according to Moody's Investor Service this week.
"I cannot turn my back on the majority", says Egypt's Sisi as he drops his biggest hint at presidency yet
Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi has given another large hint that he will stand for president in upcoming elections. “I cannot turn my back when the majority wants me to run for president,” Al Sisi said in a speech at an officers' graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
Manchester United are looking to make a major move for AS Roma star defender Mehdi Benatia according to rumors from TalkSPORT.
GCC is set to outpace all other regions globally between 2012 and 2032 in air passenger and air cargo traffic.
Here's what Mona Zaki wrote to her fans for their support while she was in the hospital.
The founder of social justice organization CodePink was detained in Egypt and then deported.
GCC nationals are rushing to buy real estate in Oman.
American comedian actress Tina Fey is set to star in the upcoming film adaptation of Kim Barker's best-selling book "The Taliban Shuffle."
Tamer Hosny was warmly received by fans but not the weather as severe weather caused a car accident among his band members traveling to the airport while on tour in the US.
Formula One ace Michael Schumacher's fans have reportedly slammed a drinks firm for using the 'comatose' racer in an advertisement.
More than a third of Syria's chemical arsenal has been destroyed or handed over for tentative destruction.
Safa Sultan has begun filming scenes for her upcoming TV drama "Women's Illnesses" in Egypt.
Mohammad Reza Bahonar, First Vice Speaker of Iran's Majlis, reiterated that Iran is fully capable of countering a U.S. military option.
The British media has said that FIFA and Qatar are playing an expensive 'blame game' at the cost of migrant workers dying to make the 2022 Qatar World Cup possible.
Egyptian media is rife with speculation that army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is to announce his candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections on Tuesday.
Pope Francis may need to wash his mouth out with soap before he visits the Middle East in May - the head of the Catholic Church accidentally dropped an F-bomb when speaking in the Vatican.
A senior Hamas official responds to the new ban in Egypt.
Mai Hariri was rushed to hospital after losing consciousness on Sunday night.
She's outta this world! George Clooney's Lebanese lover had stronger gravitational pull than the Oscars
Despite his starring role in the seven Academy Award winning film "Gravity", George Clooney was notably missing from the Oscars. Looks like the Middle East has been pulling on his heart strings.
The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters has banned all Hamas activities in Egypt.
A new report from Human Rights Watch says that Saudi Arabia has deported thousands to war-torn Somalia. Many immigrants say Saudi Arabia is inhospitable to foreign workers.
Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) will take up a number of top projects in 2014, including the Dh2 billion ($544 million) water canal project, which will link the Business Bay in Dubai with the Arabian Gulf.
Gunmen dressed in military uniforms have stormed the city council and court house compound in northern Iraq, wounding nearly 25 people and taking several more hostage, according to officials.
Little did any of us know that Cate Blanchett has some very old roots in the Arab world!
An illegal expat worker died and nine others were wounded when police intervened to quell “chaos” at Al-Shumaisi Deportation Center on the outskirts of Jeddah, police said on Monday.
President Obama met with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
With the SodaStream scandal all behind her, Scarlett Johansson is expecting something great in her future with fiancé Romain Dauriac.
Rami G Khoury argues that the concepts backing up Israeli's idea of "the Jewish state" are fundamentally flawed
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says a final settlement to the decade-old dispute over Iran's nuclear energy program would be possible within the next five months.
Ramy Ayach's mother passes away on Monday evening.
The United States will stand by Israel’s side when it comes to the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.
The Gulf is gagging for it. The first sex shop in Bahrain is set to open a second branch after increased demand.
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon reiterated Monday that the Syrian peace process is a top priority for the international community, as he called on Damascus to return to the negotiating table with a more "constructive position".
In the GCC, economic growth will remain firm overall in 2014 despite gradual decline in oil prices.
A senior Russian diplomat has said that a “favorable” groundwork has been laid for a final agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
A Jordanian newspaper has reported that the head of the Syrian opposition, Ahmad Jarba, met with "top U.S. military officials" in Amman in February.
Two Palestinians were killed Monday after an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip.The men were reportedly attempting to fire rockets across the border.
Proving that the Syrian conflict is increasingly spilling over into Lebanon's borders, Syrian warplanes dropped 18 missiles onto the outskirts of Bekaa border town Arsal and nearby areas on Monday.
Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah on Monday denied reports that Israel had bombed and destroyed a shipment of weapons traveling into Syria last week.
A Filipino man was trapped in the UAE for 14 years because he defaulted on a loan.
The Knesset and human rights group are trying to bring this multi-million dollar sleazefest in Israel to extinction; Karl reMarks goes off on British culture; and Maya Saloon helps us escape for a moment from the harsh realities of life.
Is it true? Is Suhair Ramzi really planning on taking off her headscarf?
Middle East fund managers are highly reluctant to raise their equity allocations in Turkey due to the political turmoil and currency volatility
Gulf stock markets slid on Monday as a heightened threat of armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia triggered widespread selling, despite the benefit of higher oil prices to Gulf energy exporters.
Thank you Gulf states? Nope, not this time! Egypt's trade deficit falls due to fall in exports and imports
The figure represented a 12 percent drop compared to the same month in 2012, when the deficit stood at LE26.7 billion ($3.8 billion).
With some governorates having no rice for distribution for many months in a row, Abdel Khalek suggested that Egyptians begin making mahshy, the rice-stuffed vegetable dish, with the orzo-like pasta, lissan asfor (sparrow’s tongue in Arabic), instead of rice. He proposed distributing pasta to make up for the food programme’s inability to secure and distribute rice.
March 3, 2014
There have been few positives since the turn of the year for Manchester United. A run of just three wins and numerous defeats has put the club on the brink of a disastrous season...
Three policeman were killed in the village of Daih while dispersing a protest.
They discussed means to boost economic relations between the two countries and their private sectors, in particular.
QDB will provide 70% of the investment for each project with a maximum loan of QR100mn
There are 18 Israelis in "Forbes" 2014 Billionaires list, which was published today.
Things don't seem to be going in Ahmed Ezz's way this month, as he's now facing a new dilemma in his work life.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said Moscow's move to use military force was a "declaration of war" by Russia, one of the world's biggest oil producers.
The Uruguay international and the Liga star both found the net at the weekend, while we see a number of new arrivals in the top 10
On Monday, the Saudi government passed a ban on the sale of energy drinks at government, health, and education facilities. The ban also prohibits advertising for the drinks.
David Moyes has received more than a few backings from above since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer. In fact, he has received several backings from the man who appointed him in the first place...
Comic book geeks or even a fair-weather film goer won't be able to resist watching this Marvel action thriller after they see the epic trailer; Iran and the world powers to meet Wednesday; Iran wins in the Crimean crisis; and Lebanese woman are powerful.
Dubai International Film Festival jury head favorite and "Blue Jasmine" lead actress, Cate Blanchett obtains the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role".
The Syrian military continues to bombard the town of Yabroud.
Where there's style and glam there's always a Lebanese ingredient at play. The Oscars 2014 saw Lebanese fashion designers’ creations sparkle and dazzle on the red carpet. The Levantine line-up in the attendance attire!
Lights, camera, close the slammer! A very naughty trio are doing some jail time in Cairo in a stage built by the production company "Al Adel Group".
Bahaa Soltan has come up with an unusual name for his upcoming album, which is set for release next month.
World number one Rafael Nadal is headed for Mumbai while No.2 Novak Djokovic will represent Dubai after the four teams for the inaugural edition of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) were firmed up here on Sunday.
In light of recent protests, Libya's interim parliament has abandoned its usual government building and has relocated to a five-star hotel.
Saudi Arabian contractors are calling on their Egyptian counterparts to overcome their worker shortages, according to reports this week.
Four Egyptian cities witness acts of violence against police officers on Monday, with one killed and another hospitalized with severe injuries.
It's hard to move on in life after losing a child, but Hany Shaker's daughter's deathbed request has pushed him to launch "The Dearest of People" at last.
Move aside "The Passion of the Christ"! There's a new Christian movie that's set to shake things up in the Middle East.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has reportedly insisted that they can still fight back in the Premier League after falling to third place, four points behind leaders Chelsea, after they lost to Stoke City.
Having a bun in the oven, won't stop Donia Samir Ghanem from claiming her spot on the silver screen this Ramadan, especially not when her sister Amy is already in the holy month lineup.
A self proclaimed Oscar dunce, 'And Far Away' blogger is not afraid to call out actors, not matter who they are, on their choice of Academy Award attire; the list of all Oscar winners; and a funny look at how to drive in Lebanon.
Hezbollah is experiencing a surge in recruits wanting to fight in Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, according to statements this week.
'Live' highs and lows of Oscars 2014: How it went down min-by-min for "The Square" and "Omar" makers
We had high hopes for our region's Academy Award nominated-films, but the names of other films were announced winners instead. Here's the play-by-play of what happened, live-blogging style!
U.S. President Barack Obama says the partial removal of anti-Iran sanctions in light of the Geneva deal is not leading businesses to rush back to Iran.
Israel's Knesset has introduced a bill that would allow for its prison authorities to force-feed Palestinian inmates who are on hunger strike.
At least three people have been killed in a airstrike carried out by a U.S. assassination drone in Yemen’s eastern province of Mareb, local media reported Monday.
Jordan's energy sector leadership says 2018 will be the year for the Kingdom to "reap the fruits" of its multibillion-dollars worth of investment in local oil production and generating electricity using clean techniques.
Flydubai's 2013 net profit increased 47 per cent in comparison to its 2012 figures
Is Tamer Hosny getting influenced by the likes of Snoop Dogg, or is the mystery blond he was pictured with just a friend?
Dubai stocks have edged even lower this week after "four-day rally" of investor profits. So what is the reason for the downturn?!
According to the latest statistics, a car crash happens in the KSA every second and 17 people die every day from car-related accidents.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov are due to be in Paris this week for a discussion of the spillover of the Syria conflict and its impact on Lebanon, but the ongoing crisis in Ukraine is set to dominate the discussion.
Bank Muscat is planning to issue its first Islamic bond by September, representing the first sukuk issue of an Omani bank.
GCC banks must better manage their capital and liquidity positions or face substantial shortfalls, according to a recent study by Booz & Company.
Another Egyptian was shot in Libya's Benghazi late Sunday, increasing tension and concerns for security between Cairo and Tripoli.
We haven't seen her in a new film for a while now, but Ghada Adel is back into the movie scene with Egyptian comedian actor Mohammad Hunaidi.
Violent Protests that erupted in Libya's capital Sunday have left at least two members of Libya's interim parliament wounded as turmoil continues to envelope the city.
Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp has raised concerns among its users in Oman, especially after messages doing the rounds about changes in the messenger's privacy rules.