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July 22, 2015

British comedian Simon Brodkin (R) holds fake dollars note next to FIFA president Sepp Blatter
03:06 GMT
The outgoing Fifa president was showered with fake cash by the British man as he held a press conference on Monday and is facing charges of trespassing

July 21, 2015

Family members of the victims of the suicide bombing attack in the Turkish city of Suruc gathered for a funeral service on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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A heavy scene plays out in Turkey as family members mourn the victims of a deadly suicide bombing attack in the Turkish border town of Suruc.
An official said Monday Jordan's flow of agricultural exports hasn't been affected by Iraq's border closure. (AFP/File)
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An official said Monday Jordan's flow of agricultural exports hasn't been affected by Iraq's border closure.
The JOC Port Productivity report ranked the UAE's Jebel Ali Port the most productive in 2014. (AFP/File)
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The JOC Port Productivity report ranked the UAE's port the most productive in 2014.
Pele
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Brazilian football legend Pele has been discharged from hospital after successfully undergoing back surgery.
Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez spent several months in Jordan in 2014. (AFP/File)
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An uncle of the man who killed four Marines and one sailor at two military sites in Tennessee has been in the custody of Jordanian authorities since a day after the attack. Reports say he is being barred from access to a lawyer.
Opposition figures are concerned the lifting of Iran sanctions will open up new sources of capital for the Syrian regime. (AFP/File)
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Opposition figures in Syria’s Aleppo province voiced concern that last week’s landmark agreement between the P5+1 group of nations and Iran.
Ghada Adel and Tamer Hosny on the set of 'Ahwak'
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Ghada Adel and Tamer Hosny on the set of 'Ahwak'
A pilot climbs into a U.S. F-16 jet fighter at the al-Asad air base in Iraq, on Nov. 1, 2011. (AFP/File)
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A US military spokesman on Tuesday flatly rejected claims from a Kurdish militia source that coalition warplanes are coordinating airstrikes against Daesh in Syria with help from Syrian government forces.
Photos of girls walking with the grooms of Gaza mass weddings are often mistaken as brides by the media. (Twitter)
17:58 GMT
People are pretty quick to make assumptions when it comes to Arabs.
Carter will meet with American troops stationed in Jordan. (AFP/File)
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US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Jordan Tuesday to meet with American troops and colleagues of a Jordanian pilot burned alive by Daesh.
Ben Kingsley plays Tutankhamun's advisor Grand Vizier Ay. (Yahoo)
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The Oscar-winner's new US mini-series on King Tutankhamun airs with mixed reviews.
Jordan is turning to contingency measures to try to revive its tourism industry. (AFP/File)
15:52 GMT
Jordan is turning to contingency measures to try to revive its tourism industry.
Jefferson Farfan
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German Bundesliga side Schalke have confirmed they have agreed a deal to sell their Peruvian winger Jefferson Farfan to Arabian Gulf League outfit Al Jazira.
The price for crude oil stayed consistent despite pessimistic predictions. (AFP/File)
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The price for crude oil stayed consistent despite pessimistic predictions.
A handout picture by the press office of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, shows him looking at the mock-up of the "Mall of the World" project during its presentation in Dubai. (AFP/File)
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The project will be developed in District 11 of Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum City.
Kuwait's practice of DNA testing was implemented in a set of new counter-terrorism measures drafted in response to an attack on a mosque in the country's capital earlier this month. (AFP/File)
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A US-based international rights organization has denounced the Kuwaiti government for mandatory DNA tests, saying the decision violates the right to privacy.
The IMF said measures to raise taxes would boost revenues, reduce pollution and give an incentive to improve public transportation. (Shutterstock)
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The IMF said measures to raise taxes would boost revenues, reduce pollution and give an incentive to improve public transportation.
Mohamed Salah
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The Manchester City, Chelsea and Wolfsburg attackers top the Nerazzurri's wishlist, but it will not be easy to lure any of them away from their current club
More employees are looking for flexible ways and times to work.
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More employees are looking for flexible ways and times to work.
The Gaza Strip was reduced to eight hours of electricity a day on Tuesday after its sole power plant shut down. (AFP/File)
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The Gaza Strip was reduced to eight hours of electricity a day on Tuesday after its sole power plant shut down.
Some European companies have already marked out their target markets. (AFP/File)
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Some European companies have already marked out their target markets.
Palestinian observers decried the new law as "insane." (AFP/File)
13:33 GMT
The Knesset has passed a law calling for sentences of up to 20 years in prison for throwing stones at vehicles.
Desert storming! Rebel captioned this pic 'Gone full feral in the desert today #sandeverywhere'  (Instagram)
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The Pitch Perfect star temporarily gives in to temptation on holiday in Dubai.
A young migrant coming from Syria sleeps on a train heading north from Nis to Belgrade. Illegal immigrants cross Serbia on their way to other European countries as it has land access to four members. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
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A young migrant coming from Syria sleeps on a train heading north from Nis to Belgrade. Illegal immigrants cross Serbia on their way to other European countries as it has land access to four members. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
Windows 10 is set to launch at special events in 13 cities around the world. (AFP/File)
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Windows 10 is set to launch at special events in 13 cities around the world.
A total of 41,042 Egyptian and foreign tourists visited the Giza Pyramids during the three days of Eid. (AFP/File)
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A total of 41,042 Egyptian and foreign tourists visited the Giza Pyramids during the three days of Eid.
Mourners react over a coffin in Gaziantep on July 21, 2015, during a funeral ceremony for victims following a suicide bomb attack the day before which killed at least 31 in the southern Turkish town of Suruc. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday said authorities had identified a suspect involved in the suicide bombing near the Syrian border that killed 32 activists.
Some tips can help mitigate stressful office environments. (Shutterstock)
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No one wants enemies in the office.
Right-wing Israelis regularly enter the Al-Aqsa compound, causing tensions with Palestinians. (AFP/File)
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A group of right-wing Jews toured the Al-Aqsa compound Tuesday under the protection of Israeli police, while access to the site was restricted for Palestinians.
Yemeni workers gather around an Emirate relief ship that docked in Aden on May 24. (AFP/File)
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A UN ship carrying humanitarian aid arrived in the southern port city for the first time in four months.
The man, believed to be in his twenties was taken to Gaza's al-Shifa Hospital. (AFP/File)
11:39 GMT
A Palestinian fisherman was shot and critically injured off the cost of Gaza by Israeli forces Tuesday.
Calculating how much money is owed can help consolidate payments.
11:23 GMT
Saving money is a challenge, but start with keeping track of it.
Thirty-five refugee families were kidnapped en route to their homes in Tikrit. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants have reportedly kidnapped 35 refugee families in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk, a local police source said.
Egyptian singer Nadia Mostafa will be on the jury of the competition. (El Cinema)
11:07 GMT
Egypt's House of Arab Music are launching at the Cairo Opera with LE10,000 prize and free scholarship.
An open-air market in Baghdad - perhaps the last place you'd expect to find sex toys for sale.  (AFP/Sabah Arar)
10:47 GMT
After all, people in Baghdad do it too; the London art show that's giving a fresh perspective on conflict-ridden Libya; and a rare photographic glimpse into '70's and '80's Sudan.
A drone owner attached a semi-automatic gun to a quadcopter that can shoot while it flies. (AFP/File)
10:44 GMT
A drone owner attached a semi-automatic gun to a quadcopter that can shoot while it flies.
Khaled Abol Naga and his late sister, Salwa. (Facebook)
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Khaled's older sister Salwa died in a fire at her home in Cairo last night.
An employee serves a client at Lebanon's Central Bank in Beirut in 2008. (AFP/Ramzi Haidar)
10:34 GMT
Byblos Bank chairman Francois Bassil said Iran has huge potential for Lebanese banks.
Egyptian authorities have announced a state of maximum alert in preparation for the opening of a new shipping route. (AFP/File)
10:18 GMT
Egyptian authorities have announced a state of maximum alert in preparation for the opening of a new shipping route.
Opposition fighters load a homemade rocket launcher during clashes with government forces in the town of Khan Sheikhun, in Syria's Idlib province. (AFP/File)
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Syrian rebels killed at least seven and wounded hundreds after they fired hundreds of rockets and shells at government-held territory.
Najwa's new video has been watched over half a million times. (Screenshot)
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The video for Najwa's latest song 'Goodnight Kiss' has been an instant YouTube hit!
Take That are down from five to three, but it hasn't stopped the hits! (Done Events)
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Have a little 'Patience', Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen are coming to the Dubai Media City Amphiteatre on October 30!
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on the international community to show its support against terrorists, following the attack in Suruc. (AFP/File)
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Ahmet Davutoglu called for unity in Turkey following a deadly attack in Suruc, which killed at least 30 people and wounded dozens others.
Egyptian workers collect plastic bottles at an area of al-Zabaleen in Cairo. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
09:22 GMT
Cairo is one of the most polluted and dirtiest cities in the world.
A man walks past a burning building following an airstrike by the Syrian army, April 24, 2014. (AFP/File)
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At least 20 people were killed and around 100 others injured following an airstrike believed to be carried out by the Syrian army in the town of Manbij.
Daesh militants are allegedly using chickens for suicide missions. (Shutterstock/File)
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Despite the reports being unverified, it's hardly surprising that Daesh militants have now apparently resorted to using chickens for suicide bombings.
Israeli cloud security firm Adallom became the tech giant's tenth outright acquisition in Israel. (AFP/Robyn Beck)
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Israeli cloud security firm Adallom became the tech giant's tenth outright acquisition in Israel.
Khleifi's film Wedding in Galilee won the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987. (Shubbak)
08:53 GMT
The award winning filmmaker is curating the main film program at London's biggest celebration of contemporary Arab culture.
The Israeli Supreme Court had ordered authorities to destroy the West Bank village of Susya earlier this month. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
The European Union condemned Israel's plan to demolish a village near Hebron in the West Bank, calling for a halt in the "forced transfer" of Palestinians.
Using the Muslim sect to describe the actions of activists in Bahrain is problematic. (AFP/File)
08:22 GMT
The word "Shia" is almost used as an insult these days. Take Bahrain as an example. It's dangerous to label protesters as "Shia activists", because it undermines the progress of the opposition movement.
Three senior officials from the Obama administration will speak to House Democrats this week to try to secure their support. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT
Three senior officials from the Obama administration will speak to House Democrats this week to try to secure their support.
Israeli activists protest against the demolition of the West Bank village Khirbet Susiya, June 5, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
08:00 GMT
A group of Israeli activists staged a "sleep in" protest in the West bank village of Khirbet Susiya, days after their government announced plans to demolish it.
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks with a local resident in the English city of Birmingham prior to delivering a speech on extremism, July 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
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David Cameron unveiled a new five-year plan to eradicate home-grown extremism in the UK, blaming "failure of integration" for hundreds of British Muslims joining Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
Egyptians march in downtown Cairo to mark International Women's Day on March 8, 2013. (AFP/File)
07:23 GMT
An anti-sexual harassment group documented 223 incidents of sexual violations during three days of Eid.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday assured that the US would help Israel counter Iranian support for Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday assured that the US would help Israel counter Iranian support for Hezbollah.
Turkish security forces stand next to coffins following the deadly attack, which killed 30 people in Suruc, June 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
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The White House on Monday condemned the "heinous terror attack" in Turkey which killed 30 people, mostly young students in the border town of Suruc.
Yemeni girls show off their henna-decorated hands for Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan, July 29 2014.  (AFP/File)
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Eid in a troubled Yemen; celebrating the holiday weekend amidst Gaza's rubble; and Egypt's beauty standards from the eyes of a woman who's nontraditionally beautiful.
A Syrian man visits the graves of loved ones at a cemetery in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on July 19, 2015. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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At least 157 people were killed in areas held by Syrian opposition forces during the Eid al-Fitr holiday from July 17 to 19.
Al Saeed's debut album 'Saroukh' (Rocket) was released in 2013. (Hiba Music)
05:57 GMT
The young vocalist is known as the 'Ambassador of Tunes'.
Of the more than 41,000 traffic fines handed out during Eid, 1,253 were issued to motorists who were caught exceeding the speed limit while crossing traffic signals.
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More than 41,000 tickets for speeding were issued to motorists during the three-day Eid al-Fitr break.
Family members of the 9 Lebanese soldiers being held captive by Daesh hold pictures of their missing relatives during protests in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
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Families of the nine Lebanese servicemen being held by Daesh said Monday they would resume protests if negotiations to secure their release did not show signs of progress in the next few days.
Fake money thrown at Blatter during his press conference
00:29 GMT
The man behind the popular TV character 'Lee Nelson' pulled off another audacious publicity stunt at the expense of the under-fire FIFA president.
Joseph Blatter
00:03 GMT
Current FIFA president Joseph Blatter rules out standing for election again in February 2016 at an extraordinary FIFA congress.

July 20, 2015

Election for FIFA president to take place next year
23:52 GMT
The extraordinary congress to elect a new FIFA president is to take place in Zurich on February 26, 2016, the executive committee of the world football governing body decided at a meeting on Monday.
The Onion put up a satirical news article about Netanyahu one day before a legitimate news outlet reported on it happening. (AFP/File)
20:23 GMT
Sometimes the satirical outlet gets it spot on.
Twitter users cried for an investigation after a video showed men street harassing two women on the street. (AFP/File)
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Twitter users cried for an investigation after a video showed men street harassing two women on the street.
Some families on the ministry's list have waited up to 20 years for a home. (AFP/File)
18:37 GMT
Some families on the ministry's list have waited up to 20 years for a home.
Gold fans in the region are in for some fantastic deals on jewelry. (AFP/File)
18:25 GMT
Gold fans in the region are in for some fantastic deals on jewelry.
Garbage bags block the sidewalk of Hamra Street in the Lebanese capital Beirut. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
18:11 GMT
Waste management company Sukleen hasn't collected garbage since Friday, protesting the closure of the Naameh landfill.
Top Hamas official Musa Abu Marzouk embraces a member of the group's military wing during a funeral. (AFP/File)
18:10 GMT
Hamas on Sunday strongly denied a report that claimed it has agreed to send hundreds of its men to Yemen to help in the fight against the Iranian-backed Houthis.
A Saudi man looks over a new monorail connecting the holy sites of Mecca and Medina in 2010. (AFP/Amer Hilabi)
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The Haramain High-Speed Railway network is expected to link King Abdullah Economic City and Medina by the end of this year.
Members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) take position in a classroom in the village of Maarouf in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah on July 16, 2015. (AFP/Youssef Karwashan)
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A Syrian Kurdish militia on Monday said it was nearly in full control of the northeastern city of Hasakah, gaining territory at the expense of troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
Workers and journalists stand near the Louvre museum that is still under construction in Abu Dhabi, Oct. 21, 2014. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)
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An average of 5,500 workers are on site, the Tourism Development and Investment Authority said in a statement.
France has delivered three of the jets to Egypt. (AFP/File)
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France has delivered three of the jets to Egypt.
Arabic-speaking Palestinian children arrested by Israeli security are forced to sign confessions written in Hebrew, HRW said. (AFP/File)
16:21 GMT
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has slammed the Tel Aviv regime over “abusive arrests” of Palestinian children by Israeli forces.
The EU announced an additional $70 million in humanitarian aid. (AFP/File)
16:18 GMT
The EU announced an additional $70 million in humanitarian aid.
In the midst of an energy crisis, the Gaza Strip is shutting down its sole power plant in Nusairat. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
16:06 GMT
The Gazan energy authority said it can no longer afford to keep the plant running.
Italian oil and gas company Eni has discovered natural gas estimates of 15 billion meters in Egypt's Nile Delta. (AFP/File)
15:45 GMT
Italian oil and gas company Eni has discovered natural gas estimates of 15 billion meters in Egypt's Nile Delta.
United Nations Security Council members vote on the Iran resolution at the UN headquarters in New York on July 20, 2015. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
15:10 GMT
The UN Security Council on Monday adopted a resolution endorsing a deal that placed long-term curbs on Iran's nuclear program and beginning a process to remove UN sanctions against the country.
Rami Malek is playing the lead in Mr Robot, a new series on the USA Network. (Screenslam)
15:00 GMT
Hard to believe that the Egyptian rising star went from a delivery boy without an agent to Hollywood player that rubs shoulders with Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Robert Pattinson, Ben Stiller and more!
Pictures of the document announcing the ban were posted online by Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. (Twitter)
14:07 GMT
The Daesh militant group has banned private internet connections in its de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa, forcing residents and its own fighters to use monitored internet cafes.
The Pali model and Aussie rocker were on/off for a year before calling it quits. (File photo)
14:00 GMT
While Joe was away, did Gigi play?
Iran is ramping up oil exports after the nuclear deal removed its sanctions. (AFP/File)
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Iran is ramping up oil exports after the nuclear deal removed its sanctions.
Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic maintained a large lead over Roger Federer in the men's tennis rankings released Monday by the ATP with the top 10 players unchanged.
Nawal Al Zoghbi, Zuhair Murad, Joe Bou Raad and friends (Instagram)
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Nawal Al Zoghbi, Zuhair Murad, Joe Bou Raad and friends
Greek officials and families at the memorial of soldiers killed in the 1974 coup (left). Tukish Cypriots holding their flags in a parade marking the 40th anniversary of Turkish invasion. (AFP/File)
13:39 GMT
Turkey's energy minister said the country could receive $100 million from Greece after an international court ruled in Ankara's favor.
Tourists cool off in a pool in Beirut, but anti-racism campaigners say Lebanon also has a darker side. (AFP/Joseph Barrak)
13:28 GMT
The tourism ministry has longterm programs in mind to boost rural tourism and attract the Lebanese diaspora.
Denilson
13:22 GMT
Former Arsenal midfielder Denilson insists he isn’t the type of player to move to the Middle East purely for money and is looking forward to a long association with Al Wahda and the UAE following his unveiling on Sunday.
Michel Platini
13:14 GMT
UEFA president Michel Platini has been asked to stand for president of world football governing body FIFA by several football federations, according to dpa information Monday.
Military spokesman Brigadier-General Mohamed Samir urged Egyptian citizens not to believe what he called false rumours spread online, in reference to figures and attacks claimed by militants on the web. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT
Military Spokesman Brigadier-General Mohamed Samir said Sunday that the military is in control of every inch of Sinai, in comments to state-owned media.
Some people find it difficult to work under the descriptions highly regarded on a resume. (Shutterstock)
12:51 GMT
Sometimes the celebrated traits may not be the right description for you.
There's a way to get a higher standard of living without getting in a stressful situation. (Shutterstock)
12:29 GMT
There's a way to get a higher standard of living without getting in a stressful situation.
At least 1,100 minors have joined Daesh in 2015, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Screenshot)
12:18 GMT
Hundreds of children are being forced by Daesh to learn beheadings by practising on dolls in training camps across Iraq and Syria, AP reports.
According to Ebrahim, who left Germany to join Daesh, new recruits were given a choice to become either suicide bombers or fighters - "you're either dead or dead."  He later defected, escaping back home to Germany. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT
A German defector's account of joining Daesh; growing up lesbian in Iran; and a photo series that transforms Beirut into candy-colored pop art.
Yemenis watch as smoke billows from clashes between fighters loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels, in the Dar Saad suburb of Aden on July 19, 2015. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)
12:05 GMT
The death toll increased from its initial 45 on Sunday.
Ahmed Ezz and Zeina - is a DNA test the only way to settle it? (Facebook)
12:00 GMT
When will this end? Zeina goes back to calling Ahmed Ezz a liar after promising fans never to mention him again.
This photo taken on July 20, 2015 shows the scene after an explosion in the town of Suruc in Sanliurfa, on July 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
11:34 GMT
At least 27 people are believed to have been killed and around 100 others injured by an explosion at a cultural centre in the southeastern town of Suruc, close to the Syrian border.
The four men were taken west of Tripoli, the foreign ministry said Monday. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)
10:43 GMT
The four men were taken west of Tripoli, the foreign ministry said Monday.