July 13, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is ready to mediate a truce between Israel and Hamas, but Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters that Tel Aviv is set to continue the offensive despite the mounting death toll.
Kurdish fighters clashed with jihadist militants in Syria's north Sunday.
The rank was based on the demands of international employers for MBA graduates.
An Egyptian court sentenced 101 more pro-Morsi supporters Sunday to three years in prison for "illegal gathering" and "rioting."
Iran nuclear talks are still ongoing as Tehran and world powers try to finalize a permanent deal ahead of a self-imposed July 20 deadline. With talks bumpy in past days, some leaders have discussed the possibility of an extension, but some FMs say a chance still remains to finalize a deal.
Lebanon's army told reporters Sunday that they found the launchpad from which three rockets from Tyre were fired towards northern Israel
The details of Luis Suarez's transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona were finalised yesterday as he moved to Spain for an estimated fee of £75m in spite of the Uruguayan striker serving a four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
Etihad Airways will launch six new routes in the first half of 2015, offering even more choice and improved connections to travellers worldwide.
The average stay for the Arab tourist — particularly GCC nationals — increased from 9.5 nights in 2013 to 11.6 nights in 2014.
The Premier League club had hoped to agree a deal with Real Madrid, but the emergence of the Ligue 1 side could see the Old Trafford outfit outmuscled in transfer talks
What political 'sensitivity'? How Turkey, Cyprus, and Egypt are playing an intense round of tug of war over Israeli gas
The problem with the Turkish deal is twofold: the delicate political relationship between Israel and Turkey, and the handling of the negotiations on the parts of the corporate bodies in Turkey.
At least 13 people have now died from the collapse of multiple buildings in Morocco's commercial hub city Casablanca.
The World Cup Final is one of the most celebrated events in the world of sport. After a grueling four-year journey, where over 200+ nations began their journey towards Brazil, there are now just two nations left: Germany and Argentina.
Films from Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine and Jordan, including Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl, will be screened at the Riverside Theatres in Sydney, Australia, this August as part of the 2014 Arab Film Festival.
The image of Israelis in Sderot watching the Gaza strikes as if they were at the cinema has created an unprecedented social media storm and international outrage.
Gaza is still under attack by Israel, but you can keep up-to-date with what's happening through this blog. Also, check out some noteworthy stories you might have missed in Lebanon this week.
A new IMF paper shows how subsidy reform has recently gained momentum in the Middle East and North Africa and outlines the elements of successful subsidy reform.
Yemen's unity and development may be more at threat today than ever before, but who-or what-is to blame?
The Israeli Defense Force's noon deadline for tens of thousands of residents in northern Gaza to evacuate has passed as the IDF plans to intensify air strikes on the zone Israel believes is firing more rockets.
Iraq's parliamentary session Sunday ended after 30 minutes and without progress.
At least three Algerian soldiers and their four auxiliaries were killed by roadside bombs Sunday.
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, in controversies over biting Italian defender, will lose 3 million pounds of his 10 million pounds-a-year salary if he tries to bite another opponent.
Forget #FirstWorldProblems, let's talk #RamadanProblems! If getting past the fast is hard for you, then here's a light-hearted look at the situations you face to help you make it through to Iftar. Ramadan Kareem!
"Don’t Let It Bring You Down" Neil! Rockets replace Rocker Neil Young as violence escalates in Tel Aviv
Neil Young's Tel Aviv concert is to happen no more...
Pope Francis calls for peace in Gaza as Israel continues air strikes.
Medical workers in Gaza struggled to cope with the high number of civilian casualties caused by Israeli air strikes in recent days as the Palestinian death toll topped 151 people.
Israeli forces raided the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound on Sunday and fired rubber-coated steel bullets at worshipers, witnesses told Ma'an.
Tunisian singer Latifa made it clear that she seriously doesn't care for the tunisian resident's Black List against her!
Intense fighting has erupted in Libya's Tripoli.
Egyptians are facing a dilemma when it comes to watching the World Cup as the only two channels that carry the games are an Israeli TV channel and a channel owned by Al Jazeera.
Adel Imam's Ramadan TV show "His Excellency" may be getting sued by an Egyptian hospital... but why?
When missiles are launched into Israel, Israelis got to bomb shelters. The same cannot be said in Gaza however. Why don't Palestinians use bomb shelters?
Protesters in Libya have shut down the national oil port of Brega, days after the government celebrated its reopening.
Egyptian actress Liqa Suwaidan feels "insulted" by Ramez Galal's prank show!
The UN on Saturday called for a ceasefire between Tel Aviv and Hamas as an Israeli cabinet minister said the army was ready for a ground invasion.
Gunmen killed at least 33 people including 29 women in a Baghdad housing complex Saturday. Police said the motive of the shootings still remained unclear.
Lebanon's Minister for Justice, Ashraf Rifi has urged Bab al-Tabbaneh residents in Tripoli to show self-restraint, claiming local political and security forces have manipulated their protests for personal political gains.
A Libyan soldier and onlookers gather around the bodies
A new internet service in Saudi Arabia allows women to pay for information about potential husbands.
Over 21 Palestinians were killed after fresh Israeli air strikes in Gaza late Saturday, bringing the death toll to 151, with at least 1000 people injured.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna to join the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.
Daily Mail did publish an apology for false reports that said Amal Alamuddin's mother was not approving of her marriage to George Clooney, but the Hollywood star isn't having it.
But reducing subsidies is hard in a country where a third of the population of 25 million lives on less than $2 a day, and this week’s austerity package did not address subsidies.
Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ali Tayyebnia says Iran will no longer promote an oil-based economy even if the economic sanctions which have been imposed against the country are totally lifted.
An oil ministry spokesman in Baghdad described the takeover as dangerous and irresponsible and called for the Kurdish forces to withdraw immediately.
Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travellers.
The 'Egyptian Dream': is sacrifice a necessary requirement for Egyptians to achieve a better standard of living?
In principle, every citizen deserves a better life; why should people suffer if their lives can be improved?
Dues owed to foreign oil companies reached a total of $6.3bn this July, compared to $6bn at the end of April.
Netanyahu: We can’t allow Gaza in Judea and Samaria; we are weighing all possibilities and are prepared for all possibilities.
In case you were wondering what hot celeb would added to the Carthage festival lineup, no more guesses needed. Nancy Ajram is on her way, Tunisia, and she couldn't be more honored.
July 12, 2014
Goals from Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum were enough to give Oranje the win over the tournament hosts
Three rockets fired from south Lebanon hit northern Israel, triggering retaliatory artillery fire on the Lebanese border village of Zebqin, a security source told The Daily Star Saturday.
Northern Gazans are being removed from northern Gaza and other areas from which rockets are being fired senior army source says; source adds that Hamas psychological warfare shows that it has been pushed into a corner.
William Hague has said Israel has the “right to defend itself” against rocket attacks from Gaza after urging Palestinian and Israeli leaders to negotiate a ceasefire.
Sirens blare in TA twice, also in other parts of country; no injuries reported; IAF attacks rocket launching site from which the latest barrage was shot.
Modern Islamic extremist groups reconfigure modernity to focus on punishment rather than morals; outside help is needed to unify the Iraqi people and defeat ISIS; the chaos in Iraq threatens to become a global epidemic; tech-savy terrorists use Bitcoin to funnel electronic funds.
Palestinian initiated talks taking place to reach ceasefire with Egypt, Qatar involvement, Channel 2 reports; Blair meets with Sisi to discuss ways to restore 2012 ceasefire; Gal-On says PM must involve Abbas to end hostilities.
Israeli troops mass on Gaza border in preparation for ground attack after airstrikes hit mosque 'that was hiding Hamas weapons'
The 23-year-old was seen entering The Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester's Moss Side to undergo routine medical tests ahead of completing a £31.8 million move
Channel 10 reports injuries are light; Most of the rockets landed in open areas in western Negev.
The shortlist for the 2014 Golden Ball, the prize awarded to the best player at the World Cup, has been announced by FIFA.
FIFA officials have revealed that Italy's Nicola Rizzoli would referee the 2014 World Cup finale between Germany and Argentina on Sunday.
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at UN storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at UN storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City
The World Cup third place match is almost one of no importance, but with Brazil being the host nation it will certainly be one with a lot of national pride attached to it after they were humiliated by Germany in the semi-finals.
I can no longer stand by while Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked condone the deaths of innocent Palestinian women and children
The death toll from the five days of Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip has risen to at least 122 as several are wounded in an anti-Israel protest in the West Bank.
Saudi Arabia is coordinating its efforts with representatives of Islamic and Arab states and representatives of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) as well as other bodies to support the Palestinian delegation’s stand at the UN
Several militant factions affiliated with what the West calls moderate rebel groups have pledged allegiance to ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
A little jazz will you Jew ya: Red Sea Jazz festival will fill the air with music in Eilat this August
The four-day program is packed with big names from abroad, as well as some of the pick of the local crop.
U.S. wireless carriers are not so excited that the world is Googling "ISIS" like never before. After all, it is not for the carriers' mobile wallet app that they have been trying to promote to customers for months, but rather it is for the jihadist terrorist group in Syria that has been grabbing headlines globally.
The United States said it is ready to "leverage its relationships" in the Middle East to end the Israeli strikes on Gaza.
July 11, 2014
German striker Miroslav Klose has reportedly insisted that if his side loses against Argentina in the World Cup final then his becoming the World Cup's all-time leading scorer would mean nothing.
Germany has reportedly revealed that they have a secret plan to defend Argentine ace Lionel Messi's attack on Sunday's World Cup final at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.
Kurdish forces seized control of Iraq's northern oilfields Friday as tensions continue to increase between Irbil and Baghdad.
At least two demonstrators were killed Friday when riot police dispersed a pro-Morsi protest in Cairo.
At least three rockets landed in the town of Brital in Lebanon's Bekaa Friday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Friday to continue strikes on the Gaza strip as the Palestinian death toll surpassed 100.
Israel launched retaliatory shells on southern Lebanon Friday after "suspicious, unknown rockets" were fired from the country's south on the Jewish state, according to reports.
Diane Sawyer's "oops" Tuesday in which the famous news anchor misidentified Palestinians as Israelis in the aftermath of an airstrike has caused a social media storm globally, prompting Sawyer herself to issue an apology Thursday.
As the Gaza strikes continue and Hamas responds with rockets, Jonathan Power takes a minute to reflect on how this crisis-and so many others-have destroyed lives....and childhoods.
Morocco's government put its security services on high alert due to a reported "serious terror threat."
The UN refugee agency criticized Europe Friday for only welcoming a "miniscule" number of Syrians inside its borders despite the fact that refugee numbers are set to exceed 3 million in the next few weeks.
Arsene Wenger continues his search for full-back cover despite closing in on the £8 million signing of Mathieu Debuchy, with the Egypt international flying in to be assessed
Indonesian demonstrators stage a huge pro-Palestinian rally in Jakarta
The clubs revealed on Friday that they have reached an agreement over the sale of the Uruguayan striker who will land in Catalonia next week to finalise the deal
A Palestinian mother speaks of trying to cope with Israeli occupation; ABC issues correction after citing a grieving Palestinian family as Israeli; How the West Bank crackdown mushroomed from a search for just 3 missing teenagers; The US State Department distances itself from voices in the Obama administration critical of Israeli policy.
Turkey's Prime Minister announced this week that Ankara will not normalize ties with Tel Aviv as long anticipated if the strikes on Gaza continue.
At least 11 Iraqi police were killed in an offensive near the city of Ramadi Friday.
Israeli airstrikes left at least 12 more Palestinians in the Gaza Strip dead Friday as the death toll surpasses 100 under Tel Aviv's so-called Operation Protective Edge.
With Ramadan shopping season in full swing, retail stores all over the Kingdom are offering special discounts and sales to attract customers. But according to a report in Al-Watan daily, shoppers may not be getting the bargains they expect.
The United States moved Thursday to blacklist a group of companies it claimed covertly helped Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement acquire components for surveillance drones.
Beddawi, particularly the neighborhood of Mankoubine, has a reputation in the last three years for being a wellspring of Lebanese jihadists.
Mahdi Hamad, Suha’s father, said that “nobody called us to evacuate the house and there aren’t any resistance members around it.”
Egyptian singer Angham is releasing her first ever Lebanese single!
Former Playboy bunny Felixia Yeap described herself as "reborn" after embracing Islam and shunning her rabbit ears for a modest hijab.
The United Arab Emirates pledged Thursday to send at least $25 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza as airstrikes from Israel continue.
Breakthrough in the long-running crisis over public workers’ salaries is expected next week, a ministerial source revealed to The Daily Star Thursday.
Rising housing costs has pushed Dubai up the rankings in an annual survey of the most expensive cities in the world for expatriates to live in.
Seven out of the ten highest paid officials work for companies based in Abu Dhabi, while the rest are based in Dubai.