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August 19, 2015

Human rights campaigners strongly criticised Egypt's new bill. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The US has voiced concern over Egypt's new anti-terror law, stating it could have a "detrimental impact on human rights and fundamental freedoms".
Qamishli has witnessed a number of bomb attacks over the past few months. (FP/Aaris Messinis)
11:30 GMT
A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle laden with explosives at the Kurdish Asayesh security forces offices in al-Qamishli city, located on the Turkish border.
Meet Kurdish Zhala, Sweden's new pop sensation. (Svt.se)
11:28 GMT
Meet Kurdish Zhala, Sweden's new pop sensation.
Infighting killed dozens of Daesh militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul. (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT
Infighting between Daesh militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul killed dozens of fighters, according to a Kurdish spokesperson.
Hassan Youssef al-Seifi, undersecretary of the Hamas-led Awqaf Ministry, was traveling from Jeddah to Cairo when he was arrested. (AFP/File)
10:03 GMT
Hassan Youssef al-Seifi was arrested up arrival at Cairo airport because his name appeared of a "watch list."
Some things haven't changed in the last four years. (AFP/File)
09:49 GMT
Some things haven't changed in the last four years.
Embattled workers of Essa Engineering and Marine Services have resorted to burning furniture for cooking fires. (File photo)
09:33 GMT
Of an initial 1317 workers embroiled in a labor dispute in Ajman, 200 remain unpaid for 6 months and living in squalor.
Arab-Israeli protesters wave Palestinian flags and hold posters of Mohammed Allan, a Palestinian prisoner who is on a long-term hunger strike, during a rally calling for his release in the southern Israeli Bedouin city of Rahat on August 18, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
09:30 GMT
The head of the Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners' Affairs said Israel offered to release Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad Allan in November, when his administrative detention expires.
Shaabola cancels Iraq concert for "security reasons." (File photo)
09:22 GMT
Egyptian singer Shaaban Abdel Rahim, AKA Shaabola, who ridiculed ISIS, has cancelled his Iraq concert for fear of the terrorist group's leader.
Not so anonymous now: member account details and log-ins for the networking site were posted by the hackers. (Ashley Madison)
09:19 GMT
The Impact Team hackers of the Ashley Madison website have dumped data containing personal details, after the website failed to comply with the hackers' demands.
Mahmour Bitar recently appeared on BBC Trending to discuss the issue. (Screenshot)
09:00 GMT
Amidst the appeal for refugees to settle in European countries while war ravages on back home, this Syrian man is discouraging people from trying to get into Sweden.
Member of the Knesset Avi Dichter called for the segregation of occupied West Bank roads. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
An Israeli lawmaker called for the segregation of West Bank roads to protect Jewish settlers from vehicular attacks.
Syrian youths take part in their last training on December 8, 2014 before being sent to the frontline along with rebel fighters from the Jaysh al-Islam brigades (Army of Islam) near Damascus. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
08:52 GMT
According to a CNN report, the US train and equip program is moving along very slowly in Syria, and for a very steep price.
UAE residents have been hit with rising costs of living. (Digital Journal)
08:46 GMT
Luxury retail aside, services are also feeling the knock-on effect of the tourism downturn from Russia, CIS and China.
Will the new laws bring stability and security to Egypt or stifle democratic practices? (AFP/Mohamed al-Shahed)
08:36 GMT
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi ratified an anti-terrorism law which stipulates stiffer prison terms for terror-related offences, as well as exorbitant fines, and possible suspension from employment, for "false" reporting on militant attacks.
Twenty-five government soldiers were also executed by teens in the ancient city in June. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
Daesh militants reportedly beheaded an archaeologist in the Syrian city of Palmyra, an antiquities chief told Reuters.
Syrian emergency personnel carry a wounded man following air strikes by Syrian government forces on a marketplace in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on August 16, 2015. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)
08:17 GMT
Three Arab cities landed on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Global Liveability Ranking for the most rapidly decreasing standard of living over the past five years. Can you guess which ones?
A fighter loyal to exiled President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi guards a government building in Taez, August 18, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Yemeni official Rajeh Badi said forces had freed most provinces from Houthi fighters and would look to retake the country's capital Sanaa.
Unexpectedly, the three kittens were born three weeks ago. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Three sand kittens were born in Israel's Ramat Gan Safar and boy, are they cute! Maybe one day these precious little cats will be introduced into the desert wild where they like to roam.
“Iftah Ya Simsim” (Sesame Street) opens doors for a strong Arabic education. (File photo)
07:58 GMT
“Iftah Ya Simsim” (Sesame Street) opens doors for a strong Arabic education.
More than 50,000 companies will be part of the WPS, which was due to take effect on August 18. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)
07:50 GMT
Implementation of the wage protection system for migrant workers is reportedly delayed due to participating companies' compliance difficulties.
The automotive sector is not accounted for by the Central Bank of Egypt, which has lead to credit problems. (Testmiles.com)
07:31 GMT
Egypt is facing increased demand for vehicles, a shortage of cars and no end in sight for the current crisis.
Anne will be playing the role of a kidnapped woman in the ME in a new TV series based on Jennifer Steil's novel The Ambassador's Wife. (Empire Online)
07:30 GMT
Anne will be playing the role of a kidnapped woman in the ME in a new TV series based on Jennifer Steil's novel The Ambassador's Wife.
A Yemeni child is inoculated against polio during an immunization campaign at a health center on August 15, 2015, in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
07:18 GMT
UNICEF recently released a report entitled “Yemen: Childhood Under Threat”, which estimates 398 children have been killed since late March when Saudi Arabia began its offensive in the war torn country.
Huckabee made the controversial comments during a fund raising event in an Israeli settlement. (AFP/File)
07:14 GMT
Critics slammed US Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for referring to the West Bank as "Judea and Samaria" - the biblical name for occupied Palestinian land.
The new Scroll Capture feature allows you to snap the entire webpage in the Note 5. (Droid Life)
06:11 GMT
Lighter and slimmer than the Note 4, the Note 5 is being billed as having the best display on the market.
Thousands of people fled the Libyan town of Sirte in June after it was seized by Daesh militants. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The Arab League failed to support airstrikes against Daesh in Libya despite calling for an "urgent" strategy against the extremist group.
Palestinian group, Bar Palestine, take part in street exercises amid the destruction in Gaza City on August 3, 2015. Street workout, that is still new to Gaza, is a growing sport across the world with annual competitions and events. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
06:00 GMT
Muscle beach in Gaza? Bakr al-Makadmeh and his team have been stopping traffic with their street workouts on Gaza Beach.
Take into account your post-MBA career aspirations when considering a school. (Insead)
05:30 GMT
A management degree is a major investment in time, money and resources - if you're considering an MBA, follow these steps to help you find the right program.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Jordan's King Abdullah II during their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, on April 9, 2014. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The two leaders will attend the opening day of the MAKS-2015 air show in Russia on August 25 and will meet with President Vladimir Putin.
If you need financial assistance, make sure you choose the right kind. (Pinterest)
05:00 GMT
The start of the school term is laden with expenses from tuition to stationery. Shop smarter to avoid overspending!
No more mister Maliki. Current Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's recent government reforms removed 11 of 33 cabinet positions - including that of former longtime Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.  (AFP/Leon Neal)
04:47 GMT
PM al-Abadi's sweeping government reforms raise questions; a new Gaza 'street workout' trend brings bodybuilding outdoors; and eleven recipes to kick of the date harvest.
Paul Hollywood ready to sweeten up the city of Dubai. (Facebook)
04:27 GMT
Our taste buds are already watering. BBC Good Food Shows are coming to Dubai with celeb chef Paul Hollywood in tow.
Al Ain team
01:31 GMT
Omar Abdul Rahman’s forthright assessment of the forthcoming Arabian Gulf League campaign, which starts on Wednesday, felt like an accurate harbinger of what is to come in the months ahead.

August 18, 2015

Matisyahu was disinvited from performing in Spain. (Archive)
21:59 GMT
Bearded "hassidic reggae" star Matisyahu was banned from performing in Spain for being a "Zionist", and World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder is utterly bewildered.
Dubai's upscale hotels saw its occupancy rates rise by 26.1 percent in July. (AFP/File)
21:55 GMT
Dubai's upscale hotels saw its occupancy rates rise by 26.1 percent after Ramadan.
A human rights group said reducing Internet prices would help bring in more customers.
21:41 GMT
A human rights group said reducing Internet prices would help bring in more customers.
The government said it expects to receive more financial assistance within the next year. (AFP/File)
21:11 GMT
The government said it expects to receive more financial assistance within the next year.
Mohamed Hefzy, head of Fortress Film Clinic. (cineuropa.org)
20:54 GMT
Fortress Film Clinic helps Arab films step up their game, proven by an amazing 2015 portfolio.
Iran's new sturgeon farm is the largest in the region and produces the best of the delicacy.
20:29 GMT
Iran's new sturgeon farm is the largest in the region and produces the best of the delicacy.
Spending will rise to over $120 billion in the next ten years while the US increases its drone presence. (AFP/File)
20:16 GMT
Spending will rise to over $120 billion in the next ten years while the US increases its drone presence.
Security sources said the Egyptian army is planning to fill a trench with seawater to farm fish. (AFP/File)
20:07 GMT
Security sources said the Egyptian army is planning to fill a trench with seawater to farm fish.
Nour el Sherif is one of the great actors we lost this year. (Archive)
19:51 GMT
So many epic artists lost in Egypt this year, and the list sadly just seems to keep growing.
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau delivering a speech. (AFP/File)
19:23 GMT
At least 150 people were shot dead or drowned when Boko Haram militants raided a remote village in the Yobe State.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's mandate to form a coalition government from rival political groups is looking tentative as the deadline approaches. (AFP/File)
19:16 GMT
Negotiations between Turkey's two major political parties, the AKP and the CHP, dissolved once again on August 13 without the formation of a coalition government, making an early election a distinct possibility.
Sofiane Feghouli
19:16 GMT
The Turkish club have admitted that they have opened negotiations with the Spanish side, though they insist they have had no contact with the player himself
Mohamed Salah
18:21 GMT
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Family members of the Lebanese soldiers being held by Daesh hold portraits of the captives during a rally. (AFP/File)
18:16 GMT
Twelve relatives who traveled to the Lebanese border town of Arsal to beg Daesh militants for the release of nine captive Lebanese soldiers were denied access to them Tuesday despite having reached an agreement with the group.
Andy Murray
18:15 GMT
Amélie Mauresmo was on the other side of the Atlantic, having just given birth to a baby boy, but the Frenchwoman's influence was clear as Andy Murray...
Maya, a 4-year-old Syrian girl, lies in a hospital bed after she was injured the day before following air strikes by Syrian government forces on a marketplace in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus on August 17, 2015. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)
18:00 GMT
The Syrian regime's attack on a marketplace in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma killed at least 111 civilians and injured 200 others.
Turkish security forces patrol the street during clashes in Istanbul. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Clashes with PKK militants in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir province on Monday left one Turkish soldier dead and three others injured.
Union workers in Lebanon declared an open strike on Tuesday when authorities resumed dumping waste at the port. (AFP/File)
16:39 GMT
Union workers in Lebanon declared an open strike on Tuesday when authorities resumed dumping waste at the port.
A Palestinian flag is attached to the barbed wires of Israel's Ofer prison in West Bank, while the families wait for the release of Palestinian prisoners. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
16:30 GMT
Following in Muhammad Allan's footsteps, some 250 Palestinian administrative detainees began a hunger strike on Tuesday inside a Negev prison.
Mourners carry the body of Mohammed Bassam Amsha al-Atrash, a Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli troops the day before after he had stabbed a border police officer,  AFP/ Jaafar Ashtiyeh
15:50 GMT
Mourners carry the body of Mohammed Bassam Amsha al-Atrash, a Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli troops the day before after he had stabbed a border police office
US drone program is the subject of frequent criticism from observers who say the highly secretive drone raids have killed many innocent civilians. (AFP/John Moore)
15:30 GMT
Seven Taliban fighters, including two commanders, were killed by US drone strikes in central Afghanistan
A Yemeni child receives treatment in one of the country's many makeshift hospitals after being injured in Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on Sanaa. (AFP/File)
15:21 GMT
A report released by human rights watchdog Amnesty International decried human rights violations on both sides of the ongoing conflict in Yemen.
The explosion shut down facilities that produce a fifth of the country's oil. (AFP/File)
15:18 GMT
The explosion shut down facilities that produce a fifth of the country's oil.
Samir Nasri
14:54 GMT
Samir Nasri has been linked to Inter and a reunion with former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.
This is your chance to win tickets to the international dance show, Blaze the Show, happening this weekend in Dubai! (whatson.ae)
14:52 GMT
This is your chance to win tickets to the international dance show, Blaze the Show, happening this weekend in Dubai!
A Bahraini protestor throws a stone towards riot police during clashes following a demonstration to mark Bahrain's independence day, on August 14, 2015, in the village of Sanabis, west of the capital Manama. (AFP/Mohammed al-Shaikh)
14:30 GMT
Protests took place in Ma'ameer and Sitra Island, where Bahrainis demanded that the government release a number of political prisoners.
Fifa to investigate itself over Platini criticisms
14:23 GMT
Football's world governing body, Fifa, was embroiled in another day of accusations, name-calling and allegations yesterday when it announced it was...
The Doha Film Institute is co-financing Mohammed Assaf's biopic "The Idol" (Ya Tayr El Tayr). (File photo)
13:58 GMT
The Doha Film Institute is co-financing Mohammed Assaf's biopic "The Idol" (Ya Tayr El Tayr).
The US is conducting airstrikes against Daesh in Syria from a Turkish airbase. (Image: Screenshot, Youtube)
13:24 GMT
In the video, militants urge Muslim in Turkey to support Daesh and accuse President Erdogan of aiding US troops.
Muhammed Allaan's mother holds a portrait of her son during a rally calling for his release. (AFP/File)
13:23 GMT
The lawyer representing Palestinian hunger-striker Muhammed Allaan said on Tuesday the prisoner had regained consciousness and refused further medical treatments from hospital staff.
This Matisyahu concert obviously wasn't in Spain! (Facebook)
12:56 GMT
Matisyahu is appalled that he was nixed from performing Spain because his political views that don't align with the Palestinian State.
A Hezbollah fighter takes aim in the region of Qalamoun near the Syrian border town of Zabadani. (Twitter)
12:48 GMT
Al-Manar news reported that Hezbollah forces killed 20 militants in what is being described as the final push for control of the Syrian border town after the expiration of a temporary ceasefire on Sunday.
Mariah Carey and James Packer in Israel. (Archive)
12:41 GMT
Mariah Carey and her billionaire beau visited the Holy Land earlier this summer, and she loved it so much she's returned to rock out a concert.
Police at the scene of the suicide bomber attack in Turkey. (AFP/File)
12:29 GMT
Celal Yilmaz, Istanbul's deputy chief of police, stands accused of shooting and killing a motorcyclist, identified as Ahmet Sulusoglu, following an argument while on his way home on Sunday evening.
Daesh reportedly used chemical weapons against Kurdish fighters during clashes last week. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT
A chemical weapons watchdog voiced concern over reports of Daesh using mustard gas in Iraq.
Residents said they saw Saudi-led coalition warships heading toward the Red Sea port while they were covered by airstrikes. (AFP/File)
12:05 GMT
Residents said they saw Saudi-led coalition warships heading toward the Red Sea port while they were covered by airstrikes.
Al-Qaeda-linked fighters in northern Mali. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
West Africa's Ebola problem is a far cry from its core issues.
2M also received clearance to call in Saudi Arabia and Russia. (Israports)
12:00 GMT
The new agreement with Maersk-MSC's 2M Alliance represents Israel's largest and most important trade route after Western Europe.
President Sisi introduced the bill to impose the death penalty on anyone classed by the Egyptian government as a "terrorist entity". (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Human rights groups and analysts condemned President al-Sisi's new anti-terror law, branding it oppressive and unclear.
Mai and Oka cut their huge and delicious wedding cake. (Alwafd.org)
11:39 GMT
Egyptian stars Mai Kassab and Oka have said their "I do's" on Monday.
Service to Baghdad will resume on Sept 17. (UAE Interact)
11:19 GMT
Flights to Baghdad were suspended in January 2015 after a flydubai plane was hit by bullets on landing.
Israeli forces deployed at all gates to the compound and denied Muslims entry to the site, witnesses said Tuesday. (AFP/File)
11:11 GMT
Israeli forces deployed at all gates to the compound and denied Muslims entry to the site, witnesses said Tuesday.
Indian widows dressed as the Hindu gods Radha and Krishna prepare their costumes on March 14, 2014. (AFP/Rebecca Conway)
11:00 GMT
The decision to build a Hindu temple comes after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the UAE for the first time in 34 years.
The dam is scheduled for completion in 2017 and is slated to be Africa's largest hydroelectric plant. (Elmogaz)
10:57 GMT
The tripartite committee will be meeting to discuss latest developments regarding the undelivered report by foreign consultancy firms.
A migrant mother weeps while hugging her son, after safetly arriving to Kos island on Aug. 18, 2015. (AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki)
10:41 GMT
A boat carrying 29 Syrians sank off the Mediterranean coast, a local official said Tuesday.
Further construction of the barrier wall will continue in the West Bank town of Beit Jala. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
Israeli forces uprooted Palestinian olive trees in the West Bank town of Beit Jala to make way for further construction of the separation wall.
Of the 11 countries the Brookings Institution included, Saudi Arabia topped the list for most Daesh sympathizers on Twitter with nearly 25 percent. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
It probably shouldn't come as a surprise.
Nearly 3,000 IDF soldiers have been recruited from around the world. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Nearly 3,000 IDF soldiers have been recruited from around the world.
An annual report on Jordan's human rights conditions criticized the country for the lack of clear legislation that specifies crimes against national security. (AFP/File)
09:43 GMT
An annual report on Jordan's human rights conditions criticized the country for the lack of clear legislation that specifies crimes against national security.
Relief workers carry a wounded man following a deadly airstrike by the Syrian government in Douma, August 16, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT
The death toll in Douma hit over 100 people after Syrian government forces raided the area, northeast of Damascus.
The effectiveness of killer pipe bombs has been well documented, and in Syria — where standard munitions like grenades can be hard to come by — rebel groups have been churning them out by the hundreds. The bombs pictured here feature pieces of metal welded onto their casings for added shrapnel in the explosion.
09:23 GMT
A lack of available funds and munitions have led to some pretty interesting innovations in Syria's civil war. From the deadly to the downright bizarre, take a look the homemade contraptions being used in the conflict.
Syrian regime airstrikes targeting Douma in Eastern Ghouta killed more than 100 and wounded hundreds more. (AFP/File)
09:06 GMT
Sometimes a photo says a thousand words.
Reports Monday said PKK leaders have been speaking with Washington officials to try to get the US to mediate between the group and Turkey. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT
Reports Monday said PKK leaders have been speaking with Washington officials to try to get the US to mediate between the group and Turkey.
Human rights groups have criticised Saudi Arabia for its high rate in executions. (AFP/File)
08:51 GMT
An Egyptian man and three Sri Lankan nationals were beheaded in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's interior ministry announced Monday.
Koryolink, which is 75 percent owned by Orascom, is estimated to have $630m in cash reserves, but sanctions prevent conversion to foreign currency. (Technews.cn)
08:49 GMT
Orascom holds a 75 percent in North Korea's main wireless network, but planned merger is being restricted by financial sanctions.
The initiative would begin in September and calls for a political transition from Bashar al-Assad. (AFP/File)
08:02 GMT
The initiative would begin in September and calls for a political transition from Bashar al-Assad.
Maritime exports increased by 87 percent following the choking of land exports due to insecurity. (Shutterstock)
08:00 GMT
Lebanese exporters apply for $14m worth of subsidies which will cover nearly 50 percent of maritime shipping costs.
While many people criticised the incident, others warned that an investigation should be launched first. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
A video of a Saudi man beating up a migrant worker went viral, drawing widespread criticism across the kingdom.
Hend Sabry's talk, titled 'My Mom and The Theory of Relativity' at TEDx Cairo Women, is now available on YouTube. (YouTube)
07:57 GMT
Hend Sabry's talk, titled 'My Mom and The Theory of Relativity' at TEDx Cairo Women, is now available on YouTube.
More than 1,000 Egyptian families have been relocated to create a "buffer zone" between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. (AFP/Said Khatib)
07:47 GMT
More than 1,000 Egyptian families have been relocated to create a "buffer zone" between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.
On July 20, gold dropped to a five-year low of $1,080 an ounce. (livemint.com)
07:44 GMT
Local shoppers took full advantage of low gold prices, sweeping 13 tonnes of gold jewelry off the shelves in three weeks.
A Houthi fighter stands outside a hotel destroyed by Saudi airstrikes in Sanaa. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
The UAE embassy was seized by Houthi militants in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa late Monday.
Saudi Arabia registered a 28.9 percent increase in passengers over last year, with Gulf countries experiencing similar volumes. (Twitter)
07:13 GMT
Growth in GCC's aviation industry is driving a need for efficient air traffic management and solutions.
Three people were killed and 16 injured at the Masnaa border crossing overnight. (AFP/File)
07:11 GMT
Three people were killed and 16 injured at the Masnaa border crossing overnight.
President Masoud Barzani's term as leader of the KRG was extended by two years. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
The Kurdish Regional Government extended the term of President Masoud Barzani for another two years, officials said.
A four-year-old Syrian girl lies in a hospital bed following government airstrikes in a marketplace in the rebel-held area of Douma, August 17, 2015. (AFP/File)
06:40 GMT
The US State Department condemned a market bombing by the Syrian government in Douma, which left nearly 100 people dead.