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February 18, 2015

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon speaks to the media during a press conference on February 8, 2015 in Riyadh. (AFP/File)
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Meeting comes as Egypt seeks a UN-backed international intervention in Libya after militants beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians.
Rami Abadir and Mostafa El-Sayed are coming to Cairo this weekend. (Image: Facebook)
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Men of many musical talents, Rami Abadir and Mostafa El-Sayed, will perform live at ROOM on Friday, February 20.
Deso Dogg was married to an FBI agent and he didn't even know it! (Image: Vice.com)
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German rapper-turned ISIS extremist who starred in sick beheading video "was married to FBI agent"!
 According to a recent OECD multilateral covenant, the Israel Tax Authority is entitled to receive information about foreign bank accounts that are closed and the names of the account holders.
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Israelis with relatively "small" bank accounts in Switzerland are reportedly emptying them out and bringing the money to Israel in cash, usually through Ben Gurion airport.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian poses for a picture as he visits the Giza Pyramids plateau , south of Cairo. (AFP/Martin Bureau)
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French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian poses for a picture as he visits the Giza Pyramids plateau
The perfect portfolio adapts to shifts in the global economy, and includes elements of diversification.
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If you are “all in” on Middle East equities, it might be a good idea to add some diversification to your portfolio, said an investment expert listing top picks for regional investors in 2015.
“The ministry will strike with an iron fist [when it comes] to controlling prices and preventing monopolization or fraud,” Hakim said at a news conference.
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“The ministry will strike with an iron fist [when it comes] to controlling prices and preventing monopolization or fraud,” Hakim said at a news conference.
Palestinian security forces direct traffic in Rafah after a spate of bomb attacks against the homes of Fatah leaders, November 7, 2014. (AFP/File)
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Security forces in Gaza made several arrests following recent attacks on Fatah and Hamas officials in the Strip.
Yelinek agreed to help Al-Qaeda invest in West African blood diamonds. (Shutterstock)
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Shimon Yelinek's criminal connections; the Chapel Hill murders, the media and terrorism; the dangers of "celebratory gunfire."
Lebanese tanks enter the border town of Arsal close to the Syrian border, August 28, 2014. (AFP/File)
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Lebanon's army expanded its security operation across the Bekaa valley, close to the border with Syria in an attempt to flush out militancy from the region.
Iraq's UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim. (Photo: Iraq Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
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Iraq's UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim accused Daesh of genocide.
Israel Defense Forces training in the West Bank, June 17, 2014 (File-AFP)
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Israelis increasingly believe Hamas was victorious in most recent clash
Thousands of people have been killed and displaced across Iraq due to Daesh violence. (AFP/File)
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Evidence was found of possible organ trafficking by Daesh militants in Iraq, according to the country's ambassador to the UN.
The identities of the victims have not yet been released, but it is likely they were security forces. (AFP/File)
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At least 45 people have been burned to death in Iraq's western Anbar province.

February 17, 2015

Cavani saves PSG
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The Blues have a slim advantage going into the second leg of their Champions League encounter, though the defender's effort was levelled on the night by Edinson Cavani
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich: Alonso sees red in scrappy stalemate
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Chances were at a premium in Lviv as Mircea Lucescu's side frustrated the German champions, who had their Spanish midfielder sent off for two bookings
Global inventories have already been rising at a dramatic pace. Total crude stocks hit an all-time record high this week of 413 million barrels in the US.
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With global oil supply running 1.4 million barrels per day above global demand in the first half of 2015, inventory dynamics will continue to deteriorate,
“People were driven more by emotional investment in the past few years. They have a greater understanding of global economies and markets,” Al Gharabally said.
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Despite falling oil prices, wealthy GCC investors’ appetite for global investments strategies has increased after a difficult 2013 and 2014.
Lower oil prices are expected to feed through into reduced economic growth in the Gulf Arab state this year.
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Profit growth at banks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is expected to slip to 5-6 per cent in 2015 as macroeconomic challenges and the absence of big improvements in asset quality strangle lenders' earnings.
Protesters in Istanbul with placards saying: 'We want to live like women' and 'Justice for Özgecan'.  (AFP/File)
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Turkish opposition leaders have criticized the government for not doing enough to protect women in the aftermath of murder of a female university student.
A Daesh militant stays standing as a fireball engulfs the hilltop following the airstrike. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Of the 14 airstrikes, six were conducted in Syria and eight in Iraq,
Al Qaeda's frequent attacks cause major instability in Yemen. (AFP/File)
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Two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Colonel Murad al-Amudi, killing both him and his bodyguard, in the southeastern Yemeni province of Hadhramaut.
A woman holds a portrait of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi as thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters of Morsi rally at Raba Al Adaawyia mosque. (AFP/File)
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Ousted President Mohamed Morsi and 198 others were referred to a military court by Egypt's general prosecution over violence in the Suez governorate in 2013.
Paris Saint-Germain team
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Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Bayern Munich complete the most passes on average in Europe, with the French champions leading the Huawei Team Ranking ahead of the Catalans and the Bundesliga side in third.
Bahraini protesters hold a banner reading in Arabic: "Bahrain, a revolution of the people that refuse to be silent", as they chant slogans during a demonstration to mark the fourth anniversary of the Arab Spring-inspired uprising on February 14, 2015, in the village of Daih on the outskirts of the capital Manama. (AFP/File)
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Bahrain's government has opened a criminal investigation against al-Wefaq, the country's main opposition group, for the "incitement to hatred against the ruling system and circulating false news to undermine civil peace and national security."
At one point, the militant asks the film crew to get the prisoner a Kleenex after he sneezes. (Photo: Youtube)
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"Daesh" militants struggle with their lines in new sketch
There are reportedly over 7,000 Palestinians in 17 Israeli prisons and detention camps, including 540 Palestinians held without any trial under administrative detention. (AFP/File)
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Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons are planning for a hunger strike in April to protest their continued harassment by Israeli authorities.
Will we see Taylor on the Israeli stage this June? (Image: Billboard.com)
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Rumor has it that US country singer Taylor Swift is performing in Tel Aviv this summer!
The fishermen were abducted in the Libyan city of Misrata. (AFP/File)
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Twenty-one Egyptian fisherman were released on Tuesday after having been abducted by militants from the Libya Dawn group.
The most recent, highly-produced execution video saw 21 Egyptian Christians beheaded on a beach, pulling Egypt's Sisi into the thick of the US-led coalition. (AFP/File)
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The West has been worried about Arab support for the US-led coalition against Daesh. But on the heels of the group's most recent publicity stunt in Libya, in which 21 Coptic Egyptians were beheaded in a slickly produced video, it's looking more and more like Arab countries aren't needing much of a push to go to war.
The renewed allegations against President Kirchner and other top officials come just a few days before a mass vigil planned on February 18 by prosecutors from different parts of the country.  (AFP/File)
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Continuing allegations stemming from the bombing of a Jewish association; Egyptian revenge; and Anbar officials wary of Shia groups.
Yaya Toure
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The 36-year-old believes the return of the midfielder will give the club a massive boost as they prepare to face Barcelona
Nour is said to be in hospital following his return back to Egypt. (Image: Albawaba file)
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If Nour el Sherif is as healthy as his daughter claims, why was an ambulance waiting for him at the airport?
The wife said she expects sex two or three times a day. (Shutterstock)
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Dubai woman filed for divorce because her husband will only have sex with her three to four times a week...
Earlier this year six Hezbollah fighters were killed in Golan Heights by Israeli airstrikes, sparking a retaliatory attacks and increased resistance in the area. (AFP/File)
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After having won the Israeli bid for a three year contract for conventional oil exploration, Afek Oil and Gas, a subsidiary of US-based Genie Energy, has begun oil drilling in the southern Golan Heights.
A Palestinian minor is arrested by Israeli forces following clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron. (AFP/File)
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Two Palestinian minors aged ten and 12 have been called in for questioning by Israeli authorities in East Jerusalem.
Houthi supporters commemorate the fourth anniversary of the start of the uprising that forced out president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, February 11, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Houthi militants in Yemen rejected UN calls to cede power after the group seized the country's capital, Sanaa.
The study reveals that geopolitical events also intensified the migration of new wealth to the region.
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Private wealth in the GCC has doubled from $1.1 trillion in 2010 to $2.2 trillion in 2014 at an overall compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.5 percent.
But with more satellites being sent up, bringing costs down, and airlines more aware of the money-making possibilities, price is no longer such a stumbling block, industry watchers say.
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Europe's airlines are racing to add Wi-Fi to their planes, eager to attract Internet-hungry customers in a cut-throat short-haul market.
Around $100,000 worth of damage was caused to one of the Quba Islamic Institute buildings in Houston. (AFP/File)
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Leaders of a US mosque, which was burnt down in a suspected hate-crime, have responded to online Islamophobic attacks in the most eloquent way.
There are ways to modify one’s behavior as an investor.
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Mr Hsu points out that the self-defeating behavior of investors who correctly chose winning strategies, such as value, but underperformed because of their timing, has interesting implications.
Who looks better? The Abdel Aziz sisters have their very own reality TV show now. (Image: Google screenshot)
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Because the world needs Arab Kardashians, Lebanon is launching a reality TV show featuring three fashionable sisters that we can all now keep up with!
Palestinian security forces train female officers in the West Bank. (AFP/File)
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Palestinian official Adnan Dameiri denied accusations from Israel of alleged Daesh militants operating from the West Bank.
You people are crazy if you think Ahlam is mental! (Image: Facebook)
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Rumors were circulating that our sassafras star Ahlam was sent to the psych, but the UAE diva just laughs it off.
"Aya" is Oscar bound. (Image: www.ayathefilm.com)
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Co-directing the film "Aya" has brought Israeli directors Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun to the Oscars!
Egypt carried out several airstrikes against Libyan militants Monday in response to the Daesh-wing's grisly execution video of coptic Egyptians earlier this week. (AFP/File)
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On the heels of Monday's airstrikes in restive Libya, the country's armed forces said there was no need for foreign ground operations to stave off Daesh-related militants, who rose to international attention after beheading 21 coptic Egyptians earlier this week.
Adrian Richardson and Zoe Bingley-Pullin star in "Good Chef Bad Chef". (Image: Facebook)
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Want to learn how to cook delicious AND healthy dishes? Then tune into Physique TV's new show "Good Chef Bad Chef".
Relatives of Egyptian Coptic Christians purportedly murdered by Daesh in Libya react after hearing the news on February 16, 2015 in the village of al-Awar in Egypt's southern province of Minya. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
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Interfaith reactions on the deaths of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians; cleverly disguised speed cameras; and Syria's complicated southern front.
The street art posters mock celebrities by referring to them as "Saudi-approved" with the captions "I love Arab oil" written in the background. (Image: Pinterest)
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Street art mocks enviro-celebrities who eclipse their cause.
"Saraya Abdeen" was one of MBC's hit shows last Ramadan. (Image: Facebook)
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Despite the mixed reviews of the TV program "Saraya Abdeen", the satellite channel that produced it and a number of other shows last holy month won the title of the Best Satellite Channel for Ramadan 2014. Go, MBC!
Martina Hingis
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Tennis legend Martina Hingis has turned the clock back to compete once more in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, eight years after her last appearance in the UAE.
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. (Image: Facebook)
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Israeli actress Gal Gadot talks peace in her homeland Israel and the Middle East.
Conflicting reports continue to emerge about ongoing clashes in Syria's south, where pockets of what is largely considered as the last ample force of the Western-backed FSA are battling Syrian regime forces reinforced by Iranian and Hezbollah fighters. (AFP/File)
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Amid intense fighting between opposition forces and Syrian, Hezbollah and Iranian troops in Syria's south, rebels in the north vow revenge for barrel bombings, civilian casualties.
Juliana Down excitedly announce their gig with "Thirty Seconds to Mars". (Image: Facebook)
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It's gonna be off the chain! Juliana Down has a gig that all bands would go gaga for!
Refugees in Lebanon express a growing sense of resentment for aid organizations who 'have not fulfilled their promises.' (AFP/File)
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Refugees in Lebanon express a growing sense of resentment for aid organizations who 'have not fulfilled their promises.'
Women in the Upper Egyptian village demanded revenge for their sons, husbands and relatives Monday. (AFP/File)
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Women in the Upper Egyptian village demanded revenge for their sons, husbands and relatives Monday.
A UAE F16 jet takes off from an airbase in Jordan, February 16, 2015. (AFP/WAM)
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UAE warplanes struck oil refineries captured by Daesh militants in unknown locations, according to state media reports.
Iran has denied on Monday reports that Khamenei raised an array of grievances to the US president. (AFP/File)
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Iran has denied on Monday reports that Khamenei raised an array of grievances to the US president.
With the economy back on recovery mode, many state-backed firms have begun to spend on new infrastructure and retail projects.
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Construction projects with a combined value of $67.6 billion were completed in 2014 in the GCC, according to a new study by Ventures ME.
Companies may use this as a golden opportunity to identify talent critical to the organisation.
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Employers should have a differentiated monetary incentive policy to keep critical talent in an organisation since this might be a bumpy year for companies in the Middle East as crude oil prices fall,
In return, Baghdad would reinstate budget payments to the Kurds, which it had cut early in 2014 as punishment for the region's moves to export oil independently.
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Talks aimed at permanently resolving a dispute between Baghdad and Kurdish regional authorities over oil exports hit a snag over the weekend with Kurds.

February 16, 2015

Omar Gaber
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Zamalek midfielder Omar Gaber has officially lodged a complaint against his club after it prevented him from attending Monday's training.
The murder of a 20-year-old female student awakened debates of the abolished death penalty Monday. (AFP/File)
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The murder of a 20-year-old female student awakened debates of the abolished death penalty Monday.
Regime aistrikes have killed 183 Douma residents, 55 of them women and children, in the first 10 days of the month, a human rights group said. (AFP/Abd Doumany)
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Regime airstrikes have killed 183 Douma residents, 55 of them women and children, in the first ten days of the month, a human rights group said.
“It’s fair to say that the ‘economic miracle’ seen during the 2000s has come to an end,” said Jackson.
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Concerns are growing over the health of the Turkish economy, long seen as a star performer among emerging markets, partly due to unorthodox statements by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on economic policy.
The tax is currently in the spotlight with oil prices fluctuating, and GCC governments said to be cutting costs.
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Gulf states are yet to finalise their decisions to introduce value-added tax (VAT), but are expected to meet later this month to continue talks.
US made equipment accounts for 60% of Egypt’s current military equipment, while the remaining 40% are old Russian weapons, he added.
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After increasingly strained relations with the US, Egypt is now seeking to diversify its sources of weaponry, Egyptian military experts told Daily News Egypt on Sunday.
The price the Dewa managed to get for phase two of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park has set a new world record in photovoltaic power projects.
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UAE stocks jumped more than 1 per cent on Sunday, buoyed by strong crude oil, with Damac Properties leading the gains in trade on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM).
Around 3,500 investors and financial institutions from 120 countries are expected to participate in the conference.CFH will promote four projects in the fields of transportation, real estate development, tourism, petrochemical and industry during the conference.
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The government has tasked a number of local market investment banks with promoting projects that the government will present during March’s Economic Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh.
Islamic financial companies in the Russian market are likely to make attempts to combine efforts for creation of a fund that would attract investments.
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Russia is among the largest newsmakers in the world’s political and economic arena. Yet, in the world of Islamic finance, it still lags behind the rapidly developing industry.
El-Sisi convened a meeting for an evacuation plan hours after Egypt conducted airstrikes on Daesh Monday. (AFP/File)
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El-Sisi convened a meeting for an evacuation plan hours after Egypt conducted airstrikes on Daesh Monday.
Mai Kassab and Oka signing their marriage contract. (Image: Facebook)
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We are all shocked to learn that Egyptian actress Mai Kassab is not yet married to folk singer Oka, despite pics that seem to indicate otherwise.
Wilfried Bony
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The Ivorian made the switch to the Premier League champions in January for approximately €35 million but had been unable to train with his new team-mates due to a visa problem
Japan temporarily shuttered its embassy doors Monday in response to growing conflict in Yemen. (AFP/File)
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Japan temporarily shuttered its embassy doors Monday in response to growing conflict in Yemen.
Clashes raged on Monday in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden. (AFP/File)
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After five hours of clashes on Monday, forces loyal to Yemen's former President Hadi seized government buildings in Aden, a city on the southern coast of Yemen
Egyptian airstrikes in retaliation against the mass beheadings of Egyptians killed dozens of militants in Libya's coastal cities Monday. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian airstrikes in retaliation against the mass beheadings of Egyptians killed dozens of militants in Libya's coastal cities Monday.
The two reporters were arrested after they interviewed members of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights Sunday. (AFP/Abdelhak Senna)
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The two reporters were arrested after they interviewed members of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights Sunday.
Syrians walk through the rubble in search for survivors following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the Maysar neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 7, 2015. The Syrian government frequently targets the rebel-held areas of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
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According to Syria's state news agency, an attack by Syrian rebels have left nine dead, including three children, in Aleppo.
A still from the chily video released by ISIS. (Image: Hiiraan.com)
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Arab celebrities took to social media today to express their disgust at ISIS's crime against Egyptian Copts in Libya.
'It is neither Islamic, not is it a state.' There is no consistency and plenty of uncertainty. (AFP/Rami Al-Sayed)
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'It is neither Islamic, not is it a state.' There is no consistency and plenty of uncertainty.
Deah Barakt, 23, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Razan Abu-Salha, 19, were killed, execution-style, in their home in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Identity after a tragedy; al-Qaeda in Denmark; and ongoing home demolitions.
Fatma al Nabhani
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Oman's top player Fatma al Nabhani recorded one of the biggest wins of her career when she paired up with Mona Barthel of Germany to advance to the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships in UAE on Sunday.
Simona Halep
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Simona Halep feels the field is wide open after Serena Williams pulled out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships through injury on Saturday.
A total of 3,538 people were rescued by Italian vessels in the sea between Libya and Italy in January. (AFP/File)
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Italian coastguards rescued more than 2,000 illegal immigrants fleeing the violence in Libya from the Mediterranean Sea.
Torabyeh has strongly detached itself from any association with ISIS. (Image: Facebook)
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Jordanian anti-Israel rap group "Torabyeh" claims their song "Ghorbah" was used without permission in ISIS ad.
Armed forces found the tunnel Monday during a crackdown on terrorist infiltrations and weapon smuggling. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
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Armed forces found the tunnel Monday during a crackdown on terrorist infiltrations and weapon smuggling.
The airstrikes were to "let those far and near know that Egyptians have a shield that protects them," according to a statement from the Egyptian military. (AFP/File)
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A top commander reported at least 50 members of Daesh have been killed after the Egyptian military conducted airstrikes in the Libyan cities of Sirte and Ben Jawad earlier today.
The two Saudis had been found guilty of stabbing relatives, a crime punishable by death in the country. (AFP/File)
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The two Saudis had been found guilty of stabbing relatives, a crime punishable by death in the country.
Crowds of Qataris march in Doha against the killings of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, February 15, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Hundreds of people took to the streets of Doha in protest against the killings of three Muslims in the US.
Israel disallowed prison visits for Palestinians in Gaza in 2014, while 450 Palestinians are still being held in prison. (AFP/File)
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Israel disallowed prison visits for Palestinians in Gaza in 2014, while 450 Palestinians are still being held in prison.
Omantel Professional League shield
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In a step to boost professionalism in Omani football, the Oman Football Association (OFA) announced on Sunday that it has signed an agreement with Dubai Sports Channel for the telecast of the ongoing Omantel Professional League (OPL) matches.
Daesh militants released a video of 21 Coptic Christians being beheaded on Sunday. (Image: Buzzfeed)
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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas condemned the beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by Daesh militants in Libya.
Speak to the enemy? Would more hostages be alive had we negotiated with Daesh? (Image: Screenshot)
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Could we have saved many lives had we negotiated and engaged with Daesh prior to all those executions? If the British government, for example, has done with the likes of the IRA and PLO in the past, then why not Daesh?
Sherine condoled the families of the Copts who died at the hands of ISIS in Libya. (Image: Albawaba file)
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Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab condoled Christians in Egypt following the tragic beheading of 21 Copts by ISIS in Libya.
A total of 64% of employers across the GCC, the Levant and North Africa have hired new employees in the past six months, compared to 69% in the UAE who have done the same.
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36% of companies in the UAE are definitely hiring talent in the coming three months. 69% of those looking to hire will be recruiting up to 10 people.
One legend about coffee’s discovery is that of Kaldi, an Ethiopian herder, who was puzzled by his goats’ wacky antics. In 850 AD, he supposedly sampled the berries of the evergreen bush which his goats were munching and, on experiencing a sense of exhilaration, proclaimed his discovery to the world. So says the Encyclopedia Britannica!
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Coffee Break: 15 Wacky Facts About the Middle East's Home Brew
The Muscat Festival is going down in Oman right now. (Image: Twitter)
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More than 1,200 attendees representing 60 different countries were entertained by the wide span of activities available at this year's Muscat Festival.
Staatskapelle Dresden Orchestra performing in 2014 to a wowed audience. (Image: Facebook)
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The UAE is keepin' it classy with an outdoor concert in the magnificent surroundings of Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain this week.
A similar attack occurred in November 2014. Fayez Abu Eitta, a Fatah leader in Gaza, speaks on the phone as he inspects the damage to his car in the parking lot of his home in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip.(AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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Unidentified perpetrators set a Fatah official's car on fire in the Gaza Strip late Sunday night.