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May 14, 2015

Syrian American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum may be residing in Los Angeles, but he certainly hasn't forgotten about the civil war raging back in the Middle East. (Twitter)
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Syrian American hip-hop artist Omar Offendum may be residing in Los Angeles, but he certainly hasn't forgotten about the civil war raging back in the Middle East.
How do people living in Sanaa actually see the city? It's not the Yemen you're used to. (YouTube)
22:32 GMT
How do people living in Sanaa actually see the city? It's not the Yemen you're used to.
The 2014 report by the Freedom House evaluates 199 countries and territories on their media freedom. The MENA region? Not so good. (AFP/File)
22:31 GMT
The 2014 report by the Freedom House evaluates 199 countries and territories on their media freedom. The MENA region? Not so good.
Gaza officials 50 injured after Israel ordnance
20:08 GMT
Palestine's interior ministry said the blast happened after an unexploded F-16 rocket was dismantled Thursday.
The government needs to consider increasing the VAT by 1 to 2 percentage points, the IMF said Wednesday. (AFP/File)
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The government needs to consider increasing the VAT by 1 to 2 percentage points, the IMF said Wednesday.
Khaled al-Sawy's struggle with Hepatitis C has caused him to be hospitalized at times. (CBC)
19:52 GMT
Then watch his interview on "Nazra" on Friday.
The US president is hosting leadership from the GCC at his retreat in Camp David, hoping to sell Arab powers on the nuclear deal. (AFP/Saul Loeb)
18:52 GMT
The US president is hosting leadership from the GCC at his retreat in Camp David, hoping to sell Arab powers on the nuclear deal.
Daesh executed the civilians after accusing them of conspiring with the Syrian regime Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (AFP/File)
17:28 GMT
Daesh executed the civilians after accusing them of conspiring with the Syrian regime Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Diplomatic relations with Iran may sour as Yemen accuses the Islamic Republic of supporting Houthi rebels. (AFP/File)
17:12 GMT
Diplomatic relations with Iran may sour as Yemen accuses the Islamic Republic of supporting Houthi rebels.
Jordon Ibe
16:44 GMT
Dethroned English Champions, Manchester City are reportedly eyeing a shock summer move for Liverpool's kid sensation Jordon Ibe.
Afghan army forces have killed more than 80 Taliban militants and wounded over two dozen others during cleanup operations across the country. (AFP/File)
16:41 GMT
Afghan army forces have killed more than 80 Taliban militants and wounded over two dozen others during cleanup operations across the country.
Oman national football team
16:11 GMT
The Oman Football Association (OFA) has joined hands with roumaan.com to sell tickets online for matches involving the national team in Oman.
Heidi Klum is again gaining notoriety, but this time for her "Heidi whities." (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
Heidi Klum is again gaining notoriety, but this time for her "Heidi whities."
Japan's top three auto manufacturers' distributors in the UAE planned to launch service campaigns for thousands of vehicles after the companies announced a recall of millions of cars. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
15:30 GMT
Japan's top three auto manufacturers' distributors in the UAE planned to launch service campaigns for thousands of vehicles after the companies announced a recall of millions of cars.
Lionel Messi
15:10 GMT
The Argentine legend says that while his compatriot is more prolific, he was a more stylish and spectacular finisher
Abeer Sabry getting assaulted at check out. (YouTube)
14:32 GMT
Is the Emirati preacher trying to draw traffic to that YouTube clip of Abeer Sabry getting slammed for indecent clothing? He's prohibited people from watching, but we all know that just means it's gonna garner more views now.
A meeting at the P5+1 talks with Iran at UN headquarters in Vienna, on July 3, 2014. (AFP/Joe Klamar)
14:29 GMT
Representatives from the P5+1 member countries have started the third day of nuclear talks in Vienna.
The ceasefire will allow humanitarian aid to reach those caught in the crossfire. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Yemeni officials, speak anonymously, stated that a Saudi-led coalition helicopter fired a truck transporting Houthi weapons in Saada province.
Concerns over the construction sector may make investors reluctant to invest in Arabtec, hit hard in Q1. (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
Arabtec faced hard hits from political instability in the region and low returns on its projects.
Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar announced his group's allegiance to Daesh in an audio clip, reports said Thursday. (AFP/File)
13:50 GMT
Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar announced his group's allegiance to Daesh in an audio clip, reports said Thursday.
Saudi energy experts have stressed the need to curb power consumption and seek renewable sources.
13:30 GMT
Saudi energy experts have stressed the need to curb power consumption and seek renewable sources.
Israeli security forces investigate the site where a Palestinian driver rammed his car into pedestrians, November 5, 2014. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
A Palestinian rammed his car into three Israelis in the West Bank.
The origins of predictive readings from hot drinks stem from the ancient Chinese art of reading tea leaves. The centuries-old practice was later adapted to coffee grounds by the Arabs, who discovered the brown beans around 600 AD. We wonder if either culture predicted the arrival of Starbucks?
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Rich or poor, local or foreign, we all wonder what the future has in store for us. Looking for an alternative to the ho-hum daily horoscopes? Dare to dip into the future Middle East-style.
Onlookers gather at the Dutch Design Exhibition during Beirut Design Week in 2014. (BeirutDesignWeek.org)
13:00 GMT
The speakers at the two-day international conference will be both local and international designers.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with King Abdullah following a press conference in Berlin, May 13, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT
King Abdullah met German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss regional developments including the conflict in Syria Wednesday.
Syrian emergency services personnel wheel a burnt body on a gurney at the site of a reported barrel bomb attack by government forces on the Jasr al-Haj neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on May 12, 2015. (AFP/Karam al-Masri)
12:02 GMT
Syrian forces conducted airstrikes against three adjacent villages in northern Syria.
The three Britons were last spotted on CCTV leaving London's Gatwick airport for Turkey. (Image: London Metropolitan Police)
12:00 GMT
Zahra and Salma Halane, 16, ran off to become Jihadi brides in the Daesh stronghold of Mosul, but now are desperate to return home.
Where does the LGBTQ movement fit in in post-revolution Tunisia? (AFP/File)
11:44 GMT
Being LGBTQ in post-revolution Tunisia; Sinai's militant problem; and the types of tourists you'll see in Lebanon.
A Palestinian child girl looks out of the door of her home in Gaza City's al-Shati refugee camp on May 13, 2015. (AFP/Mahmud Hams)
11:37 GMT
Six Palestinians from refugee camps in Nablus were detained by Israeli forces early Thursday morning.
Both defendants were charged with attempted murder and inciting unrest. (AFP/File)
11:21 GMT
A Cairo court sentenced two people to life imprisonment for their roles in clashes with Egyptian forces from November 2013.
As the country's largest landowner, the Egypt government is benefitting from the housing crisis as property prices continue to skyrocket. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
As the country's largest landowner, the Egypt government is benefitting from the housing crisis as property prices continue to skyrocket.
Although the image is blurry, "Kenzy" looks super cute in the picture. (Facebook)
10:25 GMT
Khaled Selim becomes a father for the second time since 2012!
Bonds guaranteed by the US government secure Jordan low-cost financing and eases the pressure on local banks. (Shutterstock)
10:00 GMT
Bonds guaranteed by the US government secure Jordan low-cost financing and eases the pressure on local banks.
Ambulances transport the coffins of the victims of an attack on Pakistani Shiite Ismaili minority community members to a graveyard for their burial in Karachi on May 14, 2014. (AFP/Assif Hassan)
09:45 GMT
Taliban splinter group says it killed 45 Ismaili Shias on bus in Pakistani port city Karachi on Wednesday.
Zeina's heart warming Instagram.
09:37 GMT
Zeina went for the sympathy vote while Ahmed Ezz got some unsolicited praise from Asala. Either way, these two are working hard to improve their reps.
Ricky and his beau are going on vacation to Beirut. (Ticketcrusader.com)
09:25 GMT
Ricky Martin is coming to Lebanon with his new boyfriend!
The Vatican signed a treaty recognizing Palestine as a state on Wednesday. (AFP/File)
09:11 GMT
Senior members of the PLO welcomed the Vatican's decision to recognize Palestine as an independent state, calling it a "very positive development".
Founding an Internet bank was not enough for Bank Leumi. (Twitter)
09:00 GMT
Founding an Internet bank was not enough for Bank Leumi.
An man takes part in a reenactment outside the Imam al-Kadhim shrine as Iraqi Shiite Muslim worshipers gather to mark the anniversary of the death of the eighth century revered Imam.  (AFP/ Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
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An man takes part in a reenactment outside the Imam al-Kadhim shrine as Iraqi Shiite Muslim worshipers gather to mark the anniversary of the death of the eighth century revered Imam. (AFP/ Ahmad Al-Rubaye)
With low oil prices eroding Bahrain's economy, the residential market remains at high risk of losing its momentum of growth. (Shutterstock)
08:30 GMT
With low oil prices eroding Bahrain's economy, the residential market remains at high risk of losing its momentum of growth.
Farid Ismail was sentenced to seven years in Pirson in July 2014. (Photo: Ikhwan Web)
08:30 GMT
The former MP and leading Muslim Brotherhood figure died after suffering from a stroke.
US President Barack Obama welcomes the emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah to the White House in Washington, DC, on May 13, 2015. Obama is hosting leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to allay their fears over a potential nuclear deal with Iran and to discuss regional security issues. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
08:28 GMT
As the United State's Arab allies prepare to convene for meetings at Camp David this week, one must wonder how the American President will play the new Arab world order.
Abu Dhabi's film authority are hoping to strengthen their film industry with the West. (Wfeg.com.au)
08:05 GMT
A delegation from the Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi will attend the Cannes Film Festival to promote the UAE capital as a filming and production hub.
Dozens of fugitives and suspected militants were arrested by Lebanese forces across the country. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
Lebanese security forces arrested 150 suspected militants Wednesday during raids in Beirut, Bekaa Valley and Akkar.
LiLo was spotted with a copy of the Quran on Wednesday. (Ummid)
07:43 GMT
Desperate times call for desperate measures: LiLo turns to the Quran during her troubled time.
Iran views Bulgaria as a means to tap into the European energy market. (AFP/File)
07:30 GMT
Iran views Bulgaria as a means to tap into the European energy market.
Iraqi Sunni volunteers from the Anbar province, who joined Iraq's Popular Mobilization force as part of government efforts to make the fight against Daesh, take part in their first training session at a training base in Amriyat al-Fallujah, on May 8, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
07:29 GMT
Iraqi forces clashed with Daesh in Iraq's northern and western regions, killing 26 militants in multiple operations.
Customs stopped a refrigerated truck carrying 340 boxes of ice cream after authorities observed suspicious movement. (Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
Customs stopped a refrigerated truck after authorities observed suspicious movement.
Iraqi security forces fly over the Imam al-Kadhim shrine in Baghdad, May 13, 2015. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
America's military denied bombing a mosque in Iraq 45 miles west of Mosul, contrary to media reports.
A section of an oil refinery is brought on a lorry to the Kawergosk Refinery, some 20 kilometres east of Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on July 14, 2014. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
07:00 GMT
Relations between the central government in Baghdad and Kurdish regional government as Erbil awaits full payment for oil.
Mona Hala's shocking interview.
06:39 GMT
Homosexuals are being persecuted in Egypt, but actress Mona Hala isn't happy about it.
Sixteen people including four women were rescued from the guesthouse during clashes. (AFP/File)
06:30 GMT
A guesthouse popular with foreigners was stormed by gunmen in Kabul late Wednesday resulting in clashes with Afghan security forces. At least 16 people including four women were rescued from the building.
Thom Yorke's image randomly appeared in an Iranian sex manual from three years ago. (Twitter)
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Radiohead's Thom Yorke is renowned for his genius lyrics, musical brilliance and... Sex advice? The singer's image appeared in the most random of places; an Iranian sex manual.
The app's voice calling could be costing you a small fortune. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT
The app's voice calling could be costing you a small fortune.
Egyptian riot policemen stand guard during a demonstration outside the high court in central Cairo on Jan. 30, 2013. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
06:00 GMT
Egypt's Court of Cessation accepted a policeman's challenge of a prison sentence handed to him for killing a suspect, ordering a retrial.
Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Rahman Bin Nasser
05:21 GMT
A Saudi prince has been banned from entering stadiums for one year following his alleged involvement in an altercation at the end of a crucial match in the Saudi league.
A 61-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning after he was discovered having sex in a public place. (YouTube)
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A 61-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning after he was discovered having sex in a public place.
A study found that men wearing red were associated with aggression and dominance. (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
But then what do women wear?
Cairo's metro system doesn't even cover ten percent of the city, says an urban designer, which leaves informal minibuses in charge of Cairo public transit.  (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The public transit problem in Egypt's capital; popular Algerian satire show banned; Iran custody laws further harm domestic abuse victims.
A 74-year-old Saudi man died of the virus Tuesday, rising the total number of fatalities to 431 in the kingdom since 2012. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A 74-year-old Saudi man died of the virus Tuesday, rising the total number of fatalities to 431 in the kingdom since 2012.
Financial planners say saving some money for yourself should be first priority.
04:30 GMT
Delaying retirement savings is a mistake — pay yourself first.
Are you a slacker or workaholic? (Shutterstock)
04:30 GMT
The office is filled with a host of different personality types — which one are you?

May 13, 2015

Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus (agg 2-3): Morata strikes on Bernabeu return to send holders out
21:56 GMT
The striker levelled after Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half penalty to send the Italian champions into the final to face Barcelona
Antiquities theft is a persistent problem for Egypt, which is rich in ancient Egyptian and Greco-Roman artifacts.(AFP/File)
19:00 GMT
The conference is an attempt to raise awareness for the cultural heritage in the Middle East.
A military court sentenced former information minister Michel Samaha to four and a half years in prison on charges of terrorism Wednesday. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
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A military court sentenced former information minister Michel Samaha to four and a half years in prison on charges of terrorism Wednesday.
Sports is the most beautiful activity of humankind, Metikawi said
17:46 GMT
Mustafa Agha, Head, MBC Sports and moderator for the afternoon session of the 14th Arab Media Forum at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai today, began with the words, ‘danger’ and ‘disease’, "both on and off the field".
Pope Francis at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in May 2014. (AFP/File)
17:02 GMT
The Vatican announced Wednesday it will be recognizing Palestinian statehood in a new treaty, granting the PA a new level of legitimacy in the international community.
Does JLo have reason to be jealous? (Facebook)
16:43 GMT
The Moroccan musical event of the season will soon be upon us, so grab your tickets now to see JLo at the Mawazine Festival.
Abeer Sabri get verbally attacked in store. (File photo)
16:18 GMT
Abeer Sabry was shopping in the UAE when a woman starts calling her and Egyptian actress Ferial names for their revealing outfit. The outburst was captured on video, which has since gone viral.
Syrian government forces gather on a street in the old city of Homs on 8 May 2014. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
More than 100 people from both sides were also wounded in the fierce fighting.
Haifa Wehbe wows in sexy green dress backstage of "Mariam". (Instagram)
15:58 GMT
Haifa Wehbe will play "Mariam" this Ramadan, and she's got another pic to prove it.
Gervinho
15:50 GMT
UAE's Al Jazira are set to offer Italian giants Roma €14 million (Dh57.8 million) for their striker Gervinho, according to reports in Italy.
A video posted on Iraq's defense ministry's website showed a US-led coalition airstrike that pounded the compound of where Afri was allegedly meeting other Daesh leaders. (YouTube)
15:31 GMT
Abu Alaa al-Afri was in charge of the extremist group after the leader was allegedly injured in March, leaving in question the state of Daesh's senior leadership.
Investigators and lawyers have built war crimes cases against the Syrian president and key institutions of his regime, a report said Wednesday, with documents smuggled out of the country. (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT
Investigators and lawyers have built war crimes cases against the Syrian president and key institutions of his regime, a report said Wednesday, with documents smuggled out of the country.
Mohammad Abu Trika
15:29 GMT
Egyptian authorities have rejected an appeal by football giant Mohammad Abu Trika against seizing his assets over alleged links to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
Mohammed Assaf and his new award. (Facebook)
15:03 GMT
Mohammed Assaf was warmly welcomed in Egypt, as shown by the award he can now add to his collection!
The Ayalon Highway and Red Line view over new skyscrapers in Tel Aviv, Israel on Sept. 4, 2014. (Shutterstock/Boris-B)
15:00 GMT
Israel Railways is considering building two underground tracks beneath Tel Aviv's Ayalon Highway to ease the growing traffic congestion.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (C) walks out to receive Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, ruler of Dubai (unseen) upon his arrival to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Riyadh on May 5, 2015. (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)
15:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia has committed to giving Yemen $540 million in aid.
Anabella and Nancy have had their differences on the show. (Nawaret)
14:31 GMT
Rumor has it that Arab Idol host Anabella Hilal is stepping down because of Nancy Ajram's jealousy issues!
Syrian state news published a photo of Ali Mamlouk's attendance at a meeting with an Iranian official Wednesday. (File Photo)
14:02 GMT
Syrian state news published a photo of Ali Mamlouk's attendance at a meeting with an Iranian official Wednesday.
Twenty-nine-year-old Zakiyya Nasr and her infant died 12 hours after she was admitted to give birth. (Shutterstock)
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Twenty-nine-year-old Zakiyya Nasr and her infant died 12 hours after she was admitted to give birth.
Yaya Toure
13:54 GMT
Yaya Toure has called on FIFA to impose stringent radical punishments against racist fans as the Manchester United talisman believes racist abuse could 'break' players.
DMC brought the house down in Bahrain. (Facebook)
13:35 GMT
Most celebs like to keep their off-limits celebrity status and jet set out of the city they are performing in sooner than you can say "Shukran!", but DMC was different.
Some believe the corruption probe in Turkey is really a power struggle between PM Ergodan and religious leader Fethullah Gulen. (AFP/File)
13:13 GMT
According to Turkey's Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz more than 1,000 Turkish military personnel under investigation for 'parallel state' links.
Ashibah's painting the town red tonight. (Facebook)
13:01 GMT
Talented singer and DJ Ashibah will be rockin' her sultry tracks tonight at The Tap in Cairo.
An Iranian worker walks near the phase 12 of the South Pars gas field facilities near the southern town of Kangan on the shore of the Gulf on Jan. 22, 2014. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
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Demand for Iranian gas is rising amid hopes that current nuclear negotiations would lead to the removal of sanctions.
Poverty, child labor and lack of help for disabilities contributes to the large number of kids out of school in the kingdom. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Poverty, child labor and lack of help for disabilities contributes to the large number of kids out of school in the kingdom.
Egyptian police inspect cars at a checkpoint in North Sinai on Jan. 31, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:44 GMT
Four civilians inside a car were killed in a blast in North Sinai on Wednesday, a security source said Wednesday.
Saudi singer Mohamed Abdo, Emirati singer Habib Elyasi and one of the region’s most popular comedians, Bader Saleh will bee keeping us entertained this summer. (Facebook)
12:43 GMT
No need to jet set out of the UAE this summer with these exciting gigs in the lineup.
Floyd Mayweather
12:42 GMT
The 'richest fight' in boxing history between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao has rightly justified its tag by raking in an eye-watering 400 million dollars and more than 4.4 million pay-per-view buys, organizers have said.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard participates in a military drill in the Strait of Hormuz near southern Iran, February 25, 2015. (AFP/File)
12:18 GMT
A White House spokesperson said the US was monitoring an Iranian cargo ship bound for Yemen. Iranian authorities said no inspection would be authorised of the ship, amid escalating tensions.
A Palestinian protester wearing a gas mask waves his national flags while standing amidst tear gas smoke fired by Israeli troop during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank, on May 8, 2015. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
12:09 GMT
Seven shots were fired near Balata refugee camp outside of Nablus late Tuesday.
Mainstream Arabic pop music, with artists mainly from Egypt and Lebanon, tends to be far more popular and draw larger crowds in Jordan. (Sequenza 21)
11:45 GMT
Jordanian artists talk about their struggle as independent musicians in Amman.
Palestine joined the International Criminal Court on April 1. (AFP/File)
11:45 GMT
The International Criminal Court urged Israel to cooperate for an investigation into Gaza war crimes.
A woman waits at Ben Gurion international airport near Tel Aviv.  (AFP/File)
11:36 GMT
Catering Israel's urban planning to women; activist goes on hunger strike to protest Bahrain prison torture; sexism abounds in Iranian advertising.
Security personnel gather around the remains of a motorcycle on May 12, 2015, after a double bomb blast in the Wadi Dahab neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Daesh launched an overnight attack against Syrian forces several hours after two bomb blasts killed four in Homs. Clashes are reportedly ongoing.
Workshops and events in Egypt have increased popularity of Indian culture. (Shutterstock/File)
11:00 GMT
India is probably one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and now has an avid following in Egypt.