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September 4, 2014

In a message to Aqsa, Muzaffar and Khalida  said: 'You have torn the heart out of our family and changed our lives forever. Please come home.' They also said she had 'betrayed' the family by fleeing to Syria.
08:50 GMT
'You've betrayed us': Parents of private school jihadist in emotional appeal for her to stop inciting massacre and return home from Syria
Lebanese mourners carry the coffin of Lebanese soldier Ali Sayyed draped in his national flag in the village of Qalamun south of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli during his funeral procession on September 3, 2014. [AFP]
08:38 GMT
Lebanon bid farewell Wednesday to a slain soldier who was beheaded by militants in a massive, emotional funeral brimming with anguish over his killing.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and US Secretary of State John Kerry. [AFP]
08:29 GMT
Chief PLO negotiator presents John Kerry with plan for establishing an independent Palestinian state within a specific timeline
Mina Shalabi is impatiently waiting her next script to be finalized. (Image: Facebook)
08:00 GMT
The script may not be written yet, and the co-stars may not have yet been selected, but Egyptian starlet Mina Shalabi is ready for the "Ahil Al Ayeeb" (People of Taboos) cameras.
Iranian Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. [AFP]
07:34 GMT
Bilateral US-Iran talks to resume Thursday in Geneva; Steinitz says options under discussion qualify as ‘bad deal.’
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron
07:23 GMT
British Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed that the ISIL terrorist group will "be squeezed out of existence," as the militants threaten to kill a British hostage.
This photo is a prime example of how not to take a selfie.
07:11 GMT
One Lebanese blogger has meticulously scoured the internet to find the absolute worst pictures one could take of themselves; Karl reMarks loses his mind ranking single digit numbers; and the IDF obliterates a dairy that funds an orphanage.
US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:07 GMT
With a coherent response to the crises in Iraq, Syria and Eastern Europe still conspicuous by its absence, the leader of the free world is starting to look alarmingly impotent. Can he rise to the challenge?
Hopefully a little R&R and AC is all Mervat Amin needed to regain her strength. (Image: Facebook)
07:00 GMT
Director Amir Ramsis decided they needed to choose a better time of day to shoot the scenes for the new film "Bitawqeet Al Qahira" after the lead actress experienced severe heat exhaustion.
Supporters of al-Fadila party (aka Islamic Virtue Party) perform the simulation of an execution during a protest to ask for justice for members of the Iraqi forces who were executed by the Islamic State. [AFP]
06:42 GMT
Soldier reveals how he played dead for hours to escape Isis militants who massacred hundreds
US President Barack Obama [AFP]
06:30 GMT
Kerry says killers of journalists James Foley and Steve Sotloff will be held accountable ‘no matter how long it takes.’
A supporter of the Shiite Huthi movement waves two of his national flags during a demonstration rejecting the presidential overture to replace the government and reduce a disputed fuel price hike in Sanaa on September 3, 2014. [AFP]
06:19 GMT
Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has threatened to take firm action against Houthi anti-government protesters.
Supporters of al-Fadila party (aka Islamic Virtue Party) perform the simulation of an execution during a protest to ask for justice for members of the Iraqi forces who were executed by the Islamic State. [AFP]
06:10 GMT
A number of Jordanian lawmakers have called on the government to stay out of any war against ISIL Takfiri militants, who have taken parts of neighboring Iraq and Syria.
Russell Brand's got some more stuff to say about Islamic State and the westerners running to join up. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
In a new video on his Youtube channel, The Trews, Russell Brand tackles the question on many people's mind: Why are so many young westerners running to join IS?
Gaza-based Fatah leader Faisal Abu Shahla said had already formed a delegation and asked Hamas to do the same in order to take part in meetings outside Palestine. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A Fatah representative announced Wednesday the group invited Hamas to a meeting aimed at a national reconciliation agreement, but have yet to receive a response.
The 11th Dubai International Film Festival asking filmmakers to bring it! (Image: event logo)
05:00 GMT
Last year we saw the celebrity likes of Cate Blanchett at the A-list event, and this year should be just as spectacular as filmmakers across the Arab world are in a rush to enter their prized work.
China’s future depends on the capacity of the GCC to provide a steady flow of oil for the next decades,
04:55 GMT
The relationship between China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries can only go one way.
According to a letter of intent signed by the Israeli side, Jordan will buy 45bn cubic metres of natural gas over a period of 15 years.
04:55 GMT
In August 2014 Jordan’s Energy Minister Mohammed Hamid complained that Egypt’s decision to halt its exports of natural gas to Jordan in April had exacerbated the country’s energy crisis.
Saudi Arabia has approved a number of new airport development projects worth more than SR5 billion ($1.33 billion), according to reports.
04:55 GMT
The projects include building a new airport at Jazan called the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Airport and the expansion of the airport in Arar.
Usain Bolt
03:02 GMT
Dreams seen in infancy remain for eternity. So, when Usain Bolt told a rapt audience that it was his dream as a child to play cricket for Jamaica, everyone nodded in agreement.
Fernando Alonso
02:59 GMT
Former world champion Fernando Alonso has reiterated that he no intention of leaving Ferrari although he is likely to miss out on the Formula One title again this season.

September 3, 2014

 England 1-0 Norway: Sterling shines again as Rooney penalty seals win
22:39 GMT
Roy Hodgson's new captain scored the only goal of the game from the spot as the Three Lions warmed up for their first Euro 2016 qualifier in front of a half-empty Wembley crowd
Angel Di Maria
22:13 GMT
The winger scored one goal and created three others, for Sergio Aguero, Erik Lamela and Federico Fernandez, before Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze replied for the stunned hosts
But oil output from Iraqi Kurdistan, with the largest producing fields like Taq Taq miles away from the fighting, has largely been preserved and in some cases even increased.
20:40 GMT
Iraqi Kurdistan has shipped over 8 million barrels of oil from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May, sources and energy officials said, as the autonomous region employs new tactics to establish independent oil sales in defiance of Baghdad.
Kerry arrived 10 p.m. Wednesday night to begin negotiation talks with the Palestinian delegation. (AFP/Brendan Smialovsky)
20:38 GMT
Palestinian sources said Wednesday night marked the beginning of U.S.-Palestinian negotiations as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Palestinian negotiation delegation at 10 p.m. local time.
 Iran has agreed to export 20 million cubic meters per day (mcm/d) of gas to Oman, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said.
20:26 GMT
Oman began importing Qatari gas in 2007, but its demand has risen rapidly since then, threatening its LNG exports and pushing Muscat back to the negotiating table with Tehran.
Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti's announcement of arming Kurds follows that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's earlier this week. (AFP/File)
19:54 GMT
Amid ongoing negotiations between Kurdish forces and Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti, Italy could be arming Kurdish peshmerga troops by Sept. 10.
In June, Kuwait became the second country in the Persian Gulf that announced its desire to buy natural gas from Iran, which sits on one of the largest gas reserves in the world.
19:45 GMT
The real war between Iran and the United States, which is supported by many European countries, appears to be over energy supply deals.
Fahmy declined to reveal the names of investors that are slated to settle their disputes with government bodies, saying that the settlements have not yet been approved by the cabinet.
19:39 GMT
Fahmy declined to reveal the names of investors that are slated to settle their disputes with government bodies, saying that the settlements have not yet been approved by the cabinet.
Loic Remy
18:23 GMT
The France international completed his move to Stamford Bridge from QPR over the weekend and has been handed the number vacated by Romelu Lukaku
Putin has been accused by Islamic militants of preventing an Islamic state from forming in Chechnya. (AFP/File)
17:55 GMT
IS militants released a video via Al-Arabiya TV channel Wednesday threatening action against Vladimir Putin for Russia's close diplomatic ties with Syria's Bashar al-Assad.
Hezbollah-backed Syrian forces say they killed a Nusra Front commander said to be responsible for the 2013 abduction of Syrian nuns. (AFP/File)
16:03 GMT
Syrian troops aided by Hezbollah forces carried out an ambush on a Nusra Front convoy, claiming to have killed a commander responsible for several kidnappings last year, according to a Lebanese security source said Wednesday.
Hatem Ben Arfa
15:14 GMT
The Frenchman joined Hull City on transfer deadline day, to seemingly end his St James' Park career and has now said his goodbyes to the Magpies faithful
Danny Welbeck
14:29 GMT
The striker was deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, paving the way for a €20 million exit, and is now keen to move on and win silverware with his new team
Israeli forces shot Husam al-Din Riyala, 26, in the foot before detaining the Fatah activist Wednesday. (AFP/File)
14:07 GMT
After a two-hour stand off Wednesday with Israeli forces in Nablus, a Fatah activist was shot in the foot and detained, according to a security sources.
File photo dated June 02, 2011 courtesy Etienne de Malglaive shows American journalist Steven Sotloff (center with dark helmet) talking to Libyan rebels on Al Dafniya front line, 25 km west of Misrata. [AFP]
13:32 GMT
Sotloff worked in the past for 'The Jerusalem Report,' filing his last dispatch from Syria about a year ago, shortly before he was taken hostage; he lived in Israel for a short period.
Nicole Saba is maxin' and relaxin' with her hottie hubby on vacay in Egypt (Image: Twitter)
13:23 GMT
Nicole saba and her husband actor Youssef Al khal are spending ther vacation in egypt
Middle East airport traffic grew by 9.2 per cent in July (File/AFP)
13:20 GMT
Middle Eastern airlines recorded the strongest growth in passenger traffic in July with a 9.2 per cent rise, according to a report.
Federer breezes into US Open quarterfinal with straight set victory over Bautista
13:04 GMT
Following a year-long slowdown in his career, tennis star Roger Federer has reportedly got back to the United States Open quarterfinals for the 19th time 11 years with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.
For his return to the Middle East, the Hoff will switch from the beach to the cinema to judge the best short films in the Arab Film Studio's annual competition (Courtesy of Facebook).
13:03 GMT
David Hasselhoff will be one of 24 judges in the Arab Film Studio's annual amateur short film competition.
Minister for Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz. [AFP]
12:33 GMT
A high-level Israeli delegation will travel to Washington next week for talks with American officials ahead of the next round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and P5+1.
Crystal Lagoons Corp is the world's leading company for luxury lagoons and resorts (Image: Hospitality Business)
12:19 GMT
The leading world developer of giant crystalline lagoons has unveiled a massive 8-hectare project in the Prince Sultan Cultural Centre to build hotels, a medical city, educational facilities, villas and apartments.
A lawsuit was filed against Al Jazeera on charges that it violates rules set by the Council of Arab Ministers of Information. (AFP/File)
12:16 GMT
Egypt's State Council ruled Wednesday to ban broadcasts of two TV channels - the privately-owned Rabaa channel and the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera - on Egypt's satellite operator NileSat.
Lady Gaga [Billboard]
12:02 GMT
After cancellations from Neil Young, the Backstreet Boys and more, Gaga's artRAVE tour to stop in Israel as scheduled.
Dubai's Public Transport Agency aims to boost marine transport to 1.25 million customers by the end of 2014 (File/AFP)
11:52 GMT
The PTA and RTA launched a Dubai Ferry line to increase marine transport around the Emirate, with five long-distance trips.
Angelina loves her kids and wears her heart not on her sleeve, but on her wedding dress! (Image courtesy of
11:26 GMT
She did what?!?!? Whether they're Syrian or her own, Angelina Jolie loves children and she shows it on her wedding dress!
Throw your hands up in there 'cause Rudimental will be taking the stage at Sandance along with an all-star lineup. (Image: Facebook)
11:22 GMT
The exciting lineup is slowly being released for the return of Sandance to Atlantic Beach, The Palm on Friday, October 10.
 nation of two million residents, of whom merely 280,000 are citizens, Qatar’s football history is virtually non-existent.
11:22 GMT
In time, Qatar’s soccer ambitions may indeed turn out to be harmless. For now, however, the Gulf kingdom’s global ambitions, whether in sport, finance, or politics, are fueling credible suspicions about less than innocent ulterior motives.
Four Haia staffers were transferred outside Riyadh for their involvement in the attack that happened outside a shopping mall. (AFP/File)
11:18 GMT
The Saudi religious police have formally apologized to the British man and his Saudi wife who were attacked.
France counts for Saudi Arabia's tenth importer and eleventh with exports (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT
Saudi Arabia played an "effective role" in advancing the connections between investments with France, bringing both countries together.
Amr Diab is doting on Ahmad Jamal.
10:59 GMT
Call it a consolation prize if you wish, but Amr Diab has graciously given his song "Fi Qalbi Makanak"(Your Place is in my Heart) to this season two contestant.
Karim Abdel Aziz is tired of having his game face on for his shows. It's time for a comedy (Image: Facebook)
10:42 GMT
"The Blue Elephant" left fans fully content during Eid El Fitr, and now the film's star is hoping for another win with a new romantic comedy.
Some of Qatar's top businesses will be attending Milipol 2014 (File/AFP)
10:32 GMT
Milipol Qatar 2014 will address many issues this year including internal state security markets within the GCC and the latest technological advancements.
Ragheb is still as smokin' as ever!
10:09 GMT
Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama is preparing to appear on on the tenth season of "Star Academy."
An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State  and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on September 2, 2014, purportedly shows 31-year-old US freelance writer Steven Sotloff. [AFP]
09:50 GMT
Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) released a video claiming to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff and threatening a British hostage with a similar fate if the US continues air strikes against its forces.
Tareq Al Ali's health is on the up and up. (Image: Facebook)
09:43 GMT
High fever and a severe case of the flu sent the Kuwaiti comedian actor to the hospital recently.
A man whose father was shot right before his eyes tells how the IDF then used him as a shield. (YouTube)
09:25 GMT
According to the UN and many rights organizations, during Israel's bombing of Gaza, on more than one occasion they used Palestinians as shields; updated boycott list; the West turning a blind eye on injustice in Bahrain; and Libya lacks everything.
Three-time Oscars nominee, An Education, is hitting Bahrain tonight.
09:15 GMT
Looking for something fun to spice up the night in Bahrain? Check out this memoir by British journalist Lynn Barbar.
Egyptian comedian and actor Ahmed Helmy [Facebook]
09:05 GMT
Egyptian actor Ahmed Helmy outraged at a well-known newspaper that fabricated a story about him.
City Centre Muscat will have 60 new stores and a new dining zone, following the expansion project (Image: Blogspot)
09:01 GMT
Leading Dubai developer Majid Al Futtaim announced plans to expand a retail mall in Oman's capital, Muscat, including 60 shopping and dining options.
The United States is hesitant to heavily arm the Lebanese military because of pressure from Israel. (AFP/File)
08:50 GMT
The Lebanese army not only faces two jihadist groups at its border, but also a major shortage of proper military equipment.
Siemens aims to increase its presence in the GCC region (Image: Designmena)
08:37 GMT
Global tech giant Siemens handed over the Shuweihat S3 power plant in Abu Dhabi to begin commercial operations.
A woman prepares the unveiling of a wall with the names of Jewish Refugees in Shanghai during the 1930s and 1940s in Shanghai on September 3, 2014. A list naming 13,732 Jewish refugees who took safe haven in China during World War II carved into a 34-meter-long copper wall was unveiled at the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. (AFP / JOHANNES EISELE)
08:24 GMT
A woman prepares the unveiling of a wall with the names of Jewish Refugees in Shanghai
The UAE has emerged as one of the world's leading economies (File/AFP)
08:21 GMT
The UAE is jumping the ranks and emerged as the seventh most competitive economy in the world within the short space of a year.
Millions of Syrians have fled the civil war and now live in neighboring countries. (AFP/File)
08:19 GMT
Young Syrians refugees often have no jobs or activities to partake in and find themselves plagued with boredom.
A masked Palestinian militant of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, holds-up his rifle on September 2, 2014 in Gaza city during a rally to celebrate a week after the Egypt-mediated ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. [AFP]
07:34 GMT
The popularity of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has risen in the war-torn Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank following 50 days of Israeli bombardment on the coastal enclave.
Chadwick Boseman plays the Godfather of Soul James Brown in 'Get on Up!'.
07:22 GMT
In what has been deemed by one Arab reviewer as 'one of the year’s strongest performances', the biopic on James Brown is not to be missed; Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris calls for justice; and two state or one state, justice still needs to prevail.
Most diplomats were evacuated from Libya in July due to ongoing violence. (AFP/File)
07:01 GMT
Clashes between rival militia groups in Benghazi have killed 31 people.
US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:01 GMT
Despite the presence of thousands of American troops in Iraq, President Barack Obama has ordered the deployment of 350 more US troops to the country.
The UN also said around 2,166 Iraqis were injured in August (File/AFP)
06:53 GMT
Up to 1,688 Iraqis were killed in August according to the UN, with the highest number of fatalities in the country's capital, Baghdad.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah, to formally announce that a deal had been reached with Israel over a long-term end to seven weeks of fighting in Gaza. [AFP]
06:46 GMT
President Mahmoud Abbas is set to propose a timetable for peace negotiations with Israel during an upcoming meeting with Arab foreign ministers, a Palestinian official said Tuesday.
DJ Roger Sanchez will take Dubai's Sensation by storm. (Image courtesy of the DJ's website)
06:41 GMT
It's a global event that's gotten countless countries in the groove, and now the first outdoor edition at the Meydan Hotel in Dubai has some major headlining acts, including American DJ Roger Sanchez.
More than 61,000 Turkish nationals have traveled to Mecca this year to perform the hajj, a ritual compulsory for all Muslims who are physically and financially able to make the journey.
04:55 GMT
Turks are expected to spend $1.1 billion on pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca this year.
Lebanon's economy is expected to grow 1.5 to 2 per cent and inflation is not expected to exceed 4 per cent in the year 2014, despite the fall-out from the war in neighbouring Syria,
04:55 GMT
Lebanon's economy has been hard hit by the war in Syria, which started in 2011 and has repeatedly spilled over into the small Mediterranean country
 nation of two million residents, of whom merely 280,000 are citizens, Qatar’s football history is virtually non-existent.
04:55 GMT
In time, Qatar’s soccer ambitions may indeed turn out to be harmless. For now, however, the Gulf kingdom’s global ambitions, whether in sport, finance, or politics, are fueling credible suspicions about less than innocent ulterior motives.
Aqsa Mahmood has posted this picture of her with a baby.
04:00 GMT
A young woman from Glasgow who dropped out of university to travel to Syria and marry an Islamic State (Isis) fighter has been named as Aqsa Mahmood.
Tribesmen loyal to the Huthi Shiite group shout slogans during a demonstration near the cabinet's headquarters in Sanaa calling for the government to resign on September 1, 2014. [AFP]
04:00 GMT
A senior Houthi leader in Yemen has strongly dismissed a series of proposals put forward by embattled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

September 2, 2014

Robin van Persie
23:30 GMT
The Netherlands striker says reports he could be sidelined for months are totally false and has warned Radamel Falcao he faces a fight for his place
The video of the alleged beheading was released Tuesday (Image: Screenshot)
19:01 GMT
ISIS release video that claims to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff
Who do ISIS and the Nusra Front want from Roumieh?
18:51 GMT
As negotiations with radical Syrian rebel groups intensify in the hope of freeing at least 24 security personnel kidnapped from Arsal last month, Roumieh prison’s notorious Islamist inmates have been thrust into the spotlight. But who are the people that ISIS and the Nusra Front want to be released, and what is the likelihood that it will happen?
11 Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai. [AFP]
16:42 GMT
An attack on a convoy of Egyptian security forces kills at least 11 soldiers in the restive Sinai Peninsula, according to local security and medical sources.