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September 19, 2014

Gaddafi may be gone, but Libya's path to democratic, stable leadership is far from over (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Despite the revolutionary toppling of Libya's Moammar Gaddafi three years ago, Libya's remains deeply divided and unstable, as embattled militia groups compete for control from the eastern city of Tobruk, to the western capital of Tripoli.
Government forces and Houthi rebels have engaged in fierce clashes over the last several months, prompting foreign flights to suspect travel to Sanaa on Friday. (AFP/File)
16:29 GMT
Amid bloody clashes and a shaky ceasefire agreement, foreign airlines suspended flights to the Yemeni capital on Friday.
Arsene Wenger
13:35 GMT
Arsenal football team manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that not signing ace forward Cristiano Ronaldo when he had the chance is the biggest mistake of his managerial career, and also admitted that he was so close to acquiring the Real Madrid star before he joined Manchester United.
Kerry accused the Syrian government of chlorine gas use on Thursday, a violation of the an international chemical weapons agreement. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday evidence showed Assad's government is using chlorine gas against civilians, which is a violation of a global chemical weapons treaty.
Wembley to host Euro 2020 final
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The iconic stadium in London will be used for the semi-finals and final of the tournament, with Munich and St Petersburg among the venues in the earlier rounds
Israel's Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein looks at the a 1,200-year-old Jewish prayer book, or siddur, as it is displayed at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem on September 18, 2014. Originating from the Middle East, the 50-page-long book written in Hebrew is the oldest known manuscript of Jewish prayers. (AFP / GALI TIBBON)
11:47 GMT
Israel's Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein looks at the a 1,200-year-old Jewish prayer book
Syrian Kurds have faced heightened brutality over the last few days during an IS assault that ended in kidnappings and the capture of several Kurdish villages in northern Syria. (AFP/FIle)
11:46 GMT
In a besieged enclave in northern Syria, half a million Kurds have been hit hard by an IS assault, prompting leaders to ask for help, airstrikes from the international community.
No love for lipstick in the Saudi Shoura Council (Shuttershock)
11:28 GMT
After getting slammed by a Shoura Council member for their make-up, Saudi TV anchors condemn the criticism as unacceptable and degrading.
Which of these two ladies will it be?
10:00 GMT
Who will be the leading lady for the upcoming TV drama "Shajarit Al Dur"? We're so confused.
France announced Thursday its plan to join U.S-led airstrikes in Iraq, but will stop short of intervening in Syria. (AFP/FIle)
09:46 GMT
France agreed Thursday to support to the U.S.-led airstrike campaign in Iraq, but stopped short of Syria, saying they only agreed to activity in Iraq after requests from Baghdad. Meanwhile, the U.S. eyes operations to arm moderate Syrian rebels.
After seven MB leaders were asked to leave Qatar, experts disagree on whether the move is the first of more to come or just an attempt by Qatar to remove itself from media scrutiny over Islamist alliance. (AFP/File)
08:52 GMT
Seven leading members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood were asked to leave Qatar last week, arrest warrants awaiting them in Egypt. Now many wonder what's next for the organization as its once-strongest ally has sent them packing.
Ever wondered about the meanings of the 99 names of Allah? (Even Shakespeare wondered, “What’s in a name?”) An app called “Divine Names by Magnicode” comes with English translations that allow you to understand the meanings of each of the 99 Great Names.
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Who said religion doesn’t get with the times? Even faith is catching up with technology. Here are 20 of the latest apps that might be the answer to your prayers!
The Lebanese army is accusing Israel of violating UN Resolution 1701 after Israeli intelligence forces ramped up wire tapping activities on the border. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT
The Lebanese Army urged UNIFIL forces to look at Israeli wire tapping devices, installed along the Lebanese border, as a violation of Resolution 1701, the resolution that forged a peace agreement and ended the 2006 war between Lebanon and Israel.
Kuwaiti hottie Halima Poland is spreading her love of Egypt to her fellow celebs. (Image: Twitter)
07:00 GMT
C'mon, Superstars, you've got the fame and the cash to get this tourism things going again!
Clashes between Houthis and government forces have killed 60 people in the last 48 hours. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A truce deal has been reached between Yemen's Houthi fighters and the army.
The comic tackles tough topics like sexism and women's roles in Jordanian society. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The comic strip "Majida's Diaries" features a young, female protagonist.

Brent November crude slipped 8 cents to settle at $98.97 a barrel, recovering from an intraday low of $98.51 on Wednesday in London.Brent November crude slipped 8 cents to settle at $98.97 a barrel, recovering from an intraday low of $98.51 on Wednesday in London.
03:06 GMT
Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for Petroleum Affairs, dismissed arguments that lower oil prices will cause the collapse of GCC economies.

Qatari capital Doha bid for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics but never made the shortlist, while Dubai was reportedly on the verge of a bid for 2016,
02:10 GMT
While major events were once the domain of Europe and North America, Asia is now viewed as a 'safe pair of hands' when it comes to hosting the world's biggest sporting competitions.
Brendan Rodgers
00:07 GMT
The manager brought in eight new faces over the summer but has overseen two losses in their opening four Premier League games

September 18, 2014

The Syrian civil war has displaced millions of people. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT
Syrian warplanes continued their week-long attack on rebel position near Damascus.
Colombia squad
17:48 GMT
Jose Pekerman's side have leapfrogged Netherlands, who have lost their first two games under Guus Hiddinnk, while Dunga's revitalised Brazil are up to sixth
The journalist says he will show the truth about the Islamic State in an upcoming video. (AFP/File)
17:03 GMT
The Islamic State has released a new video featuring a captured British journalist.
Peshmerga forces are battling IS militants in Syria and Iraq. (AFP/File)
15:48 GMT
IS militants have reportedly seized control of at least five more Kurdish villages in northern Syria.
Lawmakers demanded the Prime Minister submit a new cabinet with not more than 10 ministers. (AFP/File)
15:26 GMT
The Libyan parliament has rejected the new cabinet of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni.
Hamilton and Rosberg's rivalry continues
15:06 GMT
Wolff praised Hamilton's heart-on-sleeve approach to racing as all drama and glory. And he also said that the team's own outspoken approach to management would remain the same.
Li Na
14:30 GMT
Chinese tennis star Li Na, 32, will announce her retirement on Friday, state broadcaster China Central Television said in a microblog post on Thursday.
Man City interested in Paco Alcacer
14:22 GMT
Man City interested in Paco Alcacer
HealthKit gathers data such as blood pressure and weight from various health apps on Apple devices, and can be viewed by doctors at one place.
14:04 GMT
Meanwhile, the California tech giant said a bug in its HealthKit health and fitness application platform prevented its release along with the launch of its iOS 8 operating system for iPhones and iPads.
French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius  and his Iraq's counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari. [AFP]
14:00 GMT
French foreign minister said he would call the militant Islamic group the ‘Daesh cutthroats’
Middle East investors bought 87 per cent of the Goldman sukuk, while 11 per cent went to Europe and two per cent to Asian investors, a document from lead arrangers showed.
13:57 GMT
It was only the second sukuk issue from a conventional bank outside a predominantly Muslim country; HSBC issued $500 million of sukuk in 2011.
Could match fixing be eliminated from football?
13:45 GMT
Sports ministers from across Europe are set to meet in Switzerland on Thursday to introduce a European treaty, containing a series of measures, that is aimed at tackling match fixing in football.
Newswire reports suggest that Goldman Sachs’ issue of a five-year $500 million Sukuk was some 3x oversubscribed with orders of around $1.5 billion.
13:44 GMT
The US investment bank appears to have learned from the fiasco of its first attempt to market a Sukuk in 2011.
Will Menna be as good a belly dancer as her famous Mama? (Image: Facebook)
12:54 GMT
Menna Shalabi is getting ready to shake her hips in the upcoming film "Ahl Al Aib" (People of Shame).
Palestinian girls walk past buildings which were destroyed by Israeli strikes on their way to school in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City on September 14, 2014 on the first day of the new school year. [AFP]
12:51 GMT
Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq on Wednesday told Ma'an that indirect ceasefire negotiations between Palestinians and Israel will restart within the next week.
Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism raids on September 18 detained 15 people and foiled a plot by Islamic State jihadists to conduct "demonstration killings", reportedly including beheading a member of the public on camera. [AFP]
12:13 GMT
Fifteen people were detained following dawn raids at a number of properties in Sydney, Brisbane and Logan last night after intelligence discovered an alleged plan by the Islamic State to publicly execute a random person
Palestinian Muslim worshipers attend Friday noon prayer beneath the fallen minaret of the al-Susi mosque in Gaza City on September 12,2014 which was hit by Israeli strikes during the latest round of deadly fighting with Hamas militants. [AFP]
11:26 GMT
The dead were buried and the wounded are trying to heal while the rubble of the war on Gaza remains in place. Hundreds of thousands of tons worth of rubble, not to mention the environmental and health hazard they pose, remind the survivors of death every morning. Removing the rubble means finally beginning the process of reconstruction and a return to normal life.
A Filipino maid dusts a mirror.
11:19 GMT
Human Rights groups in Lebanon are claiming that migrant workers are 'being denied their livelihoods simply because they’ve had children in Lebanon'; a new radar gun will catch drivers texting; and is Twitter working with the CIA against IS?
Is she THAT bad-looking? Zeina al Alami has been crowned as Miss Jordan 2014! (Image: YouTube snapshots)
10:33 GMT
Meet Zeina al Alami, the Jordanian woman highly ridiculed for being crowned Miss Jordan 2014!
At least 15 children were killed under the age of two in northern Syria (File/AFP)
10:00 GMT
A UN administered measles vaccination program was halted following the confirmed death of 15 Syrian children, although the number is believed to be much higher.
Peshmerga troops stand guard in the Kurdish capital of Erbil (File/AFP)
09:47 GMT
Islamic State militants pose no threat to the Kurdish capital of Erbil, according to a Peshmerga official.
Up to 22 Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped by militants last month in the border town of Arsal (File/AFP)
09:23 GMT
The U.S. and France will speed up delivery of military aid to Lebanon amid the increasing tension in the border town of Arsal.
Rabie Shehada, also known as “the Palestinian slayer,” claimed the organization is filled with vampires. [Youtube]
08:51 GMT
A shocking new video of an Islamic State terrorist claiming his group loves to drink blood — vampire style — is making the rounds on YouTube.
The Panic Button App from Amnesty International alerts others when you are being arrested. (image from undergizmo)
08:40 GMT
When an activist gets thrown in the paddy wagon during a demonstration, it can be hours or days before they can call home. Panic Button to the rescue! Iran is going to take out IS on their own; and the 10 types of hunks at university.
More than 600,000 pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia so far (File/AFP)
08:39 GMT
It's looking like Hajj pilgrims will be free from disease or quarantine this year, according to Saudi Arabia's health minister.
George Clooney doesn't have to fork over cash for their wedding this month. It's all on Amal's parents. (Image: Facebook)
08:36 GMT
Keeping things traditional, George Clooney's fiancée Amal Alamuddin's family insists on paying for the intimate ceremony in Venice. Never mind that their future SIL is a multimillionaire!
Kiesza will be kicking it at the RedFestDXB next February. (Image: Facebook)
08:27 GMT
The festival is scheduled for Thursday, February 12 and Friday, February 13 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre and the first performer slated for RedFestDXB is Canadian newcomer Kiesza.
Elissa loving her time at the @ElieSaabWorld fur trunk show celebrating Beirut Art week (Image: Twitter)
08:20 GMT
Elissa celebrating with friends
Lady Gaga wobbled about as she tried to balance herself on her 9-inch heels! (Image: Daily Mail)
08:11 GMT
Lady Gaga nearly falls off her outrageous 9-inch platform pumps in Istanbul... ha ha!
Aid worker Alan Henning was kidnapped by Islamic State militants in December 2013 (File/AFP)
08:04 GMT
British Muslim leaders united on Thursday and made a joint statement and appeal for the release of kidnapped aid worker, Alan Henning.
Ahlam is deeply saddened by the loss of her relative. (Image courtesy of Twitter)
07:56 GMT
Raja Bint Abdullah Al Shamsi was a cousin of Ahlam, and she passed away recently of undisclosed reasons.
ADFF will open with the first letter of the alphabet, "From A to B". (Image: IMDB)
07:52 GMT
For the first time ever in the festival's history, a locally produced film will raise the curtain.
Forensic experts collect evidence from a house in the Guildford area of Sydney on September 18, 2014. Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism raids detained 15 people and disrupted plans to "commit violent acts", including against random members of the public that reportedly involved a beheading on camera. (AFP / Saeed Khan)
07:28 GMT
Forensic experts collect evidence from a house in the Guildford area of Sydney on September 18, 2014.
Iraqi army vehicles are seen on September 10, 2014 in Barwanah in the Anbar provinc. [AFP]
07:27 GMT
Soldiers of the Iraqi army have managed to push the ISIL Takfiri terrorists back from the Bouhayat region in the western province of Anbar.
Militants are believed to be holding a further 20 Lebanese soldiers captive since violence erupted in Arsal last month (File/AFP)
07:11 GMT
Another Lebanese soldier was kidnapped close to the border town of Arsal by unknown gunmen in two pickup trucks, according to reports.
Edward Snowden [AFP]
06:49 GMT
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has accused the United States of routinely passing private and unedited communications of American citizens to Israel.