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July 13, 2014

Over 1,000 people have been wounded from Israeli airstrikes on Gaza as of Sunday (AFP)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is ready to mediate a truce between Israel and Hamas, but Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters that Tel Aviv is set to continue the offensive despite the mounting death toll.
Kurds in Syria have been fighting ISIS militants in Kobani for months (File Archive/AFP)
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Kurdish fighters clashed with jihadist militants in Syria's north Sunday.
The ranking, published by www.TopMBA.com, is unique in that it highlights the value of MBA programs based on employer demands of MBA graduates.
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The rank was based on the demands of international employers for MBA graduates.
Hundreds of pro-Morsi supporters have been sentenced to prison over the past months, with some even receiving life sentences and the dealth penalty (File Archive/AFP)
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An Egyptian court sentenced 101 more pro-Morsi supporters Sunday to three years in prison for "illegal gathering" and "rioting."
Foreign Ministers from France, Britain, Germany and the U.S. joined the negotiations this weekend to see if a deal will be possible before the July 20 deadline (Jim Bourg/Pool/AFP)
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Iran nuclear talks are still ongoing as Tehran and world powers try to finalize a permanent deal ahead of a self-imposed July 20 deadline. With talks bumpy in past days, some leaders have discussed the possibility of an extension, but some FMs say a chance still remains to finalize a deal.
Israeli soldiers patrol the border with neighboring Lebanon after rocket fire was exchanged Friday (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP)
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Lebanon's army told reporters Sunday that they found the launchpad from which three rockets from Tyre were fired towards northern Israel
Liverpool squad
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The details of Luis Suarez's transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona were finalised yesterday as he moved to Spain for an estimated fee of £75m in spite of the Uruguayan striker serving a four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.
The airline will also operate four flights a week to the world-class tourism and economic hub, Hong Kong, and three flights a week to Algeria’s vibrant capital and largest city, Algiers.
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Etihad Airways will launch six new routes in the first half of 2015, offering even more choice and improved connections to travellers worldwide.
The results indicate increases of 35 per cent in tourists from the UAE, 6.3 per cent from Saudi Arabia and 10.8 per cent in tourists from Kuwait.
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The average stay for the Arab tourist — particularly GCC nationals — increased from 9.5 nights in 2013 to 11.6 nights in 2014.
Angel Di Maria
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The Premier League club had hoped to agree a deal with Real Madrid, but the emergence of the Ligue 1 side could see the Old Trafford outfit outmuscled in transfer talks
Another option that has been pushed forward enthusiastically in recent weeks is selling gas to the international companies that have land-based liquefaction facilities in Egypt.
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The problem with the Turkish deal is twofold: the delicate political relationship between Israel and Turkey, and the handling of the negotiations on the parts of the corporate bodies in Turkey.
Three apartments in Casablanca's El Hank district collapsed Friday (AFP)
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At least 13 people have now died from the collapse of multiple buildings in Morocco's commercial hub city Casablanca.
World Cup Final 2014: Germany v Argentina Preview and Projected Lineups
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The World Cup Final is one of the most celebrated events in the world of sport. After a grueling four-year journey, where over 200+ nations began their journey towards Brazil, there are now just two nations left: Germany and Argentina.
Factory Girl is one of the films to feature at the 2014 Arab Film Festival this summer. (Image: Facebook)
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Films from Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine and Jordan, including Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl, will be screened at the Riverside Theatres in Sydney, Australia, this August as part of the 2014 Arab Film Festival.
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The image of Israelis in Sderot watching the Gaza strikes as if they were at the cinema has created an unprecedented social media storm and international outrage.
Thousands around the world are standing in solidarity with Gaza. (Image: Facebook)
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Gaza is still under attack by Israel, but you can keep up-to-date with what's happening through this blog. Also, check out some noteworthy stories you might have missed in Lebanon this week.
Iran’s Targeted Subsidy Reform remains one of the most ambitious attempts to reform subsidies in an energy-exporting country.
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A new IMF paper shows how subsidy reform has recently gained momentum in the Middle East and North Africa and outlines the elements of successful subsidy reform.
Yemen may fracture more than anticipated with Al Qaeda, southern separatists, northern rebels and a weak central government threatening the country's unity and development going forward (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
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Yemen's unity and development may be more at threat today than ever before, but who-or what-is to blame?
The Israeli Defense Force has struck 200 targets in Gaza over the past 24 hours (AFP/ File).
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The Israeli Defense Force's noon deadline for tens of thousands of residents in northern Gaza to evacuate has passed as the IDF plans to intensify air strikes on the zone Israel believes is firing more rockets.
Iraq's parliament must quickly pick a new speaker of parliament, president, and prime minister. (AFP/File)
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Iraq's parliamentary session Sunday ended after 30 minutes and without progress.
At least seven Algerian soldiers were killed Sunday (File Archive/AFP)
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At least three Algerian soldiers and their four auxiliaries were killed by roadside bombs Sunday.
'Biting' again could cost Luis Suarez 3m pounds from Barcelona pay
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Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, in controversies over biting Italian defender, will lose 3 million pounds of his 10 million pounds-a-year salary if he tries to bite another opponent.
Mmmm, creamy…. milkshake? Nope- you’ve got your Ramadan glasses on! As @ThatBeardedChap says: “Saw this on Instagram and thought ‘That looks delicious’. Then read the caption- Mixing Paint”.
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Forget #FirstWorldProblems, let's talk #RamadanProblems! If getting past the fast is hard for you, then here's a light-hearted look at the situations you face to help you make it through to Iftar. Ramadan Kareem!
Over 100 Palestinians have died in Israel's recent air strikes on Gaza. (AFP/File)
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Pope Francis calls for peace in Gaza as Israel continues air strikes.
Over 1000 Palestinians have been injured since the Israeli offensive began in Gaza (File/AFP)
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Medical workers in Gaza struggled to cope with the high number of civilian casualties caused by Israeli air strikes in recent days as the Palestinian death toll topped 151 people.
Israeli security looks on as Palestinian Muslim worshipers (unseen) perform traditional Friday noon prayers along a street outside the Old City in East Jerusalem, on July 11, 2014, on the second Friday of Islam's holy month of Ramadan. [AFP]
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Israeli forces raided the al-Aqsa Mosque Compound on Sunday and fired rubber-coated steel bullets at worshipers, witnesses told Ma'an.
Latifa says she hosted all her concerts celebrating ousted President Ben Ali for free. (Image: Facebook)
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Tunisian singer Latifa made it clear that she seriously doesn't care for the tunisian resident's Black List against her!
Rebel groups who were involved in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi have refused to lay down their arms and continue to harass civilians and government officials. (AFP/File)
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Intense fighting has erupted in Libya's Tripoli.
For Egyptians, not watching the World Cup is not an option, but for the final game they are being forced to choose between what they see as the lesser of two evils. (AFP/File)
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Egyptians are facing a dilemma when it comes to watching the World Cup as the only two channels that carry the games are an Israeli TV channel and a channel owned by Al Jazeera.
Who? Me? Sue me? Imam's show may be in trouble with an Egyptian hospital! (Image: Facebook)
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Adel Imam's Ramadan TV show "His Excellency" may be getting sued by an Egyptian hospital... but why?
If Gaza's residents used bomb shelters, would it make a difference? (Shutterstock).
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When missiles are launched into Israel, Israelis got to bomb shelters. The same cannot be said in Gaza however. Why don't Palestinians use bomb shelters?
At the moment, Libyan officials are not aware of the demands of the oil port guards. (AFP/File)
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Protesters in Libya have shut down the national oil port of Brega, days after the government celebrated its reopening.
Liqa is so not happy with Galal and his prank show! (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Egyptian actress Liqa Suwaidan feels "insulted" by Ramez Galal's prank show!
The UN estimates that 77 percent of Palestinian fatalities have been civilians (File/AFP)
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The UN on Saturday called for a ceasefire between Tel Aviv and Hamas as an Israeli cabinet minister said the army was ready for a ground invasion.
Members of Iraq's security forces stand guard in Baghdad, April 29, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Gunmen killed at least 33 people including 29 women in a Baghdad housing complex Saturday. Police said the motive of the shootings still remained unclear.
Lebanese Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi has urged protesters to open the roads they blocked throughout the week against Lebanese Army threats to do so by force (AFP/File).
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Lebanon's Minister for Justice, Ashraf Rifi has urged Bab al-Tabbaneh residents in Tripoli to show self-restraint, claiming local political and security forces have manipulated their protests for personal political gains.
A Libyan soldier and onlookers gather around the bodies of two reported migrants on a beach on July 12, 2014 in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Twelve bodies of reported illegal immigrants were already found off the coast of Tajura, 20km east of Tripoli in the past two days. (AFP / STR)
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A Libyan soldier and onlookers gather around the bodies
The service provides women with information on how often her potential husband frequents the local mosque and details about his driving habits. (Shutterstock)
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A new internet service in Saudi Arabia allows women to pay for information about potential husbands.
A Gazan woman holds an injured child in Rafah's al-Najar hospital, July 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
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Over 21 Palestinians were killed after fresh Israeli air strikes in Gaza late Saturday, bringing the death toll to 151, with at least 1000 people injured.
Iranian officials hope Kerry's presence will help solve remaining differences. (AFP/File)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vienna to join the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran.
George Clooney is not accepting of Daily Mail's "apology" over the Mrs. Alamuddin rumors.
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Daily Mail did publish an apology for false reports that said Amal Alamuddin's mother was not approving of her marriage to George Clooney, but the Hollywood star isn't having it.
Yemen has struggled to pay public sector salaries and finance food and energy imports, which has led to power cuts and fuel shortages
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But reducing subsidies is hard in a country where a third of the population of 25 million lives on less than $2 a day, and this week’s austerity package did not address subsidies.
Historically, Iran’s economy has been heavily dependent on oil, and the fluctuations of oil prices and exports over the years have directly influenced the government’s budgets and actions.
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Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ali Tayyebnia says Iran will no longer promote an oil-based economy even if the economic sanctions which have been imposed against the country are totally lifted.
Efforts to reach agreement on a new government in Baghdad to confront the insurgents have been complicated by the tensions between Maliki and the Kurds.
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An oil ministry spokesman in Baghdad described the takeover as dangerous and irresponsible and called for the Kurdish forces to withdraw immediately.
Chinese tourist numbers have recovered from their plunge following the 2012 eruption of the spat between Beijing and Tokyo over islands in the East China Sea.
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Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in Japan as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travellers.
In their efforts to satisfy their individualistic desires, Egyptians are happy to achieve the tiniest self-realisation at the cost of the country’s welfare.
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In principle, every citizen deserves a better life; why should people suffer if their lives can be improved?
A number of foreign partners have reduced investments in the sector for the upcoming period, which will cause average natural gas production to stabilise.
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Dues owed to foreign oil companies reached a total of $6.3bn this July, compared to $6bn at the end of April.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on as he speaks during a press conference at the defense ministry in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on July 11, 2014. [AFP]
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Netanyahu: We can’t allow Gaza in Judea and Samaria; we are weighing all possibilities and are prepared for all possibilities.
She knows she's loved by all.
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In case you were wondering what hot celeb would added to the Carthage festival lineup, no more guesses needed. Nancy Ajram is on her way, Tunisia, and she couldn't be more honored.

July 12, 2014

Brazil 0-3 Netherlands: Dutch heap more misery on Selecao in battle for third
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Goals from Robin van Persie, Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum were enough to give Oranje the win over the tournament hosts
A picture taken from the southern Israeli Gaza border shows rockets being fired from the Gaza strip into Israel, on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
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Three rockets fired from south Lebanon hit northern Israel, triggering retaliatory artillery fire on the Lebanese border village of Zebqin, a security source told The Daily Star Saturday.
Smoke billows from buildings following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
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Northern Gazans are being removed from northern Gaza and other areas from which rockets are being fired senior army source says; source adds that Hamas psychological warfare shows that it has been pushed into a corner.
Mr Hague said he spoke of the British Government’s “deep concern about the number of civilian casualties and the need for all sides to avoid further civilian injuries and the loss of innocent life” but stopped short of condemning Israel’s response. [AFP]
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William Hague has said Israel has the “right to defend itself” against rocket attacks from Gaza after urging Palestinian and Israeli leaders to negotiate a ceasefire.
Israeli border guards take position as fireworks launched by Palestinian protestors lit the sky during clashes at the Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah, early on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
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Sirens blare in TA twice, also in other parts of country; no injuries reported; IAF attacks rocket launching site from which the latest barrage was shot.
Image taken from a video released in January by the the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham allegedly shows ISIS fighters. (AFP)
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Modern Islamic extremist groups reconfigure modernity to focus on punishment rather than morals; outside help is needed to unify the Iraqi people and defeat ISIS; the chaos in Iraq threatens to become a global epidemic; tech-savy terrorists use Bitcoin to funnel electronic funds.
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at UN storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City on July 12, 2014. [AFP]
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Palestinian initiated talks taking place to reach ceasefire with Egypt, Qatar involvement, Channel 2 reports; Blair meets with Sisi to discuss ways to restore 2012 ceasefire; Gal-On says PM must involve Abbas to end hostilities.
Well-protected: Donning military gear and carrying rifles, thousands of soldiers moved into a new position on the border on the fifth day of the deadly conflict. [AP]
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Israeli troops mass on Gaza border in preparation for ground attack after airstrikes hit mosque 'that was hiding Hamas weapons'
Eliaquim Mangala
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The 23-year-old was seen entering The Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester's Moss Side to undergo routine medical tests ahead of completing a £31.8 million move
A missile is launched by an "Iron Dome" battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 11, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. [AFP]
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Channel 10 reports injuries are light; Most of the rockets landed in open areas in western Negev.
Meet the 10 World Cup footballers shortlisted for 2014 Golden Ball award
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The shortlist for the 2014 Golden Ball, the prize awarded to the best player at the World Cup, has been announced by FIFA.
Nicola Rizzoli
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FIFA officials have revealed that Italy's Nicola Rizzoli would referee the 2014 World Cup finale between Germany and Argentina on Sunday.
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at UN storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City on July 12, 2014. Israel vowed no let-up in its aerial bombardment of Gaza, which has claimed more than 100 Palestinian lives, as a defiant Hamas rained more rockets on the Jewish state. (AFP / MAHMUD HAMS)
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Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish fire at UN storehouse after an Israeli military strike in an area west of Gaza City
World Cup 2014: Brazil v Netherlands Preview and Projected Lineups
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The World Cup third place match is almost one of no importance, but with Brazil being the host nation it will certainly be one with a lot of national pride attached to it after they were humiliated by Germany in the semi-finals.
The body of five-year-old Abdallah Abu Ghazal lies at a mosque during a funeral ceremony in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya on July 10, 2014 after he was killed in an Israeli air strike. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP)
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I can no longer stand by while Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked condone the deaths of innocent Palestinian women and children
Palestinians sitting on a street react after a deadly Israeli air strike that targeted their house on July 8, 2014 in the town of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. (Said Khatib/AFP)
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The death toll from the five days of Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip has risen to at least 122 as several are wounded in an anti-Israel protest in the West Bank.
Palestinians collect their belongings from damaged houses in Gaza City. (Mahmud Hams/AFP)
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Saudi Arabia is coordinating its efforts with representatives of Islamic and Arab states and representatives of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) as well as other bodies to support the Palestinian delegation’s stand at the UN
(AFP)
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Several militant factions affiliated with what the West calls moderate rebel groups have pledged allegiance to ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
A long list of Jazz artists will arrive in Eilat from August 24-27. (Image courtesy of the event website)
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The four-day program is packed with big names from abroad, as well as some of the pick of the local crop.
"We have no interest in sharing a name with a group whose name has become synonymous with violence," said Isis CEO Michael Abbott (Courtesy of Android Spin)
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U.S. wireless carriers are not so excited that the world is Googling "ISIS" like never before. After all, it is not for the carriers' mobile wallet app that they have been trying to promote to customers for months, but rather it is for the jihadist terrorist group in Syria that has been grabbing headlines globally.
Hundreds of strikes and retaliatory rockets have been exchanged between Gaza and Israel over the past week (AFP)
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The United States said it is ready to "leverage its relationships" in the Middle East to end the Israeli strikes on Gaza.

July 11, 2014

Miroslav Klose
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German striker Miroslav Klose has reportedly insisted that if his side loses against Argentina in the World Cup final then his becoming the World Cup's all-time leading scorer would mean nothing.
Lionel Messi
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Germany has reportedly revealed that they have a secret plan to defend Argentine ace Lionel Messi's attack on Sunday's World Cup final at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.
Irbil released a statement Friday saying that the KRG will now control disputed northern oil fields (File Archive)
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Kurdish forces seized control of Iraq's northern oilfields Friday as tensions continue to increase between Irbil and Baghdad.
Other pro-Morsi demonstrators were arrested in Alexandria Friday as well (File Archive/AFP)
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At least two demonstrators were killed Friday when riot police dispersed a pro-Morsi protest in Cairo.
Bekaa is frequently targeted by spillover violence from Syria (File Archive)
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At least three rockets landed in the town of Brital in Lebanon's Bekaa Friday.
Netanyahu vowed to continue the strikes on Friday despite calls from the international community to stop the violence (File Archive/AFP)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Friday to continue strikes on the Gaza strip as the Palestinian death toll surpassed 100.
Israel launched retaliatory shells on southern Lebanon early Friday morning (File Archive)
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Israel launched retaliatory shells on southern Lebanon Friday after "suspicious, unknown rockets" were fired from the country's south on the Jewish state, according to reports.
Diane Sawyer issued an official apology Thursday over the Palestinian photo mistake (Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune)
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Diane Sawyer's "oops" Tuesday in which the famous news anchor misidentified Palestinians as Israelis in the aftermath of an airstrike has caused a social media storm globally, prompting Sawyer herself to issue an apology Thursday.
Ten-year-old Noor Al Najdi was killed from an Israeli strike in the town of Rafah this week (Said Khatib/AFP)
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As the Gaza strikes continue and Hamas responds with rockets, Jonathan Power takes a minute to reflect on how this crisis-and so many others-have destroyed lives....and childhoods.
Moroccan leadership is concerned that the country will be the subject to a new wave of terror when ISIS-linked Moroccan fighters return home to the kingdom (Courtesy of Magharebia/AFP)
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Morocco's government put its security services on high alert due to a reported "serious terror threat."
Syrian refugee numbers are set to exceed 3 million in the next few weeks (File Archive/AFP)
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The UN refugee agency criticized Europe Friday for only welcoming a "miniscule" number of Syrians inside its borders despite the fact that refugee numbers are set to exceed 3 million in the next few weeks.
Al Ahly right-back Fathi set for Arsenal trial
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Arsene Wenger continues his search for full-back cover despite closing in on the £8 million signing of Mathieu Debuchy, with the Egypt international flying in to be assessed
Indonesian demonstrators stage a huge pro-Palestinian rally in Jakarta on July 11, 2014 condemning Israel's offensive in Gaza. Israel's bombardment of Gaza claimed its 100th Palestinian life on July 11 as Hamas pounded central Israel with rockets and Washington offered help in brokering truce. (AFP / ROMEO GACAD)
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Indonesian demonstrators stage a huge pro-Palestinian rally in Jakarta
Luis Suarez
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The clubs revealed on Friday that they have reached an agreement over the sale of the Uruguayan striker who will land in Catalonia next week to finalise the deal
A Palestinian rescue worker carries the body of a child from the al-Dallu family into the hospital in Gaza City.(AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed)
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A Palestinian mother speaks of trying to cope with Israeli occupation; ABC issues correction after citing a grieving Palestinian family as Israeli; How the West Bank crackdown mushroomed from a search for just 3 missing teenagers; The US State Department distances itself from voices in the Obama administration critical of Israeli policy.
Erdgoan is expected to win re-election in August (File Archive/AFP)
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Turkey's Prime Minister announced this week that Ankara will not normalize ties with Tel Aviv as long anticipated if the strikes on Gaza continue.
Anti-government demonstrators previously protested in Anbar province for months until Baghdad commissioned an operation to oust them from their demonstration site (File Archive/AFP)
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At least 11 Iraqi police were killed in an offensive near the city of Ramadi Friday.
At least 2,000 Gazans have been made homeless from the strikes (Said Khatib/AFP)
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Israeli airstrikes left at least 12 more Palestinians in the Gaza Strip dead Friday as the death toll surpasses 100 under Tel Aviv's so-called Operation Protective Edge.
(AFP)
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With Ramadan shopping season in full swing, retail stores all over the Kingdom are offering special discounts and sales to attract customers. But according to a report in Al-Watan daily, shoppers may not be getting the bargains they expect.
(AFP)
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The United States moved Thursday to blacklist a group of companies it claimed covertly helped Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement acquire components for surveillance drones.
The ISIS flag flying above norther Iraq. (Photo: AFP)
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Beddawi, particularly the neighborhood of Mankoubine, has a reputation in the last three years for being a wellspring of Lebanese jihadists.
(Ma'an News Agency)
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Mahdi Hamad, Suha’s father, said that “nobody called us to evacuate the house and there aren’t any resistance members around it.”
Egyptian singer Angham is releasing her first ever Lebanese single! (Image: Facebook)
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Egyptian singer Angham is releasing her first ever Lebanese single!
This bunny has switched from silky rabbit ears to a modest hijab (Facebook).
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Former Playboy bunny Felixia Yeap described herself as "reborn" after embracing Islam and shunning her rabbit ears for a modest hijab.
Israel has launched more than 500 strikes on Gaza this week (File Archive/AFP)
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The United Arab Emirates pledged Thursday to send at least $25 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza as airstrikes from Israel continue.
“We are close to an agreement on holding a Parliament session on July 17 to pass laws adopting the new salary scale and government expenditures,” the source said.



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Breakthrough in the long-running crisis over public workers’ salaries is expected next week, a ministerial source revealed to The Daily Star Thursday.
The world’s most expensive cities for expats are both in Africa. Luanda in Angola is ranked first for the second year, followed by N’Djamena in Chad.
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Rising housing costs has pushed Dubai up the rankings in an annual survey of the most expensive cities in the world for expatriates to live in.
The 10 highest earning chief executives in the UAE make several million dirhams a year, taking home a total of Dh78.14 million in salaries and bonuses in 2013 alone,
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Seven out of the ten highest paid officials work for companies based in Abu Dhabi, while the rest are based in Dubai.