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Juventus 2-2 Napoli AET (5-6 on pens): Benitez's men seal Supercoppa after epic shootout
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Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain scored two apiece to take the clash to spot-kicks, where Simone Padoin missed the crucial effort to hand the trophy to the Partenopei
Saudi Arabia is the only GCC state to allow private investment in the petrochemical sector (File Archive/ AFP).
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Saudi Arabi plans to spend $91 billion to integrate refineries with petrochemcial units and expand plants over the next decade.
This is the second time that the crossing has opened to Palestinians in the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip since one of the deadliest attacks on Egyptian soldiers took place in North Sinai in October. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian authorities announced on Monday the extension of the opening of Rafah border crossing for an additional day, after initially planning to open the border Sunday and Monday only.
The poll, billed as Tunisia's first free presidential election, was the first since Ben Ali was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011. (AFP/File)
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Tunisian security forces on Monday used teargas to disperse a protest in the southern Gabes province after presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's presidential runoff.
The one-trillion dollar cash pile, which only relates to companies rated by Moody’s, is predominantly held by cash-rich sectors like automotives, oil and gas and utilities (File Archive/ AFP).
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The one-trillion dollar cash pile, which only relates to companies rated by Moody’s, is predominantly held by cash-rich sectors like automotives, oil and gas and utilities.
Al-Jazeera's move to take its Egypt channel off the air comes amid attempts by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries to to mend the relationship between the two countries after months of tensions over Doha's support to the banned Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP/File)
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Qatar's controversial Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr (Al-Jazeera Egypt) announced on Monday that it is broadcasting its last news items before closure, as reconciliation efforts to mend tensions between Egypt and Qatar continue.
2014 Brazil World Cup had its fair share of surprises
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The Sochi Olympics and Brazil World Cup dominate sport in 2014 but also make headlines away from the playing field in 2014.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker poses near one of the two Airbus A350-900 aircrafts for his company on December 22, 2014 at the Airbus Group center in Toulouse, southern France (Eric Cabanis/ AFP).
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On-demand streaming has surpassed traditional TV viewing in the UAE, according to a new report by technology firm Ericsson.
President Sisi and the special envoys of the Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz recently met for a meeting. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian relations with the Gulf states, especially Qatar, are essential to regional stability.
Egyptian workers can increasingly be seen scattered across the Levant and the Gulf (Image of 'Egyptian' working the gas station beat, courtesy of hurriyetdailynews).
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Approximately 592,000 workers signed contracts to work abroad between January and November 2014, with over 400,000 of those signed between March and November, the Ministry of Manpower and Immigration revealed Sunday.
Peshmerga and Iraqi forces have been battling Daesh militants since June. (AFP/File)
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Kurdish fighters have pushed deeper into the flashpoint northwestern Iraqi town of Sinjar in their battle with the ISIL, or Daesh, militants, who have held sway over the area for months.
More than 4 in 10 Gen X and Gen Y professionals, as well as nearly 6 in 10 HR professionals, consider themselves to be a “Supertasker,” defined as an individual who can successfully do more than two things at once, and do them well (File Archive/ AFP).
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Technological shifts will give rise to the “Supertasker” using four devices, and change the way workers and businesses view remote working according to the 2014 Cisco Connected World Technology Report.
England's David Beckham (L) and Wayne Rooney (R) pose during a photocall to launch The England 2018 / 2022 World Cup bid back in 2009
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A FIFA official has revealed that despite England's failed bid to host the World Cup in 2018, the nation had been by far the strongest contender, questioning that how could they have got only two votes.
Libya has been dogged by political instability since the 2011 overthrow and death of longstanding ruler Muammar Gaddafi. (AFP/File)
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A group of Libyan students in Turkey has broken into their own embassy in Ankara in a row over scholarships.
Speculation on Saudi's role in global oil crisis still stirring. Why is Saudi holding its ground on its oil output? (Image Courtesy Lurie's News Cartoon)
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Saudi minister dismisses conspiracy theories on oil price, but the world's still speculating.
Voter turnout, the commission added, stood at 60.11 percent of the country's registered voters. (AFP/File)
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Beji Caid Essebsi of the Nidaa Tounes party was declared winner of Tunisia's presidential runoff with 55.68 percent of the vote.
State news agencies reported a voter turnout of 47 percent. (AFP/File)
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The favorite to win Tunisia's first democratic election, presidential hopeful Beji Caid Essebsi, claimed victory not long after the polls closed on Sunday in the country's first-ever democratic election. But interim leader President Moncef Marzouki says it is too early to declare a winner.
Le Gray Beirut offers Christmas ornaments in exchange for donations to the Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon.
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Le Gray Hotel guests support Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon; Anthony Bourdain, renowned international food and travel television host, discusses his experience in Iran and Lebanon; Egyptian workers are protesting poor working conditions with hunger strike.
Some 192,417 people fled to Turkey from the Syrian border town of Kobani. (AFP/File)
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Almost 200,000 people fled Daesh violence from the Syrian border town of Kobani to Turkey, according to an NGO.
With around one third of GDP coming from oil until the recent price collapse, the non-oil sector in the UAE is just not growing fast enough to prevent a recession in 2015 (File Archive/ AFP).
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The recent oil price collapse may bring on a recession for the UAE in 2015.
Bernie Ecclestone
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A German bank is on course to take legal proceedings against Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone and his family trust fund for 345 million euroson account of the sale of its stake in Formula One.
Israeli settlers frequently tour the Al Aqsa compound, causing tension with Palestinians in Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
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A large group of 68 Israelis toured the Al Aqsa compound for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah while Palestinians protested outside Monday.
The World Islamic Travel Summit will focus on the theme of  "driving the Halal tourism revolution" (File Archive/ AFP).
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Halal tourism now represents 13% of the global market and will be showcased at the World Islamic Travel Summit in Abu Dhabi next year.
A prisoner gestures during reality TV show "In the Grip of the Law", which is broadcast across Iraq. (Image: Screenshot)
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Prisoners accused by Iraq's government of aiding Daesh are now being broadcast on a reality TV where they face the relatives of their victims.
Dozens of Daesh militants were killed during the operation to retake the town of Al Wafa, according to the Iraqi army. (AFP/File)
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Iraq's security forces retook the town of Al Wafa from Daesh militants in the country's western Anbar province Sunday.
A glut of wheat for the throngs of Egyptians (Image courtesy of
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Egypt signed contracts for 240,000 tonnes of French wheat and 60,000 tonnes of Russian wheat, at an average price of $273.94 per tonne to be delivered in January, the minister of supply and internal trade, Khaled Hanafi, said Sunday.
Both men were injured after a political poser was torn town in a the northern city of Tripoli. (Shutterstock)
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We've all heard of how petty people get over tiny things but shooting each other after an argument for a poster? C'mon!
The Egyptian army conducted a series of raids in the north Sinai over the past three days, leading to 45 arrests. (AFP/File)
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Fourteen alleged militants were killed and 45 others arrested by the Egyptian army during a series of raids in north Sinai.
 Muhammad Ali
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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital on account of diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia.
Gigi and Cody looked rock glam as they partied at Sunset Strip's iconic Roxy! (Image: Daily Mail)
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Models and rock go together like peanut butter and jelly, that's code for Gigi Hadid and Cody Simpson
Tunisian actress Dorra Zarrouk receives award for her role in Segn ElNessa at Dear Guest 2014. (Image: Facebook)
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Tunisian actress wins award at Dear Guest 2014.
Can you feel the love generation? Bob Sinclair can. (Image: Facebook)
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Bob Sinclair will bring the party to Parcha Ibiza and bust out the beats for "Love Generation" and "World, Hold On" on December 26.
Supporters of Beji Caid Essebsi march during an election campaign rally in Tunis, November 21, 2014. (AFP/File)
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Beji Caid Essebsi claimed victory in the Tunisian elections despite official results not being announced till late Monday.
Cavalli Club knows how to bring the party in Dubai! (Image: Facebook)
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Robert Cavalli himself will be hosting at Cavalli Club this NYE. It's gonna be epic.
Microsoft will offer a direct operator billing facility with Du that will negate the need for customers to use their credit cards online (Shutterstock).
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Microsoft has parternered with Du to offer a direct operator billing facility that will avoid the need for customers to use their credit cards online.
The lines get blurred for many workers who might be out of the office for the holidays but are very much on call or online and staying on the grind from a different location. (Photo: woman working outdoors, Shutterstock)
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Up to 86.5 per cent of employees in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region say they continue working even during holidays, according to a new survey by job site
Omar Khairat performing in Dubai this December. (Image: Facebook)
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Egyptians love them some Omar Khairat at the piano keys. He's back for another gig next week.
Mohammad Assaf is a humanitarian at heart.
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The Hala February Festival will kick off in Kuwait again in a matter of weeks, and this year's theme is humanitarian work. How fitting for Mohammad Assaf to have made the lineup!
Kurdish Peshmerga forces inspect the remains of a vehicle bearing the symbol of Daesh after it was hit by a US airstrike, north of Mosul. (AFP/File)
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Forty Daesh militants were killed by US-led airstrikes in Iraq's Anbar province while at least five people died in two separate car bomb attacks in the country's capital, Baghdad.
Boney M has been making music for decades. Will Muscat dig? (Image:
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We loved them about 40 years ago, and soon Muscat music lovers will get groovy with Boney M once again.
PRICE OF IMMORALITY: The popular show “Ben Bilmem Eşim Bilir” (I Don’t Know, My Partner Knows) has been fined 410,000 Turkish lira by RTÜK. (Image: Arab News)
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Turkey’s television regulator has handed a record fine to a popular game show for a segment where husbands were filmed dancing with other women as their wives looked on.
All Syrian men of military age will need special permission to leave the country. (AFP/File)
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The Syrian government imposed travel restrictions on military-age men, according to opposition media outlets.
Mohammed Mubarak Al-Shikely (right), GM Marketing, Oman Air and Jamal Al Azki (left), UK Country Manager of Oman Air holding the Skytrax award (Photo courtesy of World Airline Awards).
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Oman Air won the title of World´s Leading Airline for Economy Class in 2014 in a ceremony in Anguilla.
Apparently wearing jeans causes sexual harassment? (Shutterstock)
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The head of a village in India banned school girls from wearing jeans or having mobile phones because both apparently are the "prime cause" of sexual harassment.
French police monitor the scene where a man shouting “Allah Akbar” drove into a crowd of pedestrians, December 21, 2014. (AFP/File)
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Eleven people were injured after a man shouting "Allah Akbar" drove his car into a crowd of pedestrians in the French city of Dijon.
Sydney's Muslim community lays flowers at the memorial spot of the cafe siege, which left two hostages dead, December 16, 2014. (AFP/File)
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A young Australian Muslim bride won an applause after she left her wedding to lay flowers at the memorial spot for the Sydney cafe siege.
Yemen has been at the center of conflict between Shia Houthis, Al Qaeda and local tribesmen. (AFP/File)
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Some 12 Houthi militants were killed Sunday following a series of blasts in the Radaa district, according to a local security source.
An elderly Syrian couple await treatment at a makeshift clinic in the besieged rebel town of Douma, 13 kilometres (eight miles) northeast of Damascus, on December 21, 2014. (AFP/ ABD DOUMANY)
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An elderly Syrian couple await treatment at a makeshift clinic in the besieged rebel town of Douma.
Over 600 Gazans have entered Egypt since the Rafah border crossing opened. (AFP/File)
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Egypt temporarily opened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Sunday. It had been closed since October 2014.
The new visa system would garner huge revenues for the regional tourism sector and help facilitate financial and administrative procedures.
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Foreign expatriates residing in the GCC states should be allowed to travel within the six Gulf nations without requiring visas, a senior official has said.
Samsung Note4 was considered the best phone in terms of size and complexity.
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Hint: it's not the iphone 6
Hamlet by The Globe theatre. (Image:: from Bibliotheca Alexandrina's promotional material)
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London's famous Globe Theatre brings Hamlet to Alexandria, Egypt, as part of the London theatre troupe's two-year world tour.
The figure does not include the cost of services and infrastructure borne to accommodate refugees in the hosting countries.
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The amount is equal to Syria’s GDP in 2007, according to the World Bank.

December 21, 2014

Yas Marina Circuit
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The 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the most successful to date with the largest ever capacity at 60,000 people, marking an increase of 5,000 tickets over the 2013 edition, said event organisers.
Election officials are counting votes for Tunisia's first democratically elected president. (AFP/File)
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The polls close in Tunisia's run-off election. Essebsi's campaign is confident of a victory.
Jürgen Todenhöfer, who interviewed Assad in July 2012, will publish a piece on his "10 days in the Islamic State" tomorrow. (AFP/File)
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Jürgen Todenhöfer spent ten days on-the-ground in Daesh territory and was the first Western journalist to get such close access.
Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal: Skrtel rescues a point for 10-man Reds (picture courtesy of
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The Gunners made the most of their only two shots on target all game but the hosts, who dominated proceedings for the majority, equalised in the 97th minute with a powerful header
The 12 or more airstrikes launched on Sunday aimed for Daesh targets north of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
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Th US-led coalition hit targets north of the Syrian city of Aleppo in at least 12 strikes.
The big threat to the market is that lower oil revenues in the Gulf could slash the amount of money available to buy Dubai property
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The plunge in oil prices may take more of the froth off Dubai's booming real estate market, but broad-based demand for property is likely to prevent any crash, said a report.
Citadel confirmed that aid from Gulf stated could be affected by the decline in oil prices over time.
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The declining oil prices are positive for the Egyptian economy, according to a statement issued by Egypt’s Citadel (Qalaa) Holding on Thursday.
Israel has repeatedly refused to compensate Lebanon, despite the many calls by the General Assembly.
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The U.N. General Assembly Friday asked Israel to pay Lebanon $856.4 million as compensation for the oil slick the Jewish state caused during the July 2006 war.
Barzani praised Peshmerga forces for their success in Sinjar. The advancement freed hundreds of Ezidi Kurds who had been trapped there by Daesh. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani held a press conference on Mount Sinjar, the site of the recent Kurdish victory against Daesh. Barzani called the advancement "historic."
The Air Algerie plane was found in Mali shortly after it crashed in late July, 2014. (AFP/File)
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The twenty Lebanese nationals who died in the Air Algerie plane crash this summer returned to Lebanon on Sunday afternoon.
Prince Ali
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The resignation of World Cup corruption investigator Michael Garcia hopefully has inflicted a damaging blow to the re-election prospects of Fifa president Sepp Blatter. For it is believed to have finally convinced Prince Ali of Jordan, potentially his most credible rival, to challenge him next year.
The official AMAN poster by Myriam Fares. (Image: Facebook)
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Myriam Fares has released her new album AMAN and she looks super sexy on the cover! More details inside!
Nicolas Gaitan
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English soccer giant Manchester United are reportedly confident of sealing three successful deal in the transfer window in January for a staggering amount worth 80 million pounds.
Palestinians gather at al-Aqsa Mosque for Friday prayer (AFP/File)
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A group of Israeli settlers have stormed into the Islamic museum of the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) amid rising tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories.
This drive has seen NYU collaborate with Abu Dhabi, for an educational a programme designed to find the leaders of tomorrow.
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John Sexton, the president of one the world’s top universities, explains why he decided to expand to Abu Dhabi.
The long-awaited contract, announced late Friday by the US Department of Defense, includes spare parts and is due to be completed by April 30, 2019.
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US weapons maker Raytheon has won a contract valued at $2.4 billion to supply 10 Patriot missile defence systems to Qatar,
Jordan ends 8 year capital punishment ban (Image: Shutterstock)
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Jordan ends its 8 year ban of the death penalty by hanging 11 men convicted of murder.
Fahmy with his wife Rana. (Image: Al Jaras)
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Egyptian actor Hussein Fahmy celebrated Bahrain's special National Day celebration in Cairo.
The forty coldest days of winter start Monday (Image: Shutterstock)
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Monday marks the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and the start of marbaniyeh in Jordan — the 40 coldest days of winter, the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said on Saturday.
Sherine Abdel Wahab is ready for the camera action. (Image: Facebook)
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She hasn't announced the name yet, but Sherine Abdel Wahab has snatched a role in a Ramadan 2015 show.
Dina's name has been cleared from any wrongdoing in her TV show The Dancer. (Image: Facebook)
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Bellydancer Dina can now dance all she wants after having her name cleared in "The Dancer" court case.
Joe Raad looks ahead to 2015. (Image:
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Lebanese fans that love them some Joe Raad should be stoked to hear that the artist is bringing a live performance to Le Royal Hotel in Beirut on New Year's Eve.
When Zeina met Ahmed Ezz: Romance turned sour for those love birds as they’re caged in a secret-marriage-court-drama. Zeina's trying to prove Ezz as the father of her twins. Did he knock her up out of wedlock or did they really say “I do”? Until this “father of all un-commitments” agrees to take a DNA test, the jury shall remain out!
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Celebrities have outdone themselves this year, giving us a juicy list of scandals to work with. That's why, we've selected the top 10 worst celebrity feuds and scandals of 2014 for your guilty pleasure only!
Beji Caid Essebsi appears as the front-runner in today's elections (AFP/File)
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Tunisia ushers in full democracy with run-off Presidential elections four years after uprising.
May Kassab doesn't want any photogs following her into a funeral. (Image:
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Be afraid, be very afraid. May Kassab warns the paparazzi they'll see a side of her never seen before if they follow her into a funeral.
Settler attacks against Palestinians are common in the West Bank (AFP/File)
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A Palestinian man from the northern West Bank has said that a group of Jewish settlers attempted to kidnap his four-year-old son from a parked car on Friday evening.
Louis van Gaal
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Manchester United football team manager Louis van Gaal believes losing points against teams like Aston Villa could hamper their hopes of claiming the Premier League title.
Got a problem? TV judge Khaled al Sawi might have the solution for you! (Image: Twitter)
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Egyptian actor Khaled al Sawi is set to play a real-life TV judge in his upcoming show "Al Qadi" (The Judge).
George Wassouf is up and at it and ready to rock the stage on NYE (Image: Facebook)
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Nothing Arabia loves more than an awkward celebrity death rumor.
Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi sacks longtime mentor and intelligence chief (AFP/Vasily Maximov/File)
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Egypt has abruptly sacked the nation's powerful intelligence chief for “health reasons,” replacing him with his deputy, security authorities said.
Natalia Bajak is ready bring her Polish self over to the UAE. (Image: Facebook/ Marta Ankiersztejn)
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She's got "The Voice" that Poland loves - will peeps in Dubai agree?
ISIL Takfiri Militants (AFP/File)
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The ISIL Takfiri militants have reportedly executed as many as 17 people in the Iraqi city of Tikrit in the restive Salahuddin Province.
Children play on a swing in the park of the Safir Maalula Hotel, in the ancient Christian town of Maalula, 56 kilometers northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus, on December 20, 2014. (AFP / YOUSSEF KARWASHAN)
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Children play on a swing in the park of the Safir Maalula Hotel, in the ancient Christian town of Maalula.
The UAE gives Egypt over $10 billion in aid. (AFP/File)
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Which countries give the most aid to Egypt? Syrian officials are concerned that Iran's support will wane given the falling oil prices; Lebanese singer makes it on the Voice.
Cairo plans to use the Apache attack helicopters to combat terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP/File)
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Ten Apache helicopters arrived in Egypt on Saturday. The US had delayed the shipment due to Egypt's uncertain political situation.
Peshmerga forces took control of Sinjar from Daesh. Hundreds of Yazidis had been trapped there since August. (AFP/File)
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Peshmerga forces advanced on Daesh and seized Sinjar, a key town near Mosul in northern Iraq.
There's a reason wild animals can't be kept as pets in Kuwait. This domesticated king-of-the-jungle made that reason pretty clear when he killed his owner's housemaid. (Shutterstock)
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A Filipino maid working in Kuwait was killed by her employer's pet lion as she hung the laundry to dry. The Philippines government is now taking legal action.
Economists are warning that even with the huge reserves many have built up, a prolonged drop in oil prices will hit Gulf states hard.
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Gulf countries could lose at least half their oil revenues or around $350 billion a year as crude prices plunge, according to senior analysts.
The market is expected to continue to grow fast driven by a large number of mall openings throughout the GCC region the coming five years.
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The Middle East ranks in the top 10 list of global luxury markets, a report said, adding that regional consumption increased by 11 per cent in 2014,

December 20, 2014

Real Madrid 2-0 San Lorenzo: Ramos and Bale seal world title in Morocco
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A header from the defender was followed up by a second-half strike from the Wales star as Carlo Ancelotti's men finished 2014 in style
Club World Cup: Cruz Azul 1-1 Auckland City (pens 2-4): Kiwis claim third place
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Ryan De Vries put the New Zealanders ahead and although their Mexican opponents levelled through Joao Rojas, Ramon Tribulietx's men prevailed in the shootout
Syrian actor Fahd Najjar died mysteriously in Damascus. (Image: The Daily Star)
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Syrian actor Fahd Najjar has died under mysterious circumstances in Syria.
The Guantanamo Bay detention facility holds 132 remaining detainees. (AFP/File)
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The US transferred four prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan.
2022 Qatar World Cup logo
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Despite FIFA executives unanimously agreeing to publish a legally appropriate version of a report into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption, the world football's governing body insisted that Russia and Qatar would stay as hosts of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments respectively.
Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United: Falcao on target but Red Devils held by 10 men (picture courtesy of
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The loanee scored his second goal on his second start, but Christian Benteke's earlier opener saw the resurgent club fail to record a seventh consecutive Premier League win
Manchester City 3-0 Crystal Palace: Silva & Toure see off stubborn Eagles
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The Spaniard was the difference with a second-half salvo, although the dogged visitors saw James McArthur's header incorrectly ruled out before the Ivorian settled the game
Saudi security forces killed four and injured a number of others in Awamiyah on Saturday. (AFP/File)
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Saudi security forces killed four anti-regime militants in clashes in the town of Awamiyah