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July 10, 2014

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Obama is often called the pragmatic president, a euphemism for dodging obligations to human rights; Thousands of years ago spice trade routes brought Islam from Arabia to Southeast Asia. Today the same transmission has taken place with extremist ISIS ideology. But its conduit is likely the Internet; Think ideology is behind the current Chaos in the Middle East? Try social policy.
Official: Arsenal sign Alexis Sanchez
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The former Udinese playmaker will join up with his new team-mates in late July following a post-World Cup holiday, with his debut set for the Emirates Trophy in early August
De Mistura was confirmed by the UN Security Council earlier this week (AFP)
20:58 GMT
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon confirmed Staffan de Mistura as the new UN Special Envoy to Syria.
Thousands of residents left Mosul last month before ISIS claimed full control of the city (File Archive/AFP)
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Sunni militants seized a military base in Iraq's Diyala province Thursday after intense fighting with forces from Baghdad.
UNSMIL was established in 2011 to help Libyan authorities establish a new government after the fall of former dictator Moammar Gaddafi (File Archive)
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The UN will reduce its staff in Libya over "unspecified security concerns."
Ali Salman, the head of the Al Wefaq opposition party, was arrested this week for meeting with Malinowski (File Archive/AFP)
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Bahrain's main opposition leader was arrested for meeting with Washington's top diplomat to the country who was expelled earlier this week.
At least 88 Palestinians have died from the Israeli strikes in Gaza over the past few days (Jack Guez/AFP)
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The UN's top chief called for a ceasefire to the intensifying violence in Gaza Thursday, but Israel's Prime Minister said that a ceasefire is "not on the agenda."
Many Syrians were killed in a chemical attack last August (File Archive/AFP)
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At least 170,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year civil war according to a new death toll released by an activist group Thursday.
Atletico Madrid sign Mario Mandzukic
14:30 GMT
The reigning Liga champions have officially announced their capture of the Croatia international from Bayern Munich
Barzani said earlier this month that measures are being taken for holding a referendum on Kurdistan's future. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi Kurds say they will withdraw their ministers from the cabinet and cease participation in the government of Prime Minister Maliki in protest over his remarks.
Man City will not sell Toure despite midfielder's latest claims to quit club
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Despite Yaya Toure's lastest claims that he would do everything to quit Manchester City, the club will not sell the midfielder.
Robert Lewandowski: Essential or not?
13:41 GMT
Bayern Munich were such a joy to watch last season, there is no question about that. The German giants dropped points on only 5 occasions over the complete duration of the season.
In the meantime, Riyadh Municipality officials closed 23 restaurants in the capital for violating health regulations.
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Security officers in Saudi Arabia have arrested nearly 2,200 foreign workers in Madinah and Hail and Baha this month for allegedly violating the country’s residency and labor regulations.
Schumacher's red Ferrari suit expected to fetch more than 15,000 pounds at auction
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Formula One legend Michael Schumacher's red Ferrari race suit is reportedly expected to fetch more than 15,000 pounds at an auction.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague still believes that the "current negotiations are the best opportunity we have had in years to resolve this issue" on Iran's nuclear program (AFP/File).
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British Foreign Secretary William Hague states that significant differences remain in the sixth round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 over Iran's nuclear program.
Buyers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait can also benefit from this Ramadan deal. (Shutterstock)
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A real estate firm is offering a free luxury car with the purchase of one of their properties as a special Ramadan deal.
“How could you watch the World Cup while children are dying?” (Image: Blog Baladi)
12:49 GMT
“How could you watch the World Cup while children are dying?” Football fans under attack by Gaza activists. Also, meet Lebanon's award-winning female mixologist, and find out how to find your soul mate!
A Palestinian child stands by her home, which was destroyed by an Israeli air strike (File/AFP)
12:28 GMT
Health officials in Gaza have confirmed that a pre-dawn air raid by Israeli forces killed five Palestinian children from the same family in Khan Younis.
A small sample of surreal street serenity, created by Mehdi Ghadyanlo
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Urban artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo is causing passersby to do a double take just by walking down the street.
The UN atomic agency said the materials obtained by insurgents were "low grade" despite Iraq's security concerns (File/AFP)
11:05 GMT
Terrorist groups seized nuclear materials used for scientific research from Iraq's Mosul University according to a document issued to the UN.
Egyptian authorities are allowing Palestinians to enter the country and be treated in Egyptian hospitals. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Egypt is opening its Rafah border to let in Palestinians who have been wounded during recent Israeli air strikes.
An Israeli Merkava tank rolls along the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip following Israeli air strikes in the Palestinian coastal enclave, on July 10, 2014. [AFP]
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A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory
Stay-at home dad Mokhtar Mohyeldeen with his three-year-old son Yahya (right) and daughter Malak (Image: Gulf News)
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Mokhtar Mohyeldeen decided to give up working to care for his three-year-old son who suffers from Russell Silver Syndrome, yet won't leave the young boy in the care of maids. That's dedication!
Ahmed flashes a smile now that he's put the drugs story behind him. (Image: Facebook)
09:53 GMT
Ahmed Azmi has finally been found innocent by an Egyptian court on his drugs charges.
Three of the six suspects initially arrested will be released on Thursday, as they "are not connected to the murder". (AFP/ File).
09:24 GMT
Three of the six suspects initially arrested in relation to Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir will be released on Thursday.
Iraqi militants continue to terrorize civilians and aim to capture Baghdad. (AFP/File)
09:20 GMT
The U.N. announced Thursday that the nuclear materials recently seized by militants in Iraq are low grade and do not pose a significant threat.
The U.S. government has placed a $10 million bounty on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL (File/AFP)
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The U.S. is contemplating attacking ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with drones according to a recent report by Pentagon officials.
George has spoken out to defend his future wife Amal and her mother. (Image: Albawaba edit)
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British tabloid The Daily Mail has apologized to George Clooney after he slammed them for publishing a fabricated story about his future mother-in-law Baria Alamuddin.
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri called for “quick Arab and international action” to stop Israeli aggression in Gaza (File/AFP)
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Lebanon's leading politicians blasted Israel's latest military assault on Gaza. Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri denounced the attacks, calling on Israel to stop "the most brutal attacks against the Gaza Strip".
Hundreds of Jordanians protesting over Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip chanted "We will launch the third intifada" (AFP/File).
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Hundreds of Jordanians clashed with security forces outside the Israeli embassy on Thursday morning as a protest over the ongoing Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip turned violent.
Still from the trailer of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings.' (Image: YouTube still)
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The biblical drama depicting Moses' departure from Egypt is set to hit US cinemas in December.
Despite security concerns, the historical city of Baalbek will host its annual music festival this year. (Image: The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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Baalbek festival returns home, braves security concerns; but will anyone be attending?
Did the World Cup generate more interest than the Gaza death toll? Some think so (File/AFP)
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While the big game between Germany and Brazil commenced, Israel was air striking Gaza. But, the eyes of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon were transfixed on the match, "desensitized" by what was happening in the Strip.
Saudi authorities deployed some 30,000 troops earlier this month along the border with Iraq (File/AFP)
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Saudi's Border Guards said said the country's southern divide was secure from smugglers and infiltrators despite security concerns with Iraq in the north.
George Clooney and his Lebanese fiancee aren't having issues with the mother of the bride.
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Daily Mail is so not on the Hollywood actor's good side right now after circulating rumors that Amal Alamuddin's mother was opposed to the upcoming marriage.
Israeli forces launched further air strikes across the besieged Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll to 64 (File/AFP)
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The UN Security Council is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting over the deteriorating situation between Israel and Hamas.
An Indian Muslim reads prayers on his mobile phone prior to breaking his fast during of the holy month of Ramadan at Jamai Masjid in Hyderabad. Like millions of Muslim around the world, Indian Muslims celebrated the month of Ramadan by abstaining from eating, drinking, & smoking as well as sexual activities from dawn to dusk. (AFP /NOAH SEELAM)
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An Indian Muslim reads prayers on his mobile phone
Rockets from Gaza have also been fired at Dimona, where Israel has a nuclear reactor (AFP/ File).
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Israeli President Shimon Peres has warned that a ground incursion "may happen quite soon" as Israeli warplanes continued to attack the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 59, with no Israeli fatalities.
Israel's Iron Dome System is used to shoot incoming rockets out of the sky. (AFP/File)
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Israel's Iron Dome system intercepted five rockets fired at Tel Aviv by Hamas.
David Mamet must smile when he speaks so highly of Israel. (Image courtesy of etbscreenwriting.com)
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Known for his prize-winning writing pieces, David Mamet speaks about his love of Israel before his guest attendance at the 31st Jerusalem Film Festival.
Brazil was devastated by a 7-1 loss. (AFP/File)
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A Saudi burger joint ran into some trouble after it promised customers 2 Saudi riyals off their purchase for every goal scored in the Brazil-Germany World Cup match.
Desmond Tutu has described the violence between Israel and Palestine over the past few days as "childish" (File Archive)
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Washington urged Israel and Palestinian leadership to de-escalate tensions Wednesday while other world leaders described the airstrike exchanges as "childish."
Ilhim Chahine and Hala Sarhan hitting up the A-list Iftar by Al Mehwar Channels (Image courtesy of eventgate.net)
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Ali Ismail is one of the Egyptian musicians performing at the new salon. (Image: Facebook)
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If you like Al-Karama politics and you're down with some poetry and performing artists, then hit the newly opened salon each Thursday during Ramadan.
The price spread between the two benchmarks touched the narrowest point in almost a month at $5.20 on Wednesday, driven by speculators dumping Brent.
03:40 GMT
Brent crude oil traded at a one-month low below $109 a barrel on Wednesday after a Libyan oilfield restarted and supply worries faded
Argentina have made history - Sabella
03:33 GMT
The coach is happy that his side have reached the World Cup final for the first time in 24 years and has praised his players for their performance in the triumph over Netherlands
Discussing other factors that may potentially influence Arabian oil, Anderson said he did not expect political disruptions to affect oil passage through the Strait of Hormuz.
03:32 GMT
The shale oil revolution in the United States is not expected to present a threat to the Middle East, according to Duncan Anderson, chief executive officer at Gulf Marine Services (GMS).
With Dubai’s property market booming, analysts warn that several signs of excesses, reminiscent of pre-crisis years, are returning to the market
03:24 GMT
Dubai’s Damac Properties has announced that it will be offering luxury cars to select property buyers as part of its Ramadan promotion.
The UK capital recorded €32.2 billion (around $44.2 billion) worth of transactions in 2013, with the Middle East contributing roughly $7.5 billion.
03:14 GMT
London’s property market has always been a favourite for investors from the Middle East.
DP World, which has a portfolio of about 65 terminals across six continents, owns one-third of Djibouti’s Doraleh Container Terminal, the company’s annual report says.
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Djibouti said it had started legal action against DP World, seeking to rescind the Dubai-owned port operator’s concession in Africa’s largest container terminal in a row over how the contract was awarded.
Netherlands 0-0 Argentina AET (Pens 2-4 ): Romero the hero as South Americans go through
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After 120 goalless minutes, the Albiceleste won in a shootout to book their place in the final against Germany

July 9, 2014

While many Yemenis from Amran have journeyed to the capital to find safety, many others have not been able to flee the violence due to lack of financial means (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
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At least 35,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Yemen's northern province of Amran from ongoing clashes between government forces and Houthi rebels, according to a local government refugee agency.
Argentina’s defender Ezequiel Garay (L) and Iran’s forward Reza Ghoochannejhad vie for the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014. (Pedro Ugarte/AFP)
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With Al Jazeera's monopoly coverage costing $110-$320, Arab viewers ironically turn to the Israeli channel for free; A quick retrospective on the Brazil-Germany semifinals match; Some people get upset that Arabs still watch football as Gaza is pounded by Israeli airstrikes.
Abbas called on the UN this week to stop Israeli aggression in Gaza in what the Palestinian leader has described Operation Protective Edge as genocide (Abbas Momani/AFP)
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Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas described Israel's ongoing airstrike campaign in the Gaza Strip as "genocide" Wednesday.
However food waste is not unique to Saudi Arabia, low income and developed countries face problems in waste.
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Saudi Arabia is the world’s top food importer, and also rated as one of the worst wasters.
Attacks in Sinai often target police personnel since the oust of former president Mohammed Morsi last year (File Archive/AFP)
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At least one soldier died from an explosion in Egypt's Sinai Wednesday.
De Mistura previously served as the UN envoy in Afghanistan and Iraq (File Archive/AFP)
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Staffan de Mistura was named to become the new UN envoy to Syria.
The value of the deal could increase to $75 billion at list prices if Emirates firms up its right to purchase the additional planes, Boeing said in a statement issued in Dubai.
16:33 GMT
Boeing said the 777X will introduce the latest technologies including "the most advanced commercial engine ever".
Raqqa is one of ISIS' main strongholds in Syria (File Archive/AFP)
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At least twenty jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) were killed in a Syria government-led air raid Wednesday in the city of Raqqa.
The source, who opted not to be named, said a surefire reason for inclusion on the blacklist is physical abuse and sexual harassment against their housemaids.
16:05 GMT
The recruitment application of any Saudi who has a history of maltreating Filipino housemaids would never be accepted.
Wayne Rooney wearing Man Utd's new Chevrolet sponsored kit
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Fans worldwide show their support by taking part in a digital campaign at chevroletfc.com, virtually wearing and sharing the new shirt
Kurdistan's peshmerga forces were in some cases the only force fighting ISIS during the past month's offensive (File Archive/AFP)
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Iraq's Prime Minister blamed the northern autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq for hosting jihadists within its territory to launch their offensive on other parts of Iraq.
Netanyahu says the attacks on Gaza will increase to punish Hamas "and other terror organizations in Gaza" (File Archive/AFP)
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Israel's premier told reporters Wednesday that Tel Aviv will intensify its airstrike campaign on the Gaza strip that has left at least 43 dead and over 300 wounded thus far.
Evra weighing up Juventus contract offer
14:28 GMT
The signing of Luke Shaw has placed the Frenchman's status as Manchester United's first-choice left-back under threat and he is now considering an offer from the Serie A champions
Chelsea Continue Chase for New Defender
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With Ashley Cole already moved on and Ryan Bertrand believed to be on his way out of the exit door as well, Chelsea are keen on replenishing the left back position at their club as quickly as possible.
Israel conducted over 1,000 raids in the West Bank following the teens' abduction, but did not find the bodies until June 30 (File Archive/AFP)
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U.S. officials involved in the investigation of the three Israeli teenagers who were taken hostage in the West Bank say that the teens were shot and killed by a silenced gun at least ten times.
World Cup 2014: Netherlands v Argentina Preview and Projected Lineups
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The dream is over for Brazil, and the dream of an all South American World Cup Final died along with them in their 1-7 mauling at the hands of Germany.
Air strikes Tuesday killed 15 Palestinians. (AFP/File)
13:08 GMT
Ongoing Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip have killed 12 people on Wednesday.
Former Iranian president and influential spiritual leader Hashemi Rafsanjani said that "we share problems (concerning Iraq) with the United States. There is no obstacle for our cooperation" (AFP/File).
12:43 GMT
Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani, has claimed that the U.S and Iran could cooperate in countering Iraq's current militant offensive, despite a history of strained relations.
Lebanon's border with Israel has remained tense since the 2006 war. Israel frequently violates international law however, by illegally entering Lebanese territory (File/AFP)
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Tensions remain high close to Lebanon's southern border as Israel deployed soldiers along the Kfar Shouba Hills area, while air strikes in Gaza continue.
Millions have fled the violence in Syria. (AFP/File)
11:48 GMT
Syrian rebels killed at least 14 people in Khatab village.
Syrian government troops walk through the besieged city of Aleppo, July 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:19 GMT
Syrian rebels have cited concern over the besieged city of Aleppo amid fears Syria's largest city will be recaptured by government forces.
Is there another side to Sherine Abdel Wahab we don't usually see? (Image: Facebook)
11:00 GMT
Deeming her attitude totes inapprope, Egyptian actor Sharif Muneer has allegedly filed a lawsuit against the Egyptian singer.
Dummies pose with guns when telling police they were just doing aid work in Syria (AFP/ File).
10:29 GMT
To prepare for Jihad in Syria two British terrorists bought books about Islam and Arabic from the "For Dummies" series, messaged friends about their plans and despite claiming to do aid work in Syria, took photos of themselves with guns.
Sunni and Kurdish leaders have demanded current Prime Minister Maliki step aside. (AFP/File)
09:58 GMT
Iraq's parliament has changed its decision to postpone a key session until August and will now convene on Sunday.
Dubai came out ahead of New York City and other popular European destinations! (AFP/File)
09:52 GMT
Dubai is the fifth most favorite hotspot for travelers according to a new study revealed Wednesday.
The U.S responded with deep concern to Bahrain demanding U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski's leave the country following his meeting with Opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman. (AFP PHOTO / HO / AL-WEFAQ MEDIA CENTRE).
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Bahrain's main Shiite Muslim opposition group was summoned by Bahraini authorities for "interrogation" on Tuesday, following their meeting with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tomasz Malinowski.
Security forces discovered the bodies in an orchard. (AFP/File)
09:40 GMT
Iraqi security forces found the bodies of 53 men Wednesday.
Palestinian mourners gather at the funeral of murdered youth, Mohammed Abu Kheir in Shuafat, July 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:32 GMT
With the help of America, Israel has persecuted an indigenous people, annexed even more land and now launched yet another war in Gaza. Was peace ever on the table?
Hassan Al Raddad holding up in the hospital after breaking his leg. (Image: Facebook)
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After breaking his leg recently, Hassan Al Raddad made a TV appearance on the show "Laylah" hosted by Samer Yousri.
Palestinian protesters stand close to the separation wall on the outskirts of Ramallah (File/AFP)
08:39 GMT
Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces Wednesday in the West Bank, following intense IDF's attacks across the Gaza Strip.
Israeli air strikes have left several dead. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT
Jordan strongly condemned Israel's recent attacks on the Gaza Strip, calling for an immediate halt to strikes.
A protester stands with a sign during an anti-Assad protest in Washington, 2013 (File/AFP)
08:04 GMT
A number of British firms provided the Syrian regime with chemical weapons in the 1980s according to a Foreign Office report seen by the BBC.
Nicole Saba's mad shopping skills gave her a trip to Bollywood. (Image: Facebook)
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Lebanese singer Nicole Saba and her hubby Yousif Al Khal is currently in the world of Bollywood. The couple came to India to film a special commercial for the international brand name "Splash", which she is the official promotional face for in the Middle East.
A 16-year-old teen was among the dead in the Israeli air strike (File/AFP)
07:54 GMT
An Islamic Jihad leader along with five members of his family were killed by an Israeli air strike late on Tuesday. The death toll in Gaza now stands at 24 since Monday.
This year's contest focuses on child obesity. (Shutterstock)
07:46 GMT
Dubai is relaunching a contest that rewards residents who lose weight with pure, solid gold.
Israel's air and naval forces have struck scores of sites across the Gaza Strip overnight, with ground troops arriving on the Strip's borders in advance (AFP/ File).
07:30 GMT
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has telephoned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to support a ceasefire to halt Israeli military escalations in the Gaza Strip.
A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah, in Gaza Strip, on July 9, 2014. Israeli strikes on Gaza killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 100, emergency services said, as the military began an aerial campaign against militants in the Strip. (AFP / SAID KHATIB)
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A ball of fire is seen following an Israeli air strike in Rafah
Bahra headed the opposition delegation at the Geneva II talks. (AFP/File)
07:22 GMT
The Syrian National Coalition, Syria's main opposition group, elected Hadi al-Bahra as their new president.
ISIL rapidly seized control of several major Iraqi cities and has vowed to capture Baghdad. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT
ISIL militants have reportedly taken control of a former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad.
Haifa Wehbe might be hot and heavy with her "Words on Paper" director. (Image: Screenshot from Words on Paper)
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The show starlet is seen in two photos with director Mohammad Sami, which, of course, makes us wonder if there's more than a professional relationship between the two.
Sweet camera monitors the pop star Ramy ayach with star qussai in Dubai (Image: Twitter)
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George and Amal are set to wed in September! (Image: Albawaba edit)
06:00 GMT
George Clooney's future mother-in-law thinks her daughter can do much better!
Adel Imam has signed up for another set of shows already. (Image: Facebook)
05:02 GMT
No rest for the wicked! Adel Imam is already prepping for next year's holy month.
Houthi rebels have been fighting directly with Sanaa's forces since February (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT
Rebels in Yemen's north seized control of the city of Amran near the country's capital.
116 Cannabis pills were stuffed into the pizzas delivered to Zahle prison (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT
A Lebanese pizza delivery man was arrested and imprisoned for delivering pizza pies stuffed with cannabis to inmates in Zahle prison Tuesday.
The scars left by the Arabtec saga on both the company and the stock market may heal with time.
04:55 GMT
Married with four children, Ismaik has been spending some of his time since he quit watching World Cup soccer, rooting for Germany; he owns part of German soccer club TSV 1860 Munchen.
"This is a long-term project and we are betting strongly on Dubai," he said, adding that the size of the entire project would be in the range of 48 to 50 million sq ft.
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By the way: Dubai is still recovering from its 2009 debt crisis.