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February 28, 2015

Lucie Safarova
22:53 GMT
Lucie Safarova defeated Victoria Azarenka on Saturday in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open.
Youssef said that he became a satirist to expose the hypocrisy and lies reported by the media. (Image: Albawaba file)
21:35 GMT
Egyptian satirical TV host Bassem Youssef answered Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" on Sunday. This is what he had to say!
Iran's foreign minister described Netanyahu's efforts as "fruitless." (AFP)
20:40 GMT
Iran's foreign minister has dismissed efforts by Israel to get support against an emerging nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
Jordan singer Macadi Nahhas. (Image: Facebook)
20:02 GMT
Traveling from Madaba, Jordan to Algiers, Macadi Nahhas shared her jazzy jams in Algerian traditional clothing on Thursday night.
Roger Federer
19:42 GMT
Roger Federer set up match point with a second-serve ace, then slammed a winner into the empty corner to win his seventh title at the Dubai Classic on Sunday, 6-3, 7-5 over Novak Djokovic.
The island will have two 'mega clubs.' (AFP)
18:21 GMT
Dubai has announced plans to build a party island that will be able to host around 20,000 partygoers.
Andy Murray
18:21 GMT
Britain’s top player Andy Murray is keen to ensure his Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open quarter-final loss to teenager Borna Coric on Thursday will not affect his form going into a crucial Davis Cup tie next week.
Sepp Blatter
18:14 GMT
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has confirmed that the last date for the Qatar 2022 World Cup final should not go beyond 18th December, in an attempt to protect English football's traditional Boxing Day games.
The Egyptian government has been cracking down on opposition since Morsi was ousted. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
A court in Egypt has sentenced four Muslim Brotherhood members to death and handed down prison sentences to 14 others.
Peshmerga forces from Iraqi Kurdistan played a pivotal role in liberating Kobani from Daesh in January, 2015 (File-AFP)
13:11 GMT
100 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters will reach strategic town by passing through Turkey
President al-Sisi has cracked down on Islamist groups. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty)
12:39 GMT
An court in Egypt has declared the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas a terrorist organization.
Novak Djokovic
11:41 GMT
Defending champion Roger Federer will meet four-time champion Novak Djokovic in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open at the Dubai Tennis Stadium on Saturday.
Iran has participated in a series of senior-level talks with the West over its nuclear program since last March (File-AFP)
11:33 GMT
Iran and US continue diplomacy as Netanyahu prepares to speak against talks
Migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Africa disembark with the help of the coastguard (File-AFP)
10:57 GMT
Coastguard gets approval to use police weapons following Daesh's threats against Italy
Footage Daesh's newest video shows men destroying ancient Assyrian statues in the Mosul Museum (File-AFP)
10:00 GMT
Security Council, UNESCO further condemn destruction of artifacts in Mosul museum
Daesh militants launching an earlier attack on Samarra, June 2014 (File-AFP)
09:25 GMT
Suicide bombings, sniper and mortar fire rock Samarra ahead of planned offensive
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has repeatedly denied that Iran seeks to develop nuclear weapons (File-AFP)
08:00 GMT
Dennis Ross claims the deal being discussed would allow US to perform "anytime, anywhere inspections."
Turkish soldiers patrol the Syrian border (File-AFP)
07:37 GMT
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper blames Turkey for influx of foreign fighters in Syria
Syrian Christians attend a prayer vigil for peace in Damascus, September, 2013. (File-AFP)
07:05 GMT
Syria's Christians and the politics of war; Netanyahu causes rifts in the US government; and mounting legal complications for Syrian refugees born in Lebanon.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's meeting with French politicians drew heavy criticism from French President Francois Hollande. (AFP/File)
06:38 GMT
According to a French lawmaker who met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Assad no longer wants to "remain isolated in the face of the terrorist threat,"
Through the window, the birthday balloons appeared to read 'IS.' (Shutterstock)
04:55 GMT
A couple who hung up balloons in the shape of ‘21’ to celebrate a birthday was visited by police after someone mistook it for ‘IS’ and believed it was Daesh propaganda.
Saudi and Qatari embassies moved to the southern port city of Aden earlier this week. (AFP/File)
04:54 GMT
The UAE has decided to reopen its embassy in Aden, rather than Sana'a. The relocation marks the UAE's support for former President Hadi.

February 27, 2015

A picture shows the destroyed "Teacher's Tower" in Jobar, just east Damascus, after it was purportedly blown up by Syrian government forces. (AFP/Mohammed Eyad)
21:56 GMT
A picture shows the destroyed "Teacher's Tower" in Jobar, just east Damascus, after it was purportedly blown up by Syrian government forces.
Kurdish fighters walk through the northeastern Syrian town of Tel Hamis, which has been controlled by Daesh for over a year. (AFP/File)
19:26 GMT
Kurdish fighters seized the eastern and southern outskirts Friday of a key Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province,
Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT
Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani said his government would stop dealing with Turkey as it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli so "the Libyan people kill each other", ramping up his rhetoric against Ankara.
Chelsea sign £40m-a-year Yokohama Rubber shirt sponsorship deal (picture courtesy of telegraph.co.uk)
15:36 GMT
The Blues' five-year shirt deal with the Japanese tyre giant is understood to be the second most lucrative in world football behind Manchester United's agreement with Chevrolet
Robin van Persie
14:52 GMT
The Manchester United boss has confirmed the Dutch striker faces a "long time" out of action and admits failing to finish in the top four would be a "big disappointment"
Europa League draw: Roma meet Fiorentina, Villarreal against Sevilla
13:44 GMT
There are two same country match-ups amongst the Round of 16 ties, while Inter face a tough clash with Wolfsburg
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at press conference, late 2014.  The Foreign Ministry confirmed Friday that Syrian opposition will train on Turkish soil beginning March 1. (AFP/File)
13:12 GMT
Turkish officials announce the program will begin March 1.
UN envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar meets Thursday with Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in southern port city Aden.  (AFP/File)
11:43 GMT
The two held talks Thursday to discuss resolution of Yemen conflict as Hadi called for Yemen's government to gather in Aden.
Elections for Israel's Knesset are set to begin in March.  (AFP/Thomas Coex)
10:59 GMT
Labor predicted to win 25 seats, Likud to follow with 23
Twins Abdullah and Abdulrahman ready for surgery.  (Photo courtesy: Arab News)
10:37 GMT
A team of surgeons in Saudi Arabia will attempt to separate babies Abdullah and Abdulrahman.
Derna, a town in eastern Libya after attacks on Daesh positions.  (AFP/File)
10:25 GMT
Thousands of Egyptian workers flee Libya to escape bloodshed.
Damac said the rainforest would be ready by 2019 to coincide with Dubai’s hosting of Expo 2020. It will import many plant species and integrate them into the dome structure.
10:15 GMT
A Dubai developer plans to recreate a tropical rainforest under a dome in the desert sheikhdom, adding to a collection of spectacles that include an indoor ski slope and the world’s tallest building.
He added that the Israelis have even invited some European companies which pre-qualified in the off shore gas tender in Lebanon to participate in the new licensing oil round in the Golan Heights.
10:08 GMT
Israel intends to invite oil companies to bid for 10 oil blocks in the Golan Heights that are 60 kilometers away from the Lebanese border.
Syrian refugees cross the border into Turkey's Hatay Province.(AFP/File)
09:54 GMT
UN says 3.8 million Syrian refugees are registered in surrounding countries - 1.6 million of whom are in Turkey.
The canal, the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia, earns Egypt around $5 billion per year, a vital source of hard currency in a country whose tourism and foreign investment have slumped
09:52 GMT
Egypt's military could help build an industrial hub around a new Suez Canal, the project's manager said, the first suggestion that the armed forces may play an important role in the huge investment venture planned alongside the new waterway.
Lebanese soldiers in Arsal, a town near the Syrian border attacked by Daesh forces in August 2014.  (AFP/File)
09:23 GMT
After a Lebanese armed forces offensive along Syrian border, Hezbollah officials warn of potential jihadist attack in Lebanese territory.
Assyrian Christian funeral in Syria, late 2013.  (AFP/Anwar Amro)
08:43 GMT
US-led coalition strikes Daesh in Syria, where the jihadist militant organization abducted 220 Assyrian Christians.
Head of UNESCO Irina Bokova (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
07:50 GMT
Destruction of cultural heritage is a threat to security in Iraq, says UNESCO
Refugees at the Turkish-Syrian border, which US intelligence officials claim is too porous to Daesh fighters. (AFP/File)
07:04 GMT
US intelligence chief: combating Daesh is not Turkey's top priority.
The countries relocated their embassies to Aden, a port city on the southern coast of Yemen. (AFP/File)
05:55 GMT
Saudi and Qatari ambassadors resumed their work in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, reported a Hadi-aid on Thursday. The embassies in Sana'a were evacuated in mid-February due to security concerns.
Undercover street artist Banksy left his mark amid the rubble of Gaza. (Screenshot from Youtube)
05:26 GMT
Undercover street artist Banksy released a short film satirically advertising travel to Gaza.
The officers will be held for four days pending investigations into the death of Karim Hamdy. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
The officers will be held for four days pending investigations into the death of Karim Hamdy.
Fiorentina players celebrate Salah's goal
00:34 GMT
The Fiorentina coach is delighted with the player they brought on loan to Chelsea in exchange for the Colombian attacker following their Europa League win over Tottenham

February 26, 2015

The official Petra news agency said that the agreement signed in the Jordanian capital, Amman, would set in motion the implementation of the first phase of a long-awaited project.
22:30 GMT
Jordan and Israel signed a deal on Thursday to build a pipeline to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea and combat regional water shortages.
Using Mashreq’s online platform, customers can upload a photo from their cell phone and receive a credit card with the same photo on the front.
22:24 GMT
The latest came from UAE-based Mashreq, which announced on Thursday the launch of a ‘selfie’ credit card, in a bid to capture younger customers.
Eight in 10 HR professionals also said it is a challenging environment to identify skilled professional-level employees for their organisation.
22:18 GMT
Up to 40 per cent of HR directors plan to recruit staff in the UAE in the first six months of 2015, with their companies set to add new positions, according to a new study.
Flights will be subject to increased safety and security requirements, the regulator said.
21:58 GMT
The United Arab Emirates’ civil aviation regulator has given approval for local carriers to resume flights to Baghdad.
"I expect this slowdown will last a couple of years, and when things are slow, good sectors in invest in are healthcare and education."
21:50 GMT
A proposal by Qatar's Investment House for a QR750 million ($206 million) flotation of an agricultural firm has been shelved by regulators.
US shale oil output growth is not expected to start slowing before the second part of 2015.
21:46 GMT
Opec kingpin Saudi Arabia is feeling vindicated after a strategy of allowing oil to flood the market has begun to achieve what it was aiming for.
Novak Djokovic
21:41 GMT
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer blew past a pair of hampered opponents on Thursday as three of the leading four seeds reached the semi-finals of the Dubai Classic.
Fiorentina 2-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1): Salah strikes as Spurs crash out
21:37 GMT
The Egyptian capitalised on a poor touch from Jan Vertonghen to send Vincenzo Montella's men into the last 16 of the Europa League after Mario Gomez broke the deadlock
Sweden is a country that offers blanket asylum to Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
21:30 GMT
A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a former Syrian rebel to five years in prison for war crimes.

This high-speed line could mean that it would take as little as 35 minutes to reach Doha from Bahrain, with plans to double the line so that it can also accommodate goods traffic by 2027.
21:29 GMT
Plans for the multi-million dinar development of Bahrain's east coast are being drawn up with one eye on the Fifa World Cup due to take place in Qatar in 2022, a report said.
The project will save an estimated 550 billion rials (about $20 million) annually in fuel consumption, said the report.
21:19 GMT
Iran has started work on its €2.4 billion ($2.73 billion) high-speed railway network, which will extend about 400 km from capital Tehran to the city of Isfahan, said a report.
The bad news, however, is that the majority of the apartments are still offering higher rents compared to 2013.
21:13 GMT
We’ve been hearing for some time that Dubai rents are going to drop by about 5 per cent this year, but new data released by a property consultant on Sunday showed that a few locations have already started to see a slight decline in rates.
The new system of flexibility in approach to bidding allows for interaction between the IOC and potential host bidders prior to the host cities embarking on what has become a highly demanding and expensive two-year process of launching a formal bid.
20:57 GMT
There are growing signs that Dubai may be considering an Olympic bid in the near to medium term.
Global oil prices have sat above $100 a barrel for the best part of the past five years, partly due to soaring demand from China.
20:36 GMT
Following last year’s surprise move by Opec (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) to counter the growing US shale oil industry, crude prices have plunged to below $55 a barrel.
Demonstrators took to the streets Thursday to protest the death sentences of three Bahrainis. (AFP/File)
20:00 GMT
Demonstrators took to the streets Thursday to protest the death sentences of three Bahrainis.
It's "the most significant agreement since the peace treaty with Jordan," an Israeli energy official said Thursday. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
19:13 GMT
It's "the most significant agreement since the peace treaty with Jordan," an Israeli energy official said Thursday.
Separatist leaders in southern Yemen on Thursday rejected a proposal to move the capital to Aden. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
18:30 GMT
Separatist leaders in southern Yemen on Thursday rejected a proposal to move the capital to Aden.
Turkish authorities detained the former police chief for a prominent journalist's death Thursday. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
17:00 GMT
Turkish authorities detained the former police chief for a prominent journalist's death Thursday.
Thursday's donation is Japan's largest-ever single contribution to the UN relief agency. (AFP/File)
16:30 GMT
Thursday's donation is Japan's largest-ever single contribution to the UN relief agency.
Iraqi women held signs that read, "Help women who are abused by Daesh," warning the world of the group's forced marriages nearly a year ago. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
A younger cohort of women are seeking to either join their fighter husbands or find partners in Daesh, an official said Thursday.
Borna Coric
15:54 GMT
Andy Murray fell victim to 55 unforced errors as the third seed crumbled in a 6-1, 6-3 defeat with Croatian teenager Borna Coric reaching the semi-finals of the Dubai Classic on Thursday at the Scot's expense.
Three Bahrainis were sentenced to death and seven others to life in prison Thursday after being charged of killing three policemen. (AFP/Mohammed al-Shaikh)
15:30 GMT
Three Bahrainis were sentenced to death and seven others to life in prison Thursday after being charged of killing three policemen.
Vin Diesel has a baby on the way for the third time. (Image: Facebook)
15:17 GMT
"Furoius 7" star Vin Diesel's wife is giving birth to his third child, so the premiere for the film changed locations from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles.
Tamer Hosny released a teaser for his "180 Degrees" music video. (Image: Screenshot from YouTube)
15:07 GMT
Tamer Hosny has fans going cray-cray with a YouTube teaser for his song "180 Degrees".
The Saudi government said Thursday it is committed to fighting drug smuggling, one of many crimes punishable by death in the country. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The Saudi government said Thursday it is committed to fighting drug smuggling, one of many crimes punishable by death in the country.
Daesh struck back against a planned mass operation by detaining a mass number of Iraqi tribesmen, Reuters reported Thursday. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
14:55 GMT
Daesh struck back against a planned mass operation by detaining a mass number of Iraqi tribesmen, Reuters reported Thursday.
Michael Schumacher
14:34 GMT
As the stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher continues his painfully slow recovery at his Swiss lakeside home, his family have reportedly sold off their holiday home in Norway for a little less than 2 million pounds.
'The American': Abu Muhammad al Amriki is one of the many Daesh militants from the United States. (Photo: Youtube)
14:26 GMT
The director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says the agency is investigating suspected supporters of Daesh in all 50 American states.
Three journalists have been released after they were arrested on suspicion of flying a drone over Paris, police said Thursday. (AFP/Jean Pierre Muller)
14:00 GMT
Three journalists have been released after they were arrested on suspicion of flying a drone over Paris, police said Thursday.
Relatives walk down from the site after searching for avalanche victims in the district of Bazarak in the province of Panjshir, north of Kabul on February 25, 2015. (AFP/File)
13:37 GMT
More than 200 people have been confirmed dead in a recent series of avalanches in Afghanistan, a dramatic rise in the death toll as officials continue search for missing people.
Kurds — From the YPG and PKG, to the Peshmerga and PKK, Kurdish militias have a history of inter-fighting and alliance splits, but now they’re fighting a common enemy: Daesh. Often considered the most capable fighting force in the north, Kurds from Syria, Iraq and Turkey celebrated the total retake of Syria’s Kobani from Daesh in January.
13:14 GMT
A short-list of the heavy-weight groups fighting on the ground in Syria.
Officials identified four of the five victims of a fire in Saudi Arabia as Bangladeshi, a labor counselor said Thursday. (Screenshot: Twitter)
13:00 GMT
Officials identified four of the five victims of a fire in Saudi Arabia as Bangladeshi, a labor counselor said Thursday.
Woman casts her ballot in Tunisia's 2014 presidential election. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
12:58 GMT
Tunisia government formation post-Arab Spring; unpromising prospects for upcoming Egyptian elections; and "cultural cleansing" in Iraq.
An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Daesh militants during clashes on the top of Mount Zardak, on the outskirts of Mosul, on September 9, 2014. (AFP/File)
12:53 GMT
Human Rights Watch recently published a report suggesting that Kurdish forces are barring Sunni Arabs from returning to disputed lands recently liberated from Daesh control.
The 28-year-old from Tripoli is believed to be the second Christian in Lebanon to join Daesh. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
A second Lebanese Christian has reportedly joined the extremist group Daesh in Syria, according to security officials.
Anyone caught flying a drone in France can face up to one year in prison or a $85,000 fine. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Three Al Jazeera journalists were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly flying a drone in Paris. Is drone flying illegal?! Turns out it is.
Actress Souad Kareem passed away on Wednesday. (Image: Elnashra.com)
11:54 GMT
Lebanese actress Souad Kareem passed away on Wednesday.
Anti-Christian graffiti reads, "Price tag, David the king, Jesus Junk for the Jews" on the Romanian Church in Jerusalem, May 9, 2014. (Image: Times of Israel)
11:30 GMT
A Greek Orthodox center was set on fire and vandalized with racist graffiti in the early hours of Thursday in Jerusalem.
Jihadi John executing US journalist  Steven Sotloff. (Image: Youtube)
11:25 GMT
The real identity of the Daesh militant famous for executing hostages in the terrorist group's propaganda videos has been revealed. Daesh's Jihadi John is really Mohammed Emwazi from west London.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships logo
11:01 GMT
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has received the ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year Award for an unprecedented and remarkable 11th time in 12 years. .
Prominent Daesh commanders were killed, although the fate of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains unknown. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT
A number of senior Daesh commanders were killed Thursday by US-led coalition airstrikes in the Iraqi town of al-Qaim, near the Syrian border.
Hamza Namira playing his sweet tunes. (Image: Facebook)
10:28 GMT
“I’ll continue presenting the art that I love. I’ll continue to give concerts. See you next concert," the Egyptian singer wrote after the Egyptian Syndicate of Musical Professions' recent decision to expel him.
John Legend performing at a Delta event in January. (Image: Facebook)
10:15 GMT
Well, it's too late now if you don't already have your tickets to see John Legend live in Bahrain. The Academy Award-winning "Glory" singer's Spring of Culture concert is already sold out.
Shaabola attacks ISIS once again with harsh song lyrics. (Image: Albawaba file)
10:00 GMT
Patriotic Egyptian folk singer Shaabola has attacked ISIS once again with a new insulting song.
Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
Former President Ali Abdullah Saleh is suspected to have amassed between $32 billion and $60 billion in property, cash, shares, gold and other commodities
A screenshot of Latifa's new single "Lbayka ya Alam Al Orooba." (Image: YouTube screenshot)
09:01 GMT
Tunisian singer Latifa urges Arab governments to unite and end wars in the region.
Turkish Army vehicles and tanks move near the Syrian border in Suruc on February 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack but said the intended target was a US military convoy.
Assyrian Christians praying at a church. (AFP/File)
08:56 GMT
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Daesh has kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians from villages in the northeastern province of Hasaka.
The Australian man was killed fighting alongside Kurds in Syria. (AFP/File)
08:55 GMT
An Australian national was killed fighting alongside Kurdish troops against Daesh militants in the Syrian province of Hasaka.
On 24 January an explosion targeted the Cairo Security Directorate building. (AFP/File)
08:42 GMT
Another bomb has exploded in the greater-Cairo area, this time at a police station in El-Waraq district in Giza governorate, making it the fourth attack in Egypt today.
Egyptians walk on al-Moez street in Cairo’s Khan al-Khalili district on February 20, 2015. (AFP/File)
08:34 GMT
One person as been killed as three bombs explode in Cairo's Muhandiseen and Imbaba neighborhoods.
Thair Abud was born in Germany to an Iraqi father and German mother. (Image: Thair Abud)
08:32 GMT
An Austrian man is walking from Austria to Mecca to fulfill a promise to his sister who is battling cancer.
Afghani fans watch as their team plays during their victory over Scotland in their 2015 Cricket World Cup Group A match in Dunedin. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT
Afghanistan fans watch as their team plays during their victory over Scotland in their 2015 Cricket World Cup Group A match in Dunedin.