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February 22, 2017

Wouldn't you like to be in their place? (File photo)
21:17 GMT
Laughing all the way to the bank.
The actor passed away on Wednesday. (RT)
20:26 GMT
Ahmed Rasem passed away on Wednesday.
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Lebanese-American player Ali Khatoun signs professional contract with CD Leganes http://falebanon.com/2017/02/22/lebanese-american-player-ali-khatoun-signs-professional-contract-with-cd-leganes …
Angelique Kerber
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German Angelique Kerber turned in her best Dubai Tennis Championships performance by producing a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Monica Puig on Wednesday.
Photo: Jordan Times
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Jordan will host the first ever Arab Martial Arts Games later this year, underlining the country’s reputation as a safe and secure destination for staging major international events, the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service said on Sunday.
Painful condition doesn’t affect only tennis players (Photo: aboveandbeyondacupuncture.com)
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Painful condition doesn’t affect only tennis players
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Argentinean superstar and FC Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi arrived in Egypt on Tuesday evening to launch the campaign Tour'n'Cure, a medical tourism program for the low-cost treatment of Hepatitis C patients in Egypt.
The Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy logo
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In line with its mandate to advance Emirati women’s thinking, knowledge and learning in the realm of sports, the Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, FBMA...
An Israeli F-15 jet fighter takes off from the Negev desert in December 2015. (AFP/Jack Guez)
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The Lebanese armed forces report the airstrikes were made from Lebanese airspace in order to bypass Russian air defences in the south of Syria.
The Amir Cup champions Al-Kuwait Football Club celebrate with officials and fans. (Photo: Arab Times)
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Al-Kuwait Football Club have been crowned champions of His Highness Amir Soccer Cup for the 13th time in the history of the competition.
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was not warmly received on Australian social media. (AFP/File)
15:23 GMT
"Netanyahu marks beginning of Australia visit by bulldozing Opera House..."
Women in the Turkish police force have been allowed to cover their heads under their caps or berets since August 2016. (File)
15:20 GMT
The decision by the Turkish government marks a major step forward in the right to hijab (or not).
Bahraini youth holding signs calling for the boycott of the parliamentary elections, during a rally in the village of Diraz, west of Manama on November 21, 2014. (AFP/Mohammed al-Shaikh)
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After a lengthy session attended by officials of the military judicial system, the parliament approved the amendment of Item (b) of Article 105 of the constitution concerned in granting military judiciary broader authority.
A general view taken on May 16, 2016 shows graffiti in Gaza City commemorating the "Nakba" or "catastrophe" in Arabic in reference to the establishment of Israel 68 years ago. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
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The fisherman was hospitalized after being shot in the back while out at sea.
Since March 2015, coalition forces in Yemen have imposed an air and sea blockade of rebel-held areas., patrolling the Red Sea to prevent what it says is attempted arms smuggling to the rebels by Shiite Iran. (AFP/File)
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The Yemeni army has yet to confirm the claim.
PepsiCo's CEO also confirmed that a new beverages plant is set to officially open in Dubai this month.  (Shutterstock/Ioan Panaite)
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The PepsiCo beverages plant, set to open later this year in Jeddah, will manufacture the company’s wide portfolio of carbonates including Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Mirinda and Gatorade.
25-year-old British daredevil, James Kingston, climbs Dubai tower. (Screengrab)
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After being arrested by the Dubai Police for his daring climb in 2014, he has gone ahead and sneaked into a construction site.
The UN’s High Commission for Refugees is now concentrating its efforts on constructing camps for those who’ll be displaced in Mosul fighting. (AFP/File)
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It is estimated that up to 250,000 people could be displaced.
Viu already operates in Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong and Singapore, and is now available for users in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan. (Digit.in)
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Users across the region now have access to tens of thousands of hours of local, regional and international premium entertainment via Vuclip's direct to consumer video-on-demand service.
The last three Israeli operations – Operation Protective Edge, Operation Pillar of Defense and Operation Cast Lead – have led to the destruction of over 80,000 structures in Gaza. [AFP]
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Nour Buhaisi, Aya Abu Hashish, Rahma Ashour, and Angham Elmadhoun have created a type of concrete with double the durability by simply recycling.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. (AFP/File)
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The deal stipulates the two state companies will establish a joint working committee to explore possible cooperation in various fields.
The appointments come in line with a goal outlined in the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan to increase the participation of women in the workforce from 22 percent to 30 percent.  (Arab News)
11:00 GMT
Following Sarah Al-Suhaimi's appointment to chair the Tadawul, Rania Nashar has been named CEO of Samba Financial Group, and Latifa Al-Sabhan has been appointed chief financial officer of Arab National Bank.
This file photo taken on October 7, 2011 shows Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev (R) posing beside first lady Mehriban Aliyeva after she was awarded with the Legion d'Honneur medal by the French president in Baku. (AFP/Philippe Wojazer)
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The first vice president post, created during 2016 constitutional amendments, also carries immunity from prosecution.
A supporter holds a portrait of Figen Yuksekdag, the detained co-leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party, during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Nov. 8, 2016. (AFP/File)
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The move comes just a few weeks before a referendum on extending the president’s powers
It has been estimated that over the next 20 years, cities across the world will invest approximately $41 trillion on technologies to offer improved services. (Shutterstock)
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The 6th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2017 will be held under the theme ‘Advanced Technologies Transforming Qatar’s Future’ from April 10 to 11 at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha.
The iconic actor is reportedly visiting the Kingdom in May. (Nanozine)
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The iconic actor is reportedly visiting the Kingdom in May.
Trudeau's administration has welcomed 40,000 Syrian refugees so far. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Canada's latest plans welcome the "highly vulnerable" group of survivors, with some 400 having already been airlifted to the country.
There is also a need to improve internet connectivity in Lebanon for banks to be able to provide fintech services in an effective way. (Shutterstock)
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Lebanese banks need to cooperate and standardize the use of fintech as is the case with European banks, according to an e-strategy expert.
The actor says they still don't know the sexes of their babies. (File photo)
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The actor says they still don't know the sexes of their babies.
A Palestinian protester climbs Israel’s controversial separation barrier during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration against Israeli settlements and its separation wall, in the West Bank village of Nilin. [AFP]
08:43 GMT
Protesters climb the illegal wall and pry open gate as a sign of resistance.
Lohan wearing a headscraf in Turkey. (File photo)
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Lindsay Lohan tells UK talk show she was asked to remove headscarf at London airport.
Mariah poses in front of the beautiful Burj Khalifa. (Instagram)
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The diva is performing at the Dubai Jazz Festival.
British Muslim teacher Juhel Miah was barred from flying to the US. (Twitter)
08:14 GMT
Maths teacher Juhel Miah was escorted off a US-bound flight by security staff while he was on a school trip with students traveling from Iceland's capital Reykjavik to New York.
Muslim Brotherhood supporters rally in Amman in 2014. (AFP/File)
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The rallies were planned by activists, unionists, and youth leaders in response to the government's recent economic measures.
The UK-based company had earlier racked up £21 million (Dh95 million) in pre-tax losses in June 2016.  (Twitter/Balfour Beatty)
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UK construction giant Balfour Beatty has reached an agreement to sell the Group's entire share in Dutco Balfour Beatty and BK Gulf to its Dubai-based partner in a deal expected to be worth $13.7M.
Next month Xiaomi will launch the lower-end Redmi 4A and its most premium device the Mi Mix. (Xiaomi)
07:46 GMT
China’s Xiaomi plans expansion across the Middle East with a new range of devices and a flagship store in the UAE.
Worldwide, 600 million people actively use the popular platform each month, 400 million use it each day and a further 150 million use Instagram Stories every day.  (Shutterstock/Sattalat phukkum)
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The high numbers of Instagram users is good news for local businesses in MENA.
This file photo taken on October 21, 2015 shows Selahattin Demirtas, leader of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party (HDP), delivering a speech during an election campaign in Istanbul. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
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More than a dozen Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputies were arrested on terror charges last November.
Some importers are not happy with the deal, saying the rate of the dollar that they will have to pay their credit lines with is still too high for them to afford. (File photo)
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Egypt Central Bank has agreed with the Egyptian Federation of Investors Associations to settle dollar debts resulting from the exchange rate differences after the pound's float in November.
Your CV and daily tasks are not the only things that set you apart from your competition.  (Shutterstock)
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Engineers in MENA have a steady stream of available jobs, which is good news for professionals who are looking to change jobs, those who want to go up the career ladder, or land their first job.
Before the outbreak of civil war, Libya was producing about 1 million bpd.  (AFP/File)
06:10 GMT
The head of the National Oil Corp. of Libya met with Rosneft Chairman Igor Sechin to lay the groundwork for investments in the Libyan oil sector.
The fire severely damaged the Kungalv Islamic Cultural Center in western Sweden. (Twitter)
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The fire severely damaged the Kungalv Islamic Cultural Center in western Sweden. Until recently the building had been used by the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD).
Israeli interior Minister Aryeh Deri. (AFP/File)
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Deri, of the ultra-orthodox Shas party, resorted to the Hollywood trick when he was unable to naturally weep on camera.
Round 1 RFQ documents can be viewed, downloaded, and responded to via the government eProcurement portal. (Shutterstock)
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Saudi Arabia has opened the pre-qualification bidding process to local, regional and international developers for the first phase of its ambitious renewable energy program.
The image shows soldiers from the Pakistan Army. (AFP/File)
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The attack was claimed by the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) faction of the Pakistani Taliban, which carried out a series of apparently coordinated assaults last week including a powerful bomb blast in Lahore which killed 14 people.
The Grand Mufti Ahmed Mohammed al-Tayeb. (AFP/File)
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The head of the Arab Women Organization Mervat al-Talawy proposed the idea in 2012 to the grand imam of al-Azhar who welcomed it and assigned six al-Azhar scholars, along with one of her colleagues at the National Women's Council, to work on it; but it was suspended during the Muslim Brotherhood's reign in 2013.

February 21, 2017

Garbine Muguruza
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A foot problem forced French Open winner Garbine Muguruza to retire, with the fifth seed lasting less than 30 minutes on Tuesday to exit her opening match at the Dubai Tennis Championships.
Mohammad Al-Sarraj (Photo: joc.jo)
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Champion of the 2016 IMET Squash Open, Jordan’s Mohammad Al-Sarraj, won the 2017 Cronimet Squash Open, which took place in Skelleftea, Sweden.
UAE cycling team are seen with the organizers and sponsors during the media launch at the Crown Plaza, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi on Tuesday (Photo: Gulf News)
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Big bucks were the need of the hour and that has come in with Emirates Airline jumping in as the major sponsor of pro-cycling Team UAE Abu Dhabi, who took over Italian Lampre-Merida at end of last season.
The Frenchman has played down the Catalans' recent poor form and has also given updates on the futures of Isco, Pepe and James Rodriguez
16:36 GMT
The Frenchman has played down the Catalans' recent poor form and has also given updates on the futures of Isco, Pepe and James Rodriguez
US Vice President Mike Pence (R) swears in James Mattis as Secretary of Defense [AFP/Jim Watson]
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The Secretary of Defense claims US does not intend to take any petrol from the war-torn, Daesh-infested Middle Eastern nation.
Andy Watson (right) and Suleiman al Habsi exchange agreement papers after the Scotsman was hired as HFS technical director on Sunday (Photo: Muscat Daily)
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The endeavor of Al Habsi Football School (HFS) in Oman to provide quality coaching and run high-level training programs for young kids has led HFS to sign up Scottish football coach Andy Watson as its technical director.
Marine Le Pen [AFP/File]
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Marine Le Pen, the far-right French politician, cancelled a meeting with the Grand Mufti over donning a headscarf.
A record 5,079 people died in 2016 during the journey to Europe. (AFP/File)
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Pictures on IFRC's Twitter account showed the bodies lined up along the shore covered in white and black bags.
Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the "buffer zone" which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence. (Twitter)
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The head of the union of Gaza fishermen, Nizar Ayyash, told Ma'an that Israeli forces had detained Umran Saber Bakr, Mahmoud Saber Bakr, Abdullah Saber Bakr, Thabet Abd al-Raziq Bakr, and Omar Muhammad Bakr, and took them to the port of Ashdod in southern Israel.
Iraqi forces, supported by the Popular Mobilization paramilitaries, prepare to advance advance towards the village of Sheikh Younis, south of Mosul, on February 19, 2017. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Iraqi troops and paramilitaries fought Daesh militants to clear the way to the airport on the second day of the ground offensive to recapture the western half of Mosul.
Gazan Jumana Daoud carries her 7-month-old daughter Maryam at Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem on February 20, 2017 as they meet for the first time since the baby’s premature birth. [AFP/Ahmad Gharabli]
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Jumana Daoud has finally held her infant Mariam, born premature, for the first time ever.
The delegation signed a twinning agreement between the city of Sharm El-Sheikh and an Italian city for the sake of turning Sharm El-Sheikh into the first digital economy city in the Middle East. (Shutterstock)
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A delegation from the Italian Egyptian Friendship Council has toured Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh to discuss bilateral tourism and education opportunities.
Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who has been charged with manslaughter for shooting an incapacitated Palestinian stabbing suspect in Hebron, is seen in a military court, March 29, 2016. (AFP/File)
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20-year-old Israeli soldier Elor Azarya executed Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif as he lay injured on the ground.
Flames billow following a reported car bomb explosion at a Syrian pro-government position in Daraa on February 20, 2017. (AFP/File)
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Regime warplanes struck the Damascus suburb of Barza in violation of a ceasefire deal between the Assad regime and opposition forces.
The largest of the 11 agreements is with Oman Investment Fund (OIF) for 73,367sq m of land in Jebel Akhdar, to build a resort. (Wikimedia Commons)
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After overseeing the opening of 41 new hotels in 2016, Oman's tourism ministry has signed agreements with 11 companies to set up hotel facilities across the country.
Enrique will headline the Dubai Jazz Festival this week. (File photo)
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Everything you need to know about the music festival happening in Dubai this week.
Egyptian security forces inspect the scene of a bomb explosion at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo on December 11, 2016. (AFP/Kaheld Desouki)
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At least 28 people were killed in December when a bomb exploded in a chapel adjoining St Mark's Cathedral in Cairo.
A picture taken on February 18, 2017 shows a general view of a bridge in the Iranian city of Ahvaz during a sandstorm. At least seven people were killed as floods, avalanches and dust storms gripped the country, state media reported. (AFP/Morteza Jaberian)
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The power outages in Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province led to protests against local officials, who then called on Iraq to take measures to 'prevent' dust storms.
Nabila shot to fame in 1965, after starring in "The Mamluks" alongside the late iconic Egyptian actor Omar Sharif.  (Al Ghad)
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That explains her frequent visits to Paris.
People are seen near a barricade after clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in the Nusaybin district of Mardin, southeast Turkey, November 26, 2015. (AFP/File)
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The Kurdish population of Korukoy village has been besieged by Turkish security forces since 11 February.
The first two days of IDEX have led to an increasing number of deals with national and international companies alike. (Armyrecognition.com)
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31 deals worth over $3B were signed within the first 48 hours of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi.
The actor says 'Everything changed' after Amal. (YouTube)
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The actor says 'Everything changed' after Amal.
George says parenthood is going to be an adventure. (File photo)
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He says 'it's going to be an adventure.'
This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows a mother breastfeeding her child who suffers acute malnutrition at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan. (AFP/Albert Gonzalez Farran
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100,000 people have already been impacted by the famine, while the UN has warned of potential genocide and ethnic cleansing.
Nasri is scheduled to perform this Friday with Egyptian singer Angham in Sharjah. (Facebook)
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Syrian singer Asala miffed with ‘Arab Idol’ judges?
Although the additional levies are already being charged on air freight and shipments, these are yet to be introduced on imports made via road. (Shutterstock)
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Oman's customs department has imposed an additional two percent duty on the cost, insurance and freight value of imported products for non-submission of original legalised documents.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to take Iraq's oil. (AFP/File_
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President Donald Trump has made repeated calls to 'take their oil'.
MBC and Ooredoo have teamed up on this project. (Gizmodo)
08:37 GMT
MBC and Ooredoo have teamed up on this project.
One of the biggest damages a hacker can do is to gain control over the car and steal the target vehicle. (Shutterstock)
08:33 GMT
Kaspersky Lab researchers have found several security issues in remote car control apps that could potentially allow criminals to cause significant damage for connected car owners.
Saudi Arabia was the world's second-largest arms importer in the period 2012 to 2016, with an increase of 212 percent compared with 2007-2011. (File photo)
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The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said Monday the arms import figures for the Middle East accounted for 29 percent of global imports during the 2012-2016 period.
If you're viewing your savings pot as an emergency fund, you're best off going for an account with no minimum balance requirements. (Shutterstock)
08:08 GMT
Depending on what you want to use your savings for, one savings account will be better for you than another.
A large number of civilians are forced to flee their homes every day as Turkish-backed militants make advances in the city. (AFP/File)
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At least 110 civilians have been killed by Turkish airstrikes in the Daesh-held Syrian city of al-Bab over the past two weeks
An Iraqi worker cleans up the archaeological site of Nimrud, south of Mosul in northern Iraq, 21 April 2001. (AFP/File)
07:54 GMT
The British Museum's six-month training scheme sees Iraqi archaeologists spend three months in London and three months in Iraq.
The Lebanese government estimates that around 1.5 million Syrian refugees live in unofficial camps around the country in deteriorating economic conditions. (AFP/File)
07:39 GMT
The $1.9 billion includes $1.57 billion given by donors in 2016 and $344 million carried over from 2015 by U.N. Agencies, the World Bank and NGOs.
The new merger, if agreed, would create an entity with total assets amounting to around QAR173bn ($48bn) and a market share of around 14 percent. (File photo)
07:30 GMT
The proposed merger between Masraf Al Rayan, Barwa Bank and International Bank of Qatar is currently at due diligence stage.
Training and development applies to all career levels and positions. (Shutterstock)
07:07 GMT
With the proliferation of online learning and assessment tools and alternative creative approaches, businesses today no longer have to spend massive amounts of money on training programs for their employees.
Russian soldiers in the Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
06:59 GMT
The four deaths raise the number of Russian military officially reported killed in Syria to 26 since September 2015.
Jordan’s recent economic measures also increased fees for five-year passports for citizens from JD20 to JD50. (Pinterest)
06:38 GMT
Gazan holders of temporary Jordanian passports must now pay JD200 instead of JD25 to issue or renew a passport every two years, making it the most expensive passport in the world.
France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
During the meeting, Aoun said he hoped that the future would bring the people of Lebanon and France closer.
Rosneft is Russia's largest oil producer. For the fourth quarter, the company said its net production was up 11.8 percent year-on-year for a new record high. (Shutterstock)
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Rosneft said it started a new exploration well in Iraq, which according to state news agency Tass should be completed by July.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi poses during a meeting with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the presidential palace in October. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
While not denying participation in the meeting, the presidency said that "Egypt spares no efforts to reach a just and permanent solution to the Palestinian issue, based on the two-state solution and the Palestinians' right to establish an independent state along the June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, without any political outbidding."
The one-of-a-kind carnival dubbed Wonderland Riyadh launched for the first time and seeks to fill a gap in the entertainment scene in Saudi Arabia. (File photo)
05:00 GMT
"We realized most Saudi families' fun memories are abroad," said Mishael Alrasheed, president of the organizing committee at Benya. You don't say!

February 20, 2017

The trilogy faces global campaigns accusing it of promoting violence, abuse, and emotional disturbance. (CNN)
20:49 GMT
The trilogy faces global campaigns accusing it of promoting violence, abuse, and emotional disturbance.
The moment Rania tripped on stage. (YouTube)
20:35 GMT
What a way to start the show.
The five-time Ballon D'or winner’s planned visit to Cairo was postponed twice
20:19 GMT
Barcelona star Lionel Messi will arrive in Egypt on Tuesday for a one-day visit to promote the country’s Tour n’ Cure medical tourism campaign, trip organizers Prime Pharma announced on Monday.
Abdulaziz Haikal (R) of UAE's Al-Ahli FC kicks the ball past Ali Ghorbani of Iran's Esteghlal FC during their AFC Champions League qualifying football match between UAE's Al-Ahli and Iran's Esteghlal FC at Al-Rashid Stadium in Dubai on February 20, 2017.
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Abdulaziz Haikal (R) of UAE's Al-Ahli FC kicks the ball past Ali Ghorbani of Iran's Esteghlal FC during their AFC Champions League qualifying football match between UAE's Al-Ahli and Iran's Esteghlal FC at Al-Rashid Stadium in Dubai on February 20, 2017. STRINGER / AFP
Photo: Tasnim News Agency
19:57 GMT
Esteghlal of Khuzestan has defeated hosting FC Al-Fateh of Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia in the first day of Group B on Monday.
The 41-year-old official had agreed a move to the Middle East but will now definitely take charge of at least one more game in England's top flight
19:08 GMT
The 41-year-old official had agreed a move to the Middle East but will now definitely take charge of at least one more game in England's top flight
Chirag Suri (Photo: Pankaj Sharma/Gulf News)
18:41 GMT
Iran’s Esteghlal Khuzestan started the 2017 AFC Champions League with a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia’s Al Fateh on Tuesday in Group B on Monday.
Fadi has taken to Twitter to deny claims he won't be invited to George Michael's funeral. (File photo)
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Fadi has taken to Twitter to deny claims he won't be invited to George Michael's funeral.