The head of a provincial political party was killed in a suicide bombing on the eve of regional elections in the Nineveh province, northern Iraq
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has expressed his desperation to finally prove himself at Stamford Bridge under new boss Jose Mourinho, and hopes to persuade Mourinho that he is still the man to fire the Blues to glory.
Protestors have reportedly hacked the official website for the Brazil Football World Cup 2014 and replaced the site with a video of a violent police response to a peaceful protest.
The Syrian opposition spoke out after the G8 leaders released a statement which called for a 'political solution' to the Syrian conflict
An Emirati man has been sentenced to psychological treatment after sneaking a pinch on a British woman's bottom.
Former President Bill Clinton challenges Israel to reconcile with Palestinians, if not just for the sake of Israel's own survival; BMW squares of with itself; Kuwait cops going undercover; Anonymous planning big attack; and men getting pregnant.
Another day, another story of an Arab celeb claiming innocence to fraud charges. This time Libyan singer Hamid Al Shaeri tries to clear his name.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said that Real Madrid would be 'foolish' to bid 100 million pounds for Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale.
Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz) recently published the executive summary of its report on GCC education sector.
The subscriptions to IPOs (initial public offerings) in the Saudi stock market dropped drastically during the year, according to a recent economic study.
Hotels in Dubai have reduced room rates between 25 and 30 per cent to attract visitors during the slow summer season, according to industry experts.
An explosion at a military site near the coastal town of Latakia has injured at least 13 soldiers, according to a pro-opposition watchdog. State TV blamed the blast on technical fault
Abu Dhabi’s rising livestock and dairy industry, which is part of the agriculture sector has shown substantial business activity in the last year showing the strides made and in the sector which has huge potential to achieve food security.
Foreign direct investment, or FDI, into Arab world rose by nearly 10 per cent in 2012 led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to a latest report.
The anti-Morsi campaign calling for early Egyptian presidential elections has got its targeted 15 million signatures, a campaign official announced on Wednesday.
The Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company or Masdar in association with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has launched a six-megawatt, eight-turbine wind farm in the Republic of Seychelles.
A majority of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in the Middle East believe wealth creation is faster today than in the past, more than any other region globally, according to the latest report by of Barclays Wealth Insights.
CEO of Citi - Middle East division spoke to LSE graduates about Dubai's increasing "global attractiveness to investors, corporations and talent."
Qatar Exchange has announced the introduction of government bonds issued by the Qatar Central Bank for trading on the exchange, which will commence on 20 June 2013.
Angelina Jolie will be meeting with Syrian refugees in the north of Jordan as part of a UNHCR sponsored visit.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told a delegation in Jerusalem that there is a limited window for peace talks to succeed in the Middle East
The condition of Fairouz's childhood home is one of the reasons the project to turn it into a museum is taking years!
Muna Zaki wants to play the tough girl and perform her own dangerous stunts in her new Ramadan drama "Asia". Her demanding request has costs the production company a fortune on an insurance policy.
In an interview with Al-Watan newspaper, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says that he could have remained in power if he wanted do and that he only quit office to save lives
The Lebanese armed forces have set up at least 10 outposts in the southwest Sidon province, after fierce clashes erupted in the area on Tuesday between Hezbollah supporters and Salafis. Fears of an all-out sectarian civil war in Lebanon have been increasing.
The actress made the comments during a visit to Israel where she attended Shimon Peres' conference on Israel's place in the world
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has decided to suspend talks on a security pact with the United States, accusing Washington of mixed messages regarding peace talks with the Taliban, his spokesman said on Wednesday.
After many delays and much criticism for it, Egyptian songster Rami Sabri's new promised album release date is today! Will it come true?
A suicide bomber riding a motorbike detonated an explosive device in a crowded market in the town of Saada
Syrian regime forces have amped up their offensives against rebels in the north of the country, launching attacks against rebel-held areas in Homs, Aleppo and Idlib.
Photo display in Cairo's happenin' Sufi Bookstore takes us into the Tango-ed world of passion and romance.
A reduction in U.S. and Russian deployed nuclear weapons is set to be announced by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, a senior administration official said.
The March 14 alliance, a post Cedar revolutionary group, issued a statement to the government urging Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from Syria and warning of the security consequences that the group's involvement in the conflict is having on Lebanon.
The Taliban on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the killings of four U.S. forces in an overnight attack on Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, just hours after Washington said its officials would meet the insurgents for talks.
Since the start of the protests and ensuing unrest in Turkey, a peculiar tradition has emerged in Istanbul. As the soon as the clock strikes 9 p.m, a chorus of percussion – banging pots and pans – emanates from open windows in “pro-opposition” buildings. The cacophony lasts for about half an hour, sometimes more, depending on the day’s events. Its purpose: to show solidarity with the protesters in Taksim Square.
While other markets are busy finding ways to stem capital flight, there is a growing trend of Middle Eastern investors keeping their money at home and taking control of their assets.
One of our very own Egyptian directors Yousry Nasrallah will premiere his 'After the Battle,' which depicts aftermath of infamous 2011 camel battle, at the festival's opening night.
Emirates Airlines was awarded the highly coveted âWorld’s Best Airline’ award, presented by Skytrax at the 2013 World Airline Awards yesterday.
The organisers of the inaugural Dubai Airports 9-Ball Billiards Championships are hoping to discover some fresh talent to lend depth to the national squad.
Share trading activity on smartphones is steadily growing and gaining popularity among investors at Dubai Financial Market.
UAE shares traded cautiously on Tuesday and booked some profits, especially Dubai, as traders await greater clarity on US monetary policy.
Most movies such as 'Taken' or 'Spartan' usually have the Arabs as the ones buying sex slaves. In 'Cargo', the Arab is the hero and the kidnapper; more Syrian news on Obama's policies, the G8 summit and what to expect next.
June 18, 2013
The Portuguese superstar is in advanced negotiations over a five-year contract that will be the most lucrative in the history of football
Two rockets fired from Syria hit the Baalbek valley, a Hezbollah stronghold, as a Lebanese minister accused the Syrian regime of inflicting ethnic cleansing on its citizens.
Jordan are through to World Cup play-offs after beating Oman 1-0 in Amman.
Following the appointment of a former high ranking Muslim Brotherhood official as a governor, clashes erupted outside the HQ of the Gharbiya governorate, injuring 15 people.
Since the end of former 'dictator' Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's rule in Tunisia, the country has become increasingly chaotic, with fierce dialogue raging over the constitution and the law coming down hard on rappers and FEMEN activists.
An investigative report has discovered that a network of Libyan officials are allowing weapons to be shipped to the Syrian rebels by private arms dealers.
French tennis ace Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has dubbed World No.2 Andy Murray as an 'extra terrestrial' for his ability to read the serves of his opponents, ahead of the Wimbledon.
As the G8 summit gets underway in Northern Ireland, it’s no secret that the topic of the Syrian crisis is going to dominate the discussion table. Although never the best of mates, the Assad regime has been a divisive force in the G8 group and the gloves have really come off as each of the leaders (and their ministers) wade into the murky territory of the Syrian civil war. As they’re being bogged down by politics and pomp, we’ve dug deep to find the most outrageous and dramatic things these eight world leaders have said about Syria before they had to be on their best behavior in Belfast.
Dubai Police warned on Monday that not paying domestic helpers on time could lead them to commit serious crimes
Two convicted rapists and killers were executed on Tuesday, just months after the country carried out its first execution in six years
Hezbollah supporters clashed with pro-Assir group in southern Lebanon on Tuesday
World leaders are meeting in the UK in a bid to reach consensus on the Syrian conflict
The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) announced that this week's BHD 35 million issue of Government Treasury Bills has been oversubscribed by 123 per cent.
The United Arab Emirates has revived a proposal to merge its two main stock exchanges in a state-backed deal that could boost trade in the local market and attract more foreign investment to the Gulf state, sources familiar with the plan said.
New Deloitte report examines emerging regulatory and practice challenges faced by the Takaful industry
Despite the events of the Arab Spring, FDI inflows into Arab countries rose during 2012 by 9.8 per cent to reach $47.1 billion compared to $42.9 in 2011.
Turkey has seen $1.35 billion of capital outflows from its equity markets since May 26 due partly to global market conditions and two weeks of domestic political unrest, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said on Tuesday.
The Levant's famous Bakdash ice cream parlour opened its Amman branch in May and has been attracting Syrians, Jordanians, and their cars, in masses
Acoording to a Jordanian blogger, this new hybrid can stand up to any regualr petrol powered car.. and then some; Wassim Nasser breaks swimming record; is Rohani the Lord of the Keys? and a wedding with celebrities, guns and fistfights.
Investcorp Gulf Opportunity Fund has agreed to acquire a 38 per cent stake in Al Yusr Industrial Contracting Company WLL (AYTB).
Remains overweight on Savola and Neutral on Almarai Volatility in global food prices, reliance on imports and a lack of pricing power are key concerns, said NCB
Fifteen people were killed following midday prayers at a Shiite Muslim religious hall in Baghdad on Tuesday. The month of May has been the deadliest month in Iraq since 2008.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly being urged to stay at his club for another 18 months before making a possible switch to his former side Manchester United, often touted as Ronaldo's last big move in football.
A Tunisian rapper received a two-year prison sentence for being critical about the police on Thursday.
After receiving an honorary doctorate at Hebrew University, legendary singer/ actress Barbra Streisand urged for more gender equality in Israel but praised the University's endeavors for harmony between Arab and Jewish students.
The Turkish police carried out arrests across the country on Tuesday
Premier League champions Manchester United's hopes of signing Robert Lewandowski came to a standstill after Borussia Dortmund insisted that their star striker will not be sold this summer.
Syrian actress May Sakkaf has fled Syria and escaped to Lebanon after being called a terrorist by Assad's regime.
Afghanistan's armed forces will be taking over the responsibility of national security from the US/NATO coalition immediately, Afghani President Hamid Karzai announced Tuesday,
Etihad Airways said on Monday it had signed an initial agreement with the Serbian government over a possible equity investment in the country's loss-making JAT Airways.
The Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) will provide a $144 million loan to Yemen this year to help its financial reform programme, the fund said on Monday.
The ever wise Sarah Palin has spoken out on the Syria conflict and offered her diplomatic prowess, advising that "Allah" should be the one who sorts out the conflict.
A man stood still in Istanbul's Taksim Square: silent, staring straight ahead, he had not moved for hours. His peaceful action, on the square that police cleared of protesters on Saturday and where the Turkish authorities have banned gatherings, was a new form of protest.
Never fear, Farah, your fellow Syrian hottie singer Samo Zaen has got your back, even if he is busy workin' on his new album!
Ghada Abdel Raziq has a new show coming to town this Ramadan with a character that's got some cray-cray problems in 'A Life's Story'.
Some of the region's top artists have taken their projects on the road to exhibit in the second edition of London's Shubbak festival, to be held from 22 June to 6 July.
Obama said U.S. military action against Syria carries the risk of inadvertently hitting a chemical weapons site on Monday. He also expressed skepticism over whether setting a no-fly zone or waging a major military offensive against Damascus would save lives or change balance of power on the battlefield.
With the ups and downs of the Syrian conflict, the consistent value of the Syrian pound is quickly disappearing and leading vendors to be wary; clerics in Egypt call for Jihad against Shiites; and 7 things the Assad regime wants for stability.
The situation in Lebanon’s northern Bekaa Valley is deeply troubling. A few days after the June 11 killing of a man from Ersal in Hermel, four local men were killed on Sunday near the border town of Qaa. Hezbollah is straining to deflect blame from the people of Ersal in order to prevent further strife in a region where Syrian militant groups maintain a heavy presence.
Israeli President Shimon Peres has dismissed fears that U.S. plans to arm Syrian rebels could expose the Jewish state’s national security to danger, adding that the world’s “unemployed terrorists” were heading to the region.
Acclaimed Egyptian film actress Faten Hamama shares stories of her roller coaster path to stardom, says one time she even forgot her son was sick during the entire day's shoot.
Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) yesterday announced the signing of a number of definitive financing agreements for an additional funding of approximately SR 39.37 billion ($ 10.5 billion).
Lebanon’s public debt swelled by nearly $5 billion during the term of former premier Najib Mikati’s Cabinet, the secretary-general of the Association of Banks in Lebanon said.
The Saudi sukuk market will continue to grow over the next 12-18 months, a credit positive for Saudi banks, following a new record SR 25.2 billion ($ 6.7 billion) issuance of riyal-denominated sukuk in 2012.
After announcing his resignation from his booming musical career last year, Lebanese singer Fadel Shaker has kept us on our toes with some crazy zealous stunts. The latest daring deed is to put his home up for sale to back the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
A World Bank report has shown that the sultanate received US$39mn in remittances from Omani expatriates in 2012, ranking it 145th out of the 165 countries for which there is remittance inflow data.
Wealthy individuals in the Middle East are not only resilient during a financial crisis, they are the most optimistic among major markets in the world.
Helped by moderating global commodity prices and a strong US dollar, to which Oman keeps its currency pegged, the sultanate's annual inflation fell to a 40-month low in April.
The general index of the Muscat Securities Market (MSM) gained 0.40 per cent to close at 6509.94 points on Tuesday.
June 17, 2013
The striker, who has just one year remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium, does not know where he will be playing next season, but has ruled out a move to Boca Juniors
Days after Russia said it would not allow a no-fly zone to be enforced over Syria, the US NATO ambassador said that this issue is not on the agenda of the Western allies.
For one reason or another, some gossip sites felt it their duty to spread the horrible rumor that Abeer Sabri is dead.
Syrian President Bashar Assad threatened European powers that the Syrian regime will retaliate if Western states provide arms to the Syrian opposition forces.
Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) has offered to buy Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale in a bid to lure Andre Villas-Boas to the French capital.
This teardrop shaped resort is going to be solar powered and will get all of its water from a new system that extracts moisture from the air; Kuwait's military strength; Morsi continues to dumbfound his critics; and Lebanese beaches are not for all.
Iranian president-elect thanked Iranians for 'choosing moderation' and said that he will seek 'constructive interaction' with the world in a speech on Monday afternoon
Roger Federer clinched his first title of the season before the start of his Wimbledon defence when he battled back from a set down to beat Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-7(5)6-3 6-4 and win the Halle Open yesterday.
Saudi authorities will impose a 50% cut on Saudi pilgrims and a 20% cut on foreigners in 2013 as construction works take place in Mecca.