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May 4, 2016

Mohamed Al-Shorbagy
21:51 GMT
In the final match, Al-Shorbagy defeated France’s Gregory Gaultier in what was an unexpected comeback, as Al-Shorbagy had lost the match’s first two games, 7-11 and 9-11.
Farida Osman
18:34 GMT
Nicknamed the Golden Fish, Farida Osman has won countless medals and has performed spectacularly in competitions.
Kasr Awlad Soultan in Tunisia is where Anakin Skywalker lived as a boy. (Scoop Empire)
18:23 GMT
7 Star Wars locations that actually exist in the Middle East.
A Yemeni fighter loyal to the country's exiled president salutes on top of a tank at a checkpoint in Taez on Apr 11, 2016. (AFP/Ahmad Al-Basha)
17:00 GMT
UN-brokered talks began on April 11 in attempt to resolve one-year conflict.
Zinedine Zidane
16:40 GMT
The Belgian was inspired by the ex-Blancos and Juventus star, while he also revealed the player he thinks has been the most valuable contributor at Stamford Bridge this term
Saudi's Al-Ahli club players celebrate after scoring a goal during their AFC Champions League group D football match against Qatar's El-Jaish club at the King Abdullah Spots City in Jeddah on May 3, 2016. Al-Ahli won the match 2-0.
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16:24 GMT
Saudi's Al-Ahli club players celebrate after scoring a goal during their AFC Champions League group D football match against Qatar's El-Jaish club at the King Abdullah Spots City in Jeddah on May 3, 2016. Al-Ahli won the match 2-0. STRINGER / AFP
The decision has since been extended for three-months at a time, with the latest being in January 2016. (Twitter)
16:00 GMT
The extension, the seventh since August 2013, was reported to be pending approval from the country's parliament.
Al Hilal team
15:58 GMT
Brazilian striker Ailton came off the bench to score Saudi Al-Hilal’s decisive second against Iranian Tractorsazi Tabriz Tuesday as the two-time winner picked up a 2-1 win that took it through to the Round-of-16 of the 2016 AFC Champions League.
A hilarious clips from "I Love Your Sister." (YouTube)
14:13 GMT
Egyptian music video 'I Love Your Sister' will leave you in hysterics.
A man carries a young girl who was injured in a reported barrel-bomb attack by government forces on June 3 in Kallaseh district in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
At least three people were killed and an unspecified number of civilians injured in shelling by rebels on regime-held areas in Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Turkey PM pressures Merkel on visa-free travel in migrant deal. (AFP/File)
13:30 GMT
The freedom of entry and movement would apply within the passport-free Schengen area only.
Antonio is clearly not a fan of Ramez or his pranks. (Facebook)
13:26 GMT
Antonio is clearly not a fan of Ramez or his pranks.
Three young demonstrators hold images of Sami Janazreh. (Palsolidarity.org)
13:17 GMT
Janazreh, 43, from al-Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron, has been on a hunger strike for 63 days in protest of his administrative detention -- a widely-condemned Israeli policy that allows for internment without charge or trial for six-month intervals which can be renewed indefinitely.
Ships carrying humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip already unload their cargo at Ashdod Port. (Wikipedia)
13:00 GMT
The IDF’s former Southern Command chief has proposed the establishment of a Palestinian-run docking point at Ashdod, for goods bound for the Gaza Strip.
A group of schoolgirls in Afghanistan. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
Schoolgirls were targeted in a widespread poisoning attack in northern Afghanistan.
A Lebanese soldier monitors an area in the Abra district of the southern city of Sidon on June 28, 2013. (AFP/Mahmoud Zayyat)
12:30 GMT
The Abra battle of 2013 pitted loyalists of a radical preacher against the Lebanese army.
Algerian soldiers have thwarted several attempted attacks by Daesh. (AFP/File)
12:11 GMT
Daesh's attempt to start a branch in Algeria has largely failed.
A truck parked in front of a bombed building in Sirte, Libya. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Families continue to flee Sirte, and nearby towns face major infrastructure challenges to accommodate the new arrivals.
The Batmobile is making its way around the world with Turkish Airlines. (Twitter)
12:00 GMT
WATCH: Batman's iconic ride made the journey across Turkey's new Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge!
Around 220,000 Jordanians used to come to Lebanon by land but stopped visiting the country when the borders closed following the war in Syria. (File photo)
12:00 GMT
Tourism to Lebanon saw a minor boost over Easter but tourism is unlikely to recover without more promotion and political stability, experts warn.
A file photo of a rocket fired from Gaza. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT
Palestinians and IDF soldiers exchanged fire at the border fence.
A picture taken on May 3, 2016 shows a Yemeni security forces member patrolling a street with a banner hung by Al-Qaeda militants in the Yemeni port of Mukalla, 300 miles east of Aden. (AFP/Stringer)
11:00 GMT
The Yemeni government stalled the peace talks following Houthi attacks on a military base on Sunday.
Binladin is currently implementing massive projects worth a total of SR220 billion and is qualified to secure 15 projects valued at SR140 billion within the Kingdom and abroad. (File photo)
11:00 GMT
With debts of up to nearly SR30 million and the ongoing protests over unpaid dues an unwelcome spotlight, what are the options for the construction behemoth?
A representational image of a pigeon. (Shutterstock)
10:15 GMT
Jordanian border guards seized a homing pigeon and spy drone sent from Daesh.
Australian model Miranda Kerr disagrees with Rebecca Romijn's comments about Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner. (Facebook)
10:07 GMT
Australian model Miranda Kerr disagrees with Rebecca Romijn's comments about Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
Additional planned improvements in 2016 include commencing operations of the SC Workers’ Skills Training Centre and hiring additional inspectors. (File photo)
10:00 GMT
Impactt Ltd has been hired in response to allegations that Qatar has not done enough to protect the rights of workers involved in construction of FIFA 2022 infrastructure.
The Rock warns that there is no snooze button on his clock! (File photo)
09:48 GMT
A new app featuring Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson is that extra motivational jolt that you need to get up in the morning.
Iran has been engaged in talks with European and Asian car manufacturers over the past few months to set up joint manufacturing plants inside the country. (File photo)
09:43 GMT
Iran has halted some seven million dollars in orders of US-made cars into the country.
Exercise training programs should be considered in the future as possible complements to standard MS treatments
09:43 GMT
Now, there is a way to reduce your multiple sclerosis flare-ups. A new study has suggested that yoga and aquatic exercise can help combat certain symptoms.
With millennials entering the workforce, be ready to explore new options for delivering employee care in innovative ways. (Shutterstock)
09:33 GMT
Part two of how to better understand what drives Generation Y in the Middle East.
Abu Sayyaf militants raise their weapons. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT
Abu Sayyaf threatened to behead the remaining Western hostages unless a ransom is paid immediately.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a party event (Niklas Halle'n / AFP)
09:25 GMT
A Facebook post has set off a progressive scandal, with the top members of the party accused of anti-semitism.
Comedian James Corden mocked ISIS jihadists for 'faking doctor's notes to get out of frontline action.' (Shortlist.com)
09:11 GMT
Comedian James Corden mocked ISIS jihadists for 'faking doctor's notes to get out of frontline action.'
India's Wipro's all-women technology park in Saudi Arabia aims to create 21,000 jobs by 2025. (File photo)
09:05 GMT
The new venture between Saudi Aramco, Princess Nourah University and Indian IT major Wipro will be the first-of-its kind IT hub serving multi-sectors.
US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria was crucial to avoid more bloodshed. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
The US and Russia are also working toward a new ceasefire that would include Aleppo.
This week, two brutal murders of young boys have taken place in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)
08:57 GMT
This week, two men kidnapped and murdered young boys in Saudi Arabia.
Journalists celebrate after being held hostage in Libya during the 2011 uprising. (AFP/File)
08:36 GMT
Libya ranks as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, with 118 attacks on journalists last year.
Emirates Airlines are working with police to investigate the mid-flight theft. (Flickr)
08:33 GMT
A Turkish businessman lost two watches and foreign currency on a flight from Dubai to Hong Kong.
Fifi promised the winner the potential chance to join her in a film or TV series as well, should they be selected for this play first. (File photo)
08:25 GMT
This is your chance to audition for Fifi Abdo and her crew.
Egyptian journalists protest outside of Syndicate headquarters in Cairo on World Press Freedom day. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
08:14 GMT
The prosecutor general issued a gag order about the police raid as the investigation continues.
Queen Rania's feather and sequinned dress was made by Valentino. (AFP/D Dipasupil)
07:59 GMT
Jordanian, Greek and Monegasque royals mixed with the biggest names in entertainment at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit in New York.
The new BD300 fine for violating Bahrainisation laws was issued last month and is now in effect.  (Bahrain This Week)
07:59 GMT
Inspections will be increased and fines imposed for offences such as hiring ghost Bahraini workers in order to boost their expat employee numbers.
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man after he struck three soldiers while driving a truck. (AFP/File)
07:29 GMT
Witnesses said it appeared the driver hit the soldiers by accident and fled the scene fearing for his life.
Almost 20 per cent of all tourists who visit Dubai include a desert experience. (Flickr/Creative Commons)
07:25 GMT
The new benchmarks include regulations covering safety, insurance, marketing, transport, logistics and environmentally sustainable practices.
Alpen Capital forecasts the number of students in the regional education sector would increase to 15 million by 2020. (Twitter)
07:04 GMT
Demographics, explosive demand for the international curriculum and lack of interest from local teachers are the main reasons behind the region's teacher shortage.
Defendant Aria L (C) talks with his lawyer Andreas Bensch as he waits for the opening of his trial at court in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on May 3, 2016.(AFP/Torsten Silz)
07:00 GMT
A 21-year-old man of Iranian origin was arrested in Frankfurt for allegedly posing for photos with severed heads of two victims in Syria.
Fighters from the Iraqi pro-government forces take position during an operation to retake the town of al-Bashir, near Kirkuk, from the Islamic State group (IS), on April 30, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Sawaf)
06:30 GMT
About 40 Daesh militants were reportedly killed in the clashes.
Yosef Haim Ben-David. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
The Israeli man who kidnapped and burned alive a Palestinian teenager has been sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years.
A representational image of heroin. (Shutterstock)
06:00 GMT
Two passengers were caught with bags of heroin in their stomachs, headed to Britain!
Tiles adorn a synagogue in Marrakech, Morocco.  Mimouna, celebrated after sundown on the last day of Passover, is a tradition cherished by Moroccan Jews. (Flickr Creative Commons)
05:28 GMT
From Morocco's Mimouna celebration to LGBT seder plates in the U.S.; the secrets of the Persian kitchen; and a lifelong love affair with oud perfume.
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The new rules and their effective date will be published by the end of the first half of 2017. (File photo)
05:11 GMT
After opening the Tadawul to foreign investment last year, Saudi's new reforms include amending its settlement cycle for share trading and new limits for foreign ownership.
Iraqi army forces. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Iraqi forces retook four villages in the west of the country.
A screenshot from the video. (Facebook/McGaza)
01:02 GMT
One Palestinian rapper has produced a heart-wrenching music video to call attention to suffering in Aleppo and in his native Gaza.
A protest in Egypt over the arrest and detainment of journalists. (AFP Photo/Mohamed El-Shahed)
00:03 GMT
The apparent blunder occurred when the public relations department of Egypt’s Interior Ministry sent a memo titled “Media response to security raid on Journalists Syndicate headquarters” to a group of journalists, according to Mada Masr, an independent Egyptian news site.

May 3, 2016

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The football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics is scheduled to be held from 3 to 20 August
21:59 GMT
Iranian referee Alireza Faghani together with linesmen Reza Sokhandan and Mohammad Reza Mansouri will officiate at the forthcoming men's football competitions of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Afghan boy five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi (C), a young Lionel Messi fan, plays football as he wears a donated and signed shirt by Messi on a field in Kabul on February 26, 2016. Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one, but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker pen. AFP. AFP PHOTO/WAKIL KOHSAR
WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP
18:59 GMT
The five-year-old Afghan boy, who shot into prominence on social media after wearing a homemade shirt with football star Lionel Messi’s number 10, has arrived in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province.
Besiktas supporters cheer their team before the Turkish Spor Toto Super league football match between Besiktas and Bursaspor at vodafone arena stadium on April 11, 2016 in Istanbul. Besiktas football team plays its first game at the new vodafone Arena stadium after its inauguration on April 10.
YASIN AKGUL / AFP
18:41 GMT
Last month’s opening of storied Istanbul football club Besiktas JK’s renovated Vodafone Arena stadium was laden with political symbols ranging from clashes between police and militant fans...
Migrants, mostly Afghan, wait outside a refugee reception centre in Tornio, Finland on September 25, 2015. (AFP/Panu Pohjola)
16:00 GMT
Afghanistan and Finland are collaborating on a plan to address the 7,000 asylum seekers currently in Finland.
Karim Benzema
15:55 GMT
Cristiano Ronaldo took part in the session on Tuesday but there was no sign of the French forward ahead of the club's Champions League clash with Manchester City
Wael died of heart attack at 55. (Egynews.net)
15:35 GMT
Egyptian actor Wael Nour dies of heart attack at 55.
The photograph from parliament that prompted the hashtag (Facebook)
15:19 GMT
This bloodstained parliamentary sofa will never be forgotten.
Rima with her fiancee Wassim Salibi. (Instagram)
15:12 GMT
Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih converts from Islam to Christianity.
The Jordanian flag. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT
The Jordanian senate approved amendments to the constitution addressing the king's powers and rights of dual citizens.
IDF's spokesman received social media backlash after promoting Amr Diab's new album on Twitter. (F
14:42 GMT
IDF's Arabic-language spokesman receives a social media backlash after promoting Amr Diab's new album on Twitter. Avichay Adraee, the Israeli army’s Arabic-language spokesperson
A Palestinian artist paints murals on the walls of a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT
A Palestinian artist paints murals on the walls of a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City.
Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
The Minister of Maghreb Affairs gave a speech on Algerian-Libyan relations, and rehabilitating the war-torn country.
This week's brawls are not the first time a Turkish parliamentary session has descended into violence. (Euronews)
13:47 GMT
A heated discussion descended into violence at a meeting which had already been postponed due to fighting.
Patrons buy fesikh in Cairo (Khaled Desouki / AFP)
13:36 GMT
Britain’s Ambassador to Egypt described his experience with Fesikh as “an experience”.
Shanina Shaik has spoken out about being bullied during her teenage years due to her mixed ethnicity.  (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT
The model graces the cover of Emirates Woman magazine this month, and talks about her upbringing with her Pakistani-Saudi father and Australian-Lithuanian mother.
A pile of pilfered pills. (Shutterstock)
12:59 GMT
Saudi border guards arrested two men who dumped barrels of amphetamines off of a boat!
The centre focuses on providing all the components in an integrated system to take 3D technology from the ideas and innovation stage to the design phase. (Twitter)
12:49 GMT
Sheikh Maktoum inaugurated the centre at Dubai Industrial City, which will host more than 700 local and international companies working with 3D printing technology.
Medical aid workers help a man wounded by Daesh rocket fire in Kilis, Turkey. (AFP/Yasin Akgul)
12:46 GMT
Turkey launched another offensive against Daesh, as the militant organization continues to shoot rockets at the Turkish town of Kilis.
Although your financial adviser should be able to describe the level of risk with each investment portfolio, this person doesn’t know you.  (Shutterstock)
12:38 GMT
Make the most out of your meeting with a financial advisor by thinking about your needs and wants ahead of time.
This file photo taken on April 7, 2016 shows Russian army sappers check for mines in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. (AFP/Max Delaney)
12:30 GMT
The documents reveal the extent of communication and coordination between two supposedly mortal enemies.
According to a recent Bayt.com survey, millennials in MENA favor good work/life balance over financial reward. (File photo)
12:27 GMT
If you want to get the most out of your youngest employees, it helps to understand their needs and wants.
Wilson said that 'I’ve never had a one-on-one confrontation with one of those artists who boycotts Israel, but I would like to.' (Starsdie.com)
12:08 GMT
The founder of British prog rock greats Porcupine Tree and friend to Aviv Geffen and Ninet muses on his solo career, his 'second home' Tel Aviv and the death of rock.
Ahram's editorial hit out at the interior ministry's "several mistakes in this past period, concluding with its unfortunate behavior against the right[s] of journalists and media workers." (Twitter)

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12:05 GMT
In a rare move for the state-owned daily, Egypt's oldest newspaper lashed out at the interior ministry's storming of the Press Syndicate headquarters and arrest of two journalists.
This picture taken on April 30, 2016 shows participants holding placard and candles during a vigil in Sydney for an Iranian refugee who died after setting himself on fire on the Pacific island of Nauru. (AFP/Saeed Khan)
12:00 GMT
The UNHCR has said conditions in Australian offshore detention camps 'do immense damage to physical and mental health.'
Rihanna's concert will come as part of her Anti World Tour. (Facebook)
11:39 GMT
Counting the stars: Rihanna, Chemical Brothers 2 out of 4 stars to play Abu Dhabi F1 after-race concerts.
Results of an airstrike on an MSF hospital in Aleppo. (AFP/File)
11:35 GMT
Syrian state media are reporting a number of people have been killed and injured in a rebel rocket attack on a government run hospital in Aleppo.
University of Jordan students perform communal funeral prayers for civilians killed in Aleppo this week. (Twitter/Rami Safadi)
11:30 GMT
Thousands gathered at the University of Jordan campus to raise awareness about the deadly escalation of violence in Aleppo this week.
Thousands of activists, as well as several journalists, have been detained since former army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew predecessor Mohamed Morsi in 2013. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)
11:00 GMT
Reporters in Egypt have been banned from covering certain issues, face censorship, physical violence and arrest when reporting in the field.
Daily protests over unpaid salaries culminated in seven company buses torched by angry workers on Saturday. (AFP/Mahmoud Mahmoud)
11:00 GMT
The embattled construction giant owes SR4.8 billion to employees for 2017 and an additional SR595 million payable in 2018.
The pop icon will work with the consumer electronics brand to establish music and sound quality as the brand’s defining competitive differentiator. (Mena Herald)
10:50 GMT
New HTC brand ambassador Mohamad Hamaki's got his new HTC10 and he's wired for sound!
The Palestinian music producer took cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, as his date. (AFP)
10:05 GMT
The Palestinian music producer took cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, as his date.
A screenshot of the scene. (Facebook)
10:01 GMT
Women have been making headlines lately for standing up to sexual assault - and this time a group of women beat up a man for flashing a woman.
Jordanian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood gather during a protest in the capital Amman on August 8, 2014. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
10:00 GMT
The group comprises founding members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Action Front in Jordan.
Oman's strategy hinges on Oman’s potential as a destination for ‘adventure tourism’ because of its nature, mountains and unspoilt beauty. (Wikipedia)
10:00 GMT
Oman's new 20 year tourism strategy will cost $35B and is focused on 'quality vs quantity' rather than overdevelopment for mass tourism.
An Iraqi man chants slogans as other wave their national flag during a demonstration against corruption. (AFP/File)
09:42 GMT
People in nine Arab countries, including Egypt and Jordan, said they experienced worsening government corruption last year, according to a new study.
A third of people overall said they feared retaliation if they reported corruption. (Shutterstock)
09:38 GMT
Some 50 million people in MENA paid bribes last year, according to a report from the anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International.
Women in Saudi Arabia will now have the right to receive a copy of her marriage contract and to check the details of it, including prenuptial agreements and whether the wife will be allowed to take a job. (File photo)
09:30 GMT
Many Saudi women have had issues with proving their marriage was legitimate and with inheritance in the case of the husband's death.
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid matched perfectly as they made their first red carpet appearance as a couple at the 2016 Met Gala. (AFP)
09:01 GMT
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid matched perfectly as they made their first red carpet appearance as a couple at the 2016 Met Gala.
Th QNB hackers reportedly had access to the bank’s data systems for 200 days. (File photo)
08:59 GMT
The hackers claiming responsibility for the Qatar National Bank data breach have Turkish connections and are known as Bozkurtlar, but have not yet claimed a motive or made demands.
rotesters said the government and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should close the Pacific detention centres. (AFP/File)
08:53 GMT
Young Somali woman moved to Australia with critical injuries, days after Iranian man died after self-immolation on Nauru.
A file photo of a Palestinian youth throwing stones. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT
Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that unknown assailants opened fire at the house of a 50-year-old Palestinian in the Bedouin village of Tuba-Zangariyye in northern Israel, among other incidents.
Saudi's King Fahd Causeway is a series of bridges and causeways connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. (Wikipedia)
08:00 GMT
Two new causeways linking Saudi Arabia to Bahrain and Qatar have been proposed at a sustainable development conference in Doha.
Reports said that another batch comprising of some seventy refugees are to be flown to Italy in another three weeks. (AFP/File)
07:56 GMT
One hundred Syrian refugees, mostly women and children, were flown out from Lebanon through the Rafic Hariri International Airport as part of a project organized by Sant'Egidio Catholic community, the Federation of Evangelical Churches and the Valdese Evangelical Church.
Oman Football Association logo
07:51 GMT
Sheikh Salim al Wahaibi, a former Oman Football Association (OFA) vice-chairman, announced on Monday that he will contest for the post of president at the next OFA election scheduled in September for the 2016-2020 term.