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This solar park in Gujarat, India is one of the largest in the world. (AFP/File)
12:12 GMT
Solar power is a major opportunity for developing countries lacking access to electricity; Lebanon's Internet freedom is declining; Jordan is a great place for startups.

December 17, 2014

Tunisian policewoman who "slapped" Bouazizi says "I was scapegoated by Ben Ali". (Photo: Flickr)
12:23 GMT
An interview with the woman who slapped street vendor Bouazizi pushing him to set himself on fire; Israel world’s second most lethal country for journalists in 2014; the purported Israeli intelligence operation is said to have foiled a number of overseas Hezbollah attacks.
With her marriage to Clooney, Walters says, Amal joins the ranks of Jackie Onassis, Princess Diana and Kate Middleton — everything she does, says or wears is officially… fascinating. (Photo: EPA)
08:08 GMT
Barbara Walters picks Amal Clooney as 'most fascinating person of the year'; how a journalist escaped being kidnapped in Yemen; in between images of the Peshawar attack, a thought about Pakistan’s army public schools.

December 16, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Flappy Bird, Conchita Wurst, ISIS and Frozen tops 2014 Google searches.
17:08 GMT
Top 10 most popular searches on Google in 2014; why Allo Taxi makes the whole booking process much easier
Young Muslim women lay flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. (Photo: AFP/file)
13:29 GMT
As the Sydney siege comes to an end, hundreds of thousands of Tweets show solidarity with Muslims; Washington looks to leverage some Holy See klout in South America as it tries to find homes for detainees; One hundred Palestinian bus drivers in the capital have quit their jobs because of violence from Jewish racists.

December 15, 2014

In November, residents of the US capital voted to legalise cannabis for recreational purposes.(Photo: popularresistence.org)
08:00 GMT
Residents of the US capital voted to legalise cannabis for recreational purposes, but Congress did not approve the move; the world Mandela inspires is far from accepting Israel’s occupation of Palestine; to this day, some even remain convinced that Israel’s supposed preference for the Assad regime stands behind Washington’s de facto pro-Assad policy

December 14, 2014

More than 200,000 Syrians have poured into neighbouring countries during the conflict. (Photo: AFP)
12:00 GMT
Refugees say that it always works the same way: the sheikh has an NGO, he gets money, and he keeps some for himself and the rest he distributes as aid; Fear of ISIS Threatens Media Freedom in Kyrgyzstan; In Israel, there is no law against torture and the justification of its use is still mainstream.
Most Arabs are butt people, except Lebanon and Egypt. (Photo: Pornhub)
09:21 GMT
Most Arabs are butt people, except Lebanon and Egypt; British Airways launches virtual reality experience; YouTube now lets you create GIFs from videos.

December 13, 2014

Amid the Uber shutdown in India, Uber Beirut may also be banned soon. (AFP/File)
16:17 GMT
The Lebanese Minister of Transportation is rumored to want Uber Beirut banned; Instagram hits 300 million users; MENA countries at major risk of "premature deindustrialization"

December 11, 2014

In an unexpected move, famous adult website PornHub just released an international interactive map entitled “Who lasts longest?”. (Photo: Shutterstock)
12:00 GMT
In an unexpected move, famous adult website PornHub just released an international interactive map entitled “Who lasts longest?”; E-commerce in the Arab world to reach USD10 Billion by 2018; Turning Wikipedia into a virtual galaxy.
Abu Ein, who was the Palestinian Authority official responsible for popular resistance against West Bank settlements, took part in a press conference organized by four Palestinian villages and Israeli human rights group Yesh Din Wednesday morning. (Photo: Mohamad Turkman)
09:48 GMT
The Palestinian minister who died after a non-violent protest on Wednesday was a symbol the Palestinian Authority’s support for non-violent popular struggle; Lebanon releases jihadist commander’s wife.

December 10, 2014

Speed Sisters from Palestine. (Photo: joe.ie)
12:00 GMT
Documentary about Palestinian female rally-race drivers in their heavily male-dominated culture and sport; in an effort to remain cool and relatable ISIL held a board meeting in the hole they operate out of and came out with some pretty impressive decisions; the US just refuses to take the blame for the role they played in creating problems in the ME region.
An extraordinary two-fronted smartphone that has both a regular touchscreen on the front and an e-ink touchscreen YOTAPHONE 2on the back has launched in UAE. (Photo: yotaphone.com)
09:29 GMT
An extraordinary two-fronted smartphone that has both a regular touchscreen on the front and an e-ink touchscreen YOTAPHONE 2on the back has launched in UAE; top 10 tech companies to work for in 2015; Amazon brings 4K streaming to life.

December 9, 2014

Anti-government protest in Sanaa organised by the Shiite Huthi movement. (Photo: AFP)
13:40 GMT
Since at least 1980, the Sunnis of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran have been brutally suppressed; The exposure of a popular ‘co-existence’ photo as a staged fabrication points to the need for better images of the path to a just peace.
His comrade Abu Maryam al-Faranci, warned the people of France he would cut off their heads. (Photo: Al Hayat Media Center)
07:58 GMT
Rather than banning fighters from coming home, governments should consider employing them as spokespeople in their home communities; Omar Barghouti credits the prime minister for the BDS movement's success in recent years; Human rights organizations pledge to challenge the latest iteration of the Prevention of Infiltration Law.