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June 21, 2017

FIFA president Gianni Infantino
06:50 GMT
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has hailed video reviews as the "future of football" after tests at the Confederations Cup but the sport's world governing body says some fine-tuning is needed.
Iraqi cyclist Sahem Jreidi (Photo courtesy of Boost Facebook page)
06:36 GMT
Friends of Iraqi cyclist Sahem Jreidi on Tuesday lamented his tragic death on Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) Road in the early hours of Monday. Iraqi cyclist tragically killed in ‘hit-and-run’ in Jordan

According to the report, the violators of the ban would also be banned from applying for a new passport. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Bahrain’s Interior Ministry has issued an order according to which the passport of any Bahraini citizen who travels to Qatar, resides there, or even crosses Qatari soil en route to other countries, would be revoked.
Ten people were injured in the attack, which took place early Monday near Finsbury Park mosque, north London. (AFP)
06:00 GMT
Among the roughly 100 people at the vigil, some carried signs reading "United Against All Terror".
Data science and analytics jobs are on the rise. (Pixabay)
00:10 GMT
Data science is one of the fastest-growing interdisciplinary fields of work globally.
Think twice before opening that email. (File photo)
00:04 GMT
Impersonation attacks are the new e-mail scam.

June 20, 2017

More millionaires in the UAE. (Pixabay)
23:59 GMT
The UAE saw a 6 percent increase in millionaire households last year.
Dubai's flying taxi. (TA)
23:54 GMT
Dubai is set to conduct trial run of its manned autonomous air taxis later this year.
Saudi Aramco. (AFP/ File)
22:49 GMT
Saudi Arabia is taking steps toward maximizing the value of the oil giant.
Snapchat. (File photo)
22:43 GMT
Time Warner will produce shows for Snapchat.
A currency trader in Tokyo observes progress in the US presidential election as a TV channel displays portraits of contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. (AFP)
22:40 GMT
Tokyo stocks extended their winning streak for a third straight session on Tuesday.
The project will provide legal identification to 1.1 billion people worldwide with no official documents. (AFP/ File)
22:34 GMT
Accenture and Microsoft are teaming up to build a digital ID network for refugees.
Barclays. (File photo)
22:23 GMT
British authorities on Tuesday charged Barclays and four former executives with fraud.
Tesla at the 2016 Shanghai Auto Show. (Johannes Aisele/ AFP)
22:15 GMT
Tesla will soon reach an agreement to produce vehicles in China.
Seismic surveys reveal 14 promising oil and gas basins in the Arctic. (Pixabay)
22:06 GMT
Preliminary data indicate a new oil field has been discovered in the Arctic.
10.3 million of the world's displaced people fled their homes last year alone. (AFP)
20:00 GMT
UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi described the number as "the highest figure since we started recording these figures".
A US airstrike on Raqqa in December 2016. (Wikimedia Commons)
18:00 GMT
Australia announced a temporary suspension of its air operations in Syria on Tuesday, following the downing of a Syrian bomber by a U.S. jet.
Zeina Hashem Beck. (
17:30 GMT
"You have to be careful...not to use other people′s suffering for a poem." Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck talks about poetry, responsibility, and her new book, "Louder Than Hearts."
King Kong's got another thing coming. (Original Image: Warner Bros. Pictures)
16:30 GMT
The MonsterVerse will continue with "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," which starts production today and is getting ready to go claw-to-claw with other big scary monsters of its ilk.
16:05 GMT
Practicing stretching, breathing, aerobic activities and yoga in your pregnancy days and even after that, reduce the risk of postnatal depression, suggests a study.

"After decades, I have the honour to be the first prime minister to build a settlement in Judea and Samaria." - Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP)
16:00 GMT
According to Israeli rights group Peace Now, the new settlement will be the first official one since 1991.
The prince has made this arrangement since the interval between Qiyamul Layl and Fajr prayers is too short for pilgrims to go out for their suhoor meals. (shutterstock)
16:00 GMT
Thousands of Umrah pilgrims at the Grand Mosque in Makkah are being given free suhoor meals during the last days of Ramadan.
Mohamed Salah
14:27 GMT
English Premier League side Liverpool are on the verge of signing Mohamed Salah for a club record fee as the Egypt winger was given permission by AS Roma to undergo a medical at the club on Wednesday...
A member of Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service patrols an alley during the advance towards the Old City of Mosul on June 19, 2017 as the ongoing offensive continues to retake the last district still held by Daesh fighters. (Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP)
14:00 GMT
Erbil- Iraqi forces began storming ISIS-held Old City of Mosul on Sunday, in an assault they hope will be the last in the eight-month-old campaign to seize the militants’ stronghold.
Palestinian Christian Nael Ghantous was filmed as he called for prayer at the Zine El Abidine mosque. (screenshot)
13:00 GMT
For Palestinians, gestures of religious unity between Muslims and Christians are not rare, nor are they new.
Bagram Air Base, the largest US military base in Afghanistan, near where the eight security guards were killed. (Wikimedia Commons)
12:00 GMT
Eight Afghan security guards from Bagram Airbase were killed when their vehicle was attacked by unknown gunmen late Monday night.
Oman is the most cybersecure country in the Arab world. (Pixabay)
11:56 GMT
Oman is the most cybersecure country in the Arab world.
Mashrou' Leila in Morocco. (Facebook / Mashrou' Leila)
11:44 GMT
Jordan has barred popular Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila once again, perhaps banning it. The band, the government said, does not reflect "Jordanian customs and traditions." Al Bawaba decided to ask locals what they knew about the band and the customs and traditions supposedly being violated.
With this acquisition, Engie becomes Tabreed's key shareholder, along with Mubadala. (AFP)
11:14 GMT
France-based electric utility company Engie acquires a 40 percent stake in Tabreed.
Viceroy hotel on Abu Dhabi's Yas island. (AFP)
11:05 GMT
Mubadala is hoping to finalize a deal to buy the remaining 50 percent of the Viceroy Hotel Group.
Only weeks before the attack, Robinson released a video in which he warned that "militias will be set up" to "clean out this Islamic problem". (twitter)
10:49 GMT
Despite rallying against terror and jumping to condemn extremism at every dreaded news flash, key figures on the right and in the right-wing media continue to spew divisive rhetoric that fuels anti-Muslim hatred.
CEO of Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker speaks at Le Bourget airport, near Paris, on the opening day of the International Paris Air Show. (Eric Piermont/ AFP)
10:49 GMT
The Gulf rift will not stop Qatar Airways from growing, says Akbar Al Baker.
The Book of Gaza. (Carcanet Press Ltd.)
10:30 GMT
The complete 2018 PEN Translate Award nominees was released, with Palestinians, Syrians, and women rocking the list. Details inside!
An Iranian fishing boat in 2012. Reports emerged on Saturday that Saudi Arabia had killed an Iranian fisherman. (Wikimedia Commons)
10:16 GMT
An official with the Iranian Interior Ministry has denied a claim by Saudi Arabia that Riyadh has arrested three members of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
President Trump has taken to Twitter during previous terror attacks to make the case for tighter restrictions on travel from predominantly Muslim countries. (AFP)
10:04 GMT
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert issued an official condemnation of the deadly assault but Donald Trump – often quick to comment on Twitter after extremist violence – kept his counsel.
"Don't Extinguish the Sun." (CBC)
09:00 GMT
The biggest criticism against "Don't Extinguish the Sun" is that it betrays Egyptian values. But is that even the point?
Summer vacations could trigger a less cautious approach to spending. (Pexels)
08:37 GMT
Summer vacations are around the corner, and with travel comes a lot of expenses.
Jose Alberto Gutierrez. (YouTube / Columbia Javen)
08:09 GMT
Once upon a time, Jose Gutierrez noticed a copy of "Anna Karenina" in a bin. He decided he'd give books the happily ever after ending they deserved.

“If they want to be isolated because of their perverted view of what their political role is then let them be isolated.” (AFP)
08:03 GMT
A senior UAE official said Qatar isolation could last 'for years'.
The report has shown a particular increase in appetite for investments in technology-related sectors, such as IT, FinTech, and e-commerce. (File photo)
08:00 GMT
UAE emerged as the largest market in 2016 for private equity investment.
Fury quickly followed as Algerians took to social media to call on local authorities to arrest and punish the perpetrator for endangering the child's life. (shutterstock)
07:52 GMT
Shocking images emerge of a man dangling a two-year-old boy outside the window of a high-rise apartment block.
Chief executor of Qatar Airways speaks on new Qatar Airways Business plan. (AFP)
07:34 GMT
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani described the measures aimed at isolating Qatar "an act of aggression."
The Defence Ministry said the Syrian plane was destroyed and the fate of the pilot unknown. (AFP)
07:25 GMT
Russia has said it will treat all US coalition aircraft west of Euphrates river in Syria as 'airborne targets'.
The late Carrie Fisher: actress, writer, script doctor. (ANGELA WEISS / GETTY / AFP)
06:00 GMT
Carrie Fisher, the Star Wars actress who passed from cardiac arrest in December, died with traces of hard drugs in her bloodstream, a toxicology report reveals.
Australia's football team players (back L-R) Bailey Wright, Milos Degenek, Trent Sainsbury, Tommy Rogic, Mathew Leckie, Tomi Juric, (front L-R) Mathew Ryan, Aaron Mooy, Aziz Behich, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan during their 2017 Confederations Cup group B match against Germany at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 19, 2017.
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Australia's national football team players (back L-R) Australia's defender Bailey Wright , defender Milos Degenek, defender Trent Sainsbury , forward Tommy Rogic, forward Mathew Leckie, forward Tomi Juric, (front L-R) Australia's goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, midfielder Aaron Mooy, defender Aziz Behich, midfielder Massimo Luongo, midfielder Mark Milligan during the 2017 Confederations Cup group B football match between Australia and Germany at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 19, 2017. FRANCK FIFE / AFP
The Real Madrid star will feature on the cover of the huge football game for the first time ever, stoking anticipation for the new release (Photo: EA Sports)
03:41 GMT
The Real Madrid star will feature on the cover of the huge football game for the first time ever, stoking anticipation for the new release
Konami's football sim has played second fiddle to FIFA in recent years but is regularly lauded for its realism and enjoyable gameplay
03:11 GMT
Konami's football sim has played second fiddle to FIFA in recent years but is regularly lauded for its realism and enjoyable gameplay
Australia national football team
02:58 GMT
Football Federation Australia (FFA) are deep in negotiations with their Iranian counterparts to play a international between the two nations for the first time since the infamous 1997 World Cup qualifier at the MCG, Fairfax Media revealed.

June 19, 2017

Malian security forces escort to safety hostages outside the Kangaba Le Campement in the outskirt of Bamako on June 19, 2017 a day after suspected jihadists stormed the resort, briefly seizing more than 30 hostages and leaving at least two people dead. (Fototala King Massassy/AFP)
20:00 GMT
Unidentified gunmen stormed a Mali luxury resort popular with Western expatriates just outside the capital Bamako, killing four guests and leaving one other guest missing, a security source at the scene said on Monday.
Saudi energy minister Khalid Al Falih. (Fayez Nureldine/ AFP)
20:00 GMT
The Saudi energy minister said the ministry is working on energy price reforms.
Some 8,000 workers will be transferred to other companies. (AFP/ File)
19:00 GMT
Employees of troubled construction company Saudi Oger will be moved to other firms.
A possible hate-crime motivation is among the things authorities are investigating. (twitter)
19:00 GMT
Fairfax County police found the body of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen in a pond on Sunday afternoon.
Mohammed Mahmoud, an Imam at Finsbury Park Mosque, gives a statement to the media at a police cordon in the Finsbury Park area of north London on June 19, 2017, following a vehicle attack on pedestrians. (Isabel Infantes/AFP)
18:00 GMT
Imam Mohammed Mahmoud stepped in and told the angry crowd to stop beating the assailant who killed one and injured 10 on Sunday night.
This is not quite the haircut you should walk around with in Iran. Spiky haircuts have been banned along with those considered “homosexual” and associated with “devil worshipping”. What exactly that means is not entirely clear. But any shop who cuts hairs in these styles will be punished and their license revoked.
17:57 GMT
Whether it’s your hairstyle, the name of your baby what you wear or how you move, here are 8 weird things banned around the Middle East you might not have heard of.
The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) logo
17:31 GMT
The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) on Monday expressed concern around the diplomatic crisis of Qatar with its Gulf region neighbours, saying that politics and sport must be separate.
Qatar’s Nasser al-Attiyah (right) and co-driver Mathhieu Baumel celebrate their Cyprus Rally win. (Photo: Gulf Times)
16:56 GMT
Qatar’s Nasser Saleh al-Attiyah produced another dominant performance to storm to a win at the Cyprus Rally.
Moroccan striker Azaro (Photo: Ahram)
16:20 GMT
Ahly have completed the signing of Moroccan international striker Walid Azaro for a four-year contract, the Cairo giants announced on Sunday on the club's official website.
The attack on Finsbury Park Mosque was a "sickening attempt" to destroy the freedom to worship. (AFP)
16:00 GMT
Additional police have been deployed at British mosques to protect Muslims following a van attack on worshippers near a north London mosque.
Shahid Afridi
15:20 GMT
Extremely jubilant with Pakistan's emphatic Champions Trophy title-win, former T20 skipper Shahid Afridi believes that the country's cricket is now back on track and hoped that team reach some incredible highs in the years to come.
Real Madrid among the teams to play in the UAE in December
14:52 GMT
Following a successful Visa pre-sale period for the Fifa Club World Cup UAE 2017, the Local Organizing Committee has now launched ticket sales to the general public — including the chance to snap up briefs to see Real Madrid.
The late, great Aldo Rock. (Khaleej Times)
14:30 GMT
Aldo Rock, Dubai's resident "guitar doctor" and a prominent figure in the Emirati rock scene for two decades, has passed away. His fans and proteges will pay tribute. Get the details here.
Step 1: Do not multi-task. (Pexels)
14:29 GMT
There are some steps that you can do when you are in the never-ending to-do list situation.
US president Donald Trump. (AFP/ File)
14:20 GMT
The best place to seek refuge from the overwhelming deluge of news about US President Donald Trump might not be a remote island or cave, but the internet itself.
A number plate auction in the UAE in 2008. (Karim Sahib/ AFP)
14:18 GMT
At just Dh1,620, Dubai residents can now choose a five-digit plate numbered after any important event in their life.
Iraqi forces launched the battle for Mosul in October retaking the eastern part of the city in January. (AFP)
14:00 GMT
The push into Mosul's Old City marks the culmination of a month long campaign by Iraqi forces to retake last major Daesh stronghold.
Forensic officers work at the scene in Finsbury Park area of north London after a vehichle hit pedestrians, on June 19, 2017. A van ploughed into pedestrians near a London mosque in early Monday, killing one man and injuring eight other people in what Prime Minister Theresa May said was "a potential terrorist attack".(Tolga Akmen/AFP)
13:49 GMT
The UK just cannot catch a break at the moment. It is only days after scores died in a massive fire in west London, and fewer than two weeks after eight people were murdered on or near London Bridge.
A drone. (File photo)
13:48 GMT
KACST has announced that the first stage of a drone factory in Riyadh is almost complete.
Saudi riyals. (File photo)
13:38 GMT
GCC monetary conditions will continue to become tighter.
Kholoud Mousa. (SG)
13:29 GMT
Kholoud Mousa is the first Saudi woman certified public accountant in Saudi Arabia.
The report did not say who the navy suspected to be behind the attack. (File photo)
13:20 GMT
Saudi Arabia said it has thwarted a terrorist attack on a major offshore oilfield.
Qatar Petroleum's CEO Saad Sherida Al Kaabi. (File photo)
13:07 GMT
Qatar Petroleum said it will not suspend its gas supply to the UAE.
Bill Cosby's freedom stands on the line after a litany of sexual assault accusations spanning decades. (EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ / AFP)
13:00 GMT
Despite what Bill Cosby's lawyers say, a mistrial is just that: a mistrial. It is a reset. It is not an acquittal.
Financial data. (File photo)
12:32 GMT
A look at fintech in the GCC.
Muscat. (File photo)
12:21 GMT
Oman ranks as the leading Arab country for starting businesses, according to a new report.
Community members who have led initiatives to support those affected without help from government say that this is not enough. (AFP)
12:11 GMT
Families affected by the devastating London tower block inferno last week will receive £5,500 from the British government.
Tourism remains a vital pillar of the Moroccan economy. (Pixabay)
12:09 GMT
Morocco has witnessed a significant increase in number of tourists visiting the country.
Jordan's Prime Minister Hani Mulki. (AFP/ File)
11:52 GMT
A Royal Decree was issued approving a reshuffle in Prime Minister Hani Mulki’s government.
Founder and CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos. (AFP/ File)
11:37 GMT
Bill Gates currently holds the title for world's richest man.
Qatar has the third-largest proven gas reserves in the world. (File photo)
11:31 GMT
Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has downgraded Qatar Petroleum’s rating to “AA-“ from “AA”.
Japan eases visa procedures for UAE citizens. (Pixabay)
11:22 GMT
UAE citizens can now visit Japan without a pre-entry visa.
Shubbak Festival 2017! (Shubbak Festival)
11:13 GMT
Readings, songs, discussions: Arabic poetry will grace London at this year's (exciting as always) Shubbak Festival!
Novelist and translator Layla Qasrani. (YouTube / Layla Qasrani)
10:44 GMT
Iraqi-American novelist and translator Layla Qasrany thinks back to a heartbreaking incident which took place in 2007.
Smoke billows from buildings in the northern Syrian city of Raqa on June 18, 2017, during an offensive by US-backed fighters to retake the Islamic State (IS) group bastion. (Delil Souleiman/AFP)
10:34 GMT
A United States fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane near Raqqa on Sunday, an incident confirmed by both Washington and Damascus despite varying accounts.
Alwiya al-Thani. (Arab News)
10:00 GMT
Alwyiya Al-Thani and Rami Yasin ("The Worthy," "Zinzana") will be representing the UAE at Global Media Makers
Iran said on Sunday it launched missiles into Syria targeting Daesh positions in response to last week's attacks in Tehran which killed 23 people. (Wikimedia Commons, for illustrative purposes only)
09:26 GMT
Iran said on Sunday it launched missiles into Syria targeting Daesh positions in response to last week's attacks in Tehran which killed 23 people.
He knows you've missed him. (20th Century Fox)
09:00 GMT
"Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds is teasing the new not-superhero movie by publishing pictures on-set.
London mayor Sadiq Khan labelled the incident a "horrific terrorist attack on innocent people." (AFP)
08:26 GMT
he suspect screamed "I'm going to kill all Muslims," according to witness Abdulrahman Saleh Alamoudi who was assisting victims.
Don't Extinguish the Sun. (CBC)
08:19 GMT
The Internet has decided that, when it comes to love stories this Ramadan, the one couple that can't think straight is the only one that actually matters.
But how do they breed? (Walt Disney Entertainment, Inc.)
07:54 GMT
The new Disney-Pixar venture zoomed past Wonder Woman to take gold at the US box office this weekend.
A picture taken on Jan. 11, 2016 shows Kurdish Peshmerga forces monitoring trenches in Daquq in Kirkuk. (AFP)
07:00 GMT
Four Daesh bombers attacked a position held by Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq on Sunday amid reports of casualties, according to a local military officer.
Turkish soldiers in Afghanistan in 2010. 731 Turkish soldiers took ill on Saturday night. (Wikimedia Commons)
06:00 GMT
More than 700 soldiers have fallen sick in a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a military barracks in the western Turkish province of Manisa.
The 23-year-old is the only victim of the fire to be officially named (Facebook)
06:00 GMT
"He survived Assad, the war in Syria, only to die in a tower block in London. There are no words."

June 18, 2017

ICC Champions Trophy
23:56 GMT
Indian skipper Kohli candidly admits their opponents showed better skill
Photo: @ahdaafme
23:24 GMT
@ahdaafme OFFICIAL: Uzbekistan International Sardor Rashidov signs for @AlJazira_uae. #AGLeague
Mayor of Pedrogao Grande, Valdemar Alves, said that some villages had been "completely surrounded by flames." (AFP)
20:00 GMT
Forest fires kill scores of people in central Portugal.
Yemenis stand on the rubble of houses destroyed in a separate Saudi-led coalition air strike in Sanaa on June 9, 2017. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
18:00 GMT
At least 24 civilians were killed after a Saudi-led air coalition bombarded a market in Yemen, the country's rebel-held news agency Saba reported on Sunday.
Total last November signed a deal worth $4.8 billion with China’s CNPC and Iran’s Petropars. (Denis Charlet/ AFP)
16:39 GMT
Iran says it expects to sign a long-delayed deal with Total over a key gas project "within the next few weeks".
A statue of Ramses II. (Pixabay)
16:30 GMT
Egypt’s GDP grew 25 percent in the first nine months of the current fiscal year 2016/2017.
King Salman. (AFP/ File)
16:16 GMT
The Saudi Public Prosecution will now be functioning under King Salman.