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January 16, 2019

Protesters stand holding a French flag near the Arc de Triomphe on the Place de l'Etoile in Paris during an anti-government demonstration. (AFP)
08:44 GMT
French President Emmanuel Macron launched a national debate Tuesday in an effort to assuage growing anger by protesters over a long list of grievances.
A Syrian boy and girl wash their boots and shoes from a cistern at a camp for the displaced near the village of Shamarin, near the border with Turkey. (AFP)
08:38 GMT
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has ordered that $50 million be allocated to support Syrian refugees and displaced people, local media reported Tuesday.
Ties between Qatar and Turkey have grown manifold, especially after the blockade. (Shutterstock)
08:35 GMT
More than 150 Qatari companies have started operating in Turkey since the economic blockade was imposed on Qatar in June 2017, Turkey Expo Qatar Board Member Attila Kurucayrilai said on Tuesday.
Indian sadhus (Hindu holy men) take a dip into the water of the holy Sangam -- the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers -- during the auspicious bathing day of Makar Sankranti at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad (AFP)
08:30 GMT
The Kumbh Mela, a Hindu festival which is considered as one of the world’s largest religious gathering, started in India on Tuesday, local media reported.
Saudi prince has gifted Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan with gold plated assault rifle (Twitter)
08:26 GMT
A Saudi prince has gifted Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan a gold plated assault rifle, local Pakistani media has reported.
Growth rates of 3.4 percent and 3.6 percent are projected in 2020 and 2021, respectively. (Shutterstock)
08:23 GMT
The economic growth rate in Tunisia is expected to stand at 2.9 percent in 2019 given the reforms undertaken and the pick-up in tourism flows, said a recent World Bank report.
Mona Mahmud Mohammad (Twitter)
08:22 GMT
An Egyptian woman accused of spreading "false statements" after telling the BBC her daughter had been forcibly disappeared was ordered to be released by an Egyptian court on Tuesday.
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08:14 GMT
Photo of a Saudi prince presenting a gold plated assault rifle to Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan went viral on social media. The photo was shared by Pakistan’s local media before making its way to widely circulate social media platforms Tuesday.
The key monitored sectors - construction, wholesale & retail and travel & tourism - registered slower improvements in business conditions in December. (Shutterstock)
08:07 GMT
Non-oil private sector growth in Dubai eased in December as the three main sectors expanded at a slower pace compared to November, Emirates NBD said on Tuesday.
Anti-government demonstrators in the Sudanese capital Khartoum's southern business district of El-Kalakla. (AFP/File)
08:02 GMT
Protests in Sudan spread to residential areas of the capital Tuesday as the country’s economic and political crisis showed no signs of abating.
An anti-Brexit protester is seen outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on January 15, 2019. (AFP)
07:59 GMT
Theresa May is set to cling on to 10 Downing Street in a confidence vote today, after her Brexit deal was crushed in the worst ever Commons defeat for a sitting government.
Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) at the ceremonial swearing-in of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on January 3, 2018. (AFP/ File)
07:55 GMT
A Palestinian-American Muslim congresswoman Rashida Tlaib blasted on Tuesday Florida city commissioner’s Islamophobic message.
Palestinian fashion designer Yasmeen Mjalli speaks while standing in her clothing shop where her label collection "BabyFist" carrying anti-sexual harassment slogans is showcased, in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank 
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"BabyFist" label founder Yasmeen Mjalli, 22, sees the clothes helping to empower Palestinian women facing unwelcome male attention in public, placing on the fabrics of muted colours and on canvas bags messages in English and Arabic inside drawings of flowers and other designs.
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04:00 GMT
The start of a New Year often brings a new set of resolutions.
Turkey's Hulusi Akar and Alexander Lukashenko (Twitter)
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Turkey’s defense minister met the president of Belarus on Tuesday during his first official visit to Minsk.
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Bedding company Silentnight has released an anti-snore pillow which has received an abundance of dreamy reviews online.
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The number of smokers in Japan has drastically decreased over the years, new findings have revealed.

January 15, 2019

South Sudanese soldier (Shutterstock)
22:00 GMT
South Sudan opposition commander Moses Lokujo flipped through his notes, explaining international humanitarian law to an attentive group of senior officers.
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22:00 GMT
Thieves have stolen a painting believed to be the only one by Michelangelo in Belgium, just days before it was due to have its authenticity confirmed by experts.
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A new US study confirmed that people who use social media heavily actually display some of the behavioral hallmarks of cocaine or heroin addicts.
A Saudi woman looks at her mobile phone in the capital Riyadh (AFP Photo)
18:36 GMT
Just days after a Saudi teenager was granted asylum in Canada, another woman has reached out to social media for help to escape her allegedly abusive family.
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Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resume negotiations with the Palestinian Authority immediately, “even before” US President Donald Trump announces his peace plan known as the Deal of the Century.
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18:00 GMT
A California man who couldn't keep his daughter's two cats in his apartment came up with a solution -- renting them their own $1,500-a-month apartment.
Australia celebrate their 3-2 win in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group B football match between Australia and Syria at the Khalifa bin Zayed stadium in al-Ain on January 15, 2019.
Karim Sahib / AFP
17:25 GMT
An injury-time strike from Tom Rogic has seen Australia scrape past Syria 3-2 at the Asian Cup to seal second spot in Group B.
 The French striker has decided against an operation with his side in the midst of an injury crisis
17:12 GMT
The French striker has decided against an operation with his side in the midst of an injury crisis
Palestine's team pose for a group picture during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group B football match between Palestine and Jordan at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 15, 2019.
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
16:55 GMT
Palestine's team pose for a group picture during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group B football match between Palestine and Jordan at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 15, 2019. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
 A creditable 0-0 draw with Jordan and a late Australia goal against Syria kept Palestine in the Asian Cup for the time being.
16:52 GMT
A creditable 0-0 draw with Jordan and a late Australia goal against Syria kept Palestine in the Asian Cup for the time being. A creditable 0-0 draw with Jordan and a late Australia goal against Syria kept Palestine in the Asian Cup for the time being.
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14:18 GMT
A new advertisement released by the well-known razors’ company Gillette on “toxic masculinity”, sexual harassment and the MeToo movement has taken the internet by storm.
Ethiopian migrants on board a tiny, stuffed ship on the Red Sea (AFP/FILE)
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An IOM report found revealed two grim and under-covered facts: Europe is failing its obligation to take in refugees and that Ethiopians feel safer in Yemen's war zone than home.
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14:04 GMT
If you can't decide whether to wear a flared jean or a straight leg jean, this designer might have the solution.
A piece by Egyptian artist Samir Rafi. Green Art Gallery. (Supplied)
13:35 GMT
Dubai’s Green Art Gallery just unveiled a spotlight exhibition on the surrealism-inspired Egyptian artist Samir Rafi.
Khadija Ben Hamou. (Twitter)
13:28 GMT
Khadija Ben Hamou beat 16 contestants to become only the second black Miss Algeria in history. Although she is set to represent this North African country at Miss World 2019, her victory has been mired in racial abuse.
Damascus (Shutterstock)
13:18 GMT
Referring to what has been circulated by some websites on a statement attributed to Dr. Ibrahim Bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, minister of foreign affairs, on opening the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus, an official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the claimed statement, affirming that this statement is completely untrue and baseless.
United Nations special envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen arrives in Damascus (AFP)
13:15 GMT
New UN envoy Geir Pedersen, who arrived in Damascus Tuesday on his first visit since taking up post, is the fourth head of UN efforts to end Syria's nearly eight-year-old war.
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13:12 GMT
A woman is taking the Januhairy movement one step further by dyeing her armpit hair all the colours of the rainbow.
Amina said she would like to play a role of a dancer. (Source: aminakhalilofficial - Instagram)
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Amina Khalil revealed the role she hopes to play during her career. Amina said she would like to play a role of a dancer.
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Following a season of overspending, January payday can't come quick enough - but for these teens the spending spree never stops.
Sad boy sitting on dry ground and sunset . (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
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The Maghreb, the Balkans and the Near East are the regions that are at risk of losing the greatest number of wetland species due to climate change.
Cyrus and Hemsworth got married in December  (Source: mileycyrus / Instagram )
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Miley Cyrus expressed her love for her husband Liam Hemsworth on Twitter in honor of the actor's 29th birthday.
"Her name means 'yield to prayer (Source: ladygaga / Instagram )
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Lady Gaga mourned her dying horse Arabella on Twitter after she attended the Critics' Choice Awards gala
ranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  (AFP)
12:23 GMT
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday the security of northern Iraq’s Kurdish region is “important” for the Islamic Republic.
Selena  entered a treatment facility at the beginning of October (Source : Selenagomez / Instagram )
12:20 GMT
Selena Gomez has returned to social media to thank her fans for their continued support, after she took time away from the site when she entered rehab in October last year.
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A new Belgian ban on the slaughter of un-stunned animals in the country’s Walloon and Flemish regions is getting a frosty reception from Muslims and Jews alike, who call it a disrespectful curb on religious freedom.
President Beji Caid Essebsi (Twitter)
12:13 GMT
On the 8th anniversary of the Revolution, President Beji Caid Essebsi wished to avoid "at all costs” the general strike scheduled for January 17, “because its negative consequences will be more important that the benefits that can be obtained in case all demands are met.”
Some of the photos shared on "Rich Kids of Tehran" Instagram account for Iranian privileged youth. (Instagram/therichkidsoftehran)
12:13 GMT
On Instagram, an account called “Rich Kids of Tehran” has been gaining popularity among Iranians as well as many other users from around the world who were astonished to find out the real daily lives of Iran’s wealthy young elite.
Haifa Magic has recently published a video of herself falling down (Source: haifamagicofficial1 - Instagram)
12:08 GMT
Transexual Social Media Celebrity Haifa Magic said she would not post about her private and love life anymore.
Anniversary of the revolution in Tunis (J.Ciochon/Twitter)
12:07 GMT
The Tunisian people must remain vigilant against attempts to confiscate the revolution by the ruling coalition and fight against the unpatriotic choices and policies it continues to impose, many opposition parties said on Monday on the anniversary of the revolution of January 14, 2011.
US-Palestinian model Gigi walked her first-ever Prada runway (Source: gigihadid ,bellahadid , immamhammam / Isntagram )
12:05 GMT
It may have been Milan Men’s Fashion Week, but women ruled the runways in Italy as the likes of Gigi and Bella Hadid, as well as Imaan Hammam, sashayed down the catwalk.
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11:52 GMT
Several people have been jailed and fined for shooting and carrying weapons without a licence in Oman, the Public Prosecution has said.
According to the UAE Space Agency, in 2017, the total global space economy value amounted to $348 billion. (Shutterstock)
11:50 GMT
The UAE Space Agency (UAESA) has reportedly launched a National Plan for the Promotion of Space Investment aiming to increase domestic and foreign investment in the UAE space sector.
Stephen Constantine
11:45 GMT
Indian football coach Stephen Constantine has resigned from the post following India's ouster from the ongoing AFC Asian Cup.
The unemployment rate occurred as 11.6 percent with a 1.3 percentage point increase (Shutterstock)
11:34 GMT
Turkey’s unemployment rate stood at 11.6 percent in October, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said on Tuesday.
The worst storms in a decade left swathes of Israel and Jordan under a blanket of snow and parts of Lebanon blacked out. (AFP/ File)
11:26 GMT
After storm Norma ripped apart shoddy infrastructure across the country, flooded refugee settlements in the Bekaa Valley and northern Lebanon and blanketed the mountains in snow, another storm has come to town.
Qatar Football Association logo
11:21 GMT
Qatar Football Association (QFA) decided Monday to allow the first division clubs to sign an Arab player.
Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival is one of the music festivals in the Arab world to stay tuned for In 2019 (Source: Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival)
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If you happen to be someone who appreciates this beautiful form of art with all its genres. Here are 8 music festivals In the Arab world to stay tuned for In 2019
Juventus squad
11:05 GMT
Italy's Turin-based giant football team Juventus arrived in jeddah Monday night, on the way to meet their archrival AC Milan...
The initiative was rolled out in honour of the Year of Tolerance (Shutterstock)
10:46 GMT
Car dealerships and retailers in the UAE will be offering free car check ups in honour of the Year of Tolerance.
US President Donald Trump and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Shutterstock)
10:43 GMT
US President Donald Trump has held talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the establishment of a militant-free safe zone in northern Syria, shortly after he threatened to “devastate” NATO ally Turkey economically if it attacks Kurdish militants following Washington’s military withdrawal from the Arab state.
The former United Nations human rights commissioner and a former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson (Twitter)
10:38 GMT
The former United Nations (UN)’s human rights commissioner and a former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, has boycotted the biggest literary festival in Dubai, responding to an open letter by a group of prominent figures calling for the unconditional release of an Emirati activist jailed by Abu Dhabi.
Ruba Shamshoum
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Ireland-based Palestinian singer-songwriter Ruba Shamshoum has released a new song called “Love Growing.
Mayor of Gdansk Paweł Adamowicz dies after stabbing (Twitter)
10:28 GMT
Thousands of people in cities across Poland have joined anti-violence rallies to protest the stabbing murder of the popular mayor of the city of Gdansk, who advocated refugee rights.
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In a world dominated by the smartphone and the screen, bookworms have been forced to retreat into the shadows, rarely seen beyond the inner sanctums of libraries and reading rooms.
Stay safe while surfing the internet (Shutterstock)
10:19 GMT
UAE residents are constantly connected to their phones, and it goes without saying that high-speed internet access is a necessity.
The opening of Lebanon’s National Library was in December. (Twitter)
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The opening of Lebanon’s National Library in December garnered a lot of attention, with many agonizing over historical details, political motivations and who paid for which part of the “new” building in Sanayeh.
Saudi Arabia Mulls Gas Network Extension With UAE, Oman (Shutterstock)
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Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia was in talks with the UAE and Oman to extend a regional gas network after the country's largest gas discovery.
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A group exhibition exploring mice, rats and other rodents will open at Arcade Gallery in Maadi on Saturday.
When they ask about your analytical skills, but never ask about your shisha preparation skills, that’s when you know that you might need to re-evaluate what you claim to be competent at. (Shutterstock)
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When they ask about your analytical skills, but never ask about your shisha preparation skills, that’s when you know that you might need to re-evaluate what you claim to be competent at.
Kim Kardahian reveals her fourth child is going to be a boy (Source: kimkardashian / Instagram)
09:57 GMT
Kim Kardashian West has confirmed she is expecting a baby boy via a surrogate with husband Kanye West "sometime soon".
Ramallah (Shutterstock)
09:57 GMT
Palestinians staged a partial strike in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday to protest a controversial social security law.
Amman, Jordan (Shutterstock)
09:52 GMT
Jordan on Tuesday agreed to host a second round of peace talks between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels, according to the country’s foreign minister.
Jordan,Iraq Agree to Finalize Basra-Aqaba Oil Pipeline
09:47 GMT
King Abdullah of Jordan visited Iraq on Monday to activate security agreements between the two countries and finalize an oil pipeline project from Basra to the port of Aqaba.
British Prime Minister Theresa May  (Shutterstock)
09:44 GMT
British Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking much needed approval from the House of Commons for her European Union withdrawal agreement in a historical vote to be held Tuesday evening.
Berri's supporters rally, burn tires, block roads, and shoot bullets into the air (Twitter)
09:40 GMT
The internationally recognized Libyan government announced Monday it would boycott the Arab economic summit in Lebanon, after supporters of Speaker Nabih Berri’s Amal Movement tore down and burned a Libyan flag.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP)
09:35 GMT
Netanyahu sent a warning to Iran at the appointment ceremony of incoming IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi Tuesday morning.
UAE retained its position among Top 5 countries to work globally for the third time in a row. (Shutterstock)
09:33 GMT
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) retained its position as the fourth best place to work in the world for the third time in a row.
More Than 98 Million Passengers Visited Saudi Airports in 2018 (Shutterstock)
09:25 GMT
Airports across Saudi Arabia together recorded a 7.4 per cent increase in passenger traffic in 2018 compared to the previous year, with the total number reaching over 98 million.
Mutual Investments Between Kuwait, UK Exceeds $4 Billion in 2018 (Shutterstock)
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Lord Mayor of London, global ambassador for the UK’s financial and professional services industry, Peter Estlin said yesterday that the total worth of mutual investments between Kuwait and UK reached About $4.4 billion in 2018.
Vendors’ VAT Registration Status Can Be Checked Online in Bahrain (Shutterstock)
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The National Bureau for Taxation (NBT) yesterday introduced a new service that allows consumers to verify vendors’ VAT registration status through a search tool accessible on www.nbt.gov.bh.
After launch in Iran the satellite failed to reach the required speed after detachment from the rocket and so did not make orbit (Twitter)
08:48 GMT
Iran on Tuesday failed to launch a satellite into space, a process criticized by the U.S. and deemed challenging to UN Security Council resolutions.
Filippo Grandi  during  two-day visit to Egypt where he met President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Twitter)
08:45 GMT
Commissioner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called Monday for intensifying help to Egypt, which hosts a large number of refugees, especially Syrians and Africans.
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08:42 GMT
The victim told the court that her mother had forced her to go to a hotel and surrender herself to a man.
Winter Day Out is one of around 5,000 events either organized or sponsored by the GEA planned for this year. (AN photo by Essam Al Ghalib)
08:40 GMT
Over the past ten days, more than 50,000 people have attended Winter Day Out, an event sponsored by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), at The Gathering in Riyadh’s Masharef Hills development complex.
Maha Jannoud, believes she is the first woman in the Middle East to coach a professional men's side. (Twitter)
08:37 GMT
On the soccer pitch, Maha Jannoud barks out instructions to her Al-Muhafaza players just like any other coach, but with one difference: she is a woman in what has often been a man's world.
The Kingdom Tower stands in the night in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Shutterstock)
08:36 GMT
Saudi Arabia aims to increase its renewable energy production to 60 gigawatts, including 40 GW from solar energy and 20 from wind and other sources by 2030.
Ariana Grande Adds Another Tattoo to Her Collection (Source : arianagrande / Instagram)
08:35 GMT
And Ariana Grande stunned as she added a quirky new tattoo to her collection on Sunday. She is no stranger to going under the tattoo gun, boasting around 30 inkings.
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08:30 GMT
Turkey's embassy in the Pakistani capital inaugurated Monday a workshop for the traditional Turkish art of marbling, or painting on water known as "Ebru".
Labour protest in Iran (Twitter)
08:25 GMT
Iran denied claims by a labour protest leader that he was tortured in prison following strikes at a sugar factory, state TV reported on Monday.
 Kurdish forces in Syria (Twitter)
08:23 GMT
US President Donald Trump warned Turkey on Sunday that it would face economic devastation if it attacked the US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, once the US troops leave Syria, the step which has been announced late in December.
Israeli military (Twitter)
08:19 GMT
The Israeli military finally confirms long-running reports of its collaboration with the militants operating against the Syrian government, admitting that it has provided weapons to them.
A total of 4,557 expatriates were deported and another 5,413 arrested for “violating provisions of the Labour Law”. (Shutterstock)
08:17 GMT
More than 4,500 expats were deported and another 5,000 were arrested for violating the Labour Law in 2018, according to the Ministry of Manpower.
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08:13 GMT
A video is circulating the social media of U.S. President Donald Trump while laying out a White House feast of 300 burgers and showing off what he called “A great American food”.
Money Transfers to Be Paid in Lebanese Local Currency Instead of US Dollar (Shutterstock)
08:04 GMT
All money transfer offices must pay cash wired electronically from abroad to the recipients in Lebanese pounds only and not in U.S. dollars, Lebanon’s Central Bank announced Monday.
A woman observes one of the Jeddars pyramid tombs, near the city of Tiaret, some 250 kilometres (155 miles) southwest of the Algerian capital, on April 23, 2018.
RYAD KRAMDI / AFP
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Algeria's pyramid tombs are perched on a pair of hills near the city of Tiaret.
Market sentiment should improve in the long run as the new visa regulations will provide a boost to the UAE's real estate market. (Shutterstock)
07:30 GMT
The performance of both the UAE and Dubai real estate industry in 2019 will depend on how the market responds to the raft of government initiatives and regulations announced to stimulate demand.
For techno lovers in the know, Marco Carola is one of the most respected artists in the scene
07:08 GMT
For techno lovers in the know, Marco Carola is one of the most respected artists in the scene.
The whole city of Dubai will come alive with vibrant celebrations for the Chinese New Year
06:56 GMT
The whole city of Dubai will come alive with vibrant celebrations for the Chinese New Year.
​50 Cent at BASE Dubai
06:54 GMT
Catch the hip-hop icon grace the stages of BASE Dubai this January
Another group posed at Canada Wharf as they took part in the No Trousers On The Tube event (AFP)
06:16 GMT
Hundreds of commuters in London, Berlin and Prague stripped off their trousers to take a half-naked trip for the annual No Trousers On The Tube ride.
Iran should “cooperate” with the Taliban against the Daesh terrorist group. (AFP/File)
06:09 GMT
Iran should “cooperate” with the Taliban against the Daesh terrorist group, Hashmatullah Falahat Pishe, chairman of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said Monday.
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04:00 GMT
A woman lured to the UK under the false pretense that she'd become a model has spoken out about her time being forced into the British sex trade.