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October 10, 2018

Turkish special forces take position near the police headquarters in Istanbul. (AFP/File)
11:36 GMT
At least five people were arrested in northern Turkey on Wednesday over their suspected links to the Daesh terrorist organization, according to a police source.
Deposed former president Mohamed Morsi in court (AFP/ File)
11:31 GMT
Egyptian security forces on Wednesday detained the son of jailed former president Mohamed Morsi -- who was ousted and imprisoned in a 2013 military coup -- from his home in western Cairo.
First Lady Melania Trump (Twitter)
11:22 GMT
ABC News has managed to land an interview with First Lady Melania Trump.
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11:17 GMT
An Arab woman has filed a complaint with the Dubai Police alleging that her housemaid has been collecting her and daughter's strands of hair, pieces of clothes to cast a witchcraft spell on the family.
City of Beirut (Shutterstock)
11:14 GMT
Mayors, politicians and entrepreneurs from across the country are working in coordination with the Arab Forum for Smart Cities to digitally and electronically transform Lebanon with a view to creating smart, or “e-,” cities.
Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi. (AFP/File)
11:12 GMT
Candidates wishing to apply for a ministerial position in cabinet can do so online through a website launched on Tuesday by Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi.
Al-Quds Brigades Female Fighters (static.seattletimes)
10:59 GMT
Palestinian Female members of al-Quds brigades, the military wing of Jihad Islamic organisation, showed off their combat skills in a military display on the Gaza Strip.
Enrique Welcomed his twins last December (Source: enriqueiglesias / Instagram )
09:31 GMT
Enrique Iglesias has "more sex than ever" with partner Anna Kournikova since becoming a father to twins last year.
Swift won AMA awards for tour of the year  (Source: taylorswift / Instagram )
09:15 GMT
wift won AMA awards for tour of the year, artist of the year, best pop/rock female artist and best pop/rock album for Reputation. The wins brought her lifetime total so far to 22, surpassing the previous record of 21 held by the late Whitney Houston.
Harry Styles is to serve as a co-chair of the 2019 Met Gala (Source: hairstyles / Instagram )
09:05 GMT
British singer Harry Styles is set to serve as a co-chair of the 2019 Met Gala.
Eduardo Vela was a gynecologist at the San Ramón clinic in Madrid(Twitter)
09:02 GMT
In a first-of-its-kind trial in cases on stolen babies during the rule of Dictator Franco between 1939 and 1975, a Spanish Court announced on Monday that a 85-year-old gynecologist was proved guilty in kidnapping a baby.
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08:59 GMT
Egypt’s State Council President Ahmed Abou Al-Azm said there was no constitutional prohibition to appointing women as judges in the State Council, adding that the State Council itself has no objection to the matter.
Wadi Rum desert in Jordan (Shutterstock)
08:57 GMT
In order to protect the rich cultural heritage of the Hishma Desert (Wadi Rum), two measures involving the local community are keys to success, experts said, citing the education of schoolchildren and the training of tour guides.
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08:54 GMT
A video shows a man jumping off a balcony to save a child dangling from one of the building’s balconies in Senegal has gone viral.
Saudi author Ghada Aboud (Twitter)
08:49 GMT
Saudi author Ghada Aboud, published her first Arabic novel earlier this year titled “Bipolar.”
Pete is famous for being in the cast of Saturday Night Live (Source: arianagrande / Instagram)
08:47 GMT
Pete Davidson has covered up the bunny ears tattoo he reputedly got as a tribute to his fiancee Ariana Grande.
Panel Discussion with Dr. Omar Hatamleh, Chef Innovation Officer at NASA (Twitter)
08:46 GMT
Over 1,000 school and university students, entrepreneurs, experts in various fields and ministers curious to hear about innovation from an internationally renowned Jordanian professor on Monday gathered at the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF), as part of the conference “Future and Innovation” given by Omar Hatamleh, CEO of Innovation at NASA and CEO of Space Studies at the International Space University.
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08:38 GMT
People throughout Saudi Arabia and the Middle East may be suffering from bipolar disorder without knowing it, as a lack of awareness about the condition, coupled with a continuing cultural stigma, prevent them from being diagnosed.
Abraj Al Bait (Royal Clock Tower Makkah) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (Shutterstock)
08:37 GMT
The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz World Center for Dialogue has announced the formation of what it called an Islamic-Jewish council aimed at promoting coexistence and fighting extremism.
Rijal Alma village (Shutterstock)
08:34 GMT
Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), inspected ongoing work to develop Rijal Alma village in Asir region.
Yasser Abualfaraj (Twitter)
08:31 GMT
U.S. police have launched a murder investigation after a Saudi student was found dead in his Florida apartment.
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08:29 GMT
Activists on Tuesday said a recent decision by the Cabinet to cancel a condition stipulating that Jordanian women married to non-Jordanian should live in the country for at least five years before their children could benefit from privileges is “a step in the right direction”.
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08:25 GMT
Music from Broadway shows, operetta, folk and parody songs filled on Monday the Halim Salfiti Theatre in Amman, during a concert by Father John Sheehan of the Sacred Heart Parish, which marked the actor and singer´s debut in the Kingdom after having performed in 12 different countries throughout his career.
Jordan King Abduallah meets with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in Amman. (Twitter/@RHCJO)
08:23 GMT
King Abdullah on Tuesday received Lebanese Foreign Minister and Presidential Envoy Gebran Bassil, who handed the King an invitation from President Michel Aoun to attend the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, slated to be held in Beirut in January.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi. (AFP/File)
08:20 GMT
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ayman Safadi on Tuesday held talks with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil, focusing on ways to enhance bilateral cooperation, a Foreign Ministry statement said.
their seven-year marriage ended in 2016 (Source: mandymooremm, catinryansworld / Instagram )
08:20 GMT
American star Mandy Moore has confessed that her marriage to Ryan Adams was a "very unhealthy situation".
The fiancée of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Hatice Cengiz. (AFP/File)
08:17 GMT
The fiancée of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has publicly pleaded for help from the U.S. president and first lady to clear up the circumstances of his disappearance.
Syrian rebel-fighters from the National Liberation Front (NLF) secure a tank, part of heavy weapons and equipment withdrawn yesterday from a planned buffer zone around Idlib. (OMAR HAJ KADOUR / AFP)
08:15 GMT
The withdrawal of heavy weapons by Syrian opposition in northwestern Idlib proves the opposition’s trust in Turkey, one of its member said on Tuesday.
Iran former President Mohamed Khatami. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT
Mohamed Reza Naqdi, a senior officer in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (RGC), has urged former President Mohamed Khatami to disclose what was said at a 2009 meeting with the then king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
After releasing his full album for free online following a few teaser singles, Diab has also released 'Bahebbak Ana' early on Monday, dedicating it to his 16.7 million fans on Facebook to coincide with his 57th birthday this week. (Source: amrdiab - Instagram)
08:00 GMT
After releasing his full album for free online following a few teaser singles, Diab has released 'Bahebbak Ana' early Monday to coincide with his 57th birthday this week.
Torian is celebrating the birth of her first child (Source: Sleepinthegarden/ Instagram )
07:58 GMT
Celebrity couple Troian Bellisario and Patrick J. Adams are celebrating the birth of their first child.
Bringing blockchain-based payments technology into the government sphere is a major development for the technology. (Shutterstock)
07:50 GMT
Citizens and residents of Dubai will be able to make digital payments for school fees, bills and retail purchases with a stable, digital currency after a partnership between blockchain payment provider Pundi X, Ebooc Fintech & Loyalty Lab and emcredit - Dubai's Credit Bureau.
Output across Dubai’s non-oil private sector increased during September. Although the rate of growth eased since August, it remained sharp overall and above the long-run average. Activity increased to the greatest extent in the wholesale & retail sector. (Shutterstock)
07:45 GMT
Growth in Dubai’s private sector ended the third quarter on a weaker footing, with the latest expansion being the slowest since April.
The Google Pixel 3 is promising to give you the best smartphone camera in 2018. (TechRadar)
07:41 GMT
The Google Pixel 3 is promising to give you the best smartphone camera in 2018 – or at least that's the bold title Google intends to claim thanks to its machine-learning camera smarts.
The turbine unit contract is Boston-based GE’s biggest in the Middle East and North Africa and Turkey so far this year. (Shutterstock)
07:39 GMT
General Electric Co. secured a $700 million contract to supply turbine and generator units for Egypt’s first nuclear power project, the company said.
Privatization in Iran witnessed 100 percent growth during the first five months of this year (March 21-August 22) compared to the same period of time in the previous year. (Shutterstock)
07:33 GMT
Iranian Privatization Organization (IPO) will offer 5.2 trillion rials (over $123.8 million) of state-run shares to the private sector in the next Iranian calendar month of Aban (October 23-November 21), Seyed Jafar Sobhani, the advisor to the head of IPO, told IRNA on Tuesday.
"Tunisia records today 2.4 million online payments for a volume of about 166 million dinars. A figure in evolution but it is insufficient.” (Shutterstock)
07:23 GMT
"Stop feeding the economy in cash by the public administrations by digitising the different forms of transactions dealt with citizens", according to the general manager of Monetique Tunisie, Khaled Bettaieb, the best way to promote the decashing and develop the online payments.
Siemens Gamesa will establish a transformer substation to move the energy produced from the first wind farm in Ras Ghareb, with a capacity of 220 kV to transfer 180 MW, and another station of 500 kV to transfer 650 MW. (Shutterstock)
07:16 GMT
Siemens Gamesa is implementing wind farm projects in the coming seven years with investments amounting to €2bn.
 60 percent of the world's population is within eight hours of flying from the country. Foreign investors can benefit from this strategic location by accessing 400 million consumers in the neighbouring countries. (Shutterstock)
07:09 GMT
One of the two free zones in Qatar will be operational from the first quarter of 2019, Minister of State and Free Zones Authority Chairman HE Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sayed said on Tuesday.
UAE expat wins $1 million At Dubai Duty Free raffle (AFP/File Photo)
07:00 GMT
A group of 40 car technicians in Dubai have been trying their luck at winning a million dollars for the past five years. And when they actually did, they thought they were being scammed.
"The currency devaluation has had an effect on the startup scene - there is a funding gap that must be addressed, as well as an issue with recruiting or retaining experienced talent." (Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
This was the general consensus at the Cairo edition of Wamda’s flagship Mix N' Mentor event on the 27th of September, where leading figures from the startup ecosystem met at The GrEEK Campus to discuss these challenges.
London (Shutterstock)
06:58 GMT
The majority of British voters want to stay in the European Union (EU), an analysis of recent polls shows, more than two years after a controversial referendum that triggered the country’s divorce from the bloc.
ESCA is drafting regulations for ICOs with international advisers and is working with the Abu Dhabi and Dubai stock markets to develop trading platforms for the offers, he said, adding that details would be announced later. (Shutterstock)
06:44 GMT
The United Arab Emirates plans to introduce initial coin offerings (ICOs) next year to provide companies with a fresh way to raise money, the head of the securities regulator said on Monday.
The IMF said the Iranian economy was now expected to contract over the next two years "on account of reduced oil production, before returning to modest positive growth in 2020–23". (Shutterstock)
06:40 GMT
In its World Economic Outlook, the IMF said the oil-dependent economy of the Islamic republic is expected to shrink by 1.5 percent this year and by 3.6 percent in 2019.
Qatari banking sector ranks third among Arab banking sectors in terms of asset size, accounting for about 11 percent of the total assets of the Arab banking sector, and 10 percent of its deposits. (Shutterstock)
06:34 GMT
Secretary-General of the Union of Arab Banks (UAB) Wissam Fattouh said the banking sector in Qatar was 'solid and strong', saying that it enjoys high flexibility as a result of the prudent monetary policy, which made it on the top of the Arab banking systems.
The government is currently taking several steps towards resolving Kuwait’s demographic imbalance and restructuring the local labor market. (Shutterstock)
06:26 GMT
The manpower authority is planning to ban issuing permits to expats with university degrees entering Kuwait to work in the private sector unless they have a minimum of ‘good’ GPA, according to informed government sources.
Saudi Arabia's mission in the UN has stressed that women’s participation in the development of the Kingdom is a key aspect of Saudi Vision 2030. (Twitter)
04:00 GMT
Saudi Arabia took part in deliberations of the Social, Human and Cultural Committee of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, reported SPA.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (Twitter)
02:00 GMT
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has signed a decree, granting amnesty to those who have either deserted the army or avoided military service, and giving them several months to report for duty.
Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Israel. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
02:00 GMT
Prior to this find, the city's name was written as Yerushalem or Shalem. This inscription is the first time the city was written as Yerushalayim.
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02:00 GMT
A bottle of Macallan-branded whiskey was sold at an auction in Edinburgh, Scotland, for $1.1 million.
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00:00 GMT
A bus driver in India has been suspended after video emerged of him letting a monkey sit on the vehicle's steering wheel and help steer.

October 9, 2018

S-300 missile defense systems  (Shutterstock)
22:00 GMT
Moscow has reportedly supplied Syria with three battalion sets of S-300 missile defense systems of eight launchers each for free amid its widening row with Israel, whose air force recently helped the downing of a Russian aircraft in the Arab country.
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22:00 GMT
A British kayaker was caught on video in an unusual situation with a friendly seal that swam up and tried to board his kayak.
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20:11 GMT
A popular 'squishy' toy is being urgently recalled following fears it may be confused for food, and cause children to choke on it.
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20:07 GMT
An Irish tourist has pleaded guilty to criminal damage after he used a coin to inscribe his name onto a wall at the Nazi German concentration camp Auschwitz.
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20:03 GMT
Cops in Indian state of Telangana deployed at an examination centre went above and beyond their duties and took care of a six-month-old baby while his mother wrote the exam.
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20:00 GMT
The International Olympic Committee has chosen Senegal to host the 2022 Youth Olympic Games – making it the first African host of any Olympics.
Mohamed Salah
19:59 GMT
Liverpool forward and Egyptian star Mohamed Salah made it to the nomination list for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, given annually by...
Israeli officials say they denied Lara Alqasem entry because she may have supported BDS boycotts of Israel in the past (Twitter)
19:54 GMT
The Israeli government has conditioned a public apology from a U.S. student, who is allegedly linked to a global boycott campaign against Israel, to be allowed entry into the country, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
Saudi Arabia national football team
18:44 GMT
In world football, it’s the ultimate game: playing Brazil. The five-times world champions have long been considered the spiritual...
Ali Al Habsi
18:13 GMT
Veteran Oman goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has thanked the fans of his club Al Hilal for their support, as he joins up with the national team at a training camp in Muscat.
A man looks at a list of candidates at a polling station in Sarajevo on October 7, 2018 as Bosnia and Herzegovina holds it's general elections (AFP)
18:00 GMT
In Sunday’s elections, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s citizens spoke to those who would lead them through numerous challenges ahead on the road to the European Union, said two top EU leaders on Monday.
Ruqaya Al Ghasra
17:46 GMT
Former Bahraini Olympic athlete Ruqaya Al Ghasra remained tight lipped yesterday over rumours that she could run as a candidate in next month’s parliamentary elections.
Nasser bin Hamad
17:01 GMT
Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs...
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16:52 GMT
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday invited Turkish experts and relevant officials to visit its Istanbul Consulate to look into last week’s disappearance of a Saudi journalist.
Meng Hongwei (AFP/FILE)
14:58 GMT
What happens when China secretly detains an international leader? Apparently nothing.
The event announcement that was put up in several places inside the university's campus. (Socialmedia)
14:49 GMT
The Georgetown University of Qatar has been facing a backlash on social media after announcing a new discussion to be held at the university.
Last known image of the Saudi journalist (Twitter)
14:43 GMT
This is the last known image of the Saudi journalist feared murdered after going missing during a visit to his country's consulate in Turkey last week.
An Iranian officer displays packages of seized Afghan-made drugs (AFP)
14:43 GMT
Iran is a hotspot in the global flow of illegal drugs, and there is a worrying growth in the involvement of Iranian and Iraqi militias in the drug trade. As sanctions tighten, the appeal of drug trafficking will increase, as will the security problems that go with it.
Lake and conic hill at Golan Heights (Shutterstock)
14:37 GMT
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the international community should recognize as “Israeli territory” the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory which has been under the regime’s occupation for over five decades.
The depot is located in the Chernihiv region, 176 km (109 miles) east of the capital, Kiev (Twitter)
14:30 GMT
Authorities suspect sabotage in explosions at an ammunition depot in Ukraine Tuesday, which prompted the evacuations of nearby areas.
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13:42 GMT
An appalled mother says she was told to cough up the cash for a bottle of McDonald's water, which had been given to her seven-year-old daughter who had been vomiting due to receiving cancer treatment.
SC has outlined security preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup
13:41 GMT
The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has outlined security preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup during the fifth...
The couple met for the first time in the premiere of the film 'Harb Karmouz'
13:34 GMT
Egyptian actors Ahmed Fahmi and Hanna Al Zahed's engagement news came like a surprise to many, yet everyone is waiting for their marriage date. Check out our top picks of the newest Arab Celebrity "couplish" snaps in the slideshow.
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13:24 GMT
A man was found dead from knife wounds in his car Tuesday morning in Sin al-Fil.
The moment a cyclist narrowly misses being crushed to death by a falling tree on a South London road. (YouTube)
13:19 GMT
Anyone who has cycled on a busy road will be all too familiar with the dangers they face from swerving vehicles, pedestrians stepping out, and even stray pets wandering into their path.
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12:40 GMT
The Internal Security Forces arrested a doctor and his wife for illegally conducting plastic surgeries in an apartment in Beirut’s Hamra neighborhood, according to a statement published Monday by the ISF.
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12:32 GMT
At an event held Monday at the Sidon Municipality, the program for the campaign was announced in the presence of MPs and other officials.
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12:26 GMT
In Upper Egypt, the so-called "red mercury" fever has emerged again. People obsessed with this substance have been looking for it in bats' nests, looking to make a fortune.
Men on a horse-drawn cart pass in front of an aid distribution center run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza City (AFP)
12:21 GMT
UN refugee agency UNRWA on Tuesday decried as “irresponsible” Israeli plans to close the agency’s offices in the occupied East Jerusalem.
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (AFP)
12:17 GMT
Three days before Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing he said Saudi Arabia does not arrest “dissidents” but those with “independent minds”.
Image shared by social media users and @aletihadae for the story that was behind drawing school books from one the private-owned schools in Dubai.
12:05 GMT
There was growing controversy among parents in the Emirates after the authorities decision to withdraw one of the textbook stories in one of the private-owned international schools in Dubai for “violating religious and traditional norms in the UAE”.
Tina took 50 sleeping pills (Source: tinaturner / Instagram )
12:02 GMT
Tina Turner has recalled how she took 50 sleeping pills in a bid to take her own life to escape her abusive marriage.
Gerard Butler is coming to the Saudi Kingdom for the screening of his film "Hunter Killer" today the 9th of October. (Source: Movieclips Trailers - Youtube)
12:01 GMT
Lebanese Producer Jamal Sanan travelled to Saudi Arabia to meet universal actor Gerard Butler that is coming to the Saudi Kingdom for the screening of his film "Hunter Killer" today the 9th of October.
Monaghan is also known for his work on the Batman prequel series, Gotham (Source : cameronmonaghan / Instagram )
11:49 GMT
Cameron Monaghan, who plays Ian Gallagher on Shameless, has announced he is leaving the Showtime comedy after nine seasons
The Weeknd Wishes Bella Hadid a Happy Birthday (Source: theweeknd/Instagram )
11:21 GMT
Three-time Grammy winner The Weeknd was the first to wish his on-again 'angel' Bella Hadid a happy 22nd birthday at midnight EST on Tuesday with a PDA-filled tribute.
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11:20 GMT
A 42-year-old Indian was charged and sent to the public prosecution for practicing medicine without a license and stealing drugs.
Nancy talked about her relationship with Fadi her husband during the interview (Source: nancyajram - Instagram)
11:09 GMT
Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram was Wafaa Al Kilany's guest in talkshow "Takhareef" (Scrapbooking).
Nadia Murad (AFP File Photo)
10:59 GMT
Yazidi Nadia Murad together with Denis Mukwege have just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 for their work in fighting sexual violence. This essay first focuses on Murad as a once 'sexual slave' captured by ISIS in northern Iraq, managed to escape and later became an activist against sexual violence. Murad's story is also contextualized within the sexual violence against women in the Middle East and the world.
Amir got in touch with Talulah-Eve over Instagram (source: amirkingkhan / Instagram )
10:51 GMT
Amir Khan reportedly sent flirty messages to transgender model Talulah-Eve and told her he's getting a divorce from Faryal Makhdoom.
Dog owners and their pets gather before participating in a pro-EU, anti-Brexit march, calling for a "People's Vote on Brexit", in central London on October 7, 2018. (Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
10:33 GMT
Hundreds of dogs and their owners hits streets of London calling for 'wooferendum march'.
US senator Lindsey Graham (AFP)
10:21 GMT
Saudi Arabia will pay a "heavy price" if allegations that the kingdom killed a prominent journalist prove true, said a senior Republican senator on Monday.
PM Binyamin Netanyahu (Twitter)
10:16 GMT
Israel’s prime minister warned top-level politicians that Israel is preparing for the possibility of a military campaign in the Gaza Strip should the situation in the besieged enclave escalate further.
The 41-year-old rapper deactivated both his Twitter and Instagram accounts over the weekend (Source: kanyewestt_official - Instagram)
10:15 GMT
Kanye West deleted his social media profiles because he "realised his rants were becoming unhealthy".
Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman (Twitter)
10:12 GMT
The disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has cast a spotlight on Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman's relentless crackdown on dissent, with civil society activism brutally suppressed to stifle all criticism.
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10:07 GMT
Taken away from their children, dozens of Palestinian women are suffering abuse in Israeli prisons, according to Palestinian activists.
Kate Welcomed Her first child with boyfriend Danny Fujikawka (Source: katehudson / Instagram )
10:06 GMT
Kate Hudson "can't stop smiling" following the birth of her daughter, and first child with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa.
Bloomberg's Twitter
10:03 GMT
Bloomberg still thinks MbS is a swell dude, even though he has killed literally thousands of people at this point.
Two Israelis killed by Palestinian shooter in West Bank (Twitter)
10:02 GMT
Israeli forces on Tuesday arrested the mother and two sisters of a suspected Palestinian shooter, who shot dead two Israelis in the occupied West Bank this weekend, according to local residents.
Egypt’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Poster
09:53 GMT
The Egyptian version of the play “Alice in Wonderland”, currently showing at Balon Theater, neared LE 1 million in revenue after only 40 showings, a number that has never been paralleled in Egyptian theater history.