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December 5, 2018

He said buying the Dh1,000 raffle ticket has become part of his trips. (Shutterstock)
11:47 GMT
A 48-year-old Jordanian expat finally won the $1 million (Dh3.67 million) Dubai Duty Free raffle draw, after 19 years of purchasing about 300 tickets.
Syria's First Lady Asma al-Assad (centre) poses for a picture during a graduation ceremony of future teachers of a Syrian Organisation for Persons with Disabilities, in Damascus yesterday (Twitter)
11:47 GMT
The wife of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has attended an education event in a headscarf after undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Hisham Haddad allegedly refused half a million dollar offer to leave LBCI network and join MTV Lebanon (Source: hichamhaddadz - Instagram)
11:44 GMT
The new music video for George Wassouf was screened exclusively on MTV Lebanon. Many noticed that Hisham Haddad's shots were removed from the video
This prototype device has a notch in the top right hand corner of the display, which is something the company hasn't announced before. (TechRadar)
11:41 GMT
Samsung has yet to include a notch on any of its phones, but for the first time today, it's showing off a 5G prototype smartphone with a notch cut out.
President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed that the United States will not be able to stop Iran’s oil sales. (AFP)
11:29 GMT
President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed that the United States will not be able to stop Iran’s oil sales, warning that no crude will find its way out of the Persian Gulf should Washington attempt to target Iranian crude exports.
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11:06 GMT
With a wide smile, a taxi driver in the city of Basra, southern Iraq, offers a free book to passengers so they could read for whole 10 minutes without using their smartphones in his cab which is now known as the "Reading Taxi."
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10:59 GMT
As BBC released their Christmas advert of 2018 on Saturday last week, it apparently evoked a massive wave of admiration and respect.
Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi. (Twitter/@Gebran_Bassil)
10:57 GMT
Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel-Mahdi discussed a series of measures that would boost ties between Lebanon and Iraq, a statement from Bassil’s office reported Tuesday.
The Lebanese journalist answered all questions without hiding anything during her latest interview in the program "Taht Al Saytara" (Under Control) presented by Yemeni artist Arwa on New TV. (Source: Arwa Media - Youtube)
10:56 GMT
Lebanese journalist Nidal Al Ahmadiyeh answered all questions without hiding anything during her latest interview in the program "Taht Al Saytara" (Under Control) presented by Yemeni artist Arwa on New TV including questions about what she labeled as 'the first attempt to kill a Lebanese journalist'..
The former couple tied the knot in September 2017 (Source: iamcardib / Instagram )
10:45 GMT
The rapper, 26, took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal she and the Migos star, also 26, are 'not together any more' and 'grew out of love', but remain good friends and business partners
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh (AFP/File)
10:32 GMT
Iran’s Oil Minister Bijen Namdar Zengene has called for examining the reasons behind Qatar’s decision to withdraw from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Drake Tops Spotify List (Source: champagnepapi / Instagram )
10:24 GMT
Spotify announced Tuesday that the rapper earned 8.2 billion streams in 2018. He also has the year’s most-streamed album and song with “Scorpion” and “God’s Plan.”
An undated picture shows prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (AFP/ File)
10:21 GMT
Turkey is seeking the arrest of two allies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
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10:11 GMT
A video has been widely shared among social media users of a Saudi man firing bullets in a wedding, but instead of firing in the air, his weapon slipped from his hands and fire was directed toward the people around him.
Bitcoin surged to a record $19,511 in December 2017; now it’s nosedived around 82%. (Shutterstock)
10:05 GMT
For all the euphoria of 2017, the great crypto crash of 2018 is plunging deeper.
David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, a member of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 58/59, gestures from inside a bus as he leaves to board the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft shortly before the launch at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 3, 2018. 
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09:59 GMT
A Soyuz MS-11 rocket carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts takes off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome before reached orbit later, the first manned mission since a failed launch in October.
The World Cup deals between Britain and Qatar are part of a rise in trade between the two countries which totalled £3.39bn in 2017, an increase of 70% over the last five years. (Shutterstock)
09:54 GMT
British firms are signing £1.5bn worth of contracts with Qatar for work on the next World Cup – more than ten times what they made at the tournament in Brazil four years ago.
Iran's reliance on oil revenues in the next Iranian year's budget is no more than 25%. (Shutterstock)
09:47 GMT
Iran's First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri downplayed the effects of the US sanctions against Tehran, stressing that the government can administer the country even without reliance on oil exports.
The movie surpassed the $500 million mark globally. (Source: bohemianrhapsodymovie / Instagram )
09:40 GMT
The recently released Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, starring American-Egyptian Actor Rami Malek, just hit a box office record giving us one more reason to be super proud of the rising star.
Kevin is no stranger to hosting award shows (Source: kevinhart4real / Instagram)
09:30 GMT
'Night School' star Kevin Hart has been announced as the host of the 2019 Academy Awards, and he is delighted for "the opportunity of a lifetime" to be at the helm of the Oscars.
H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. (Pinterest)
09:21 GMT
H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has exempted 272 commercial establishments from 50 percent of any renewal fees or fines imposed by any local department in Ras Al Khaimah.
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09:12 GMT
The Italian archaeological mission to Jordan's Medieval Petra recently concluded its 2018 excavation season in Al Jaya village (some 200 kilometres south of Amman), which resulted in the excavation of the urban Jaya Palace.
The pavilion is themed as ‘The Crosspoint for the Future’. (MEConstruction)
09:11 GMT
The Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) has unveiled the design for its country’s pavilion for the Expo 2020 Dubai.
Riyadh’s Falconry exhibition (Twitter)
09:09 GMT
The first edition of Riyadh’s Falconry exhibition has kicked off on Tuesday amid a huge turnout from falconers, equestrian and Safari lovers from inside the kingdom and abroad.
Scott and Jenner started dating in April 2017  (Source: travisscott / Instagram )
09:04 GMT
Travis Scott says he didn't cheat on his girlfriend, television personality Kylie Jenner.
Ellen takes to the stage for her first stand-up special in 15 years (Source: theellenshow / Instagram )
08:56 GMT
The clip, released on Tuesday, features DeGeneres dancing, discussing her decision to return to stand up, her life, career and how she has taken issue with support animals on airplanes.
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani speaks at a conference in Tehran, on January 28. (AFP/ File)
08:54 GMT
President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed that the United States will not be able to stop Iran’s oil sales, warning that no crude will find its way out of the Persian Gulf should Washington attempt to target Iranian crude exports.
Thank u, Next Features cameo appearance from trove Sivan (Source: arianagrande / Instagram )
08:48 GMT
The 25-year-old singer's breakup anthem Thank U, Next has become the fastest music video to reach 100 million views, video hosting service Vevo said on Tuesday.
US Marine Corps (USMC) F-35B stealth combat aircraft performing air maneuvers during the 2018 Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS). (AFP)
08:47 GMT
Scores of Libyans have protested against a new US airstrike on a desert area in the country’s southwestern town of Uwaynat, near the Algerian border, saying that the strike targeted and killed civilians.
Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi. (AFP/File)
08:43 GMT
Iraq’s Parliament descended into chaos on Tuesday as MPs clashed angrily over a planned vote on the remainder of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s Cabinet.
Saudi security forces rescued a child and shot dead a man who was using her as a “human shield” (Twitter)
08:39 GMT
Saudi security forces rescued a child and shot dead a man who was using her as a “human shield” as he fired at police in Jeddah.
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08:27 GMT
Saudi filmmakers should not be discouraged by censorship in the Kingdom, according to scriptwriter Afnan Linjawi.
Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mary Kawar and US Deputy Chargé d’Affaires and USAID Mission Director Jim Barnhart sign a grant agreement in the presence of Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Tuesday (Petra photo)
08:05 GMT
Jordan and the US on Tuesday signed a grant agreement to directly support the Treasury with $725.1 million, as part of the 2018 US economic assistance.
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on December 5, 2016 shows Saudi King Salman (L) waiving next to the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani during a ceremony in Doha. (AFP)
07:51 GMT
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Tuesday invited Qatari Emir Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to attend 39th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Dec. 9.
Israeli forces detain a Palestinian youth during clashes near Israel's Ofer prison. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT
Israeli forces rounded up 21 Palestinians in overnight raids carried out across the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli military on Wednesday.
Demi Lovato completed a 90-day stint in rehab (Source: ddlovato / Instagram )
07:45 GMT
Demi Lovato has returned to her much-loved sport of jiu jitsu, following her admission to rehab earlier this year, as she continues to work on her health and fitness.
Crude oil is not among the list of products facing import duties, but traders said the positive sentiment of the truce also moved crude markets. (Shutterstock)
07:44 GMT
The announcement of Saudi-Russian agreement to extend the "OPEC plus" agreement in addition to the US-China trade arm agreement led to the rise in oil prices more than five percent on Monday.
The source pointed out the number of expatriate employees in the ministry decreased in the current fiscal year compared to the previous year when the number exceeded 1,500. (Shutterstock)
07:36 GMT
The Ministry of Education has frozen 1,080 jobs occupied by expatriates for fiscal 2018/2019, reports quoting a reliable source from the educational sector.
Standard Chartered has not yet officially made the strategy public. (Shutterstock)
07:09 GMT
Standard Chartered is to cut up to 100 jobs in Dubai in a bid to reduce costs, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Qatar’s decision to exit OPEC will have no major impact on the cartel’s decision-making process, oil output or oil prices in the short term. (Shutterstock)
07:03 GMT
Qatar’s decision to exit OPEC next month is unlikely to have a significant impact on the oil group’s structure or on short-term oil prices, according to analysts.
Foreign Ministry spokesman denies 'baseless' rumors regarding any agreement between Tehran and Seoul, local media reports. (Shutterstock)
06:53 GMT
A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Monday denied rumors of an oil-for-food agreement with South Korea, local media reported
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06:00 GMT
Despite hard-fought victories to retake ISIS territory, there are three major signs that the terrorist militants are regrouping, taking advantage of ongoing instability and refocusing their campaign against the Iraqi government, said a recent report.
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06:00 GMT
A national joint survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Population in Egypt revealed that "almost half of young Egyptians (48.9%) are exposed to secondhand smoke at home, and 36.5% are exposed to it in the workplace."
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04:00 GMT
A sex doll shop that allows potential customers 'try before they buy' was closed down by authorities in Hong Kong.
Israel targets Hezbollah 'terror tunnels'  (Twitter)
02:00 GMT
Israel has launched an operation to destroy tunnels built by Hezbollah across the border from southern Lebanon, the military announced early Tuesday.
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02:00 GMT
Passengers demanded to be let off a 'plane from hell' after boarding to a smell of 'burning' in a sauna-like temperature of '122F (50C)' due to an air conditioning 'malfunction'.
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00:00 GMT
NASA’s InSight lander is now settling into its new home on Mars, and sending pictures back to Earth all the while.

December 4, 2018

 Goals from Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez gave Manchester City a 2-1 win at Watford that puts them five points ahead of Liverpool.
22:20 GMT
Goals from Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez gave Manchester City a 2-1 win at Watford that puts them five points ahead of Liverpool.
Island of Lindholm in the province of Vordingborg (Twitter)
22:00 GMT
Denmark plans to send migrants convicted of crimes and sentenced to deportation to a remote island off the country's coast.
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22:00 GMT
The Victoria Secret Fashion Show wasn't able to enthrall that many viewers this year, pulling in just 3.3 million folks when it aired on Sunday night.
A British retailer's unusual Christmas tree is designed with branches only on the top half to protect from babies and cats. (Argos)
20:00 GMT
A British company is selling a unique Christmas tree online that features only the top half of an artificial conifer to protect it from babies and cats.
Words from a World Cup winner and rookie coach in 2016 were key to a Real Madrid star of the present making a surge to the top of world football
19:33 GMT
Words from a World Cup winner and rookie coach in 2016 were key to a Real Madrid star of the present making a surge to the top of world football
Esmail Mattar (Photo: Kooora)
19:24 GMT
Veteran UAE striker to undergo surgery after injury in a AGL game
 The Moroccan forward turned in a star performance on a weekend that also saw Neymar, Max-Alain Gradel and Loic Remy hit the headlines
18:25 GMT
The Moroccan forward turned in a star performance on a weekend that also saw Neymar, Max-Alain Gradel and Loic Remy hit the headlines
150 women and girls have been raped in attacks by armed men in South Sudan (Twitter)
18:00 GMT
Three United Nations (U.N.) agencies say at least 150 women and girls have been raped in attacks by armed men — many in military uniforms — in South Sudan over the past 12 days.
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18:00 GMT
A Dutch court has rejected a 69-year-old man's request to subtract 20 years from his legal age to reflect the way he feels.
Abderrahman Samba
16:54 GMT
The attention of the athletics world will fall firmly on Monaco on Tuesday as the Mediterranean Principality prepares to...
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16:43 GMT
Social media has dubbed the father a "model of sacrifice and love".
They Had Two Wedding Ceremonies (Source: Nickjonas/ Instagram )
15:56 GMT
The 36-year-old actress and 26-year-old singer shared photos Tuesday from their two wedding ceremonies at Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India.
Kanye and Kim Kardashian were in attendance for the official opening of The Cher Show
15:46 GMT
Kanye West has publicly apologised for his "lack of etiquette" after he was called out on social media for using his phone during Cher's Broadway show.
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14:53 GMT
Chanel has announced it will no longer use exotic animal pelts in its collections, making it one of the first major luxury labels to turn its back on crocodile and lizard skin.
The Trumps paying final respects (AFP)
14:45 GMT
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit Monday evening to the Capitol Rotunda where the casket of former President George H.W. Bush lies in state
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP)
14:35 GMT
The Palestinian government has hailed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s support for the Palestinian people and the occupied city of Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP)
14:30 GMT
Anyone trying to harm Israel will pay a “heavy price,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday afternoon, in his first statement about Operation Northern Shield to destroy Hezbollah terror tunnels penetrating into Israel.
(Twitter)
14:26 GMT
While it is not often in the Middle East to discuss racism, an issue that has been overlooked is the choice of words used to refer to Black people in Arabic.
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (AFP/File Photo)
14:19 GMT
A young Emirati girl's dream to speak to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, came true after he personally met the girl and talked to her.
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14:15 GMT
A man who stole 22 mobile phones worth Dh60,000 from his workplace in Dubai has been sentenced to six months in jail followed by deportation.
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14:04 GMT
The Internal Security Forces has arrested a man for conning prospective online customers and then robbing them.
Yemen 'peace talks' (Twitter)
14:01 GMT
Proposed U.N.-led talks in Sweden mark a "critical opportunity" to bring peace to war-torn Yemen after four years of conflict, a top Emirati official said on Tuesday.
From classic tunes to futuristic beats, Dubai has it all. (Shutterstock)
13:23 GMT
From classic tunes to futuristic beats, Dubai has it all
 UEFA president Alexander Ceferin says findings are to be revealed imminently after the Premier League champions were accused of financial impropriety
13:04 GMT
UEFA president Alexander Ceferin says findings are to be revealed imminently after the Premier League champions were accused of financial impropriety
The actress said that she received many offensive texts on her phone.
13:01 GMT
Egyptian actress Rania Youssef appeared in an interview with TV host Amro Adib to explain the incident of the dress that she appeared in during Cairo International Film Festival closing ceremony.
The 26-year-old beat competition from his Premier League rivals as well as Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk to claim the award voted for by fans
12:51 GMT
The 26-year-old beat competition from his Premier League rivals as well as Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk to claim the award voted for by fans
A red London bus makes it's way through the City of London (AFP)
12:46 GMT
Lawmakers could stop the Brexit process cold and keep Britain in the European Union by revoking Article 50, a top legal adviser of the 28-member alliance said Tuesday.
Protesters clash with French police in Paris (AFP)
12:41 GMT
French President Emmanuel Macron has today caved in and suspended hated fuel tax hikes in a victory for the Yellow Vest protesters.
Head of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr (Twitter)
12:20 GMT
Head of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, warned on Monday Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi that he alone will be held responsible if he should “submit” to the developments going on behind the scenes in the government formation process.
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12:14 GMT
A 1940s-song “Baby, it's cold outside” has been grabbing news headlines lately with controversy surrounding it due to what some people called “rapey” theme of the song.
Here are four of the most important elements that Bayt.com recommends every HR team to adopt in order to succeed. (Shutterstock)
12:00 GMT
Here are four of the most important elements that Bayt.com recommends every HR team to adopt in order to succeed.
The films will be available on TV, Facebook and YouTube in nine languages. (Shutterstock)
11:43 GMT
Facing flak for the misuse of its platform, WhatsApp on Monday launched its first-ever TV campaign in India as part of its efforts to address the challenge of misinformation and pernicious rumours.
Now, connections of up to 150kW are done in just one step within seven days. (Shutterstock)
11:37 GMT
In a move that boosts Dubai's economy, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has waived new connection charges for connections of up to 150kW for commercial and industrial customers, for the next 2 years.
The company said it is logging out all Quora users who may have been affected. (Shutterstock)
11:22 GMT
About 100 million users of Quora were affected by unauthoried access to one of its systems by a "malicious third party," the knowledge-sharing website said on Monday.
Many thought that Elissa is leaving Rotana (Source: elissazkh - Instagram)
11:15 GMT
Many thought that Elissa is leaving Rotana, but it seems like a deal was reached between the two parties.

The launch of the Jordanian satellite aims firstly to achieve educational and research purposes. (Shutterstock)
11:12 GMT
The Crown Prince Foundation announced Monday the launch of Jordan’s first nanosatellite, as part of its Masar initiative.
Vatican says Palestinian president and Pope Francis discussed Jerusalem's 'universal value' for Christianity, Judaism and Islam (Twitter)
11:04 GMT
In a meeting with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis expresses concern about the status of Jerusalem al-Quds, months after the U.S. recognized the occupied Palestinian city as Israel’s “capital” despite international criticisms and warnings.
According to the agreement, 50 per cent of the total amount is scheduled to be paid off over the next two weeks, 25 per cent in February 2019 and 25 per cent in April.
11:04 GMT
Jordan and Libya on Sunday reached an agreement to close the file of Libyan outstanding debts to Jordan’s hospitals, the Private Hospitals Association (PHA) said on Sunday.
CIA Director Gina Haspel  (Twitter)
10:50 GMT
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel will brief Senate leaders on the death of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who several Senators believe was killed at the order of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Despite the development, the monetary situation is still stable, noting that the Central Bank has other tools at its disposal to draw more funds. (Shutterstock)
10:49 GMT
The political paralysis in Lebanon triggered some conversion to dollar deposits and a drop in the prices of sovereign Eurobonds in the month of October, a leading banker revealed Monday.
Cryptocurrencies overall were flat, with the total coin market capitalization at $130 billion at the time of writing. (Shutterstock)
10:39 GMT
Cryptocurrencies were lower on Monday as G20 leaders called for taxes on digital coins.
The movie 'El-Deif' starring Jamila Awad is about a young man who comes to a family while they were having dinner, and that’s when things start taking a strange turn. (Source: jamilaawad - Instagram)
10:30 GMT
El-Deif (The Guest), staring Jamila Awad, was just awarded the Public Award at the annual Estonian Film Festival.
The Oscar-award-winning American actress is not new at championing humanitarian causes. (Source: AFP)
10:10 GMT
A handful of celebrities will be in Dubai on Friday for the Brilliant Is Beautiful charity gala,sponsored by Swiss luxury watch brand Bovet 1822.
Abed Kobeissy will moderate a discussion with Lekhfa Maurice Louca, left, Maryam Saleh and Tamer Abu Ghazaleh. (Photo courtesy of Beirut & Beyond)
10:07 GMT
Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival returns to the city’s stage this month with 11 bands, all up-and-coming local and international talent, staging four days of shows.
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10:03 GMT
A restaurant cleaner, who allegedly stabbed a colleague multiple times, has been sentenced to six months in jail by a Dubai court.
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10:00 GMT
The Arab Coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government condemned the Houthi militia on Monday for violating international law.
UNESCO's World Heritage Committee inscribed the old city of Jeddah and the Gate of Mecca on the World Heritage List in 2014. (AFP/File)
09:57 GMT
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture has transformed a historic site in central Jeddah into an “open museum.”
(Twitter)
09:53 GMT
A 35-year-old man in Nepal has a unique ability of touching his forehead with his tongue. While most people can barely reach their nose with their tongue.
Forty countries are represented at the three-day event in Egypt, one of the Middle East's top military powers. (Shutterstock)
09:49 GMT
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday inaugurated the first arms fair organised in Cairo, with hundreds of companies exhibiting.
French Prime minister Edouard Philippe (AFP)
09:14 GMT
The French Prime Minister is set to announce hated fuel tax hikes will be suspended following days of rioting, government sources have revealed this morning.
A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask makes the victory sign near a burning barricade during a protest of Yellow vests  (AFP)
09:11 GMT
The estimated damage caused by the last weekend’s protests held by “yellow vests” in French capital Paris against fuel taxes was €3-4 million ($3.4-4.5 million), local media reported on Monday.
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09:07 GMT
Israeli police on Sunday arrested 40 doctors and pharmacists for allegedly buying fake medical licences from Armenia, following anonymous complaints to authorities.