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The YPG, also known as The People’s Protection Brigades, and the YPJ, the group’s all-female counterpart, regularly feature in foreign media outlets (Twitter)
16:24 GMT
While many outlets around the world try to paint the Kurdish forces as a group of liberal freedom fighters, it appears that the real picture is far more complicated.
(A man processes oil through a makeshift rig in Deir Ezzour Governorate, AFP)
15:04 GMT
There's a race on for Syria's oil, and whoever can get there first will help determine the future of Syria.
From the film Sheikh Jackson. (Toronto International Film Festival)
15:00 GMT
It was an honest mistake. But one actor's four-letter slip-up has stolen the spotlight from one of the most interesting films of the year.
The Dubai Police are one of the first forces in the world to utilize cameras in operations, with the first being used as early as 1986 (Shutterstock/File Photo)
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The Dubai Police will be able to monitor traffic anywhere in the city using drones that will stream live video feed in high definition to the command and control center.
Be wary of allowing girls to associate with “deviant women who talk about fashion and cosmetics”, Naim Qassim told his audience last week (Wikimedia)
14:42 GMT
He also said that boys who talk to girls will "burn in hell".
It's a good movie, but not that good. (Buena Vista Pictures)
14:28 GMT
First, it was a compliment. Then it became a song. Then a movie. Now an audio play. Bryan Adams—yep, that Bryan Adams—is bringing Pretty Woman to Broadway.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (AFP/File Photo)
13:43 GMT
The Assad regime is open to negotiations with Kurds over giving them some form of self-rule in Syria once ISIS is defeated, according to the Syrian foreign minister.
A previously undisclosed investigation is targeting Rifaat al-Assad - the older brother of the late Syrian dictator Hafez al-Assad - for war crimes (AFP/File Photo)
13:41 GMT
A previously undisclosed investigation is targeting Rifaat al-Assad - the older brother of the late Syrian dictator Hafez al-Assad - for war crimes.
Kim Kardashian with daughter North. (Instagram / kimkardashian)
12:50 GMT
Kim Kardashian will not be attending the Paris Fashion Week as she's still too freaked-out by the robbery last year.
The SDF is made up an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters (AFP/File Photo)
12:29 GMT
It comes days after the Kurdish-led force captured the Conoco gas plant from the Islamic State group.
A video apparently showing voters washing their ink-stained fingers in order to vote for a second time in Kurdistan's controversial independence referendum (Facebook)
11:50 GMT
The unverified footage is characteristic of Iraqi Arab hostility towards the controversial poll.
The law will take effect two months after publication in the official gazette (AFP/File Photo)
11:48 GMT
The law will take effect two months after publication in the official gazette.
39% of respondents believe media coverage of the Arab world is inaccurate (Shutterstock/File Photo)
11:13 GMT
39% of respondents believe media coverage of the Arab world is inaccurate.
An investigation by the Islamic Cooperation Council in Sweden revealed in 2015 that seven out of 10 mosques in the country had been attacked (AFP/File Photo)
10:37 GMT
The mosque has been completely destroyed, says fire department.
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (AFP/File Photo)
10:01 GMT
The United Nations has proposed to send a delegation to Gaza to assist Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in governing the Gaza Strip.
Kurdish flags were seen waving in the northern province amid the playing of Kurdish music and Kurdistan's national anthem (AFP/File Photo)
09:38 GMT
The curfew was reportedly imposed to prevent clashes between the city's different ethnic groups, a police source said.
Tunisia national football team
09:19 GMT
Coach of Tunisia's national soccer team Nabil Maaloul, on Monday, announced an extended squad of the Carthage Eagles for the World Cup 2018 day-5 qualifier against Guinea scheduled next October 7 in Conakry.
Lebanese Rugby League Federation logo
09:14 GMT
For five local Lebanese rugby league players, the chance to compete in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup is the opportunity of a lifetime.
The hangings took place close to an area where ISIS launched a series of bloody bomb attacks in September.
09:13 GMT
42 people convicted of terrorist acts were hung by Baghdad authorities.
Turkish military will intervene if threats are posed to the Turkmen community in Northern Iraq.
09:06 GMT
Turkish military will intervene if threats are posed to the Turkmen community in Northern Iraq.
Jassim al-Rumaihi (centre), general secretary of the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federations (AGCFF), and Hamid Alshaibani (right), chairman of the competitions committee, address the press conference after the Gulf Cup draw ceremony yesterday. (Photo: Gulf Times)
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Despite the uncertainty surrounding the tournament, the draw for the Gulf Cup of Nations was held in Doha yesterday. The eight-team tournament...
The decision was taken after the three channels called some parts of southeastern and eastern Turkey as “northern Kurdistan” (Shutterstock/File Photo)
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If the channels do not correct the violations in 48 hours, their broadcast will be cut.
Heidi Klum. (Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com)
06:00 GMT
Heidi Klum has called it quits with Vito Schnabel, who foolishly cheated on her.

September 25, 2017

 The Merengue are seven points behind Barcelona after just six games, but their coach believes they are on the right track
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The Merengue are seven points behind Barcelona after just six games, but their coach believes they are on the right track
Manchester United legends joined by Ronaldinho, Crespo, Deco and Salgado
20:37 GMT
Manchester United legends joined by Ronaldinho, Crespo, Deco and Salgado
Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah arrives for a team training session at the club's Melwood training complex in Liverpool, north west England, on September 25, 2017 , on the eve of their Champions League Group E football match against Spartak Moscow in Russia.
Paul ELLIS / AFP
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Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah arrives for a team training session at the club's Melwood training complex in Liverpool, north west England, on September 25, 2017 , on the eve of their Champions League Group E football match against Spartak Moscow in Russia. Paul ELLIS / AFP
Faouzi Ghoulam (Photo: @CmdotCom_En)
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#Europe alerted as #Ghoulam not expected to sign #Napoli extension http://bit.ly/2jVxJ0K
Photo: emaratalyoum.com
19:48 GMT
Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club has signed a sponsorship agreement with Emaar Properties. The deal sees Emaar emblazoned on the club’s shirt for the 2017-18 season.
Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open logo
18:57 GMT
Second edition of Abu Dhabi event takes place in Saadiyat from November 1-4
Gulf Cup logo
18:36 GMT
Former champions UAE were drawn alongside Saudi Arabia and Oman in Group B of the Gulf Cup in Qatar on Monday. Qatar were drawn in Group A alongside Bahrain, Iraq and Yemen.
Steven Spielberg. (Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com)
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The Steven Spielberg documentary HBO is airing has a clip now. Get the details inside.
The Verbier Orchestra. (YouTube)
17:30 GMT
The Verbier Orchestra is heading to Dubai. This is big news.
Before You Split the Ground. (Facebook / Thameur Mejri)
16:39 GMT
In this interview, Tunisian artist Thameur Mejri talks about his work and the concerns which drive it.
Photograph: Dubai Press Office
15:57 GMT
There have been four reported cases in one week.
The sharing of fake photos on social media is common during conflicts (AFP)
15:35 GMT
Pakistan's UN envoy Maleeha Lodhi has come under fire for using a picture from Gaza to demonstrate Indian actions in Kashmir at the United Nations in New York.
Iraqi Kurdistan votes today to move towards independence, AFP
15:35 GMT
As Iraqi Kurds vote on whether to move towards independence, Israel and Russia bet on there being a Kurdistan.
Students in the UAE are set to have lessons in ‘national obedience’ added to the curriculum (Wikimedia)
15:03 GMT
Students in the UAE are set to have lessons in ‘national obedience’ added to the curriculum, under controversial new measures.
Beach-goers in Dubai can now get their coffee via a drone. (Shutterstock)
14:46 GMT
The Jumeirah Beach Road branch tested out the technology and took their ‘Frostino’ and ‘Cold Brew’ beverages to customers on Kite Beach.
Already the most expensive player in football history, the Brazil star (pictured on the right) falls just short of matching the astronomical wages Tevez picks up in China
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Already the most expensive player in football history, the Brazil star falls just short of matching the astronomical wages Tevez picks up in China
Mashrou' Leila. (Facebook / Mashrou' Leila)
14:37 GMT
Popular Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila has been banned in Egypt following a visible display of homophobia against the band.
Most billionaires started out as salesmen, just like Michael Dell. (AFP)
14:35 GMT
The majority of the world’s richest people are degree holders and started their career in sales, according to a new study.
During the Saudi Arabia's national day celebrations on Saturday, Talal Salama was filmed singing a Quranic verse (Twitter)
14:19 GMT
Many have blamed the government's new "Entertainment Authority" for this example of "moral degradation".
Over the next three years, 52 percent of airlines plan major AI programs. (AFP/ File)
14:15 GMT
Airlines and airports are embracing new technologies and turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to support their customer service.
In many GCC countries, cultural bias still exists, and women are perceived as unsuitable for some jobs or positions. (File photo)
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The subject of gender diversity is still an emerging one in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Doing some upfront research can help avoid scammers and bad deals. (AFP/ File)
14:01 GMT
Tips to keep in mind when shopping and financing a used car in the UAE.
Qatar has expressed its plans to support and strengthen national food products. (AFP/ File)
13:17 GMT
Qatar wants to involve investors in new food and medicine production projects.
The ancient city of Hatra, which was destroyed by ISIS in 2015 (AFP/File Photo)
13:10 GMT
Evidence was acquired from declassified 1960s American spy footage.
The current equity ownership split in Sadara is 65 percent Saudi Aramco and 35 percent Dow. (AFP/ File)
13:07 GMT
Once the deal is finalized, Dow and Saudi Aramco would each hold a 50 percent stake in Sadara.
Amazon Web Services today announced that it plans to open an infrastructure base in Bahrain. (AFP)
12:53 GMT
Amazon Web Services, an Amazon.com company, today announced that it plans to open an infrastructure base in Bahrain by early 2019.
Kim Kardashian with her seemingly-traumatised children. (Instagram / kimkardashian)
12:41 GMT
Mother of soon-to-be-three Kim Kardashian was shocked by her pregnancy, thinking her life was over.
The VAT on new car purchases will be 5 percent of the vehicle’s value, starting from next year. (Karim Sahib/ AFP)
12:21 GMT
For prospective car buyers in the UAE, now is not the time to buckle up.
The accused picked up a pair of scissors and stabbed his brother several times on the right side of his head, causing severe bleeding, and eventual death.
12:14 GMT
The accused stabbed his brother repeatedly on the right side of his head.
Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi (AFP/File Photo)
12:05 GMT
"It is not even a coup in the conventional sense of coups," he added.
Will and Grace. Remember these? (Warner Bros. / NBCUniversal Television Distribution)
11:32 GMT
Forks drop when Will & Grace—remember that show?—go eating. And they do love eating.
The plan is to privatize Saudia and Flyadeal together under the group parent company. (Shutterstock)
11:31 GMT
A new entity, Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation (SAAC), could be corporatised into a holding company this year.
Poster are put up at a polling station in Irbil ahead of the Kurdish independence referendum (Safin Hamed/AFP)
11:20 GMT
Reports have emerged that the minority is being pressured to vote a certain way - but are they true?
The airstrikes were targeting suspected ISIS militants.
11:06 GMT
The airstrikes were targeting suspected ISIS militants.
Harry Hart contemplates life as Eggsy wonders what the hell is going on. (20th Century Fox)
10:26 GMT
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is making good. It is the number 1 movie in the US box office this weekend.
Syrian children can now enroll in public schools without the required documents (AFP/File Photo)
10:07 GMT
"We do not want anyone to lose their right to education," Education Minister Omar Razzaz said.
The police are treating the attack as a hate crime and have arrested two people.
09:59 GMT
He was attacked outside the Altrincham Islamic Centre in Greater Manchester.
All flights to and from Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region are blocked.
09:06 GMT
The block was enacted at the request of Baghdad.
U.S. President Donald Trump Expands the Travel Ban (AFP/File Photo)
08:05 GMT
Restrictions also expanded to include Venezuela and Chad.
Baghdad, Turkey, Iran, the U.S., and the UN have all spoken out against the poll (AFP/File Photo)
07:48 GMT
The results are "null and void", Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
Earlier, the German parliament had backed a draft law banning women working in the civil service, judiciary, and military from wearing a full-face veil (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Breaking the law will cost a 60-euro (Dh260) fine.

September 24, 2017

UAE national team Coach Said Aouita (third from left) with Ahmad Al Kamali, President of UAE Athletics Federation and Harmeek Singh, chairman and founder of Plan-B group with leading UAE athletes. (Photo: Gulf Times)
20:17 GMT
The UAE athletes are eyeing medals at the Asian Games to be held in Indonesia next year and have a blueprint in place, according to Said Aouita...
Sharjah Women’s Sport Foundation logo
19:46 GMT
A delegation from the Sharjah Women’s Sport Foundation, SWSF, led by Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Director-General of the SWSF, recently visited the Russian Federation to learn valuable lessons from its world-class sporting bodies.
The Egyptian Football Association logo
19:02 GMT
Egypt will host the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations competition, the three top teams of which will automatically qualify for the...
No no. You should be putting-up two fingers. (Ahmed El-Fashawy)
18:01 GMT
Ahmed El Feshawy is in the news for two reasons. The first is his new movie. The second is a helping of no. 2.
Charles Bradley performing last June. (Nicholas Hunt / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
17:37 GMT
Charles Bradley, an acclaimed soul performer, has passed.
Giorgio Armani at Milan Fashion Week. (Andreas SOLARO / AFP)
17:00 GMT
He's one of the world's most famous designers. Now Giorgio Armani says: why be depressed when you could be colourful?
The vessel, named “Al-Fateh”, will enter Egypt’s naval fleet as part of a deal inked last year that also included the purchase of three other ships to be built in Alexandria with French assistance (AFP/File Photo).
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The deal includes three others ships to be built in Alexandria.
Cyrine Abdel Nour during El-Gouna Film Festival. (AFP)
16:00 GMT
The El-Gouna Film Festival is underway. Egypt is making ripples again as a premiere film tour de force.
More Gulf Fake News? 'Tamim Visits Israel' Trends (file photo)
15:32 GMT
Despite the apparent change of tone in general Gulf attitudes to Israel, Saudis, Emiratis and Bahrainis continue to use accusations of Qatar’s Israeli links to discredit Doha.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has joined the Foreign Ministry in efforts this year, as well, to block Palestine's move to join Interpol.
15:00 GMT
Its addition could compromise Israeli safety and sensitive information.
Money can’t buy a happy state of mind, but it could buy free time. Here's how. (Pexels)
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Money can’t buy a happy state of mind, but it could buy free time. Here's how.
Women in the Gulf region want to see more women as leaders. (Pexels)
14:47 GMT
Whilst Gulf countries have seen improvements in female participation in the labour force, many of the strategies used by companies to increase diversity still do not resonate with women.
Snoozing on planes could mean losing hearing, according to a new study. (Pexels)
14:42 GMT
A new research published by Harvard Medical School revealed that snoozing on planes really could mean losing hearing.
Yousra El Louzy at El Gouna Film Festival. (Scoop Empire)
14:41 GMT
Mohanad Kojak's making a name for himself dressing Arab celebrities.
Google goes green to celebrate Saudi Arabia's National Day. (Courtesy of Google)
14:36 GMT
Google and Snapchat go green to celebrate Saudi Arabia's National Day.
$15 million will help support basic programmes for Palestinian refugees. (AFP/ File)
14:21 GMT
The UAE has announced its intention to make two financial donations to the United Nations.
The move comes about a year after the UAE introduced its own bankruptcy law. (File photo)
14:15 GMT
The move comes about a year after the UAE introduced its own new bankruptcy law.
Families on a tight budget can now pay in monthly installments, the airline said. (File photo)
13:48 GMT
Customers can now pay for their ticket in monthly installments, the airline said.
Qatar is relying on its gas exports to withstand the Saudi-led siege. (File photo)
13:33 GMT
Qatar's revenues from gas exports helped the country withstand the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and its allies.
"Toyour." (AFAC)
13:16 GMT
Hello Psychaleppo's new album is out. We're stoked.
Iraq aims to recapture the ISIS-held Hawija district in northern Iraq (AFP/File Photo)
12:57 GMT
They aim to recapture the ISIS-held Hawija district in northern Iraq.
Flyadeal launched its first commercial flights on Saudi Arabia's national day. (File photo)
12:52 GMT
Flyadeal on Saturday launched its first commercial flights from Jeddah to Riyadh.
The majority of Palestinians want Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to reisgn (AFP/File Photo)
12:48 GMT
Two-thirds of the poll demand his resignation.
Halla and Orouba Barakat were both well-known activists against the Assad regime, with Orouba having been exiled from Syria since the 1980s for her opposition activities (Facebook)
12:46 GMT
The case is one that has shocked and saddened many, but has it received an adequate international response?
The 27th Gitex Shopper has officially opened its doors to the public. (File photo)
12:37 GMT
Gitex Shopper has officially opened its doors to the public.
Sheikh Ihab Younis appearing singing Umm Kulthum's 'Lessa Faaker' on Egyptian talk show 'Sit al-Husn'.
11:59 GMT
Sheikh Ihab Younis is under investigation by the Egyptian Ministry of Religious Affairs.
The Kurdish Independence Referendum is scheduled for Sept. 25, 2017 (AFP/File Photo)
11:30 GMT
Protesters denounced the Sept. 25 vote.
The country had rejected sharia-based financing options in the 1990s. Pictured here: Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika. (AFP/ File)
11:13 GMT
The country had rejected sharia-based financing options in the 1990s.
Tunisia is 'committed to protecting the sexual minority from any form of stigmatization, discrimination, and violence' (AFP/File Photo)
11:12 GMT
'These exams can no longer be imposed by force, physical or moral, or without the consent of the person concerned.'
Albert Einstein as deranged clown bunny Pennywise. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
11:06 GMT
The new adaptation of Stephen King's "It' is now the biggest box office success for a horror film in history. Clearly, the answer is pit more kids against psychotic clowns.
Saudi Arabia plans to shut down recruitment offices of housemaids. (AFP/ File)
10:58 GMT
Saudi Arabia plans to shut down recruitment offices of housemaids.
Saudi Cleric Saad al-Hijri claimed women's brains are a quarter of men's brains.
10:29 GMT
He believed women's brains shrink when they go shopping.
"The Saudi Royal Air Force discovered the launch of a ballistic missile from within Yemeni territory" (AFP/File Photo)
09:57 GMT
The interception occurred without casualties or damage.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warns the U.S. against abandoning the Iranian nuclear deal (AFP/File Photo)
09:05 GMT
The move will discourage other powers such as North Korea from participating in international negotiations to end their own nuclear programmes, Sigmar Gabriel says.
Turkish troops on Syrian grounds (AFP/File Photo)
09:04 GMT
The extension of the mandate is intended to protect Turkey from "threats".
Hundreds of Saudi women filled a sports stadium for the first time (AFP/File Photo)
07:47 GMT
They were allowed to enter a previously male-only sports stadium for the first time.