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Displaced Iraqis fleeing al-Baghdadi receive aid from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the western Mansour Sunni neighbourhood of the capital, Baghdad. (AFP/File)
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At least 400 families have fled their homes after Daesh began shelling the residential area of al-Baghdadi.
Netanyahu's prioritization of Iran nuclear threat is misguided.  (AFP/File)
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Israel's biggest security threats don't include Iran; programs to treat trauma for refugees in Lebanon; and an online platform for Iranian modern art.
Iraqi troops allied with local militias take position during an operation to retake Tikrit from Daesh, March 2, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Daesh said a US suicide bomber blew himself up during clashes with the Iraqi army in Tikrit. The country's security forces have yet to respond.
This is seen as Netanyahu's final chance to stop the US from proceeding with a nuclear deal with Iran. (AFP/File)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the US Congress later today, continuing his face off with US President Barak Obama on the Iran nuclear deal.
Bassem appeared on The Daily Show on more than one occasion. (Image:
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Are American ready to hear their political satire-news from a Middle-Easterner with a "thick accent"?
The 24-year-old actress will play renowned war photographer Lynsey Addario. (Image: Facebook)
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Jennifer Lawrence to play Iraq war photographer in a new Steven Spielberg film.
Samsung’s new Galaxy smartphones improve in two major areas: design and picture quality.
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Samsung ramped up its camera technology in last fall’s Galaxy Note 4, and the camera is even better in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge announced Sunday.
Despite the absence of recent official figures that identify the number of working children in the Kingdom, a survey on child labour conducted in 2008 put their number at 30,000, according to the Ministry of Labour.
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UNHCR figures indicate that 53 per cent of Syrian refugees in Jordan are below 18 years old.
Lebanese soldiers stand guard in the northern city of Tripoli, March 14, 2014. (AFP/File)
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A militant and Lebanese solder were killed in a gun battle during a raid near the northern city of Tripoli, the army said.
Liqaa with her adorable daughter. (Image:
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Liqaa Sweian threatened with murder and kidnap of her child.
The popular Indonesian tourist destination welcomed more than 3.7 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2014.
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Dubai-based Emirates Airline has announced the launch of a new daily service to the island of Bali in Indonesia.
Iraqi government forces and allied militias fire weaponry from a position in the northern part of Diyala province, bordering Salaheddin province, as they take part in an assault to retake the city of Tikrit from Daesh. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi forces and volunteer fighters have recaptured the town of Hamrin in Salahuddin province from Daesh.
Craig Hicks, 46, stands accused of three counts of murder. (AFP/File)
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Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols will seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, NC.
Banksy’s cute kitty plays with a ball of tangled steel (Gazan “yarn”), a jarring contrast to the destruction around him. Says the artist on his website, "A local man came up and said 'what does this mean?' I explained I wanted to highlight the Gaza destruction by posting photos, but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens."
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Paint and poetry hit Gaza rather than bombs this time! The controversial British street artist Banksy upped his cred after using war-torn buildings in the Gaza Strip as his canvas to make a mockumentary about the harsh realities Palestinians face on a daily basis.
Rania el Alloul's treatment in court has drawn widespread condemnation from ordinary citizens and civil rights activists across Canada  (Image:
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Rania el Alloul's court case to reclaim a seized vehicle was denied a hearing after the Canadian judge deemed her hijab "inappropriate". Donations have poured in to the site, topping $47,000 in three days.
John Legend performing at Delta Airlines concert. (Image: Facebook)
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One of the highlights of Bahrain's "Spring of Culture" festival went off without a glitch. The "All of Us" hit maker was well received in the region.
The US Capitol at dusk. (AFP/File)
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More US congress members have decided not to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to congress.
Rima shared a picture of her first appearance on DWTS. (Image: Facebook)
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Ex-Miss USA Rima Fakih is on Dancing with the Stars Lebanon.
Many experts, including Al-Bloushi, believe there is a real need to educate people about the nature of work in the currency market and its outcome on investors and dealers.
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It’s estimated that around 40 percent of Saudi dealers in the forex market are incurring losses due to their ignorance in currency market tools.
United Nations special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon (R) walks following a meeting with members of the Libyan General National Congress, the parallel parliament backed by the Fajr Libya militia. (AFP/File)
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Libya's internationally-recognized Tobruk-based parliament voted to re-enter UN peace negotiations between rival political groups.
Xandria is ready to bring to the metal to the Middle East. (Image: Facebook)
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Metal rock band Xandria has got a gig in The Music Room this month.
An additional 300 Australian soldiers will be deployed to Iraq as part of the US-led coalition. (AFP/File)
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In response to a request from the US, Australia pledged 300 troops to bolster an international training coalition, the country's Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Tuesday.
Israeli soldiers stand in an abandoned military outpost overlooking the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. (AFP/File)
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A report stated Israel will respond to any attack by Hezbollah in the disputed territory of Syria's Golan Heights, including Shebaa Farms.
The three wealthy Gulf governments, deeply opposed to Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood group, ramped up aid to Egypt after his ouster and are spending heavily to try to ensure the success of current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
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Egypt has obtained $23 billion in aid from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait in the 18 months since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was ousted.
Haifa Wehbe's sister Rola Yamout can't get enough of copying her! (Image: Facebook/Instagram)
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I hate you, so I'm gonna copy you! Rola Yamout copies her sis Haifa Wehbe's style yet again.
Saudi Arabia’s market, on the other hand, lacked clear direction and was nearly flat as oil edged down towards $62 per barrel.
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Egypt’s stock market rebounded on Monday after bullish comments from government officials and executives and signs that the planned parliamentary election will go ahead soon.
Stray camels in Saudi Arabia is a real legal issue, as they cause numerous car accidents in the Kingdom. (Shutterstock)
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Saudi legal experts demand a law be put in place to punish those who allow their camels to stray into the streets, causing car accidents.
Iraqi employees clear debris a day after a bomb blast in Jisr Diyala neighbourhood, on the southeastern edge of the capital Baghdad. (AFP/File)
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Numerous attacks across the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad killed at least seven people and injured 33 others on Monday.
US National Security Adviser Susan Rice addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, DC, on March 2, 2015. (AFP/File)
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US security adviser Susan Rice addressed AIPAC, ensuring the audience of Obama's dedication and commitment to Israel.
A Palestinian girl stands next to mural painted by British street artist Banksy, in a Beit Hanoun neighborhood destroyed by the 50-day Israeli war, February 26, 2015. (AFP/File)
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UN envoy Robert Serry on Sunday urged Israel to lift the Gaza blockade, calling the actions of the Jewish state "unacceptable".
Ghalia Benali has brought much life to the region's music scene. (Image: Facebook)
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She's had several gigs around the region, and another one coming up this week in Cairo.
Safinaz caused quite a stir with this Egyptian flag get up. (Image: Twitter)
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The Egyptian-based Armenian belly dancer Safinaz knows how to keep her name in the news - by getting in trouble all the time!
Void of physical contact and running out of time, Palestinian women resort to the best option they have. (Pixabay)
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Maybe some smuggling crimes are worth committing.
Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif. (AFP/File)
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Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif asserted that reaching a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program will require the swift end of all sanctions against the country.
Corruption plagues Egypt's charitable organizations, meant to help the poor.  (AFP/File)
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Corruption plagues charity organizations in Egypt; ISIS uploads death threat to Twitter employees; and Iran announces its willingness to open up to Google.
Some members denied a "rift" between Muslim Brotherhood branches, Asharq al-Awsat reported Monday. (AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)
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Some members denied a "rift" between Muslim Brotherhood branches, Asharq al-Awsat reported Monday.
US envoy to the UN Samantha Powers speaks during an AIPAC conference, March 2, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Ahead of Bibi's controversial speech at the US Congress, American ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, said Israel and the States would remain best buds despite disagreements over Iran.

March 2, 2015

Inflation should range between 3% and 5%, the report noted while the average economic growth expected is 7%.
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President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is set to present the “Sustainable Development Strategy Egyptvision 2030” during the March Economic Development Conference.
Al Maraj also told reporters that he expected commercial lending in the country to grow after a temporary lull.
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Bahrain’s central bank governor has warned of a possible slowdown in economic activity in the Gulf state due to the current volatility,
He said Oman’s banking sector expected to see profits expand 10 per cent in 2015, in line with growth last year; loan growth might be 10-12 per cent, compared to 11 per cent in 2014.
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Oman plans to make its first sovereign issue of Islamic bonds, a OMR200 million ($520 million) issue, by mid-2015 to help finance a budget deficit caused by the plunge of oil prices,
Declining currencies in European countries whose citizens are among the leading buyers of Dubai homes are combining with falling oil prices and a tax on foreign property.
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Emaar Properties PJSC, the city’s largest developer, reported an 18 percent drop in revenue from property sales last year compared with 2013.
Anyone who thought that Diaspora Jewry would be packing their bags on the way to Israel and buying new homes the moment they arrived, may have jumped to hasty conclusion
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Diaspora Jews it seems are more concerned by the security situation in Israel, than in their own countries.
Conflict in the workplace occurs at times when employees are misaligned, uncooperative and have differences in their approach to work.
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People often use the terms ‘conflict’ and ‘hostility’ interchangeably, but there is a difference between them.
Real sector outstanding foreign debt shot up more than sixfold, from $43 billion in 2002 to $268 million in 2013
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Turkey is headed toward a major economic crisis, warned former United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Turkey Director Bartu Soral.
Kurds in Turkey watch airstrikes conducted against Daesh. (AFP/File)
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The ten detainees are believed to be Turkish citizens, AP reported Monday.
An explosive device in front of the High Court in Cairo injured 11 on Monday, state TV reported. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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An explosive device in front of the High Court in Cairo injured 11 on Monday, state TV reported.
Palestine will join the International Criminal Court on April 1. (AFP/File)
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Palestine plans to lodge its first case against Israel with the International Criminal Court on April 1.
A spokesman for the Revolutionary Forces in Aleppo said Monday the envoy has been "implementing the regime agenda." (AFP/File)
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A spokesman for the Revolutionary Forces in Aleppo said Monday the envoy has been "implementing the regime agenda."
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Football players born in Saudi Arabia have been given the green light to play for club teams after the Saudi Arabian Football Federation relaxed its rule on expatriates looking for playing opportunities in the local league.
Reports of the 'demise' of the relation between Israel and US are false, the prime minister told Americans Monday. (Screenshot: Twitter)
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Reports of the 'demise' of the relation between Israel and US are false, the prime minister told Americans Monday.
General Khalifa Haftar had been loyal to Gaddafi, but defected in 2011 to oppose the Libyan leader. (AFP/File)
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Former Libyan general Khalifa Haftar was appointed as army commander for the country's internationally-recognized government.
Winter World Cup a ratings boost?
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Fifa's determination to stage the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November and December prompted outrage from Premier League clubs and football fans.
Gazans protest the branding of Hamas as a "terrorist organization." Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
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Thousands of Palestinians rallied in Khan Yunis and Gaza City on Sunday to protest Egypt's decision to list Hamas as a "terrorist organization.”
Thirty Seconds to Mars is coming to the Middle East! (Image: Facebook)
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Juliana Down will open for the Thirty Seconds to Mars concert at the Dubai World Trade Center, but she'll be sharing the stage with someone. #MARSBattleoftheBands competition will determine which lucky group it will be!
Loubna Abidar is spreading the word about what she allegedly went through.
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Moroccan diva Loubna Abidar is suing against her director for sexual harassment and says she's not the first actress that has pressed him with these charges.
A Cairo court acquitted 12 minors arrested on charges of illegal protests on Jan. 25, marking the revolution's fourth anniversary. (AFP/File)
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A Cairo court acquitted 12 minors arrested on charges of illegal protests on Jan. 25, marking the revolution's fourth anniversary.
The Cairo High Court. (AFP/Gianluigi Geurcia)
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A bomb exploded in downtown Cairo at the building of the High Court.
Iraqi security forces head to Tikrit to launch an assault against Daesh. (AFP/File)
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Daesh has allegedly executed four Sunni tribesmen as punishment for collaborating with the Iraqi government.
Egyptian winger Salah hails Fiorentina teammates after Inter victory
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Egypt winger Mohamed Salah has expressed his delight after scoring the winner for Fiorentina in Sunday’s 1-0 victory against Inter Milan, hailing his teammates for the victory.
A still from Emma's performance with the snake on Arabs Got Talent. (Image: YouTube)
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Najwa Karam wasn't too happy to see a snake on the Arabs Got Talent's stage last week.
Qatar World Cup shift gives Japan winter blues
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A November start to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar would cause severe disruption to Japan’s domestic football schedule, the head of the J-League told AFP on Monday.
Policy negotiations with Europe are underway as Turkey pushes to be a part of the EU. (AFP/File)
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Policy negotiations with Europe are underway as Turkey pushes to be a part of the EU.
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The third edition of the Dubai Desert Triathlon, to be held on the 13th March, has generated significant excitement within the triathlon and endurance horse riding communities in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East.
Displaced Assyrians, who had fled their hometowns due to Islamic State Group (IS) attacks against their communities, take part in a prayer at the Ibrahim-al Khalil Melkite Greek Catholic church. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
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Displaced Assyrians, who had fled their hometowns due to Islamic State Group (IS) attacks against their communities, take part in a prayer at the Ibrahim-al Khalil Melkite Greek Catholic church
Egyptians carry their luggage as they walk to the Tunisian border from Libya in order to be evacuated to Egypt. (AFP/File)
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Egyptian expats have been fleeing Libya by the thousands after Daesh released a video purportedly showing the mass execution of 21 Egyptian nationals.
Alexandre is the spitting image of Tamer! (Image: Albawaba edit)
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Ever wondered what a Tamer Hosny lookalike looks like?
Saudi consul to Aden, Abdullah al-Khalidi (Photo: Screenshot)
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A Saudi diplomat was released after spending three years as an al-Qaeda hostage in Yemen.
Zaatari refugee camp sits near the Syrian border in northern Jordan. (AFP/File)
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Four Syrian refugees died in a fire on Monday in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp.
The photo May posted of her and her two "gay" friends! (Image: Instagram)
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May Hariri referred to her friends as "gay" in a hilarious photo caption on Instagram!
Get your groove on: Egyptians respond to Daesh with a dance off! (Screenshot: YouTube)
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Egyptians respond to recent atrocities with a showcase of dance moves to the Daesh anthem, in a series of parody videos posted on YouTube. Drop it like it's hot!
Benjamin Netanyahu prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, February 28, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will inform US lawmakers of details on the nuclear deal between Iran and America, a senior official said.
Anti-Israel demonstrators wearing masks bearing the likeness of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  hold up "bloody" hands outside the Washington Convention Center, where the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual policy conference will take place. (AFP/File)
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Five people were arrested during a protest against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a well-known American pro-Israeli lobby.
Hundreds of free breakfasts will be handed out by McDonald's branches in the UAE. (Shutterstock)
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UAE residents are in for a breakfast treat! Marking National Breakfast Day, hundreds of people will be given free food across the country.
Marcel Khalife lauds the Royal Opera House Muscat as one of the most beautiful places in the world. (Image: Twitter)
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The oud-playing Lebanese performer is in Muscat ready to play his best pieces with the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra this week.
Backdropped by Jerusalem's Old City Ottoman walls, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference. (AFP/File)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has landed in Washington, DC.
Dakota Johnson starring in SNL ISIS sketch. (Image: Screenshot from YouTube clip)
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They make fun of everything, but did SNL go too far with the sketch of "50 Shades of Grey" actress Dakota Johnson playing daughter headed off to join Daesh?
A file photo of Hamas fighters. (AFP/File)
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On Monday Israeli forces arrested three nationals for selling raw weapon-making materials to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Pro-Palestine demonstrators stand outside an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, March 1, 2015. (AFP/File)
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If sheeple happen to believe any words that comes out of Benjamin Netanyahu's mouth, whether that be at Congress, or during the elections, it's the same problems, just a different day.
A scene in a Moroccan market from the new James Bond film "Spectre." (Image: Morocco World News)
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Morocco reports six-fold spike in foreign filming in 2014.
The US is the only country using drones in Yemen. (AFP/File)
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A US drone strike in the Markha district of Shabwa in southern Yemen killed three suspected members of al-Qaeda.
A wave of back-to-the-city gentrification has seen property prices shoot up against a national trend of stagnation at best.
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The acquisition is the latest in a string of eye-catching European purchases for Qatar, which already owns London department store Harrods and top French football club Paris Saint-Germain,
According to the report, drug smuggling, trafficking and abuse constituted about 28 percent of the crimes. (Shutterstock)
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According to the Saudi Gazette, expats commit approximately 54 crimes a day.
Ah, that middle finger. Maybe not used everywhere, but most understand its meaning. It can get you deported from the UAE, where it violates decency codes. This version comes on a Jordanian eyeglass case, useful when your optician wants to convey that your vision is f*cked.
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Here in the modern, multilingual Middle East, where many people in the major cities have a tenuous (or better) command of English, the opportunities for skewed communication go far beyond comic cab conversations.
And it still doesn’t end there, because there’s another 10 percent VAT the customer has to pay when he buys the car – the $30,000 car now costs you a whopping $55,000.
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Don’t Lebanese deserve to enjoy the same things that people in other countries take for granted?
Members of the Iraqi security forces heading from the city of Samarra north of Baghdad drive towards al-Dawr area south of Tikrit. (AFP/File)
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The Iraqi army along with Shia militias have pushed Daesh out two areas within the city of Tikrit.
That’s the vision, but then the mobile industry has a history of over-promising what it actually delivers with each G.
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But first they’ll have to decide what 5G needs to do that the current, fourth generation of wireless networks can never offer.
James Blunt, Sting, and John Legend brought the house down in Dubai.
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I mean, could a lineup get any hotter?! Dubai was treated three nights in a row of wicked sweet tunes from James Blunt, Sting, John Legend, and many more amazing musicians.
Turkish Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci sought to calm jittery investors, appearing to dismiss rumors that he would resign and giving a brief lift to the lira currency after it tumbled to a record low.
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Turkish Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci sought to calm jittery investors, appearing to dismiss rumors that he would resign and giving a brief lift to the lira currency after it tumbled to a record low.
Daesh militants also killed at least five civilians in the same region of Iraq Saturday. (AFP/File)
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Daesh militants killed at least three Iraqi minors in Anbar Province Sunday, while three women were injured. Meanwhile, the country's military said it is preparing for a wide-scale operation in Tikrit.
Alicia wrote on Instagram: "Motherhood is a miracle that continues to unfold..... And the words I've been writing can't wait to be told! Wishing you a miraculous Sunday!" (Image: Instagram)
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US singer Alicia Keys shared another shot of her newborn son, whom she's had with her Muslim hubby Swizz Beatz.
Egyptians walk carrying their belongings towards the Libyan side of the Ras Djir border crossing, on February 23, 2015 as they head to Tunisia for a flight evacuating them back to Cairo. (AFP/File)
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Tunisian forces have enhanced their security presence along the entire border with Libya after Daesh released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptians.
Lebanese soldiers enter the border town of Arsal in an ongoing battle against militants, August 28, 2014. (AFP/File)
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Lebanon's army continued to clash with Syrian militants in the border town of Arsal Sunday after troops raided properties where jihadists were believed to be hiding.
"This is our war," King Abdullah said in an exclusive interview on CNN Sunday. (Screenshot: CNN)
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"This is our war," King Abdullah said in an exclusive interview on CNN Sunday.
Iraqi forces have started a military operation against Daesh Takfiri militants Sunday to liberate the northern province. (AFP/File)
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Iraqi forces have started a military operation against Daesh Takfiri militants Sunday to liberate the northern province.
Al Khazan Park was closed for two years before the reopening. (AFP/File)
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Dubai is making its parks more environmentally friendly and has re-launched its first park run entirely on solar power.
The Abu Dhabi company is led by a team of executives who worked at Emaar Properties, including Emaar's current chairman, Mohamed Alabbar.tra
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The project will be privately funded by an "investor developer" and possible international partners and will cost $75 billion to $80 billion over 12 years.

March 1, 2015

Mohamed Salah
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The Egyptian was on target again to defeat Inter at San Siro for the first time in 15 years and may be the secret weapon in the race for third in Serie A
Inter 0-1 Fiorentina: Salah strikes to sink Nerazzurri
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The forward, on loan from Chelsea, continued his hot streak by scoring the only goal in Fiorentina's triumph over Roberto Mancini's men