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October 18, 2017

Winner Robert MacIntyre with Yousef Abdul Aziz Al Qatami and Wael Abdul Rahman Al Welayti, both members of the Sahara Kuwait’s golf advisory committee. (Photo: Organizers)
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England’s Clements reigns supreme in amateur division in Kuwait City
"It’s not even a job, it’s a dream" (File)
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Shadia Bseiso is making history as the first Arab woman from the Middle East to sign a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
After the French striker couldn't find the net against Tottenham, his countryman said he is improving every day
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After the French striker couldn't find the net against Tottenham, his countryman said he is improving every day
The International Cricket Council Academy logo
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Gulf states currently blockading Qatar have tried to woo Kuwait by promising to boycott a football tournament in Doha unless a FIFA ban on Kuwait is lifted.
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Gulf states currently blockading Qatar have tried to woo Kuwait by promising to boycott a football tournament in Doha unless a FIFA ban on Kuwait is lifted.
Salman Khan, who has the eyes of a tiger. (Twitter / BeingSalmanKhan)
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Acclaimed Bollywood actor Salman Khan is teasing the sequel to Tiger Zinda Hai.
Johnny Depp is suing his former law firm. (DFree / Shutterstock.com)
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Johnny Depp has filed a filed a lawsuit against his former law, alleging it conspired with his financial managers TMG to take $40 million off him.
Ms. Freeman, 44, said her experience on the show changed her outlook on Islam entirely (Youtube/Channel 4)
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A white British woman was peppered with racist abuse when she went undercover as a Muslim for a Channel 4 documentary - but the show has sparked a race row over "brownface."
Amr Diab with Dina el-Sherbiny. (Instagram / tarekalarianofficial)
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Amr Diab is truly the stuff of romance.
Malala acquired her A-levels in Birmingham after moving there following an attempt on her life Oct. 9, 2012, by a Taliban gunman who shot her in the head (AFP/File)
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Malala Yousafzai has begun life at Oxford - but has been targeted by trolls for apparently wearing jeans, heeled boots, and a bomber jacket during her first weeks at the university.
The multi-billion dollar arms deal with Bahrain comes as US President Donald Trump has eased restrictions on arms sales to certain countries including Bahrain. (AFP/ File)
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The Bahrain Defense Force said it signed a deal with Lockheed Martin to purchase 16 upgraded F-16 fighter jets.
In the absence of a will, the distribution of assets of a non-Muslim deceased is guided by Sharia (Shutterstock/File)
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The wills come for as little as 500 dirhams ($136) and can be made at the Non-Muslims Wills Office, a special unit set up in the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department to look into inheritance matters.
The company had suspended all flights to Marsa Alam airport in Egypt since 2008. (Shutterstock)
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The UK operator had suspended all flights to Marsa Alam airport in Egypt since 2008.
The hashtag was sparked by a video of a teacher in Saudi Arabia telling school children that they will never find a job regardless of how hard they study (AFP/File)
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With prospects of employment getting ever dimmer for Saudi youth, many students have taken to social media to express apathy and frustration about their supposed non-existent career prospects.
Kourtney Kardashian in El Gouna. (Instagram / kourtneykardash)
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Kourtney Kardashian: reality star, model...fan of Egypt. See what Kourtney had to say on Egypt!
Oman has decided to cancel bids for the country’s third mobile licence and award it to a local consortium. (Photo courtesy of Oman Oil)
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Oman has decided to cancel bids for the country’s third mobile licence and award it to a local consortium instead.
A boy sits on top of a destroyed tank in Syria, AFP/File
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The Atlantic recently published an article claiming the war against ISIS brought the Middle East together. Al Bawaba debunks the article's claims, and reveals a disturbing lack of imagination in the all-too common thinking that the Middle East needs war to get peace.
Jury out on Italian who, bar Japan’s Asian Cup win, hasn’t lived up to early promise
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Jury out on Italian who, bar Japan’s Asian Cup win, hasn’t lived up to early promise
A nuclear war between the U.S. and North Korea wide-ranging consequences for the Middle East region. (AFP)
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North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador has warned that nuclear war could break out imminently, a decision which could have wide ranging consequences for the Middle East region.
The SDF announces the launch of its anti-ISIS offensive in Deir Ezzor last month (AFP)
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The Islamists now control less than half of the province, following considerable regime advances to the south of the city on Tuesday.
American author George Saunders. (Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP)
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The Man Booker Prize, designed to reward British writers and writers from former British territories except for Americans, has, for the second year in a row, given the award to an American.
Middle East’s first football World Cup is just over five years away and the organizers have already expressed satisfaction over the progress so far.
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Qatar is looking to host as many as 1.5 million fans at the 2022 World Cup according to a Supreme Committee of Delivery & Legacy (SC) official.
Ed Sheeran performing, sans fractured wrists. (JStone / Shutterstock.com)
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Ed Sheeran has announced that his Dubai concert will proceed as planned.
The moves come amid steadily mounting tension between Baghdad and the Erbil-based KRG following last month’s referendum on regional independence (AFP/File)
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Iraqi government forces on Wednesday assumed control of a strategic border crossing with Syria, according to an Iraqi military source.
Dammam, Saudi Arabia - November 17 2008: The Aramco exhibition center /Shutterstock
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It’s not that the Saudi Aramco IPO is too big to fail. It’s that it might be too big to happen.
Haryana singer Harshita Dahiya. (Facebook / Harshita Dahiya)
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Singer and dancer Harshita Dahiya was murdered Tuesday night.
Cases of married children reached 122.464 in 2017, 4.522 of whom were under the age of 15 years old (Shutterstock/File)
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In 2017 divorce rate in cities recorded 60.7 percent, while the percentages recorded at 39.3 percent in villages, according to Maysa Shawky, Deputy Minister of Health and the General Supervisor of the Councils of Population, and Childhood and Motherhood.
Criminal Court Prosecutor Issam Haddidi had asked the court to inflict the maximum punishment on the defendant (Shutterstock/File)
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A 27-year-old man was sentenced to death on Tuesday by the Criminal Court after being convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering a Syrian child in an Amman neighbourhood in July.
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (AFP/File)
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The Military Court this week issued a verdict in the case against Saja al-Dulaimi, the former wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ending a controversial trial.
Qatar's foreign minister has said that the ongoing Gulf crisis has "definitely" undermined anti-ISIS efforts in the region (AFP)
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The Gulf diplomatic crisis has undermined global efforts against ISIS, Qatar’s Foreign Minister has claimed.
Kit Harrington as Kit Harrington as Jon Snow. (HBO)
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In a turn both hilarious and sad, Rose Leslie convinced her fiance, Kit Harrington, to go to a party as his most famous character: Jon Snow.
Looks like you're getting your own Solo movie, Han. (Walt Disney)
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The film will focus on one of the most iconic characters of the original trilogy, the lovable rogue Han Solo.
The number of hate crime incidents recorded by police spiked and reached a record monthly level of 6,000 incidents in June (Shutterstock/File)
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Hate crime in the U.K. has surged, with a record 80,393 offenses recorded in 12 months to March 2017, according to Home Office figures released Tuesday.

October 17, 2017

Tom Petty performing. (Jack Fordyce / Shutterstock.com)
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Legendary musician Tom Petty, has been laid to rest in a private service.
World Cup 2018 logo
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ISIS propaganda chiefs released a chilling threat to attack the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Panem Aerial Tour. (Dubaimotiongate.com)
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The World of the Hunger Games promises hours upon hours of family-fun.
Al-Hilal's starting eleven pose for a group shot ahead of the Asian Champions League semi-final football match between Persepolis and Al-Hilal at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat on October 17, 2017.
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Omar Kharbin and Godwin Menshah each scored a brace as Al Hilal sealed their place in the 2017 AFC Champions League final with a 2-2 draw (6-2 on aggregate) against Persepolis at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in the second leg of the semi-final.
Mohamed Aboutrika
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An online campaign led by thousands calls on blacklisted veteran midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika to play for Egypt at the World Cup in Russia next year.
Sunset Over the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, by Pippa Thew.
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Arab art wins appropriate praise at a London art show.
The victim bled profusely and was rushed to hospital after which police were alerted about the assault (Shutterstock/File)
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A shepherd, who bit off a chunk of the ear of his wife’s former boss following a hearing of a labor-related case in Dubai, has been jailed for six months.
D'melo has one wish before he does so – to meet Sheikh Mohammed and personally gift him an album that he has made with 375 photos (Youtube/KT)
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, is deeply loved and looked up to all over the world, but Filipe D’melo takes things to a whole other level.
All detained migrants were sent to regional immigration departments (AFP/File)
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More than 150 migrants were detained during separate anti-trafficking operations in four different Turkish provinces Tuesday, according to officials.
A campaign to push Sisi to stand for reelection in the anticipated 2018 presidential elections has taken off online (AFP)
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Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has guided his nation into deep financial crisis, overseen the unpopular handover of two Red Sea islands and imprisoned thousands without trial. Despite all of this, some Egyptians just cannot get enough of him.
Alicia Silverstone, shepherd's queen. (Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com)
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Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone showed-off her work-out to stop animal cruelty.
A snapshot of Netflix HQ. (AlexLMC / Shutterstock.com)
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Netflix will release a stunning 80 movies next year.
The Iraqi army has turned its attention to driving back the Kurdish military forces after the Kurdistan region voted overwhelmingly on Sept. 25 in a referendum for independence (AFP/File)
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The Kurdish town of Sinjar was given up by Peshmerga forces to a pro-Iraqi paramilitary group and the Iraqi army, Baghdad's army said Tuesday.
Since Aug. 25, some 582,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the U.N. (Shutterstock/File)
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According to newly released satellite images, at least 288 Muslim villages have been partially or totally destroyed by fire in Myanmar's Rakhine State since Aug. 25, the Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
The UAE plans to boost its reliance on AI in routine government jobs. (AFP/ File)
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The UAE has unveiled a new AI strategy to boost government services in the Emirates.
Marilyn Manson, who is in a fight with Justin Bieber. (Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com)
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Marilyn Manson has hit out at Justin Bieber, calling him a squirrel. This whole situation is pretty nuts.
Nearly half of residents in the UAE are in debt, while a significant number are failing to save money, according a report by Payfort. (File photo)
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Nearly half of residents in the UAE are in debt, while a significant number are failing to save money, according a report by Payfort.
Egyptian women protest harassment in Tahrir Square, 2013 (Wikimedia)
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Across the Arab world, women responded with their own hashtag, “Ana Kaman”, a colloquial translation of “me too”, as well as using the English.
PetroChina and Sinopec, two major Chinese energy companies, said they are willing to take the whole 5 percent in Saudi Aramco, or even more. (AFP/ File)
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Two major Chinese energy companies have reportedly moved to buy stakes in Saudi Aramco ahead of its IPO.
Persepolis team
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Iran’s Persepolis have been preparing to face Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal in the 2nd leg of 2017 AFC Champions League semi-final in Oman’s capital, Muscat.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced the liberation of Marawi City (AFP)
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has announced the liberation of Marawi City, following a four-month-long battle against ISIS-linked terrorists.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Shutterstock/File)
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Israel will continue to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority (PA) even if its leading faction Fatah completes a unity deal with Hamas, which Israel has publicly opposed, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Tuesday.
An ISIS fighter carries a rifle next to a bomb bearing ISIS' logo, with the 2018 FIFA World Cup symbol in the back.
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The terrorist group has published an image of a rifle-carrying ISIS fighter and a bomb bearing the group's infamous black flag in front of a football stadium.
The Leicester City playmaker earned praise from his manager for his positive response to being benched
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The Leicester City playmaker earned praise from his manager for his positive response to being benched
President Aoun pointed out that there are safe areas in Syria that can accommodate Syrian refugees who are now in Lebanon (AFP/File)
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Declaring that Lebanon can no longer cope with the presence of Syrian refugees, President Michel Aoun Monday appealed to the international community for help in securing their safe return to their homeland.
Gokhan Taspinar (Photo: Anadolu Agency)
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Six months after taking up the sport, a visually impaired man won a gold medal last month in a national weightlifting championship
The Pentagon did not describe how the strikes were conducted (AFP/File)
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U.S. forces killed dozens of ISIS militants in a strike on two of its training camps in Yemen’s al Bayda governorate, the Pentagon said Monday.
Before she was captured alive in Raqqa, the jihadi bride appeared to be questioning her future with ISIS and plotting her escape (Shutterstock/File)
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Officials have seized the laptop of an ISIS jihadi bride in Raqqa to reveal she was baking recipes, listening to religious sermons and collating an enormous stash of porn.
Security forces arrested the perpetrator and opened an investigation into the incident (Shutterstock/File)
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Three people were shot and killed and three others were wounded in the Beirut neighborhood of Zqaq al-Blat when a young man first opened fire killing his father and later killing another two.
Earlier Monday, Iraqi forces reportedly assumed control over central Kirkuk's main government headquarters, according to a local police source (Youtube/AA)
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Iraqi government forces have assumed "full control" over Kirkuk's city center, according to a statement issued late Monday by the army's Joint Operations Command.
Inflation has been on the rise since the currency flotation on November (AFP/File)
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Egypt, a country with a population of 90 million, where more than 28 percent of them live below the poverty line, has been struggling with economic challenges and political turmoil since the Jan. 25 Revolution in 2011.

October 16, 2017

“The future of 4.5 million students hangs in the balance” (AFP)
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Classrooms in Yemen’s capital and rebel-held north remained largely empty on the first official day of school Sunday, as war, hunger and an economic collapse leave millions struggling to survive.
Egypt's team players sing their country's national anthem during their World Cup 2018 Africa qualifying match between Egypt and Congo at the Borg el-Arab stadium in Alexandria on October 8, 2017.
TAREK ABDEL HAMID / AFP
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Saudi Arabia has invited Egypt’s national football team to the Kingdom to perform umrah in recognition of their qualification to the World Cup, Asharq Al-Awsat Newspaper reported.
Photo: @AGLeague
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BREAKING: #UAE @AlAinFCae fail to obtain license to participate in 2018 @TheAFCCL. Al Nasr set to replace them in competition.
Sherine singing. (Instagram / sherine)
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Saudi Arabia's entertainment authority says it has cancelled plans for a concert featuring famous Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab.
64-year-old Italian managed Lazio, Inter and Juventus
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64-year-old Italian managed Lazio, Inter and Juventus
ISIS flag (Shutterstock/File)
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Continued political and military fragmentation in Libya is allowing for the regrouping of ISIS in the country after it was largely defeated in 2016, Walid Namane, an independent analyst, and North Africa expert has said.
The entertainment industry in Medinah has just lost SR200 million ($53.3 million) after a group of investors decided not to invest in the sector. (File photo)
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The entertainment industry in Medinah has just lost SR200 million ($53.3 million) after a group of investors decided not to invest in the sector.
Nyemar moved to PSG for a world record transfer fee of $263 million this summer but it is claimed that the club may have to sell the player in order to improve relations with FIFA
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Neymar could make a shock return back to La Liga after it was reported that the developing scandal engulfing Paris Saint-Germain’s chairman, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, could force the club to sell its prized player.
Sherine (L) and Queen Rania of Jordan (R). (Instagram / sherine / Instagram / queenrania)
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Sherine, popular Egyptian singer, had a slight mix-up she blamed on her age during a concert in the Dead Sea.
I want a little sugar in my bowl. (Johavel / Shutterstock.com)
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A run-down of this year's Cairo Jazz Festival makes us wish we'd practiced more saxophone.
What a nice-looking baby. (Universal Pictures)
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The US box office continues to surprise, with the new Blade Runner film tanking, but Happy Death Day rising to the top.
Abla Fahita looks to the sky. (Facebook / Abla Fahita)
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That Abla Fahita is back at it again.
Sophie Turner, who plays everyone's favourite Stark. (DFree / Shutterstock.com)
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Game of Thrones's Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, is engaged to boyfriend Joe Jonas.
Kuwait's Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad (AFP/File)
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Kuwait's Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad has arrived in Riyadh on a fraternal visit to Saudi Arabia.
Ashton Kutcher, with Lake Bell (L) and Cameron Diaz (R). (Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com)
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Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher has revealed that he and his wife Mila Kunis are determined to keep their children out of the spotlight for as long a possible.
Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Village Circle are among the most searched areas by property buyers, according to a report by Dubizzle. (File photo)
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Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Village Circle are among the most searched areas by property buyers, according to a report by Dubizzle.
The most common types of sexual harassment in Egypt (Harassmap)
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On “harmful cultural practices”, which include female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, Cairo ranked top.
On Friday a U.N. human rights spokesman said Muslim refugees wanted to see a peacekeeping force protecting them (Shutterstock/File)
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The resolution backs up earlier EU moves to restrict certain arms and equipment sales to the country’s military which has been accused of carrying out ethnic cleansing against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority.
It is not known if the man being punished is a member ISIS or if he is simply subjected to the harsh Sharia law the terrorists practice.
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ISIS in Egypt has released a video showing a thief having his hand cut off to boast of it's 'eye for an eye' attitude to crime and punishment.
Egypt national football team
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After securing a place in the Russia 2018 World Cup, Egypt have kept their place in FIFA's monthly global football rankings published on Monday, remaining in 30th place.
The Israeli military said it holds the Syrian regime responsible for any anti-aircraft fire (Shutterstock/File)
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Israel struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus on Monday after missiles were fired at Israeli reconnaissance planes earlier, the military said.
Duterte was elected last year largely on an incendiary law-and-order platform in which he promised to eradicate illegal drugs in society by killing 100,000 people (AFP/File)
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Duterte issued the warning during a bombastic speech on national television in which he attacked all opponents - from his communist rivals to the EU.
The Iranian men’s national goalball team (Photo: Press TV)
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The Iranian men’s national goalball team has been named the world's second best squad for September 2017, thanks to its remarkable displays at the 2017...
Ibrahim Almeh (Photo: akhbaar24.com)
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The spectacular and breath-taking performance of Syrian goalkeeper Ibrahim Almeh took the spotlight when the whole world seems to be watching...
Saudi Arabia's commercial courts started operating last month in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. (Shutterstock)
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The commercial courts were launched to encourage and motivate investment in Saudi Arabia.
The currency flotation has made property prices more affordable for Saudis and Egyptians living abroad. (File photo)
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More and more Saudis are buying property in Egypt, with prices starting from $80,000.
Earlier Monday, the Iraqi army launched an operation to capture military bases and oil fields in Kirkuk (AFP/File)
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In a statement, the ministry said the elite anti-terrorism forces have completed their redeployment in the K-1 base.
This is the first time in months that such an incident occurs (AFP/File)
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ISIS has claimed responsibility for the two rockets launched from Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula which landed in southern Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council Sunday night, marking the first time in months that such an incident occurred.
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani inspects an honor guard during a welcome ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 16, 2017. (Vincent Thian/ AP)
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Qatar's emir begins Asia tour with a two-day visit to Malaysia.
Iraqi forces drive towards Kurdish peshmerga positions on October 15, 2017, on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP)
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Anger is running high in Kirkuk, with footage of Kurdish residents apparently throwing stones at withdrawing Peshmerga troops circulating on social media.
Oil prices settled at a two-week high on Friday, as geopolitical uncertainty in the Middle East raised the threat of supply disruptions. (AFP/ File)
10:28 GMT
Crude oil prices soared on Monday as tensions between Baghdad and Kurdistan went up a notch.
The truck attack at the capital's busiest intersection destroyed buildings, restaurants, and hotels (AFP)
09:31 GMT
The toll from Saturday's suicide truck bombing in capital Mogadishu has climbed to 276 dead and more than 300 others injured, Minister of Information Abdirahman Omar Osman said late Sunday.
Amman Design Week's main space (Al Bawaba/John Lillywhite)
09:28 GMT
As Amman Design Weeks comes to a close, Al Bawaba takes a look at Jordan's place in the creative world and where artists hope to take it.
Turkish Police Forces (AFP/File)
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Police arrested 39 people, including 32 foreigners for their alleged links to ISIS in Istanbul Monday, according to a police source.
The incident that shocked the nation is being treated as a human trafficking case (Shutterstock/File)
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Security authorities in Kuwait have arrested four people for forcing 26 Asian men to work in massage parlors, wear women’s clothes and provide “special services.”
(AFP/File)
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Jordanians are having a truly critical debate in order to understand why Jordan — and therefore themselves — is now facing an uphill and arduous journey to address some serious economic challenges.