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August 19, 2017

Khalifa International Stadium
20:28 GMT
The ongoing Gulf crisis has had little impact on the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) Secretary-General Hassan al Thawadi has said.
Al Ain team
20:06 GMT
‘The friendly matches were ideal for preparation but the actual contest will be way different’
Madonna. (John Angelillo / UPI)
18:30 GMT
The international superstar celebrated her birthday in Italy.
Barcelona team
18:17 GMT
Barcelona players will kick-off their La Liga campaign this weekend by paying tribute to the victims of a terror attack in the Catalan city on Thursday.
Paulo Autuori
18:12 GMT
Twice Copa Libertadores winner Paulo Autuori is close to taking over at Cairo giants Zamalek, Egyptian reports said on Friday.
From "Jagga Jsoos." (UTV Motion Pictures)
17:48 GMT
Bollywood films are greatly under-performing, putting Bollywood itself at risk.
The face of a billion dollars. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
17:19 GMT
"The Conjuring" franchise continues unabated to the top of the box office.
Members of the self-styled Libyan National Army, loyal to the country's east strongman Khalifa Haftar, fire mortar shells during clashes with militants in Benghazi's central Akhribish district on July 19, 2017 (AFP)
13:30 GMT
Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) has detained senior LNA commander Mahmoud al-Werfalli, suspected of executing dozens of prisoners in the war-torn city of Benghazi.
Demonstration for media freedom in Berlin (Wikimedia Commons)
11:35 GMT
The media watchdog had described Egypt as "one of the world's biggest prisons for journalists".
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (AFP)
10:48 GMT
Saudis are being encouraged to dob in their Qatar-sympathizing countrymen via a Twitter hashtag.
The Lebanese army announced on Saturday the start of an offensive against Daesh close to the Syrian border. (AFP)
09:50 GMT
The Syrian army and Hizballah are also preparing for a simultaneous attack on IS on the Syrian side of the border.
Known for his Islamophobic views, Trump adviser Steve Bannon was sacked on Friday (AFP)
08:19 GMT
Bannon was widely cited as the chief architect of the "Muslim Ban" early in the Trump administration, and long known for arguing the US and Europe is in a civilisational conflict with the Muslim world.
Director Roman Polanski. (Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com)
07:59 GMT
The director of films like "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown" will still face trial, a judge has ruled, for raping a 13 year old.
“Attacks carried out by air caused over half of all child casualties, with at least 349 killed and 333 injured" (file photo)
07:47 GMT
The report claims 51 per cent of all child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year were the result of military operations by the coalition, describing the death toll as “unacceptably high”.

August 18, 2017

Like "The Flintstones," but in space. (MGM)
19:07 GMT
"The Jetsons" is coming back to TV, with "Forrest Gump" director Robert Zemeckis executive producing.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun
16:44 GMT
President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, stressed Lebanon's readiness to host any international or regional sports tournaments...
Prince Feisal (Photo: alghad.jo)
16:31 GMT
The General Assembly for the Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC) has elected HRH Prince Feisal to serve another four-year term as its president, following an election held at Al Hussein Youth City, the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service announced on Wednesday.
Camp Nou will pause before Sunday's game against Real Betis to honor those who lost their lives in the La Rambla terror attack
16:15 GMT
Camp Nou will pause before Sunday's game against Real Betis to honor those who lost their lives in the La Rambla terror attack
The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is a popular site for many Muslims
14:38 GMT
“I’ve never been in a room with so many people sentenced to death.” These were the words of one of the delegates at the International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression which hosted the largest gathering of ex-Muslims in history.
"I want to send my condolences and all my support to the families and friends of the victims of the terrible attack in our beloved Barcelona, in addition to totally rejecting any act of violence," Messi wrote on Instagram.
14:37 GMT
Football icons and longtime rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined Spanish sports stars around the world in expressing their grief after Thursday's terror attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead.
Hamas will receive $15million from the UAE each month
14:02 GMT
The United Arab Emirates will provide $15 million a month to Gaza, Gulf News reported Thursday, citing Palestinian Arab politician Mohammad Dahlan.
The Turkish president has launched a crackdown on journalists
13:31 GMT
Turkey places nine more journalists under arrest on suspicion of links to Gulen, the alleged mastermind of the failed 2016 coup, in the latest series of measures against media workers.
Donald Trump is the current commander-in-chief of the U.S. Military
13:10 GMT
U.S. forces have no plans to leave Northern Syria following the defeat of ISIS and instead plans to stay in the region for decades to come, it has emerged.
Actress Fadwa Suleiman. (Wikimedia Commons)
11:51 GMT
Fadwa Suleiman was an accomplished actress. But she was also a very brave woman who said no to injustice.
Kim Kardashian with Saint West. (Instagram / kimkardashian)
08:04 GMT
Remember when Beyonce had twins? Kim Kardashian remembers.

August 17, 2017

Photo: FIBA Asia
21:30 GMT
Iran will play South Korea in the FIBA Asia Cup Semi-Final after an 80-70 victory over Lebanon in their Quarter-Final on Wednesday evening.
Zinedine Zidane
20:40 GMT
With a 2-0 win over rivals Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his team can achieve even more success after...
Qatar Volleyball Association logo
19:35 GMT
Reflecting on the nation's tough stance in the ongoing diplomatic crisis, Qatar Volleyball Association (QVA) President Ali Ghanim al Kuwari threatened legal action against the GCC volleyball body for cancellation of regional tournaments.
The International Paralympic Committee logo
19:20 GMT
UAE /International Paralympic Committee General Assembly
Press freedom and freedom of expression in Palestine is being threatened in a new crackdown
16:54 GMT
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been criticised by rights groups for introducing an electronic crime law which punishes anyone seen to be "disturbing social harmony" online.
The Emir of Kuwait now owns 163 Acres of the Sharqia Governorate of Egypt
16:09 GMT
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi issued a presidential decree, on Thursday, that allowed Emir [Ruler] of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the right to own land and property in the Sharqia Governorate of Egypt’s.
Earlier this week Tunisian President Beji Caed Essebsi sparked debate across the Muslim world
15:31 GMT
The Tunisian preisdent paints a picture of his country as a liberal, secular, land of equals. However, the reality couldn't be more different
Haifa Wehbe showing-off some prizes. (FashionStock.com / Shutterstock.com)
15:30 GMT
Haifa Wehbe made this teenage fan very happy by pulling him up on stage to sing alongside her.
General Mohammad Bagheri in Turkey this week. (AFP)
15:00 GMT
Turkey and Iran have agreed to boost military cooperation after talks in Ankara this week.
Is it Emma Stone? (Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock.com)
14:23 GMT
Angelina Jolie? Jennifer Aniston? Viola Davis? Who does Hollywood value most?
The internet is a huge marketplace where anyone can sell anything... and everything. (Pixabay)
14:13 GMT
A listings site in the UAE, dubizzle, has identified seven online ads that are out of this world.
Khalifa City A, which is located around 45 minutes away from the city centre of Abu Dhabi, is a good choice for families seeking affordable units to rent. (Shutterstock)
13:58 GMT
The top five most affordable rental areas in Abu Dhabi revealed.
Iraqi Kurds. (AFP)
13:55 GMT
Turkey is calling on the Kurdistan Regional Government to refrain from going ahead with its independence referendum.
Just like choosing a job, choosing an internship depends on what matters to you the most. (Pixabay)
13:54 GMT
Internships are more important for your career than you think. Here's everything you need to know.
Through the new e-commerce store, visitors will now be able to browse and buy the entire range of HTC smartphones and accessories. (Pixabay)
13:35 GMT
HTC has launched a new e-commerce store to bring leading innovations in smart mobile devices to consumers across Saudi Arabia.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (File/Photo)
13:28 GMT
ranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has taken to twitter to publicly criticise the US for its mishandling of Charlottesville.
Tamer Hosny. (Twitter)
12:36 GMT
Tamer Hosny was photographed showing-off his handprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, becoming the first Arab actor to receive that honour, but was it all a lie?
An inspiration, always.
12:08 GMT
Actor. Athlete. Artist. Photographer. Ala’a al-Din Al-Zibaq took names, and he did it with Down syndrome.
Indians now account for 22 percent of prime property sales in the UK capital, compared to just 5 percent of sales two years ago. (File photo)
11:47 GMT
Gulf investors’ appetite remains hampered by falling oil prices, regional economic uncertainty and credit rating cuts.
Malala Yousafzai. (File/Photo)
11:36 GMT
Nobel peace prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has announced she will be attending the University of Oxford.
The popularity of Bitcoin is growing in Egypt
11:30 GMT
Egypt could become one of the world’s top Bitcoin trading hubs within weeks thanks to the launch of the country’s first cryptocurrency exchange.
Samsung dominates the MENA region's mobile market with 38 percent market share. (Pixabay)
11:06 GMT
Samsung dominates the MENA region's mobile market with 38 percent market share.
Engie has acquired a 40 percent stake in Tabreed from Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi-based investment company. (Shutterstock)
10:56 GMT
Engie has acquired a 40 percent stake in Tabreed from Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi-based investment company.
Noor Bank. (File photo)
10:34 GMT
Noor Bank has allegedly made dozens of redundancies this week as part of a restructuring plan to improve efficiency.
The pyramids of Giza. (File/Photo)
10:25 GMT
The new finds are located in al-Kamin al-Sarwahi in Minya Province.
Down the Yas Marina Circuit she goes! (Instagram / supecarblondie)
10:16 GMT
Alex Hirschi, better known as supercarblondie, is living the dream: driving supercars super fast and getting paid for it.
Earlier this year, al-Sadr had called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "take a historic, heroic decision" and step down. (File/Photo)
09:31 GMT
UAE owned publications say Moqtada al-Sadr's visit to Abu Dhabi and Riyadh was triggered after the leader publicly opposed Tehran's regional politics.
Women in Lebanon have long campaigned for the government to scrap the reviled Article 522. (File/photo)
08:57 GMT
Lebanon's parliament has abolished a law that allowed a rapist to escape punishment if he married his victim.
HBO this morning. (HBO)
08:37 GMT
Hackers took over more HBO accounts today, saying they were "just testing [their] security." HBO is not pleased.
Bella Hadid is in vogue. (Karl Lagerfeld / Vogue Arabia)
07:54 GMT
The super popular Palestinian-American model has graced the cover of "Vogue Arabia."
Qatar national football team
06:13 GMT
Ali Asadallah (No. 8) scored in the 73rd minute as Qatar eked out a 1-0 win over lowly Andorra in a friendly international at St. George’s Park in England yesterday.
Bauza’s squad largely unchanged from Thailand draw as Super Cup returns to Cairo
05:37 GMT
Bauza’s squad largely unchanged from Thailand draw as Super Cup returns to Cairo

August 16, 2017

Photo: timesofislamabad.com
19:52 GMT
Pakistani sports star urges parents to give equal opportunities and support to their children
Egypt team
17:58 GMT
Egypt coach Hector Cuper has called up 15 local-based players for the anticipated away game against Uganda on 31 August in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Police intervened after Egyptian referee Ibrahim Nour El-Din was assaulted by players and technical staff.
17:39 GMT
The Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) has hit Jordanian club Al-Faisaly with heavy fines and lengthy suspensions after players and technical staff attacked the referee during the Arab Championship final in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria.
Many foreign cartoonists have covered Erdogan's post-coup crackdown (AFP)
17:17 GMT
Many, including rights groups, have suggested that Turkey’s post-coup clampdown has been exploited as an opportunity to repress all opposition. Journalists in particular have been targeted, and among those political cartoonists.
Mohamed Ramadan in his car with his brother. (Instagram)
14:47 GMT
Mohamed Ramadan is super offended that Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has snubbed him, and is wondering if it's because he's popular.
Authorities say Oksuz was detained near an Ankara air base hours after the coup attempt. (AFP)
14:13 GMT
Turkey sent a diplomatic note requesting the extradition of Adil Oksuz.
Meanwhile, in Spain. (HBO)
13:54 GMT
The new "Game of Thrones" episode was accidentally aired.
Each song tells the story of an individual woman who wanted to share her story with the band. (AFP)
13:29 GMT
“Bent Al-Masarwa” are striving to voice stories of unrepresented women in Egyptian society through their songs.
Detail from Ayham Jabr's "Damascus Under Siege," which will be on display. (ReconnectingArts.com)
12:56 GMT
"Transition: Contemporary Art from the Middle East" will showcase the work of 38 modern Arab artists, and will include workshops
Tunisian women protest an article of their penal code which allowed rapists to marry their victims (AFP)
12:27 GMT
By calling for gender equality on inheritance and marriage, President Beji Caed Essibsi has revealed the chasm within Tunisian society between religious conservatives and secularists.
President Hassan Rouhani. (AFP)
11:45 GMT
The BBC says it has an audience of over 13 million in the country, a figure which places it as the seventh biggest market worldwide.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has launched a crackdown on press freedom since coming to power
11:10 GMT
An Egyptian opposition journalist has been released by German authorities after they briefly detained him based on an Interpol arrest warrant issued by the Egyptian regime.
Actor Van Kilmer. (Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com)
10:57 GMT
"1st Born," starring Val Kilmer, will involve an Iranian family and an American family coming together after their children's pregnancy goes awry.
Most Jordanian women stayed away from the voting booth during recent elections
10:21 GMT
Despite the significance of their participation as candidates in the municipal councils and governorate councils, Jordanian women showed up in “weak” numbers to vote in Tuesday’s elections, according to official figures.
Among those arrested include journalists, human rights defenders and opposition government officials. (AFP)
10:07 GMT
Police operation launched in Turkey to track down 33 former staff of a national scientific research agency.
ISIS jihadists planned to seize Tunisian territory
09:53 GMT
Tunisia has said it had foiled a "terrorist plot" aimed at allowing Islamic State group jihadists to seize part of its territory.
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt. (DFree.com / Shutterstock.com)
09:12 GMT
Anna Faris had some choice words to say yesterday to any people stuck in an unhappy place out there, following her separation from "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt.
The report failed to look into policy in the US, where Trump is battling with courts to ban Muslims from entering the country. (AFP)
08:59 GMT
US annual religious freedom report slams its allies in the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Syria has become a political playground for big players in the region like Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
08:53 GMT
There’s something much bigger at stake than the fate of mere Syrians in the mind of these actors: an attempt to curtail and ideologically condition the trajectory of the Arab spring.
The manager said she had "nothing against Jews". (AFP)
08:51 GMT
The manager said she had "nothing against Jews".
From "The Deuce," the show Marc Henry Johnson produced. (HBO)
08:50 GMT
Marc Johnson, a producer on "The Deuce," was sentenced to a year in prison for his involvement in Dr. Kristen Cerveny's death.
Mohamed Salah
08:36 GMT
On the first day of the inaugural English Premier League season in 1992, of the 242 players that started the 11 matches, only 13 were not British or Irish.
Photo: @MnbrAlhilal
08:12 GMT
It has not even been a month since social media in the region welcomed Oman’s star goalkeeper Ali al Habsi signing a three-year deal with Saudi giant Al Hilal with thousands of tweets and Facebook posts.
Ahly team
08:04 GMT
Ahly scored two goals late in extra time in typical fashion to come from behind and earn a dramatic 2-1 victory over Masry, which gave them their first Egypt Cup title in 10 years and completed a domestic double.
Blonde. James Blonde. (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Columbia Pictures)
07:48 GMT
In a sitdown with Stephen Colbert, Daniel Craig, the actor who's played James Bond in "Casino Royale," "Quantum of Solace," "Skyfall," and "Spectre," revealed who'll be playing Bond in the next film.

August 15, 2017

Bronze medallist Syria's Majd Eddin Ghazal poses on the podium during the victory ceremony for the men's high jump athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 13, 2017.
Ben STANSALL / AFP
20:30 GMT
Bronze medallist Syria's Majd Eddin Ghazal poses on the podium during the victory ceremony for the men's high jump athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 13, 2017. Ben STANSALL / AFP
Munir El Haddadi (Photo: @footballitalia)
20:24 GMT
@footballitalia: After abandoning Riyad Mahrez, #ASRoma turn to Munir El Haddadi, Lucas Vazquez or Domenico Berardi http://www.football-italia.net/108225/munir-and-berardi-roma-radar … #Sassuolo #FCB
Warda who moved last week to Feirense from PAOK for one season on loan has strongly denied the allegations.
19:45 GMT
Egypt winger Amr Warda has hired a Portuguese-based law firm to sue those responsible for propogating "false statements" about him, apologising to his fans and club for having to "hear such ugly allegations.
The Italians' transfer supremo Monchi has admitted defeat in his pursuit of the Algerian after a club-record £32 million bid was turned down
18:43 GMT
The Italians' transfer supremo Monchi has admitted defeat in his pursuit of the Algerian after a club-record £32 million bid was turned down
Al Jazira team
17:52 GMT
The 2017-18 UAE season-opener will be held in Egypt this time....
Event scheduled to be held on popular Flag Island on August 25
17:14 GMT
Event scheduled to be held on popular Flag Island on August 25
Rouhani calls out Trump as 'not a good partner' in parliament. (File/photo)
15:06 GMT
Rouhani warned today that Iran may abandon the Nuclear Deal struck in 2015 if US sanctions on the country continue.
An image used by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain in a social media campaign (Wikimedia Commons)
14:34 GMT
On August 12, Middle East Eye columnist CJ Werleman tweeted that “‘Ex-Muslims’ not only adopt the same tactics as Nazis, they're also supported by Nazis and white supremacists.”
This move is the latest indication of developing alliances between the gulf and Iraq. (AFP)
13:36 GMT
For the past 27 years the border has been closed aside from once annually for the Hajj pilgrimage.
From left: HIA Chief Operating Officer, Badr Mohammed al-Meer, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar al-Baker, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Secretary General, Hassan al-Thawadi and FC Bayern Munich Executive Board Member, Andreas Jung reveal Bayern’s new jersey at Hamad International Airport. (Photo: Noushad Thekkayil)
13:34 GMT
Hamad International Airport (HIA) announced that it has enhanced its current sponsorship with top German football club FC Bayern Munich as Platinum sponsor...
Billy Jean is not his lover because his only love is for God. (Toronto International Film Festival)
13:14 GMT
What do Egypt and Michael Jackson have in common? "Sheikh Jackson."
West Ham have sold Sofiane Feghouli to Galatasaray and are reportedly close to bringing in William Carvalho from Sporting CP (Photo: @GalatasaraySK)
13:05 GMT
West Ham have sold Sofiane Feghouli to Galatasaray and are reportedly close to bringing in William Carvalho from Sporting CP
Syria's Assad: Anti-imperialist hero and alt-right idol. (AFP/File)
12:31 GMT
He's an alt-right idol, but also an anti-imperialist hero.
Floral tributes for murdered student Giulio Regeni
12:26 GMT
Italy is sending an ambassador back to Egypt, 15 months after withdrawing the previous envoy in protest of the slow pace of a probe into an Italian student's mysterious murder.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia. (AFP)
12:14 GMT
A number of Saudi Princes are going missing in Europe.
The deaths at the Israeli embassy in Amman sparks protests across Jordan
12:05 GMT
Jordan refuses to allow Israel's ambassador to return to Amman unless the security guard who shot dead two Jordanians is investigated and tried.
Can the Gulf Crisis ever be resolved
11:37 GMT
More than two months have passed since Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with Bahrain and also Egypt, imposed a blockade on Qatar.