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Egypt's capital Cairo suffers from a lack of housing and infrastructure to handle its rapidly growing population (Wikimedia)
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The plan as yet does not mention applying a strict child-control policy that would stop families from having more than two children, as the name of the campaign suggests.
A Saudi hashtag has claimed that "girls are the cesspit of humanity"
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Behind the western-appealing veneer of liberalization what are attitudes towards women in the ultra-conservative kingdom really like?
German police stands inside a security perimeter set after a man attacked passersby near Rosenheimer square in the southern German city of Munich on October 21, 2017 (Christof Stache/AFP)
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The motivation for the attack is still unknown.
A police checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai, where a number of Islamist attacks have taken place in recent months (file photo)
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Multiple Egyptian police officers died Friday in a shootout with militants in the country's Western desert, security officials said.
A man and woman look at the damages on the site of the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu, on October 14, 2017 (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP)
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On Saturday, a massive truck bomb exploded in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing at least 358 people and injuring scores more.
Peshmerga fighters gathering at the Altun Kubri checkpoint, 40kms from Kirkuk, on October 20, 2017 (Marc-Antoine Pelaez/AFP)
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The U.S. remains committed to "a united, stable, democratic, and federal Iraq," and committed to the Kurdistan Regional Government as an integral component of the country.

October 20, 2017

Mahmoud al-Khatib
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Retired football player Mahmoud al-Khatib submitted his candidacy documents to run for president of Al-Ahly Club on Friday after prayers along with other candidates, with elections scheduled for November 30.
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Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, today launched the Dubai Fitness Challenge...
Photo: Qatar Tribune
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The frenetic and grueling competition of UIPM Modern Pentathlon Champion of Champions is back in Doha and its fourth edition will be held at the state-of-the-art Al...
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The Saudi sports authority's chief Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al Al-Sheikh, struck a milestone deal with Manchester United club aiming to start a state-of-the-art football industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
At least 50 people have been killed in two bomb attacks that targeted two Shia mosques in Afghanistan (AFP)
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At least 50 people have been killed in two bomb attacks that targeted two Shia mosques in Afghanistan.
U.S.-backed SDF troops have said that newly liberated Raqqa will be decentralized from Damascus (AFP)
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U.S.-backed SDF troops have said that newly liberated Raqqa will be decentralized from Damascus, just hours after troops were pictured waving a PKK banner in the bombed out town.
Settlement expansion is a controversial issue (AFP)
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Following announcements that Israel had advanced plansfor nearly 3,000 illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank, Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi strongly denounced the move as a “blatant disregard for the two-state solution.”
Quentin Tarantino. (Hayk_Shalunts / Shutterstock.com)
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Quentin Tarantino reveals he knew about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment toward female employees, and regrets not doing more to stop it.
Michelle Williams (C) stands with fellow Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Beyonce Knowles. (Everett Collection / Shutterstock.com)
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Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams discusses her struggle with depression at the height of the band's fame.
From the movie The Snowman. (Universal Pictures)
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Tomas Alfredson, the director of classics like Let teh Right One In, was forced to make a bad movie with Michael Fassbender in The Snowman.
The U.S. and Israel both threaten the prospect of reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah (AFP)
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The U.S. and Israel both threaten the prospect of reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, Hamas Gaza chief Yahya al-Sinwar said Thursday.
The TV advert and accompanying billboards have appeared across Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon and Senegal (Youtube)
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The advert for Nivea's Natural Fairness shows the model's complexion changing as she applies the skin cream, boasting that it had made it 'visibly lighter'.
Syrian authorities executed between 5,000 and 13,000 detainees in Saydnaya military prison during the first five years of the conflict, according to reports (AFP/File)
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Tens of thousands of people remain in detention or have ‘disappeared’ in Syria, devastating countless families. Nevertheless, advocates say the issue has largely been avoided in peace talks and negotiations aimed at bringing an end to the Syrian conflict.
Rabah Madjer
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Former African Footballer of the Year Rabah Madjer has been appointed Algeria's new coach after Spaniard Lucas Alcaraz was fired on Wednesday, the country's football federation has said.

October 19, 2017

US President Donald Trump
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US President Donald Trump has called on the US National Football League (NFL) players again to “stand for the National Anthem.”
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Bollywood’s John Abraham will be in attendance for January 19 event
On an average around 127 divorce cases take place in a day (Shutterstock/File)
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The number of divorce cases in Saudi Arabia has exponentially increased in recent years.
Her chilling remarks came 24 hours after MI5 director general Andrew Parker warned Britain is facing its worst-ever terrorist threat (AFP/File)
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Elaine Duke, Donald Trump’s acting Secretary of Homeland Security, said jihadists were using crude knives and van attacks to keep their members engaged and their finances flowing as they plot another ‘big explosion’ similar to the September 2001 atrocities.
Chasing after the wife, the husband pleads with her to take him back. "Because now I'm slim and beautiful?" she responds before walking away (Facebook)
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A Malaysian advert has been attacked for appearing to suggest that slimmer women with lighter skin are less likely to be beaten by their husbands.
Taziz, the management company in charge of Remraam, referred to the incident as a “misunderstanding" (Shutterstock/File)
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A resident living in Remraam was asked to leave the community pool for wearing a loose-fitting burkini after the lifeguard received a complaint from another resident.
A still from The Yacoubian Building, adapted by Hamed. (Arab Co for Cinema Production & Distribution)
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The Dubai International Film Festival will award Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Happy Diwali from Dubai to the world! (YouTube/ Emirates)
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Happy Diwali from Dubai to the world!
From the last Harry Potter film. (Warner Bros. Entertainment)
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A new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book's publication is offering muggles a chance to relive the iconic series.
most civilians who had fled Raqqa “will likely be stuck in camps for months or years to come" (AFP/File)
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The statement by Kurdish internal security forces in Raqqa was released as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) combed the city for explosives and remnants of the militant group two days after retaking it from ISIS.
Omar Sultan Al Olama, 27 years old, is the UAE's first minister of state for AI. (Pictured here: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum/ File)
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum today announced a major reshuffle of the UAE's government.
From the film The Golden Compass. (Warner Bros. Entertainment / Entertainment Film Distributors)
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Some of novelist Philip Pullman’s fans are seven, a fact which hasn't stopped him from filling a prequel to his bestselling His Dark Materials with swear words.
Iraqi officials have issued an arrest warrant for Kurdish Vice President Kosrat Rasul (AFP)
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Iraqi officials have issued an arrest warrant for Kurdish Vice President Kosrat Rasul after the politician described troops in Kirkuk as invaders.
A painting of Shereen Reda by Muhammad Labib. (Instagram / shereenredaofficial)
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Shereen Reda, star, Instagrammer, and former wife of Amr Diab, is redefining the modern Arab woman.
Settlement construction is a controversial topic in the West Bank (AFP)
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European countries are calling on Israel to provide compensation for destroying houses and schools in the West Bank.
The Sultan and the Saint. (SultanandSaintFilm.com)
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Al-Ahram Weekly's screening of The Sultan and the Saint sought to create bridges where chaos and conflict had created vacuum.
Were you one of thousands of Dubai residents who received a text from Sheikh Hamdan today? (Photo by Kelly Clarke)
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"I challenge you to join the Dubai Fitness Challenge" was Sheikh Hamdan's SMS today to thousands of Dubai residents inviting them to join the Dubai Fitness Challenge.
Greenblatt’s comments were aimed at Hamas, which has governed Gaza since mid-2007 when it wrested the coastal enclave from the PA after several days of street-fighting (Shutterstock/File)
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The U.S. envoy responsible for Israel-Palestine peace talks said Thursday that Washington welcomed the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s return to the blockaded Gaza Strip following a 10-year hiatus.
On Sunday, the Transportation Ministry announced that Baghdad and Riyadh had signed an agreement to begin reciprocal flights between the two capitals following a 27-year hiatus (AFP/File)
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A Saudi passenger plane touched down at Baghdad’s international airport on Wednesday for the first time in more than a quarter-century, according to Iraq’s Transportation Ministry.
A splurge on marketing spending failed to deliver a bottom-line boost to Damac Properties for this quarter. (File photo)
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A splurge on marketing spending failed to deliver a bottom-line boost to Damac Properties for this quarter.
Amal Arafa without make-up. (Facebook / Amal Arafa)
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The actress took to Facebook to wax lyrical about the nature of time.
Al-Khater highlighted that communities in which stadiums are being built were consulted in advance to make sure the venues become useful hubs after the event.
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The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar will leave an important legacy for Qatar and the region, according to Nasser al-Khater, assistant secretary general for Tournament Affairs at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC).
The Israeli delegation left the talks following the remarks by Al-Ghanim (pictured above) and several other parliamentarians in the midst of applause (AFP/File)
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National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim sternly told the Israeli delegation that participated in the IPU conference to leave after hearing the latter’s comments on the Palestinian lawmakers languishing in jail.
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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has said that Pakistan will sign up for the ICC Test and ODI leagues only if India honour Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to play bilateral matches.
Her chilling remarks came 24 hours after MI5 director general Andrew Parker warned Britain is facing its worst-ever terrorist threat (AFP/File)
11:55 GMT
Elaine Duke, Donald Trump’s acting Secretary of Homeland Security, said jihadists were using crude knives and van attacks to keep their members engaged and their finances flowing as they plot another ‘big explosion’ similar to the September 2001 atrocities.
The Egyptian team qualified to the 2018 World Cup in Russia after beating Congo 2-1 in the Borg Al Arab match on 10 October
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The sports marketing company Presentation has started negotiations with the International Football Federation Association (FIFA) to broadcast the Egyptian national football team’s matches in the 2018 World Cup in Russia on local channels.
President of the General Sport Authority of Saudi Arabia Turki Al-Sheikh (right) and ROC President Fredrik Johnsson sign an agreement in London to organize Race of Champions in Riyadh. - SPA

Saudi Arabia will host the first World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight final in May next year as well as its first-ever international motorsport event, featuring stars from Formula One, World Rally Championship, IndyCar, NASCAR, sportscars and touring cars competing against each other. (Photo: SPA)
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Saudi Arabia will host the first World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight final in May next year as well as its first-ever international motorsport event, featuring stars from Formula One...
Bob and Harvey Weinstein. (Mark VON HOLDEN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)
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Amanda Segel, The Mist showrunner and executive producer, has leveled accusations of sexual assault against Bob Weinstein.
Director Kevin Smith. (Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com)
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Kevin Smith, the director of classics like Clerks and not-so-classics like Yoga Hosers, will donate all money from future Weinstein movies to charity.
The man who wanted to look like a shark, courtesy Warda Network
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Austria's new 'burqa ban' law prohibits certain types of face coverings AKA almost every good Halloween costume
On Oct. 6, the Trump administration lifted long-standing economic sanctions on Sudan (AFP/File)
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The United States will not relieve Sudan’s external debts until the country’s name is removed from the list of the countries that sponsor terrorism, Sudan’s Finance Minister Mohamed Osman Alriakbi said on Wednesday.
A woman wearing a niqab or burqa would have to remove the clothing while using public transit (Shutterstock/File)
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Muslim women will be forced to remove their face coverings and burqas to access public services, including riding a bus, under a new law passed Wednesday by the Quebec National Assembly.
Syrian Kurdish female fighters (AFP/File)
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Nursel Kilic is proud to be part of what she called a growing feminist movement in the Kurdish-controlled Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, commonly known as Rojava. A self-described “militant,” Kilic is working to give the Kurdish Women’s Movement international exposure.
Maung Zarni is a democracy advocate, Rohingya campaigner, and an adviser to European Centre for the Study of Extremism (Youtube/Rohingya VisionTV)
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The Burmese scholar in an exclusive interview with FNA said that Aung San Suu Kyi's leadership has been the direct product of the icon manufacturing by Western media and activists which was intended to give acceptability to what, he believes, is a “military-controlled ethnocracy, wrapped in Buddhism.”

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.
18:06 GMT
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.
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."
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.
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)
14:13 GMT
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.
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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)
20:03 GMT
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
19:37 GMT
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.
19:06 GMT
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)
18:00 GMT
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)
15:25 GMT
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)
14:13 GMT
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.