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The Cabinet decided to slash the general sales tax on 61 commodities down to 4 per cent from 10 and 16 per cent. (Shutterstock)
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The government's recent decision to reduce sales tax on 61 commodities has drawn mixed reactions, with critics describing it as “ineffective” as it does not include most essential items, experts said.
Police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse advancing "yellow vest" protesters at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. (AFP/ File)
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French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner proposed on Friday to allow police to use tear gas to ensure public order in the wake of Yellow Vest protests which have rocked the country since November.
People browsing the books  in al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad (Twitter)
09:24 GMT
Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad is known as the estuary of Iraq’s literature. Tens of thousands of books are displayed here in multitudes of titles.
Protest in Tunis (AFP/File Photo)
09:07 GMT
The Middle East and Africa are unable to break the curse that has been haunting these regions. Unfortunately, these regions have failed to learn lessons from the curse.
Ariana Grande has released her single "7 Rings" with music video. (YouTube Screenshot)
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Ariana Grande has released her single "7 Rings" with an accompanying music video featuring the singer hosting an all-girl party.
Smoke billows from the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor during an operation by Syrian government forces against Daesh group on November 2, 2017. (AFP)
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U.S.-led coalition warplanes on Friday struck Daesh positions in eastern Syria, leaving a number of civilians dead, according to local sources.
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TOWIE's Lydia Bright has revealed she has split from boyfriend Lee Cronin after two years together.
An art exhibit depicting a fast-food clown nailed to a cross is to be taken off. (Twitter)
08:05 GMT
An art exhibit depicting a fast-food clown nailed to a cross is to be taken off display at an Israeli art museum following protests and demands for its removal by Palestinian Christians.
Saudi drama series Doon” tells the story of a 19-year-old’s struggle to free his older brother from prison. (Supplied)
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“Doon” tells the story of a 19-year-old’s struggle to free his older brother from prison, where he is about to be executed for a crime he did not commit.
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07:59 GMT
Theater tickets exist for 2,200 years in Turkey.
(@AdriannePalicki/ Twitter)
07:54 GMT
The Orville co-stars Scott Grimes and Adrianne Palicki are engaged.
Palestinian demonstrators gesture towards Israeli forces during clashes along the Gaza border (AFP photo)
07:53 GMT
At least 30 Palestinian protesters were injured on Friday by Israeli army gunfire near the Gaza-Israel buffer zone, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry.
Netflix TV Series 'You'. (Twitter)
07:48 GMT
You, a new TV series starring Penn Badgley, is close to passing 40 million views on Netflix.
(Kiernan Shipka/ Instagram)
07:43 GMT
Kiernan Shipka will star in the upcoming Netflix movie Let It Snow.
US Special Forces in Syria. (AFP/ File)
07:40 GMT
The U.S. has legitimate reasons for deciding to withdraw its troops from Syria, a former brigadier general said Friday.
Cardi B arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018, in New York. ( AFP)
07:35 GMT
Cardi B will feature in Pepsi's Super Bowl commercial this year.
Kylie Jenner with baby daughter Stormi. (Instagram/ Kylie Jenner)
07:28 GMT
Kylie Jenner reportedly wants to have another baby "sooner rather than later".
Some 700,000 civil servants observing a nationwide strike demanding payments' hike. (KUNA)
07:28 GMT
Most businesses and public services came to a halt on Thursday with some 700,000 civil servants observing a nationwide strike demanding payments' hike.
Economists believe the UAE economy to perform better than most expect over the coming years. (Shutterstock)
07:26 GMT
GCC countries are expected to grow by 2.3 per cent in 2019 and 2.6 per cent in 2020, from an estimated 2.4 per cent in 2018, driven by increased public spending and various measures to stimulate private sector, according to National Bank of Kuwait.

January 18, 2019

Mahathir Mohamad (Photo: Press TV)
23:02 GMT
Israel has been irked by Malaysia's "shameful" decision to ban Israeli athletes from taking part in international events it hosts...
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A Football match of two local Palestinian teams was suspended on Friday after Israeli soldiers fired teargas canisters into Al-Khader Stadium...
UAE team
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Skipper Ismail Al Hammadi said the players realise the need to enhance their performance and were doing their best in training sessions
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The Egyptian Football Federation (EFF) has officially requested starting the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 on June 14 instead of June 15.
Mahathir Mohamad
22:27 GMT
Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Friday that Israel has no right to speak of moral values in response...
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A 60-year-old woman has died after being chased to her death by a group of monkeys in India.
Protest in Khartoum (AFP/File Photo)
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The opposition groups of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC) called for three protests on Sunday and Tuesday and Thursday based on its strategy of attrition of the security forces, while the government seemingly opted for the use of more violence. The opposition groups of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC) called for three protests on Sunday and Tuesday and Thursday based on its strategy of attrition of the security forces, while the government seemingly opted for the use of more violence.
Yemen’s Houthi Militias (Twitter)
14:00 GMT
Yemen’s Houthi militias hold dozens of women without bringing them to trial or charging them with a crime, often torturing the detainees and blackmailing their families, activists said on Thursday.
Prince Philip (AFP)
12:21 GMT
Barrister Roy Warne pulled Prince Philip, 97, from the wreckage of his Land Rover and said the royal told officers he had been 'dazzled by the sun' before the collision near the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk at 2.45pm yesterday.
Dedi Purnama (Twitter)
11:45 GMT
An Indonesian woman burned her husband alive after he refused to give her the passcode to his mobile phone.
Pianist Lang Lang (Twitter)
11:41 GMT
Award-winning Chinese pianist Lang Lang delighted fans on Wednesday with a short video teaser to promote his upcoming performance at the Winter at Tantora festival.
 Iranian broadcaster Marzieh Hashemi  (Twitter)
11:34 GMT
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US National Security Advisor John Bolton are those who have ordered arresting Marzieh Hashemi, a journalist and anchor working for Iran’s English-language Press TV television news network, say commentators.
President Emmanuel Macron (Shutterstock)
11:27 GMT
President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday announced France will retain its troops in Syria and Iraq in 2019.
Reese Witherspoon (Twitter)
11:04 GMT
Reese Witherspoon uses Snapchat to tell her teenage children they need to clean their rooms.
Harvey Weinstein (Twitter)
10:59 GMT
Film producer Harvey Weinstein and his criminal defence lawyer Ben Brafman have officially parted ways.
Jordan Banjo (Twitter)
10:54 GMT
Jordan Banjo and his girlfriend Naomi Ella have announced they are expecting their second child, just eight months after the birth of their son Cassius.
Chris Pratt  and Katherine Schwarzenegger (Twitter)
10:41 GMT
Chris Pratt and his soon-to-be wife Katherine Schwarzenegger have moved to west Los Angeles together.
Kevin Hart  (Twitter)
10:37 GMT
Kevin Hart looks set to star in a 'Monopoly' movie directed by his 'Ride Along' helmer Tim Story.
Kendall Jenner (Twitter)
10:32 GMT
Kendall Jenner "ran home crying" after school every day because everyone stared at her acne.
Celine Dion (Twitter)
10:27 GMT
Celine Dion paid tribute to her late husband René Angélil on what what would have been his 77th birthday.
Between 50 and 100 students participated in the demonstration, holding signs protesting the cost of education and lack of job opportunities. (Shutterstock)
07:30 GMT
University and youth union members gathered Thursday evening on the steps of the National Museum to protest the current economic situation, which said was failing Lebanon’s youth.
While a number of smartphone makers offer 'Fast charging' and 'Power modes' to deal with the situation, a concrete solution is still nowhere to be seen. (Shutterstock)
07:00 GMT
While a number of smartphone makers offer 'Fast charging' and 'Power modes' to deal with the situation, a concrete solution is still nowhere to be seen.
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06:47 GMT
Fish and chips are set to go vegan as Quorn launches an alternative made with protein derived from fungus - to help create a similar flaky texture.
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British lawmakers will vote on the government’s Brexit Plan B on Jan. 29, Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, said Thursday.
According to the agreement signed with the housing authority, anticipating the total number of housing units will be between 5,000 to 6,000. (Shutterstock)
06:30 GMT
According to the agreement signed with the housing authority, anticipating the total number of housing units will be between 5,000 to 6,000.
The Dubai RTA has collaborated with big global firms for the extension of Dubai Metro Red Line up to the site of Expo 2020. (File/Photo)
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The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the successful trials for the automated fare collection gates which will be installed in Route 2020, the Dubai Metro extension project.
The world’s largest concentrated solar plant is due to be completed by 2021 near Dubai and is expected to have a 1,000-MW capacity. (Arab News)
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Want to take a trip to the future using eco-friendly transportation? In the UAE, you can enjoy a ride on a solar-powered abra on Dubai Creek, or hop on an electric bus in the capital.
It's a dream set to come true in the UAE by 2020. (Shutterstock)
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The world's first commercial hyperloop system, which is set to open in Abu Dhabi in 2020, will cost "between $20 million to $40 million per kilometre," Bibop Gresta, Chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, has revealed.
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A Maryland man is celebrating a $50,000 lottery win after his father reminded him to check a ticket that had been on his dashboard for two months.
A San Diego bar is having its 2,800 varieties of whiskey. (Facebook)
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A San Diego bar is having its 2,800 varieties of whiskey counted by Guinness World Records in the hopes of being recognized by the organization.
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A British family contacted animal rescuers when they discovered the animal living under their deck was an Asian raccoon dog.

January 17, 2019

Ans Boersma (Twitter)
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Turkey has deported a journalist working for a Dutch financial newspaper over unspecified “security-related reasons,” as Ankara continues its crackdown on the press over two years after a failed coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
(Twitter)
22:00 GMT
Nike has unveiled a new version of its Air Mac 1 golf sneakers featuring a grass-like turf material to make the shoes blend in with the course.
The services is available to those with an Abshir e-service accounts. (Arab News)
20:00 GMT
The Saudi Ministry of Interior has launched an online tracking service for inquiries about cases and court orders within the Kingdom.
Almoez nets brace as UAE to meet Kyrgyzstan in next round
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Almoez nets brace as UAE to meet Kyrgyzstan in next round
The Cedars ride on Al Helwe's brace but lose out on advancing in 2019 AFC Asian Cup
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The Cedars ride on Al Helwe's brace but lose out on advancing in 2019 AFC Asian Cup
 Oman and Turkmenistan looked set to be eliminated with a 1-1 draw, but two late goals sent the Gulf Cup champions through in the Asian Cup.
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Oman and Turkmenistan looked set to be eliminated with a 1-1 draw, but two late goals sent the Gulf Cup champions through in the Asian Cup.
Three wins from three for Samurai Blue to round off Asian Cup Group F
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Three wins from three for Samurai Blue to round off Asian Cup Group F
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A group of activists in the United States and other countries have signed a petition, calling on European countries to boycott an anti-Iran summit set to be hosted by Washington in Poland next month.
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A row has broken out between the mayor of Rome and the Roman Catholic Church over what should happen to coins retrieved from the Trevi fountain.
The Occasional Virgin is Hanan al-Shaykh's latest novel  (Twitter)
18:00 GMT
"She didn't want to be male or female. She wanted to be a car so she could travel through the streets in broad daylight or the depths of the night with only freedom as her companion."
Haifa Wehbe shocked fans when she suddenly dyed her hair pink (Source: haifawehbe - Instagram)
14:52 GMT
Haifa Wehbe shocked fans when she suddenly dyed her hairpink, sparking mixed reactions. She also responded to Egyptian comedian Shaima Seif, who flirted with her through a story on Instagram.
Jeremy Corbyn  (Twitter)
14:46 GMT
Take the "no deal" option off the table, so we can start "serious talks” on Brexit, the leader of Britain’s main opposition party urged Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday.
U.S. Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt (Twitter)
14:39 GMT
U.S. Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt on Wednesday night dismissed a report by Israel’s Channel 13 on the so-called “Deal of the Century”, a backchannel U.S. Mideast peace plan details of which have yet to be made public.
Photo: Muscat Daily
14:39 GMT
Led by the largest number of elite long-distance athletes ever gathered in Oman, this weekend’s Muscat Marathon is on course...
 Suicide Bombing in Syria (Twitter)
14:33 GMT
At least 15 people have been killed, including four American soldiers, in a suicide bombing in northern Syria, media reports said Thursday.
Rand Paul (Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
14:30 GMT
US Donald Trump announcement in December to withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria as he declared victory over ISIS has been sparking debates and controversy among the US politicians as well as the public opinions.
Turkey’s foreign minister (Shutterstock)
14:29 GMT
Turkey’s foreign minister on Thursday said a proposed safe zone in northern Syria is important both for the country's stability and displaced Syrians' return home.
(Daily Mail)
14:27 GMT
From a flashing bride to a dancing baby, these shots have been crowned the world's funniest wedding photos.
Red Hot Chili Peppers. (AFP/File)
14:25 GMT
American rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced a rare show at the The Great Pyramids in Giza, Egypt on March 15th.
Jose Mourinho
14:24 GMT
Famously known as the “Special One” Jose Mourinho, a former professional Portuguese footballer and the one who most recently served as manager of English club Manchester United, is all set to feature on beIN Sports as part of their AFC Asian Cup 2019 and English Premier League coverage.
First Manuscripts Conference, Exhibition in Abu Dhabi. (Twitter)
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Abu Dhabi’s first-ever Manuscripts Conference and Exhibition, organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism, DCT Abu Dhabi.
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14:16 GMT
A Turkish charity organization donated an electric wheelchair to a 15-year-old girl in Bangladesh’s Cox's Bazar, said an official with the aid group.
Our favorite South African DJ Black Coffee is joining big International names coming to perform in Egypt!(Source: realblackcoffee - Instagram)
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Looks like 2019 is the year in which the world’s biggest superstars will become visiting and performing in Om el Dunya!
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12:49 GMT
The Court of Cassation upheld a June 2016 Criminal Court ruling sentencing a 42-year-old man to a reduced sentence after convicting him of attempted murder in December of 2012.
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12:42 GMT
A young man died in an accident that took place in Sharjah on Tuesday.
‘Khusouf Al-Ard’ — The long-awaited return of Hayajan.
12:29 GMT
It’s been more than five years since “Ya Bay,” the debut album from Jordan-based indie-pop band Hayajan, was released. Wardi, and his voice, naturally, loom large over Hayajan’s recently released sophomore album “Khusouf Al-Ard.”
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12:29 GMT
An anonymous organization has distributed fake editions of the Washington Post around the capital on Wednesday morning and Americans could not help it. Suggesting Trump has resigned and the Vice President Mike Pence has sworn into office with the banner headline on the lead front page "Unpresidented. Trump hastily departs White House, ending crisis”, the disturbing fake copies were produced and widely distributed across the city.
Around the world with pop, rock, soul and EDM (Shutterstock)
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Around the world with pop, rock, soul and EDM
(Daily Mail)
11:34 GMT
Online shopping can be a great way to bag a bargain or make a quick buck.
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11:26 GMT
While most women prefer to work out fresh-faced, those who don't are often unaware of the very real consequences makeup can have on their skin.
PM Netanyahu  (Twitter)
11:22 GMT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to visit Chad on Sunday, according to an Israeli television channel.
A woman is evacuated from the the hotel by two men during the terror attack on Tuesday afternoon which saw 21 civilians killed by the group of men linked to Al-Shabaab (AFP)
11:19 GMT
The Somalian Islamist group who have claimed responsibility for the attack in Kenya which saw terrorists storm a luxury hotel and kill 21 civilians, say the launched the assault because of Donald Trump.
Rihanna is suing her father for falsely using the family name Fenty (Source: badgalriri / Instagram )
11:12 GMT
The singer filed the lawsuit in federal court in California, arguing that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his business partner, Moses Joktan Perkins, are using the Fenty name for their own Fenty Entertainment business without her permission.
Israeli-Palestinian peace plan - the "deal of the century" (Twitter)
11:09 GMT
The Palestinian Authority (PA) says US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-unveiled proposal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will hit a “dead end” after an Israeli TV report released what it called details of the so-called “deal of the century.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP)
10:58 GMT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he believes the recent deadly bomb attack in Syria’s flashpoint northern city of Manbij, which killed several American soldiers, would not impact US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from war-torn Syria.
Sales start on Friday the 18th of this month (Source: chilipeppers / Instagram)
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C-town’s getting hotter than it has ever been! No long introductions here, just try to breathe, millennials, Red Hot Chili Peppers are coming for their debut performance at the Great Pyramids of Giza this March!
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10:49 GMT
484 such children were repatriated to Manila last year.
EIA expects crude oil prices to continue to rise in late 2019 and early 2020 because of an increase in refinery demand for light-sweet crude oil (Shutterstock)
10:46 GMT
World benchmark Brent crude oil will average $61 per barrel in 2019 and $65 in 2020, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s January Short-Term Energy Outlook released on Wednesday.
So just what should you consider when choosing a consulting coach? (Shutterstock)
10:34 GMT
Making the choice to invest in consulting sessions with an experienced coach marks a key step in your consulting career path. Not only do you trust this professional to guide you, but you will also learn a lot about optimising your abilities and demonstrating your skills and strengths as a professional consultant.
their upcoming ninth studio LP 'DNA'  is released on January 25  (aj_mclean / Instagram )
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AJ McLean has posted a video on on his Instagram account announcing that he is "stepping away from social media" so he can focus on his "family, friends and life in general".
If the cheque gets dishonoured, the banks have the right to file criminal case against the debtors concerned. (Shutterstock)
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If the cheque gets dishonoured, the banks have the right to file criminal case against the debtors concerned.
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10:05 GMT
A 46-year-old man was stabbed to death and a 33-year-old Indian woman and her daughter assaulted in an incident that took place in a building in Al Butina area, Sharjah.
The figure shows 10 percent rise from the tax income earned during the same period of time in the previous year. (Shutterstock)
10:03 GMT
Iran’s tax incomes during the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-December 21, 2018) stood at 680 trillion rials, Head of Iran's National Tax Administration (INTA) Seyed Kamel Taqavi-Nejad announced.
Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen (Twitter)
09:58 GMT
Denmark suspended arms sales to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its role in the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, according to local media reports on Thursday.
CBI decided to take a more moderate stance toward the digital money and blockchain technology following the imposition of a new round of U.S. sanctions. (Shutterstock)
09:54 GMT
In April 2018, the Central Bank of Iran banned domestic banks and people from dealing in foreign cryptocurrency because of money laundering and financing risks.
Qatari businessmen are interested in exploring investment opportunities available in Ethiopia. (Shutterstock)
09:47 GMT
Qatari businessmen are interested in exploring investment opportunities available in Ethiopia, Qatar Chamber First Vice Chairman Mohamed bin Ahmed bin Twar al Kuwari has said.
Storm Miriam (Twitter)
09:44 GMT
Storm Miriam abated Thursday morning, but only after taking the lives of at least four people and injuring over 10 more.
Caretaker Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf (Twitter)
09:42 GMT
Caretaker Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf Wednesday discussed a possible bilateral military agreement to support the Lebanese Army with Australian Defense Minister Christopher Pyne, who was in Beirut on an official visit.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov  (AFP)
09:39 GMT
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia and Japan are still “far from being partners” on the international stage, despite renewed efforts to resolve a decades-old conflict over a group of Pacific islands claimed by both sides.
(Rami Khoury/Al Bawaba)
09:35 GMT
Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren think American Empire can do good. Only Bernie thinks otherwise.