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2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicks off

Abu Dhabi, Oct 24 : The 8th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF) began at the Emirates Palace here.


Indian teacher honoured in Saudi Arabia

Jeddah, Oct 24 : The Indian community in Saudi Arabia held a reception here to honour a teacher who has received India's best teacher award.


'Algeria, Egypt face common security challenges'

Algiers, Oct 24 : Visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has said Algeria and Egypt are facing common security challenges resulting from the critical situation prevailing in the Arab world.


Syrian troops recapture majority of key town

Damascus, Oct 24 : The Syrian army Thursday recaptured vast part of a strategic town in central province of Hama after battles with the armed militant groups, the state media reported.


Second MERS case reported in Qatar

Doha, Oct 23 : A 43-year-old man in Qatar has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the second confirmed case of the deadly virus in 10 days, media reported Thursday.


Indian man reunited with family after 40 years

Dubai, Oct 23 : An Indian man, who had disappeared from his hometown in Kerala nearly 40 years ago, has been found by his family at a hospital in Dubai in the UAE, a newspaper report said.


14 killed, 65 injured in Iraq bomb attacks

Baghdad, Oct 23 : At least 14 people were killed and 65 wounded in two car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital city Wednesday, a police source said.


Khamenei wants less reliance on oil

Tehran, Oct 23 : Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on the country's officials Wednesday to formulate plans to cut Iran's dependence on oil revenues and manage the economy on the basis of the domestic capabilities.


Indian dies after falling from Dubai high-rise

Dubai, Oct 22 : An Indian in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has died, the latest in a series of deaths, after falling from the balcony of his 16th floor apartment.


Two rioters sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Oct 22 : A special court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced two men to death and another person to 12 years in jail for taking part in rioting in Qatif governorate.


U.S., Iraq planning ground offensive against IS to recapture towns, cities

Washington, Oct 22 : The United States and Iraq are drawing up a plan for Iraqi ground troops to launch operations against the Islamic State militants in order to reclaims the towns and cities occupied by IS, said a senior administration official.


Palestine, Israel urged at UN to halt unilateral initiatives

United Nations, Oct 22 : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Tuesday called on Palestine and Israel to overcome differences and halt unilateral initiatives that fuel mistrust, so as to pursue long-term stability in the region.


India calls on Israel, Palestine to resume peace process

United Nations, Oct 22 : India has called upon Israelis and Palestinians to resume the peace process as "dialogue remains the only viable option" to address the issues confronting the region.


Palestine seeks UN action to end Israeli occupation

United Nations, Oct 22 : A Palestinian envoy to the UN Tuesday called on the UN Security Council to support its initiative to end Israel's occupation within a time frame and protect the Palestinians.


Iran supports Iraq's new government: supreme leader

Tehran, Oct 22 : Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday said the Islamic republic fully supports the new Iraqi government.


Syrian tribe members express resentment over being ignored by West in fight against IS

Washington, Oct 21 : The recent tribal revolt against the Islamic State in Syria that was brutally crushed by the extremists- who massacred hundreds of Shaitat tribe members for rising up against them-received little international attention, causing anger and resentment among the tribesmen.


Mystery over Indian schoolgirl's death in UAE

Dubai, Oct 21 : Mystery surrounds the death of a 12-year-old Indian girl in the emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after she fell from a building, a media report said Tuesday.


Indian arrested in UAE for murdering compatriot

Dubai, Oct 21 : Police in the emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have arrested an Indian man for the alleged murder of a 28-year-old compatriot 24 hours after the crime, media reported.


Lebanon to stop accepting Syrian refugees

Beirut, Oct 21 : Lebanese government has announced no to accept Syrian refugees anymore, state media reported.


13 killed in attacks in Shia areas in Iraq

Baghdad, Oct 20 : At least 13 people were killed and 48 injured Monday in separate bomb attacks in Shia areas in Iraq even as the country's top Shia cleric expressed support for the government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.


Bahrain clerics warned not to use places of worship for campaigning

Manama, Oct 20 : Bahrain authorities Monday warned religious leaders not to promote parliament and municipal candidates in mosques and places of worship ahead of the elections to be held next month.


Iranian women attacked with acid for wearing 'bad hijab'

Johannesburg, Oct 20 : A wave of acid attacks on women in Iran's Isfahan city has triggered fears and concerns that the victims were targeted for being "badly veiled".


10 killed in Baghdad mosque bombing

Baghdad, Oct 20 : Ten worshippers were killed and some 31 others wounded Monday in a suicide bomb attack at a Shia mosque in Iraq's capital Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.


Saudi man's American wife files for e-mail divorce

Riyadh, Oct 20 : An American woman has been allowed to file for divorce from her Saudi husband via e-mail after the man left the US with her three kids and prevented her from seeing them.


Social media helps find missing Indian girl in Sharjah

Sharjah, Oct 20 : A minor Indian girl, who went missing from her home in Sharjah, was found after some five hours -- thanks to social media spreading information about her, media reported Monday.


Israel's Tamar gas field to sell gas to Egypt

Jerusalem, Oct 20 : Israel's Tamar gas field announced Sunday they have signed a bid to sell at least five billion cubic meters of natural gas over three years to private consumers in Egypt.


21 Iraqis killed in mosque sucide attack

Baghdad, Oct 20 : At least 21 people died and 25 others wounded in a suicide attack inside a Shiite mosque in western Baghdad, a police official said Sunday.


Israel arrests 13 Palestinians for rioting

Jerusalem, Oct 19 : Israeli troops overnight Saturday arrested 13 Palestinians across the West Bank who were suspected of rioting and using violence towards Israeli civilians and security forces, the Israeli army said.


Iran summons Pakistan envoy over border guards' deaths

Tehran, Oct 19 : Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador to Tehran over a series of terrorist incidents that killed several Iranian guards along the Pakistani border, media reported.


Bahrain opposition party threatens poll boycott

Manama, Oct 19 : Bahrain's largest opposition party, Al Wefaq National Islamic Society Sunday asked its members and supporters not to participate in the upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections.


Western states condemn violence in Libya

Cairo, Oct 19 : The US, France, Britain, Italy and Germany have condemned ongoing violence in Libya and demanded an immediate stop of all hostilities.


Arab League delegation supports Iraq's anti-IS fight

Baghdad, Oct 19 : An Arab League chief headed delegation arrived in Baghdad Sunday to show support to Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State (IS).


Saudi Arabia may ban children from performing Haj

Jeddah, Oct 19 : Saudi Arabia is considering a ban on children below 10 years of age from performing the Haj next year, media reported Sunday.


Mahmoud Abbas says keen to contnue dialogue with Hamas

Ramallah, Oct 19 : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday that he is keen to keep dialogue with Hamas movement going to finalise reconciliation and end the internal rift.


Jordan appeals to end Al Aqsa Mosque restrictions

Amman, Oct 19 : Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh Saturday called for international efforts to end Israeli violations against Al Aqsa mosque, media reported.


Elephant tusk smuggle attempt foiled by Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Oct 19 : Saudi Arabia said Saturday that it foiled an attempt to smuggle 588 pieces of elephant tusks from Africa to Asia, media reported.


Egypt inks deal with firms to dredge New Suez Canal

Cairo, Oct 19 : Egypt has signed two contracts with a consortium of six international firms for the dredging work of the New Suez Canal alongside the original one, head of the canal authority Mohab Memish said Saturday.


Two Egyptian soldiers killed in tunnel collapse

Cairo, Oct 18 : At least two soldiers were killed Saturday when a smuggling tunnel connecting Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip collapsed, a security source said.


Palestinians deny Arab states' pressure on UN appeal

Ramallah, Oct 18 : The Palestinians Saturday denied any sort of Arab states' pressure on their appeal to the UN Security Council for establishing a Palestinian state.


Egyptian army arrests leading Sinai militant

Cairo, Oct 18 (Xinhua) Egyptian military arrested Friday a leading member of Al Qaeda-inspired Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group in a raid on southern Arish city of North Sinai province, a security source said.


Fly Emirates for best in-flight food

Melbourne, Oct 17 : A luxury food magazine has rated Emirates as the carrier with the best in-flight food options.


New offensive to liberate Iraqi province from IS

Baghdad, Oct 17 : The Iraqi army began Friday a military operation to free Baiji city and other areas in the northern province of Saladin, under the control of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.


Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli soldiers

Ramallah, Oct 17 : Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager during a raid in the West Bank village of Beit Laqiya, north of Ramallah, Palestinian medical sources said Friday.


Syria sends aid to 2,000 displaced Kurdish families

Damascus, Oct 17 : The Syrian government Thursday sent aid convoys to as many as 2,000 Kurdish families displaced by the ongoing grinding war between the Islamic State (IS) and the Kurdish militants in the northern city of Kobane, according to the state-run news agency SANA.


10 killed in Baghdad bomb attacks

Baghdad, Oct 16 : At least 10 people were killed and 35 others were injured in three car bomb attacks that were carried out Thursday in different areas of Baghdad, according to an Iraqi police source.


Ebola scare at Dubai airport

Dubai, Oct 16 : A passenger who arrived at Dubai airport from Liberia via Morocco underwent tests to check for symptoms of Ebola, media reported Thursday.


Houthi militants take over Yemeni city

Sanaa, Oct 15 : Houthi Shia rebels seized control of the central Yemeni city of Eb Wednesday, in their latest advances aimed at extending their influence in the northern areas of the country, witnesses told Efe news agency.


Iran Parliament chief warns air strikes alone will not destroy IS in Iraq, Syria

Washington, Oct 15 : While touting Iran's "good experience" in fighting terrorism, Iranian Parliament head has reportedly said that air strikes alone would not be enough to destroy the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.


Indian woman on trial for killing husband in Bahrain

Manama, Oct 15 : An Indian woman, accused of killing her husband while he was asleep by stabbing him 30 times in front of their minor daughter, appeared in court, media reported Wednesday.


Bahrain undertakes measures to deal with Ebola

Manama, Oct 15 : Bahrain is tightening control of its ports and screening travellers from Ebola-hit countries, as officials announced intensive training for healthcare workers, the health ministry said.


Bush shoe-tossing painting hits record at Doha auction

Doha, Oct 15 : A controversial painting by Iranian artist Mahmud Obaidi, depicting an Iraqi journalist throwing shoe in 2008 at then US president George W. Bush, was sold for $62,500 at a Sotheby's auction in Doha.


21 killed in Baghdad suicide bombing

Baghdad, Oct 14 : At least 21 people were killed and 60 others injured Tuesday in a suicide car bomb attack targeting security forces in the Iraqi capital, an interior ministry source said.


US national shot dead in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Oct 14, : A US national was shot dead and another wounded in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.


Dubai Petroleum finds gas in deepest Dubai well

Dubai, Oct 14 : Dubai Petroleum Establishment (DPE), owned 100 percent by the Dubai government and responsible for Dubai's offshore oil and gas development and production, has identified significant volumes of gas in its T-02 deep gas exploration well.


Three get death penalty on terror charges in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Oct 14 : Three terror suspects have been sentenced to death and 19 others have been given varied jail terms in Saudi Arabia for their role in various terror acts, media reported Tuesday.


Palestinian president preparing for Gaza visit

Jerusalem, Oct 14 : Palestinian authorities Tuesday said that security preparations are under way for President Mahmoud Abbas who is set to visit the Gaza Strip for the first time since 2006.


Jewish settlers set fire to mosque in Palestinian city

Ramallah, Oct 14 : A group of radical Jewish settlers Tuesday torched a mosque south of the Palestinian city of Nablus, officials said.


Britain to balance anti-IS support to Iraqi, Kurdish forces

Baghdad, Oct 14 : Britain's support to Iraqi security forces and regional Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State (IS) will be balanced, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said here Monday.


Israel to lift Gaza siege after Hamas 'neutralised'

Jerusalem, Oct 14 : Israel would lift the eight-year blockade on the Gaza Strip only after the Islamist group of Hamas is "neutralised", President Reuven Rivlin has told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.


17 killed, 60 injured in Iraq bomb attacks

Baghdad, Oct 14 : At least 17 people were killed and 60 wounded in three bomb attacks here in the Iraqi capital city Monday evening, a police source said.


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