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Shadow of Egypt’s ties with U.S. looms over Russian visit


CAIRO - A two-day visit by a high-level Russian delegation that ended Thursday was an effort, Egyptian officials said, to expand their country’s international relations. But lurking behind the visit was another country: the United States.The visit marked a new era of defense cooperation, Egyptian and Russians officials said, but neither Russia nor Egypt could escape Egypt’s ... ...
Published: 15 November 2013 - 00:10 UTC

Xis envoy to attend Arab-African summit


/enpproperty--> BEIJING - Chinese Minister of Civil Affairs Li Liguo will attend the third Arab-African summit in Kuwait as special envoy of President Xi Jinping. Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the remarks at a regular press briefing on Thursday afternoon. The summit is scheduled from November ... ...
Published: 15 November 2013 - 00:04 UTC

Egypt seeks to bring friendship with Russia to ‘Soviet level’


Security Egypt wants to develop its ties with Russia, bringing the two nations to the level of friendship they enjoyed during the Soviet era. However, Egypt is not looking to replace the US as its key ally, according to the country's foreign minister. "We want to give a new impetus to our relations and return them to the same high level that used to exist with the Soviet ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 23:59 UTC

Party Photos of the Week Canadian Arab Gala


Mohammad Al Zaibak with Minister Eric Hoskins, Raja Khouri and Bessma Momain at the Canadian Arab Inaugural Gala.(Tom Sandler For The Globe and ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 22:49 UTC

PFT PFT on NBCSN Jordan Reed Week 11 storylines


Jordan Reed wasn’t a member of the Redskins when they turned their 2012 season around just in time to wind up as the NFC East champions. The rookie is part of the team now, though, and he’ll ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 22:45 UTC

Saudi Arabia Cracks Down On Undocumented Workers


Saudi Arabia has millions of unemployed young people, and authorities in the kingdom have been cracking down on undocumented foreign workers in an effort to open up the jobs they hold to local labor. Many Africans who do the lowest wage jobs have been violently threatened and are trying to turn themselves in to leave Saudi Arabia. Robert Siegel talks with Ellen Knickmeyer, Saudi Arabia ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 22:44 UTC

Bahrain hails African stances in support of Arab causes


Kuwait-Nov-14(BNA)The State of Kuwait is preparing to host the 3rd Arab-African Summit, scheduled to be held on November19-20, 2013. Foreign Ministry Undersecretary for Regional Affairs and the GCC Hamad Al-Amer paid tribute to Kuwait for hosting the event which, he said, stems from the importance of building bridges of cooperation with all Arab and African countries. He commended the ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 22:32 UTC

Bradleys Egypt rebounds defeats Zambia 2-0


Bob Bradley’s Egypt bounced back from its lopsided loss to Ghana with a 2-0 victory over Zambia on Thursday. (Hussein Malla/AP) Bob Bradley’s time as Egypt’s national team manager sure appears to be nearing its end, but the former U.S. national team boss oversaw a bounce-back performance on Thursday while still in charge of the African side. In preparation for the second leg of ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 22:25 UTC

Dozens dead in attack on Shia Muslims in Iraq


BAGHDAD, Iraq - Service Dozens of people were killed and wounded in an attack by a suicide bomber and twin bomb blast Thursday targeted at Shia Muslims marking a mourning religious ritual in Iraq, officials said. The suicide bomber targeted a group of Shia Muslims in the town of Saadiyah, 130 km northeast of Baghdad, where they had gathered for the annual Ashoura ritual observed to mark the ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 22:24 UTC

Egypt says Russia is not a substitute for anyone during high level meeting


Egypt's foreign minister hailed a new level of cooperation with Russia Thursday, as top-level Russian officials visited Cairo. "We look forward to cooperation with Russia in multiple fields and that is because of Russia's significance in the international ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 21:05 UTC

Pride amid the sadness for Jordan


Jordan , who slumped to a 5-0 defeat in front of their own supporters.Though despondent at the scoreline, most of the country’s fans were well aware their national side faced a daunting assignment against a team packed with the kind of world-class talent they are more accustomed to seeing on television than in the ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 21:05 UTC

Norway offers aid in destruction of Syria chemical arms


File picture shows employees of the Research Institute for Protective Technologies, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection (WIS) inspecting a dummy sample which is contaminated with a substance similar to the chemical weapon Sarin, during a demonstration in Munster October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 21:03 UTC

Bahrain attends 2nd International Conference on Nutrition


Rome-Nov-14(BNA)The second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) opened yesterday (Nov13) in Rome, Italy. Municipalities and Urban Planning Ministry Undersecretary for Agriculture and Marine Resources Shaikh Khalifa bin Isa Al-Khalifa led Bahrain's delegation to the three-day event. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO he Food and Agriculture ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 21:01 UTC

Boeing Middle East market worth $550 billion through 2032


Boeing says it expects long-range, twin-aisle aircraft, such as the 787 models, to account for more than half of the Middle East regions new planes over the next 20 years. The Boeing Co. on Thursday forecast that the market for commercial aircraft in the Middle East will worth $550 billion over the next 20 years. Boeing (NYSE: BA) expects the region to need 2,610 new airplanes during that time, ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 20:44 UTC

Qatar loses clout amid fading Arab Spring


The gas-rich Persian Gulf state, which is slightly smaller than Connecticut, wanted to host world-class sporting events; to build a network of top-tier universities and museums; and to push, tweak and manipulate regional politics to reshape the Arab world to its ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 19:45 UTC

PBT DeAndre Jordan stars in amusing new SportsCenter ad


ESPN does a few things very well, and one of them is using athletes (and mascots and others) in their SportsCenter promos. The ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 19:36 UTC

US companies eye Middle East airshow...


(2/2) In this Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 photo, Dubai Airshow CEO Sharief Fahmy speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. U.S. companies are expected to announce billions of dollars worth ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 19:33 UTC

Player trapped in Qatar asks Zidane and Guardiola for help


Pep Guardiola asking them to intervene on his behalf. The 33-year-old has not been allowed back to France since June 2012 because he has been embroiled in a legal dispute with his former club al-Jaish, who play in the Qatar Stars League, over two years' unpaid wages.Under the kafala system that ties employees to their "sponsors", migrant workers cannot leave the Gulf state unless ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 19:31 UTC

Egypts ousted president placed in solitary confinement


Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi walks to the podium for his address to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2012 in New York City. (Spencer Platt, Getty ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 19:31 UTC

Briton to walk length of the Nile on 4250-mile trek from Rwanda to Egypt


Rwanda on 1 December, Wood, 31, a former parachute regiment captain from Putney, south London, will work his way through up to seven countries - depending which side of the river he takes - some of which have been riven by civil unrest and war.Wood will face natural hazards, from raging torrents to wildlife; he will traverse forests, the vast Sudd swamp, and desert while taking in, ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 19:10 UTC

Jordan’s Shoes From ‘Flu Game’ Being Auctioned Off


CHICAGO (CBS) – The shoes Michael Jordan wore in the famous "Flu Game" against the Jazz in the 1997 NBA Finals are being auctioned off. Then a ballboy for Utah, Preston Truman befriended and assisted Jordan during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, when Jordan had 38 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists to lead the Bulls to a 90-88 win, despite being visibly weak from flu-like symptoms ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 19:02 UTC

Video Jordan Opens Up On Favorite Dunk Shoes Dream Pickup Game Team


(CBS)In a promotional video forNBA 2K14, which is due out Friday from 2K Sports, Michael Jordan opens up on a variety of topics. The GOAT names hisdream pickup team, which includes Scottie Pippen,Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Hakeem Olajuwon. With that team Jordan said: ';I got no chance of losing. None at all.'; Jordan also opens up on the favorite dunk in his illustrious career, ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 19:02 UTC

Egypt to resume Brotherhood trials on December 11


File picture released by Egypt's Interior Ministry shows Muslim Brotherhood head Mohamed Badie pictured shortly after his arrest in Cairo on August 20, 2013 © - Egyptian Ministry of ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 18:15 UTC

PFT Dion Jordan won’t be more than a pass rush specialist this year


Dion Jordan got off to a slow start this season because of a shoulder injury and he hasn’t seen his playing time grow all that much as the season has progressed. Jordan played nine snaps against the Buccaneers on Monday night, which means he was on the field 14 percent of the time for the Dolphins defense. That’s because the Buccaneers weren’t throwing the ball all that often ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 18:08 UTC

Egypt - When it comes to the practice of torture its business as usual in Egypt


to launch a group called "Journalists Against Torture" , in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers media professionals in Egypt continue to face. The group has ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 18:03 UTC

Youth in the Middle East dying to escape from governments and parents


Governments must recognise that for its young people, the Arab spring was a yearning for new opportunities. Is it time for a culture shift in the employment ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 18:02 UTC

Libya ‘seeks to make its laws more Islamic’ justice ministry document


Libya is seeking to revise existing legislation to make it conform more to Islamic sharia law, a justice ministry document obtained by AFP shows.The text announces the establishment of a "committee charged with revising current legislation and to propose amendments that would not contradict the fundamental rules and regulations of Islamic law."It said the 16-strong committee would be ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 18:02 UTC

Geneva II set to go ahead on December 12 Syrian report


A long-delayed conference aimed at ending Syria's 32-month conflict will be held in Geneva on December 12, a Syrian government daily reported on Thursday, citing diplomatic sources in Paris.The Al-Watan newspaper said that US Secretary of State John Kerry had told his French counterpart Laurent Fabius that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon would announce the date on November 25.It said that a ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 18:02 UTC

Warplanes strike Gaza after Palestinian militant mortar fire


Israeli warplanes bombed two separate targets in the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Palestinian militants fired projectiles across the border, the army said.The strikes in northern Gaza came just hours after witnesses reported an Israeli army incursion inside the Strip's eastern borders, which Islamist militants claimed to have responded to with mortar fire.The Israel Defense Forces said ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 18:02 UTC

Israel defends Iran campaign


Israeli Home Front Minister Gilad Erdan on Thursday slammed US Secretary of State John Kerry for criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's intensive campaigning against an emerging nuclear deal with Iran."I was astounded to hear John Kerry's remarks about why the prime minister is criticizing the agreement being formulated in Geneva without waiting for it to be signed," ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 18:02 UTC

Russia serves as Egypts rebound after US fallout


aims to boost economic, political and security ties between Russia and Egypt. "We look forward to cooperation with Russia in multiple fields, because of Russia's significance in the international arena," Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy told reporters after meeting with Lavrov.Fahmy added that "Russia's weight is too heavy to be a substitute for anyone," in ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 17:56 UTC

Russia Egypt Vow to Boost Military Ties


CAIRO, November 14 (RIA Novosti) – Russia and Egypt agreed Thursday to start drafting documents to lay the foundation for close cooperation in the defense sector, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said. Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are on a landmark visit to the strategically important North African country to boost bilateral relations, including military ties, which have ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 17:51 UTC

Red carpet for Russians fuels speculation over Egypts US alliance


Egypt rolled out the red carpet for one of the most high profile Russian delegations in recent years today - a visit which led to speculation that the decades-old alliance with Washington is under threat following Western criticism of the recent coup ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 17:51 UTC

Egypt gives Russian dignitaries red carpet welcome


CAIRO (AP) -- In an echo of the Cold War, Egypt gave the red carpet welcome Thursday to senior Russian officials aiming to expand Moscow's influence through military and economic cooperation with a key U.S. ally in the Middle ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 17:46 UTC

IAEA Iran slows nuclear activities ahead of talks


VIENNA (AP) -- The U.N atomic energy agency says the Iranian government has slowed its pace of uranium enrichment ahead of new nuclear talks with six world ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 17:46 UTC

Is Russia taking over the US role in the Middle East


';The policies of the United States have caused serious unease and confusion in the Middle East and in Egypt in particular, especially after the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood regime. That led to new policies from the US towards Egypt like pressure on the army and reducing economic and military aid after a while. ';As a result, Egypt has sought out new relations or to be more ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 17:38 UTC

Egypt`s first elected president will stay in detention for 30 more days…


Egypt`s first elected president will stay in detention for 30 more days CAIRO - Egypt`s ousted president Mohamed Morsi has been remanded into custody for an additional 30 days on charges of spying for the Palestinian resistance group Hamas.Saad al-Katatni, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood`s Freedom and Justice Party and former parliamentary speaker, was also remanded into custody for 15 days on ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 17:31 UTC

At least 16 people have been killed in deadly clashes between opponents and supporters of Egypt’s President Mo…


At least 16 people have been killed in deadly clashes between opponents and supporters of Egypt's President Morsi since Sunday CAIRO - At least 16 people have been killed in deadly clashes between opponents and supporters of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi since Sunday, according to an Egyptian Health Ministry statement.It added that 781 others have been injured in acts of violence in ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 17:31 UTC

Egypt`s military issues 48-hour ultimatum to solve political crisis…


Egypt`s military issues 48-hour ultimatum to solve political crisis CAIRO - The Egyptian army has issued a 48-hour ultimatum for all parties concerned to find a solution to the political deadlock gripping the county. "We give all parties 48 hours to respond to the people's demands," the army said in a statement read out on state television.Egypt`s military issues 48-hour ultimatum ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 17:31 UTC

Erdogan blasts West for massacre in Egypt


Turkish PM Erdogan on massacre in Egypt: "One day those pharoes will face a Moses who would end the tyranny" ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan severely criticized Thursday the Western world and said that "one day those pharoes will face a Moses who would end the tyranny," referring to the Egyptian government that came into power after a coup d'etat last ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 17:31 UTC

Russia opens its arms to Cairo as US-Egypt ties fray


A host of Russian officials, including the foreign and defense ministers, have visited Cairo to explore expanding relations as the US cuts aid to ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 17:26 UTC

Lavrov Russia Sees Gain in Stable Egypt


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his country could gain from a return to stability in Egypt, as he and Russia's defense chief make a landmark visit to Cairo for talks with their Egyptian counterparts. The meetings Thursday come amid a strain in relations between Egypt and its longtime chief backer, the United States, which last month froze hundreds of millions of dollars in ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:47 UTC

Russia Egypt Agree on Syrian Crisis Palestine Issue


Cairo, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Ministers of Egypt and Russia, Nabil Fahmy and Sergey Lavrov respectively, assured today their countries share the same criteria regarding the solution of the Syrian crisis and the Palestinian ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:40 UTC

PKK holds Key to Peace and Prosperity in the Middle East


Resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and former staff adviser for Iran and Iraq in OSD/ISA/NESA at the Pentagon, Michael Rubin's shift from his former pro Turkey stance against the Kurdish PKK reflects a new "realpolitik' approach to Middle Eastern politics. But the US must first secure the release of the organization's leader, Abdullah Ocalan from ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:40 UTC

Egypt court jails 12 Morsi supporters


Cairo, Nov 14 : An Egyptian court has sentenced 12 men who took part in protests in support of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi to 17 years in prison, official news agency Mena reported ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:39 UTC

Egypts ousted president in solitary...


Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi raise his poster and a hand with four raised fingers, which has become a symbol of the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, where Morsi supporters had held a sit-in for weeks that was violently dispersed in August, during a protest in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Amr ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:37 UTC

Qatars right to stage 2022 World Cup not under threat by Fifa investigation


The Fifa president Sepp Blatter, right, was in Qatar last week and again reiterated he would favour the 2022 World Cup being played in November and December. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:34 UTC

Oman oil executive goes on trial on bribery charges


MUSCAT Nov 14 (Reuters) - A senior official at a state-run Omani oil company went on trial on Thursday on charges of taking a bribe, in a case closely watched in the Gulf Sultanate, which has pledged to root out corruption. A public prosecutor at a Muscat court accused Juma Al Hinai, the head of the tenders committee at Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), of receiving the bribe from two executives ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:34 UTC

Saudi Arabia and its labourers Go home but who will replace you


MILLIONS of pious pilgrims flock to Mecca every year, but the Muslim holy city's newest, biggest hotel serves a different clientele. Just months after opening, the Shumeisi Deportation Centre already holds more than 20,000 Egyptians, Ethiopians, Indonesians, Yemenis and citizens of other nationalities, nearly half of them women. They will not be there for long. Nearly all will soon be packed ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:32 UTC

Jordans most memorable dunk Sorry Ewing


Patrick Ewing (left) was one of many dunk victims for Michael Jordan. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) Michael Jordan says his most memorable dunk was his baseline throwdown over Patrick Ewing during the 1991 Eastern Conference playoffs. "I told him, Georgetown guys don't block shots, all they do is take charges," Jordan said. "I dunked it so hard on him it’s ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:24 UTC

Zahir Belounis The system in Qatar is killing me. Please speak up


My name is Zahir Belounis and I am a French professional footballer.After a legal dispute with my club, I am being prevented from returning home to France.I haven't seen my family in France since June 2012 because my employer refuses to give me the exit visa needed to leave the country. This is a special document that only exists in this country and Saudi Arabia.I am not alone in this ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:13 UTC

Egypt is not replacing US with Russia as top ally foreign minister says


FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 file photo, Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy speaks during a meeting with foreign media in Cairo, Egypt. Egypts foreign minister said on Thursday that Russia was too important to be a substitute for the United States as Cairos foreign ally and backer. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:13 UTC

Desperate French footballer trapped in Qatar


A French footballer locked in a pay dispute with his former club in Qatar has spoken of his desperation over its refusal to grant him an exit visa and return home. 33-year-old Zahir Belounis has been stuck in the Gulf emirate with his wife and two young daughters after he took legal action against top flight side El-Jaish, claiming up to two years in unpaid wages. ';I don’t think I ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:11 UTC

Kerry Nuclear deal with Iran will be failsafe so it will have no nuclear weapons capability


WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that any deal negotiated with Iran will be "failsafe" and will guarantee that Tehran will not have the capacity to develop nuclear weapons. Trying to reassure skeptical lawmakers and U.S. allies, Kerry told MSNBC that the Obama administration wants time to negotiate a deal with Iran that would protect Israel, U.S. interests and ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:11 UTC

Sudanese worker killed in confrontation with police in RiyadhViolence in the Manfouha district in Riyadh Saudi Arabias capital city led to the death of a Sudanese resident and the injury of 17 others police said.


Violence in the Manfouha district in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's capital city, led to the death of a Sudanese resident and the injury of 17 others, police said.Police said illegal migrants "rioted, hurling rocks at passersby and cars" Wednesday before security forces brought the situation under control, the Arab News reported Thursday.Police said they were investigating what prompted ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 16:02 UTC

Choithrams opens flagship outlet at Mina Al Arab in Ras Al Khaimah


WAM Ras Al Khaimah, 14th November, 2013 (WAM) -- Sheikh Mohamed bin Kayed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development in Ras Al Khaimah, inaugurated today a flagship outlet for Choithrams in Mina Al Arab, in the presence of officials and representatives from Ras Al Khaimah economic department, RAK Properties and Choithrams. RAK Properties, Ras Al Khaimah's biggest ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 15:58 UTC

CFT One-game suspension for Clemson TE Jordan Leggett


a season-high in snaps . As it is, Leggett’s 10 receptions for 89 yards are second among Tiger tight ends, while his two receiving touchdowns are tied for third among all players. A three-star member of Clemson’s 2013 recruiting class, Leggett was rated as the No. 13 tight end in the country coming out of Navarre, Fla. He was an early enrollee and participated in spring ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 15:13 UTC

Apache Completes Egypt Partnership With Sinopec


Egypt oil and gas business to Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation. After customary closing adjustments, Apache ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 15:11 UTC

Damascus Opposition delusional in demanding Assad quit


File - President Bashar Assad gestures as he speaks during an interview with Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen TV, at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria, Oct. 21, 2013.(AP ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 15:02 UTC

Eaton opens new Middle East HQ


Power management company Eaton has announced it has invested $6m in the development of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing hub and Middle East regional ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 15:02 UTC

Three sisters held in Egypt freed


Omagh comedian Kevin McAleer is known for his deadpan style and is regarded as one of Northern Ierland's finest stand-up comics. He's married to artist and choir leader Valerie Whitworth, from Ipswich, and they have three children, Florence (23) and twins Louis and Josiah ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 15:00 UTC

Sewage swamps Gaza streets as Egypt tunnel closures cut off power


A Palestinian boy looks at a street flooded with sewage water from a sewage treatment facility in Gaza City November 14, 2013. Gaza municipality said they could not operate the sewage treatment facility due to shortages in fuel and power. Gaza's lone power plant shut its generators on November 1, 2013 due to a fuel shortage, a move that will likely increase already long blackout hours in the ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 14:45 UTC

Bernanke Arab bank group can aid crisis response


WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Arab banks can play a key role in helping safeguard the world's financial system, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday. The banking industry and the global economy still labor "in the long shadow" cast by the financial crisis, Bernanke said in brief remarks delivered via prerecorded video to the Annual Conference of the Union of Arab Banks ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 14:41 UTC

Michael Jordan names dunk over Ewing as favorite


Orlando Magic coach, it's because Jordan dunked on him. Hard. Jordan gave some insight on his basketball memories for an interview advancing the upcoming season of the video game NBA 2K14. He chatted about a variety of topics, including his favorite basketball season and his favorite Jordan shoe. But, certainly, folks want to know about poster-inspiring dunks that granted him the famous ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 14:39 UTC

Egypt hails new era of defence alliance with Russia


Egypt’s top general has hailed a new era of military cooperation with Russia, during a visit by officials from Moscow. As the two countries’ foreign ministers met in Cairo both sides described the visit as historic. No deal has yet been signed, but some analysts believe a major sale of Russian weaponry to Egypt is being concluded. Last month the US said it was withholding some ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 14:38 UTC

Three Irish siblings released in Egypt


Three of the four Irish siblings who have been in detention in Egypt for almost three months have been released.Somaia, Fatima and Omaima Halawa were detained following demonstrations against the military coup in Egypt in August.The three women have now been released and are free to return to Ireland.Their brother Ibrahim remains in police detention and is due to attend a further hearing in court ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 14:36 UTC

Egypts message to the US Weve got Russia


Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to his counter part Nabil Fahmy, foreground, during their meeting in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Egypt's foreign minister said on Thursday that Russia was too important to be a substitute for the United States as Cairo's foreign ally and ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 14:24 UTC

MIDEAST STOCKS-Qatar rally goes on as property shares boost Dubai


* Qatar hits fresh five-year high * Attracts money withdrawn from other markets * Dubai to remain volatile ahead of Expo decision * Arabtec climbs, then pulls back from chart barrier * Egypt consolidates after post-Mursi rally By Olzhas Auyezov DUBAI, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Qatar's bourse rose to a fresh five-year high on Thursday amid profit-taking in most other regional markets, while Dubai ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 14:17 UTC

Mugabe goes to Kuwait for Afro-Arab talks


Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has left for an Arab-African summit in Kuwait, state media said Thursday, adding that he will also stop over in Singapore where he normally goes for medical treatment. He flew out of the country Wednesday heading to Singapore ahead of the summit scheduled for next week. "He will first pass through Singapore on his way to Kuwait, and visit Dubai on ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:44 UTC

Halawa sisters released in Egypt


The three Halawa sisters, who have been detained in Egypt since 17 August, have been released. In a statement, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said he welcomed the release of Somaia, Fatima and Omaima Halawa. However, their brother Ibrahim Halawa is expected to attend a further hearing in Egypt on Saturday. The four family members, who are Irish citizens, had ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:38 UTC

Comedian Kapil Sharmas show in Oman a big draw


Dubai, Nov 14 : Tickets for popular stand up Indian comedian Kapil Sharma's show in Oman's capital Muscat next week are selling like hot ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:36 UTC

Russia Egypt share idea to continue cooperation for security of Russian tourists


CAIRO, November 14 (Itar-Tass) - Russia and Egypt share an idea that the countries should continue cooperation to ensure security of Russian tourists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a meeting between the foreign ministers and the defence ministers of the two countries here on Thursday. "In the conditions when the situation in the world is stabilizing, when the state of ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:33 UTC

Syria military jets strike Lebanon border town security source


Syrian military jets on Thursday launched three air raids on the outskirts of Lebanon's Arsal border town in the east Bekaa, a local security source said.A Syrian military helicopter conducted two raids on the Wadi Ata region on the outskirts of Arsal, launching six rockets while a second Syrian jet targeted the same area with three rockets.Seven houses were damaged during the raids, but no ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:31 UTC

3 killed 22 wounded in bombings in Syrian capital


Three people were killed and 22 others wounded on Thursday in two explosions and a mortar attack against an old district of Syria's capital of Damascus, the state- run SANA news agency reported.The attacks targeted the al-Kallaseh neighborhood in the old quarter of Damascus, SANA said, spelling no further details.The incident came as part of daily attacks by the rebels positioned on the ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:31 UTC

Putin holds telephone talks with Assad Kremlin


Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech near a statue of 19th century Russian poet Alexander Pushkin during its unveiling ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Lee ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:28 UTC

Damascus bombs mortar fire kill three state media


People gather around the scene of a bomb explosion in front of of al-Hijaz train station in central Damascus November 6, 2013, in this handout picture released by Syria's national news agency ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:28 UTC

Qatar to introduce compulsory military service – report


All Qatari men aged between 18 and 35 will soon be forced to undertake up to four months compulsory military service if a new government draft law is given the green light by authorities, according to a report by the AFP news ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:25 UTC

Qatar to make military service mandatory for 4 months


DOHA: Qatar's government has approved a draft law making it compulsory for men in the Gulf state to do military service for up to four months, media reports said on Thursday. Under the proposed legislation, the first of its kind ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:24 UTC

REFILE-Egypt to seek bids for first nuclear plant


(Refiles to amend slug) * Nuclear power station to be built near Mediterranean * Russian ministers' visit expected to touch on atomic power CAIRO, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Egypt will launch an international tender in January to build its first nuclear power station, an Electricity Ministry spokesman said on Thursday before talks with Russian officials on cooperation between the two countries. Egypt ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:12 UTC

Egypt Ousted president Morsi remains defiant


Egypt's ousted leader Mohammed Morsi has refused to name a lawyer to defend him on charges of inciting murder and violence. The indifferent Morsi on Tuesday dismissed the court that is trying him as illegitimate.Morsi along with thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members have been detained since July, following his ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:09 UTC

Police clash with migrants workers in Saudi Arabia


Violent riots have taken place in Manfouha, a neighbourhood in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, over the last few days. There are reports that three Ethiopians and a Sudanese man have been killed in the clashes between illegal migrant workers and the police. ';A dispute between a group of citizens and violators of the residence and work permits happened, resulting in fights between the ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:08 UTC

Vodafone Qatar Q2 loss narrows as mobile customer base expands


By Matt SmithDUBAI (Reuters) - Vodafone Qatar, an affiliate of Vodafone Group, made a smaller second-quarter loss in line with analysts' estimates as its mobile subscriber base increased by about a quarter and customers spent more on phone services.Vodafone, which ended Ooredoo's domestic monopoly in 2009, made a net loss of 75 million riyals ($20.60 million)in the three months to ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 13:03 UTC

Cameroon plans Egypt-like protests


Opposition groups, trade unions and Diaspora groups are preparing "Egypt-like" protests in Cameroon tomorrow, 23 February, to call for President Paul Biya to step down. The US Embassy warns of possible ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 12:54 UTC

Equatorial Guinea prohibits Egypt revolt reports


No talk of a Tunisia or Egypt-style revolutions in Equatorial Guinea. These were the orders given to media in the country, which all are controlled by the state or the family of President Teodoro Obiang ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 12:54 UTC

If Egypt can we can do it too - Swazi opposition


"Tunisia and Egypt are a big 'we can do it too,' not just for Swaziland, but for the rest of the African continent and the repressed Arab world," according to the Swazi ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 12:54 UTC

African dreams of Egypt-like revolt


All over Africa, the dramatic events in Tunisia and Egypt are followed, with opposition groups and dissidents hoping the same could happen in their country. Mostly, these are only dreams, but some could come ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 12:54 UTC

Kuwait says port project to continue despite Iraqi opposition


Kuwait said Wednesday it was " determined to go ahead with" the construction of a port which neighboring Iraq said would affect its shipping lanes.Kuwaiti government spokesman Ali Al-Rashid said the Gulf emirate "won't be intimidated by any remarks," referring to those from Baghdad earlier Wednesday which called the construction of the Mubarak Al-Kabir port on ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 12:50 UTC

General behind Egypt coup pressed to run for president


By Jonathan Krohn, NBC News contributor CAIRO – A petition drive aiming to convince the general behind the coup that unseated Egypt's democratically elected president to stand in elections has collected millions of signatures, according to backers. Army ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 12:11 UTC

Bomb attacks kill 23 Shiite pilgrims in Iraq


Up to 23 people were killed and 90 wounded in bomb attacks targeted Shiite pilgrims commemorating religious rituals of Ashura in Iraq on Thursday, police and medics said.The deadliest attack occurred around noon in Diyala province when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive vest at a procession of Shiite pilgrims at a village near the city of Sa'diyah, some 120 km northeast of the Iraqi ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 12:07 UTC

Militancy claims 3 Afghan lives wounds 2


Taliban-linked militancy claimed the lives of three persons including a militant and injured two others elsewhere in the southern Helmand and Ghazni provinces on Thursday, officials said.A suicide bomber, according to Ghazni police, targeted a police checkpoint early Thursday morning killing himself and injuring two policemen.The incident took place in Muqar district at around 05:00 am local ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 12:07 UTC

Syrian rockets land in Lebanon


Several rockets launched from the Syrian side of the border with Lebanon landed on the outskirts of the east Bekaa town of Sirin on Thursday without causing any casualties.According to the National News Agency six rockets crashed into uninhabited areas on the outskirts of the mostly Shiite town of Sirin.But other media outlets reported that a total of 12 rockets landed on various areas of the ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 12:07 UTC

Russian FM Iran backed U.S. nuclear proposal


Iran had accepted a U.S.-draft proposal on a nuclear deal, but last-minute amendments blocked an accord last week in Geneva.Sergey Lavrov's account fits with comments from Iran and world powers. But it offers additional insights into ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 12:05 UTC

Russia Egypt want political solution to Syria war


A Free Syrian Army fighter walks through debris on a roof of a damaged building in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria November 13, 2013. REUTERS/Khalil ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 12:05 UTC

Boeing and Qatar Airways Whats their relationship status


Emirates and Dubai may make the majority of aviation headlines both regionally and globally, but Boeing is certainly aware of the huge potential Qatar holds. Boeing's rapid growth hit a speed bump this year when it was ordered to ground its entire 787 Dreamliner fleet, following successive battery-related problems.The decision to ground the plane drew both praise and anger from passenger and ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 12:02 UTC

Egypts Sisi sees new Russia defence cooperation


* Russian foreign, defence ministers hold talks in Cairo * Egypt's Sisi sees "new era" of defence cooperation * Cairo ties with Washington strained by Mursi ouster * Egypt FM says Russia ties not a "substitute" for anyone By Maggie Fick and Hadeel Al Shalchi CAIRO, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Egypt's top general hailed a new era of defence cooperation with Russia on ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 11:54 UTC

NCMS warns of rough seas in the Gulf of Oman Arabian Sea


WAM ABU DHABI, 14th November, 2013 (WAM) -- The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has warned of high seas in the Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea due to severe weather disturbance because of towering clouds. The Centre is advising fishermen and seafarers to avoid offshore activities. ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 11:30 UTC

Qatar World Cup crucial to improve plight of migrants UN


New York, Nov 14 : A United Nations independent expert Wednesday urged Qatari authorities to use the 2022 soccer World Cup to improve the situation of migrant workers and their families in the ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 10:51 UTC

Egypt Ban urges respect for freedom of assembly


New York, Nov 14 : United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of respecting the right to freedom of assembly as well as peaceful protest, as the state of emergency that has been in place for three months in Egypt ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 10:51 UTC

Police kill 3 Taliban militants in western Afghanistan


Three Taliban militants were killed by police while planting mine on a road in western Afghan province of Farah late Wednesday night, a local official said Thursday."Four Taliban rebels were busy planting mine on a road in Pustht Koh district when local police patrol identified the rebels and opened fire killing three on the spot," provincial government spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhawandoy ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 10:46 UTC

Suicide attack on Shiite pilgrims in Iraq kills 30


Pilgrims pray at the Imam al-Abbas shrine during the religious festival of Ashura in Kerbala, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, November 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mushtaq ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 10:44 UTC

Russia Egypt locked in talks on military collaboration


The defence ministers of Russia and Egypt are locked in discussions on military collaboration between their countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday during a landmark visit to ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 10:43 UTC

Get it Egypt Local pianist Mirette Hanna makes it big in Rome


Cairo Conservatory followed by the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genve in Switzerland, and the Conservatoire Rayonnement Rgional de Montpellier in France. She continues to be actively involved in Egypt's music scene, giving concerts and participating in educational programmes organised by international artists.Hanna won Absolute First Prize - the competition's top award - ex-aequo with ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 10:41 UTC

Boeing Boom projected in Middle East over next 20 years


Boeing will require 2,610 new airplanes over the next 20 years for its Middle East fleet (Courtesy of Wikimedia) Airlines in the Middle East will require 2,610 new airplanes over the next 20 years, worth an estimated $550 billion, ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 10:41 UTC

Michael Jordans Favorite Dunk Posterized Patrick Ewing In The 1991 NBA Playoffs


The Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan has words with the New York Knicks Patrick Ewing (33) during the second quarter of May 12, 1992 playoff game in ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 10:26 UTC

Egypt Russia Too Important to Be US Substitute


Egypt's foreign minister sought to downplay speculation of a major shift in his country's foreign policy, saying during a top-level Russian visit Thursday that Moscow was too important to be a substitute for the United States as Cairo's key ally and backer. The remarks by Nabil Fahmy came after talks with his visiting counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who is leading the Russian ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 10:20 UTC

Egypts EFG-Hermes Q3 net profit up 38 pct


CAIRO Nov 14 (Reuters) - EFG Hermes, Egypt's largest investment bank, said on Thursday its third-quarter net profit rose 38 percent from a year earlier to 116 million Egyptian pounds ($16.84 million). Revenue for the quarter grew 12 percent to 528 million pounds, the company said in a statement. Its net operating margin was 32 percent. ($1 = 6.8884 Egyptian pounds) (Reporting by Shaimaa ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 10:19 UTC

Easing Middle East tensions pushing down oil price IEA


Paris (AFP) - A recent plunge in oil prices reflected a perceived easing of Middle East tensions and record non-OPEC supply, but strains in the market could soon reappear, the IEA said on Thursday.Raising slightly its estimate for global demand for oil this year because of unexpectedly strong European demand, the International Energy Agency said that the oil price fall had been "especially ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 10:19 UTC

Egypt-Russia talks could signal major shift in Cairos foreign policy


Russia have opened high-level talks in Cairo in what could herald a major shift in Egypt's foreign policy.Thursday's talks between Nabil Fahmy and Sergei Lavrov come amid strains in Egypt's relationship with ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 09:36 UTC

3 Shiite pilgrims killed in bomb attack near Baghdad


Three Shiite pilgrims were killed and 14 others wounded in a bomb attack near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, police said.The attack occurred in the morning when a roadside bomb struck a procession of Shiite pilgrims near the town of Hafriyah, some 50 km southeast of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.The pilgrims were heading to the city of Karbala, some 110 km ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 09:26 UTC

Russian ministers make landmark Cairo visit


Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi (L) meets with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov (R) on November 14, 2013 in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. AFP PHOTO / KHALED ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 09:24 UTC

GCC Kingdom leading private equity destination in the Middle East


Saudi Arabia recently held the 2013 PE Partner Equity Forum in Riyadh (Courtesy of IIR Middle East) Strong economic fundamentals make Saudi Arabia the ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 09:21 UTC

Is shale really a game-changer for the Middle East


Therefore, the industry as a whole must be prepared to deal with the impact of non-conventional fossil fuel on oil and gas production. Many a study presented at the conference indicated the potential consequences of increased shale oil and gas production, and that this will not be limited to the future supply and pricing strategies. It will also go on to encompass strategic and geopolitical ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 09:21 UTC

El Watany Bank of Egypt profits LE 258 m in 9 months


) reported financial results posting a net profit of LE 258,978,000 for the period from 01/01/2013 till 30/09/2013. Noting that, it posted net profits of LE 228,371,000 for the same period of the previous ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 09:17 UTC

Jordan Lynch amazes as Northern Illinois beats Ball State


Chris Anderson/Icon SMI DEKALB, Ill. -- You can't blame them for wanting to look ahead. Once Northern Illinois had taken control of a back-and-forth game against Ball State in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, Huskies fans at Husky Stadium started chanting, 'BCS-BCS.' Northern Illinois still has a few more games to play before it reaches the postseason, but the NIU ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 09:15 UTC

Morsi says no stability in Egypt possible without removing consequences of coup


Deposed Egyptian Islamist president Mohamed Morsi has said there will be no stability in the country 'without removing consequences of the coup' that led to his ouster in July. Morsi, who was Egypt's first democratically president, was ousted by the army July 3 after massive street protests against his one-year rule. According to news.com.au, in a statement read out on his behalf on Wednesday ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 09:10 UTC

Qatar-backed Sainsbury’s profit rise pushes its share to six year high


British grocer J Sainsbury, which is 25.9 percent owned by Qatar, showed its resilience to tough market conditions with a 7 percent rise in first-half profit, contrasting with a decline at market leader Tesco and lifting its shares to a near six-year ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 08:57 UTC

Top Russian officials in landmark visit to Egypt


CAIRO (AP) -- The foreign ministers of Egypt and Russia have opened high-level talks in Cairo in what could herald a major shift in Egypt's foreign ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 08:19 UTC

Syrian govt re-controls key town ready to attend Geneva II


The Syrian government re-controlled the town of Hajjira in the countryside of Damascus after dislodging the country's rebels, while it said it would seriously attend the Geneva II conference on Syria. The Syrian troops' recent progress came as part of their large-scale operation to wrest back control of some rebel-held areas in the countryside of Damascus. Hundreds of the rebel ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 08:05 UTC

Kuwait reports second MERS virus case ministry


KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has reported its second case of the deadly MERS coronavirus for a man who just returned from abroad, the health ministry said.In a statement cited by the official KUNA agency late Wednesday, the ministry said the new case was for a 52-year-old Kuwaiti national who was in a stable condition.Media reports said the patient had just returned from a visit to neighbouring Saudi ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 08:04 UTC

Shiites flood Iraq shrine as bombs kill 17 worshippers


Shiite faithful worshippers pray inside the holy shrine of Imam Abbas during Muharram, an important period of mourning for Shiites in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Hadi ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 08:04 UTC

Kuwait to fund $553m Burkina Faso airport project


The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has agreed to loan Burkina Faso $20.4m to help finance the $553m Ouagadougou-Donsin International Airport Project . The Loan Agreement was signed on behalf of the Government of Burkina Faso by H.E. Lucien Marie Noel Bembamba, Minister of Economy and Finance and on behalf of the Fund by Mr. Abdulwahab Al-Bader, Director-General of the Kuwait Fund for ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 08:03 UTC

Saudi migrant crackdown closes shops raises fears


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Garbage is piling up on streets around the mosque housing the burial site of the Prophet Muhammad. Grocery stores have shut their doors and almost half of Saudi Arabia's small construction firms have stopped working on ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 07:56 UTC

Immigrant crackdown in Saudi Arabia leaves garbage in streets migrant workers hiding in fear


In this Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 photo, Ethiopians gather as they wait to be repatriated in Manfouha, southern Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, garbage has piled up on streets around the mosque housing the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad. Groceries stores have shut their doors and almost half of the kingdom's small construction firms have stopped working on projects. The economic chaos ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 07:44 UTC

Egypt worst for womens rights poll says


Among 22 Arab countries, Egypt is the worst when it comes to treatment of women, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll of gender experts. But some other countries, including Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Syria, are nearly as ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 07:37 UTC

President of SOCAR visits Qatar


President of Azerbaijan`s state oil firm, SOCAR, Rovnag Abdullayev has visited Qatar. Abdullayev met the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to give him a letter of President Ilham Aliyev. He also met minister of industry and energy Mohammed Saleh Abdulla Al Sada to discuss fostering of cooperation in the fields of oil and gas, as well as the issue of experience ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 06:51 UTC

Statues dating back 3500 years discovered at Egypt temple


Cairo, Nov 14 : French experts discovered two statues dating back to Egypt's New Kingdom (1539-1075 B.C.) in the archaeological zone of Luxor, Egypt's ministry of state for antiquities, or MSA, ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 06:51 UTC

Egypt to end state of emergency


Cairo, Nov 14 : Egypt will end a three-month-long state of emergency and curfew Thursday, state-run MENA news agency reported quoting a cabinet source as ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 06:50 UTC

The Arab supercar that can go from 0-100 in 2.8 seconds


The Lykan Hypersport will only be available to seven people in the world. (Image credit: ritholtz.com) Dubai is all set to become the manufacturing hub of the Arab world's first luxury supercar brand -- ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 06:40 UTC

Morsi supporters sentenced to 17 years Egypt-Russia landmark meetings continue


Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Egyptian counterpart Nabil Fahmy in Cairo yesterday. The pair were accompanied by their respective Defense ministers, Sergei Shoigu and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (AP) An Egyptian court Wednesday sentenced 12 Morsi supporters to 17 years in prison each on charges that they attacked the Sunni Islamic University, ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 06:40 UTC

Middle East’s Travel and Tourism Market Trends – Low-cost Meets Luxury


There was a visible recovery in travel and tourism across the Middle East in 2012. The increase in the number of inbound trips, despite the ongoing unrest, reached 4.3%. This year is likely to enjoy even more growth. That is despite the shift away from destinations such as Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. Some countries in the region, like the Gulf markets, have benefited from the crisis and are ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 06:17 UTC

PBT Blake Griffin with the one-handed touch pass to DeAndre Jordan for the alley-oop slam


DeAndre Jordan that resulted in an early highlight during Wednesday’s showdown against OKC. The one-handed touch pass was unexpected by everyone except Jordan, who knew exactly what to do by hammering home the ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 05:23 UTC

Egypt to build new grain silos


Egypt aims to expand its grain storage capacity to 4.5 million tonnes from 3 million by building new silos, Supplies Minister Mohamed Abu Shadi was quoted by the state news agency as saying. Egypt, the world's biggest wheat importer, usually consumes around 18 million tonnes of wheat overall and buys about 10 million a year from international markets. It uses a mixture of domestic and ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 05:17 UTC

Thought Jordans World Cup qualifier loss was bad Well the budget deficit is clearly worse


Senator Jawad Anani, former Royal Court chief and minister, stressed that closing this deficit through foreign debt is not as easy as before and recommended that stakeholders sit together to come up with a long-term solution to exit Jordan from its economic ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 05:14 UTC

Fresh blow to Middle East peace talks


A bulldozer clears rocks at a construction site in a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday his peace negotiators had resigned over the lack of progress in US-brokered statehood talks clouded by Israeli settlement ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 03:45 UTC

Uruguay hammer Jordan 5-0


Uruguay are almost assured of their place in next year's World Cup finals in Brazil after battering Jordan 5-0 in their intercontinental playoff first leg in Amman, Jordan. The South American giants, sixth in the FIFA rankings, overcame a few tense minutes at the start of the game at the packed Amman International Stadium to seal an emphatic victory against the 70th ranked Jordanians who ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 03:44 UTC

Morsi accuses Egypt’s interim leader of treason


Ousted former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, right, speaks with other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood on the first day of his trial in Cairo, November 4, 2013. ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 03:35 UTC

PBT What four guys would Jordan choose for a pickup game Pippen Magic Worthy Olajuwon


Fairly safe to say Michael Jordan in his prime could have selected me,Seth Rogen, Sammy Hagar and Dave Navarro and we would win virtually every game and stay on the court. But when the folks at NBA 2K asked him (as they promote the 2K14 Next Gen features) he went a different direction. The four he picks to hold the court: Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, James Worthy and HakeemOlajuwon. That group ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:40 UTC

US top diplomat urges Congress to go slow on sanctions against Iran


US Secretary of State John Kerry asked lawmakers not to impose tougher sanctions on Iran on Wednesday, fearing they could jeopardize the ongoing diplomatic efforts to halt Iran's nuclear activities."The risk is that if Congress were to unilaterally move to raise sanctions, it could break faith with those negotiations and actually stop them and break them apart," Kerry told ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:34 UTC

UN Middle East envoy concerned over Israeli settlement plans


The UN Middle East envoy Robert Serry voiced his concern about a series of settlement announcements made by Israel over the past weeks, as the move would hurt the peace chance in the ongoing talks between Israel and Palestine, a UN spokesperson said Wednesday.On Tuesday, Israel reportedly announced plans to build 20,000 new homes in the West Bank, prompting Palestine to threaten an end to peace ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:34 UTC

Hezbollah accuses Israel of inciting a war against Syria


The Lebanese resistance party " Hezbollah" accused Israel Wednesday of using all its powers to incite a western attack against Syria.Hezbollah Chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, who made a rare public appearance in the Beirut neighborhood of Rouweiss, said that Israel "used all its power lately to prepare for an attack on Syria and today while the P5+1 are negotiating with Iran, ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:34 UTC

Israeli settlement expansion blows up peace talks Palestinians


The fresh Israeli announcement Wednesday of planning to build additional 20,000 housing units in the Israeli settlements outraged the Palestinian leadership, which thought that the direct peace talks with Israel has reached a real deadlock.However, Israel retreated as soon as chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat warned, in press statement to Xinhua, to suspend immediately the peace ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:34 UTC

Hollande Obama determined to obtain Irans guarantee on nuclear


French President Francois Hollande and US President Barack Obama are determined to obtain from Iran guarantee that it definitely renounces its military nuclear program, the French president's office Elysee said on Wednesday."The two heads of state expressed their common determination to obtain from Iran guarantees that it definitely renounces its military nuclear program," said ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:34 UTC

UAE hopes to see Irans change of stance over disputed islands


UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said on Wednesday his country is hoping that Iran's president would change Tehran's stance on the three disputed islands in the Arabian Gulf which the UAE claims as its own territories, local news agency WAM reported.Speaking at a joint press conference with Germany's outgoing Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle who wrapped up ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:34 UTC

Hamas marks 1st anniversary of Israels Pillar of Defense operation


The Hamas movement and Islamic Jihad militants in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of Israel's large-scale aerial operation Pillar of Defense.Hamas interior ministry and the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, also known as Saraya al-Quds, organized two military parades in Gazan towns and cities. Hundreds of policemen and security officials joined the parades.Israel ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:34 UTC

Uruguay beats Jordan 5-0 in WCup qualifier


AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Uruguay looks almost certain to qualify for the 2014 World Cup after winning 5-0 at Jordan on Wednesday in the first leg of their intercontinental playoff.Goals from Maxi Pereira, Cristian Stuani, Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Rodriguez and Edinson Cavani put Uruguay in a dominant position ahead of its home game in Montevideo next week.Luis Suarez set up Pereira's 22nd ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:34 UTC

Five-star Uruguay see off Jordan


That provoked a response from UEFA President Michel Platini, who suggested a 40-team World Cup with an extra eight teams from Asia and Africa might be the answer. However, while the two soccer chiefs try to score political points off each other, the real scoring action will unfold on the pitch in 17 highly-charged ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:31 UTC

New type of relations between two great reactive powers in the Middle East


/enpproperty--> Over the last decade, the world has witnessed the significant shift in the U.S. role in the Middle East from being dominant to reactive. Previously, to maintain its hegemony in the region, the U.S. did not hesitate to reverse the actions of Middle East countries for its own interests, control the trends of regional development in its own favor or even to impose certain ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:31 UTC

Arab group offers to buy Sahara’s NY London hotels for Rs 10000 crore


The largest amount reported by a party was Rs 498 cr by Congress in 2008-09. But does anyone believe this amount. Parties and politicians never reveal income and ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:07 UTC

Egypt Consequences of Morsis Removal


Weeks after the Egyptian Armed Forces acted on its "patriotic and historic responsibility" by placing President Mohamed Morsi under house arrest due to his inability to "meet the demands of the people," the national and regional impacts of the military intervention are becoming clearer. Opposition supporters praise the move as a defense of democracy and claim that the world ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:05 UTC

Viewpoints Egypt Struggles for Its Soul


Iran – Tehran Times, July 17: Egypt warned Turkey on Tuesday against interfering in its internal affairs following Ankara's condemnation of the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, the country's first democratically elected leader, in a military coup. In an interview with Turkey’s English-language daily Today's Zaman on Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:05 UTC

World Briefing | United Nations Saudi Arabia Officially Rejects U.N. Security Council Seat


Saudi Arabia has officially rejected in writing the United Nations Security Council seat it won last month, clearing the way for a replacement country to be chosen, diplomatic officials said Wednesday. The Group of Asia Pacific States, the bloc of General Assembly members entitled to fill the nonpermanent seat, must now choose among themselves at least one replacement candidate, and a special ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 02:04 UTC

History of Israel largely fictitious claim Palestinian historians


In an initially pointless exercise that lasted nearly an hour, I flipped between two Palestinian television channels, Al Aqsa TV of Hamas in Gaza and Palestine TV of Fatah in the West Bank. While both purported to represent Palestine and the Palestinians, each seemed to represent some other place and some other people. It was all very disappointing. Hamas' world is fixated on their hate ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 01:23 UTC

Uruguay 5 Jordan 0 Fives Are Wild in World Cup Qualifying


Mexico swept to a 5-1 victory over visiting New Zealand in the first leg of their intercontinental playoff on Wednesday, nearly assuring a place at next ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 00:57 UTC

Kerry warns new sanctions on Iran can scuttle diplomacy


Secretary of State John Kerry walks with Senate Banking Committee member Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. VA., to a meeting with the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 00:26 UTC

Regime makes gains south of Damascus


Residents are directed by soldiers in the town of Hejeira which Syrian troops captured on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 as the government forged ahead with a military offensive that already has taken four other opposition strongholds south of the capital. (AP ... ...
Published: 14 November 2013 - 00:26 UTC

QPI, Electricity of Djibouti sign wind power unit deal

TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK DOHA QATAR Petroleum International (QPI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Electricity of Djibouti to jointly evaluate the potential of setting up 60 MW wind power plant in the Republic of Djibouti, according to a release, in Doha on Saturday....
Published: 23 June 2013 - 01:00 UTC

Qatar notched up 37% money supply growth rate in Q1 of 2013: QNB

TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK DOHA GCC COUNTRIES continue to have ample liquidity to finance the large investment projects planned over the next few year, according to QNB Group. GCC liquidity, as measured by the money supply (M2), increased by 11.9 percent year-on-year (y-o-y) during the first quarter of 2013 to reach $860 billion, according to a release, in Doha on Saturday....
Published: 23 June 2013 - 01:00 UTC

Five Qatari brands worth $5.5bn among MENA’s top 50: Study

TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK DOHA QATAR has five brands among the top 50 brands in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, with a total value of $5.5 billion, according to a study by the world’s leading brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance....
Published: 23 June 2013 - 01:00 UTC

QE index loses 2.4% last week, closes at 9,246 points

THE Qatar Exchange (QE) showed a negative performance during the week starting June 16 The official QE Index decreased by -2.46 percent over previous week’s closing (5 trading days) and finished the week at 9,246.19 points last Thursday, while cap weighted AlShall’s index closed at 1,293.46 points ... ...
Published: 23 June 2013 - 01:00 UTC

Barwa Bank wins 4 awards at Banker M-E Industry Awards

TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK DOHA BARWA Bank, Qatar’s fastest growing shariah compliant banking service provider, has been named the winner of Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2013 for ‘Best Islamic Bank’, ‘Best Sukuk Arranger” and ‘Fastest Growing Bank in Qatar’ ... ...
Published: 23 June 2013 - 01:00 UTC