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Palestinian mashup of Adele’s ‘Hello’ and Fairouz classic goes viral

Palestinian mashup of Adele’s ‘Hello’ and Fairouz classic goes viral

(Al Arabiya)- Palestinian artist Noel Kharman added her own twist to Adele’s new hit single “Hello” by working a classic Arabic song by Lebanese diva Fairouz, garnering lots of praise on social media. British singer Adele returned to the spotlight with her single “Hello,”...

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Viral tweets show ISIS sweet-talking Texan blonde

Viral tweets show ISIS sweet-talking Texan blonde

(Al Arabiya News)- A blonde Texan woman found herself the center of unwanted attention after she recounted the story of her conversion to Islam on  Twitter, receiving marriage proposals from suspected extremists that have since gone viral. The saga started when Jennifer...

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Syrian refugee brides advertised on Facebook

Syrian refugee brides advertised on Facebook

Several Arab media outlets have reported on alleged Syrian refugee women being put up for marriage on Facebook as reports on the social media page spread. According to the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat , the initial page, created under the name “Syrian refugees for marriage,”...

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 Netizens to Michelle Obama: #BringBackYourDrones

Netizens to Michelle Obama: #BringBackYourDrones

Critics of US drones are using  #BringBackOurGirls  to send a message to US First Lady Michelle Obama. Obama posted a photo in support of the campaign to bring back the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, which received nearly  60,000  retweets. ...

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 'Saudi Liberals' website founder sentenced to 10 years jail, thousand lashes

'Saudi Liberals' website founder sentenced to 10 years jail, thousand lashes

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced the editor of an Internet forum he founded to discuss the role of religion in the conservative Islamic kingdom to 10 years in jail and 1,000 lashes, Saudi media reported on Wednesday. Raif Badawi, who started the "Free Saudi Liberals"...

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Iran president vetoes WhatsApp ban

Iran president vetoes WhatsApp ban

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has vetoed a plan to ban WhatsApp, following a row over censorship of the popular messaging application, media reports said Wednesday. Access to social networks, including Twitter and Facebook, are routinely blocked by Iranian authorities, as are...

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Fatal selfie? Woman killed in car crash soon after Facebook posts

Fatal selfie? Woman killed in car crash soon after Facebook posts

A woman was killed in a vehicle collision on a U.S. highway last week just moments after she posted selfies and a “Happy” status update on her Facebook page, U.S. media quoted police as saying. While driving to work along Interstate 85 in North Carolina Thursday morning,...

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Erdogan challenges social media in top Turkish court

Erdogan challenges social media in top Turkish court

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan applied to Turkey's constitutional court on Friday to challenge the alleged violation of his and his family's rights by social media, a senior official in his office told Reuters. Erdogan's government blocked Twitter and YouTube in March, drawing...

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‘Google Doodle’ marks 888th birthday of Muslim philosopher Averroes

‘Google Doodle’ marks 888th birthday of Muslim philosopher Averroes

Google is getting philosophical with its latest ‘Doodle’, which today marks the 888th birthday of the Muslim thinker Averroes. The search giant regularly transforms its logo to celebrate famous people, historical events or notable dates, and on Monday chose a tribute to the...

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Turkish court orders partial lifting of YouTube ban

Turkish court orders partial lifting of YouTube ban

A Turkish court on Friday ruled that a blanket ban of social-media website YouTube violated human rights and ordered most of the restrictions be lifted, citing a top court ruling this week that scrapped a similar ban on microblogging site Twitter. The state telecoms authority on...

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How a Hashtag Becomes a Tool for Spreading False Rumors: The Case of #SaveKessab

How a Hashtag Becomes a Tool for Spreading False Rumors: The Case of #SaveKessab

« The problem is that information from Kessab, as such, is very scarce. There is practically no first-hand information. And when there's no information, it's quite easy to replace it with misinformation » The Twitter hashtag campaign #SaveKessab...

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Twitter ban raises specter of broader social media clampdown

Twitter ban raises specter of broader social media clampdown

Turkey's abrupt ban on Twitter Inc stirred concerns on Friday that the country may pull the plug on other social media and Internet services as it grapples with internal turmoil. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has in the past threatened to block  Facebook  Inc and...

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Twitter ban sparks outrage in Turkey

Twitter ban sparks outrage in Turkey

In a tweet, Turkey's president has hit out at the government ban of Twitter, as opposition leaders vowed to mount a legal challenge to the measure that came just days ahead of crucial polls. The popular micro-blogging site, one of several that has been used to publish allegations of...

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Viral video of harassed blonde Egypt women sparks backlash

Viral video of harassed blonde Egypt women sparks backlash

A video of a young Egyptian woman with long blonde hair being aggressively sexually harassed by a group of university law students has sparked country-wide controversy. In the video, the female university student can be seen with long, platinum-blonde hair wearing a pink top,...

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Video: Fourth episode of 'President and Women' sitcom

Video: Fourth episode of 'President and Women' sitcom

You can watch the fourth episode of 'President and Women'. The sitcom which has sparked outrage recently amid the opposition ranks as well as  between Assad's loyalist since the YouTube series first episode has been streamed online Feb 15. The Syrian political sitcom, which...

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 Saudi protester jailed for 10 years over Twitter messages

Saudi protester jailed for 10 years over Twitter messages

A Saudi court sentenced a man to 10 years in jail and a 100,000 riyal ($26,700) fine for joining protests against the kingdom's rulers and using Twitter to urge people to do the same, state news agency SPA said on Monday. SPA quoted Justice Ministry spokesman Fahd al-Bakran as...

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Facebook's big buy, WhatsApp messaging app, back up after outage

Facebook's big buy, WhatsApp messaging app, back up after outage

 WhatsApp, the rapidly expanding mobile messaging app, suffered an outage for more than three hours on Saturday, frustrating users just days after its acquisition by Facebook for $19 billion. "WhatsApp service has been restored. We are so sorry for the downtime...," WhatsApp...

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For WhatsApp, keeping things simple is both a draw and a handicap

For WhatsApp, keeping things simple is both a draw and a handicap

In recent years, a bevy of messaging apps has fought for global domination, with many boasting a lucrative combination of communications features, online shopping and games . But this week,  Facebook  CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent a staggering $19 billion to buy WhatsApp,...

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