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A Mideast crossroads gets the Christmas spirit

12/23/2013 12:26am
Just days before Christmas, Ben Elliott-Scott was busy touching up the paint on a foam snowman and blasting trees with manmade flurries to turn them a wintery white. Santa was due to arrive soon, along with dozens of party guests at the exclusive villa nestled alongside a Dubai golf course.

Ringing the bells of Bethlehem a fading tradition

12/23/2013 8:42am
A Palestinian college student is one of the last keepers of a fading tradition _ ringing the bells of Bethlehem.

Saudi 2014 budget to grow, records 2013 surplus

12/23/2013 9:17am
Saudi Arabia's Finance Ministry has announced the largest annual budget ever to be adopted by the kingdom, projecting spending and revenue at 855 billion riyals each, or $228 billion for 2014.

UAE sentences American to 1 year in video case

12/23/2013 9:39am
An American man detained for months in the United Arab Emirates and seven co-defendants were fined and sentenced to up to a year in prison Monday after being convicted in connection to a satirical video about youth culture in Dubai.

Abbas says Jesus was a 'Palestinian messenger'

12/23/2013 11:05am
In a Christmas message, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has referred to Jesus as a "Palestinian" messenger of hope.

Long-time Palestinian hunger striker released

12/23/2013 12:08pm
A Palestinian prisoner who refused food for nearly nine months to press for his freedom walked out of an Israeli prison on Monday to a joyous welcome from friends and family.

Document: Israeli Mossad trained Mandela

12/23/2013 2:09pm
Israel's state archives has published a 50-year-old letter from the Mossad spy agency claiming it unknowingly offered paramilitary training to a young Nelson Mandela, along with documents illustrating the Jewish state's sympathy for the anti-apartheid struggle in the 1960s.