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Sam Dagher

Sam Dagher

    Massacre in Baghdad: 57 killed
    Massacre in Baghdad: 57 killed
    Bands of masked gunmen went on a rampage on Sunday in a predominantly Sunni Baghdad neighbourhood, killing at least 42 Sunni Arabs in a gruesome...
    Iraqis cling to shreds of celluloid nostalgia
    Iraqis cling to shreds of celluloid nostalgia
    On a hot summer's day, veterans of Iraqi cinema, government officials and their bodyguards join a clutch of diehard fans for a "special evening" at...
    Natives protect their identity in a fast-changing land
    Natives protect their identity in a fast-changing land
    You see them at government offices, together in malls and cafes, or glimpse their silhouettes behind dark-tinted car windows on Dubai roads, but...
    United Arab Emirates women play the market
    United Arab Emirates women play the market
    About a dozen veiled women, some with only their eyes visible, stare at a large flat screen flashing stock prices inside a female-only dealing room...
    Cupid flutters over Saudi Arabia despite ban
    Cupid flutters over Saudi Arabia despite ban
    Young Saudis defied on Tuesday the ultra-conservative kingdom's ban on Valentine's Day celebrations to exchange sweets, red teddy bears, greeting...
    Hajj tragedies: God's will or man's error?
    Hajj tragedies: God's will or man's error?
    Was it God's will or human error that killed 439 in two separate incidents during this year's annual pilgrimage to Mecca? That's the question which...
    'Unruly pilgrims' caused hajj stampede
    'Unruly pilgrims' caused hajj stampede
    Stricken families were hunting for their loved ones on Friday after a stampede that killed 362 Muslims at the annual hajj -- a disaster Saudi...
    Saudi Arabia on alert as millions start hajj
    Saudi Arabia on alert as millions start hajj
    An estimated 2,5-million Muslim pilgrims began the annual trek on Sunday from the holy city of Mecca to the valley of Mina, with Saudi authorities...
    'Suddenly debris started falling down on us'
    'Suddenly debris started falling down on us'
    Survivors of the collapse of a hostel in the holy city of Mecca recounted on Friday the horror of the latest tragedy to strike the hajj as the...
    Death toll rises in Mecca hotel tragedy
    Death toll rises in Mecca hotel tragedy
    The death toll from the collapse of an ageing hostel in the holy city of Mecca rose to 53 on Friday, as Saudi rescue teams hunted through the...
    Five-storey hotel collapses in Mecca
    Five-storey hotel collapses in Mecca
    Twenty-three Muslim pilgrims were killed and scores more wounded in the Saudi holy city of Mecca on Thursday when a building collapsed in the...
    Worse violence to come, warns Iraqi leader
    Worse violence to come, warns Iraqi leader
    Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari on Tuesday told his violence-weary nation to brace for even larger attacks as insurgents exact revenge on the...