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    Video: Meet the first all-female Palestinian racing team [UPDATE]
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    We are living in a fantastic time for movies about cars and motor racing. The Fast and Furious franchise brings mindless action, and movies like Rush show there can be a more intellectual side to motorsports. There's even room for some interesting documentaries, as well. Havana Motor Club is ...

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    Official: Special edition BMW 760Li V12 M Bi-Turbo headed for MIddle East
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    Despite what we imagine is a lot of pleading among well-heeled BMW fans, the German brand still won't build an M7 to do battle with the Audi S8 and Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG. Instead, the most potent 7 Series money can buy is the 760Li, a rear-driver with a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 that can ...

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    Video: Devel Sixteen debuts in Dubai with alleged 5,000 hp and 350-mph top speed
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    This is the Devel Sixteen, and it might be the king of lofty statistics. Its Dubai-based backers are claiming it'll use a 5,000-horsepower V16 and will reach a top speed of 348 miles per hour. The sprint to 62 mph will take just 1.8 seconds. Sounds great, right? So, what's the ...

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    Report: Saudi cleric under fire after saying women risk hurting ovaries if they drive
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    In Saudi Arabia, where only men can earn a driver's license, a conservative cleric is drawing criticism for saying that women risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems if they drive, The Guardian reports. The cleric, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, made the ...

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    Video: Nissan Patrol attempts Guinness record with 170-ton cargo plane tow
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    Yesterday, Nissan teased us with a video showing a Patrol pulling up to a 170-ton cargo plane at an airport in the Middle East – we could only assume that the not-for-America sports utility vehicle would attempt to tow the jet. Well, somebody leaked the official Nissan video, which indeed ...

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    Video: Watch some crazy uphill sand drag action in the UAE
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    At this point, we've all seen videos depicting the insanity of Middle Eastern sand dune climbs. The clips that make their way to the Western world often include some sort of terrifying nose-over-tail tumble from the top, but this latest clip gives us a glimpse at exactly what sort of machine ...

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    Report: Iran invests heavily in natural gas cars
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    A report in the Financial Times says that in Iran in 2006 there were 1,500 dual-fuel cars – those that can run on gasoline and on natural gas. In only seven years that number has climbed to 2.95 million. To serve them, where there were once just 60 refilling stations there are now 2,500. ...

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    Video: Jeep Wrangler gets the wide-track treatment
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    When we read the tip about a Gulf-state diplomat in Rabat, Morocco who had supposedly "merged two Jeep Wranglers," we figured the two off-roaders were somehow linked front-to-back. Oh no. As you can see in the image above, taken from video of that vehicle actually traveling down the road and ...

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    Report: Jaguar Land Rover may build factory in Saudi Arabia
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    The Middle East is one of the fastest-growing markets for Land Rover, so it makes sense that the automaker is looking to set up shop in the region. According to Automotive News, Jaguar Land Rover is in talks with the people of Saudi Arabia to build a factory in the country at an expected initial ...

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    Report: Highly modified Nissan Patrol impounded after 200-mph 'Hollywood-style' chase in Dubai
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    Police in Dubai have been cracking down on illegal racing by seizing modified vehicles, but they probably didn't expect to find themselves in pursuit of a full-size SUV supposedly capable of speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. The driver had altered his Nissan Patrol to allow it to run on ...

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    Report: Rising fuel prices got you down? Blame Twitter
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    The power of social media has revealed itself today in the form of fluctuation in fuel prices based on a false tweet. According to The Wall Street Journal, a Twitter account claiming to be Russian Interior Minister Vladamir Kolokoltsv tweeted that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad had been ...

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    Official: W Motors unveils Arab world's first homegrown supercar
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    In the wealthier parts of the Middle East, supercars are king. Along the streets of Dubai, machines ranging from the blisteringly fast to the extremely rare are as ubiquitous as yellow taxis in Manhattan. It would seem what's missing, then, is a homegrown hypercar. For a market that gobbles up ...

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    Report: Saudi man sentenced to beheading by sword for joyriding deaths
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    A Saudi man in his thirties, identified by the name Mutannish in reports, has been sentenced to death for causing two onlookers to die during a driving demonstration of Hagwalah – one of the wild displays of drifting we're used to seeing from that part of the world. During the show, two ...

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    Report: Bentley to show SUV concept unaltered in Beijing
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    Automotive News reports Bentley is staying the course with the company's EXP 9 F SUV Concept. The ultra-luxury automaker plans to bring the vehicle to the Beijing Motor Show exactly as it appeared at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, despite the fact that the concept didn't exactly debut ...

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    Report: Iraq could become next major car market
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    While China is still the big dog when it comes to growth markets for automakers, Iraq looks to be heating up. As the country slowly stabilizes, the country's 30 million citizens find themselves with a growing income and a need for more reliable transportation. But, according to Automotive News, ...

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    Demonstrations in Bahrain cause Grand Prix cancellation
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    Politics and racing don't go together. Whether it's former FIA president Max Mosley's fascist sympathies or the dispute over Cyprus being played out on the podium of the Turkish Grand Prix, there's just no place for it in motorsports. But with political unrest spreading across the Arab world, it ...

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    Porsche announces Panamera 4S Exclusive Middle East Edition in Qatar
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    It may be a tough sell to automotive executives to roll out a special edition to cater specifically to one market. Unless of course that one market has copious amounts of money to spend, and little in the way of demands in return for it beyond an added dose of exclusivity. Rolls-Royce has done ...

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    Report: Abu Dhabi using color-coded road surfaces to convey speed limits
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    Abu Dhabi has updated the speed limits for certain roads in and around the city and to make sure everyone knows about the new limits, as well as to warn drivers that they've entered one of these changed sections, officials have come up with a unique solution – painting the speed limit on ...

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    Report: Most in Iraq drive without licenses as gov't. works to institute new permits
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    Judging by what we've seen on the web, driving through Iraq is a few notches tougher than dealing with Southern California during rush hour. It appears to be the old "Anything Goes" method when moving from Point A to Point B. Iraqi authorities are looking to change that by introducing a licensing ...

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    Video: Chevy goes free-hand for its latest billboard spot
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    Chevrolet creates a cost-effective billboard advertisement – Click above to watch video after the jump
    An affordable car should get an ad campaign to match. Following that logic, Chevrolet's Middle Eastern advertising team put together a spot to highlight the low price of the all-new ...

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