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Dubai Pass launched to explore city’s world-class destination proposition
DUBAI: Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) is launching a new way for visitors to enjoy the city’s exciting range of attractions, experiences and tours. Announced today at Arabian Travel Market (ATM), Dubai Pass, an all-inclusive pre-paid card, grants cash-free access to 33 key events and venues across Dubai, making it the perfect way for tourists to explore the city’s world-class destination
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EU, UN seeks aid boost for Syria at major conference
BRUSSELS: The EU and UN on Tuesday begin a two-day conference to drum up fresh aid pledges for wartorn Syria and reinvigorate the faltering Geneva peace process as the conflict enters its eighth year. Donor countries, aid organisations and UN agencies will gather in Brussels for the seventh annual conference on Syria’s future as international inspectors probe a suspected gas attack in the town of Douma, highlighting the brutal
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Sharjah airport welcomes 2.88m passengers in first quarter
SHARJAH: Sharjah International Airport, SIA, has achieved positive growth rates in the number of passengers during the first quarter of 2018. 2.88 million passengers used SIA, marking a 5.1 per cent increase year-on-year, according to airport figures. This brings the average monthly traffic in the quarter to over 960,000 passengers, up from 913,000 passengers in the same quarter of 2017. During the period from early January to
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10 dead, 15 injured in Toronto van strike
TORONTO: At least 10 people have died after a man plowed a white rental van into a crowd of pedestrians in Canada’s biggest city Toronto on Monday, in what police dubbed a “deliberate” attack. The incident took place in broad daylight around 16 kilometres (10 miles) from a conference center hosting a meeting of G7 ministers, but officials said they had no evidence of a link to the event. “The actions definitely looked deliberate,
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Sea of solar panels turns Mexican desert green
MEXICO: From a distance, it looks like a deep-blue sea has formed in the middle of the Mexican desert. But this is no mirage -- it's the largest solar park in Latin America. With 2.3 million solar panels -- covering the equivalent of 2,200 football fields in the arid northern state of Coahuila -- the Villanueva power plant, built by Italian energy company Enel, is part of Mexico's push to generate 43 percent of its electricity
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Taliban attack in east kills 4 policemen: Afghan official
KABUL: An Afghan official says a Taliban attack has killed four local policemen and wounded seven in eastern Ghazni province. Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, says the attack took place early on Tuesday morning when the insurgents targeted a security post belonging to the local police force in the district of Jaghatu. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Noori said the gunbattle lasted several hour
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Russia’s Lavrov says US has no intention to leave Syria: RIA
MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday the United States had to intention to leave Syria despite Washington saying it had such plans, the RIA state news agency said. Lavrov told reporters in Beijing he hoped it would become clearer how to cooperate on settling the Syrian issue after contacts with his counterparts from France. Commenting on foreign ministers from Group of Seven leading industrialized nation
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Scientist at centre of Facebook data scandal faces MPs
LONDON: The Russian-American academic who developed an app that allowed political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to farm the data of 87 million Facebook users faces questions on Tuesday by British lawmakers. Aleksandr Kogan, who teaches at Cambridge University, will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee to explain his relationship with CA, the British-based firm accused of improperly accessing
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500,000 Afghan children affected by drought: Unicef
KABUL: Unicef announced on Tuesday that 500,000 Afghan children have been affected by a drought in the country. Out of the country's 34 provinces, 10 were worst hit where 20 to 30 per cent water sources are reportedly dry, threatening the lives of about 1 million people, Xinhua news agency quoted Unicef as saying in a statement. An additional 2 million people could feel its effects over the coming months. "These areas have
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Arizona election is another Republican test in Trump country
WASHINGTON: Voters again will put US President Donald Trump’s popularity to the test in Arizona’s congressional election on Tuesday, as Democrats pursue inroads in a traditionally Republican district and signal their strength ahead of November’s mid-term elections. The southwestern state’s 8th congressional district has been so reliably Republican — Trump won it by 21 points in 2016 — that Democrats had barely focused on it since
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Viral photo prompts Indonesian government moves toward banning child marriage
KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesia is moving towards a ban on child marriage, officials said on Tuesday after a photo of a teenage couple who tried to tie the knot went viral on social media. Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, is among 10 countries with the highest number of girls marrying before they turn 18, according to campaign group Girls Not Brides. A photo of a 15-year-old boy and a girl, 14, trying to register their
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Nicaragua on knife-edge as protest deaths rise to 27
MANAGUA: Nicaragua was sliding into unchartered territory on Tuesday with protests against longtime President Daniel Ortega swelling to outpace a robust police crackdown in which at least 27 people have been killed. Nearly a week of unrest has violently exposed public resentment of the 72-year-old leftist leader and his wife Rosario Murillo, who is the vice president. Relatives of US Embassy staff have been ordered out of the
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Taiwan to simulate repelling invasion amid China tensions
TAIPEI: Taiwan will simulate repelling an invading force, emergency repairs of a major air base and using civilian-operated drones as part of military exercises starting next week, the defence ministry said on Tuesday amid growing tensions with China. Over the past year or so, China has ramped up military drills around self-ruled and democratic Taiwan, including flying bombers and other military aircraft around the island.
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Bogut says goodbye to NBA, vows to win in Australia
SYDNEY: Championship-winning centre Andrew Bogut on Tuesday vowed to win games and draw crowds after signing a two-year contract with Australia’s Sydney Kings — a move he said would “retire me from the NBA.” Bogut, 33, one of Australia’s most decorated basketballers, said he was committed to playing at home for the next two seasons, in what the Kings hailed as the biggest signing in NBL history. “This isn’t an exercise where I’m
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Quake in southeast Turkey injures 39: State news agency
ISTANBUL: An earthquake struck Turkey's southeastern province of Adiyaman early on Tuesday, injuring 39 people and damaging buildings, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake, which struck at 0034 GMT, had a magnitude of 5.2 and occurred at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). Anadolu quoted Health Minister Ahmet Demircan as saying 35 of the 39 injured were being treated but none were
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German court tries Vietnam man over ‘Cold War-style’ abduction
BERLIN: Germany will put on trial on Tuesday the only suspect held over what it calls a brazen Cold War-style kidnapping by Vietnamese secret agents that has badly bruised bilateral ties. The accused — a Vietnamese-Czech man identified only as 47-year-old Long N H — allegedly rented and drove the van used in last year’s abduction of a fugitive Vietnamese state company official in a central Berlin park. The kidnapped man,
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Deaf 'bird whisperer' forms rare bond with feathered friends
SINGAPORE: Deaf since childhood, Razali Bin Mohamad Habidin has developed a closer bond with the creatures under his care than any other keeper at Singapore's Jurong Bird Park, where other staff refer to him simply as the "bird whisperer". Razali, who lost 80 percent of his hearing after falling ill as a baby, started working at the park over two decades ago, and has risen to the position of deputy head avian keeper. He
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Thailand volunteers to host Trump-Kim summit
BANGKOK: Thailand on Tuesday volunteered to host the hotly-anticipated summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as speculation swirls about the venue. “Thailand is ready to facilitate and host the talks,” Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai told reporters, though he stressed that the kingdom has not been contacted about the possibility. The US embassy declined to comment.
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Viral photo prompts Indonesian government moves toward banning child marriage
KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesia is moving towards a ban on child marriage, off..
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Thailand volunteers to host Trump-Kim summit
BANGKOK: Thailand on Tuesday volunteered to host the hotly-anticipated..
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Quake in southeast Turkey injures 39: State news agency
ISTANBUL: An earthquake struck Turkey's southeastern province of Adiya..
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Dubai Pass launched to explore city’s world-class destination proposition
DUBAI: Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tou..
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500,000 Afghan children affected by drought: Unicef
KABUL: Unicef announced on Tuesday that 500,000 Afghan children have b..
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Deaf 'bird whisperer' forms rare bond with feathered friends
SINGAPORE: Deaf since childhood, Razali Bin Mohamad Habidin has develo..
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Russia’s Lavrov says US has no intention to leave Syria: RIA
MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday the Uni..
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Nicaragua on knife-edge as protest deaths rise to 27
MANAGUA: Nicaragua was sliding into unchartered territory on Tuesday w..
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Taliban attack in east kills 4 policemen: Afghan official
KABUL: An Afghan official says a Taliban attack has killed four local ..
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Taiwan to simulate repelling invasion amid China tensions
TAIPEI: Taiwan will simulate repelling an invading force, emergency re..
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