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Sisi hails US lift of ban on arms
CAIRO: President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi said Washington’s release to Egypt of F-16 jets and missiles will boost the fight against militants, according to a statement from his office. The move, announced on Tuesday, comes as Egypt plays a key role in the Arab offensive against Houthi rebels in Yemen and engages in the fight against the Daesh group in Libya. “The resumption of American military aid to Egypt and contracted weapons...
 
 
 
UAE jets continue strikes against Houthi positions
ABU DHABI: The UAE fighter jets continued their air strikes against Houthi-controlled targets in Yemen. The strikes are part of Operation Al Hazm Storm, launched by the Arab coalition in support of the legitimate government in Yemen. The UAE fighters targeted Sana’a airport, a radar, an air defence centre and a logistics storage, two anti-aircraft positions and depots for ammunition and ballistic missiles. In Taez, the fighter...
   
We’ll free country of militants, says Iraqi premier
BAGHDAD: Iraq vowed on Wednesday to reclaim the entire country from militants after having liberated the city of Tikrit, its biggest boost yet in the fight against the Daesh group. Speaking from a newly-secured area of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi said the government was “determined to liberate every inch of Iraqi land.” Iraqi fighters picked their way through the rubble-strewn streets of the city, wary of any...
 
 
Buhari vows action on Boko Haram, graft after poll win
ABUJA: President-elect Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday vowed to rid Nigeria of “terror” after his historic election victory marking the first democratic transfer of power in Africa’s most populous nation. The 72-year-old former military ruler also pledged reconciliation with political opponents who fear a return to his autocrat regime of the 1980s, and a government representing “all Nigerians.” “I assure you that Boko Haram will...
   
Miliband’s first female James Bond
LONDON: Ed Miliband has unveiled his latest policy: he wants a female James Bond. The Labour leader met Rosamund Pike on Tuesday and tipped her to make history by becoming the first woman in the role. “I think she’s a great British actress, she’d make a great Bond,” Miliband said during a visit to Magic Radio studios. “This is 2015, I think we can move with the times.” Pike is a former Bond girl – she played the role of...
 
 

 IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN 
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, who passed away in Sharjah on Thursday at 66, was a national symbol who played a key role in the formation of the United Arab Emirates. He was Minister for Education and Justice Minister in the Cabinet of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Dr Abdullah as Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej revolutionised the dynamics of the media in the UAE.
 
 
 
 
 
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