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100s of Aleppo men missing
GENEVA: Hundreds of Syrian men from eastern Aleppo have gone missing after leaving rebel-held areas amid reports of reprisals by soldiers including executions of people suspected of supporting the opposition, the United Nations said on Friday. The UN human rights office voiced deep concern that government forces could be mistreating the missing men and said that some 150 activists feared detention if they left remaining rebel
 
 
South Korean lawmakers impeach president
SEOUL: South Korean lawmakers on Friday voted to impeach President Park Geun-Hye, stripping away her sweeping executive powers over a corruption scandal and opening a new period of national uncertainty. The National Assembly ballot immediately transferred Park’s authority to the prime minister, pending a decision by the Constitutional Court on whether to ratify the decision and permanently remove the president from office.
   
Emirati student laid to rest in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi: A large crowd attended the funeral of Emirati student, Saif Nasser Al Ameri, who died in Ohio, United States earlier this week. He was laid to rest at a Bani Yas cemetery in Abu Dhabi after a prayer was performed for him in the Rashidi mosque. The funeral was attended by Dr Sultan Bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Dr Ahmed Bin Abdullah Al Humaid Al Falasi,
 
 
First proton beam cure centre for Middle East
ABU DHABI: Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian & Scientific Foundation has announced the establishment of the first centre in the Arab Region and the Middle East for proton beam therapy treatment for cancer at a cost of $60 million (Dhs220 million). The project, to be carried out in Al Shahama, Abu Dhabi, will provide therapeutic services for around 1,300 patients from inside and outside the UAE per year and is
   
Modi’s black money move ‘guarded secret’
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi handpicked a trusted bureaucrat, little known outside India’s financial circles, to spearhead a radical move to abolish 86 per cent of the country’s cash overnight and take aim at the huge shadow economy. Hasmukh Adhia, the bureaucrat, and five others privy to the plan were sworn to utmost secrecy, say sources with knowledge of the matter. They were supported by a young team of
 
 
Bomb in Egypt capital kills six policemen
Cairo: A bombing killed six policemen at a checkpoint in Cairo on Friday, the latest in a string of attacks in Egypt’s capital targeting security forces and officials, the interior ministry said. The attack struck in the western Talibiya neighbourhood of the capital, shortly before the weekly Muslim prayers and when Cairo’s streets are mostly empty. The bloodied bodies of several policemen could be seen at the blast site next
   
‘World’s heaviest woman’ to fly to India for surgery
New Delhi: An Egyptian who is believed to be the world’s heaviest woman is to fly to India for weight reduction surgery after the country’s foreign minister personally intervened to secure her a visa. Indian surgeon Muffazal Lakdawala had offered to carry out the procedure free of charge after hearing about Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, who weighs around 500 kilogrammes (1,100 pounds). But her request for a visa was initially rejected,
 
 

 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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