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1,400 lives lost, no ceasefire
GAZA CITY: At least 10 people were killed in Israeli strikes on central and southern Gaza on Thursday, bringing the Palestinian death toll to 1,397 on day 24 of the conflict. More than 8,100 have been wounded. Another three people, including a local journalist, died of injuries sustained in earlier attacks, emergency services spokesman Ashraf Al Qudra said. Six people were killed in two separate raids on the southern city of...
 
 
 
Khalifa receives greetings from King Abdullah
ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received a cable of greetings from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. Sheikh Khalifa received a similar cable from Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia....
   
Hotter month expected with wind and dust
ABU DHABI: The month of August, in terms of high temperatures, will be an extension of July and may be hit by hotter winds and dust from the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali), the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said. “The mean air temperature, climatologically, is between 34.9°C and 36.1°C. The mean maximum air temperature is...
 
 
Russia to ban US poultry, EU beef
MOSCOW: Russia’s Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) could stop the import of US poultry next week, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday. It will also tighten control over quality of imports of European beef, besides fruits from Greece. Russia will suspend Ukrainian soy, soymeal and sunseed imports starting from Friday due to breach of phytosanitary requirements, Interfax said, citing the service....
   
In Delhi, Kerry told spying is not acceptable
NEW DELHI: India’s foreign minister told her visiting counterpart John Kerry on Thursday that US surveillance of an ally was “unacceptable” following allegations that Washington’s National Security Agency (NSA) targeted the ruling party. “I raised this issue and even told them that when the news came out in the Indian media, people were angry,” Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said at a joint press conference with Kerry....
 
 
47 Eid revellers drown in Karachi, 22 bodies recovered
ISLAMABAD/JAKARTA: The death toll of Eid revellers who drowned in the sea near Karachi on Wednesday rose to 22 on Thursday, with search for more bodies continuing. In Indonesia, meanwhile, at least 25 people celebrating Eid died in two different boat mishaps. The dead included six children. In Karachi, rescue workers recovered six more bodies from the beach on Thursday morning. Despite a ban on swimming in the sea, more than...
   
Manila takes out expats from Libya after rape, beheading
MANILA: The Philippines was preparing on Thursday to evacuate 13,000 citizens from Libya as violence raged and after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse was gang-raped there. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario was heading to neighbouring Tunisia’s Djerba island to organise an evacuation as fighting resumed between militias seeking to control the Libyan capital’s crippled international airport. Del Rosario said the...
 
 

 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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