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Abbas backs Hamas truce demands in Gaza; Israeli offensive death toll reaches 636
GAZA/OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: The Palestinian decision-making body led by President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday endorsed demands by Hamas for halting Gaza hostilities with Israel, a closing of ranks that may help Egyptian-mediated truce efforts. With Israeli and US encouragement, Egypt has tried to get both sides to hold fire and then negotiate terms for protracted calm in the Palestinian...
 
 
 
VP opens Quran Center
DUBAI: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai inaugurated on Tuesday evening “Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Printing the Holy Quran.” The Center is the first of its kind globally, in providing services for printing the Holy Quran in all the writings and readings. It is reportedly that the annual capacity of six million copies per year, up to 15 million copies...
   
Power priority: Sultan
SHARJAH: Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi personally follows up the problem of frequent power cuts in areas of Sharjah. Sheikh Sultan assured the citizens and residents of Sharjah that he cares so much for the problem and he personally oversees the electricity file. This came in a phone call from the Amiri court in Sharjah to the “Direct Line” programme aired on...
 
 
Sheikh Mohammed, Princess Haya send aid to Gaza
AMMAN: The Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO) has sent a new convoy carrying aid to the people in Gaza Strip, Jordanian News Agency (PETRA) reported on Tuesday. The relief material was provided by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his wife Princess Haya Al Hussein to help alleviate the sufferings of the Palestinian people. This humanitarian aid...
   
Fresh light on how Mers is transmitted through the air
LONDON: Saudi scientists have found gene fragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus in air from a barn housing an infected camel and say this suggests the disease may be transmitted through the air. In the latest study, published in the online journal of the American Society for Microbiology mBio, scientists said the detection of the virus in air samples was concerning and needed to be followed up....
 
 
Interpol begins identification of MH17 plane crash victims
AMSTERDAM: Dutch experts on Tuesday prepared to fly out bodies recovered from downed Malaysian flight MH17, as Europe moved to punish Russia for fanning the rebellion in east Ukraine that it believes led to the crash. A train carrying the remains of the victims arrived in the government-held Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. But that was only the first leg of the long journey home for many of the 298 crash victims, with the bodies to...
   
100 faint after gory Shakespearean play in UK
LONDON: Titus Andronicus, the “grotesquely violent” Shakespearean tale of revenge, has 14 deaths, many violently bloody, as well as rape and mutilation. But that’s nothing compared to the audience casualty toll of its recent run at the Globe Theatre in London. The Independent can disclose that more than 100 people either fainted or left the theatre after being overcome by on-stage gore – making it a strong candidate for the most...
 
 
Giant octopus frolics in Dubai underwater zoo
DUBAI: Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, one of the world’s largest and most diverse aquariums, is now home to a Giant Pacific Octopus. Giant Pacific Octopuses (Enteroctopus dofleini) are found in the North Pacific Ocean and are the largest species among Octopus, reaching 4.3 metres in height and weighing more than 70kg. The Giant Pacific Octopus has almost no bones allowing it to slip into very tight crevices to reach for food...

 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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