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Thousands reach Makkah
MAKKAH: Their backs hunched, elderly Muslim pilgrims lean on walking sticks as others in wheelchairs nudge their way into Makkah’s Grand Mosque where scores of people are encircling the Kaaba. “Allahu Akbar” (God is greater), they chant in unison. Most are Asian and African, among the hundreds of thousands of faithful who have descended on Saudi Arabia’s holy city for the annual Hajj pilgrimage starting on Thursday. The Grand...
 
 
 
Khalifa gets note from Kuwait on UN honour
ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received a letter from the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, who thanked the UAE for sharing with Kuwait the celebration on the occasion of the UN naming Sheikh Sabah a “Humanitarian Leader” and Kuwait a “Humanitarian Centre”. The letter was received by General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi...
   
Sultan receives staff members of UoS section
SHARJAH: Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah (UoS) His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi on Monday received the new teaching staff members of the UoS at the Deanship of Student Affairs building. Sheikh Sultan welcomed the new members and urged them to work together to develop the university and the university city as a whole considering that it accommodates around...
 
 
Coalition planes bomb ISIS bases across Syria
BEIRUT: US-led coalition warplanes bombed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group positions overnight across four provinces in northern and eastern Syria, hitting a grain silo as well as the country’s largest gas plant, activists said on Monday. Among the facilities hit was the entrance to Syria’s largest gas plant, Conoco in Deir El Zour province, and grain silo in the extremist-held town of Manbij in Aleppo province....
   
New Afghan leader calls for meeting with Taliban
KABUL: Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade on Monday, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the withdrawal of most foreign troops presents a crucial test. In his inaugural speech, Ghani appealed to the Taliban and other militants to join peace talks and put an end to more than a decade of violence. Thousands of Afghans are killed each year in the insurgency....
 
 
The firm brush strokes of a tender hand
LONDON: A five-year-old girl with autism has garnered praise across Europe, Asia and America for her astonishing artwork. Iris Grace, who lives with her family in Leicestershire, began painting last year, and has already been praised by buyers, collectors and galleries for her work’s intense colour, immediacy, and open composition. Her paintings are sold to private art collectors in the UK and around the world for thousands 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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