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UAE pledges $60m for Syria
ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates has reiterated its sustained efforts to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people and announced a new donation of Dhs220 million ($60 million). Mariam Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Food Security, announced the pledge as she led the UAE delegation to the “Second Brussels Conference on the future of Syria and the region” held in Brussels on 24th and 25th April, under the joint
 
 
Mohamed Bin Zayed gives $1 million for bird project
ABU DHABI: A major initiative supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, was announced on Thursday to tackle the threat to birds posed by power lines. The ‘Summit for the Flyways’ conservation conference, currently being held in Abu Dhabi, has highlighted the electrocution of birds by power lines as a key threat to endangered
   
Sultan grants $1m to charity taking care of displaced
SHARJAH: His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah has donated one million to the Children for Dignity Foundation from Malaysia to fuel their on-going efforts to offer educational and support services to the marginalised and displaced communities in Asia and MENA region. This came during the honouring ceremony of the second Sharjah International Award for Refugee
 
 
South, North Korea to hold historic summit today
SEOUL: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is set to cross the heavily militarised border on Friday for the first summit with South Korea in more than a decade, as the old foes seek to end their decades-long conflict and ease tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons programme. The summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in will set the stage for Kim to meet with US President Donald Trump in late May or early June, in what will be an
   
RTA clarifies on Hyperloop route
DUBAI: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has denied the validity of the announcement of the Hyperloop transport technology company (Hyperloop TT) regarding the first Hyperloop line connecting Abu Dhabi Airport and Al Maktoum Airport in Dubai. The RTA made the statement on its official Twitter account on Thursday. The statement reads, “The RTA said there is no specific route for operating the Hyperloop system in
 
 
Train rams into van, kills 13 kids
GORAKHPUR: At least 13 students under 10 years were killed when a speeding train rammed into their school van at an unmanned rail crossing in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh and halted only after dragging the mangled vehicle for some 100 metres. At least four students and the driver of the van, who Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath alleged had an earphone and was listening to music while driving, were among the injured, doctors and
   
Court disqualifies Pakistan FM
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday ousted Foreign Minister Khawaja M. Asif, disqualifying him for concealing his foreign income and “Iqama” of a Gulf country. A three-judge bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Kayani handed down this decision and ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to immediately de-notify Asif as a member of the National Assembly.
 
 
Won’t be a bridesmaid at UK royal wedding: Priyanka
NEW YORK: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra says she will not be a bridesmaid at Prince Harry and actor Meghan Markle’s upcoming royal wedding. However, the actor didn’t clear the mystery whether she has been invited to the wedding or not. In an interview with people.com, Priyanka expressed her excitement about Harry and Markle’s wedding. The couple will exchange vows at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19.
   
RTA to open 3 new bridges on Airport Street today
DUBAI: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai, announced the opening of three new bridges today as part of the Airport Street Improvement Project. By opening the bridges, the RTA completes the opening of all bridges on the Airport Street; which considerably contributes to easing the traffic flow. A two-lane tunnel will be opened to serve the traffic inbound from the Airport Street heading towards Marrakech Street in July
 
 

 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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