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Boys aged 12 and 15 gunned down in London

Two boys aged 12 and 15 were gunned down in broad daylight in London on Sunday, the day after another teen was shot dead, police said, as the British capital grapples with a surge in violent crime. London’s Metropolitan Police said the pair were taken to hospitals after officers found …

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Shale boom to keep oil markets under pressure

Oil markets are expected to remain pressured throughout 2018 due to a rise in shale production, experts said. Oil prices are currently trading higher due to the strict implementation of an output cut agreement by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and non-Opec members, which seeks to lower global …

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Aldar to buy Saadiyat Island assets in Dh3.7b deal, one of UAE’s largest property acquisitions

The consolidation moves in UAE’s real estate sector continues with Aldar Properties acquiring Dh3.7 billion worth of assets from Abu Dhabi’s other master-developer Tourism Development & Investment Co., developer of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. This is rated as “one of the largest real estate acquisitions in the country” and expected …

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Law on Dubai Health Authority issued

In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued Law No. (8) of 2018 on the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). The new law further enables DHA to achieve its objectives, including regulating medical services in …

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Jerusalem is a Red Line

By: Wasan Abu Baker*   Ben Gurion in 1948 said, “We must do everything to insure the Palestinians never do return. The old will die and the young will forget”. In a recent interview with Helena Cobban hosted by the Institute for Palestine Studies, Dr. Rashid Khalidi, the founder of …

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Korea: The Kim Jong Un Phenomenon

by Graham E. Fuller*  —   I may be naive but I get the feeling that something possibly profound is underway with the recent dramatic flurry of diplomatic activity surrounding the once reclusive leader Kim Jong Un; it could represent a turning point in the geopolitics of East Asia. In …

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BOOK REVIEW – ‘Tower of the Stork’ by Dima Al Samman

Reviewed by: Wasan Abu-Baker*   Dima Al Samman, is a contemporary Jerusalemite Palestinian novelist. She was born and raised in ancient Jerusalem and earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Birzeit University.  She received a High Diploma in Television Direction and is currently the Director General of the Palestinian Ministry …

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The Latest: Syrian rebels surrender north of Homs

The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 10 p.m. Syrian state media say rebels have agreed to surrender an enclave near Syria’s third largest city to the government. Al-Ikhbariya TV says rebels have agreed to allow government forces into the countryside north of Homs and re-establish state institutions. Rebels will have the …

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More than 60 killed in Nigeria suicide blasts

Suicide bombers killed more than 60 people at a mosque and a market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, in a twin attack bearing the hallmarks of Boko Haram and a day after US President Donald Trump pledged greater support to fight the extremists and militants. The blasts, said to have …

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