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Denmark bans burqa, niqab

Denmark has joined some other European countries in banning garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa. In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees, Danish lawmakers on Thursday approved the law presented by Denmark’s centre-right governing coalition. The government says that it is not …

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Fourth MEPRA Leadership Majlis Brings Together Almost 200 Industry Leaders to Discuss Fake News, CEO Activism, Communications Leadership and More

The Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) hosted the fourth Leadership Majlis today, the year’s major communications conference in Abu Dhabi. The 2018 edition brought together almost 200 industry professionals from more than 40 organisations, to uncover the industry’s biggest challenges trends and opportunities. Speakers included senior leaders from The …

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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 Return of Sufism to the UAE

By Haytham Mouzahem* The past two decades have witnessed a reemergence of Sufism in the Gulf states. The phenomenon may be understood, in part, as a reaction to the extremism of “Salafi jihadism”: Gulf states opposed to the extremist strand have begun to welcome Sufi scholars from other Muslim countries …

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Beirut Arab University (BAU) Signs a Partnership with Cambridge Assessment English to Adopt Cambridge English Qualifications

Students at Beirut Arab University (BAU) will now be able to gain prestigious Cambridge English certificates, thanks to a new agreement. BAU will be formally recognizing Cambridge English Qualifications, in addition to working with Cambridge English on several research and leadership programs. Students will be encouraged to prepare for Cambridge …

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My New Novel, BEAR

by Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com), 2 April 2018   I am happy to announce to interested readers the publication of my new novel, BEAR. Some may recall from my blog a few years back the publication of my first novel: “Breaking Faith: a novel of espionage and an American’s crisis …

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Flexing your Intellectual Muscles: Indo-Pacific Conflict Scenarios, in Fact and Fiction!

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD*   Attended a very interesting lecture the other day with a deceptively simple title: “The Dynamics of the Indo-Pacific Region: The Challenges and Opportunities for Japan”, by Professor Satoru Mori from the Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan. (Faculty of Law, Department of Global Politics; little …

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$1m Global Prize winner in Dubai

A UK teacher has won the Global Teacher Prize, worth $1 million (Dh3.67 million), on Sunday night in Dubai. Andria Zafirakou was selected from among 10 international finalists who had flown in for the two-day Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF), held at Atlantis, The Palm, and organised by the …

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Sultan receives Macron at Sharjah pavilion in Paris

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Thursday evening received President Emmanuel Macron of France during his visit to Sharjah Pavilion at the Paris Book Fair 2018 in Paris. The cultural event is being held from Friday to March 19. …

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India Supreme Court approves passive euthanasia

India’s Supreme Court has given conditional approval for passive euthanasia. Passive euthanasia involves withdrawal of medical treatment with the deliberate intention to hasten the death of a terminally-ill patient. In a landmark judgement, the Constitution Bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra has has also allowed “living will” that will authorise …

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Working towards their own visibility

With the International Women’s Day having been observed since 1909, women in Dubai talked to Gulf News about how they can take steps to bring about the change they want to see in society. Manya Pamnani, director, Advisory and Consulting at Crowe Horwath: “I firmly believe that women themselves are …

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