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9 rescued from Abu Dhabi hotel fire

Firefighters in Abu Dhabi rescued nine people from a fire that broke out on the 14th floor of a hotel. According to Abu Dhabi Police, the operations room received a distressed call at 11am on Monday from the hotel. A team of police, civil defence and ambulances were immediately dispatched, …

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Fossil of ‘our earliest ancestors’ found in Dorset

Fossils of the oldest-known ancestors of most living mammals, including human beings, have been unearthed in southern England. Teeth belonging to the extinct shrew-like creatures, which scampered at the feet of dinosaurs, were discovered in cliffs on the Dorset coast. Scientists who identified the specimens say they are the earliest …

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Etihad Aviation Group signs MoU with Alibaba

Etihad Aviation Group signed a memorandum of understanding with Alibaba Group and Ant Financial Services Group to expand their partnership and deliver products and services to Chinese customers. Under the agreement, Alibaba and Etihad Guest, which is Etihad’s loyalty programme, will explore enhanced programme benefits and opportunities for exchange of …

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Legendary quiz master quizzed

Teen school students had a vibrant, brain stimulating treat listening to legendary quiz master Derek O’Brien at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). O’Brien known widely for hosting India’s longest running quiz show, ‘The Bournvita Quiz contest’ enthralled the audience with his witty repartee and sound words of wisdom. O’Brien …

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Saudi Arabia: Missile intercepted near Riyadh

Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, after a loud explosion was heard near Riyadh airport on Saturday evening. The missile was destroyed over the capital and fragments landed in the airport area, officials quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency said. A TV channel …

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White House attacks legacies of both Bush presidents after reports that they refused to vote for Trump

The White House on Saturday disparaged the legacies of the only two living Republican presidents to precede Donald Trump, after reports that both men castigated Trump in interviews last year and refused to vote for him. Former president George H.W. Bush mocked then-candidate Trump as a “blowhard” and voted for a Democratic president, while the younger Bush …

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Trump administration releases report finding ‘no convincing alternative explanation’ for climate change

The Trump administration released a dire scientific report Friday calling human activity the dominant driver of global warming, a conclusion at odds with White House decisions to withdraw from a key international climate accord, champion fossil fuels and reverse Obama-era climate policies. To the surprise of some scientists, the White House did not …

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Spain issues arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader

Spain on Friday issued an arrest warrant on sedition and other charges against Carles Puigdemont, tightening the judicial net around the former Catalan leader who went Brussels after his government was sacked over a declaration of independence. A Madrid High Court judge asked Belgium to arrest Puigdemont and four associates …

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UAE’s military prowess on full display

The country’s military might was on full display in a mock exercise along Sharjah’s Al Khan Corniche on Friday as all branches of the UAE Armed Forces demonstrated air, land and sea power before thousands of awed onlookers ringing the shoreline. Dubbed Hosn Al Ittihad (Union Fortress 2), the UAE …

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Egypt critical of ‘hasty’ pyramid announcement

Egypt’s antiquities authorities on Friday criticized what it described as a hasty public announcement by an international team of finding a big void inside the Great Pyramid in Giza near Cairo. “The Antiquities Ministry believes that the research team should not have hastily addressed public opinion at this stage,” Secretary …

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The Lie of a Century

By Mohamed Mohamed November 2, 1917 marks an infamous chapter of Palestinian history, when the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour issued a statement declaring British support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Coming from the most powerful empire of the time, the Balfour Declaration provided a major endorsement and propaganda …

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Scottish lawmakers call for international recognition for Catalan independence

Pro-independence Scottish lawmakers have presented a motion in their devolved parliament urging international recognition of Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence from Spain, putting pressure on Scotland’s leader to endorse the movement. Scotland’s pro-independence First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has criticized Madrid’s handling of the crisis with its northern region but refrained …

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