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Hawaii’s false missile alert sent by troubled worker who thought an attack was imminent, officials say

The Hawaii employee who sent out a false alarm earlier this month warning of an incoming missile attack said they misheard a message played during a drill and believed a ballistic missile was actually heading for the state, according to a federal investigation. This directly contradicts the explanations previously offered by Hawaii …

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Turkish military convoy attacked in Syria’s Aleppo

Pro-Syrian government forces have targeted the path of a Turkish military convoy in the southern countryside of Aleppo province in northern Syrian, a monitor group reported on Tuesday. The Turkish military convoy was moving toward the town of Eis in southern Aleppo when the pro-government forces hit the convoy, prompting …

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Yemen PM ‘holed up’ as Aden palace surrounded

Southern Yemeni separatists have surrounded the presidential palace in the city of Aden following clashes with previously allied government forces. Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghar and members of his cabinet were believed to be holed up inside the compound. The separatists – who had been backing the government in its …

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What 2018 holds for the UAE

The Levant News Exclusive – by Mohamad Hassan -Dubai – The UAE is considered the second-largest economy in the Arab world (after neighboring Saudi Arabia) and a regional business hub with economic growth of 1.4% in 2017 and a positive economic outlook in 2018. Moreover, it ranked 16th in the Global …

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China’s wealth becomes X factor in Dubai realty

The China effect on Dubai’s real estate market is only going to get bigger. High networth Chinese buyers are looking at a selection of projects from Dubai’s leading developers to see what sort of exposures they can commit to. Over the last weekend, the Beijing-headquartered wealth management firm Letou Group …

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Sharjah to start patrolling funeral processions

Funeral processions to cemeteries will now be escorted by police patrols, officials announced on Sunday. The Sharjah Police General Directorate explained that to avoid traffic jams near the cemetery, police patrols will be allocated to escort funeral processions. Sharjah’s main cemetery is located near Industrial Area 6.   According to …

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China declares intention to improve ties with Japan

China hopes to work with Japan to establish more cordial relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart on Sunday, aiming to move on from a series of disputes, some dating back to before World War Two. China and Japan have sparred frequently about their painful history, with …

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Israel and Poland clash over proposed Holocaust law

Israel’s prime minister and Holocaust survivors on Sunday bridled at a draft Polish law that would make it illegal to suggest Poland bore any responsibility for Nazi atrocities committed on its soil. The Israeli foreign ministry summoned Poland’s charge d‘affaires – the ambassador was abroad – to object to the …

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US helicopter gunship kills 7 Iraqi civilians

A US military helicopter has targeted several vehicles in Iraq’s al-Anbar Province, killing seven civilians and wounding 11 others, including a local official. The attack occurred in the west of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, local Iraqi media reported on Saturday morning. Iraqi Alsumaria television cited an unnamed security official …

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Confirmed: UAE’s Al Yah-3 satellite ‘healthy’

A Yahsat official has confirmed the launch of Al Yah-3 satellite mission, and that the third satellite in the company’s fleet is “healthy”. In a tweet, the company’s official handle confirmed the launch of the 3,790-kg Al Yah-3 satellite on board the European rocket Ariane 5. “The launch is a key milestone …

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