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Key ministers back British PM
London: British Prime Minister Theresa May received the backing of the last remaining pro-Brexit heavyweights in her cabinet on Friday as she battled to salvage her EU divorce deal and her job. After a tumultuous Thursday in which four ministers resigned, MPs slammed her draft agreement and members of her own party plotted to oust her, May received key support from the top Brexiteers left in her government. All eyes were on
 
 
December 2-3 will be holidays
ABU DHABI: The UAE Council of Ministers announced the holidays for the 47th UAE National Day on Friday. The ministry said, “On December 2 and 3, the Council of Ministers adopted a public holiday for the government and private sectors in the UAE on the occasion of UAE National Day. The holiday will start on Friday and work will resume on Tuesday.
   
India cyclone claims 15 lives
CHENNAI: Cyclone Gaja has left a trail of death and destruction in Tamil Nadu, before weakening into a depression as it crossed into Kerala and headed for its resting place in the Arabian Sea. Officials confirmed that 15 people have died as the cyclone pounded the state at 95 kilometre per hour speed after making landfall off Athiramapattanam by 1:45am on Friday. As the cyclone made landfall, wind speeds reached up to 111
 
 
US reinstates Acosta’s access
WASHINGTON: The White House said on Friday it will temporarily reinstate access for CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, after a US judge restored Acosta’s press credentials for the time being, saying they had been revoked without due process. “We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future,” White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, said in a statement. CNN lawyers argued in
   
I get my insulin from EU: May
London: Prime Minister Theresa May has revealed the insulin she uses to treat her diabetes comes from the European Union (EU) and she therefore understands the importance of securing a Brexit deal. Speaking during a public phone-in while appearing on a LBC radio show, the prime minister was asked if the government was making provisions about the access to medicine in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. The Independ
 
 
School student drowns in swimming pool
SHARJAH: Sharjah police are investigating the death of a private-school Emirati student drowning in the swimming pool of the Sharjah-based school. The competent teams are verifying the safety measures taken by the school. The authorities stressed that strict measures will be taken after the investigations. A telephone call was received from Al Qasimi Hospital alerting the arrival of a dead student and the investigation teams
   
Missing in California fire crosses 600
PARADISE: A search for victims of a catastrophic blaze that reduced a northern California town to ashes intensified on Thursday, as authorities expanded to 630 the number of those reported missing in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. President Donald Trump is set to visit the western state on Saturday to meet with victims of the wildfires. Reuters
 
 
Genetic factors determine taste for tea or coffee, say experts
Paris: In new research studying how genetic factors determine taste, scientists now believe they know why some humans prefer coffee while others opt for tea. A paper published this week in the journal Nature Scientific Reports found that people who are genetically predisposed to like more bitter tastes typically choose coffee due to its higher content of tart caffeine. But, importantly for tea drinkers everywhere, that doesn’t
   
Japan’s cybersecurity minister never used a computer
TOKYO: Japan’s new cybersecurity minister has never used a computer and doesn’t seem to know what a USB port is. The bizarre admission has prompted mockery in Japan and across the world, but newly appointed Yoshitaka Sakurada says that it is unlikely he will have to actually use a computer, despite being responsible for ensuring that the country’s millions of devices are kept safe. Instead, cybersecurity policy is set by a large
 
 

 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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