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Over two million end Hajj rituals
MINA: More than two million pilgrims took part in the symbolic stoning of the devil on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia, the last major ritual of the Hajj pilgrimage that heralds the start of the Eid Al Adha feast. Muslims on the annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, made their way across the Mina valley of the western Saudi Arabian Makkah province, many carrying pebbles in plastic bottles. Pilgrims clad in white
   
Eid Al Adha spirit revs up mood across country
SHARJAH: It is Tuesday and we are in Sharjah. It is celebrating Eid Al Adha and the ways are exciting for the fun-loving and the romantic. There is activity and there is joy. The difficult weather has failed to slow down the enthusiasm of the Eid revellers. From Abu Dhabi to Dubai to Sharjah to Ajman to Fujairah to Ras Al Khaimah to Umm Al Qaiwain the mood is one of thrill and geniality. Let’s shift to a Sharjah hotspot.
 
 
Bahrain suspends visas for Qataris
MANAMA: Bahrain has suspended issuance of entry visas to the Qatari citizens, excluding students in the Kingdom and those who currently have valid visas, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported. Based on the statement of severing political ties with Qatar on June 5 last year and the implementation of related-directives of the Cabinet for all concerned ministries and government organisations, the Ministry of Interior has announced the
   
China nicknames for soccer greats
Shanghai: Mesut Ozil is “Little Wife”, Paul Pogba is “Busty” and Jose Mourinho is called “Magic Bird” — Chinese fans and media have conjured up creative and bizarre nicknames for many of the world’s best-known football figures. There is also “Very Homesick Boy” (Carlos Tevez), “Little Puppy” (Kylian Mbappe) and “Violent Bird” (Paulinho). Chinese is expressed using idiomatic characters rather than an alphabet, making it
 
 
Over a million flood victims swarm Kerala relief camps
KOCHI: More than one million people have swarmed relief camps in India’s Kerala state to escape devastating monsoon floods that have killed more than 410 people, officials said on Tuesday as a huge international aid operation gathered pace. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has thanked rulers of the United Arab Emirates for their concern and generous aid for the people of the flood-hit Kerala. Meanwhile, Cochin International Airport
   
Militants target key Kabul areas
KABUL: Afghan forces killed four out of nine insurgents who launched mortar attacks on Tuesday on areas around the presidential palace and diplomatic district of Kabul, two officials said. They attacked just as President Ashraf Ghani was delivering a speech marking the beginning of Eid AlAdha, a three-day religious festival. Ghani acknowledged the explosions that were heard during his speech and described the perpetrators as
 
 

 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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