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Khalifa declares 2019 as Year of Tolerance
ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has declared 2019 as the ‘Year of Tolerance’, highlighting the UAE as a global capital for tolerance, via its various legislative and policy-oriented goals to enhance the role of the country in instilling the values of co-existence and peace in local, regional and international communities. Sheikh Khalifa said that the Year of Tolerance is an extension of the
 
 
Australian move irresponsible: Palestinians
RAMALLAH: The Palestinian leadership on Saturday described as “irresponsible” Australia’s recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it violated international law. The country became one of just a few to follow US President Donald Trump’s lead and recognise the contested city as Israel’s capital, saying. Australia said it would open a defence and trade office in the west of the city and Prime Minister Scott
   
France remains tense as thousands rally against Macron
PARIS: Thousands of protesters took to the streets of French cities on Saturday in the fifth weekend of nationwide demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron’s government, despite calls to hold off after a gun attack in Strasbourg earlier this week. In Paris, police were out in force to contain outbursts of violence. But the demonstrations were noticeably smaller than in
 
 
Nations near climate deal
KATOWICE: Nations on Saturday inched towards a deal to implement the Paris climate goals, after all-night negotiations over a plan to limit global temperature rises exposed a range of conflicts. Speaking to AFP at the COP24 summit in Poland, a senior negotiator said delegates from nearly 200 nations had reached a “landing zone” of agreement. But sources close to the talks said differences remained stark on the issues of ambition,
   
New Saudi visa boosts tourism
RIYADH: Western tourists visited Saudi Arabia this weekend under a new visa system. Thousands of fans flocked to Riyadh’s historic Diriyah district for Formula E, a motor sports tournament using electric vehicles, and concerts including by David Guetta and Black Eyed Peas. An American named Jason is spending a week here with his German wife, riding quad bikes in the desert and visiting heritage sites in
 
 
11 more killed in Kashmir clashes
SRINAGAR: It was a blood-soaked Saturday in Kashmir in which 11 persons, including seven civilians, an Army soldier and three militants, were killed and over three dozen civilian protesters sustained injuries in clashes with the security forces. The 11 deaths took place in a gunfight and subsequent clashes in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, in one of the bloodiest days in the Valley’s recent history. The gunfight erupted in
   
Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priest
CAIRO: Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a priest dating back more than 4,400 years in the pyramid complex of Saqqara south of the capital Cairo, authorities said on Saturday. “Today we are announcing the last discovery of the year 2018, it’s a new discovery, it’s a private tomb,” Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told an audience of invited guests including reporters. “It is exceptionally well preserved,
 
 

 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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