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Bouteflika wins fourth presidential term
ALGIERS: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term in office with a landslide 81 per cent of the vote, according to preliminary figures announced on Friday by the Algerian government. His chief opponent, Ali Benflis, who garnered only 12 per cent of the vote, said the election on Thursday was marked by “fraud on a massive scale” and vowed not to accept the results. Election officials said turnout was 51.7 per cent of the...
Sharjah Ruler issues decree to set up new department
SHARJAH: His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has issued Amiri decree No.36 for 2014, establishing the Department of Government Relations in the emirate. According to the decree, a law regulating the new department’s tasks, objectives and mandate shall be issued. The decree shall be effective from the date of publishing in the official gazette....
South Korean vice-principal commits suicide
MOKPO: The vice-principal of a South Korean school, who accompanied pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 274 missing alive. The Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju. Kang Min-gyu, 52, had been missing since Thursday. He appeared to have hanged himself...
12 guides dead as avalanche sweeps Mount Everest
KATHMANDU: An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early on Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit them at about 6:30am, Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp where he is monitoring rescue effort...
Marquez, through solitude he spoke for millions
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece was One Hundred Years of Solitude, a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982....
Astronomers discover Earth’s twin planet
WASHINGTON: Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our planet and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life. The find, announced on Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable spots outside our solar system. “This is the best case...

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.
4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed
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US teen suspended for asking Miss America to the prom
WASHINGTON: A Pennsylvania teenager has been suspended for asking the ..
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Court order forces Brazilian team to leave league match
SAO PAULO: Brazilian club Portuguesa abandoned its second-division mat..
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North Korea hits out at UN meeting over sanctions
PYONGYANG: North Korea hit out early on Saturday at an informal meetin..
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Chinese official sacked amid corruption investigation
BEIJING: A Chinese executive under investigation for suspected corrupt..
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Gunmen kidnap two UN employees in Karachi
ISLAMABAD: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped two local employees of the UN..
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Truck mows down eight members of marriage party
JHARKAND: A truck mowed down eight members of a marriage party, includ..
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Search resumes after Mount Everest's climbing tragedy
KATHMANDU: Sherpa climbers aided by helicopters resumed a search on Sa..
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US raises pressure on Russia over deal
WASHINGTON: The White House warned Russia on Friday that it was closel..
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85 Nigerian schoolgirls still missing
MAIDUGURI: Nigerian militant group Boko Haram is still holding 85 girl..
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