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UAE, China leaders stress strategic ties
ABU DHABI: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, discussed on Friday, cooperation and partnership strategies with President Xi Jinping of China. During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid welcomed the Chinese President and his a
 
 
Order of Zayed for Chinese president
ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Friday awarded the “Order of Zayed” for Chinese President Xi Jinping, in recognition of his role and efforts in supporting and developing the friendly relations and mutual cooperation between the UAE and China at various levels. His Highness Sheikh Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forc
   
More troops for Pakistan polls
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s election authorities have granted broad judicial powers to the powerful military at polling stations during next week’s general election, a rare move that has fanned concern among political parties and human rights groups. About 371,000 troops will spread out across Pakistan to guard the election, about three times the number during the last election in 2013. The July 25 election is seen as a two-way race be
 
 
Brutal Israeli action kills four more Palestinians
GAZA CITY: Israeli air and ground forces killed four Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Friday, Palestinian health officials said. At least 120 Palestinians were wounded. Two Palestinians were killed in a strike east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, the health ministry in the enclave said. A third man was killed by Israeli fire east of Rafah, also in southern Gaza, the ministry said. The military wing of Hamas named the three men a
   
Indian woman raped over four days
New Delhi: Indian police have arrested the owner of a guesthouse and its manager after a woman alleged she was drugged and raped by some 40 men over four days, an official said on Friday. The incident is the latest in a string of sexual attack cases reported from across the country where nearly 110 rapes are reported every day, according to official figures. In a complaint to the police, the 22-year-old woman said she was promise
 
 
Emirati dies in road tragedy
UMM AL QUWAIN: An Emirati man, identified as F.Y, died on Thursday evening, after his car collided with the rear of a truck on Sheikh Zayed Road in Umm Al Quwain. Colonel Saeed Obaid Bin Aran, Director of Traffic and Patrols Department at Umm Al Quwain Police, said that the operations room received a tip-off about a collision between a vehicle and a truck on Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of Falaj Al Mualla. Instantly, the
   
WhatsApp curbs service in India
New Delhi: WhatsApp announced limits on Friday on the forwarding of messages by its 200 million Indian users in an effort to stop a spate of horrific lynchings and to assuage government threats of legal action in its biggest market. More than 20 people have been butchered by crazed mobs in the past two months across India after being accused of child kidnapping and other crimes in viral messages circulated wildly on WhatsApp. Lat
 
 
Love matters even in politics, Rahul startles Modi with a hug
NEW DELHI: Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi created a flutter in parliament on Friday, giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi a surprise hug during a heated debate and said he had nothing but love for his bitter political foe. Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has repeatedly targeted Gandhi, the fourth generation scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, as a “failed dynast” out of touch with ordinary people and ill-suited for p
   
Ronaldo pays Dhs86,075 tip
ATHENS: Cristiano Ronaldo left a £17,850 (Dhs86,075.86) tip for staff at a Greek hotel before flying to Italy to complete his £99m transfer to Juventus. The Portuguese footballer was staying at the five-star Costa Navarino resort near Kalamata with his partner and family after his country was knocked out of the World Cup. He posted pictures on Twitter and Instagram of the group enjoying “lovely moments” at the hotel two days afte
 
 
Unearthing reality
“The Great Believers,” the new novel by Rebecca Makkai, describes the Aids epidemic in Chicago in the 1980s and its impact on the gay community. Whereas the story of the disease in the United States tends to be a New York or San Francisco tragedy, here it is a “slow-motion tsunami from both coasts,” a pool of water collecting at Midwestern ankles that climbs so quietly many are surprised to find themselves drowning. The book
   
Chinese president gets rousing welcome
 
 

 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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