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Qatar blocks planes: Saudi
RIYADH: Qatar has blocked Saudi planes from transporting Hajj pilgrims, Saudi state media said on Sunday, after Riyadh reopened the border despite a major diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf. Riyadh last week reopened its land border with Qatar and allocated seven flights of the Saudi national carrier to bring pilgrims from Doha, in a temporary lifting of a weeks-long boycott of its Gulf neighbour. “Qatari authorities have not
 
 
Mohamed, Mattis discuss plan to fight terror
ABU DHABI: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has received a telephone call from James Mattis, US Secretary of Defence. During the phone call, they discussed ways to strengthen friendship and cooperation between the UAE and the United States, particularly in military and defence affairs. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed and Mattis
   
UAE Hajj panel to leave tomorrow
ABU DHABI: The UAE’s official Hajj mission will leave the country on Tuesday for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through Abu Dhabi International Airport, according to a statement issued by the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments Dr Mohammed Mattar Al Kaabi, Chairman of the authority, said that the pilgrims will travel to Makkah from Aug.17 to 28, and that the preparations of the official mission are ready to receive
 
 
100s die in South Asia floods
New Delhi: The confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods on Sunday, officials said. At least 100 deaths were reported overnight across India and Bangladesh following the latest in a series of deluges since Aug.10, as the annual monsoon hit the north and east of the region. Notwithstanding an overall improvement in the flood
   
Emiratis reach US for eclipse
SHARJAH/ABU DHABI: Several stargazers from the UAE are travelling to the US to witness the Aug.21 total solar eclipse, a lifetime experience that will be totally visible in 14 US states and partially visible in North and South America, the North Pole, The Atlantic Ocean, West Africa and Europe. The daytime celestial event happens after 10am and will end in the evening. It is not visible from the UAE and the Middle East, said
 
 
Duterte faces anger over anti-drug war
MANILA: Mourners at the funeral of a Philippine man who police shot dead protested his innocence on Sunday, the latest sign of rising anger over President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody campaign to stamp out drugs. More than 12,500 people, many small-time drug users and dealers, have been killed since Duterte took office in June 2016. Police say about 3,500 of those killed were shot by officers in self-defence. Human rights monitors
   
Court sentences 10 to death for plot to kill Hasina
Dhaka: A Bangladesh court sentenced ten militants to death on Sunday over a failed plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her rallies. The men were sentenced to death by firing squad for planting a huge explosive near where Hasina was scheduled to speak during her first term as prime minister in 2000, prosecutor Shamsul Haq Badol told AFP. “The bomb was planted in an attempt to kill
 
 

 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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