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Essebsi leads Tunisia polls
TUNIS: The head of Tunisia’s Nida Tunis party, Beji Caid Essebsi, was on Tuesday leading the country’s first presidential election since a 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings. But with no outright winner from Sunday’s poll, in which Essebsi took a lead of six percentage points over incumbent Moncef Marzouki, a run-off will be held in December. The 87-year-old Essebsi secured 39.46 per cent and Marzouki 33.43...
 
 
 
Khalifa calls for rain prayers
ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has called for performance of prayers for rain, known in Arabic language (Salaat Al Istisqaa), at 09:00am on Thursday, in the mosques and musallahs nationwide. Sheikh Khalifa called on all Muslims living in the country to pray to Allah to bless the land with rain and mercy, in accordance with Prophet Mohammed’s (Peace Be Upon Him) Sunnah course...
   
Emirates Media Forum to be held under VP’s patronage
DUBAI: The second edition of the Emirati Media Forum (EMF) will open on Wednesday at the Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai, with the participation of a galaxy of local media leaders, decision-makers, experts, academics and media students. The event will be held under the patronage of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum....
 
 
Man sentenced to prison for links with secret group
ABU DHABI: The Federal Supreme Court, headed by Judge Mohammed Al Jarrah Al Tunaiji, on Tuesday sentenced the son of a man convicted of involvement with a secret organisation to three years in prison and fined him Dhs500,000 after finding him guilty on all charges. The young man stood accused of joining the secret organisation and establishing and managing a personal profile on a social network with the aim of disseminating false...
   
UAE’s prudent leadership behind growth: Gargash
ABU DHABI: Dr Anwar Bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has said that the UAE had harnessed its oil wealth during 43 years to build the state of law, justice, equality, that provides a decent living to citizens and expatriates as well, thanks to its prudent leadership. He told over 100 media persons representing 45 Arab and foreign countries in a gathering held on Tuesday at St Regis Corniche Hotel that...
 
 
Being Brown not a sin, Ferguson burns
FERGUSON: Long-standing racial tensions in the United States have flared once again after a night of violence and protests over a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teen. Hopes and appeals - including from President Barack Obama - for a peaceful reaction in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson to the decision evaporated quickly after the decision was announced late on Monday....

 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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