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Can’t reject refugees, says Merkel
Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday “firmly” rejected calls to reverse her policy of welcoming refugees following a series of brutal attacks in the country. She reiterated that Germany had a moral and legal obligation to take in those fleeing war and oppression. Merkel told reporters that the assailants “wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need.”...
 
 
 
Fuel prices to come down in August
Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Energy announced on Thursday fuel prices for August. All grades of petrol will be down by 15 fils from Monday. Diesel will cost 9 fils less than July. The new per litre prices for petrol: Super 98-Dhs1.73, down from Dhs1.88 in July; Special 95-Dhs1.62, down from Dhs1.77; and E Plus-91-Dhs1.55, down from Dhs1.70. The diesel price has been reduced from Dhs1.85 per litre in July to Dhs1.76 for...
   
Yemen talks resume in Kuwait, both sides attending
KUWAIT: United Nations-sponsored talks to end the crisis in Yemen resumed on Thursday in in Kuwait where UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed earlier held a series of meetings with ambassadors and senior Kuwaiti officials as part of a bid to broker a final and comprehensive agreement between warring parties. The resumption of the Yemeni peace talks, which began on April 21, comes after Kuwait recently issued an...
 
 
El Nino is over, stormy sister La Nina awaited
Geneva: The latest El Nino weather phenomenon, which was one of the most powerful on record, has ended but could be replaced by its stormy sister La Nina in the coming months, the UN meteorological agency said on Thursday. La Nina cools the sea surface temperatures in the tropical eastern and central parts of the Pacific Ocean, whereas its opposite phenomenon, El Nino, warms them. El Nino affects rainfall patterns and causes...
   
Skydiver Luke Aikins to make a jump without a parachute
SIMI VALLEY: He’s made 18,000 parachute jumps, helped train some of the world’s most elite skydivers, done some of the stunts for “Ironman 3.” But the plunge Luke Aikins knows he’ll be remembered for is the one he’s making without a parachute. Or a wingsuit. Or anything, really, other than the clothes he’ll be wearing when he jumps out of an aeroplane at 25,000 feet this weekend, attempting to become the first person to land...
 
 

 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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