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$4.03b UAE assistance for Yemen
ABU DHABI: The UAE’s total assistance to Yemen has reached Dhs14.79 billion ($4.03 billion) during the period from April 2015 to September 2018. The aid was provided to meet the basic needs of more than 16.7 million Yemenis, including 10.1 million children and 3.4 million women. During 2018, the UAE assistance amounted to $1.24 billion, part of which around $465 million were allocated to support the United Nations Yemen
 
 
Don’t raze Palestinian village, Europe warns Israel
United Nations: Eight European countries at the United Nations including five Security Council members on Thursday called on Israel to reverse its decision to demolish a Palestinian village in the West Bank. One more Palestinian was killed on Friday by the Israeli forces. Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands warned that the demolition of the village of Khan Al Ahmar “would severely
   
EU stand isn’t acceptable, says British premier
LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May hit back on Friday at the European Union (EC) after it roundly rejected her Brexit plan, saying its refusal to compromise was “not acceptable” and warning she was still prepared to walk away from the talks. In a defiant statement from Downing Street, May blamed Brussels for the “impasse” just weeks ahead of a deadline to seal a deal — and six months before Britain leaves the EU in March.
 
 
India cancels meeting with Pakistan at UN
NEW DELHI: India has called off foreign minister-level talks with Pakistan’s new government, barely 24 hours after it was announced. The cancellation followed the kidnap of three policemen in Jammu-Kashmir, along with seven others. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistan counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi were set to meet in New York next week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Indian ministry
   
Register on sex offenders ‘likely to be misused’
NEW DELHI: India has launched its first national register of sex offenders in a bid to stem crimes against women as the country reels from a series of high-profile rape cases. The database will be accessible only to law enforcement agencies and not to the public, with 440,000 names registered, including those convicted of rape, gang rape, child sex crimes and sexual harassment, according to a home ministry statement.
 
 
Indians struggling to tackle rise in fuel prices
NEW DELHI: Many Indians are switching off air conditioners in cars and going to gas pumps across state borders in a bid to save money, as petrol and diesel prices across the country hover at record-high levels. Protests against high petrol and diesel prices paralysed many parts of India earlier this month, shutting businesses, government offices and schools. The government blamed the high pump prices on the rising cost of crude
   
Over 130 bodies recovered as ferry sinks in Tanzanian lake
DAR ES SALAAM: At least 136 bodies have been retrieved after a ferry sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania’s top police official Simon Sirro said on Friday, and scores more were still feared missing as rescuers searched for survivors on the morning after the disaster. The ferry MV Nyerere capsized on Thursday afternoon just a few metres from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake’s biggest island, which is part of Tanzania.
 
 
Regular sleep may boost your heart, metabolism
New York: Ever thought why a good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your health? A new study has found that regular bedtime and wake time may help you revive yourself and boost your heart and metabolic health. The study found that people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure and a higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years than those who
   
Indiana Jones hat fetches over $500,000 at auction
London: Indiana Jones’s signature fedora fetched more than half a million dollars at a blockbuster London auction of rare memorabilia from some of the most iconic movies of the past 40 years. But the star attraction − the sleek jacket worn by the loveable Star Wars scoundrel Han Solo in “The Empire Strikes Back” − failed to clear the £500,000 ($665,000, 563,000 euros) reserve and went unsold. Organisers said they had “a number
 
 

 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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