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Khalifa orders 821 prisoners released
ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the release of 821 prisoners across the country and pledged to settle their debts on the occasion of the UAE’s 43nd National Day celebrations. The prisoner release comes as part of the President’s keenness to give pardoned inmates an opportunity to start a new life and bring about stability to their families. Vice President and Prime Minister of the...
 
 
 
Top ISIS leader killed in Iraq raid
BAGHDAD: An Islamic State leader has been killed in an air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, residents and a local medical source said on Thursday. Radwan Taleb Al Hamdouni, whom the sources described as the radical militant group’s leader in Mosul, was killed with his driver when their car was hit in a western district of the city on Wednesday afternoon. Hamdouni was buried later on Wednesday. Large numbers of support...
   
Oman welcomes Saudi Arabia statement
MUSCAT: The Sultanate of Oman on Thursday welcomed the statement issued by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, which called for an end to all conflicts over temporary differences and to turn a new page to push forward the process of joint GCC and Arab action. Oman News Agency quoted the Omani Foreign Ministry as noting the importance of King Abdullah’s statement, which included...
 
 
Indian court asks top cop to stay off scam inquiry
NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the chief of the country’s highest investigating agency to not to interefere in the probe of a massive corruption scandal to which powerful politicians from the previous Congress-led government has been linked. Ranjit Sinha, the director general of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who is due for retirement on Dec.2, has accused him of having interefered with the probe...
   
Schker-blop! The sound of a comet touchdown
BERLIN: No trumpet sounded to mark the historic event — instead, it was a hollow, springy plop which heralded last week’s landing by the comet probe Philae. Scientists at the German space agency DLR on Thursday said they had recorded vibrations from sensors on Philae’s three legs as the robot lab touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. There is no sound in space, so the team transcribed the two-second signal into its...
 
 

 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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