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Sri Lanka opens new airport

Sri Lanka’s president opened the country’s second international airport on Monday, intended to help spur a new economic hub and act as a gateway to the island’s southeast. The Sharjah-based low-cost carrier Air Arabia on Monday became the first foreign ...

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Iraq war killed 120,000, cost $800 bln

At least 116,000 Iraqi civilians and more than 4,800 coalition troops died in Iraq between the outbreak of war in 2003 and the US withdrawal in 2011, researchers estimated on Friday. Its involvement in Iraq has so far cost the ...

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Hopes Pope Francis will seek peace with Islam

CAIRO, JERUSALEM // Al Azhar, the 1,000-year-old seat of Sunni Islam learning, yesterday said it wanted “better relations” with the Vatican after years of acrimony. On Wednesday an Argentine cardinal, Jorge Mario Bergogli, was elected to succeed Benedict XVI. He ...

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​Fukushima radiation fight an uphill task

On the second anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the nightmarish task of cleanup is just about beginning. Experts working on the site say that it may take 30 to 40 years to just clean up the Daiichi nuclear plant. ...

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15 Saudis among 100 most powerful Arab women

Fifteen Saudi women who are breaking new grounds in the social, educational, economic, political and cultural fields have been named in the list of the world’s 100 most powerful Arab women, published this week by CEO Middle East. The highest ...

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Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s polarizing leader, dies at 58

Caracas, Venezuela: Hugo Chavez, who rose from poverty in a dirt-floor adobe house to unrivaled influence in Venezuela as its president, consolidating power and wielding the country’s oil reserves as a tool for his Socialist-inspired change, died on Tuesday, Vice ...

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Malala and Clinton in running for Nobel peace

OSLO – Pakistani schoolgirl-turned-icon of Taleban resistance Malala Yousafzai, ex-Eastern bloc activists and former US president Bill Clinton are in the running for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, as the Nobel Institute announced a record 259 nominations on Monday. This ...

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Think you’re rich? This man earned Dh76,660 every minute of last year…

For those of us feeling a bit low this Sunday morning, here’s some cheerful bit of news. There are about 1,500 dollar billionaires in the world, with their total wealth amounting to a staggering $5.5 trillion, the equivalent of China’s ...

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The story of Maurice Bucaille’s inspiring conversion to Islam

MAURICE Bucaille was born to a French parent and, like his family, he grew up a Christian. After his secondary education, he joined Faculty of Medicine, France University. Later, he became the most renowned and cleverest surgeon ever in modern ...

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Florida man swallowed by large, sudden sinkhole

Seffner, Florida: A Florida man screamed for help and disappeared as a large sinkhole  opened under his bedroom, his brother said on Friday. No signs of life  had been found. Jeremy Bush heard a loud crash and screaming. He said ...

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34 die in Bangladesh clashes over war crimes sentence

DHAKA: At least 34 people were killed in Bangladesh in a wave of violence on Thursday as Islamists reacted furiously to a ruling that one of their leaders must hang for war crimes during the 1971 independence conflict. At least ...

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Spain overturns city’s ban on full-face veils

MADRID: Spain’s Supreme Court has overturned the city of Lleida’s ban on women wearing full-face veils — such as burqas or niqabs — in public buildings, citing religious freedom and saying the city’s argument of security concerns was unfounded. In ...

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Syrians fleeing war likely to soon pass million – UN

UNITED NATIONS: More than 40,000 people a week are fleeing war-torn Syria and the total number of refugees will likely pass 1 million in less than a month, a senior U.N. official told the Security Council on Wednesday. U.N. High ...

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Microsoft added to hacker hit list

Microsoft joined Facebook and Apple on Friday on the list of US technology titans targeted in recent cyberattacks. “As reported by Facebook and Apple, Microsoft can confirm that we also recently experienced a similar security intrusion,” Trustworthy Computing team general ...

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