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UAE: Sharjah leads the way with 21st Century initiatives that follow the Majlis tradition

Pat Lancaster reports from Sharjah

The Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, has announced that the emirate will launch a…

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100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration is nothing to celebrate.

 British involvement in Palestine is, for the most part, a stain on the UK’s history which is why any plans to celebrate the events of 2017, when…

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Current Affairs


Syrian Rebels take control of ‘key’ IS base near Raqqa

US-backed Syrian rebels say they have taken full control of a key airbase held by the Islamic State group near its stronghold, Raqqa.

Talal Sello,…

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Syrian children suffer the horrors of savagery

Children in Syria are suffering from “toxic stress”, a severe form of psychological trauma that can cause life-long damage, according to a study…

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UAE: New military base boosts regional security

The United Arab Emirates plans to establish a mili­tary base in Somaliland, underlining the growing military and economic influence of the Gulf…

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TURKEY: ISIL raids see hundreds detained

Turkish police have detained hundreds of suspected ISIL members in nationwide raids, according to state media, in the biggest roundup to target the…

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Regional round-up

Making up for lost time, Iran has ordered

Iran Air takes delivery of new A330

An Airbus A330 airliner arrived in Tehran in mid-March, the second of 200 Western-built passenger aircraft ordered by IranAir following the lifting…

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President Rouhani has made light of the rumours but still they persist

IRAN Election: Will Rouhani be allowed to run?

A rumour, gathering pace within Iran, concerns the eligibility of President Rouhani to run in the upcoming elections on 19 May. There are concerns…

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Israeli settlements and industrial areas are mushrooming across Palestinian lands

West Bank land grab boosts Israeli economy


Israel has announced its plans – in flagrant defiance of international law –  to seize  control of more Palestinian lands to build…

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OMAN to slash crude supplies to Asia

Oman will cut crude oil exports to Asia by 15 per cent to meet local demand, the Ministry of Oil and Gas said in Muscat. The supply cuts are…

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EGYPT: goes greener with European help

Three international development banks have teamed up with the European Union (EU) to promote green investments in Egypt, supporting projects to boost…

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Huge new gas discovery in Egyptian waters

The discovery of a huge natural gas deposit in Egyptian waters has boosted hopes of other such finds in the Eastern Mediterranean that could help…

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News and Views


SAUDI ARABIA: Migrant worker amnesty success

At least one million migrant workers are expected to leave Saudi Arabia under its amnesty campaign,  currently underway, according to…

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UAE condemns escalation of illegal Israeli aggression against Palestinians of the Occupied Territories

By Pat Lancaster.

The UAE has punched  a significant hole in the shameful wall of official silence surrounding Israeli expansionism.  At the UN…

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UAE: Sharjah prepares for take-off

Omran Properties, the Sharjah-based real estate joint venture backed by Mohamed Alabbar’s Emmar and Eagle Hills, has announced three new projects…

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Omani frankincense season boosts tourism

As the harvest season for Salalah’s famed frankincense groves begin, the Dhofar region in the south of the Sultanate sees a significant increase in…

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Water shortages put the region at severe risk

New evidence supports scientific fears that the Middle East and North Africa region is at risk of becoming uninhabitable in a few decades, as…

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One man’s epic quest to recover a stolen painting by ‘Iraq’s Picasso’

By Hadani Ditmars

Faeq Hassan’s Untitled (Salah Al-Din, presumably Battle of Hattin), was withdrawn from sale at Christie’s Dubai last…

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Africa Heats Up The French Capital

Sylvia Smith

Perhaps it is the number of mainstream venues that have devoted their spring shows to the subject; or perhaps again it is the…

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Book review: Where the line is drawn

Where the line is drawn
Crossing boundaries in Occupied Palestine
By Raja Shehadeh
Published by Profile Books
ISBN: 9781781256534
Price £14.99…

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