FlyDubai ends 2018 with $43.5m loss

Author:  AP ID:  1550693392775033100 Wed, 2019-02-20 23:10 DUBAI: The Dubai government-owned budget carrier FlyDubai said on Wednesday that its revenues increased to $1.7 billion in 2018, though the airline ended the year with a loss of $43.5 million. The airline that flies out of both Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport blamed
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Capernaum follows the forgotten street kids and scapegraces of Beirut

The film uses an inexperienced cast to depict life on the margins. The Syrian refugee Zain Al Rafeea, who has a sullen Sal Mineo pout and wild werewolf hair, was aged 12 and working as a delivery boy in Beirut when he was cast by the Lebanese director Nadine Labaki in Capernaum , her movie about the city’s forgotten
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The caliphate crumbles: the last days of Islamic State

IS has been reduced to a small encampment in Baghouz – a tent city where hundreds of fighters and 2,000 civilians, surrounded on all sides, wait for the inevitable end. In Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, in the village of Soussa, I held the end of the Islamic State’s empire in the palm of my hand. It was in Hajin, on the road to
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Saudi representative to OIC meets Greek envoy

Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ambassador Zuhair bin Mohammed Al-Idrissi met with Greece’s Special Envoy to the OIC Dr. Avgenius Calperis.
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The caliphate crumbles: the last days of Islamic State

IS has been reduced to a small encampment in Baghouz – a tent city where hundreds of fighters and 2,000 civilians, surrounded on all sides, wait for the inevitable end. In Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, in the village of Soussa, I held the end of the Islamic State’s empire in the palm of my hand. It was in Hajin, on the road to
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Revoking Shamima Begum’s citizenship shows the British government is weak

By washing its hands of the 19-year-old, the British government is taking the easy option. And helping other nations to do the same. The government will revoke the British citizenship of Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old who left the United Kingdom aged 15 to join Isis, who has just given birth to a baby in a refugee camp in Syria.
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To save his project, Jeremy Corbyn must bring Labour’s old guard on side

The leader must build a broader shadow cabinet and not swap the chance to lead a government for the chance to control a party. For Labour members, losing eight MPs who have spent months gaslighting, slandering and sabotaging us, should be no big deal. They’ve spent months hopping on and off the couches of the talk shows, systematically undoing hours of activism on
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Saudi Aramco discussing investments in India’s Reliance Industries

Author:  REUTERS ID:  1550655319811834300 Wed, 2019-02-20 09:10 NEW DELHI: Saudi Aramco’s CEO Amin Nassar said on Wednesday that the company is in talks with India’s Reliance Industries for possible investments and is seeking other opportunities in the country. Saudi Aramco signed an agreement in April with a consortium of state-owned Indian refiners to participate in a
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Regional leaders have no interest to back al-Bashir: Sudanese opposition

February 19, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The opposition Sudan Call foreign relations official Yasir Arman Tuesday reiterated that the region's countries have no interest to back the regime of President Omer al-Bashir who is a source of regional instability. Al-Bashir who is facing a national protest movement has received at least the political support of Arab and African leader who praised him as a factor of regional stability in South Sudan and the Central African Republic. "Al-Bashir is a
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Somalia President praises Qatar’s support to development projects

Doha(SONNA)- The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullhi Farmaajo has expressed his thanks and gratitude to the State and Government of Qatar under the leadership of the Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for developmental and humanitarian projects and its assistance to the people and Government of the Republic […]
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Sudan vows to facilitate humanitarian work in South Kordofan

February 19, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government has pledged to facilitate the work of aid groups in South Kordofan saying it is still waiting for the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N) response to the UN humanitarian proposal. A federal delegation from the committee on the implementation of the humanitarian work directives has arrived in South Kordofan to assess the humanitarian situation in the state. The head of the committee, Mohamed Al-Sinnary Mustafa, on Tuesday (...) - News
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Sudan, UNISFA discuss security situation in Abyei

February 19, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Head of the Sudanese side of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee (AJOC) Ahmed Al-Salih Saloha Monday has met with Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu. The meeting, which was held in Khartoum, has discussed the security situation in the contested region as well as the possibility of coordination between the two sides. During the meeting, Saloha criticized UNISFA for obstructing a recent (...)
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Mohammed visits Gulfood 2019

DUBAI: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has toured Gulfood 2019, the 24th edition of the world largest annual F&B trade show at Dubai World Trade Centre. The five-day exhibition, which runs until 21st February, has attracted over 5,000 local and international exhibitors. Touring the 1,000,000 sq feet mega exhibition, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the industry’
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Next Steps in Afghanistan

by Alia Ahmed In an about-turn of its two decades-old policy on Afghanistan, President Donald Trump tweeted in mid-December his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan (and Syria). Until September last year, the United States had held firmly to… Continue Reading  
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The Twitter Smearing of Corbyn and Assange. Britain’s “Integrity Initiative”

Historian and U.K. analyst Mark Curtis checks out the Twitter accounts of journalists whose names have been associated with the Integrity Initiative, a British “counter disinformation” program. *** The U.K.-financed Integrity Initiative, managed by the Institute for Statecraft, is ostensibly … The post The Twitter Smearing of Corbyn and Assange. Britain’s “Integrity Initiative” appeared first on Global Research .
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Israeli Forces Detain 3 Palestinian Women from Al-Aqsa (VIDEO)

Israeli police forces detained three Palestinian women in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, on Tuesday afternoon. A Ma’an reporter said that Israeli police forces held three Palestinian women after they entered the Lions Gate and transferred [...] The post Israeli Forces Detain 3 Palestinian Women from Al-Aqsa (VIDEO) appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
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JNIM takes credit for dubious suicide bombing in Timbuktu

Over the weekend, al Qaeda’s Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) claimed a series of attacks across Mali, continuing its recent uptick in activity. Most notably, the group took credit for a dubious suicide bombing attempt on French troops near the northern city of Timbuktu “Continuing its earlier vow to escalate its operations […]
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Abu Dhabi crown prince receives Bangladesh PM

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wazed in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
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Jordan Slams Israeli Violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Jordan yesterday lodged a protest note with the Israeli foreign ministry, slamming provocative Israeli actions against Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jordanian news agency Petra reported. Jordan called for Israel to stop its violations of Al-Aqsa’s sanctity immediately. [...] The post Jordan Slams Israeli Violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
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This is why Al-Quds is being silenced

If Al-Quds satellite station actually closes its doors and completely stops broadcasting, which is what is currently occurring, albeit gradually, this means that the enemies of the Palestinian national project succeeded in silencing the voice that has long plagued the occupation over the past ten years. Moreover, silencing Al-Quds carries a number of implications, most importantly those associated with the “deal of the century”, which is simmering on a low heat, and the need to silence voices opposed to it.
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Palestine condemns Israeli closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque's Bab al-Rahmeh

The Palestinian presidency strongly condemned the Israeli closure of the Bab al-Rahmeh (Golden Gate) with locks and chains, warning against Israeli plans aimed at imposing the temporal and spatial division of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
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Everyday is fry-day in Gaza

A specialist factory has been setup in the besieged Gaza Strip to peel, cut and back potatoes and provide chips to local and international restaurants, and it’s run entirely by women. Rosetta factory manager, Riham Al-Madhoun, said the idea for the factory was thought up from the need to provide jobs to locals and protect Palestinian farmers. She said only women work in the factory because they are more detail-oriented and it provides them with a source of income for
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The gay MP launching an attack on Poland’s conservative establishment

In a country defined by Catholic nationalism, Robert Biedroń wants to separate church from state. Robert Biedroń is determined to change his country. The 42-year-old gay atheist inaugurated his new centre-left Wiosna (“Spring”) Party earlier this month, which aims to unseat Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS). In Poland’s increasingly conservative political landscape, Biedroń’s positions on abortion, same-sex unions and separation of church
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The gay atheist launching an attack on Poland’s conservative establishment

In a country defined by Catholic nationalism, Robert Biedroń wants to separate church from state. Robert Biedroń is determined to change his country. The 42-year-old inaugurated his new centre-left Wiosna (“Spring”) Party earlier this month, which aims to unseat Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS). In Poland’s increasingly conservative political landscape, Biedroń’s positions on abortion, same-sex unions and separation of church and state
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OIC denounces terrorist blast near Al-Azhar area in Cairo

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned Monday's terrorist bombing in Al-Darb al-Ahmar district close to Al-Azhar area in Cairo, killing two policemen and wounding three others.
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Israel closes gate to Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli military police yesterday raided Al-Aqsa Mosque, attacked students and evicted them from the area and closed Al-Rahma Gate which leads to the holy site, witnesses said. At the same time, the Israeli military police arrested five Palestinian worshippers, including a woman named Nazmiyeh Bkeerat. Witnesses said Israeli occupation police reopened the gate after several attempts by angry Palestinian worshippers to enter the area through the door. According to the witnesses, hundreds of Palestinian worshippers also performed prayers in front
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Rights group calls for international effort to stop Israel slashing PA funds

Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights said yesterday it is deeply concerned about the Israeli decision to deduct salaries of Palestinians killed, wounded and arrested by Israeli occupation forces from tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), a statement said. Al Mezan added that Israeli’s actions are a violation of the Paris Protocol signed in 1994 between Israel and the PA. This act, the statement said, “is a violation of international law, national sovereignty, public funds and
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Georgia's new special envoy presents credentials to OIC chief

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen received here on Monday Ambassador of Georgia to Saudi Arabia Vakhtang Jaoshvili, who submitted to him his credentials as Georgia's new special envoy to t
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Al-Sisi has started another coup in Egypt, this time against the constitution

The amendments to the Egyptian Constitution approved by parliament last week were a disastrous measure that will destroy what is left of political life in the country. They will be put to a referendum in a little over two months. We are clearly facing a second coup with these changes to the constitution, staged by the very officials who are responsible for protecting the basic principles of the government in Egypt. This is a shameful thing by those who are
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Increase in Saudi females fleeing social oppression

The number of women fleeing Saudi as a result of the oppression practice against them by their families is on the increase, Masr Al-Arabia reported yesterday. The news site reported that in a television programme, veteran Saudi journalist Daud Al-Shiryan discussed the issue with two women who fled to London. Reery, whose name was changed to protect her identity, said she fled because she was being repeatedly raped by her brother. This had gone on since she was eight years
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Dubai-based baby products ecommerce startup BabySouk and its parent company raise seven-figure investment

BabySouk, a Dubai-based ecommerce platform that sells products for babies and children between the ages of 0 to 6, and its parent company, Family Souk Ventures, have raised an investment from Mad’a Investment Company, a PE & VC firm based in Riyadh and owned by Abdul Aziz Al Othaim & Sons Holding Company (ASO&SONS), one of the […] The post Dubai-based baby products ecommerce startup BabySouk and its parent company raise seven-figure investment appeared first on MENAbytes .
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Jordan protests over Israel violations of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Jordan yesterday lodged a protest note with the Israeli foreign ministry, slamming provocative Israeli actions against Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jordanian news agency Petra reported. Jordan called for Israel to stop its violations of Al-Aqsa’s sanctity immediately. Meanwhile, spokesman of the Jordanian Foreign Ministry Sufyan Al-Qudah told the German news agency DPA that his ministry had condemned the Israeli occupation’s closure of the Al-Aqsa’s gates and their attacks on worshippers. Al-Qudah demanded Israel “act in accordance with international law and immediately reopen the gates, respect
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Suicide bombing in Egypt’s capital leaves two dead

Cairo(SONNA)- An explosion rocked Egypt’s capital, Cairo, late Monday when a man blew himself up behind Al-Azhar mosque, local media reported. At least two police officers were killed and another two were injured in the suicide attack in the Al Darb al-Ahmar neighborhood, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The blast occurred after police […]
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Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow

The Russian-sponsored Palestinian unity talks in Moscow on February 11 were neither a success nor failure. Uniting Palestinian factions was not the primary objective of the Moscow conference, in the first place. Instead, the nature of the event, the host country and the explicit messages sent to Washington and Tel Aviv were all meant to communicate something else entirely. And they did. The head of the Fatah delegation to the conference, Azzam al-Ahmed, apologised to his hosts on behalf of
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Amendment to keep Sudan's al-Bashir in power is “unconstitutional”, NCP figure says

February 18, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Leading figure at the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) Amin Hassan Omer has described the attempt to amend the constitution to allow President Omer al-Bashir to run for a third term in 2020 elections as “illegitimate”. Al-Bashir's term ends in 2020 and he couldn't run for office again according to the constitution. Also, the NCP statute limits to two terms the nomination of the party candidate for the presidential elections. However, the NCP Shura
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Ministry: Two policemen killed in blast in central Cairo

Two policemen were killed and three wounded when an explosive device carried by a militant they were pursuing detonated in the heart of the Egyptian capital on Monday, an interior ministry statement said, Reuters reports. According to the ministry, security forces were pursuing the man in the search for the perpetrator of an attempted attack against a police patrol in western Cairo on Friday. After catching the suspect in Cairo’s ancient Islamic district close to the Al Azhar mosque, “one of
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Constitutional amendments are in favour of Egypt, says MP

“The constitutional amendments which were recently approved in principle by the country’s parliament are in favour of Egypt,” the spokesman of the country’s parliament, Salah Hasaballah said yesterday. Speaking at an event, held in the Egyptian province of Al-Sharkeya and titled “Egyptian Parties and their Political Participation Role,” Hassaballah explained that the amendments included articles, which were recommended to be amended by the House of Representatives’ 158 members. “The constitutional amendments aim at achieving the state’s public interest,” the Egyptian MP
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Bashar Al-Assad calls on Syrian refugees to return to their own country

The Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad called on refugees living abroad to return to their country, ignore what rumours about threats of their arrest, and cut the way for the sponsors of terrorism who attempt to make use of the refugees’ card. Al-Assad said in his speech on Sunday that “the Syrian state is working to return every refugee and displaced who left his home because of terrorism since this return is the only way to end their suffering.” He added
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‘Food security among top priorities’

DUBAI: The wise leadership of the UAE has placed food security among its top national priorities and the country’s Food Security Office’s efforts are aimed at achieving food security for the country, said Mariam Al Mahairi, Minister of State for Food security on Monday in Dubai. Dubai Industrial Park, one of the largest industrial hubs in Dubai and a member of TECOM Group, has launched a report titled ‘Global Food Trends to 2030:
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UAE, EU discuss economic partnerships

ABU DHABI: Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, discussed the developments to the UAE’s economic and commercial partnerships with the member countries of the European Union, EU, especially in the areas of agriculture and food industries. The discussion took place during his bilateral meetings with Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Jan Koshitov Ardanovsky, Polish Minister of
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Official: Traffic accidents kill over 3,600 Moroccans per year

A Moroccan official said Monday that road traffic accidents kill more than 3,600 people and injure some 12,000 others each year. Prosecutor general Hisham al-Balawi said during an event organized on the National Day of Traffic Safety in Rabat that “this problem costs the country 2.5 per cent of GDP, or 15 billion dirhams a year (about $1.5 billion)”, explaining that traffic accidents kill ten people and injure more than 52 others per day. Read: Morocco-Spain railway to be launched ‘soon’
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Iran arrests militants linked to attack on Revolutionary Guards

Revolutionary Guards have broken up a group of militants in southeast Iran who were linked to a suicide bombing that killed 27 guards near the border with Pakistan last week, the Corps said on Monday, reports Reuters. “Last night, a terrorist cell was identified and destroyed in an operation,” the Corps said in a statement carried by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. Three militants were arrested and explosive material was seized from houses in the cities of Saravan and Khash,
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OIC chief receives Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen received here on Sunday Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Li Huaxin.
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Israel Seals Off Al-Aqsa Gate, Palestinians Call for Protests (VIDEO)

A group of Palestinian activists from Jerusalem City called upon people, on Monday, to gather and protest at the al-Rahma Gate (Gate of Mercy) one of the Al-Aqsa Mosque gates after Israeli police forces had [...] The post Israel Seals Off Al-Aqsa Gate, Palestinians Call for Protests (VIDEO) appeared first on Palestine Chronicle .
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Syria: Over 300 chemical attacks by Assad forces, says report

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and its affiliated forces have carried out more than 300 attacks using chemical weapons over the course of the country’s eight-year civil war. The statistics were announced by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) yesterday and constitute the most comprehensive, up-to-date findings on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The study – published by the Washington Post – could be cited as part of possible international war crimes cases against the Syrian
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Saudi denies MBS bid to buy Manchester United football club

Saudi Arabia’s Information Minister Turki Al-Shabbana yesterday denied reports that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) was in the running to buy the UK’s Manchester United football club. News that the Kingdom’s de-facto ruler had put in a $5 billion bid for the club were “completely baseless”, Al-Shabbana said on Twitter. “Manchester United held a meeting with @PIFSaudi [Saudi Public Investment Fund] to discuss [a] sponsorship opportunity. No deal has […] materialised.” Reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed
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UN calls on Iraq to form government soon

The United Nations (UN) yesterday called on Iraq to form a government as soon as possible, asking the country’s political parties to fill the four ministerial positions which remain vacant. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, made the remarks during a joint press conference with the head of Sadrist movement’s political body, Nassar Al-Rubaie. Hennis-Plasschaert said a number of issues were discussed during the meeting, including the
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Palestinian villagers voice concern at Israeli plot to build new settlement on their land

Palestinian residents of al-Lubban al-Sharqiya, north of Ramallah, have expressed concern that Israeli settlers are plotting to build a new settlement on their land after watching settlers arrive today in hordes at their village.
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