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Nairobi - In a groundbreaking act, Public Health Minister Beth Mugo of the Kenyan government has advised that Kenya has completely banned the importation of all genetically modified (GMO) food into the country, until exhaustive tests on health effects are complete. Stressing that the decision was taken from genuine concern...
How far can your Philippine passport take you without a visa? The latest global index of an international residence and citizenship planning company revealed that Filipino citizens have visa-free access to only 58 countries out of 218 countries, a far cry from the United Kingdom, Finland and Sweden, whose citizens...
New Delhi - India has become the fourth-- and most important-- nation to ban captive dolphin shows, describing them "morally unacceptable" and calling for the cetaceans to be recognized as "non-human persons." Treehugger reports that India's Ministry of the Environment and Forests has banned "any person/persons, organizations, government agencies, private or public enterprises...
Taking serious note of the questioning of the Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan at the Logan International Airport in Boston, the Indian Embassy has raised the issue with the State Department here. “The issue has been taken up with the State Department,” the Indian Embassy spokesman, M Sridharan, told PTI...
AFP - Television channel chief and presenter Tawfiq Okasha, who is on trial for alleged incitement to murder Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi, was arrested on Sunday for former convictions passed in absentia, judicial sources said. Okasha was taken into custody after visiting a police station to check on the status...
AFP - Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has lost his final appeal against a tax fraud sentence in a ruling that jolted the political establishment on Friday but left the government in place for now. The country's highest court on Thursday handed the billionaire tycoon his first ever definitive conviction...
Gilgit Sisters
Two teenage sisters blamed for damaging their family's reputation have been killed in Pakistan after they made a video of themselves dancing in the rain, according to media reports. The video, thought to be shot six months ago, shows the two girls, Noor Basra and Noor Sheza, aged 15 and...
A former member of the Bosnian Serb paramilitary forces has been jailed for 45 years for carrying out a reign of terror against Sarajevo civilians during the 1992-1995 war. Veselin Vlahovic, dubbed the "Monster of Grbavica", was "found guilty of crimes against humanity and this tribunal is sentencing him to...
PROSECUTORS in the Netherlands say they will not pursue charges against three former Dutch commanders accused of failing to protect Bosnian Muslims during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Survivors of the massacre, the worst single atrocity in Europe since World War II, had attempted to have the officers face a...
Internet users who try to search for illegal child abuse images on Bing will receive a warning message after Microsoft implemented a new ‘pop-up’ system for its search engine. The US company said anyone that entered a search term from a list agreed with The Child Exploitation and Online Protection...
Sri Lankans slow to respond to UAE amnesty offer, officials say
DUBAI // About 500 emergency certificates have been issued by the Sri Lankan consulate in Dubai, mostly to women working illegally as domestic helpers or cleaners. The mission has been issuing about 30 certificates every day since the amnesty for illegal workers was declared, officials said. They expect this number to...
London: A Saudi prince jailed for life in Britain for murdering his servant is to serve the rest of his sentence in his home country, a British government source said on Tuesday. Prince Saud Bin Abdul Aziz Bin Nasir, a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah II, was jailed in 2010 for...
ABU DHABI // Expatriates may be allowed to foster children in rare cases, under a policy change being discussed by Sharjah Social Services. Under federal law, abandoned children are given UAE nationality and can only be cared for by Emirati families or government centres. But Sharjah is looking at allowing expatriates...
Expatriates wishing to legalize their work status are exempted from penalties and fines incurred before April 6, the Ministry of Labor (MoL)announced yesterday. In advertisements published in local newspapers in eight languages, the ministry said the violators have to pay fees for the correction process. “In case of final exit during...
Sharjah: A ban on the sale of tobacco products and cigarettes by grocery shops and supermarkets located in residential areas and near academic institutions has been imposed in Sharjah with immediate effect. On December 10, a government circular was issued to cigarette vendors across the spectrum of commercial grocers and...
The Dubai Police have put comprehensive plans in place to make Martyrs' Day and the 44th UAE National Day a success. The police will intensify police patrols all over Dubai, especially in areas where celebrations are planned. Traffic in crowded places and in places where rallies will be organised...
All private businesses must provide medical insurance for their workers and families, including Saudis and expatriates, by next month, the Health Insurance Council has decided. “The insurance coverage must be given to all workers irrespective of the salaries they receive,” the council stated. The decision would allow Saudis and expatriates...
Abu Dhabi Police has warned that overtaking on the central reservation could land a driver in jail for up to a month, under the current laws. Police in the emirate plan to get tough on drivers caught using the highways’ hard shoulder - emergency lanes beside fast or slow...
Johannesburg - Mandela's daughters Zenani and Makaziwe, fighting for rights of access to their father's assets valued in millions, have filed an interdict in the High Court to remove George Bizos, Bally Chuene and Tokyo Sexwale as trustees and directors of his trust. IOL reports that in an affidavit filed Wednesday, Bally...
The anti-tobacco federal law, which will come into force next year, will ban smoking in private vehicles if a child younger than 12 years is present in the car. The Ministry of Health has announced the executive regulations of the anti-tobacco flaw, which were approved by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed...
A court granted a divorce to a man after he discovered that his wife was possessed by a djinn and refused to go to bed with him. The man lodged a divorce case against the woman after she repeatedly refused to have sex with him and her family informed...
ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish court has ordered Facebook to block a number of pages deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, threatening to stop access to the whole social networking site if it does not comply, local media reported. The order made by the court on Sunday followed a request...
The UAE Cabinet has given the green light for preparations to begin on a general policy to grant entry visas to transit passengers - across all UAE airports - who wish to visit the country's landmarks and tourist attractions. The new policy aims to enhance transit visa procedures to enable...
Dubai: Expatriates earning less than Dh20,000 salary will not be able to sponsor their parents on residence visas in the UAE, XPRESS can reveal. The new ruling requires applicants to provide evidence of either having a minumum salary of Dh20,000 or a monthly pay of Dh19,000 plus a two-bedroom accommodation....
A grieving Oregon mother who battled Facebook for full access to her deceased son's account has been pushing for years for something that would prevent others from losing photos, messages and other memories — as she did. "Everybody's going to face this kind of a situation at some point in...
A number of businessmen are threatening to file a lawsuit against the Ministry of Labor and the Passport Department for what they insist is “the extremely slow pace of corrective procedures.” Abdullah Radwan, chairman of the committee of contractors at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), said more...
BOSTON — A jury of seven women and five men sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death by execution, closing one of the most painful chapters in this city's history. Tsarnaev looked straight ahead, showing no emotion, as the sentence was read. Jurors wiped away tears as the judge...
PARIS—Women in Paris can finally wear trousers without fear of criminal prosecution after the government said a more than 200-year-old ban no longer had any legal effect. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France’s minister of women’s rights, said in a statement that the ban, imposed on November 17, 1800, was incompatible with modern...
Police have arrested a teenage boy and girl in northern Morocco for posting a photo on Facebook of them kissing. The action has provoked a slew of copycats in protest at their detention, a rights organisation has said. Chakib al Khayari, president of the Rif Association of Human Rights, said: "It...
A 73-year-old was among four Muslims attacked by young Serbs in the town of Zvornik while they were on their way to a mosque to pray on the Eid religious holiday. Seventy-three-year-old Nezir Dardagan suffered facial injuries when three young Serb men attacked the Muslims who were on their way...
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