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Google's Paris headquarters have been raided as part of an ongoing tax probe. The headquarters in the ninth arrondissement were raided from 5am this morning, according to reports. French newspaper Le Parisien said that around 100 tax officials entered the building. Google is being investigated for the way it pays its taxes...
Dubai: A new smart system, which monitors how often a company pays its employees deserved wages and benefits, is in the pipeline as part of a number of initiatives by the Orange Team, a group of four government departments. “We’re currently working on implementing the system,” Lt Col Dr Sultan...
JEDDAH: Checking out your spouse’s phone without his or her consent because you suspect some indiscretion could cost you a whopping SR500,000 fine, a year in jail, or both. This is according to lawyer Khaled Al-Babatain, who told a local publication that the definition of spying under current laws include...
Dubai: Mobility of foreign workers from one employer to another in the UAE as well as movement between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries might become a reality soon, officials said on Wednesday. Also, a proposal to set up a virtual market place that will include a database of names, nationalities...
Stealing is not a crime, ruled Italy’s highest court this week — when small amounts of food are taken in desperate need. The ruling was in the case a homeless man named Roman Ostriakov, who in 2011 was caught stealing a sausage and some cheese from a Genoa supermarket. Ostriakov had...
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the business hours of all transport-related services in Dubai during the Al Israa Wal Miraaj holiday, including customers' service centres, paid parking zones, public buses, Dubai metro and tram services, marine transit modes, driving schools; and vehicle testing and registration centres. "All customer...
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has stepped up deportations of expatriate workers this year, a newspaper in the Gulf emirate reported Friday, with most expelled for outstaying their residency permits but others sent home for traffic offenses. In the first four months of the year, authorities deported 14,400 expats, compared with 26,600...
The paid vacation days in America are horrible compared to that of other countries. Vacation deprivation is causing depression in some people. Additionally, the law does not require the U.S. employers to give their employees paid time off. These are some of the questions that will get addressed: Why...
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratistion (MOHRE) have started making necessary arrangements that will enable workers to sign job offers back home. Work visas will be issued via Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation service centres to issue entry work...
Dubai: The UAE Vision System, a new visa system which allows residents to apply and renew visas directly through typing centres without the need of visiting the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), has been officially adopted by a number of typing centres in Dubai. One such centre...
All Dubai businesses will be required to implement mandatory health insurance for their employees by the end of June, a senior official has said. Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, director of public health funding at Dubai Health Authority, said that the third and final phase of the scheme, which covers smaller...
NEW YORK Apple is saying no to the government — again. In a legal filing late Friday, the tech giant argued it should not be compelled to aid federal law enforcement officials who seek to extract data from a confessed methamphetamine trafficker's iPhone because they have not exhausted all...
Dubai: Residents need to look for the Amer logo when visiting typing centres for visa-related transactions. The Amer logo will be a clear indication that the typing centre is approved by the authorities, a General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) official said on Monday. With the unveiling of the...
Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Marri, Director General of GDRFA, said residents will not be required any more to visit the GDRFA headquarters or any of its external branches in order to apply for any visa or residency-related transaction. The transactions include applying for visa, renewing residency, applying for new...
In a bid to create non-oil revenue streams amidst falling oil prices, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is also contemplating a 'permanent residency' system for the large expatriate population in the country. In an exclusive interview to Bloomberg News, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been spearheading the...
Abu Dhabi roads will soon get radar systems aimed at preserving the environment by monitoring noise levels of vehicles and excessive use of horns. The radar will automatically measure the intensity of noise produced by a passing vehicle. If the noise ratio is higher than the allowed limit, the radar...
A new law that allows flexible timings for employees during bad weather needs to be introduced, members of the Federal National Council (FNC) heard on Tuesday morning at the FNC headquarters in the Capital. Hamad Ahmed Al Rahoumi, FNC member from Dubai, raised the issue to Hussain bin Ibrahim Al...
A man who posted a Twitter message about confronting a Muslim woman over the Brussels terror attacks has been arrested by police. Matthew Doyle is being questioned on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after the purported encounter in Croydon, south London. A message posted on his Twitter page on Wednesday morning...
Forrmer Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was found guilty Thursday of genocide in the 44-month siege of Sarajevo during the 1990s, and nine other war crimes. Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys died during the siege in Srebrenica in 1995, making it the worst war atrocity in Europe since World...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Florida jury sided with ex-pro wrestler Hulk Hogan on Friday and awarded him $115 million in his sex tape lawsuit against Gawker Media. The jurors reached the decision less than six hours after they began deliberations. Hogan was awarded $55 for economic injuries and $65...
Parking fees in Dubai have been revised, according to a resolution issued by Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and the Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. The resolution outlines a new tariff for select controlled public parking areas. The resolution aims to encourage...
(Reuters) - Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a Missouri state jury to pay $72 million of damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the company's talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades. In a...
A woman from Italy could be jailed for up to six years because she does not do enough housework, according to Italian media. The 40-year-old, from Sonnino in the Lazio region, is being taken to court by her husband. He claims that her management of household chores is of a low...
Denmark's parliament has voted in favour of seizing the assets of asylum seekers to help pay for their stay. The controversial law is part of a package of immigration reforms designed to make Denmark less appealing for migrants. The new measures, which also delay family reunions by increasing the waiting period...
Ministry of Labour (MoL) will stop issuing work permits to establishments that do not provide proper accommodation to workers. Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash said: "The ministry of labour is going ahead with implementing its policies, which also entitles the ministry to deny issuance of new work permits...
Companies have the right to monitor their workers’ online private messages, a court has ruled. The European Court of Human Rights made the ruling on a case involving a Romanian engineer who was fired after using Yahoo Messenger not only to communicate with professional contacts, but also to send messages...
Holders of special and service passports issued by the UAE will be exempted from visa requirements to enter the People's Republic of China as of January 11, 2016, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today. Ahmed Saeed Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs, MoFA, announced the visa waiver after...
The UAE has revoked the condition of a one-month gap for renewing visit visas. People on such visas will no longer need to exit the country to get an extension of their stay here. They can now do it by paying Dh570 and stay for a month more without...
The new Ministry of Labour (MoL) rules regarding employment contracts, termination and work permits will come into force starting today. As per the new rules, a six-month labour ban will not be imposed on an employee, if he/she and the employer opt for mutual termination of job contract. The new...
From January 2016 a new set of labour laws will be enforced in the country that are expected to offer a more secure work environment to all employees. There will be no more harassment and manipulation of terms by employers of blue-collar workers, according to the Ministry of Labour. Issued by...
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