Thursday, January 17, 2019
Turkish civil society organizations active in Somalia show marked differences with their Western counterparts, as the former donate directly to Somalia rather than through international bodies and have a presence in the country for no other purpose than helping “their brothers and sisters in Somalia,” the country's minister for...
Visit by Google Chairman May Benefit North Korea
BEIJING — As a work of propaganda, the images that North Koreacirculated this week showing Google’s executive chairman, Eric E. Schmidt, touring a high-tech incubation center are hard to beat. With former Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico at his side, Mr. Schmidt, who is fond of describing the Internet as the enemy of...
Worst storms in decade freeze Mideast
BEIRUT: The worst storms in a decade left swathes of Jordan and Israel under a blanket of snow and parts of Lebanon blacked out yesterday, bringing misery to a region accustomed to temperate climates. Freezing temperatures and floods since Sunday across the region have claimed at least 11 lives and...
Half of world food goes waste
LONDON: Up to half of all the food produced worldwide ends up going to waste due to poor harvesting, storage and transport methods as well as irresponsible retailer and consumer behavior, a report said yesterday. The world produces about four billion metric tons of food a year but 1.2 to 2...
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...
Abu Dhabi's 500 million gallon-a-day question: where is the water going?
ABU DHABI // It’s the 500 million gallon question – where does Abu Dhabi’s potable water go? A trial expected to start this year could shed more light on why, of all the potable water produced daily in the emirate, less than a quarter returns to the sewage-treatment system. Investigators plan...
Bank Hacking Was the Work of Iranians, Officials Say
SAN FRANCISCO — The attackers hit one American bank after the next. As in so many previous attacks, dozens of online banking sites slowed, hiccupped or ground to a halt before recovering several minutes later. But there was something disturbingly different about the wave of online attacks on American banks...
Dozens Injured in Ferry Accident in Lower Manhattan
A ferry crashed as it was docking in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning, injuring several dozen passengers, according to fire officials. The cause of the accident, which occurred around 8:45 a.m. at Pier 11, at South Street and Gouverneur Lane, was not immediately clear, according to a spokesman for the...
World’s first subway marks 150 years
The world’s first subway system marked its 150th anniversary Wednesday, with reports showing conditions way back when were much as they are today: Busy, congested and stressful for passengers.   “The constant cry, as the trains arrived, of ‘no room,’ appeared to have a very depressing effect upon those assembled,” The...
OECD says inflation slows sharply
PARIS — Annual inflation slowed to 1.9 percent in November in industrialised countries, a drop of 0.3 percent from the level in the year to October, thanks to moderating oil prices, the OECD said on Wednesday.   “This easing in the annual rate of inflation mainly reflected slower growth in energy...
Call to invest Dh4b in private education in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi: Nearly Dh4 billion must be invested into private education to ensure that there are enough schools in the emirate of Abu Dhabi by 2020, senior education officials announced in the capital on Tuesday. The investment must be directed at setting up about 100 schools that offer quality education...
Agitated over two Indian soldier  killing by Pakistani troops in a daring act of intrusion along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday demanded Defence Minister A.K. Antony's resignation . Slamming the UPA government on its inept handling of diplomatic relations with Pakistan,...
Retired US Army General Stanley McChrystal, who once commanded all American forces in Afghanistan, has questioned the widespread use of unmanned aerial drones in the War on Terror. McChrystal, 58, acknowledged that drones cause seething hatred of the United States and cautioned that their overuse could threaten US strategic objectives...
THE Turkish government and jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan have agreed on a roadmap to end a three-decade-old insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, media reports say. The deal was reached during a new round of talks between Ankara and Ocalan and aims to have the...
'I will die if I go home' - UAE visa amnesty is not an option for all
DUBAI // Many illegal residents say they would rather continue to work odd jobs than go home before the Government’s two-month amnesty expires on February 4. ohammed Riazuddin, 26, is one. "What's the point in going back?" asked the Bangladeshi, who earns as much as Dh1,200 a month working as a...
Gulf Cup: UAE women attending match causes a stir on Twitter
Social media erupted with hundreds of comments from Emiratis supporting or criticising as many 25 women who were scheduled to fly to Bahrain on Tuesday to see the UAE's Gulf Cup match with the host country. Nasreen Ali Darwish, the president of the Women's Committee of the UAE Cycling Federation, approached the...
Four people are dead after a police standoff involving a gunman in the U.S. city of Aurora, Colorado, the site of a deadly mass shooting at a movie theater last year. Police say the suspect in Saturday's shooting barricaded himself inside a house before he was shot and killed when...
Vittorio Missoni, commercial and marketing director of the Missoni fashion house,  is missing after his plane disappeared in Venezuela on Friday. The 58-year-old son of the Italian house's founders was on the small plane with five other people, including his wife Maurizia Castiglioni and two longtime friends, when it went off...
The apparently fabricated story of a Saudi cleric issuing a fatwa condoning gang rapes in Syria is an object lesson in the pitfalls of breakneck online journalism. Editor’s note: On January 2, AlterNet was one of several outlets that published what turned out to be an article based on a...
WASHINGTON – The Senate, in a pre-dawn vote two hours after the deadline passed to avert automatic tax increases, overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday that would allow tax rates to rise only on affluent Americans while temporarily suspending sweeping, across-the-board spending cuts. The deal, worked out in furious negotiations between Vice...
HAJVAZI, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Forensic experts have found 10 bodies as they began to excavate a mass grave where Muslim Bosniaks killed during the 1995 massacre in the eastern town of Srebrenica are believed to have been hidden. Srebrenica was the worst massacre in Europe since World War II and took...
Bosnia’s NGOs have marked September 21, International Peace Day, with an event in Sarajevo called “Peace Starts with a Smile“.   More than a 100 children, teenagers, activists and, representatives from a wide range of civil society organizations gathered in front of Sarajevo's cathedral to symbolically mark International Peace Day by...
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has warned that population growth in Bosnia and Herzegovina is very slow and has delivered a message to Bosnian families that they should be having at least five children, during a visit to the country's capital of Sarajevo. Speaking at Sarajevo University on Saturday,...