ISIL claims 'caliphate' from Aleppo to Diyala

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(Iraq) - The Al Qaeda breakaway group that has seized much of northern Syria and huge tracks of neighboring Iraq formally declared the creation of an Islamic state in the territory under its control. In a sign of the group’s confidence,…

Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi airport hits record

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A two-fold increase in daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Mumbai puts the Indian city in the list of top five destinations for the first time. Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport for the month of May 2014 recorded a 27.4…

Beyonce unveils wedding video

Beyonce and Jay Z unveiled footage of their wedding for the first time on Wednesday during the opening night of their 'On the Run' tour. The couple who have two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy together - tied the knot in a small ceremony in April…

No price hike in Ramadan without MoE approval

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(Abu Dhabi) - Suppliers and retailers cannot increase prices of essential consumer commodities during the holy month of Ramadan without written consent by the authorities, Minister of Economy H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri has said. Presiding…

U.A.E. Water Aid campaign kicks off

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Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. As little as Dh25 from you can help reverse this. The U.A.E. aims to help prevent deaths caused by unsafe drinking water through a nationwide campaign called the U.A.E. Water Aid…

EU gives Russia 3 days on Ukraine

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EU leaders gave Russia three days to change policy on Ukraine or face the prospect of tougher sanctions as Kiev said it would consider a ceasefire extension with pro-Moscow rebels. In a statement, the 28 European Union leaders said Moscow…

Dubai Int'l Holy Quran Award starts June 29th

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(Dubai) - The 18th edition of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award, slated to kick off on Sunday June 29th, expects at least 87 contestants and its first ever Emirati arbitrator. "The committee has contacted over 120 countries and communities…

US Middle East peace envoy Martin resigns

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US Middle East peace envoy Martin Indyk has resigned following the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a US official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not provide a reason for Indyk’s departure, which…

Ramadan begins in UAE on June 29

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The UAE Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee has announced that the holy month of Ramadan in the UAE for the Hijri year 1435 will begin on Sunday, June 29, 2014. H.E. Dr Hadef bin Jowan Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Moon…

Jackson fans mark icon's 5th death anniversary

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(Glendale) - Dozens of Michael Jackson fans laid heaps of flowers at the mausoleum where the pop icon is interred, to mark the 5th anniversary of his death. Around 100 fans, some dressed as the self-proclaimed King of Pop, gathered at the…

US actor Eli Wallach dead at 98

(Washington) - The prolific American actor Eli Wallach, known by many for his role in the western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" as part of a career spanning six decades, has died at the age of 98. Wallach´s death was confirmed by his…

Inflation strains mount for new India govt

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New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promises to revive the economy face a gathering threat from inflation, which is creeping up again due to oil prices, weak monsoon rains and hoarding. Food inflation, one of the reasons voters resoundingly…

PM meets British Secretary of State for Defence

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(Dubai) - Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum received in Dubai British Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond who is visiting the UAE as part of a regional tour.…

Iraq PM rules out national emergency govt

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(Baghdad) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki ruled out forming a national emergency government to confront a militant offensive that has overrun large parts of the country. “The call to form a national emergency government is a coup…