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Surge in Chinese, Russian visitors pushes Dubai towards 20mn mark

Surge in Chinese, Russian visitors pushes Dubai towards 20mn mark

The number of Chinese and Russian visitors to Dubai surged in the first three months of the year, boosted by the United Arab Emirates’ recent decision to grant visas on arrival to citizens of the two countries.

Etihad Airways backs UAE ‘Year of Giving’ initiative

Etihad Airways backs UAE ‘Year of Giving’ initiative

Etihad Airways yesterday confirmed that it would donate one dirham from every flight ticket sold in the UAE in 2017 towards the UAE’s ‘Year of Giving’ causes.

US-backed forces enter key militant-held Syria town

US-backed forces enter key militant-held Syria town

A US-backed alliance of forces entered the key militant-held town of Tabqa yesterday as they pursued their campaign against the Islamic State group in northern Syria.

Palestinian leader on hunger strike sees health decline: NGO

Palestinian leader on hunger strike sees health decline: NGO

Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti’s health has declined seriously over the past week after he joined a hunger strike with more than 1,000 other prisoners in Israel, an NGO said yesterday.

ICC unveils arrest warrant for ex-Gaddafi security chief

ICC unveils arrest warrant for ex-Gaddafi security chief

International judges on Monday unsealed an arrest warrant for Libya's former security chief, accusing him of carrying out war crimes in 2011 to quash opposition to late dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Dubai Mall briefly plunged into darkness by power outage

Dubai Mall briefly plunged into darkness by power outage

A power outage briefly plunged the glitzy Dubai Mall, one of the world's largest shopping centres, into darkness on Monday, Dubai's government media office and a local newspaper reported.

US Treasury sanctions Syrian officials over sarin gas attack

US Treasury sanctions Syrian officials over sarin gas attack

The US government imposed "sweeping sanctions" on Syrian officials in response to what the US says was a sarin gas attack on civilians earlier this month, the Treasury Department announced on Monday.

flydubai to increase flights to Russia after UAE visa changes

flydubai to increase flights to Russia after UAE visa changes

State-owned budget airline flydubai will increase capacity to Russia by up to 50% from September partly in response to a new visa system for Russian citizens travelling to the United Arab Emirates.

Israel probe clears officer who shot teen attackers

Israel probe clears officer who shot teen attackers

An Israeli criminal investigation has cleared a policeman who shot two Palestinian teenage girls when they stabbed a man with scissors in 2015, the justice ministry said Monday.

Iranian court rejects final appeal of British-Iranian charity worker

Iranian court rejects final appeal of British-Iranian charity worker

Iran's Supreme Court has upheld a five-year jail sentence for a British-Iranian charity worker who was convicted on unspecified charges relating to national security, her husband said on Monday.

US-backed forces enter major jihadist-held Syria town

US-backed forces enter major jihadist-held Syria town

A US-backed alliance of Arab-Kurdish forces entered the key jihadist-held town of Tabqa on Monday as they pursued their campaign against the Islamic State group in northern Syria.

Palestinian leader on hunger strike sees health decline: NGO

Palestinian leader on hunger strike sees health decline: NGO

Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti's health has declined seriously over the past week after he joined a hunger strike with more than 1,000 other prisoners in Israel, an NGO said Monday.

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