Ireland continues to suffer from its false implication in the high profile assassination of a militant in Dubai more than three years ago. Hamas commander Mahmoud Al Mabhouh was on a visit to the UAE on his way to China from Damascus. Twenty seven suspects were named by Dubai Police and it soon became apparent most of them were carrying passports belonging to citizens of other countries. ...
It is an event "of cosmic proportions", said one Palestinian academic, a befitting description of Stephen Hawking's decision to boycott an Israeli academic conference slated for next June. It was also a decisive moral call which was communicated by the Cambridge University, where Hawking is a professor, on May 8. Hawking is a world-renowned cosmologist and physicist. His scientific work had ...
Damac Properties has begun handing over apartments in its long-awaited Oceanscape project in Abu Dhabi. Most investors bought apartments off-the-plan in 2006, paying 30% of their purchase price in the first 120 days of reserving their property. After seven years Damac has finally finished the project, one of its first and probably last Abu Dhabi ventures. Despite being four years late, ...
The chief of Lebanon's Hezbollah says his group will not stand by while the neighboring government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is attacked. Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Saturday Hezbollah was fighting in Syria to protect Lebanon from the threat of radical Islamists. It was the first time Nasrallah has publicly confirmed Hezbollah's fighting presence in Syria. The ...
ISTANBUL Next month's Washington - Moscow talks to end the Syrian conflict appear in doubt. The Syrian opposition, at a meeting in Istanbul, remains divided on electing new leadership and it is still unclear if the opposition will attend the talks. Western backers of the opposition are pushing for a broader and more diverse leadership. But attempts to weaken the power of the Islamist ...
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As I finished watching Revenge of the Nerds, it occurred to me that I had no idea where the word nerd came from. According to The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology, nerd is listed as originating around 1965 in hot-rod and surfing slang, although it was in oral use prior to 1955. It originally meant "a foolish or ineffectual person," and it derives from the si ... ...
Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Saturday discussed bilateral issues, including the Nitaqat law, with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Saud Al Faisal as the Indian missions there scrambled to help over 55,000 Indian workers leave the kingdom in adherence to its new stringent work policy. Addressing a joint press conference with his Saudi Arabian counterpart, Khurshid thanked ...
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi denied Saturday that Iran has dispatched any military forces to Syria, reported Xinhua citing the semi-official Fars news agency. "The Islamic republic of Iran has not sent and will not dispatch any military forces to Syria," Vahidi said, adding that Tehran only supports consolidation of peace and tranquillity in Syria and in the ...
President Barack Obama's speech on the use of drones and the fate of Guantanamo prisoners has been welcomed by two key countries affected by the policies - Pakistan and Yemen. At the same time, Pakistani officials criticized Obama for not announcing an end to drone strikes against Islamic militants in the country in his landmark speech on Thursday, as they have long demanded. According to the ...
Central Bank of Oman Total lending by Oman's commercial banks grew 8.7 per cent in the first quarter of this year to RO14.28bn as compared to RO13.14bn a year ago, statistics released by the Central Bank of Oman (CBO) showed.Year-on-year credit growth was nearly 20 per cent in the first quarter of 2012, which slowed to a single-digit gain in the first quarter of 2013. On a sequential basis, ...
Surrounded by regional crises, Jordan's greatest challenge remains its chronic energy woes, with officials racing to develop local alternative resources to reign in skyrocketing electricity subsidies.With few natural resources, Jordan has long been heavily reliant on external energy sources, importing some 98 per cent of the fuel needed to generate electricity, at a cost of nearly ...
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The chief of Lebanon's Hezbollah says his group will not stand by while the neighboring government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is attacked.
Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Saturday Hezbollah was fighting in Syria to protect Lebanon from the threat of radical Islamists. It was the first time Nasrallah has publicly confirmed Hezbollah's fighting presence in Syria.
The speech was given as Syrian troops and fighters from Lebanon-based Hezbollah were carrying out the heaviest barrage of gunfire yet in a week-long battle to re-take the strategic town of Qusair from rebel fighters.
The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday's violence killed 22 people.
Rebels are fighting to hold Qusair as a means of protecting their supply lines to Lebanon.
Meanwhile, in Istanbul, the Syrian opposition remains deadlocked on electing a new leadership and president. During three days of talks Western backers of the opposition are pushing for broader leadership, but attempts to weaken the power of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood in the Syrian National Coalition have so far failed.
In Jordan Saturday, Senator John McCain called for Washington to arm some Syrian rebel groups. ...
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