Sunday 21 December 2014

Egypt receives 10 Apache helicopters from US

Egypt received 10 Apache helicopters from the US in the past week, security sources said on Saturday, a sign of easing tensions between the long-time allies confronting Islamist extremism across the region. The United States originally announced in April that it had decided to li


Dubai Police joins Smart Government service

Dubai Smart Government Department said Dubai Police has joined its new MyID service for ensuring a single sign-on to and interacting with Dubai government services through smart phones or the Internet in collaboration with Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA), bringing to 10 the number of entitie


Iraq wins one-year reprieve on Gulf War reparations

A United Nations body has agreed to let Iraq postpone its final payment of reparations to Kuwait for the 1990-91 Gulf War, in an effort to help ease Baghdad's cash-strapped budget. The consensus decision, reached by major powers at the UN Compensation Commission (UNCC), means


India plans to offer nuclear insurance

India is offering to set up an insurance pool to indemnify global nuclear suppliers against liability in the case of a nuclear accident, in a bid to unblock billions of dollars in trade held up by concerns over exposure to risk. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is ho


Fifa ready to publish full Garcia report

Fifa's executive committee has unanimously agreed to publish an "appropriate" version of a report into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cups but said Russia and Qatar would still stage the tournaments. "The decision which has been taken on December 2


Bahrain mulls new terror law

The draft of an amended law on protecting society from terrorist acts will be on the agenda of parliament, said a report. The proposed legislation is among 62 law decrees referred by the government to the legislative authority, said a report in our sister paper Akhbar Al Khal


Qatar awards $2.4 billion order for Patriot missiles

US weapons maker Raytheon has won a contract valued at $2.4 billion to supply 10 Patriot missile defence systems to Qatar, which is beefing up its defences to counter a growing perceived threat from Iran. The long-awaited contract, announced late Friday by the US Department of De


Suicide bombers kill at least 7 in Yemen port

Suicide attackers set off two car bombs in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeida on Thursday, killing themselves and seven other people, sources in the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement and medical officials told Reuters. Three other suspected bombers were killed by members o


Bahrain to be showcased at global expo

Bahrain will be showcased to the world at a major international exhibition set to be held in Italy next year. Expo 2015 is the next scheduled Universal Exposition - also known as a world's fair - to be hosted by Milan from May 1 to October 31, said a report in the Gulf Da


New Saudi law forces taxi firms to install Easy Taxi

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Transport has issued a new law that forces taxi firms to install communication and tracking systems in their vehicles in order to reduce and eventually stop the roaming of cabs in the streets. Easy Taxi, a leading taxi e-hailing service, has found

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