Friday 6 May 2016

Rebels capture strategic village near Aleppo, 73 killed

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Friday reported that insurgent groups captured a strategically important village from government forces in fierce fighting south of Aleppo that killed 73 people. The insurgents, including the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, on Thursday laun


SpaceX rocket launches satellite, makes swift return

An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Friday to put a communications satellite into orbit, then made a swift return landing on an ocean platform, a live webcast showed. It was the second successful landing at sea for entrepreneur Elon Musk's Space Exp


Abu Dhabi to host Interpol’s World Bureau HQ

The UAE Ministry of Interior and the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) have signed a joint declaration paving the way for Abu Dhabi to host the Interpol Foundation’s World Bureau headquarters. The joint declaration was signed by Brigadier Hamad Ajlan Al


15 projects selected as Wise Awards finalists

Qatar's World Innovation Summit for Education (Wise) has revealed the names of 15 projects selected as 2016 Wise Awards finalists. Inaugurated by Qatar Foundation in 2009, under the leadership of its chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the Wise Awards identify


Turkey on verge of completing process for EU visa deal

Turkey is on the verge of completing the necessary work to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the European Union, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday after parliament passed new legislation overnight. The 28-nation EU depends on Ankara's cooperati


Low-calorie frozen dessert launched in Bahrain

Bahrain-based organic food supplier Orjinal Health Care has launched Naturally Smart, range of low-calorie, gluten-free frozen desserts in the kingdom, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication. To read further, please visit


UN to inspect commercial shipments to Yemen

The United Nations will start inspecting shipments to rebel-held ports in Yemen in a bid to boost commercial imports and enforce an arms embargo, the world body said on Tuesday. The United Nations will start inspecting shipments to rebel-held ports in Yemen in a bid to boost comm


Qatar testing turf able to survive desert sun

Critics say Qatar will be too hot to host the 2022 World Cup but it is determined to prove the grass is no greener elsewhere. Beyond the air-conditioned stadiums now slowly rising from the greyer dust, how to keep the football pitches from withering away in the desert sun is a ch


Solar-powered plane lands in Arizona

A solar-powered airplane midway through a historic bid to circle the globe completed the 10th leg of its journey on Monday, landing in Arizona after a 16-hour flight from California, the project team said. The Swiss team flying the aircraft in a campaign to build support for clea


Three bombs in Baghdad kill 14

Three bombs went off in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people, including Shi'ite Muslim worshippers conducting an annual pilgrimage inside the capital, police and medical sources said. The largest blast, from a parked car bomb in the Saydiya district of sou

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