Sunday 19 April 2015

Saudi vows $274m in humanitarian aid to Yemen

Saudi Arabia yesterday (April 18) pledged to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the UN for conflict-torn Yemen, a report said. The UN says hundreds of people have died and thousands of families fled their homes in the war, which has also killed six Saudi


Obama to meet with GCC leaders on May 13-14

President Barack Obama will meet with leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council countries at the White House on May 13 and at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland the following day, the White House said on Friday. The summit, to include leaders from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman,


Iran submits four-point Yemen peace plan to UN

Iran's foreign minister on Friday submitted a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlining a four-point peace plan for Yemen, where Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have been targeted for three weeks by Saudi-led air strikes. The plan, which Foreign Minister Mohammad Java


New Yemen VP hopes to avert Saudi ground campaign

Yemen's newly-appointed Vice President Khaled Bahah, a widely respected figure named this week to shore up the legitimacy of the exiled Saudi-backed government, said on Thursday he hoped to avert a Saudi-led invasion to restore unity to the country. Arab military exercises pl


Bahrain ‘committed to protect human rights’

Bahrain has criticised Amnesty International and expressed disappointment with its latest report. The government received Amnesty’s report and is reviewing its contents, including a series of allegations and recommendations, a statement said in a report in the Gulf Dail


Daniel Craig appointed as UN’s global mine action advocate

Daniel Craig, an English actor who won international acclaim playing James Bond, has been appointed as the first United Nations Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards. The UN’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement during a brief ce


Bahrain backs 'crucial' UN vote on Yemen

Bahrain has strongly backed a UN resolution on Yemen as crucial. Adoption of Resolution 2216 "is a crucial and necessary step to restore security and stability of Yemen and preserve its territorial unity and integrity," said a statement in the Gulf Daily News (GDN),


Egypt, Saudi plan major military manoeuvre

Egypt said it and Saudi Arabia had discussed holding a "major military manoeuvre" in Saudi Arabia with other Gulf states, following talks on the progress of the three-week-old Saudi-led campaign of air strikes against the Houthis in Yemen. The statement from the Egyptia


New advisory council formed to enhance innovation in UAE

Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI) has formed an international advisory council to enhance innovation role of the UAE. It will include global experts in the field of innovation to help enrich the centre with experience and innovative ideas and support i


‘Quinoa Open Day’ in Sharjah addresses food security issues

The UAE’s Ministry of Environment and Water organised the ‘Quinoa Open Day’ at Agriculture Innovation Center (AIC) today (April 14) in the Agriculture Innovation Center, Al Dhaid, Sharjah. The day aimed at highlighting the importance of quinoa, a leading agricul

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