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UNHRC urged to probe Sri Lanka 'war crimes'

Geneva, Feb 20 (IANS) Human Rights Watch Wednesday urged the UN Human Rights Council to launch "an independent, international investigation into war crimes" committed in the final months of the Sri Lankan conflict.

N-test self-defence against US threat: North Korea

Geneva, Feb 20 (IANS) The nuclear test Feb 12 was a "self-defence" measure in reaction to America's ever increasing threat, a North Korean diplomat said here.

South Africa to retain ICC Test mace

Dubai, Feb 18 (IANS) South Africa has been guaranteed the number-one position on the ICC Test Championship table at the April 1 cut-off date after victory in the Cape Town Test against Pakistan.

India invites UAE investments in infrastructure

Dubai, Feb 17 (IANS) Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma Sunday urged the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund and UAE-based companies to invest in India's infrastructure sector, especially in aviation, telecom, ports and road transport.

Nestle's net profit goes up

Geneva, Feb 15 (IANS) Swiss food giant Nestle has announced a net profit of 10.6 billion Swiss francs (about $11.5 billion) for 2012, an increase of 11.6 percent from the previous year.

Dubai's 'Car Free Day' helps reduce carbon emission

Dubai, Feb 15 (IANS/WAM) The fourth annual "Car Free Day" organised by the Dubai Municipality helped reduce 14 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission.

Sharjah ruler issues new laws on water, hygiene

Sharjah, Feb 13 (IANS/WAM) Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah in the UAE, has issued new laws on preserving water and maintaining hygiene in the emirate.

Dubai airport's A380 concourse fully operational

Dubai, Feb 11 (IANS) Dubai airport chief executive Paul Griffiths has said the world's first concourse exclusively for Airbus A380 "superjumbo" has been completed and is now fully operational.

US should act to protect children in conflict

Geneva, Feb 6 (IANS) The US should promptly carry out the recommendations of a UN panel of experts to improve protection of children abroad from armed conflict, Human Rights Watch has said.

Swiss jewellery exports rise

Geneva, Feb 6 (IANS/EFE) The value of Swiss jewellery exports climbed 10.9 percent last year to 21.4 billion francs ($23.5 billion) despite the economic crisis, the Swiss Jewellery Industry Federation said Tuesday.

Eithad Airways in due diligence over Jet deal

Abu Dbahi/New Delhi, Feb 4 (IANS) Etihad Airways expects to complete its due diligence into a possible buy-out of stakes in Jet Airways by next week, a top company official said Monday.

UAE women students to get training in Scotland

Dubai, Feb 3 (IANS/WAM) A total of 48 women students from various universities of the UAE will visit Scotland to receive training in multi-culturalism and leadership.

420,000 people need immediate assistance in Syria: UN

Geneva, Feb 1 (IANS) The Unicef Friday said around 420,000 people, half of them children, need immediate humanitarian assistance in western Syria's Homs region.

New Zealand gets $1.8m from ICC

Dubai, Jan 31 (IANS) New Zealand Cricket (NZC) was allocated $1.8 million by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday for next three years to develop the sport in the country.

Amla stakes claim for No.1 Test ranking

Dubai, Jan 30 (IANS) South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has an opportunity to claim the number-one ranking on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings for Test batsmen for the first time in his career when he takes to the field against Pakistan in the first Test of the three-match series in Johannesburg from Thursday.

India donates $2.5 mn for Syrian refugees

Kuwait City, Jan 30 (IANS) India Wednesday pledged a donation of $2.5 million as humanitarian assistance for over two million Syrians displaced by the ongoing conflict in the country.

International property show to be held in UAE

Dubai, Jan 29 (IANS/WAM) The ninth edition of the International Property Show (IPS) will begin here in the UAE in April. India, Pakistan and China will take part in the event.

India taking part in Syria donors conference

Kuwait City, Jan 29 (IANS) India along with 54 other countries are taking part in a UN-sponsored conference here Wednesday to raise $1.5 billion to save millions hit by Syria's bloody civil war.

Russia's new stance on Syria hailed by rebels

Dubai, Jan 29 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) Tuesday said it considers Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's statement on Syria as a "new stance" that will speed up the ouster of Bashar al-Assad regime.

Raina breaks into top 10 for first time

Dubai, Jan 28 (IANS) India batsman Suresh Raina has broken into the top-10 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Player Rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time in his career.

Ethiopians sweep podium at Dubai Marathon

Dubai, Jan 25 (IANS) Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa won the 14th Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon Friday in a tight and foggy race which saw all male and female medallists coming from the East African country.

Swiss exhibition showcases role of windows in art

Geneva, Jan 25 (IANS/EFE) An exhibition at Switzerland's Fondation de l'Hermitage in Lausanne showcases 150 works of art from the 15th century to the present day, analyzing the use of windows to frame landscapes in paintings, transforming a frame and marking the interior and exterior boundaries.

Mourinho must heal Real's rifts: Salgado

Dubai, Jan 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Manager Jose Mourinho must repair his frayed relationships with the Real Madrid squad if the team are to have any hope of rescuing their season, former right-back Michel Salgado said Sunday.

De Villiers receives two-match ban

Dubai, Jan 20 (IANS) South Africa captain AB de Villiers has been suspended for two ODIs while his players have been fined 100-per-cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate during their one-wicket defeat against New Zealand in the first one-dayer in Paarl Saturday.

Mali fighting: Refugee count could rise to 700,000

Geneva, Jan 19 (IANS) Predicting a worsening of West Africa's refugee situation, a UN agency says up to 700,000 people are expected to be uprooted by the ongoing turmoil in Mali.

Dubai launches campaign to help deaf drivers

Dubai, Jan 17 (IANS/WAM) The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai has launched an initiative to sensitise road users to deaf drivers and alert motorists to vehicles driven by people with hearing disabilities.

Drug ring busted in UAE

Dubai, Jan 16 (IANS/WAM) Anti-narcotics police teams in the UAE have busted a gang of notorious drug traffickers in an operation dubbed "Desert Fox", Dubai Police said.

Emirates launches 'Arabian Adventures'

Dubai, Jan 15 (IANS/WAM) The Emirates airline group has launched a wide range of sightseeing tours, desert safaris and attractions with a new website called "Arabian Adventures".

British security group to visit UAE

Dubai, Jan 14 (IANS/WAM) Delegates from a British security organisation will visit Dubai to talk to prospective partners and customers about the best practices in law enforcement, counter-terrorism and border security.

Siriwardena confident about change of fortunes

Dubai, Jan 13 (IANS) Sri Lanka captain Shashikala Siriwardena is confident of change of fortunes for her side during the upcoming ICC Women's World Cup to be held in India.

Bates backs New Zealand to win ICC Women's World Cup

Dubai, Jan 11 (IANS) New Zealand captain Suzie Bates believes her side's meticulous preparation will stand them in good stead during the upcoming ICC Women's World Cup in India.

India can regain No.1 spot in ODIs

Dubai, Jan 9 (IANS) World champions India can regain their No.1 spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI Championship table if they can whitewash England in the five-match One-day International (ODI) series starting Jan 11 in Rajkot.

Tough challenge for South Africa in women's World Cup: Captain

Dubai, Jan 9 (IANS) South African cricket captain Mignon du Preez has said the competition in the ICC Women's World Cup will be tough but her team has both the talent and skills to do well.

Cheese made from camel milk to hit UAE markets

Dubai, Jan 4 (IANS/WAM) The UAE's first commercial batch of cheese made from camel's milk is expected to hit supermarket shelves soon after a year of test production.

South Africa look to strengthen No.1 Test ranking

Dubai, Dec 31 (IANS) South Africa will begin the New Year by aiming to strengthen their No.1 status in the ICC Test Championship Table, when they play a two-match series against New Zealand from Jan 2 at Cape Town.

McGrath to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

Dubai, Dec 31 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday announced that former Australia pace bowler Glenn McGrath will be inducted into its Cricket Hall of Fame Jan 4 during the lunch interval of the third Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Sydney.

UAE group wins at Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Sharjah, Dec 30 (IANS/WAM) The Kalimat Publishing House from Sharjah has won the best cookbook translation award in the UAE at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2012.

Narine into top 10 in T20 rankings

Dubai, Dec 30 (IANS/CMC) West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine has broken into the top 10 of the latest International Cricket Council Twenty20 player rankings.

Kohli at career-best fifth in ICC T20I batting rankings

Dubai, Dec 29 (IANS) India's Virat Kohli jumped five places to a career-best fifth in the latest ICC T20I batsmen rankings released Saturday.

ICC expresses sadness over Greig's death

Dubai, Dec 29 (IANS) International Crciket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson expressed his sadness on hearing the news that former England captain and commentator Tony Greig passed away in Sydney Saturday.

Clarke reaches 900-point landmark

Dubai, Dec 29 (IANS) Australia captain Michael Clarke has reached a career-best 900-points in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test batsmen rankings after his side's innings and 201 runs win against Sri Lanka in Melbourne.

India aim for No.1 spot in ODIs

Dubai, Dec 28 (IANS) India will aim to claim the No.1 spot in the ICC One-Day Internationals rankings table for the first time ever when they square off against Pakistan in a three-match series from Dec 30 in Chennai.

Dubai Duty Free sales soar

Dubai, Dec 24 (IANS) The sales of Dubai Duty Free shops have hit an all-time high even as the air traffic hub's special terminal for Airbus A380 planes is set to open in early 2013.

Syrian opposition denies targeting Russians

Dubai, Dec 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Syria's opposition coalition has denied it has declared "open season" on Russian nationals.

Syrian rebels free to target Russians: Leader

Dubai, Dec 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A prominent leader of the Syrian opposition abroad has called Russian and Iranian citizens "a legitimate target for opposition militants in Syria".

Clarke regains top spot in Test rankings, no Indian in top-20

Dubai, Dec 18 (IANS) Australia captain Michael Clarke has reclaimed the top spot in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen while no Indian figures in the top-20 of the list.

139 journalists killed on the job in 2012

Geneva, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) A total of 139 journalists from 29 countries lost their lives while doing their job in 2012, a 30-percent increase over 2011, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) said Monday.

England consolidate position as No.2 in Tests

Dubai, Dec 17 (IANS) England's first Test series win in India since 1984-85 has helped them consolidate their second position on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship table.

Mahesh Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt introduce new talent Aaryan

Dubai, Dec 17 (IANS) It was a launch a newcomer would only dream of. And the dream came true for singer Aaryan, who was introduced to the world through father-daughter duo of filmmakers Mahesh and Pooja Bhatt here.

Saudi prince buys $485 mn 'flying palace'

Dubai, Dec 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will soon take delivery of the world's first customised A380 superjumbo, dubbed "the flying palace" for its luxury.


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