Friday, Nov 30


1.5 million children in C. Africa need emergency aid: UN


GENEVA: Two-thirds of all children in Central African Republic need emergency aid, the UN said on Friday, sounding an alarm about the impoverished country’s worsening “neglected” crisis.

Desperate Indian farmers march on parliament


NEW DELHI: Tens of thousands of farmers and agricultural workers marched towards the Indian parliament on Friday demanding debt waivers and higher crop prices, putting pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of 2019 elections.

SA donates US$63 million to UNRWA projects in Gaza, West Bank and Jordan

ABU DHABI: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, through the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), has contributed US$63 million for projects to be implemented in Gaza, the West Bank and Jordan.

Japan court extends Ghosn detention

TOKYO: A Tokyo court on Friday extended the detention of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, local media said, after his arrest on allegations of financial misconduct that have shaken the auto industry.


Ukraine restricts entry for Russian men age 16 to 60

KIEV: Ukraine on Friday limited entry for Russian men age 16 to 60 after Moscow seized three of its ships in a sea confrontation last weekend, the head of the country’s border service said.


Modi pursues yoga diplomacy at Argentina G20 summit

BUENOS AIRES: Stepping away from the sealed security zone and ceremonial pomp of the Group of 20 summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought a message dear to his heart to host Argentina — the value of yoga.

Kremlin ‘regrets’ Trump decision to cancel Putin talks

MOSCOW: US President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit was regrettable, the Kremlin said.


'Srebrenica defender' awaits his war crimes verdict

SARAJEVO: Former Bosnian military commander Naser Oric, hailed by supporters as the heroic “defender of Srebrenica,” will on Friday hear the verdict in his war crimes case Friday, as a Sarajevo court stirs debate by putting a growing…

Bangladesh 87-2 at lunch on 1st day, 2nd test vs West Indies

DHAKA: Bangladesh opener Shadman Islam was 36 not out in his test debut as the home side reached 87-2 at lunch on the first day of the second cricket test against West Indies on Friday.


Aussie kids skip school for mass climate protest

SYDNEY: Thousands of Australian students skipped school on Friday to join nationwide protests demanding government action on climate change.

Club Med owner launches IPO with eye to raise $547m

HONG KONG: The owner of French luxury holiday resort group Club Med on Friday launched an initial public offering in Hong Kong, hoping to raise more than half a billion dollars.

South Korea raises interest rate for first time in a year

SEOUL: South Korea on Friday raised its key interest rate for the first time in a year, in a bid to curb snowballing household debts and a housing price hike casting a pall over Asia’s fourth-largest economy.

Dozens of whales dead in latest New Zealand stranding

WELLINGTON: More than 50 pilot whales have perished in another mass stranding in New Zealand, taking the death toll of beached marine mammals to over 200 in the past week, wildlife authorities said on Friday.

Army called after storm cuts links to Canadian islands


MONTREAL: Canada’s Quebec province called on the armed forces for help on Thursday after a violent storm cut nearly all communication links with a group of islands in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

China factory activity softens amid trade war

BEIJING: China’s factory activity fizzled in November, official data showed on Friday, in the latest sign that the world’s second-largest economy is losing steam in the midst of a US trade war.


President reaffirms UAE’s solidarity with the Palestinian people

NEW YORK: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has reaffirmed UAE’s support to the brotherly Palestinian people, in their just cause to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination and to independence.

Five dead, 32 injured in Hong Kong coach crash

HONG KONG: Five people were killed and 32 injured when a coach carrying Cathay Pacific staff to Hong Kong’s airport collided with a taxi on Friday, police said, with passengers thrown from the coach’s windows on impact.

Thursday, Nov 29


AXA raises profit targets


PARIS: AXA, Europe’s second-biggest insurer, expects its profitability to improve in the next two years thanks to US business brought in by its new XL arm, and said it would now focus on expanding in Asia.

Maybank posts decline in third quarter earnings


KUALA LUMPUR: Malayan Banking (Maybank), Malaysia’s largest lender by assets, posted a drop in third-quarter profit on lower fee-based income, while its CEO cautioned that the “prolonged geopolitical situation” was a key concern for…

Tigers clinch nail-biting thriller against Sindhis by 7 wickets


Sharjah: Bengal Tigers won a nail-biting thriller against the newcomers Sindhis by seven wickets in the last ball in the tournament’s highest successful run-chase on Thursday.

Khazanah sells 16 per cent stake in IHH Healthcare


SINGAPORE: Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional is selling a 16 per cent stake in IHH Healthcare to Japan’s Mitsui & Co for about $2 billion in cash, kicking off a restructuring of its portfolio under a new government.

Call to support Club World Cup debutant ES Tunis


Abu Dhabi: Esperance Sportive de Tunis (ES Tunis) will be flying the flag for Tunisia and the whole of Africa when they take the field at the FIFA Club World Cup (CWC) UAE 2018, which takes place in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi and Al Ain…

Tullow Oil returns to paying dividends


LONDON: Africa-focused Tullow Oil will return to paying dividends, which it suspended in 2015 due to the oil price crash, and expects to pay out at least $100 million from next year, with an option for a special dividend for this year, it…

Al Ain thrash struggling Dibba; Kalba, Bani Yas share spoils in mid-table clash


Al Ain: Al Ain earned an easy 4-0 win over Dibba at the Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium in matchweek 11 of the Arabian Gulf League on Thursday.

IKEA’s investments improve online offering


STOCKHOLM: IKEA Group said large investments in improving its online offering, delivery services and in opening new smaller city centre stores to meet changing shopping habits pulled its full-year profits down 26 per cent.

Anwar hits ton as Mideast Metals down Old School Boys


DUBAI: A flamboyant 146 not out by Ali Anwar highlighted Mideast Metals big win over Old School Boys in the second DCC Weekend Slammers League being played at the Sevens ground in Dubai.

Royal Bank of Canada eyes further margin gains next fiscal year


TORONTO: Royal Bank of Canada said it anticipated margins will continue to improve next fiscal year after reporting a forecast-beating 17 per cent jump in fourth-quarter earnings.

Competitive Shadwell Handicap highlights Jebel Ali seven-race card on Friday


Dubai: Jebel Ali Racecourse stages the only race meeting in the UAE this weekend, a seven-race card on Friday highlighted by a Shadwell handicap over 1800m. Twelve have been declared, with a quartet from trainer Doug Watson and stable…


VP honours graduates of Masar Godolphin programme

DUBAI: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, honoured on Thursday at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai the second batch of Masar Godolphin programme.