UK man found guilty of plot to murder Pakistani blogger

A British man has been found guilty of plotting to kill a prominent Pakistani political blogger in the Netherlands after being hired as a hitman with a fee of £100,000. A jury convicted supermarket worker Muhammed Gohir Khan, 31, of plotting to kill the blogger and liberal activist Ahmad Waqass Goraya after being recruited by middlemen apparently o...

Russia now has 'multiple' invasion options, Pentagon says as Moscow readies blood supplies

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deployment of more than 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border has given him "multiple" invasion options, including the seizure of cities, Pentagon leaders said on Friday, warning of "horrific" destruction and "significant" casualties. The stark assessment comes as Russia transmits mixed messaging on its intention...

New UAE labour law: Here's everything we know so far

Innovative work models, gratuity schemes, increased leaves to come into effect on February 2

UAE is most pandemic-resilient country in the world, say global reports

Two global surveys have placed UAE on top of the list when it comes to pandemic resilience.

Six rockets target Baghdad airport, damaging plane

No flights were affected by the attack.

Russian invasion of Ukraine would be ‘horrific’: Pentagon

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said conflict in Ukraine could still be avoided

Vietnamese bid farewell to revered Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh

Tens of thousands of Vietnamese on Saturday bade farewell to the late monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world's most influential religious leaders, before his cremation ceremony in the country's Buddhist heartland. The Zen master, who was credited with bringing mindfulness to the West and whose reach in Buddhism was seen as second...

Tiger King Joe Exotic resentenced to 21 years in prison

Prosecutors say Joseph Maldonado-Passage tried to hire two people to kill animal welfare activist Carole Baskin

Millions travel for Chinese New Year despite pleas to stay put

Live updates: follow the latest news on Covid-19 variant Omicron Chinese are travelling to their home towns for the Lunar New Year, the country’s biggest family holiday, despite a government plea to stay where they are as Beijing tries to contain coronavirus outbreaks. The holiday, which starts with Chinese New Year’s Eve on Monday, is usually the ...

Covid vaccine patents accord possible in ‘weeks’: WTO

Waivers on patents would help spur local production of vaccines in developing countries

UAE: Dewa urges residents to beware of 30th anniversary promotional scam

Dubai’s utility provider has urged people not to click on links or open attachments from unknown emails claiming to be from Dewa

Daily life in the UAE - in pictures

More from The National: The beauty of the UAE - in pictures Hidden gems of the UAE: 10 secret spots where photographers go for the best shots New stingray-shaped lake in Al Qudra captured by photographer in Dubai Exploring the UAE: 10 things to do in Fujairah

West Virginia governor tells critics to kiss his dog's 'hiney'

West Virginian state legislators were treated to an interesting sight on Friday when Governor Jim Justice approached the podium to tell critics to kiss his dog's “hiney". In December, renowned actress and staunch Democrat Bette Midler took to Twitter to criticise Joe Manchin, a West Virginia senator who was instrumental in sinking President Joe Bid...

UAE weather: Dusty and cooler conditions

The UAE will experience dusty and partly cloudy conditions on Saturday as the cooler conditions persist into the weekend. Temperatures are expected to reach 23°C in Abu Dhabi and 24°C in Dubai, according to forecasters from the National Centre of Meteorology. It will be humid by night with fog or mist formation over some eastern internal areas. Win...

Photos: Have you seen this stunning stingray-shaped lake in Dubai?

South African expatriate captures drone shots of landscape near the cycling track of Al Qudra Lakes.

Biden administration set to deny $130m in military aid to Egypt, US officials say

US President Joe Biden's administration is set to deny $130 million of military aid to Egypt, US State Department officials said on Friday, in a rare punishment of a key ally. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in September that the aid would be withheld if Egypt did not address specific human rights-related conditions Washington has set out...

Get Rid Of Unwanted Odors With LG PuriCare

As we close the windows to avoid the cold waves of air or the dust and dirty, polluted weather, some odors get stuck within the house, like cooking odor cleaning detergent odors. You might need to let all of that out and the harmful particles or gasses that get stuck because of the pollution; the so

Canada Omicron infections peak as hospitalisations rising

Omicron variant still behind vast majority of Covid-19 infections.

US and EU pledge co-operation on diversifying gas supplies away from Russia

Dubai Allocates AED74.5 billion For Integrated Waste Management

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan approved Dubai's Integrated Waste Management Strategy 2021-2041, with a budget of AED74.5 billion.It also complements a range of projects adopted by The Executive Council of Dubai in the areas of sustainability, environmental conservation, quality of life development and

Biden visits collapsed bridge, touts infrastructure law

The bridge collapse in Pittsburgh caused no fatalities but prompted rescuers to form a human chain to retrieve people from a precariously perched bus

Covid-19: Kanye West must be fully vaccinated before any concerts, warns Australia

The hip-hop artist, a vocal vaccine opponent, was reportedly planning a tour in the country

Covid-19 in India: Maharashtra logs highest number of deaths in 4 months

Daily cases, however, have declined compared to the previous day

Container ship refloated after running aground in Dubai

A ship weighing more than 20,000 tonnes has been refloated after it ran aground near Palm Deira in Dubai. The emirate’s maritime authority came to the rescue of Thorswind, which was sailing from Port Khalid in Sharjah to Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi. “The authority received news of the grounding of the container ship Thorswind on Thursday morning,” sa...

Ohio lures Intel's chip plant with $2bn incentive package

Ohio offered Intel incentives worth about $2 billion to secure a new $20bn chipmaking factory that the company says will help alleviate a global shortage and create a new technology hub in the Midwest. The state’s development director said on Friday that the combination of tax breaks and incentives are likely the largest ever offered by Ohio for wh...

Omicron live updates: Sub-strain may be more transmissible

Largest study yet sheds new light on Covid-19 Omicron variantGCC countries reintroduce Covid measures amid surge in casesWHO: half of Europe will be infected with Omicron in weeks Omicron – also known as B.1.1.529 – is a coronavirus strain with an unusually large number of mutations. It was first detected in South Africa, but has since spread aroun...

HP wins fraud case against UK tech tycoon Mike Lynch

Lynch fraudulently inflated the value of his company, Autonomy; UK orders his extradition to US

Biden visits collapsed Pittsburgh bridge and vows more US investment

US President Joe Biden stopped to visit a Pittsburgh bridge that collapsed hours before he arrived on a scheduled trip to the city on Friday, underscoring the urgency of his drive to rebuild the country's creaky infrastructure. Standing before concrete barriers papered with yellow police tape, Mr Biden craned his neck to look out over the crumbled ...

Dubai’s Emirates to restore flights to five African countries

All passengers travelling from the carrier's African network with Dubai as their final destination require a 48 hour PCR test

UAE: 31,808 vaccine doses administered in 24 hours

The total doses administered now stand at 23.4 million

Fathers who won Dh100,000 in Mahzooz draw each say they will use it to pay for children's education

33 winners had additionally shared the Grand Draw’s second prize of Dh1,000,000

Conflict with Russia 'is not inevitable', says US Secretary of Defence

'There is still time and space for diplomacy,' said Lloyd Austin

Russia loses a million people in historic population fall

Russia's population declined by more than one million people in 2021, the statistics agency Rosstat reported on Friday, a historic drop not seen since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Continued demographic woes have been exacerbated by the pandemic, with Rosstat figures showing more than 660,000 people had died due to coronavirus since health offi...

West African bloc suspends Burkina Faso after coup

West Africa's main regional bloc suspended Burkina Faso from its governing bodies over the military coup this week but stopped short of imposing any sanctions, its member states said. Burkina Faso's army overthrew President Roch Kabore on Monday, presenting the latest test to the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), which h...

Expo 2020: First Prosthetic Limb Socket From Recycled Plastic

The first Artificial limb socket made from plastic water bottles, was showcased at Dubai Expo 2020 on Thursday.The technology developed by Dr Karthikeyan Kandan, could save healthcare providers millions of dollars and help tackle pollution.The process starts by grinding the plastic bottles down and

Canadian lorry drivers protest against Covid vaccine mandates

As if the supply chain crunch couldn't get any worse, Canada’s capital is on high alert as it braces for the arrival of potentially thousands of big-rig lorries. The “freedom convoy”, as it has been called by organisers, is a loose coalition of lorry drivers protesting the country’s various Covid-19 restrictions. A GoFundMe page set up to support t...

Covid-19: Merck's pill active against Omicron in lab studies

Molnupiravir has been authorised for use in more than 10 countries

Lebanon will not ‘hand over’ Hezbollah arms at Gulf meeting, minister says

Lebanese minister to attend a meeting with Gulf countries in Kuwait today

Washington's Union Station defaced with swastikas

Dozens of swastikas were scrawled on exterior columns of Washington’s Union Station on Friday morning, local officials said. Union Station is the central hub for regional train transport in the nation's capital. The graffiti comes only one day after International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was recognised by leaders all over the world. Yesterd...

Dubai unveils world’s fastest and most expensive ambulance first seen in 'Furious 7'

Dubai unveiled the world’s fastest and most expensive ambulance at Expo 2020 on Friday. Manufactured in the UAE, the Lykan HyperSport supercar is the creation of the Dubai-based company W Motors, an Emirati sports car company founded in Lebanon in 2012. Valued at Dh13 million ($3.5m), the car will be used as a first responder. One of only seven Lyk...

Meet the gifted Emirati pilot, composer, pianist and inventor with an IQ of 144

As well as flying with Etihad Airways since 2012, the 28-year-old's music has been performed at orchestras worldwide

UK PM to urge Putin to 'step back' from conflict with Ukraine

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin this week and will reportedly urge him to step back from conflict with Ukraine. Mr Johnson “will reiterate the need for Russia to step back and engage diplomatically when he speaks to President Putin this week”, a representative from Mr Johnson's Downing Street offi...

'Tiger King' Joe Exotic loses appeal, gets new 21-year jail term

The jailed former private zoo owner shot to fame as the star of a popular Netflix series

Sheikh Mohammed tours the Germany pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, toured the Germany pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on Saturday. During his visit, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the Germany pavilion's sustainability-themed examples of innovation and ingenuity. Sheikh Mohammed spoke of the importance of Germany’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, given “i...

France says signs Iran nuclear talks ‘could succeed’

The talks had been put on pause until the following week, calling for “political decisions” to break the deadlock

What is a nor'easter? US North-East braces for powerful blizzard

A gusty winter storm remains on track to batter the East Coast, threatening to tie up roads and air travel, cause power outages and dump snow from Washington to New England.

Biden to send troops to Eastern Europe in ‘near term’

The US president says a small number of US troops will bolster the NATO presence in Eastern Europe

Lebanon’s Bahaa Rafik Al Hariri says he will follow father into politics

Bahaa’s younger brother Saad Al Hariri said earlier this week that he would not run in a forthcoming parliamentary election

Europe allies look for new plan to tackle extremists in Mali

European allies have agreed to draw up plans on how to continue fighting extremists in the Sahel region of Mali, Denmark's defence minister has said, after his nation’s forces were expelled. France said the situation with the ruling Malian junta, which has failed to organise an election after two coups, was untenable. Mali's Foreign Minister Abdoul...

Man who assaulted father given suspended jail term

An Emirati man has been given a one-month suspended jail term and fined Dh1,000 ($272), after being convicted of assaulting his father. A civil court had already ordered the defendant, whose age was not disclosed, to pay his father Dh25,000 in compensation. A court heard that on October 25, 2021, the victim – a consultant at a private hospital in D...