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New law to ban unauthorised religious activities in UAE

DUBAI: The Federal National Council has passed a new draft law imposing fines and jail term on anyone holding religious lectures and lessons or memorisation of the Holy Quran gatherings without approval. The new draft law to the effect was passed on Tuesday. A prison sentence and/or a fine will be handed to anyone in…

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Fairies, brides in black descend on Arab Fashion Week

DUBAI: Fairies, brides in black and hand-knit dolls take the runway in Dubai this week for the fifth Arab Fashion Week, a five-day affair focussed on instantly available “ready couture” and pre-collections. At the opening shows Wednesday night, ballgowns and evening gowns appeared in full force, with Lebanese designer Saher Dia showcasing a collection inspired…

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Saudi graft inquiry spreads beyond borders as UAE examines bank accounts

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on corruption has spread beyond its borders as regulators in the United Arab Emirates ask UAE banks for information about Saudi citizens detained in the investigation, a possible prelude to freezing their accounts. The UAE central bank has requested commercial banks and finance companies in the UAE to provide details of…

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US urges action after Saudi accuses Iran over missile attack

RIYADH: The United States called Tuesday for international action to hold Iran to account after Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of “direct military aggression” over a Yemeni rebel missile attack near Riyadh. The Iran-backed Huthi rebels also threatened to attack ports and airports in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, escalating a crisis between Riyadh…

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Future of the Women in Green

By Arsalan Iqtidar Khan  Who would have thought 5 years back that team of girls from Pakistan would go on to beat a team from a country which holds proper domestic circuit down under in New Zealand. Like every field women are coming forward and showing their skills in cricket. We are still far behind…

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Najam Sethi says will try to ensure PSL final is played in Karachi

LAHORE: PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said on Tuesday that he would try to ensure that the final of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League is played in Karachi.  Speaking to media personnel, Najam Sethi said that by February, the stadium in Karachi will be prepared to host PSL matches. He also said that…

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Video: Imam-ul-Haq resolves to continue with his good form

Emerging cricket star Imam-ul-Haq is quite optimistic about his career and made resolution to continue performing. He was talking to Samaa at Lahore airport as he flew back from UAE. Watch what else he said.

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Cricket: Shinwari leads Pakistan’s whitewash of Sri Lanka

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: Left-arm paceman Usman Shinwari destroyed Sri Lanka with a five-wicket burst to help Pakistan achieve a convincing nine-wicket win in the fifth and final match for a 5-0 clean sweep of the series on Monday. Shinwari’s 5-34 in seven overs reduced Sri Lanka to 103 all out in 26.2 overs in…

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Pakistan slip down to seventh position in ICC Test rankings

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan have slipped down to  seventh in ICC Test ranking after their 2-0 series loss against Sri Lanka in UAE. Pakistan, who were placed sixth before this series with 93 points, have lost five points to slip down one position to seventh, with 13 points being the difference between them and the eighth-ranked West…

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Sri Lanka target landmark series win over Pakistan

COLOMBO: Dinesh Chandimal’s Sri Lanka will look to become the first team to win a Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, when the second and final match starts in Dubai on Friday. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, 39, was the catalyst for a 21-run victory in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on…

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Five things Pakistan should do to level series

  By Omair Alavi   They are down 1-0 in the ongoing two-match series with Sri Lanka, but Sarfraz Ahmed and the boys are still not out of contention. One win can level the series for Pakistan if the team stays in sensible mode rather than in self-destruction mode because that helps the opponents more….

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Sri Lanka target Pakistan record in UAE

DUBAI: Sri Lanka will hope their left-arm spinner Rangana Herath maintains pressure on Pakistan when the second and final Test — a day-night affair with pink ball — starts at Dubai stadium on Friday. The 39-year-old took 6-43 on the final day to fail Pakistan’s modest 136-run chase in the first Test in Abu Dhabi…

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UAE issues new law to target sexual harassment, forced labour

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates issued a law on Tuesday to combat abuse of domestic staff, state news agency WAM said. It includes prohibitions on sexual harassment, forced labor, and the employment of domestic workers under 18. It also stipulates that workers are entitled to one paid day off each week, 30 days of paid…

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OPEC to discuss extending cuts, quotas: UAE minister

ABU DHABI: OPEC will discuss extending production cuts that have boosted oil prices and imposing output quotas on all cartel members at a November meeting in Vienna, an Emirati minister said Monday. United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suheil al-Mazrouei said the oil market had rebalanced after OPEC and non-OPEC producers agreed to cut output in…

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PCB announces Pak women team’s tour of UAE to play New Zeland

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced the itinerary of Pakistan women team’s tour to United Arab Emirates (UAE) to play three one day international and four T20 matches against New Zealand women team. The PCB will be hosting the New Zealand Women Cricket Team for the ICC Women Cricket Championship, Round 1 at Sharjah,…

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Houthis threaten Saudi, UAE civilian targets

DUBAI: Houthi insurgents have threatened to attack civilian targets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in response to Riyadh’s call to put Yemen’s Al-Hodeida port under UN administration. In a televised speech, Houthi leader Abdel-Malek Al-Houthi said his militia’s ballistic missiles were capable of reaching the United Arab Emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi and anywhere…

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Video: Asian women thrash shopkeepers in UAE

A video has gone viral on social media in which two Asian women can be seen thrashing shopkeepers in Dubai.  It is not yet clear what prompted the incident. Watch the video.

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500,000 Pakistanis deported from 134 countries since 2012

ISLAMABAD: Believe it or not, Pakistanis have been deported in drovers from numerous countries around the world since 2012, according to data recently submitted in Senate.  Among the countries that booted Pakistanis out also included some lesser known names such as Laos, Togo, Port Louis, Lesotho, Liberia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Burundi, Madagascar, Malawi, Republic of…

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Outgoing UAE envoy calls on COAS

Mr Essa Abdullah Al Basha Al-Noaimi, Ambassador of UAE to Pakistan called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to bid farewell at the end of his tenure in Pakistan. Matters of mutual interest including regional security issues were discussed during the meeting. The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s contributions for…

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Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to facilitate the annual hajj pilgrimage, state media said Thursday, in the first signs of a thaw after the region’s worst diplomatic crisis in years.

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Blaze rips through Dubai skyscraper ‘The Torch’

DUBAI: Panicked residents fled one of the tallest towers in Dubai early Friday after a fire ripped through it, the second blaze to hit the skyscraper in as many years. Authorities said no casualties were reported from the blaze which erupted in the middle to upper floors of The Torch, once the tallest residential development…

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