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Sharjah Publishing City Opens its Doors to the World at 32nd International Publishers Congress

The SPC was keen to promote the key services delivered to publishers as a fully-integrated cultural project that creates an ideal environment for book experts and facilitates major processes like printing, translation, editing, designing and distribution services all in one destination.

Small business owners 'may have to retire later

OWNERS of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across the region may have to retire later, new figures show. Figures released in the latest future attitudes report by retail bank Aldermore who provide financial services to small and medium-sized businesses showed that almost two thirds (63 per....

Saturday February 17, 2018 08:00 PM In public and private, Biden tiptoes toward a 2020 run

WASHINGTON � Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room.

00:02 World French President Macron's approval rating falls below 50 percent - Ifop

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron’s approval rating has fallen below 50 percent to its lowest level since October last year, a poll showed on Sunday, as the government pushes ahead with plans to shake up France’s costly civil service. In a Feb.

Public reports 'clearly show' Assad's use of chemical weapons - McMaster

By Idrees Ali and Thomas Escritt. MUNICH (Reuters) – U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that, despite denials, public reports showed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was using chemical weapons, and added that it was time for the international community to hold the Syrian government to account.

Far-right extremists march in Sofia to honour pro-Nazi general

By Angel Krasimirov. SOFIA (Reuters) – Hundreds of far-right extremists marched through the centre of Sofia on Saturday to honour a Bulgarian general who led a pro-Nazi organisation in the 1930s and 1940s. The march, which has raised concern in local media about the rise of the right wing in the....

Russia on populists: ‘We want to see Europe strong and stable’

“Of course not!” was Sergey Lavrov’s response when asked whether a weakened, destabilised Europe would be in Russia’s strategic interest. The Russian foreign minister told Euronews that his country wanted “to see Europe strong and stable”, despite the negative events of the past three years.

Youngstown’s Catholic Diocese recognizes physicians with special mass

The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown says it's important to celebrate healthcare workers for their healing work. It’s called the “White Mass” — white referring to the white color of physicians’ coats. Bishop George Murray led the mass, where he recognized those working in all aspects of health for their healing work.

Major-General Johan Peeters, the head of Defence operations, is relieved to see the number of soldiers is the streets drop, he told La Libre Belgique and La Dernière Heure on Saturday.

He aims to have just 600 soldiers on the street by the beginning of May. This month “we are at more or less 750. We will continue to reduce it to around 600 between now and the beginning of May. This is the goal we want to meet with the help of the police, depending on security needs”, General Peeters explained during an interview.

There will be “huge disruption” on the Stib network on Monday, the Brussels transport company warned on Saturday.

This comes after two Unions warned them there would be strikes. Stib doesn’t know which lines will be affected by the strikes. “Stib regrets the inconvenience caused and will keep its customers as up to date as possible by opening its Contact centre 070/23.20.00) from 6am on Monday”. Their website ( www.

Tripura Assembly Election 2018: Polling Begins, PM Modi Appeals Voters to Turn Out in Large Numbers

Tripura Assembly Elections 2018: “Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of many polling stations well before polling opened at 7 a.m. in the entire state. Polling ends at 4 p.m.,” said Sriram Taranikanti, the Chief Electoral Officer. Tripura Assembly Elections 2018: People queue to cast....

Rahul Gandhi Proposes 40 Per Cent Reservation For Youth in Congress

New Delhi, Feb 18: In order to revamp age-old structure of the party, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday advocated 40 per cent reservation for youth within its bodies.Gandhi’s proposal came during the meeting of newly formed steering committee of the party at AICC headquarters.

त्रिपुरा: विधानसभा चुनाव में मतदान शुरू, 60 में से 59 सीटों पर डाले जा रहे हैं वोट

अगरतला: त्रिपुरा विधानसभा की 60 में से 59 सीटों पर वोटिंग शुरू हो गई है. वोटिंग सुबह 7 बजे से शाम 4 बजे तक होगी. क्या बीजेपी त्रिपुरा में इस बार वाम दल का लाल किला तोड़ पाएगी, इसका फैसला जनता आज कर देगी. 3,214 मतदान केंद्रों पर वोट डाले जा रहे हैं. चुनाव परिणाम 3 मार्च को घोषित होंगे.

Chandrababu Naidu Warns BJP, Says do Justice or Else People Will Take Harsh Decisions

. Do Justice or Else People Will Take 'Harsh Decisions', Chandrababu Naidu Warns BJP. New Delhi, Feb 18: In an indirect warning to the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu said that people would take “harsh decisions” if they felt cheated.

Government urges councils to waive road closure charges for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding

T he government is urging councils to waive their charges for road closures on May 19, in the hopes of encouraging Britain to celebrate the Royal wedding with thousands of street parties. The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will fall on a Saturday, the same day as the FA Cup final, with....

UK banks facing further big hits for US fines, PPI payouts, and Carillion collapse

B ritain's large lenders are expected to announce a further wave of major write-downs this week as they count the cost of losses on loans to bust builder ­Carillion, mis-selling compensation and US fines. Write-downs on lending to Carillion are expected to top £1bn across the banking industry by the....

Pressure mounts on FCA boss Andrew Bailey over handling of RBS scandal report

MPs from across the political divide have criticised FCA chief executive Andrew Bailey Credit: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg P ressure is growing on Andrew Bailey, the boss of Britain’s financial regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), to account for his handling of a stinging report into RBS’s mistreatment of struggling small businesses.

City trader sues business partner for £1m over supercar fleet deal that broke down

W hen City trader Petro Levchenko met Karan Abbott in a shisha bar in London’s Maida Vale he was immediately taken with the businessman’s passion for classic cars. The 29-year-old was even more impressed when Mr Abbott took him to some of London’s smartest nightclubs, including Tramps and Annabel's,....

Housing complaints overhaul targets rogue landlords

T enants left fighting with private landlords over shoddy accommodation will be consulted on a new complaints system, the Government has announced. The current schemes are said to leave thousands without solutions, requiring some people to navigate through at least four different services in order to find out where to register a complaint.

Britain's small business banking scandal - what lessons will be learnt?

I n an office block in the shadow of Melbourne’s gleaming skyscrapers a long-awaited public inquiry into Australia’s banking system kicked off last week. After a string of scandals that rocked faith in the country’s financial institutions, Malcolm Turnbull, the nation’s prime minister, in November....

Oxfam was warned a decade ago about the crisis in sex abuse among world's aid workers

T he Oxfam sex abuse crisis deepened last night after it emerged that British aid agencies were warned 10 years ago of an “urgent problem” and the Haiti president accused charities of covering the attacks up. A report presented to charities in 2008 claimed that children as young as six were forced....

Commonwealth plans birthday celebration for the Queen at the Royal Albert Hall

The Queen on her 91st birthday last year at Newbury racecourse Credit: Paul Grover for the Telegraph T he Queen’s lifelong commitment to the Commonwealth is set to be celebrated on her birthday in April with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The Queen is expected to attend a musical celebration....

Rugby player Damian Browne completes solo row across Atlantic Ocean

A fter nine weeks of hardship and isolation, former professional rugby player Damian Browne has successfully finished rowing solo across the The journey saw the Irishman travel more than three thousand miles without a support vessel and involved several complications, including capsizing twice in....

Train companies claim uncomfortable 'ironing board' seats are due to strict Government regulations

Commuters have complained that seats are considerably narrower than they were before Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images R ail bosses have blamed fire safety and anti-vandalism rules after passengers complained new uncomfortable seats feel like "solid metal".

Call to overhaul pension regulator after Carillion and British Steel pension fiascos

T he chairman of the work and pensions select committee has called for a radical overhaul of the Pensions Regulator ahead of a grilling of its bosses over the growing Carillion and British Steel pension scandals. Frank Field said he was angered by the regulator’s failure to police Carillion’s....

Academics reject 'low education' Leave myth

A coalition of leading academics warn against attempts to associate supporters of Brexit with "low levels of education and information" Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters D ozens of dons today hit out at "commonplace" claims that "informed people oppose Brexit".

Calls for inquiry over financial abuse of vulnerable care home residents as figures show 13,000 have been affected

I n 2016, the most recent year with complete data, 848 victims were over 85, of a total of 2,826. Older victims are significantly more likely to be female, with 617 women and 188 men in this age group flagged as potential victims. Experts say this is partly because women tend to live longer, meaning....

Comment: Republicans' reckless rush to open the spending taps can only end in tears

Republicans' reckless rush to open the spending taps can only end in tears Rand Paul is now a lonely voice in favour of budgetary responsibility Credit: Bryan Woolston A fter two , the passage of a two-year budget by Congress must appear nigh-on miraculous. The trouble is that Washington is not in the business of manufacturing miracles.

Pressure rises on Standard Life Aberdeen ahead of £30bn blow

Martin Gilbert, Aberdeen Asset Management chief executive (left), and Keith Skeoch, Standard Life boss, after the announcement of the all share merger last year I nvestors have pulled more than £30bn out of Standard Life Aberdeen funds in just 12 months, the embattled asset manager is expected to....

Britain's new infrastructure tsar Sir John Armitt on costs, consequences and staying clear of Twitter

S ir John Armitt is exactly the man you’d hope to call on in a crisis. The infrastructure tsar combines the pragmatism that comes with a life spent in engineering with a character warmer and more intuitive than many of his peers. It is fitting then that he finds himself at the helm of the National....

X-rays reveal secret side to Picasso's blue period masterpiece

A t first glance the undulating lines of Pablo Picasso’s La Miséreuse accroupie (The Crouching Woman) appear to have been meticulously placed to hint at a shoulder, waist and hip beneath the beggar’s green cloak. But new scans of the Blue Period masterpiece suggest that the Spanish artist actually....
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