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mohammad sets up judicial institute board


dubai: his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae, in his capacity as ruler of dubai, issued on monday a decree setting up the board for dubai judicial institute.the board will be chaired essam eisa al humaidan. other members include tarish eid al mansouri, ahmad mohammad bin humaidan, luay mohammad bel houl, jamal hussain al samiti, ahmad eid al mansouri and abdul men’em salem bin suwaidan. the board will have a renewable tenure of three years.






mohammad to talk about his outlook for arab future


dubai: his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and the ruler of dubai, will speak about his leadership and his philosophy about the revival of the arab world’s development during world government summit on february 12.he will hold a question-and-answer session on the first day of the fifth edition of the summit.“next week i will lead a q&a session at the world government summit about reviving the arab world’s development process and our region,” shaikh mohammad tweeted.shaikh mohammad invited people from across the middle east to contribute questions, ideas or insights on #arabfuture to be discussed in the sessionduring an open dialogue session, titled “arab future,” shaikh mohammad will advise on how the region can revive its de






mohammad stresses egypt’s central role in the region


abu dhabi: his highness shaikh mohammad bin zayed al nahyan, abu dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the uae armed forces, on urday discussed with sameh shoukry, foreign minister of egypt, bilateral relations and ways to boost them to serve the common interests of both nations.receiving the foreign minister in abu dhabi in the presence of shaikh abdullah bin zayed al nahyan, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, shaikh mohammad discussed with shoukry the latest developments in the arab region and efforts being made to overcome the crises in syria, libya and yemen.both sides reviewed the arab stance against all challenges facing the region and arab cooperation and solidarity to maintain the regional stability and security.shaikh mohammad stressed the cent






mohammad receives emir of qatar


shaikh mohammad bin zayed bids farewell to shaikh tamim bin hamad al thani at the presidential airport.abu dhabi: his highness shaikh mohammad bin zayed al nahyan, abu dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the uae armed forces, and qatari emir shaikh tamim bin hamad bin khalifa al thani on thursday discussed ways of promoting fraternal relations between the two countries and regional and international issues of common concern.receiving shaikh tamim in abu dhabi on thursday, shaikh mohammad welcomed the emir of qatar and expressed his delight at this visit, which comes in the framework of strengthening the close fraternal relations between the uae and qatar.during the meeting, both leaders discussed bilateral relations and ways to boost them in the best interests of both nation






al ain zoo board restructured


mohammad bin zayed reshuffles the board of zoo and aquarium public institution in al ainabu dhabi: his highness shaikh mohammad bin zayed al nahyan, abu dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the uae armed forces, on urday issued a resolution restructuring the board of directors of the zoo and aquarium public institution in al ain.according to the resolution, the board members include dr mattar mohammad saif al nuaimi as chairman of the board, saif saeed ghobash as deputy chairman, dr mariam hareb sultan yousuf al suwaidi, fares salem al radha al mazroui, dr yousuf al shaiba khamis al shiriyani, trais ahmad darwish al katbi, dr shaikha salem obaid salem dl daheri and abdul rahman n er al ahbabi.






shaikh mohammad bin zayed al holds talks with king hamad bin eisa


abu dhabi: his highness shaikh mohammad bin zayed al nahyan, abu dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the uae armed forces, held talks with king hamad bin eisa al khalifa of bahrain, over bilateral relations and ways to bolster them as well as a number of regional and international issues.the two leaders highlighted the importance of strengthening consultation and coordination within the gulf cooperation council in boosting joint gcc action.they exchanged views over the latest developments on the regional and international arenas, and discussed a number of issues of mutual interest.shaikh mohammad and the bahraini king underlined the depth of the brotherly bonds between the uae and bahrain and the keenness of the two leaderships to take them to greater heights.






shaikh mohammad stops to watch cycling tour in dubai


ruler of dubai and crown prince catch cyclists as they participated in the first stage of dubai tourdubai: his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai, took time off on tuesday to watch the fourth edition of the dubai tour.good luck to everyone! #






uae amb ador to new zealand presents credentials


wellington: saleh ahmad al suwaidi, the uae amb ador to new zealand, has presented his credentials to dame patsy reddy, governor-general of new zealand in wellington.the amb ador conveyed the greetings of president his highness shaikh khalifa bin zayed al nahyan, his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the and ruler of dubai, and his highness shaikh mohammad bin zayed al nahyan, crown prince of abu dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the uae armed forces, to the new zealand governor-general.






hamdan credits erc success to leadership’s support


abu dhabi: shaikh hamdan bin zayed al nahyan, ruler’s representative in the western region and chairman of emirates red crescent (erc), has stressed that support enjoyed by the erc programmes and projects from the uae leadership has placed it in a leading position among humanitarian organi ions around the world.while chairing the first erc board meeting in the year of giving at al nakheel palace, shaikh hamdan hailed the support of president his highness shaikh khalifa bin zayed al nahyan, and follow-up of his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai, and his highness shaikh mohammad bin zayed al nahyan, crown prince of abu dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the uae armed forces, to the humanitarian work.






mohammad attends graduation of chief happiness and positivity officers


today, we celebrate the graduation of the first batch of chief happiness and positivity officers, said shaikh mohammad at the ceremony.dubai: achieving happiness and positivity in the emirati community is an ultimate goal and a course of action held by all government entities to make it a lifestyle and a social culture, said his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai.shaikh mohammad made these remarks during the graduation ceremony of the first batch of chief happiness and positivity officers (chpos), who were trained under the national programme for happiness and positivity in cooperation with the berkeley university in california and oxford university in the united kingdom.shaikh mohammad said: “the uae, under the l






find out how to win a nobel prize in dubai


dubai: visitors to the nobel museum exhibition in dubai will learn how to win a nobel prize and several other topics through a series of five workshops.this month, visitors can explore and interact with the exhibits, which this year are focused around physics, and attend five workshopsthe first workshop, scheduled for february 12, is entitled ‘how to get the nobel prize’. the two speakers, who are officials with the nobel foundation, will look back at the ideas that changed the world, citing examples from laureates of the nobel prize in physics.on february 19, swedish physicist ulf danielsson will conduct a workshop on dark energy and cosmology. on february 21, a workshop will be held on lunar journeys.the fourth workshop will examine how a century of nobel prize-awarded physics breakthrou






mohammad attends graduation of chief happiness and positivity officers


dubai: achieving happiness and positivity in the emirati community is an ultimate goal and a course of action held by all government entities to make it a lifestyle and a social culture, said his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai.shaikh mohammad made these remarks during the graduation ceremony of the first batch of chief happiness and positivity officers (chpos), who were trained under the national programme for happiness and positivity in cooperation with the berkeley university in california and oxford university in the united kingdom.shaikh mohammad said: “the uae, under the leadership of president his highness shaikh khalifa bin zayed al nahyan, empowers the society with happiness and positivity and harnesse






giving retreat begins on wednesday


dubai: the giving retreat will be launched on wednesday under the patronage of his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai.the retreat is to be attended by over 100 experts, stakeholders and officials brought together to brainstorm and generate strategies and ideas to boost philanthropy in the uae during the year of giving (2017).the giving retreat provides a platform for experts to produce a sustainable strategic framework that turns the vision of president his highness shaikh khalifa bin zayed al nahyan for the year of giving into reality. initiatives will be identified and tasks distributed, ensuring the development of a comprehensive and integrated system that supports philanthropic growth throughout 2017 and beyon






detained katy isd student is here on tourist visa from jordan


as 16-year-old mohammad abu khadra remains in immigration custody for a fifth day, officials told his brother that the jordanian teen is still detained in chicago because he is fully enrolled at katy high school despite only having a tourist visa. while children can attend private schools or some non-degree-seeking courses while in the u.s. on tourist visas, they cannot enroll in taxpayer-funded public schools.but how u.s. customs and border protection officials learned of khadra's enrollment, why he was not flown back to jordan and why he was flagged for more intensive security screenings upon his arrival remain a mystery.michael olivas, an attorney with immigration expertise and interim president of university of houston-downtown, said while it does not appear that mohammad's case is dir






gang leader s dead in karachi encounter


karachi: paramilitary rangers on thursday announced that noor mohammad alias baba ladla, one of the kingpins of the lyari gangs, was killed along with two of his accomplices in an armed encounter during a raid on thursday morning.ladla earned notoriety as the top commander for uzair baloch, the don of lyari, who was arrested by police last year for executing rival gang members and those who refused or failed to pay ransom or extortion money.a press statement said the pakistan rangers sindh received reliabel information that the lyari gang commander was present in phool pati lane.“the terrorists fiercely resisted the rangers with automatic firearms and hand grenades, [in an encounter] that lasted for 35 minutes,” the statement said.“in the exchange of fire one of the most wanted and notorio






uae government creates national strategy for year of giving


uae will be a beacon for humanitarian work that supports people and builds a nation, mohammad saysdubai: a concrete national strategy consisting of various humanitarian initiatives was announced by six ministers at the year of giving’s first national retreat in dubai on wednesday.his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai, joined the workshop discussions, which gathered over 100 cabinet ministers, government officials, and community and humanitarian leaders.“with the generosity of citizens, the year of giving, launched under the directives of president his highness shaikh khalifa bin zayed al nahyan, will consolidate our position as a nation and people, especially as we are the most generous nation globally,” said sha






laws to govern charity, volunteering soon


dubai: a legislative framework will govern humanitarian activities in the uae and charity work done by corporate houses will be monitored, it was announced during a retreat on year of giving attended by around 100 ministers and officials here wednesday.during the retreat held at dubai arabian horse stud, a national strategy consisting of various humanitarian initiatives was announced by six ministers.“with the generosity of citizens, the year of giving, launched under the directives of president his highness shaikh khalifa bin zayed al nahyan, will consolidate our position as a nation and people, especially as we are the most generous nation globally,” said his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai, who attended the






year of giving retreat kicks off with over 100 officials


mohammad bin abdullah al gergawi, minister for cabinet affairs and the future, started off the retreat by pointing out there is good and giving in each emirate.dubai: the year of giving’s first national retreat kicked off on wednesday at the dubai arabian horse stud, bringing together 100 cabinet ministers, government officials, and community and humanitarian leaders to discuss the future of philanthropy in the uae.mohammad bin abdullah al gergawi, minister for cabinet affairs and the future, started off the retreat by pointing out there is good and giving in each emirate.“our leaders have established charitable ociations that are represented by officials from the public and private sector as well as humanitarian leaders and businessman,” he said.al gergawi said the goal today is to discus






year of giving retreat kicks off with over 100 officials


his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai joins discussionsdubai: the year of giving’s first national retreat kicked off on wednesday at the dubai arabian horse stud, bringing together 100 cabinet ministers, government officials, and community and humanitarian leaders to discuss the future of philanthropy in the uae.mohammad bin abdullah al gergawi, minister for cabinet affairs and the future, started off the retreat by pointing out there is good and giving in each emirate.“our leaders have established charitable ociations that are represented by officials from the public and private sector as well as humanitarian leaders and businessman,” he said.al gergawi said the goal today is to discuss the challenges we face an






two top hizbul mujahideen militants killed in encounter


by: pti | srinagar | published:february 4, 2017 5:34 pm hafqat hussain and a sub-inspector, mohammad murtaza, were also injured in the gun battle which took place near amargarh village of sopore (pti p o)a “major terrorist operation” was on urday thwarted as two top hizbul mujahideen militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in north kashmir’s baramulla district. superintendent of police (operations) shafqat hussain and a sub-inspector, mohammad murtaza, were also injured in the gun battle which took place near amargarh village of sopore, 50 kms from here, after police intercepted the two militants travelling in a vehicle, a police spokesman said.watch what else is making news“an information was received that militants were travelling in a vehicle and were planning some t






zubair to take oath as sindh governor


the office fell vacant after siddiqui, who was sworn in as the governor in november last year, died on january 12karachi: mohammad zubair, a financial wizard in prime minister nawaz sharif’s cabinet, is set to take oath as governor of sindh province on thursday.he replaces the late saeeduz zaman siddiqui, who died last month after serving the office for a brief period.zubair, son of a former pakistani general, will be the 32nd governor of the province.president mamnoon hussain has already signed the notification of zubair’s appointment to the office.the office fell vacant after siddiqui, who was sworn in as the governor in november last year, died of illness on january 12.born on march 23, 1956 to a military family, zubair graduated from institute of business administration (iba), a presti






uae, india to boost regional security, says indian envoy


top indian diplomat in uae hails bilateral ties during tour of visiting indian coast guard shipdubai: the uae-india ties are set to deepen “beyond bilateral relationship” through expected collaborations in regional security, india’s amb ador to the uae said during a goodwill visit by an indian coast guard ship at dubai’s port rashid on sunday.navdeep singh suri, speaking during a tour of the samudra pavak, said he expects “a positive impact on regional security” through a greater cooperation in defence and maritime security.an increase in such collaborations “is only one part of the outcome of the visit [of his highness shaikh mohammad bin zayed al nahyan, deputy supreme commander of the uae armed forces and crown prince of abu dhabi]”, he said.shaikh mohammad visited india as the chief gu






egyptian mosque preacher suspender over goalie tribute


theologian veered off the sermon topic set in a nce by authorities and lavished praise on essam al hadaryby ramadan al sherbinicairo: the islamic authorities in an egyptian province have suspended a mosque preacher for praising the iconic soccer goalkeeper essam al hadary in a sermon, a newspaper reported urday.the head of the waqf department (religious affairs) in suez, some 130 kilometres from cairo, ordered the preacher’s suspension for lavishly praising al hadary in a friday sermon that precedes the weekly prayer, al youm al saba added.the preacher’s talk infringed a unified sermon topic wrote in a nce by the awqaf ministry, a provincial official said.“the theme of the sermon this week was about offering help to the desperate as a religious duty, but shaikh mohammad ezzat deviated from






first filipino school in dubai turns 25


dubai: the united international private school (uips), the first and oldest philippine school in dubai, marked its 25th founding anniversary on urday with a four-day student-oriented programme, including field demonstrations and a sports event.the uips was founded in september 1992 by two emiratis, colonel mohammad al hersh and dr mohammad al niyadi, based on their vision to provide quality education for the growing filipino community.“we knew 25 years ago that this community would grow and it’s grown to become one of the largest communities in the uae now. we started with just a few students and every year we kept growing,” dr al niyadi, owner and chairman of the advisory council of uips, told gulf news during the event.from just 125 students and 20 faculty and staff then, the school has






injured yemenis to get treatment in uae hospitals


they will be airlifted to hospitals as part of red crescent’s year of giving initiativeabu dhabi: a large number of yemeni people, who suffered injuries during the war in that country, would receive medical treatment in uae hospitals, the emirates red crescent (erc) announced on urday.the move follows the directives of president his highness shaikh khalifa bin zayed al nahyan, his highness shaikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai, and his highness shaikh mohammad bin zayed al nahyan, abu dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the uae armed forces.it is also a part of the erc’s pledge to provide treatment to 1,500 wounded yemenis, and a continuation of the president’s initiative to mark 2017 as the ‘year of giving’.th






sharjah baby friendly paign rebrands


sharjah baby friendly paign rebrands to care for children of all ages with a larger mandate and a comprehensive scope.sharjah: in the wake of the inspirational and highly successful sharjah baby friendly emirate paign (sbfc) launched in 2011, the paign is undergoing a major transformation into sharjah baby friendly office (sbf) to sustain and improve on the previous work to a wider age group of children, with a larger mandate and a more comprehensive scope.the sbf, an official body which will act as a focal point in the emirate for the health, education, culture, participation, safety and social protection for 0 -year-olds, will take over the mantle from the sbfc, which focused on 0-2-year olds.the office aims to provide a platform for cooperation and innovation between organi ions by expl






year of giving retreat kicks off with over 100 officials


mohammad bin abdullah al gergawi, minister for cabinet affairs and the future, started off the retreat by pointing out there is good and giving in each emirate.dubai: the year of giving’s first national retreat kicked off on wednesday at the dubai arabian horse stud, bringing together 100 cabinet ministers, government officials, and community and humanitarian leaders to discuss the future of philanthropy in the uae.mohammad bin abdullah al gergawi, minister for cabinet affairs and the future, started off the retreat by pointing out there is good and giving in each emirate.“our leaders have established charitable ociations that are represented by officials from the public and private sector as well as humanitarian leaders and businessman,” he said.al gergawi said the goal today is to discus






dubai residents go car-free for eighth time


tens of thousands ditch their cars to join dubai municipality's green initiative hussain n er lootah, director general of dubai municipality, major-general mohammad al merri, director general dnrd and officials from different departments travelling by dubai metro to observe the 8th edition of car free day in dubai. dubai: dubai's eighth car free day drive saw a vibrant start this morning with top officials leading the residents in ditching their cars and using public transport. tens of thousands of cars were off the roads in dubai as employees of about 2500 entities including 200 major government departments and private firms took part in the annual drive of not driving for a day. and this time, it was for an additional cause of contributing to donations for charity organizations and tree






avalanches in afghanistan kill at least 54


kabul, afghanistan –  avalanches in afghanistan have killed at least 54 people in the last three days, officials said sunday.omer mohammadi, spokesman for the afghan state minister for disaster mana ent and humanitarian affairs, said that more than 50 others have been injured in different parts of the country, updating an earlier toll.he said more than 150 homes have been destroyed by the avalanches and that 50 others were heavily damaged. the avalanches, which e after heavy snowfall, have also killed an estimated 550 animals and destroyed more than 2,500 acres of farmland, mohammadi said.mohammad aseem, governor of the hard-hit northern province of parwan, said that 16 people were killed and eight others injured in avalanches in two districts. he said a team had been dispatched to affecte






bangladeshi , 10, may be first female with ‘tree man syndrome


a 10-year-old bangladeshi who's being treated for bark-like warts on her face may be the first female to contract “tree man syndrome.” sahana khatun was admitted to dhaka’s medical college hospital on sunday after discovering growths on her chin ear and nose, doctors said tuesday. less than half a dozen people worldwide have contracted the unusual disease known as epidermodysplasia verruciformis, but women have not, so far, samantha lal sen, chief surgeon at dhaka’s medical college hospital, told the guardian. “we believe she is the first woman,” she said.‘tree man’ regains use of his hands after 16 surgeries the disease is caused by a defect in the immune system, which increases susceptibility to human papillomaviruses. khatun’s mother died at age 6 and her father, mohammad shahjahan, a






bangladeshi , 10, may be first female with tree man syndrome


a 10-year-old bangladeshi who's being treated for bark-like warts on her face may be the first female to contract “tree man syndrome.” sahana khatun was admitted to dhaka’s medical college hospital on sunday after discovering growths on her chin ear and nose, doctors said tuesday. less than half a dozen people worldwide have contracted the unusual disease known as epidermodysplasia verruciformis, but women have not, so far, samantha lal sen, chief surgeon at dhaka’s medical college hospital, told the guardian. “we believe she is the first woman,” she said.‘tree man’ regains use of his hands after 16 surgeries the disease is caused by a defect in the immune system, which increases susceptibility to human papillomaviruses. khatun’s mother died at age 6 and her father, mohammad shahjahan, a






bangladeshi , 10, may be first female with tree man syndrome


a 10-year-old bangladeshi who's being treated for bark-like warts on her face may be the first female to contract “tree man syndrome.” sahana khatun was admitted to dhaka’s medical college hospital on sunday after discovering growths on her chin, ear and nose, doctors said tuesday. less than half a dozen people worldwide have contracted the unusual disease known as epidermodysplasia verruciformis, but women have not, so far, samantha lal sen, chief surgeon at dhaka’s medical college hospital, told the guardian. “we believe she is the first woman,” she said.‘tree man’ regains use of his hands after 16 surgeries the disease is caused by a defect in the immune system, which increases susceptibility to human papillomaviruses. khatun lost her mother at 6-years-old and her father, mohammad shah






bangladeshi , 10, may be first female with tree man syndrome


a 10-year-old bangladeshi who's being treated for bark-like warts on her face may be the first female to contract “tree man syndrome.” sahana khatun was admitted to dhaka’s medical college hospital on sunday after discovering growths on her chin ear and nose, doctors said tuesday. less than half a dozen people worldwide have contracted the unusual disease known as epidermodysplasia verruciformis, but women have not, so far, samantha lal sen, chief surgeon at dhaka’s medical college hospital, told the guardian. “we believe she is the first woman,” she said.‘tree man’ regains use of his hands after 16 surgeries the disease is caused by a defect in the immune system, which increases susceptibility to human papillomaviruses. khatun’s mother died at age 6 and her father, mohammad shahjahan, a






avalanches in afghanistan kill at least 54


kabul, afghanistan — avalanches in afghanistan have killed at least 54 people in the last three days, officials said sunday.omer mohammadi, spokesman for the afghan state minister for disaster mana ent and humanitarian affairs, said that more than 50 others have been injured in different parts of the country, updating an earlier toll.he said more than 150 homes have been destroyed by the avalanches and that 50 others were heavily damaged. the avalanches, which e after heavy snowfall, have also killed an estimated 550 animals and destroyed more than 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of farmland, mohammadi said.mohammad aseem, governor of the hard-hit northern province of parwan, said that 16 people were killed and eight others injured in avalanches in two districts. he said a team had been dispa






man gunned down by 4 in ghaziabad


by: pti | ghaziabad | published:february 4, 2017 10:35 pma 30-year-old man has been s dead outside his house allegedly by four persons in tronica city here, police said on urday. the incident took place last night at around 8.30 pm in chaman vihar colony, sho tronica city b r zaidi said.watch what else is making newsfour bike-borne ailants arrived at the residence of victim rahbar and called him out. as soon as he e out, they opened fire indiscriminately. two bullets pierced in his chest and two in stomach, he said.rahbar was rushed to the gtb hospital where he was pronounced brought dead, the officer said. prima facie, the incident seems to be a matter of old enmity, zaidi said.eid mohammad, the younger brother of rahbar, has named rajesh, raju, pradeep and aakash in the fir. no arrest h






nobel museum is back in dubai


dubai: the 3rd annual nobel museum museum opened at dubai's children's city on monday morning. launched by the mohammad bin rashid al maktoum foundation (mbrf) in ociation with the nobel museum in sweden, the 2017 edition of the museum thrusts the field of physics into the limelight under the theme "the nobel prize in physics: understanding matter."it is aimed at introducing the public, especially the young generation, to the discoveries and scientific achievements of the nobel laureates in physics, which have played a significant role in improving people's lives. "the museum sheds light on prominent and successful scientists who have set an example to be followed if we are serious about building a knowledge-based economy," said jamal bin huwaireb, the managing director of mbrf.dr. olov am






uae, jordan agree to boost ties


shaikh abdullah receives jordan minister safadi at the ministry yesterday.abu dhabi: shaikh abdullah bin zayed al nahyan, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, on sunday received ayman safadi, jordan’s minister of foreign and expatriates affairs, at the ministry.during the meeting, the ministers discussed cooperation and possible ways to boost and develop it on all levels. they also exchanged views over the latest regional and international developments and other issues of mutual concern.welcoming the jordanian minister, shaikh abdullah stressed the uae’s keenness on strengthening cooperation with jordan across various fields.he emphasised the depth of the uae-jordanian relations and both countries’ interests in developing them continuously.safadi lauded the leading po






officials: guard kills afghan diplomat in pakistan


karachi, pakistan — a security guard s and killed an afghan diplomat inside the afghan consulate in the pakistani city of karachi on monday, officials said.mohammad zaki abdu —the consulate’s third secretary — died of his wounds shortly after the shooting, a spokesman for the afghan consulate in karachi, haris khan, said. “we were working at our office when we heard guns s,” he said. “everybody was running in panic when i got out.”the guard, identified only as an afghan national named rahatullah, was taken into custody, said police official azad khan.both officials said the motive behind the killing was not yet known. the afghan emb y in islamabad said it was awaiting further details.in pakistan, which has long been a bed of islamic militancy, foreign missions are afforded extra security a






13 killed in pakistan avalanches and heavy rain: officials


peshawar: at least 13 people were killed and 20 homes destroyed by avalanches and heavy rain which struck northwest pakistan on sunday, officials said.an avalanche smashed into the village of shershal in chitral district, killing nine people including four women and four children.it hit eight homes at around 3am, said sheema ayub khan, a spokeswoman for the disaster mana ent authority in khyber pakhtunkhwa province.the region has been hit by heavy snowfall that is four feet (1.2 metres) deep in some places.six people who had been t ped beneath the snow were rescued.shahab hameed, a senior administration official in the area, confirmed the death toll, adding that most of the area’s roads had been blocked.“we are trying to reopen the roads and help people,” he said.a separate avalanche kille






newly-wed emirati woman on bike killed in ras al khaimah accident


ras al khaimah:  a 21-year-old  emirati woman succumbed to injuries after the motorbike she was riding overturned several times in the awafi area in ras al khaimah on urday morning.her 25-year-old emirati husband sustained minor injuries.gulf news learnt that the couple was newly married. they were on their honeymoon and e to awafi area to enjoy.both of them were riding the bike when the accident took place on urday."the ambulance, a rescue team, and a traffic patrol rushed to the scene of the incident site, but the victim, could not make it, and breathed her last on the spot, and was then moved to the morgue of the hospital for burial," said colonel mohammad obaid al  khatiri, director of digdaga police station.an initial investigation of the crash indicated that the couple lost control o