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Dubai airport flood update: roads and airport slow recovery Dubai’s airport, one of the world’s busiest, faced major disruption for the third consecutive day on Thursday as the heaviest rains on record hit the desert United Arab Emirates. The chaos caused by the torrential downpour led to the cancellation of 1,244 flights and the diversion of 41 others on Tuesday and Wednesday. Emirates, Dubai’s state-owned flagship airline, and sister carrier flydubai had to temporarily halt check-ins on Wednesday due to the stranded passengers clogging the airport. However, they resumed operations on Thursday, although the traffic congestion remained severe with major…

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The U.S. and U.K. impose new sanctions on Iran following an unprecedented attack on Israel, raising concerns of a wider conflict in the Middle East. The sanctions target individuals and entities involved in producing drones used in the attack, as well as firms in the steel and automotive industries supporting Iran’s military. President Joe Biden vows to continue imposing sanctions to degrade Iran’s military capabilities.

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In a shocking revelation during First Minister’s Questions, Nicola Sturgeon addressed the issue of hate crimes against police officers in Scotland. She described the abuse faced by Police Scotland members as “outrageous” and disclosed that nearly a quarter of hate crime victims in the country were actually law enforcement officials. Sturgeon’s comments shed light on the dangerous and hostile environment that police officers often find themselves in while carrying out their duties. The First Minister emphasized the importance of respecting and supporting those who put their lives on the line to protect the public. The statistics presented by Sturgeon serve…

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The latest immigration targets set by the Canadian government have sparked mixed reactions among recent immigrants, with a significant portion expressing concerns about the number of newcomers being admitted into the country. According to a recent Leger poll, 42 percent of respondents who immigrated to Canada within the past decade believe that the Liberals’ new immigration plans are too permissive. The poll also revealed that support for the federal Conservatives is strongest among Canadian immigrants, particularly among Chinese immigrants, whose support for the Tories outweighs their support for the Liberals by nearly three to one. The survey, which included over…

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In 2023, a record number of cases of online banking fraud have been reported, with as much as double the amount compared to the previous year, according to Finans Danmark, an interest organization for banks and credit unions. Michael Busk-Jepsen, director of digitization at Finans Danmark, has stated that fraudsters have become more sophisticated in their tactics, making it harder for both banks and customers to detect and prevent these crimes. “The criminals have gotten better, their tools have become more efficient, and unfortunately, they are also more successful, which is why they continue to engage in these fraudulent activities,”…

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The UAE’s Travel & Tourism sector has reached new heights in 2024, breaking records in GDP contribution, jobs, and visitor spend. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Economic Impact Research, the sector contributed a record-breaking AED 220BN to the UAE’s GDP, representing 11.7% of the entire economy. This growth of more than 26% from the previous year showcases the sector’s pivotal role in the nation’s economic framework. With more than 809,000 jobs supported by Travel & Tourism in the UAE, representing one in nine jobs in the country, the sector has seen a significant increase in employment since…

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Front page summary The Independent – Scandal of care home sex predators free to prey on the vulnerable Predatory staff who target vulnerable adults in care homes are free to move jobs unchallenged, The Independent can reveal, as almost 10,000 incidents of sexual abuse have been recorded in the last three years.The fact that abusers can move from home to home emerged in an independent review sparked by complaints made three decades ago by the family of a man with learning disabilities.The front page also reports on Hugh Grant settling his case with The Sun newspaper for a large amount of…

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Front page summary Metro – Deluged in Dubai Metro reports that thousands of British travellers have been stranded in Dubai after “apocalyptic” flooding. It adds that the city has experienced its heaviest rainfall in 75 years.  The front page leads entirely on the story.  Metro – Strict head’s prayer time win By WTX NewsApril 17, 2024 The main stories Like this article? why don’t you share it? its easy … just click the icon below:) Have your say Newspaper Stand

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Front page summary The Guardian – Brexit blamed as UK drug shortages put lives at risk  The Guardian says drug shortages are Britain’s “new normal” and the situation is being made worse by Brexit. It leads on a report by the health think tank Nuffield Trust who said the shortages have been exacerbated by Brexit. The paper says the medicines affected include those used to treat epilepsy, type 2 diabetes, and ADHD and that pharmacy bosses have warned the shortages are endangering the lives of those with the most serious illnesses.Elsewhere the front page features an image of flooding in Dubai. …

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Front page summary Daily Express – Lords defy will of the people over Rwanda bill “Meddling Lords” are criticised by the Daily Express after blocking the government’s Rwanda bill again. The right-wing paper has a typical take on the news. “Lords defy will of the people … again.” The paper says “meddling” peers are more interested in stopping the flights than stopping the boats and accuse Labour of a “politically cynical” move to block the legislation.The front page leaves room to report on ‘sick note Britain.’ It says the number of Brits calling in sick is on the rise.  Daily Express…

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Front page summary Daily Mirror – Shameless to the very end The Daily Mirror reports on the death of the man who plotted the fake kidnap of Shannon Matthews in a deal with her mother. Michael Donovan died of cancer. The 2008 story was nationwide and when it unravelled it was revealed that Donovan and Shannon’s mother plotted the kid’s disappearance in hopes of claiming a £50,000 reward. The front page reports on Simon Cowell as well as English agony last night as both Man City and Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League. Daily Mirror – Vote for smoking ban:…

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Front page summary The Sun – American Idle Harry The Sun says Prince Harry has officially registered himself as an American resident, cutting ties with the UK. The paper says the US is his “new country” in records filed at Companies House and that the move suggests he has “cut all ties with Britain”.Elsewhere, the front page reports Arsenal and Man City were knocked out of the Champions League last night.  The Sun – Kyle’s a dad for the sixth time By WTX NewsApril 17, 2024 The main stories Like this article? why don’t you share it? its easy … just click…

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Swedes can change their legal gender from the age of 16, after the Swedish parliament passed a law lowering the age. The law passed with 234 votes in favour and 94 against in Sweden’s parliament. Sweden was the first country to make gender transition legal – in 1972. But the new law has sparked a debate. For some, lowering the age from 18 to 16 will make an “important difference” but critics say more research is needed.

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The EU will expand sanctions on Iranian producers of drones and missiles following Iran’s attack on Israel. More than 300 missiles were launched from Iran, with 99% of them shot down or intercepted by Israel and its allies. Iran launched its attack after an Israeli strike on its consulate building in Syria killed 13 people.

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Bitcoin hits new record highs as institutional interest grows Bitcoin has soared to new record levels this year, driven primarily by increased interest from investors, as major institutions like Blackrock and Fidelity have launched exchange-traded funds (ETFs) allowing exposure to cryptocurrencies. However, the journey for those investing in crypto remains volatile. This was evident over the weekend when Bitcoin’s value plummeted by nearly 8 percent in response to Iran’s drone and robot attack on Israel. Despite the fluctuations, the overall trend for Bitcoin remains bullish as institutional adoption continues to grow. Investors are closely watching the market as they navigate…

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The recent attack on the World Central Kitchen in Gaza has sparked outrage and raised questions about the role of Western aid organizations in the region. The deliberate killing of aid workers by Israel has highlighted the dangers faced by those trying to provide assistance to the Palestinian people. The incident has also brought to light the complicity of the West in the ongoing genocide in Gaza. By using humanitarian aid as a cover for their actions, Western countries have failed to address the root causes of the conflict and have allowed Israel to continue its brutal attacks on the…

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Severe weather struck the Chicago area on Tuesday night, with thunderstorms and strong winds causing havoc across the region. A hazardous weather outlook was issued for Cook County, northern Illinois, and parts of northwest Indiana, warning residents of gusty winds and showers through midnight. The National Weather Service also issued a tornado watch for several counties in the area, including Boone, DeKalb, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, and Winnebago. While the intensity of the storms was slowly diminishing, there was still a possibility of stronger storms in the western suburbs. The inclement weather forced the postponement of the White Sox and Kansas…

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The Communications Workers Union (CWU) has negotiated two new pay agreements for employees at Eir and An Post, with significant boosts to their salaries on the horizon. If approved by members in the upcoming ballot, An Post workers could see an 8% increase in pay over two years, while Eir workers are in line for a 13% boost over the next 33 months. For An Post employees, the pay increase would be phased in, starting with a 4% raise effective from January 1, 2024, followed by 3% in 2025 and a final 1% in June 2025. The agreement would conclude…

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Los barones del Partido Popular han desembarcado en la campaña del País Vasco para apoyar al candidato Javier de Andrés en la recta final hacia las urnas. Con la presencia de figuras destacadas como Isabel Díaz Ayuso, Juanma Moreno, Alfonso Rueda, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco y Marga Prohens, el PP busca mejorar su resultado en Vizcaya, un bastión tradicional del PNV. En un acto denominado ‘Sociedad Abierta’ en Bilbao, los líderes del PP han destacado la importancia de la gestión como eje central de las elecciones, por encima de la crispación y los mensajes identitarios. Todos han coincidido en que el…

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The weather forecast for Wednesday may be looking bright and sunny, but in Dubai, it’s a completely different story. The United Arab Emirates recently experienced its heaviest downpour since records began in 1949, causing chaos and devastation for residents. According to Dubai’s media office, the heavy rains led to water entering homes, underground car parks, and even left some buildings without power. The aftermath of the storm resulted in widespread flooding, with one person tragically losing their life after being swept away by flash floods in the north of the country. Neighbouring Oman also faced the wrath of the heavy…

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The city of San Francisco is facing a surge in tax disputes with companies following the approval of several new business tax measures by voters. The contentious issue has sparked heated debates and legal battles between the city and businesses, with both sides digging in their heels. The tax disputes have been on the rise in recent years, as companies grapple with the implications of the new tax measures. These measures, which were approved by voters, aim to generate additional revenue for the city to fund essential services and infrastructure projects. However, many businesses argue that the new taxes are…

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