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Malaysia Airlines MH17 hit by numerous objects

A report into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has said the aircraft broke up in mid-air after being hit by “numerous objects”. Unidentified objects “pierced the plane at high velocity”, the report finds, with “no evidence of technical or human error”. The plane was flying from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in rebel-held …

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Saudi not to ban Nigerians for haj travel

Saudi Arabia, which has barred pilgrims from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea from the haj due to Ebola concerns, will allow Nigerians to attend, an official was reported on Monday as saying, suggesting the smaller outbreak there was less worrying. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been worst hit by an outbreak of the disease in West Africa, with a …

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UAE to protect its heritage

The UAE is drafting a new law aimed at preserving and protecting its national heritage as part of the UAE Vision 2021 initiative. Mohammed Khamis Al Muhairi, director-general at National Council of Tourism and Antiquities, said in comments published by news agency WAM that the National Antiquities Protection Law will be issued by the Cabinet. He added that the law …

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Cameras to monitor Dammam-Riyadh railway 

The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) has announced plans to install around 500 cameras to monitor its railway line from Riyadh to Dammam. The cameras are expected to be installed before the end of the year. Mohammed Al-Suwaiket, head of the SRO, said that the organization has opened the bidding process for the installation of the surveillance cameras, adding that they …

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Syrians on visit visas allowed to work

Syrians have applauded a Saudi government decision allowing their compatriots on visit visas to work in the Kingdom given the dire situation in their country, sabq.org electronic newspaper reported quoting a source. The source said the permission was given for a limited period, adding that the move would help private and public firms to make use of the services of …

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Plan for Haj flights from Israel denied

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has denied reports that its airports would handle direct flights from Israel this Haj season. GACA Spokesman Khaled Al-Khaibari said there would be no direct flights from Occupied Palestine to Saudi airports carrying Haj pilgrims from the occupied territories. He said Palestinian pilgrims would be transported from Egyptian or Jordanian airports. Or the …

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Tawau fire destroys 100 houses

TAWAU: A fire in Kampung Tanjung Batu Keramat Laut here today destroyed about 100 houses, according to the Tawau Fire and Rescue Service. Its head, Rudy Fredzek, said there had been no report of casualties and that the cause of the fire and the damage had yet to be ascertained. He said firemen were summoned at 6.20 pm and three …

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Second public bus line revs up

The Phnom Penh municipality launched the capital’s second bus line yesterday, running for 68 stops from the night market to Takhmao town in Kandal province. The second line’s fleet is made up of 18 secondhand buses from South Korea, although city spokesman Long Dimanche said only nine will be used on weekends. Dimanche has called upon Phnom Penh citizens to …

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Sorya bus hullabaloo at an end

A five-month protest aimed at a Phnom Penh bus company came to an end on Thursday when Sorya Transportation Company reinstated three of 17 drivers it fired in April. Sorya will pay severance to nine others, and the Cambodian Labour Confederation will file a lawsuit in Phnom Penh Municipal Court today for the remaining five, questioning the legality of the …

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Holiday brings street sweeps

In an effort to “clean” Phnom Penh’s streets ahead of the coming Pchum Ben celebrations, authorities in Daun Penh district yesterday rounded up 27 homeless people. Kim Vutha, district security chief, told the Post that authorities conducted the roundup in Wat Phnom, Srah Chak, Boeung Raing and Chey Chumneah communes and sent the 27 to Phnom Penh’s Social Affairs Department. …

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