<p>Houthis 'down US drone', Washington threatens sanctions, and help for Abu Dhabi's elderly</p>
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Houthi rebels may have shot down a US drone over Yemen’s Dhamar governorate, south-east of Sanaa. Yesterday, the US military’s Central Command said it was investigating the reports.
Greece yesterday said it would not endanger its relations with Washington by aiding an Iranian supertanker sought by the US but released by Gibraltar that is in the Mediterranean Sea, believed to be heading for a Greek port. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would take every action it can to prevent the Grace 1 from delivering oil to Syria in contravention of US sanctions.
Retired Emiratis are to be partnered with buddies and welcomed into community groups to improve their social interaction and welfare. Launched by Ma’an, Abu Dhabi's authority for social contribution, the project will seek to place greater emphasis on older people's role in society.
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UAE Sharjah has foiled an attempt to smuggle critically endangered crocodiles and birds into the country. A group of traffickers were trying to illegally import eight Siamese crocodiles and nine birds from the rare hornbill family.
MIDDLE EAST The UAE's deputy permanent representative and charge d'affaires to the United Nations has pledged that the country will exert every effort to de-escalate matters in southern Yemen. Speaking to the Security Council in New York, Saud Al Shamsi highlighted the important role the UAE has played in liberating areas of Yemen from the Houthi rebels.
BUSINESS Abu Dhabi National Oil Company has awarded Dh13.2 billion of contracts to three suppliers in the UAE as it continues its programme of investment in local industries.
OPINION With a history of Alzheimer's in his family, Nick March says he gets sleepless nights from the idea of a predictive test for dementia
ARTS&LIFESTYLE How the Okinawa diet could help you live to be 100
SPORT UAE manager Bert van Marwijk has kept faith with influential Emirati midfielder Omar Abdulrahman by naming him in his 27-player squad for their 2022 World Cup opener against Malaysia.