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Welcome to the "Best of The National", your guide to some of our most compelling and important content from the past seven days.

The National is collaborating with the Carter Centre in the US to turn a spotlight on mental health issues. We began our series with a special report on the strain frontline staff at Beirut’s refugee camps endure.

Almost 100 candidates will be contesting Tunisia's presidential election next month, including Prime Minister Youssef Chahed who officially entered the race on the last day for filing nominations.

Arthur MacMillan in New York reported on how a corruption crisis in Yemen struck at the heart of UN credibility on aid operations, underscored by allegations of corruption involving the World Health Organisation’s work in the country.

Reporter Callum Paton travelled to Italy where he covered the plight of the Roma people who are facing a government crackdown. Despite goading Italy’s minorities and embracing hard-line policing policies, the country's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is on the rise.

Don’t miss our comprehensive coverage of Hajj 2019, including personal stories, photo galleries, videos and more from the pilgrimage last week.

In Business news, we reported on Saudi Aramco’s impressive first-half results, and what they mean for the company’s eventual IPO.

Sterling’s ongoing slide against the US dollar – and, therefore, the dirham – is good news for some British expats in the UAE. Here’s some advice on ways to cash in on the pound’s plunge.

And real estate prices in Dubai face further downward pressures this year as more new properties enter the market.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, toured the vast Expo 2020 site – and vowed to make the event the best in its history.

The clashes at Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem cast a shadow of political reality on US plans for a solution to a historical problem that Washington has come to see mostly in terms of costs and benefits.

In this week’s Business Extra podcast, Mustafa Alrawi, assistant editor in chief, and Kelsey Warner and Chris Nelson, assistant business editors, discuss Aramco’s bumper first half with Jennifer Gnana, The National's energy correspondent.

And James Haines-Young, in Beyond the Headlines, looks at the history of the protests in Hong Kong.

Gavin Esler looks at the double-edged sword of mass tourism. While a hugely important part of the economy, hundreds of millions of visitors descending on a city or historical site can also be hugely detrimental.

US President Richard Nixon’s resignation 45 years ago was followed by greater accountability. We need a new reckoning, says Janine di Giovanni.

Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan wrote that the global economy is intrinsically connected to our environment and we must do all we can to preserve the natural treasures that we take for granted.

Enjoy,

Nic Ridley
Night editor

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<p>Houthis 'down US drone', Washington threatens sanctions, and help for Abu Dhabi's elderly</p>

Hello from The National's newsroom in Abu Dhabi.

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.

Here are some other highlights from www.thenational.ae:

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.

All this and more in The National – look out for the print edition, visit TheNational.ae, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter for round-the-clock updates.

Nic Ridley
Night editor

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Hello from The National's newsroom in Abu Dhabi.

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.

Here are some other highlights from www.thenational.ae:

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.

All this and more in The National – look out for the print edition, visit TheNational.ae, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter for round-the-clock updates.

Nic Ridley
Night editor

If you're on the go, don't forget our mobile app – for iOS and Android – and also get news alerts sent directly to you or sign up for our WhatsApp service.

Houthi rebels claim downing of US drone over Yemen
The drone is the second to have been downed by the Iran-backed rebels in recent months
Abu Dhabi plans community welfare project for isolated elderly people
Pensioners will have the chance to be part of a buddy system, volunteer programmes and social groups in malls and parks
Legacy of indomitable Emirati Khalifa Al Muhairi to live on
Tributes paid to inspirational cancer patient who died on Tuesday
Greece says it will not help Iranian tanker sought by the US
Meanwhile in the Red Sea, the Iranian oil tanker 'Helm' made a distress call on Tuesday
Rare crocodiles and birds seized in Sharjah during foiled smuggling plot
Traffickers were trying to illegally import Siamese crocodiles and hornbill birds
New nimble buses introduced to beat Abu Dhabi toll gate charge
The move is aimed at easing congestion and encouraging more residents to use public transport
The Big Picture
Residents watch the Nil Barahi mask dance festival, an annual event during which dancers perform while posing as various deities, in Bode, Nepal. Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters
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