Yemen peace hopes rise, Brexit deal, redback spiders and more
Hello from The National’s newsroom in Abu Dhabi.
The Arab coalition has said that 50 wounded Houthi fighters can be evacuated to Oman for medical treatment as part of a package of confidence-building measures to clear the way for Yemen peace talks in Sweden later this month.
Britain and the EU have agreed a draft blueprint for the UK’s departure from the European Union.
Palestinian fighters in Gaza, including Hamas, have issued a joint statement announcing an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel. The groups said they would abide by the truce as long as Israel did the same, but there was no immediate comment from the Israelis.
The US government has announced new sanctions against Hezbollah, targeting among others Jawad Nasrallah, the son of the organisation’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah.
In UAE news, the migrations of 10 flamingos are being tracked by satellite as part of a new conservation initiative. The Ruler of Umm Al Quwain has doubled the salaries of government workers and Patrick Ryan reports on the rise of redback spiders in this country.
Our business desk continues its coverage of Adipec, one of the key events in the oil and gas industry calendar. Adnoc has awarded a 25 per cent stake to Eni in its multi-billion dollar gas concession, as well as signing an agreement with an Uzbek energy producer. Sudan’s energy minister has also been explaining his country’s ambition to become a net crude exporter by 2023.
Check out our Special report: Oil and Gas 4.0 on the implementation of digitisation, Big Data, automation and the Internet of Things which, together with the lucrative opportunity created by rising demand in Asia, is driving producers in the Middle East and beyond to evolve and change.
In sport, John McAuley reports on the fallout from the cancellation of an upcoming friendly football match between the UAE national side and Egypt. The Egypt FA announced that the match had been rescheduled to be played in March. The UAE hosts the Asian Cup in January and had intended to use the match as part of its preparations for the tournament.
In tennis, Rafael Nadal has been confirmed as the latest star name to join the roster for next month’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi and in cricket, the latest edition of the pod has arrived. This week the panel catches up with Chirag Suri.
Our travel desk stayed close to home this week, reviewing the recently opened Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi hotel and, in lifestyle, Selina Denman checks out eight Global Grad Show projects that might just make the world a better place.
Have a great day,
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