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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 23 July 2018

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'White Helmet' workers evacuated from Syria, support for Iraq amid electricity crisis and Dubai Ruler's flying inspection 

With the forces of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad closing in, hundreds of aid workers of the ‘White Helmet’ civil defence group and their families were evacuated from Syria and into Jordan with a view to resettling the evacuees in the West.

As protests over electricity cuts reach Baghdad, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have stepped in to help Iraq with its energy crisis after Iran cut its electricity supply to southern provinces over outstanding debts Tehran says are owed to them. On the anniversary of the 1958 coup d'etat overthrowing the monarchy in Iraq, the country is still haunted by a weakened system manipulated by political and military actors, writes Editor-in-Chief Mina Al-Oraibi in our opinion pages.

Children conscripted to fight for Houthi rebels in Yemen have been subjected to sexual abuse and indoctrinated to believe that it was their Islamic duty to fight pro-government forces, according to a Saudi aid organisation.

Watch: Dubai’s Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid pay a flying visit to Dubai International Airport where he called on officials to raise the bar in welcoming travellers and simplifying procedures for passengers.

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development is implementing seven of the 10 strategic initiatives linked to a three-year Dh50 billion stimulus package for the emirate unveiled in June, Saif Al Hajeri, its chairman, told The National.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram in the after-life? Social media users in the UAE can now legally bequeath their online accounts to friends or family in the event of their death, officials said.

Tomorrowland, one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals in the world, is hosting satellite parties in real time when it kicks off in Belgium on Saturday, including in Abu Dhabi. Read our guide for what’s in store both on and off the stage.

Lewis Hamilton charged through from 14th on the grid to win an exciting German Grand Prix as title rival Sebastian Vettel dramatically crashed out while leading, thanks to unexpected rain on the track.

All this and more in The National today – visit TheNational.ae or follow us on @TheNationalUAE for round the clock updates

Mustafa Alrawi

Assistant Editor-in-Chief