Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 August 2019

The National

Afghan celebrations marred by bombings, Iran warns the US over tanker, and female aid workers honoured

Hello from The National's newsroom in Abu Dhabi.

Afghanistan’s centenary Independence Day celebrations yesterday were marred by a series of explosions in the eastern city of Jalalabad that left dozens injured. The attacks came as Afghans were still reeling from the brutal ISIS attack on a wedding celebration in Kabul two days earlier that killed 63 people and wounded 185 others.

Iran warned the United States against a second attempt to impound one of its tankers after it set course for Greece after 45 days of detention off the Gibraltar course. The Grace 1, now renamed the Adrian Draya-1 and re-flagged as Iranian, cast off late on Sunday for Kalamata in Greece despite an 11th hour attempt by the US to block its departure from the British overseas territory.

As part of World Humanitarian Day yesterday, a survivor of the 2003 UN headquarters bombing in Baghdad told an event in Dubai of the loss of 22 friends and colleagues.

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

UAE Indian residents have welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third visit to the UAE in four years as an affirmation of the close relationship between the two countries.

BUSINESS The construction sector in the UAE is expected to grow between 6 and 10 per cent in 2020, the majority of industry executives surveyed by KPMG said. However, time and cost overruns are still seen as substantial hurdles facing projects, alongside gaining funding.

OPINION Amid predictions of food and medicine shortages in a worst-case scenario, Britain could soon be broken by a no-deal Brexit, writes Gavin Esler.

ARTS & LIFESTYLE Meet Sama Abdulhadi: the West Bank-raised DJ talks about bringing techno to Palestine and getting turned away from super-club Berghain.

SPORT Ian Oxborrow asks: where does England's terrifyingly fast bowler Jofra Archer rank among the world's most fearsome?

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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Updated: August 19, 2019 10:37 PM

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