Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 24 August 2019

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Modi hails UAE ties, Sudan welcomes new prime minister, and the horrors of Khan Sheikhoun

Hello from The National's newsroom in Abu Dhabi.

Narendra Modi has described building closer ties with the UAE as one of India’s greatest foreign policy achievements. And on the eve of his third visit, Mr Modi hailed the ever-closer relationship across energy, trade, tourism and much more.

Sudan's new Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, was sworn in yesterday and vowed to make achieving peace and solving the country's economic crisis a priority. The appointment of the renowned economist came as Gen Abdel Fattah Al Burhan, the outgoing head of the military council, was sworn-in as leader of the new Sovereign Council that will run the country for three years.

The entanglement of so many regional powers in Idlib highlights the precariousness of peace in Syria, and the international community is doing little to stop the carnage, writes Kareem Shaheen.

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

UAE An 11-year-old girl in Dubai has achieved the highest mark in GCSE Further Maths at her school. Susannah Latto, from London, stunned her friends and teachers at Kings' School Al Barsha by scoring 163 out of 175 in the exam.

MIDDLE EAST Several explosions over the past month at sites belonging to Tehran’s main militia allies in Iraq have been met by deafening silence from the Baghdad government.

BUSINESS NMC Health, a London-listed UAE healthcare operator, yesterday reported a 19 per cent rise in its first-half net income as revenue rose and margins improved. The company also said it will seek shareholders’ approval to buy back up to $200 million (Dh734m) of its shares.

WEEKEND ESSAY Joseph Dana looks at the blight of rising crime in South Africa and argues this is the legacy of stark post-apartheid inequalities. Lingering social and economic disparities offer vital clues to the importance of an equitable solution for Palestinians, he says in this weekend's long read.

SPORT Richard Jolly says Arsenal need David Luiz at his best to avoid another Anfield evisceration as the Gunners' record at Liverpool's home in recent seasons makes for grim reading.

WEEKEND SUPPLEMENT What our roads will look like in 2050; from Dolce & Gabbana to Versace: why so many luxury brands fail in China; eat your way around the world: 10 of the best cooking holidays; and we report on how a small publishing house is taking big risks on smart literary fiction

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Nic Ridley

Night editor

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Updated: August 22, 2019 10:54 PM

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