UAE

ERC steps up humanitarian efforts in Tarim

Sharjah 24 – WAM: The Emirates Red Cresent, ERC, has stepped up its relief efforts in the Directorate of Tarim in Wadi Hadramaut, within the framework of the humanitarian role of the UAE towards the Yemeni families affected by the Houthi coup against legitimacy.

Arab World

1.3 million children displaced by Iraq's war with "Daesh": UNICEF

Sharjah 24 – Reuters: About half the 2.6 million people displaced in Iraq after a three-year war with Daesh militants are children and persisting violence hampers efforts to ease their suffering, the United Nations said on Friday.

International

Turkey's EU minister rejects any option other than full membership

Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Turkey would reject any offer of partnership with the European Union that falls short of membership, Ankara’s minister for EU affairs said, warning that the current impasse gave Turkey no reason to maintain its migrant deal with the bloc.

International

Tensions rise as new inmate attack fuels French prison strikes

Sharjah 24 – AFP: French police fired tear gas to break up a picket line of striking prison guards at Europe's biggest prison on Friday, as a fresh assault by inmates on staff at a facility in Corsica fuelled demands for better security.

Economy

Federal TAX Authority: online shopping purchases subject to VAT

Sharjah 24 – WAM: The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has confirmed that all purchases made through online shopping portals are subject to the same 5% Value Added Tax (VAT) as any other purchase made through traditional outlets if the products purchased online are received within the United Arab Emirates.

International

North Korea may hold military parade on eve of Olympics, analysts say

Sharjah 24 – Reuters: North Korea may be preparing to hold a military parade on the eve of next month’s winter Olympics in South Korea, analysts and diplomats say, even as the two countries have sought to mend ties.