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    UAE to expand excise tax to sugary drinks and e-cigarettes from 2020

    The UAE Cabinet announced on Tuesday that from January 1, 2020 the list of excise taxable products will be expanded to include sweetened beverages, sugary drinks and electronic smoking devices. “The decision comes to support the UAE government's efforts to enhance public health and prevent chronic diseases directly linked to sugar and tobacco consumption,” the Cabinet General Secretariat said in the statement. A beverage with added sugar or sweeteners of any kind will now be subject to a 50 percent tax. Manufactures will also need to identify the sugar content of their product in order for consumers to make healthy choices.

  • Arab News

    Philippines warns of 'unfriendly' greeting for uninvited warships

    NEW DELHI: An unmanned spacecraft India launched last month began orbiting the moon Tuesday as it approaches the far side to study previously discovered water deposits. The Indian Space Research Organization said it successfully maneuvered Chandrayaan, the Sanskrit word for “moon craft,” into lunar orbit, nearly a month after it left Earth. The mission is led by two female scientists. Chandrayaan will continue circling the moon in a tighter orbit until reaching a distance of about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the moon's surface. The lander will then separate from the orbiter and use rocket fuel to brake as it attempts India's first moon landing on a relatively flat surface between two craters

  • Arab News

    Priyanka Chopra steps out in Jordanian-Romanian designer

    DUBAI: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra was spotted wearing a pair of sandals by the Jordanian-Romanian designer Amina Muaddi at US pop star Joe Jonas's recent James Bond-themed birthday party. The label shared a picture of Chopra wearing Muaddi's feather-trimmed Adwoa sandals. Chopra paired them with a sheer feathered mini-dress with a beaded boat-cut neckline. Her husband, Joe's brother Nick Jonas, looked very 007 in a black tuxedo. Muaddi's up-and-coming label is known for its bright hues and razor-thin stiletto heels that often widen out into a squared block at the base of the heel.  Muaddi, whose footwear label is designed in Paris and produced in Italy, has also been in the spotlight,

  • Egypt Independent

    Lebanese singer Elissa to retire

    Renowned Lebanese singer Elissa, 45, revealed that her next album will also be her last. On her twitter account, Elissa broke the news to her fanbase with a heavy heart: “I am preparing this new album with a lot of love and passion. The reason is that it will be the last one in my career. I am announcing this with a heavy heart but with a lot of conviction because I can't work in a field that is similar to mafias. I can't be productive anymore.” The singer has recently recovered from a battle with breast cancer, which she revealed in a music video released on August 2018 titled “Ila Kol Elli Bihebbouni” (For all those who love me)” At the end of the video, Elissa said “I've recovered. I've beaten

  • CNN

    Couple face jail for taking sand from beach

    The Italian island's white sand is protected, and tourists face fines and even jail time for removing it from local beaches -- but the couple say they did not realize they were committing a crime. Police in the northern city of Porto Torres found the sand while making routine checks on cars waiting to board a ferry to Toulon in southern France. They spotted some bottles filled with sand through the window of the car, and arrested the couple, a man and woman in their 40s, police told CNN. Overall, 14 plastic bottles containing around 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of white sand were seized, police said. The couple were reported to a court in the city of Sassari for aggravated theft and they risk a fine

  • Egypt Independent

    US economists expect recession in 2020 or 2021: survey

    A majority of economists expect a US recession in the next two years, but have pushed back the onset amid Federal Reserve actions, according to a survey released Monday. The survey came out after President Donald Trump pushed back against talk of a looming recession as a raft of US data reports last week showed a mixed picture on the economy. “I'm prepared for everything. I don't think we're having a recession. We're doing tremendously well. Our consumers are rich,” Trump told reporters Sunday. “I gave a tremendous tax cut, and they're loaded up with money. They're buying. I saw the Wal-Mart numbers, they were through the roof,” he said. “And most economists actually say that we're not going

  • Arab News

    No plane, no pilots and no real answers on missing Philippine training plane

    MANILA: The Beechcraft Baron 55 disappeared ten minutes after it took off on May 17 from San Jose Airport in the central Philippine island of Mindoro. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said that the last known position of RP-C9078, the tail number by which the plane has come to be popularly identified, was just 16 nautical miles south of the airport over the deep waters of the Mindoro Strait, after which radar contact was lost. Since then, no pieces of the wreckage of the training plane have been found; nor have any remains of the two people on board, Abdullah Khalid Al-Sharif, a 23-year-old Saudi student at the Orient Flying School, and his Filipino instructor, Captain Jose