Global News in Pictures 15th - 23rd Oct '07

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The world’s largest jetliner, Airbus' new A380 ‘superjumbo’, completed its first commercial flight on Thursday, making aviation history as it touched down in Australia in the early hours of the morning. Airlines in the Gulf will have been watching the launch closely as many have been linked to massive orders of European manufacturer's flagship aircraft. (Getty Images)
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The first batch of tickets for pop sensation Justin Timberlake’s first Middle East concert at Abu Dhabi will go on sale online at 9am on Thursday, October 25, at www.timeouttickets.com, the show’s exclusive ticketing agents. The concert is set to take place at Emirates Palace Hotel on December 6 and marks the final performance of JT's 'FutureSex/LoveShow' world tour. (Getty Images)
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Dubai developers must comply with 'green' building standards starting January under a new mandate issued on Wednesday to drive eco-friendly development across the emirate. The move - put forth by Sheikh Mohammed - is a bid to bring the emirate in line with international standards in sustainable development. (Getty Images)
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India has waded into the controversy surrounding the UAE-backed plans for a six-year residency cap on unskilled workers as millions of its citizens face being forced out of the Gulf if the proposal is passed at the upcoming GCC summit. The South Asian country has said it will initiate talks with the UAE if the Labour Ministry passes the proposed plan - put forth by Bahrain earlier this month - that would stop unskilled workers from working in any one GCC member state for more than six years.(Getty Images)
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An aerial view of Palm Atlantis resort on Dubai’s man-made Palm Jumeirah island. Twenty-eight dolphins controversially shipped from the Solomon Islands to the resort arrived safely despite protests from environmentalists, its shippers said Monday. The deal went ahead despite protests after three dolphins were found dead near the firm's holding pens as the mammals were being loaded onto planes.
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A grey whale weighing in at nine tonnes and measuring 12 metres was found floating in the marine channel access to Jebel Ali Port on Sunday. The mammal, which died seven to ten days ago, had several gashes along its body, indicating it could have died from collisions with boats or ships.
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US First Lady Laura Bush met with breast cancer survivors in the United Arab Emirates yesterday on a tour to raise awareness of the disease. Bush told Emirati women they had much in common with their US counterparts, and that focusing on the similarities would help build understanding between countries. (Getty Images)
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The Times newspaper is to relocate its business desk from London to the Middle East for its forthcoming Gulf Business Forum, set to run between October 28 and November 4. The move is expected to allow its journalists to discuss regional and global business issues with more than 200 CEOs and other business leaders. (Getty Images)
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Etihad Airways will boost its total weekly flight count from 556 to 718 on October 28 when its winter schedule kicks in. The majority of the increases are attributed to flights within the GCC and to Europe and the Indian Subcontinent, including to Amman, Geneva and Kathmandu.
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A Hollywood producer has chosen Oman as the location for his next movie, which goes into production early next year. The Sultanate will provide the backdrop to ‘Brothers Till the End,’ a new project by martial artist and producer Kamel Krifa, who has starred in films including Universal Soldier and Double Impact. (Getty Images)
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Ali Larijani (right) - who quit as Iran's chief nuclear negotiator - and his replacement Saeed Jalili (left) will go to talks on Tuesday with the EU's Javier Solana on Tehran's standoff with the West. Analysts said Larijani's resignation exposed a rift with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about how to fend off pressure from the West. (Getty Images)
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Nickelodeon's most popular cartoons including Spongebob Square Pants (pictured) are set to make an Arabic debut in the region as Dubai government-owned Arab Media Group and MTV Networks International launch Nickelodeon Arabia, a localised, Arabic language free-to-air channel dedicated exclusively to kids across the Middle East. (Getty Images)
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Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Agriculture is being held responsible for the deaths of over 2,000 camels in the kingdom over the past few months. A special committee to the advisory Shoura Council found that ‘shortcomings’ within the ministry were responsible for causing the camel deaths and harming livestock owners across the kingdom. (Getty Images)
Tue 23 Oct 2007 05:02 PM GST