Syria’s deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad said Syrian Kurds should re-join Damascus or be “plunged into the abyss” just hours after the Turkish military said that plans were prepared for an offensive after the United States appeared to abandon their main ally in the north-east of the country.

Iraqi President Barham Salih called for dialogue and a halt to the violence after a week of riots that left about 100 dead, with the military admitting to using “excessive force.”

Yemen’s government and the Southern Transitional Council are close to reaching an agreement that would end a power struggle in the port city of Aden.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, expects to make profit at the end of its turnaround plan in 2023, its chief commercial officer Robin Kamark said.

Arab women should have the right to marry foreigners and pass their citizenship on to their children, a charter launched in Abu Dhabi read.

Pupils at a Dubai school have begun weekly classes focused on mental well-being as part of a new education programme.


Konstantin was born in Moscow's Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (VDNKh) district on 23 February 1961 the second son of a School master. Educated at Kazan National Research Technical University Казанский национальный исследовательский технический университет имени А. Н. Туполева he graduated in Economics in 1982. Recruited to the Soviet 40th Army serving as a Сержант in Aghanistan,later transferring to 1008th Flak Artillery Regiment, before being struck in the shoulder by a stray shell fragment. Konstantin invalided out of the Army . Starting up as Soviet blogger 'Maaxmann', later becoming a guard for a Moscow ballet company and it was there accompanying them in the West, that he had his first taste of the 'High Life'. Failing to return to Russia he resided first in Reutlingen, where he became a correspondent for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung...later he moved to London to write for the Telegraph,where he now resides with his wife and 2 children.

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