epaselect epa06626003 A Gendarme secures the entrance of the gendarmerie of Carcassonne, southern France, 24 March 2018, a day after terrorist attack in Trebes. A gunman, claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) took hostages iat the Super U supermarket on 23 March in Trebes. According to reports four people died, including a police officer who voluntary replaced a female hostage, and 16 others were injured in the attack. French Police has shot dead the attacker in Trebes near Carcassonne following the hostage situation.  EPA/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO
A Gendarme secures the entrance of the gendarmerie of Carcassonne, southern France, a day after a gunman, claiming allegiance to the ISIL, took hostages in a supermarket in nearby Trebes. Guillaume HoShow more

Trèbes attack shows changing face of ISIL

Innocent blood was spilled in the small towns of Carcassonne and Trèbes in southern France last week in an attack claimed by ISIL. Three lives were lost; plenty more were irrevocably altered. 26-year-old Redouane Lakdim stole a car, killing a passenger and a policeman before taking hostages in a supermarket, injuring 16 people. He allegedly cried "I am a soldier of [ISIL]", before demanding the release of the sole surviving suspect of the November 2015 Paris attacks. On Saturday morning, a gendarme who traded himself for a hostage died of his wounds. His heroism reminds us that humanity is stronger than hatred.

France has experienced a period of calm following a sustained terror campaign, which began when gunmen stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo in January 2015. Attacks followed in Normandy, Nice and Paris, leaving well over 200 dead. The intervening years have also seen brutal attacks in Barcelona, London, Stockholm and Brussels. Events in Trèbes are a grim reminder that full security is but an illusion in major cities and demonstrates the latest strategies of ISIL reborn. In 2014, the world watched on with horror as the group spread like a virus in Iraq and Syria, murdering and enslaving communities under its control. But today its "caliphate" is dead, and its fighters scattered across the region. Many will return to Europe, where they are unlikely to live quiet lives. ISIL now bears the characteristics of a conventional terror group, dependent on angry isolated young men to commit atrocities in its name. Too many in western Europe seem to fit that profile.

Lakdim bore the hallmarks of previous attackers, particularly Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, who killed 86 people with a lorry in Nice in 2016. Moroccan-born Lakdim was known to the French intelligence services since 2014. He dabbled in petty crime, including drug-dealing, and lived with his parents and sisters in bleak social housing near the picturesque town of Carcassonne. He may have visited Syria. The familiarity raises perennial questions about how to stop the increasingly well-trod path from disaffected misfit to murderous militant. Governments must be alert to radicalisation. But they must also make attempts to draw in those on the margins with education and employment opportunities. Nevertheless, today, in the aftermath of another cowardly attack targeting innocent civilians, we must maintain our resolve and pause to mourn the victims, including a gendarme whose self-sacrifice has propelled him into hearts and minds in France and far beyond.


Company name: Almouneer
Started: 2017
Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
Based: Egypt
Number of staff: 120
Investment: Bootstrapped, with support from Insead and Egyptian government, seed round of
$3.6 million led by Global Ventures

Illegal shipments intercepted in Gulf region

The Royal Navy raid is the latest in a series of successful interceptions of drugs and arms in the Gulf

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May 8: US coastguard vessel USCGC Glen Harris seizes heroin and meth worth more than $30 million from a fishing boat

March 2: Anti-tank guided missiles and missile components seized by HMS Lancaster from a small boat travelling from Iran

October 9, 2022: Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose recovers drugs worth $17.8 million from a dhow in Arabian Sea

September 27, 2022: US Naval Forces Central Command reports a find of 2.4 tonnes of heroin on board fishing boat in Gulf of Oman 

UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets
Saturday's schedule at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

GP3 race, 12:30pm

Formula 1 final practice, 2pm

Formula 1 qualifying, 5pm

Formula 2 race, 6:40pm

Performance: Sam Smith

  • Kirill Shamalov, Russia's youngest billionaire and previously married to Putin's daughter Katarina
  • Petr Fradkov, head of recently sanctioned Promsvyazbank and son of former head of Russian Foreign Intelligence, the FSB. 
  • Denis Bortnikov, Deputy President of Russia's largest bank VTB. He is the son of Alexander Bortnikov, head of the FSB which was responsible for the poisoning of political activist Alexey Navalny in August 2020 with banned chemical agent novichok.  
  • Yury Slyusar, director of United Aircraft Corporation, a major aircraft manufacturer for the Russian military.
  • Elena Aleksandrovna Georgieva, chair of the board of Novikombank, a state-owned defence conglomerate.

Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

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Alia’s winning experiment examined how genes might change under the stresses caused by being in space, such as cosmic radiation and microgravity.

Her samples were placed in a machine on board the International Space Station. called a miniPCR thermal cycler, which can copy DNA multiple times.

After the samples were examined on return to Earth, scientists were able to successfully detect changes caused by being in space in the way DNA transmits instructions through proteins and other molecules in living organisms.

Although Alia’s samples were taken from nematode worms, the results have much bigger long term applications, especially for human space flight and long term missions, such as to Mars.

It also means that the first DNA experiments using human genomes can now be carried out on the ISS.


Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.


Director: Lee Isaac Chung

Starring: Glenn Powell, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Anthony Ramos

Rating: 2.5/5

Company profile

Company name: Fasset
Started: 2019
Founders: Mohammad Raafi Hossain, Daniel Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech
Initial investment: $2.45 million
Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
Investors: Investcorp, Liberty City Ventures, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Primal Capital, Wealthwell Ventures, FHS Capital, VN2 Capital, local family offices


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- margarines and spreads; cookies, biscuits, pastries, cakes, and cake mixes, breakfast cereals, cereal and energy bars;

- energy drinks, milk drinks, fruit yoghurts and fruit drinks, cocoa drinks, meat and chicken extracts and instant sauces

- infant formulas and follow-on milks, health and slimming products such as powdered or fortified meal and dish substitutes,

- many ready-to-heat products including pre-prepared pies and pasta and pizza dishes, poultry and fish nuggets and sticks, sausages, burgers, hot dogs, and other reconstituted meat products, powdered and packaged instant soups, noodles and desserts.


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Population: 44.13 million

Armed conflict in Donbass

Russia-backed fighters control territory

The biog

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Age: 32

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First started supporting Al Wasl: 7

Biggest rival: Al Nasr


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Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others

UAE v Gibraltar

What: International friendly

When: 7pm kick off

Where: Rugby Park, Dubai Sports City

Admission: Free

Online: The match will be broadcast live on Dubai Exiles’ Facebook page

UAE squad: Lucas Waddington (Dubai Exiles), Gio Fourie (Exiles), Craig Nutt (Abu Dhabi Harlequins), Phil Brady (Harlequins), Daniel Perry (Dubai Hurricanes), Esekaia Dranibota (Harlequins), Matt Mills (Exiles), Jaen Botes (Exiles), Kristian Stinson (Exiles), Murray Reason (Abu Dhabi Saracens), Dave Knight (Hurricanes), Ross Samson (Jebel Ali Dragons), DuRandt Gerber (Exiles), Saki Naisau (Dragons), Andrew Powell (Hurricanes), Emosi Vacanau (Harlequins), Niko Volavola (Dragons), Matt Richards (Dragons), Luke Stevenson (Harlequins), Josh Ives (Dubai Sports City Eagles), Sean Stevens (Saracens), Thinus Steyn (Exiles)