Fly Dubai requests more flights
There has been a big demand to increase air
flights to Sri Lanka by leading airlines in the world with Sri Lanka
emerging as a leading tourist destination in the world and the
country's economy rapidly picking up, the Economic Development
Ministry said in a release yesterday.
Russia joins Syria truce calls
Russia has added its voice to growing calls for
a humanitarian truce in Syria, a move hailed by the US after deadly
clashes rocked a district of the capital near the heart of the
embattled regime. France meanwhile pressed the UN Security Council
to adopt a statement backing international envoy Kofi Annan’s
mission to end the bloodshed that has cost an estimated 9,100 lives
in the past year.
Baghdad marketplace oasis holds ‘Iraq of dreams’
After a recent wave of attacks in Baghdad,
urbane intellectuals sought refuge, as they have for years, in a
storied market-place that has been their oasis in the capital’s
chaos: Mutanabi Street. It comes alive on Fridays, when its book
market vies for the attention of passersby with men who recite
verses from poetry by the Arab writer after whom it is named as
others sip hot lemon tea at the renowned Shabander Cafe.