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The United Kingdom’s National Day celebrations at Expo 2020 Dubai kicked off on Thursday morning with the Coldstream Guards Band of the British Army leading the 16th Queen’s Baton Relay from the UK Pavilion across the site, ahead of July’s 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. As a part of the Birmingham 2022 showcase at Expo, the Queen’s Baton Relay visited several Commonwealth nations attending Expo 2020 Dubai collectively in anticipation for the upcoming Games.

ExxonMobil have just announced its commencement of production at Guyana’s Second Offshore Development from the Liza Unity vessel, which has been hugely welcomed by the country’s Government.

The Liza Unity FPSO (floating, production, storage, and offloading) vessel is set to reach its target of 220 000 barrels of oil per day later this year – bringing Guyana’s production capacity to more than 340 000 barrels per day, which includes the more than 120 000 barrels per day capacity at the Liza Destiny FPSO.

His Royal Highness Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, attended the first Earthshot Prize Innovation Showcase at the DP World Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai – and said this is the decisive decade to change the course of our planet’s future.

HRH Prince William was joined by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee; and His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, with the Duke of Cambridge applauding DP World’s announcement of the GBP 1 million investment to two Earthshot Prize finalists.

A devout Indian Muslim who considers wearing a hijab an expression of devotion to the Prophet Mohammad says a move by her college to expel hijab-wearing girls is an insult that will force her to choose between religion and education.

Student Ayesha Imthiaz, from southern Karnataka's Udupi district, where protests over the head covering ban began, said: "The humiliation of being asked to leave my classroom for wearing a head scarf by college officials has shaken my core belief.

The UK Minister for Exports and Minister for Equalities, Mike Freer, has been emphasising the significant deals the UK Pavilion has made during the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region, with about GBP 200 million of export wins, plus invaluable networking opportunities.

Speaking during a visit to Expo 2020 Dubai for the UK National Day celebrations, the Minister praised the event and explained how it has showcased the latest technologies.

Chinese netizens have rallied around Japanese figure skating star Yuzuru Hanyu after the two-time defending Olympic champion fell on his final skate, failing to reclaim his title. The support for the star comes just two days after Chinese social media users savaged one of their own athletes.

US-born Zhu Yi also fell twice in her routine at the Beijing Games. However, Hanyu has long been a crowd favourite in China, despite its political tensions with Japan.

Over the next month, elections will be held in five Indian states, but all eyes are on the key battleground of Uttar Pradesh. The state sends the largest number of MPs to India's parliament and it is often said that the party that wins the state ends up ruling the country, with several prime ministers, including India's first PM Jawaharlal Nehru, having come from there.

St Kitts & Nevis Ship Registry (SKANReg) has made a sea change in its fundamental operations. Buoyed by its significant elevation to a mid-point in the Paris MoU Grey list last year, the Registry has deliberately turned away from ever increasing tonnage numbers to focus on quality of its registered vessels. Despite the Pandemic and the new policy, 2021 showed a net vessel gain of 68.

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature kicked off its 14th year at a brand-new location in Al Habtoor City. The highlights include the return of children's author and comedian David Walliams to celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of his most iconic characters with a sequel -Gangsta Granny Strikes Again!. and his brilliant new book Megamonster

Labelled the best African footballer of the 20th century, Cameroon star striker Roger Milla rose to worldwide fame when he scored four goals at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and captured the hearts of millions with his celebratory corner-flag dancing.

After scoring the goals, which led Cameroon to the Quarter Finals stages - a first for an African nation at that time - he was also the oldest player and goal scorer at a World Cup, before the record was beaten four years later - by Mila himself!

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay has completed its journey through Asia, meaning the Baton has toured 30 out of the 72 Commonwealth nations and territories.

The Relay began on 7 October 2021 during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, where The Queen placed her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. It has since travelled to Cyprus and Malta, 19 Commonwealth countries and territories in Africa, and most recently Asia with visits to Pakistan, The Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Brunei Darussalam.

Twenty-four years ago, a young elephant named Shankar was plucked from the wilderness of Africa, loaded onto a plane to India, and placed in Delhi zoo. Now, a plea in the city's high court seeks to send him back home.

The petition - filed by 16-year-old Nikita Dhawan, founder of the non-profit Youth For Animals - alleges that Shankar has been living in isolation for years.