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Rouhani to present Gulf security plan to UN

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will present a plan for creating security in the Gulf in cooperation with other countries in the region when he attends the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. Saudi Arabia and the United States accuse Iran of attacking Saudi oil facilities on Sept. …

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UAE launches nanomaterials testing campaign

National Centre of Meteorology, NCM, has launched nanomaterials testing campaign in cloud seeding operations through the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science, that investigates the efficiency of unique and innovative new cloud seeding materials through flights and testing that took place from Al Ain Airport over the Northern and …

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Turkey ready for Syrian border operation

Turkey is ready to act on its southern border with Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said, after warning that it could take unilateral steps if the U.S. does not establish a “safe zone” in northeast Syria this month. “Our preparations along our borders are complete,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on …

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New Algeria protest wave in face of election plans

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in the center of Algiers on Friday in the first significant test of the months-old protest movement since the government called an election for December, a Reuters journalist said. They were marching despite several high-profile arrests of opposition activists over the past week and …

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Fergana Valley: Uzbekistan’s Hub of Crafts & Culture

The region’s cradle of culture for more than two millennia, Uzbekistan is the proud home to a spellbinding arsenal of architecture and ancient cities, all deeply infused with the bloody, fascinating history of the Silk Road. In terms of sights alone, Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s biggest draw and most impressive …

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Saad al-Hariri says Macron working to avert Gulf crisis

France is working to “reduce the escalation” following an attack on Saudi oil installations, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Friday following talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. “The French role is constant and following this matter in order to reduce the escalation that is happening,” Hariri said. Source: …

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UAE joins International Maritime Security Construct

The United Arab Emirates on Thursday announced it has joined International Maritime Security Construct, an international alliance that aims to protect the safety of maritime navigation and international trade. Salem Mohammed Al Zaabi, Director of the International Security Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said …

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Netanyahu desperate for coalition government with rivals

Israel’s weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited his main rival, Benny Gantz, on Thursday to join him in a broad coalition government — an abrupt change of strategy after failing to win a ruling majority in election. Gantz, a former armed forces chief who heads the centrist Blue and White …

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UAE’s National Empowerment Policy targets rehabilitation

Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi General Services Company, Musanada, and the Abu Dhabi Center for Waste Management, Tadweer, concerning a cooperative mechanism to achieve vocational and operational rehabilitation of people of determination within the National Empowerment Policy. This will …

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No clear majority for Netanyahu’s rightwing bid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to win a ruling majority in an election that produced a virtual tie between his right-wing bloc and a center-left grouping that would be led by former military chief Benny Gantz. The outcome, according to almost complete results published on Wednesday, dealt a new …

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Navoi is waiting for both tourist and investor

Uzbekistan isn’t all cities and historical sights. In fact, much of the country is taken up by mountains and the vast Kyzylkum Desert. While these areas have fewer people, leaving them relatively untouched, they have been inhabited for centuries. Heading out into nature will give you a completely different perspective …

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Joint Committee for Media Cooperation of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council hold first ever meeting

The Joint Committee for Media Cooperation of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council yesterday held its first meeting in Abu Dhabi, under the chairmanship of Turki Al Shabana, Saudi Minister of Media, and Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council. The meeting …

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