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Kushner in Congressional row over security leaks

The Democratic head of a U.S. congressional investigative panel on Thursday pressed the White House for information on whether President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, used the unofficial WhatsApp messaging tool to communicate sensitive or classified information with foreign leaders. U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah …

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Iran defiant, investng more in defence sector

Iran is determined to boost its defence capabilities despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies to curb its ballistic missile programme, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday. “We need to take Iran to a point that enemy understand that they cannot threaten Iran … America’s …

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US punishing Turkey over S-400 purchases

The United States could soon freeze preparations for delivering F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, officials told Reuters, in what would be the strongest signal yet by Washington that Ankara cannot have both the advanced aircraft and Russia’s S-400 air defense system. The United States is nearing an inflection point in …

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Masdar City launches Tech Park

Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban community, has launched Tech Park, a new destination for start-ups focused on technology, sustainability and the digital economy. The strategic hub will house companies receiving funding and mentorship through the Catalyst, the Middle East’s first start-up accelerator specializing in clean technology and sustainability, …

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Algerian army happy with democractic protesters

Algeria’s army chief declared that the public has expressed “noble aims” during weeks of demonstrations against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the strongest signal yet that the military is distancing itself from the long-serving ruler. Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah said the month had been “marked by the deeds of noble aims …

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Argentine president holds talk with UAE

President Mauricio Macri of the Argentine Republic has received H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as part of his official visit to Argentina. During the meeting, which was attended by Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers of Argentina Marcos Pena, President Macri …

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Smart Dubai’s Future Blockchain Summit 2019 highlights city’s technological commitments

Smart Dubai’s Future Blockchain Summit 2019 will shone the spotlight on excelling Blockchain technologies, moving conversation beyond theoretical use-cases and into real-life opportunities. It will look at Blockchain use across the world’s most integral industries, including retail and ecommerce, healthcare, transportation, education, food, hospitality and tourism, energy, fintech and banking, …

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Robot jockeys in Egyptian camel races

Remote-controlled robot jockeys lined up at a major camel racing festival in northeastern Egypt, as owners came under pressure from campaigns to stop using child riders. Organizers fielded around 20 robots – child-sized devices with a whipping arm that can be triggered at a distance – alongside dozens of real …

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Gaza artist uses conflict as raw material for works

One year on from the start of Gaza’s border protests, the weekly clashes with Israeli soldiers have become part of the texture of life in the Palestinian enclave, providing inspiration and even raw materials for local artists. Diorama artist Majdi Abu Taqeya spends hours creating three-dimensional miniature replicas of the …

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Algerians want end to military rule

Thousands of students, university professors and health workers rallied in Algiers on Tuesday calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit, and a new group headed by activists and opposition figures told the army not to interfere. In the first direct message to the generals from leaders emerging from nearly a …

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Can a Horror Be an Evilma?

By Gouthama Siddarthan* —     Speculative fiction has, of late, been catching up in the world of writing which is highly enamoured of it.  But there is a great danger of this fascination falling into the groove of popular legal thriller. The danger bristles with the risky possibility of …

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