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OPEC development fund outlines new strategy

OFID’s highest policy-making body, the Ministerial Council, approved during its 40th Annual Session in Vienna, Austria, the general principles of OFID’s new Strategic Framework. The new strategy affirms OFID’s commitment to providing support to developing countries – especially low-income countries – in an increasingly complex and challenging development landscape. At …

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Europe awards prizes to Sharjah free zones

The Sharjah International Airport Free Zone, SAIF ZONE, and Hamriyah Free Zone Authority, HFZA, have bagged two international awards, in recognition of their sustained efforts to develop state-of-the-art business infrastructure that meet investors’ growing needs. The two free zones received the European Society for Quality Research, ESQR’s, ‘Quality Choice Prize …

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UK protests Iran seizure of its vessels

Britain said Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged vessel and a Liberian-flagged vessel in the Strait of Hormuz was unacceptable and called for freedom of navigation in the Gulf. “I’m extremely concerned by the seizure of two vessels by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz,” Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said. …

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Trump meets with Uighurs in afront to China

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made religious freedom a centerpiece of his foreign policy, met on Wednesday with victims of religious persecution from countries like China, Turkey, North Korea, Iran and Myanmar. Trump counts evangelical Christians among his core supporters and the State Department is hosting a conference on …

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New coalition between military and opposition in Sudan

Sudan’s ruling military council and an opposition alliance signed a political accord on Wednesday as part of a power-sharing deal aimed at leading the country to democracy following three decades of autocratic rule. The agreement, which ended days of speculation about whether a deal announced earlier this month would hold, …

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Happiness committee meets in UAE

H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, today chaired the second meeting of the ‘Happiness and Positivity Council’ in 2019, held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed and the meeting’s participants viewed several presentations …

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Mubadala healthcare provider signs Laboratory Referral agreement

National Reference Laboratory (NRL), part of Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare providers, today announced that it has signed a Laboratory Referral Services Agreement with United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) Group, one of Abu Dhabi’s leading private healthcare operators. NRL will become the exclusive provider of referral laboratory testing to all …

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UN condemns US restrictons on Iran FM

The United Nations told the United States it is concerned by tight travel restrictions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during his visit to New York this week, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said on Monday. Zarif arrived in New York on Sunday after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …

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