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Kuwait stops crude oil shipping for first time since first Gulf War

Kuwait has all but stopped shipping crude to the US for the first time since the aftermath of Saddam Hussain’s invasion in 1990, eroding an economic link between Washington and the Arab state. The halt is the latest sign that booming demand for oil in Asia, particularly as the US …

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Dubai’s Burj Khalifa beams Gandhi’s images

Mahatma Gandhi’s images beamed on Burj Khalifa this evening, marking the commencement of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of India’s Father of the Nation. The special LED show, jointly organised by the Indian Embassy, Abu Dhabi, Indian Consulate in Dubai and Emaar Properties, took place at 8:20pm and 8:40pm on Tuesday. Gandhi Jayanti …

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World’s first full-scale Hyperloop passenger capsule unveiled

US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) on Tuesday unveiled its first full-scale transportation capsule at Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, which will be ready for passengers in 2019. The 32-metre “Quintero One” passenger capsule will be delivered to HyperloopTT’s research and development centre in Toulouse, France, for additional assembly and integration …

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Enoc Group to strengthen presence in Malta

The Enoc Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Enemed, the state-owned fuel distributor and supplier in Malta, to strengthen cooperation for capital projects in Malta and other international markets. As part of the agreement, the group will explore growth opportunities in Malta, and potential areas of cooperation between …

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Educating Lebanon’s oil and gas generation

by Roudi Baroudi   It is now a very safe bet that the seabed off Lebanon’s coast and onshore Lebanon contains enormous amounts of oil and gas, and sound management of this resource could power a new era of unprecedented socioeconomic development. It’s not just scientific studies of our own …

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Du opens a new track for growth

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), the parent company of telecom operator du, has opened a new track for growth that is not in the connectivity business by unveiling an Ideal Hub on Monday. The Dubai-based operator aims to showcase strategic advanced technologies to transform the digital services landscape in the …

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Netanyahu’s Not-Quite-2-State Solution

Updated 8 a.m. ET Monday President Trump’s administration has begun pressing Israel to embrace the idea of a Palestinian state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is insisting on something less. Netanyahu spoke with NPR after Trump spoke in favor of a two-state solution while visiting the United Nations last week. …

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Internal audit needs to go digital

The ongoing era of digital transformation taking place in the region promises profound change and great opportunity, but it also brings new risks and uncertainties. As the business function that evaluates risk management, internal audit could be critical to making an organisation’s digital transformation a success. Equally, unless the function …

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Palestine Circus Festival’s “United for Freedom” Opens in Ramallah

The second edition of the Palestine Circus Festival, entitled “United for Freedom”, opened in Ramallah on Thursday, with the participation of about 200 local and international artists, according to press release. Palestinian officials, a representative of the European Union, representatives of international and local cultural and artistic organizations, municipalities and …

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Israel vs Iran: Netanyahu lobs nuclear claim — again

Clandestine nuclear dumping. Concealing atomic material near a rug-cleaning plant. Lying to international partners. Accusing Iran of all of the above, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu fired a new salvo Thursday in his campaign to prove that Tehran can’t be trusted and poses a massive threat to international security. In response, …

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After tumultuous Kavanaugh hearing, swing-vote senators weigh judge’s fate: ‘It’s a tough one’

Following an explosive and, at times, highly emotional day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, all eyes turned to several key swing-vote senators who remained outwardly undecided on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s fate late Thursday. After the hearing, moderate Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowksi, R-Alaska, as well as …

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3 Saudis accused of terrorism killed

hree Saudi men accused of terrorism were killed on Wednesday after they resisted arrest in the eastern region of Qatif, a Saudi security spokesman said on Thursday. Three members of the Saudi security forces suffered light injuries, he said. The three killed “are linked to the terror incidents that happened …

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