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Qatar sells $12 billion worth of debt

Qatar sold $12 billion in bonds on Wednesday, and drew around $50 billion in demand – the largest order book globally since its bond sale last year and the latest indication of how the country has overcome a boycott imposed by some of its Arab neighbors. The debt sale, split …

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UAE Federal National Council, insists Palestinian issue is top Arab cause

Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, FNC, stated that the Palestinian issue remains the leading Arab cause, despite all internal and external concerns. The Palestinian cause is going through a historic juncture, and is facing a fateful challenge that requires solidarity, cooperation and serious work …

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Sudan’s Al-Mahdi calls on Bashir to step down

Sudan’s main opposition party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi on Saturday called on President Omar al-Bashir to step down and sit with the opposition to agree on details of a transitional process to end the nation’s crisis, a statement from his party said. “You can achieve a safe exit for the country …

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Qatar trying to buy into Deutsche Bank

The sovereign wealth fund of Qatar is seeking a stake of at least 5 percent in Deutsche Bank, a German magazine reported on Friday. Der Spiegel, citing unidentified sources, said the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) could buy the stake on the open market or from Chinese conglomerate HNA, which has …

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ARABIC SCIENCE FICTION – Demigods in Time

by Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD     The shower of His merciful bounty gratifies all, and His             banquet of limitless generosity recognizes no fall. The inner secrets             of His subjects, He does not divulge, nor does He, for a rogue’s             slight frailty, in injustice indulge.               …

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Bahrain looking into shale cooperation

Bahrain is talking to U.S. oil companies with shale oil expertise about developing a huge oil and gas field discovered last year, and hopes to have an interested company by the end of the year, the oil minister said on Tuesday. Last April Bahrain said it had discovered its largest …

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Snap military reshuffle in Bashir’s Sudan

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday reshuffled his senior military staff, the Defense Ministry said in a statement, days after announcing a nationwide state of emergency. Bashir appointed General Essam al-Din Mubarak as state minister of defense, a new position. Source: Reuters

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Afghani peace taks to be held in Qatar

The latest round of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban will begin in Doha this week and include Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Qatar said on Sunday, despite earlier reports suggesting his absence. The talks are expected to center around a ceasefire to end America’s …

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Sudan president compromises over constitution

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, facing the biggest popular protests since he came to power 30 years ago, on Friday called on parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would allow him to seek another term in a 2020 presidential election. In a televised speech, Bashir also declared a state of emergency …

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Sudan clampdown extends to opposition parties

Sudanese security forces arrested around two dozen opposition members on Thursday who were on their way to deliver a petition to the presidential palace calling for President Omar al-Bashir to step down, a leading member of the opposition said. This would amount to the largest crackdown against the opposition in …

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Uber car service agrees to pay Egypt VAT

Uber has agreed to pay value-added tax on its services in Egypt, Egyptian officials said on Monday, a move that may help resolve a long-simmering feud with traditional taxi drivers. The agreement would also apply to other ride-hailing companies, the head of the Egyptian Tax Authority, Abdel Azeem Hussein, said. …

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Sudan to postpone presidential amendments

A parliamentary committee tasked with amending Sudan’s constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for another term said on Saturday it would indefinitely postpone a meeting to draft these changes, state news agency SUNA said. The move comes amid almost daily street protests since mid-December, initially sparked by rising …

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Protestors in central Khatroum apprehended

Security forces fired teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters close to the Sudan’s presidential palace on Thursday, before plainclothes officers armed with plastic piping rounded up around 30 people, witnesses said. Police then chased activists through side streets as smaller rallies broke out across downtown Khartoum. Demonstrators chanted “Peaceful, peaceful …

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Tear gas attacks target Sudanese women protesters

Sudanese security forces used tear gas on Sunday to break up a crowd of hundreds of people, mostly young women, demonstrating against the detention of women arrested at previous protests, witnesses said. The protesters chanted: “Long live the struggle of Sudanese women”, and “Down, that’s it”, one of the main …

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Tear gas attack on mosque during Sudan protests

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas at a landmark mosque in the capital Khartoum on Friday after the Muslim noon prayers, witnesses and the main opposition Umma party said, and several worshippers were injured or overcome by fumes. The attack came as hundreds of worshippers tried to march from the …

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Sudan PM admits protesters have legitimate claims

Sudan’s prime minister on Saturday appeared to soften the official stance on more than a month of anti-government protests, describing demonstrators’ calls for better living conditions as “legitimate”. Students, activists and other protesters have held almost daily demonstrations across Sudan since Dec. 19, calling for an end to economic hardships …

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Qatar wins Asian cup against all odds

Almoez Ali scored with a spectacular overhead kick for a record ninth goal of the Asian Cup to set Qatar on their way to a first continental title with a stunning 3-1 win over four-times champions Japan on Friday. Ali’s early goal took him past Ali Daei’s 1996 tally and, …

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Kuwait defence minister in UAE

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received on Tuesday, Sheikh Nasser bin Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Kuwait, His Highness welcomed Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah, and held discussions …

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Visiting French President condemns human rights in Egypt

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that he told his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a trip to Cairo that stability and security could not be separated from human rights. Macron, received with pomp during a three-day state visit, has been under pressure from non-governmental organizations to take …

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Jordan civil servants training in UAE

A weeklong training programme for Jordanian front office government employees will start tomorrow as part of the three-year strategic partnership agreement signed by the governments of the UAE and Jordan in June 2018, to improve government performance. The training initiative will offer insights into best communication practices and techniques for …

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Sudan’s Sadiq al-Mahdi says Omar al-Bashir must go

The leader of Sudan’s largest opposition party demanded that President Omar al-Bashir’s administration bow to mass protests and step down, in an address to hundreds of party supporters in a mosque near Khartoum on Friday. After Sadiq al-Mahdi’s remarks at Friday prayers, hundreds of protesters then marched through Omdurman, across …

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