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The changing face of UAE business

Last week’s announcement that private firms would no longer have to provide a Dh3,000 bank guarantee to recruit each new employee is just the latest of a series of measures aimed at transforming the UAE’s economy. The packages announced this year are an indication that the objectives announced in a …

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ISIS Close to Losing Last Pockets in East Syria

ISIS fighters are close to losing their small pockets in east Syria after being besieged in the two provinces of Hasaka and Deir Ezzor, particularly in areas located east of the Euphrates River. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by Italian, French and US forces, advanced in the southern al-Hasaka governorate …

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No food for foreigners

Jorg Sartor does not like to turn newcomers away from his food bank, especially single mothers like the young Syrian woman with her 5-year-old son who had waited outside since before dawn. But rules are rules. And for the moment, it is Germans only. ““The whole country is up in …

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Trump pounces on Justice Department report findings

President Donald Trump on Friday offered his first reaction to a 500-page internal watchdog report issued by the Justice Department, decrying messages exchanged between two FBI employees expressing a desire to “stop” him from becoming president. “Doesn’t get any lower than that!” Trump tweeted, a day after the highly anticipated …

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Egypt to increase gas production at Zohr

Egypt aims to increase production at its huge Zohr offshore gas field in the Mediterranean to 1.75 billion cubic feet per day in August, Petroleum Minister Tarek Al Molla said on Thursday. Al Molla said in a statement that recent production increases have pushed Egypt’s total natural gas production to …

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Nukes: Intentions Matter More Than Weapons

by Graham E. Fuller   The fascinating, elaborately choreographed diplomatic pas de deux in Singapore between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un mesmerized the world over two days. Most pundits look at the (perhaps more than) half empty glass of water on the table. Indeed, most Democrats and all Trump-haters …

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Trump praises Kim Jong Un as ‘strong,’ ‘funny,’ ‘smart’ and a ‘great negotiator’ in Hannity interview

President Trump, in an interview Tuesday with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, complimented North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after their Singapore summit as a “strong guy” and a “great negotiator,” and argued his once-fiery rhetoric directed toward Kim worked. “He’s got a very good personality, he’s funny, and he’s very, …

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