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Second Belt and Road Forum slotted for April 25

The Second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation will be held in Beijing from April 25 to 27, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced at a press briefing on Friday. With the theme of “Belt and Road Cooperation, Shaping a Brighter Shared Future,” the second …

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UAE-US cooperation on agenda

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Washington, DC, where he met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House National Security Advisor John Bolton. Sheikh Abdullah and the senior US officials discussed UAE-US cooperation to create mutual prosperity …

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Is there a solution to the gasoline crisis in Syria?

The Levant News exclusive – DAMASCUS – Safa Salal – Near the line of cars on the street next to the Al-Jalaa fuel station in the Al-Mazza area, west of Damascus, three men were dancing the Dabkeh folklore dance while they are waiting to buy the “Gasoline” for their cars …

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Sudanese demand civilian government

Huge crowds formed outside Sudan’s defense ministry on Thursday, joining a sit-in protest to demand that the country’s transitional military council hand power to civilians. Hundreds of thousands packed the streets by early evening – the largest crowds to gather in the center of the capital since last week, when …

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Rohingya field hospital recieves royal UAE visit

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, has visited the Malaysian-Saudi-Emirati field hospital in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. During her visit, the UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation was briefed on the current situation in the refugee camps. Al Hashemy was …

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5G infrastructure pioneering UAE’s digital transformation

Fifth generation, 5G, infrastructure is set to become the nervous system of the ‘Digital Society’ and ‘Digital Economy’, a top official of Etisalat said. Khalifa Al Shamsi, Chief Corporate Strategy and Governance Officer of Etisalat Group, added that the 5G promise will enable boundless connectivity, deliver sustainable innovation, accelerate digital …

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Fallout from Iran sanctions reaches Trump administration

(This April 17 story has been refiled to add dropped word in paragraph four.) A new Trump administration report on international compliance with arms control accords provoked a dispute with U.S. intelligence agencies and some State Department officials concerned that the document politicizes and slants assessments about Iran, five sources …

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Saudi Aramco prospets for oil, gas in Iraq

Iraqi Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said on Thursday that Saudi state-owned oil giant Aramco will help his government explore for gas in the country’s western desert, according to Al-Arabiya television. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi is in Riyadh on the second day of an official visit to Saudi Arabia, …

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North Korea calls for removing Pompeo

North Korea said on Thursday it no longer wanted to deal with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and said he should be replaced in talks by someone more mature, hours after it announced its first weapons test since nuclear talks broke down. The North’s official KCNA news agency quoted …

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Iraqi PM in Saudi, meets MBS

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his office said on Thursday, a day after his first official visit to the kingdom which has been wooing Baghdad to stem the influence of Tehran. Abdul Mahdi’s meeting with the crown prince came after …

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Haftar under attack by Libyan resistance

An armed group on Thursday attacked a major air base in southern Libya controlled by eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar who has moved much of his forces north to try take the capital Tripoli, officials said. Fighting was continuing at the Tamanhint base near Sabha, the main city in southern …

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Iran insists its army is not a regional threat

President Hassan Rouhani said Iran’s armed forces did not pose a threat to its neighbors as he addressed a display on Thursday of Iran’s latest military equipment, including domestically produced fighter jets and Russian-made missile systems. The parade to mark Army Day came as U.S. President Donald Trump pursues his …

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Support Saudi-led war Yemen remains strong

American president Donald Trump remains a strong supporter of the Saudi-led war in Yemen. At the same time the military intervention garners unconditional support at the home front. By Arthur Blok* Trump issued the second veto of his presidency earlier this week halting a congressional resolution that would have sought …

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UAE Youth Council training Kenyan women

Nearly 100 Kenyan women participants took part in the first-ever training programme organised by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, Youth Council in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The UAE’s Ambassador in Kenya, Khalid Khalifa Al-Mualla, and Hashim Mohamed, Principal and CEO Kenya Utalii College participated in …

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Iraq banning violent computer games

Iraq’s parliament voted on Wednesday to ban popular online video games including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, citing their “negative” influence especially on the young in a country long plagued by real-life bloodshed. Iraq held its first election in 2018 after years of devastating factional violence. Islamic State militants held wide …

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French determined to rebuild Notre Dame, in five years time

President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Tuesday that France would rebuild the fire-devastated Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, saying he hoped the work would be done in five years and the French people would pull together to repair their national symbol. Macron devoted a brief prime-time televised address to Monday’s catastrophic blaze …

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Sudan confiscates funds of old regime

Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council ordered the central bank to review financial transfers since April 1 and to seize “suspect” funds, state news agency SUNA reported on Wednesday. The TMC also ordered the “suspension of the transfer of ownership of any shares until further notice and for any large or …

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Kuwait wants Stockholm Agreement implemented

Kuwait has renewed its call for all Yemeni parties to fully implement the Stockholm Agreement on Hodeidah and its three ports, as well as the agreement on the exchange of prisoners, and the Taiz memorandum of understanding. The Kuwait News Agency, KUNA, reported that the country’s permanent representative to the …

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UAE and Jordan targets public sector

The UAE and Jordan have launched a new phase of their strategic partnership to modernize government work and upgrade the institutional system in the public sector. Areas of cooperation include developing government services with a focus on smart solutions, enhancing institutional performance, promoting innovation, cultivating leadership skills, building competencies, as …

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