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Netanyahu’s wife insults Ukrainian audience

Israeli and Ukrainian leaders have come to the defense of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife Sara after she appeared to toss away a piece of bread offered to her at an official Ukrainian welcoming ceremony. Netanyahu and his wife, on a two-day official trip to Ukraine, were greeted at the …

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Chinese warn of possible ISIS resurrection

A senior Chinese official said on Tuesday that there was a danger of Islamic State militants re-emerging in Syria and called for progress in the political process between the Damascus government and the opposition to end the war. “There is now a danger of terrorist organizations like ISIS being revived, …

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Hawkamah promotes corporate governance in UAE

Dubai Financial Market (DFM) has successfully contributed to the improvement of corporate governance practices in the United Arab Emirates through its partnership with the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance. In 2017, DFM and Hawkamah signed an agreement to collaborate towards corporate sector reform in Dubai and the UAE through improving …

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Omar Al-Bashir in the docks on corruption charges

Sudan’s ousted president Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Monday arrived amid heavy security at the courthouse in the capital Khartoum where he is facing corruption charges, a Reuters witness said. Bashir is charged with illicit possession of foreign currency and accepting gifts in an unofficial manner, prosecutor Alaa al-Din Abdallah said …

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Jounieh Highway expansion on track

The expansion of Jounieh Highway will start before the end of the year, according to Ramzi Salman, CEO of Société D’Entreprises Abdul Rahman Hourie, the company which won the tender along with Consolidated Engineering and Trading (CET). The highway will be expanded to new width of 50 meters. It will …

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Turkish convey hit in Syria

Air strikes hit positions near a Turkish convoy which was stuck at a highway in northwest Syria after crossing into Idlib province on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The British-based war monitoring group said one fighter from a Turkey-backed faction accompanying the convoy was killed and others …

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Voter registration begins in UAE

The National Election Committee,NEC, tasked with organising the fourth cycle of elections to the Federal National Council,FNC, announced that the candidate registration process for FNC membership will commence tomorrow, 18th August 2019, in nine centers across the UAE. The registration centers will continue to accept candidate applications until August 22, …

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SMEs to play role in Sustainable Development Goals

Government and private sector collaboration is key to overcoming challenges and driving further sustainable development in the UAE, a report by the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, FCSA, revealed on Wednesday. Enitled, ‘Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the UAE – Private Sector Contribution’, the report, produced in collaboration with …

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Carb bomb explodes in Kurdish area in Syria

A car bomb killed one member of a security force and wounded two others in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Sunday, the security force said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack which it said had killed six members of a Kurdish militant group. The car …

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Israelis forces fire on, kill, Gazans

Israeli forces opened fire at a group of Palestinian gunmen as they tried to cross the Gaza border, the military said on Sunday and Palestinian health officials said three of the men were killed. “A short while ago, IDF (Israel Defence Forces) troops spotted a number of armed suspects adjacent …

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Houthis claim new attack on Saudi oilfield

Yemen’s Houthi movement launched drone attacks on oil facilities in a remote area of Saudi Arabia, the group’s Al Masirah TV said on Saturday, but there was no immediate confirmation from Saudi authorities or state oil giant Aramco. A Saudi-led coalition is battling the Iran-aligned Houthis to try to restore …

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Saudi-Malaysian refinery back on track

Pengerang Refining and Petrochemical (PrefChem), a joint venture between Petronas and Saudi Aramco, has begun to restart a crude distillation unit (CDU) at its oil refinery in Malaysia, Petronas said on Saturday. Malaysia’s state oil firm said the refinery had started feeding crude oil into the unit earlier this week, …

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Afghanistan to serve as back channel for US-Iran

Western intermediaries are trying to persuade arch foes Iran and the United States to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to extract America from its longest war, according to three source familiar with the efforts. The intermediaries, the sources say, secretly have been relaying …

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Tourism decree can be called revolutionary

Uzbekistan will partly compensate the expenses of tour operators and charter flight organizers using fund from the state budget if they bring in foreign tourists, a presidential decree issued on Tuesday said. The decree , which aims to boost the country’s tourism sector, stipulates that from January 1, 2020, the …

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Spice trade sector in Dubai booming

Around 514 companies operate in the spice trade sector in Dubai, according to a new report released by the Business Registration and Licensing, BRL, sector in the Dubai’s Department of Economic Development, DED. The report, which includes statistics on the number of companies operating in Dubai and their activities, aims …

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Anti-torture conference planned for Egypt

Human rights activists on Thursday criticized a United Nations decision to hold a conference in Cairo on torture with an Egyptian state organization. “It’s illogical for a country where torture is systematic to host a conference on torture,” said Mohamed Zaree of the non-government Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. …

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