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Person of Year goes to free speech journalists

Time magazine on Tuesday named a group of journalists, including a slain Saudi Arabian writer and a pair of Reuters journalists imprisoned by Myanmar’s government, as its “Person of the Year,” in a cover story headlined “The Guardians and the War on Truth.” The honor went to a series of …

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Iran in defiance, test news missiles

A senior Iranian military commander has confirmed that Tehran recently carried out a ballistic missile test, to the anger of the United States, the Fars news agency said on Tuesday. The Revolutionary Guards official’s comment came after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assertion earlier this month that Iran had …

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Qatar proposes Gaza airport to reliave seige

A Qatari envoy overseeing the Gulf state’s humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip said on Monday that he had proposed building an airport in the blockaded Palestinian enclave but had received no response from Israel. In coordination of Israel and the United Nations, Qatar has donated hundreds of millions of …

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Rising tide of anti-Semitism, claims EU report

More than one in three European Jews have considered emigrating over the past five years because they no longer feel safe amid a surge in anti-Semitism, a European Union study showed on Monday. The survey in 12 countries that are home to 96 percent of European Jews showed widespread malaise …

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Yemeni government rejects UN control of Hodeidah

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government is willing to accept a U.N. role in Hodeidah’s seaport, a lifeline for millions of people during the country’s war, but not a long-term presence in the city itself, Foreign Minister Khalid al Yamani said on Monday. Mediator Martin Griffiths, who opened United Nations-sponsored peace talks between …

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Disarmament: The Forgotten Premises of Non-Proliferation

by Seyed Hossein Mousavian   In an interview with the daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced a German-led initiative on global disarmament, warning that technologically advanced weapons can soon transform science fiction into “deadly reality.” This announcement came a few weeks after President Trump declared that the United States plans …

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Dubai Cares delegation reaches Kenya

A Dubai Cares delegation, led by Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has visited Kenya to monitor and evaluate the implementation of its “Transforming Students Learning and Teacher Professional Development through ICT” programme, launched in 2014. The programme, …

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Sharjah FDI Forum launched in closing days of 2018

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, today opened the “Sharjah FDI Forum 2018”, which will address the future socioeconomic developments and the integration of innovative solutions and technologies to boost competitiveness and sustainable investments. Organised under the theme ‘Shaping the Future …

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Population control expert ‘detained’ in Iran over espionage charges

Iran has detained an Australian-based academic on charges of trying to “infiltrate” Iranian institutions, according to official media. Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi was detained as she was leaving Iran, the state news agency IRNA said. Hosseini-Chavoshi, a population expert, is affiliated with the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, according to …

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Border clashes as Israelis attack Lebanese

Israeli soldiers at the Lebanese border opened fire at suspected Hezbollah activists on Saturday, the military said, the first such incident since Israel launched a crackdown this week on cross-border tunnels into its territory. Lebanon said Israeli soldiers had fired in the air when they were surprised by a Lebanese …

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Houthi proposal to make Hodeidah ‘neutral’ in war

Yemen’s main port city should be declared a “neutral zone” and the United Nations could play a role in Sanaa airport, the Iran-aligned Houthis’ main negotiator said on Saturday on the sidelines of talks aimed at ending the Yemeni war. Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions of people that is now …

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Kuwaiti crude declines despite OPEC agreement

The price of Kuwait’s crude oil went down 40 cents to stand at US$59.09 per barrel, pb, Thursday compared to $59.49 pb the day before, said Kuwait Petroleum Corporation Friday. In global markets, prices went down five percent after reports of agreement by OPEC members to lower production, the Kuwait …

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Attempts to annul presidential term limits

An Egyptian court has scheduled a hearing later this month on a petition demanding constitutional changes that would allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to seek re-election beyond his second term, state news agency MENA reported on Friday. Speculation has been rife that Egyptian authorities will seek changes to the constitution, …

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DP World acquires major north European integrated logistics company

Global trade enabler DP World today announced the successful closing of the acquisition of 100% of the Unifeeder Group (Unifeeder), an integrated logistics company with the largest and best-connected feeder and growing shortsea network in Northern Europe with connectivity to approximately100 ports. Unifeeder operates the largest and most densely connected …

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