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Crew of Iranian tanker released

Gibraltar police said on Friday that all four crew members of the Iranian Grace 1 tanker have been released on bail without charge after it was detained last week on suspicion of breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria. Gibraltar police said earlier on Friday that they had arrested …

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Masdar pushing renewables in Armenia

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar, is pursuing renewable energy opportunities in the Republic of Armenia, a country with considerable potential for solar and wind energy development. Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, and David Papazian, Chief Executive Officer of the Armenian National Interests Fund (ANIF), today …

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Educators Without Boarders launched

Prominent world figure concerned with humanitarian and charity work announced on Thursday the founding of an international non-governmental organisation, called ‘Educators Without Boarders’, with its headquarters based in Geneva. The announcement was made at a press conference held in Geneva, Switzerland, and attended by public figures, officials, people interested in …

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Uzbekistan is a country for tourists

In Uzbekistan, consistent reforms are underway to develop the tourism sector as one of the strategic sectors of the national economy. It is not just economic reforms that it is attracting Indians to resource rich Uzbekistan. The land of Babur, Amir Temur, Bukhara and Samarkhand with its majestic heritage are …

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Iran attacks Kuridsh outpost in Iraq

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards used drones and missiles to strike headquarters of a Kurdish militant group near Iran’s border with neighboring Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the Iranian semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Friday. “A large number of terrorists were killed and wounded in the attacks that had started from Wednesday …

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Tanker dispute between Iran and UK escalates

Iran called on Britain on Friday to immediately release an oil tanker that British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman told state news agency IRNA. “This is a dangerous game and has consequences … the …

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UAE will host key OPEC meeting in September

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi will host in September the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, the Organisation announced. The announcement was made on Thursday following the release of 2020 oil market forecasts in the OPEC July Monthly Oil Market Report, MOMR. According …

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Emirati Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme supporting sustainability

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, highlighted the key role of the “Emirati Peaceful Nuclear Energy Programme” in supporting the country’s economic development and achieving sustainable industrial growth, by providing environmentally-friendly electricity. He also praised the efforts of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation …

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New investigative team for Syria chemical weapons

A new team established by the global chemical weapons watchdog to attribute blame for the use of banned munitions in Syria will investigate nine alleged attacks during the country’s civil war, including in the town of Douma, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters. The Organisation for the Prohibition of …

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Kurds now eager to promote cooperation with Baghdad

Two years after a failed independence bid plunged Iraq’s Kurdistan Region into months of instability, the new regional prime minister said his priority was strengthening ties with Baghdad, signalling dreams of self-rule should be put on hold. Masrour Barzani, sworn in as regional prime minister on Wednesday, told Reuters in …

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Nabih Berri condens US sanctions on Lebanese figures

New U.S. sanctions against Hezbollah, including two Lebanese lawmakers, amount to an assault on the country and its parliament, Speaker Nabih Berri said on Wednesday. The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on three top officials from Iran-backed Hezbollah on Tuesday: Amin Sherri and Muhammad Raad, members of Lebanon’s parliament, as well …

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France planning eco-tax on air tickets

France will introduce a new charge on plane tickets from next year, with revenue used to fund environment-friendly alternatives, a top French official said on Tuesday. The ‘eco-tax’ costing between 1.50 euros (US$1.7) and 18 euros (US$20) will apply to most flights departing in France, Associated Press, AP, quoted French …

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South Africa hails African free trade plans

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said the coming into effect of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) was a milestone that fulfilled a dream crafted by the founders of the Organisation of African Union 60 years ago when they mulled an integrated continent, African News Agency, ANA, reported …

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Richard Branson launches spaceship programme

British billionaire Richard Branson plans to make his company Virgin Galactic the first space tourism firm to go public, Branson said in a statement on Tuesday. Virgin Galactic and its sister manufacturing organisation, The Spaceship Company, took steps towards becoming the first publicly listed human spaceflight company, German news agency …

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Louvre Abu Dhabi promotes tolerance among children

Today, Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Children’s Museum launched A Costume Adventure, an interactive adventure game inspired by the clothing portrayed in artworks from the museum’s permanent galleries. The adventure includes multiple stages, each presenting a unique challenge for children aged 4 – 10 to complete through interactive digital displays. Open from …

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US sactions three Hezbollah figures

The U.S. Treasury added three top Hezbollah figures to its list of sanctioned individuals on Tuesday, including two members of the Lebanese Parliament and a security official responsible for coordinating between Hezbollah and Lebanon’s security agencies. It was the first time the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control had …

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Morter bombs kill people in northern Iraq

At least three people were killed and four wounded when three mortar bombs hit the northern Iraqi town of Shirqat on Tuesday, police officials and hospital sources said. Police officials in the area said Islamic State militants were involved in the attack and the mortars were fired from a nearby …

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