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Warsaw nationalist march draws tens of thousands

Tens of thousands of people joined a nationalist march in Warsaw on Saturday, organised to coincide with Poland’s independence day. Marchers chanted religious slogans such as “God, honour, country” and some called out racist chants including “Pure Poland, white Poland”. An “anti-fascist” counter-protest attracted about 2,000 people. Police estimated that …

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Bottom falls out of UAE markets

Last week the Dubai Financial Market General Index (DFMGI) fell by 172.43 or 4.76 per cent to close at 3,449.81, that’s the largest one-week decline since May 2016 and the lowest close in 18 weeks. Most issues fell as there were 34 declining and only eight that advanced, while volume …

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Egypt, IMF reach agreement on $2b loan instalment

Egypt has reached a staff-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund for an instalment of about $2 billion more from a three-year, $12 billion loan programme, the IMF said in a statement on Friday. The payment, which is still subject to IMF executive board approval, will bring total disbursements under …

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Abu Dhabi Science Festival opens

The region’s largest science festival of its kind for children began in the capital on Thursday. The Abu Dhabi Science Festival, now in its seventh edition, brings the world of science within easy grasp of young minds with its array of fun scientific activities that offer them first-hand experience of …

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Syria civil war: Troops enter last IS urban stronghold

Syrian pro-government forces have entered the eastern border town of Albu Kamal, so-called Islamic State’s (IS) last urban stronghold in the country. The state-run al-Ikhbariya channel said troops and militiamen had “fully liberated” the town on Wednesday night. But the official Sana news agency and state TV said they had …

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Rights groups challenge Quebec niqab ban

Muslim and civil rights groups on Tuesday challenged a Quebec ban on officials or anyone receiving public services from covering their faces, arguing it infringes on women’s and Muslim religious rights. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims asked the Quebec Superior Court to …

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French minister on Macron’s UAE visit

The upcoming visit of French President Emmanuel Macron for the grand opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi on November 11 demonstrates the advanced level reached by the UAE-France strategic relations in cultural and educational fields, said Jean-Michel Blanquer, the French Minister of National Education. ”The distinct bilateral ties, close co-ordination in …

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9 rescued from Abu Dhabi hotel fire

Firefighters in Abu Dhabi rescued nine people from a fire that broke out on the 14th floor of a hotel. According to Abu Dhabi Police, the operations room received a distressed call at 11am on Monday from the hotel. A team of police, civil defence and ambulances were immediately dispatched, …

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