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Seized British tanker finally heading home

The British-flagged Stena Impero tanker left Iran’s Bandar Abbas port on Friday and was heading for Dubai so the crew could be repatriated, the owner said, after the ship was detained in July by Iranian forces during a row with Britain. The Stena Impero was seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards …

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Russia rumoured to be expanding Syria airbase

Russia is expanding its Hmeimim air base in Syria and rebuilding a second landing strip to allow the facility to serve more aircraft, Russian news agencies cited an unnamed Defence Ministry official as saying on Thursday. The ministry has also set up new buildings to house aircraft at the site …

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Rouhani to present Gulf security plan to UN

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will present a plan for creating security in the Gulf in cooperation with other countries in the region when he attends the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. Saudi Arabia and the United States accuse Iran of attacking Saudi oil facilities on Sept. …

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Fergana Valley: Uzbekistan’s Hub of Crafts & Culture

The region’s cradle of culture for more than two millennia, Uzbekistan is the proud home to a spellbinding arsenal of architecture and ancient cities, all deeply infused with the bloody, fascinating history of the Silk Road. In terms of sights alone, Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s biggest draw and most impressive …

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Saad al-Hariri says Macron working to avert Gulf crisis

France is working to “reduce the escalation” following an attack on Saudi oil installations, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Friday following talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. “The French role is constant and following this matter in order to reduce the escalation that is happening,” Hariri said. Source: …

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Navoi is waiting for both tourist and investor

Uzbekistan isn’t all cities and historical sights. In fact, much of the country is taken up by mountains and the vast Kyzylkum Desert. While these areas have fewer people, leaving them relatively untouched, they have been inhabited for centuries. Heading out into nature will give you a completely different perspective …

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Central Asia: best travel destinations

Visiting the ‘Stans has historically been quite a hassle for Western travelers, both due to proximity and the fact that the region has long had extensive and expensive visa application processes in place for those even willing to make the journey. But, in another real-world exemplar of Bob Dylan’s most …

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UK not sure who to blame for Aramco attacks

Britain on Monday said an attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities was serious and outrageous but that the full facts were needed on who was responsible before making a response. The attack “was a wanton violation of international law,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, adding that the United Kingdom …

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UN condemns Netanyahu annexation plans

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed his concern over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stated intention to annex the Jordan Valley and the adjacent northern Dead Sea in the occupied West Bank. Netanyahu promised to annex the territories if he got re-elected this September 17th, as a first step to …

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UAE’s Safe City Group partners with UK’s AVET Technologies

UAE’s Safe City Group today announced a multi-million dirham partnership with UK-based company, AVET Technologies. The partnership, which was announced during Defence & Security Equipment International, DSEI 2019, in London, will enhance investigation processes, evidence gathering techniques and data interrogation technologies to support international police, security forces, court and judicial …

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Trump fires Korea, Iran neo-con hawk Bolton

U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton amid disagreements with his hard-line aide over how to handle foreign policy challenges such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and Russia. “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. …

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Uzbekistan’s economy has become more open

Uzbekistan is implementing ambitious market-oriented economic reforms. Starting in September 2017, the government unified the exchange rate, liberalized the foreign exchange market, initiated price and trade liberalization and, since January 2019, has made significant cuts to tax rates for both firms and individuals. The country has eliminated the need for …

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Saudi-Russian cooperation in agriculture

Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev and Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih will discuss the development of bilateral relations, including agricultural trade, during their meeting on Thursday, the Russian ministry said. In August, Saudi Arabia decided to relax its bug-damage specifications for wheat imports, opening the door to Black Sea …

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