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The beauty of Uzbekistan

Since ancient times, Uzbekistan has been in the center of Great Silk Road and has a great historical, cultural and architectural heritage. By Sher KarimovSamarkand, Bukhara, Khiva are the brands of the ancient culture of the East. The landscapes of mountains and deserts of Uzbekistan attract attention and admiration of …

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UAE investing across the board in UK

The UK Office for Investment and the United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) Mubadala Investment Company are expected to sign an expansion of the Sovereign Investment Partnership (SIP) on Thursday, British PM Boris Johnson’s press office said in a statement. The deal will promote investments across Britain in life sciences, technology, energy transition and …

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Democratic crackdown in Algeria claims new journalist

EnerVenue, the first company to offer metallic hydrogen batteries, announced that it has raised $100 million in Series A funding, led by Schlumberger New Energy and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV)- Aramco Ventures’ capital programme, the company said in a statement. EnerVenue has established a framework for a major distribution and manufacturing …

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New UN envoy for Yemen in Riyadh

The new UN special envoy for Yemen arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday as part of his first visit since taking office on Sep. 5. He will hold talks with senior Yemeni and Saudi officials and diplomats during his stay in the Kingdom. Hans Grundberg will meet Yemeni President Abed Rabbo …

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New Lebanese government pushes draft commitment to IMF

The Lebanese government will resume negotiations with the International Monetary Fund while beginning reforms demanded by donors, according to a draft policy programme that aims to tackle one of the worst financial meltdowns in history. New Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government will also resume negotiations with creditors over a restructuring …

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Algeria, Saudi talk trade, OPEC

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on Tuesday discussed coordination within OPEC as well as bilateral, regional and international issues, Algeria’s presidency and the Saudi minister said. Saudi Arabia “is keen to continue coordination and consultation regarding regional and international issues…most notably …

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IAEA says Iran cannot mistreat its inspectors

The U.N. nuclear watchdog on Tuesday described as “unacceptable” incidents in Iran involving its inspectors, in which diplomats say security staff subjected female inspectors to inappropriate searches that the United States is calling harassment. In a first case this year at the Natanz nuclear site, a female inspector was subjected …

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Ex-intelligence men held in US over hacking for UAE

Three former US intelligence operatives who worked as cyber spies for the United Arab Emirates admitted to violating US hacking laws and prohibitions on selling sensitive military technology, under a deal to avoid prosecution announced on Tuesday. The operatives – Marc Baier, Ryan Adams and Daniel Gericke – were part of a clandestine unit named Project Raven, first reported by …

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Camel cloning to take off in UAE

Cloning is in high demand in the competitive world of camel beauty pageants, leaving scientists at a Dubai clinic working round the clock to produce carbon-copy beasts. Not every animal is blessed with sought-after drooping lips and a tall, elegant neck, but technology now allows wealthy clients to replace their …

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Hezbollah promises Iran fuel shipments by Thursday

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon’s armed Shi’ite movement Hezbollah, said on Monday that a first ship carrying Iranian fuel oil to help Lebanon through its financial crisis had docked in Syria on Sunday. Nasrallah had announced last month that he had organised purchases of fuel from Iran, Hezbollah’s main …

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Lebanese secure money to continue Hariri tribunal

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon said on Monday it has secured enough funding to hear the appeal of its main case, centering on the 2005 assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which will start Oct. 4. Three months ago the United Nations-backed international tribunal, located near The Hague, had said …

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Qatar tells Taliban to respect women’s rights

Qatar’s foreign minister said on Monday the Gulf state has urged Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers to respect women’s rights and that it was still too early to consider recognising their government. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani was speaking in a joint news conference with French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian …

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President Aoun hopeful for new IMF talks

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun said on Monday he hoped the new cabinet’s policy programme would include a resumption of talks with the International Monetary Fund. Aoun’s statement came as the new government, formed on Friday, was meeting for the first time in the presidential palace. “We will face big difficulties …

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UPDATE- Bennett in Egypt for first time

Israel’s Naftali Bennett met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Monday, on the first visit to the North African country by a prime minister of the Jewish state in over a decade. El-Sisi was hosting Bennett in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss “efforts to revive the …

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IAEA happy with small breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks

The U.N. atomic watchdog reached an agreement with Iran on Sunday to solve “the most urgent issue” between them, the overdue servicing of monitoring equipment to keep it running, raising hopes of fresh talks on a wider deal with the West. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi obtained the …

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Egypt, Iraq building joint industrial complexes

Iraqi investors and industrialists want to establish integrated industrial complexes with their Egyptian counterparts, taking a first step to enhance trade relations between the two countries. During a meeting with a delegation of the Federation of Iraqi Industries headed by its vice president Alaa Al-Agaili, Egyptian Trade and Industry Minister Nevin Gamea said both countries are working on strengthening trade …

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US forces targeted by drone at Erbil airport

Explosives-laden drones targeted Irbil international airport in northern Iraq late Saturday where US-led coalition troops are stationed with no reports of casualties, according to security forces and officials in Kurdish-run region. Kurdistan’s Counter-Terrorism Service said at least two drones carrying explosives targeted the airport in a statement. It said the …

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