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Palestinian twins expand their beauty line

US-Palestinian DJ duo Simi and Haze Khadra are set to expand their new beauty line. The twins launched their eponymous cosmetics brand, SimiHaze Beauty, on June 15 with a range of stick-on makeup designs that can be placed on the face within seconds for a bold beauty look.  The sticker …

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Macron to host new Lebanon conference in August

French President Emmanuel Macron will host a new international conference on Lebanon next month on the first anniversary of the Beirut port explosion, after premier-designate Saad Hariri gave up trying to form a government, the foreign ministry announced Friday. Macron will organize the conference on August 4 with the help …

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US disenchanted with Hariri situation

The United States said Thursday’s resignation of Saad Hariri as Lebanon’s prime minister-designate was disappointing.“It is critical that a government committed and able to implement priority reforms be formed now,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said after Hariri abandoned his efforts to form a government nine months after accepting the …

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The economy of Uzbekistan is growing steadily

The latest edition of the World Bank’s Economic Update for the Europe and Central Asia region was released. The report contains the analysis of the situation in 23 economies of the region and forecasts related to their social and economic development in 2021 and 2022. It also covers the recent …

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Lebanese schools suffer brain drain

Sorbonne-educated Chryssoula Fayad spent nearly two decades teaching history and geography at Lebanon’s elite French schools, ultimately heading departments. Now she is a substitute teacher in Paris, part of an exodus from an education system on its knees. Fayad left behind her home and life savings in August 2020, at …

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Uzbekistan becomes an exporting country

China, Turkey and Russia are the leading partners of Uzbekistan. They have imported goods from Uzbekistan worth $2188.1 million. According to the State Statistics Committee, in January-May, the five countries with a high share of Uzbekistan’s exports include China ($835.4 million), Turkey ($694.1 million), Russia ($658.6 million), Kazakhstan ($442 million), …

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Diab warns Lebanon on brink of social explosion

Diab, who has been heading a cabinet in a caretaker capacity for more than 10 months, said any government would need the support of “friendly nations to save the country from the predicament it currently finds itself in.” Lebanon has been without a fully functioning government since Diab resigned in …

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Egypt to invest trillions of pounds in infrastructure

Spending on infrastructure projects in Egypt has reached more than 1.7 trillion Egyptian pounds ( $100 billion) over the past seven years, said the Egyptian Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Hala Al-Saeed. This helped to achieve economic growth rates of 5 percent before the pandemic and to reduce unemployment, …

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Strikes in Iran energy sector over wges

Thousands of workers in Iran’s energy sector have held protests for better wages and working conditions in southern gas fields and some refineries in big cities, according to Iranian news agencies and social media postings. With an economy tanked under the weight of US sanctions and the worst COVID-19 pandemic …

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Saudi eager to build industries in Oman

Saudi Arabia plans to establish an industrial zone in Oman, following joint discussions between the two Gulf states, Saudi Press Agency reported. Saudi Arabia will be developing, operating, and managing the industrial zone while setting up logistics routes to transport goods between the two countries. In a recent official visit …

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Iran claims US to lift all oil sanctions

Iran said on Wednesday the United States had agreed to remove all sanctions on Iran’s oil and shipping but Washington said “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” in talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The remarks by outgoing President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi echoed …

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