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British embassy on alert after Soleimani killing

Britain has increased its security and readiness at military bases in the Middle East after the United States killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, Sky News reported on Friday without citing sources. Britain has about 400 military personnel in Iraq, who help provide training in the country. They are mostly located …

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Gibraltar now thinking of releasing Iran tanker

Gibraltar said on Tuesday it was seeking to de-escalate issues arising with Iran since the detention of the Grace 1 tanker. British Royal Marines seized the Iranian oil tanker on July 4 off the coast of the British Mediterranean territory of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating EU sanctions by taking …

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Three steps toward resolving Iran’s nuclear crisis

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian The underlying assumptions on the part of Trump administration to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) were the following: 1) by implementing the “maximum pressure” policy, Iran’s oil exports would reach zero; its financial transactions would be fundamentally hindered and Iran’s economy would collapse; …

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Dubai International Arabian Races in 38th session

In the presence of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, Newbury Racecourse will host the 38th Dubai International Arabian Races,DIAR, on Sunday, 28th July. DIAR is being organised in partnership with the Newbury-based Arabian Racing Organisation,ARO, the sole Arabian racing authority …

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Germany willing to participcate in British naval mission

Germany is ready to take part in a British plan for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, media group RND reported, citing participants in a meeting of parliament’s foreign relations committee. RND said Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had told the special meeting of …

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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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Pragmatic English legal system as a model in Uzbekistan’s FEZ

Free economic zones can be a driving force to attract foreign direct investment and technologies, accelerate the process of industrialization and increase trade in Central Asia. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) says, that, FEZ entities operate on preferential terms and enjoy tax, customs, administrative and financial benefits. As countries develop, …

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British trade secretary briefed on UAE rail plans

The Rail Agency of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, briefed Liam Fox, Britain’s Secretary of State for International Trade, about the operation and maintenance of Dubai Metro. The briefing was made during a recent visit of the British minister to the Metro Operations Control Centre, OCC, at the Rashidiya …

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Iran could seize British tankers in response

A senior commander in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards warned on Friday that it would be Tehran’s “duty” to seize a British oil tanker if an Iranian tanker detained in Gibraltar was not immediately released. British Royal Marines seized the supertanker Grace 1 on Thursday for trying to take oil to …

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British navy interdict supertanker headed to Syria

British Royal Marines and officials in Gibraltar have detained the supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria, in breach of European Union sanctions, the government of Gibraltar said. In a statement the government said it had reasonable grounds to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying its …

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Turning Point in US Foreign Policy?

By Graham E. Fuller | Is American foreign policy,  so long drifting towards collapse and irrelevance, about to be revolutionized? An article written by veteran journalist Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe today contains exciting news with revolutionary implications for US foreign policy, America’s place in the world, and a …

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UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on schedule

UK International Trade Secretary Dr. Liam Fox today broke ground on the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, officially marking the beginning of construction. During the groundbreaking ceremony, Dr. Fox announced that Pico, a global leader in total brand activation, and British construction firm McLaren are the official construction partners …

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UK not keen on joining US war on Iran

Britain does not expect the United States to request that the United Kingdom joins a war with Iran and London would be unlikely to agree to join such a conflict, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday. “The U.S. is our closest ally, we talk to them the whole time, …

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British minister headed to Iran to stave off crisis

Britain’s Middle East minister Andrew Murrison will visit Iran on Sunday for “frank and constructive” talks, the Foreign Office said, amid escalating tension between Tehran and Washington after the downing of an unmanned U.S. drone. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he aborted a military strike to retaliate for …

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Sanad Aerotech working with Rolls-Royce

Abu Dhabi’s Sanad Aerotech today announced the conclusion of a landmark agreement with Rolls-Royce plc to become a Rolls-Royce Trent 700 Authorised Maintenance Centre, AMC. Sanad Aerotech is a maintenance, repair and overhaul, MRO, provider for aero engines and industrial gas turbines that is wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company …

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ENOC wins ‘Idea of the Year’ award in United Kingdom

ENOC Group has received the ‘Idea of the Year’ award at the 32nd edition of ideasUK event recently held in Manchester, England. The Group was awarded in the ‘Digital and Technology’ category for the development and implementation of innovative solutions across their service stations network. The theme of this year’s …

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Germany bars Khashoggi suspects from entry

Germany has issued entry bans for 18 Saudi citizens suspected of involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh’s Istanbul consulate, effectively banning them from the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone. Monday’s move represents a sharpening of the position of Germany, which last month imposed a ban on …

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Iran’s Rouhani: US headed into isolation after UN meeting

Iran’s president said on Thursday that the U.N. Security Council meeting chaired by President Donald Trump the previous day reflected America’s increasing isolation among the international community. “Nobody backed the United States, putting America into a unique historical and political isolation,” said Hassan Rouhani, speaking to reporters at Tehran’s airport …

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HSBC aims to open more digital branches in UAE

HSBC plans to open a number of digital branches in the UAE to reach out to its fast-growing tech-savvy customers, according to Marwan Hadi, HSBC’s UAE head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management. The bank on Monday opened its digitally-driven Customer Service Unit (CSU) at Mirdiff City Centre, which features …

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Emirates NBD launches DirectRemit to the UK

KhalifaSat, the first Emirati satellite, will be launched on October 29 from Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan; Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Executive Council announced Wednesday on his twitter account. KhalifaSat has been developed by a team of young Emiratis …

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UK minority and ethnic groups slam attempts to silence discourse on Palestine

More than 80 prominent organisations from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in Britain published a letter on Friday slamming attempts to silence the discourse on Palestine and suppress information on human rights abuses “here and abroad”. The letter criticises the working definition of anti-Semitism adopted in 2016 by the International …

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Protests follow President Trump to Scotland

From the capital of Edinburgh to seaside golf resorts, thousands in Scotland staged colorful, peaceful protests against President Donald Trump on Saturday as he played golf at one of his luxury retreats. On the beach outside the resort, a dozen demonstrators staged a “protest picnic,” chanting “Trump is a racist! …

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UK woman dies after nerve agent poisoning

British police say a woman who was exposed to a nerve agent in southern England has died. London’s Metropolitan Police said 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess died Sunday in a hospital in Salisbury. Sturgess had been hospitalized after falling ill on June 30 along with 45-year-old Charlie Rowley. Police say they were …

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Future of transport: From Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes

An ultra-high-speed train that travels like a jet would significantly cut travel time between Dubai and Abu Dhabi to just about 12 minutes, from the current 90 minutes. This innovation, using a futuristic mode of vacuum tube-based transport, would lead to an estimated savings of $800 million in lost working …

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