Bahrain-Turkish relations lauded

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(Manama) - Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa received Secretary General of the Arab-Turkish Cooperation Forum Ersat Hurmuzlu. The minister expressed his pride and appreciation for the outstanding Bahraini-Turkish…

GCC finance ministers meet in KSA

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(Riyadh) - Ministers of finance of member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will hold an extraordinary meeting in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), to discuss recommendations about two agreements on value-added tax (VAT)…

PM attends victories of Godolphin team at Royal Ascot

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(Dubai) - Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum witnessed victories of Godolphin’s team for this year’s Royal Ascot in England. Sheikh Mohammed, along with…

Qatar proposes to host World Snooker Championship

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(Doha) - Qatar Billiards and Snooker Federation has applied to host the World Snooker Championship, for the first time in the country's history. The federation's Secretary-General Mohamed Salem Al Nuaimi said that they proposed hosting…

Bahrain-Philippines relations hailed

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(Manila) - Bahraini Ambassador to Thailand Adel Sater has conveyed greetings from HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy…

26th BDF Quran recitation concluded

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(Manama) - His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, son of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, patronized the closing ceremony of the 26th Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) recitation of the Holy Quran and knowledge of Islamic…

UN elects Fiji ambassador to top UNGA post

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(New York) - The U.N. General Assembly chose Fiji's U.N. Ambassador as president of its 71st session beginning in September. Ambassador Peter Thomson was one of two nominees for the year-long post along with Cyprus Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis.…

GCC-US non-oil trade volume increases

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(Muscat) - The volume of non-oil trade between the Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States (GCC) and the United States (US), in the first nine months of 2015, amounted to US$41.7 billion, a rise of 2.8 percent as compared to the same period…

Sheikh Mohammed receives NASA Administrator

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(Dubai) - Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has received Charles Bolden, Administrator of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and members of…

Annual session of WFP Executive Board held

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(Rome) - The UAE participated in the opening of the annual session of the World Food Programme's (WFP) Executive Board held at its headquarters in Rome. The event was also attended by His Holiness Pope Francis, the Supreme Head of the Catholic…

UAE condemns terrorist attack in Orlando

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(Abu Dhabi) - The United Arab Emirates has condemned the terrorist attack which took place last night in the US city of Orlando, Florida State, killing 50 people and wounded others. In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International…

HM the King receives senior officials, diplomats

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(Manama) - HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, in the presence of HRH Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, received…

Sweden abolishes nuclear tax

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(Stockholm) - The Swedish parliament has agreed to abolish a tax on nuclear power as it recognizes nuclear's role in helping it to eventually achieve a goal of 100% renewable generation. Agneta Rising, Director General, World Nuclear Association,…

U.S. posts $53 billion budget deficit in May

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(Washington) - The U.S. government posted a $53 billion budget deficit in May, a 38 percent drop from the same month last year, the Treasury Department said. The government had a deficit of $84 billion in May of 2015, according to the Treasury's…