Afghan presidential election delayed until July 20

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(Kabul) - Afghanistan´s presidential election will be delayed until July 20, an official said, three months later than the ballot had been scheduled to be held. The announcement by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) comes after weeks…

Mohamed bin Zayed receives King of Bahrain

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(Abu Dhabi) - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, at Qasr Al Bahr. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed…

Saudi King receives Al Azhar Grand Imam

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(Riyadh) - The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, received at Al Yamamah palace, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Dr. Ahmed el-Tayeb, reported the Saudi Press Agency, SPA. King Salman welcomed…

UAE, Chechnya explore economic cooperation

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(Grozny) - President Ramzan Kadyrov of the Chechen Republic has received a delegation from Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, KFED, led by Hussain Jasim Al Nowais, Chairman of the Fund, and lauded the friendly relations and cooperation…

Saudi king orders major government reshuffle

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(Riyadh) - King Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered a major government reshuffle, replacing the ministers of foreign affairs and information, a royal decree said. Ibrahim al-Assaf, a former finance minister, will replace Adel al-Jubeir as foreign…

US approves $3.5 billion Patriot missile sale to Turkey

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(Washington) - The United States said it approved the sale of $3.5 billion in missiles to Turkey, offering an ultimatum after US outrage over the NATO ally's plans to buy from Russia. The State Department said it had informed Congress of…

Trump declares victory over IS in Syria

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(Washington) - The IS has been "beaten" in Syria, US President Donald Trump said in announcing a stunning order to pull American ground forces from the war-ravaged nation. The momentous decision to withdraw, which runs counter to long-established…

Obama delights sick children as Santa

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(Washington) - Former US president Barack Obama took on a new high-profile role as Father Christmas for a surprise visit to sick children in Washington. "I just want to say thank you to all of you guys," Obama told staff, who greeted him…

UAE, Kyrgyzstan advancing ties

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(Abu Dhabi) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has discussed ways of broadening the scope of cooperation with Kyrgyzstan at a meeting with Chingiz Aidarbekov, the Foreign Affairs…

Saudi Arabia boosts spending in 2019 budget

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(Riyadh) - The Saudi Council of Ministers, chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has approved the largest budget in the Kingdom's history with SAR1.106 trillion spending in 2019, approximately 7…

First Arab Digital Economy Conference concludes

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(Abu Dhabi) - The League of Arab States extended its sincere gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his patronage and support for the…

Ministerial meeting of ‘UAE-Mali Joint Committee’ held

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(Abu Dhabi) - The ministerial meeting of the first UAE-Mali Joint Committee was held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The meeting was chaired by Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of…

Georgia´s first female president sworn in

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(Telavi) - Georgia swore in its first female president, Salome Zurabishvili as opposition parties continue to denounce her election as fraudulent and demand snap parliamentary polls. The inauguration paved the way for a new constitution to…

UN warns Yemen could face 'much worse' in 2019

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(Doha) - UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that "much worse" lay in store for Yemen in 2019 unless its warring parties strike a peace deal and head off a humanitarian crisis. A high number of Yemenis have been dying in "very dramatic circumstances"…