India´s election comes to an end

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Voting in one of India´s most acrimonious elections in decades entered its final day as Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrambled to hang on to his overall majority. The seventh and final round of voting ended the world´s…

Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings

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(Riyadh) - Saudi Arabia has called for urgent meetings of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to discuss escalating tensions in the Gulf, the Saudi official news agency said. The Saudi Press Agency said King Salman…

Australian former PM Bob Hawke dead

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Australia's longest-serving Labor prime minister Bob Hawke died aged 89. "Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian -- many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era," his second wife Blanche d'Alpuget said in a statement. "He…

US F-16 crashed in California

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A US military F-16 fighter jet has crashed into a commercial building at March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley, California, media reports say. The pilot ejected and is being evaluated, local authorities stated. The US Air Force confirmed…

China hits back at US with tariffs on $60bn of products

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(Beijing) - China has hit back in its trade war with the US, announcing plans to impose tariffs on US$60bn of American imports. Tariffs will be imposed on 5,140 US products with an annual value of about $60bn from 1 June, the Chinese finance…

Amazon offers employees $10,000 to quit

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Amazon said it was offering employees $10,000 to quit their jobs and become independent package delivery entrepreneurs for the online retail colossus. An Amazon statement said the latest incentive would also include three months of wages…

Sri Lanka imposes nationwide curfew after riots

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(Colombo) - Sri Lanka announced a nationwide six-hour night curfew after anti-Muslim riots spread to several districts just north of the capital Colombo, police said. Three districts were brought under a curfew earlier in the day in response…

Mohammed bin Rashid receives high-level Uzbek delegation

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(Dubai) - His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said that the UAE is deeply committed to working closely with the rest of the world to serve humanity. The UAE is keen to share…

US government posts $160 bn surplus in April

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(Washington) - The US federal government posted a $160 billion budget surplus in April, according to data released by the Treasury Department. The Treasury said federal spending in April was $375 billion, up 27 percent from the same month…

UN leaders call for more action on climate change

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(New Y0rk) - It is nothing less than a "moral, ethical and economic imperative" to take more action to mitigate the existential threat posed by climate change, said top executives from across the United Nations system. Calling on Member…

Andrew Murrison named UK Minister of State for Middle East

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(London) - Dr. Andrew Murrison has been appointed as the UK Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in replacement of Former Minister Alistair Burt, according to GOV.UK. Andrew previously served as…

UAE, Portugal advancing cooperation

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(Abu Dhabi) - The UAE and Portugal have signed two memoranda of understanding, MoUs, on quality assurance and food security during their third meeting of the Joint Committee in Abu Dhabi, where both sides also explored means of boosting cooperation…

Dubal Holding, North China Industries strengthen cooperation

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(Dubai) - Dubal Holding and China North Industries Corporation, NORINCO, signed a comprehensive MoU during the week of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing to strengthen cooperation as part of the UAE Vision 2021 and China’s Belt and Road…

Duchess of Sussex, Gives Birth to a Boy

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(London) - The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a boy, the Duke of Sussex has announced. A beaming Prince Harry said they were "absolutely thrilled" and thanked the public for their support. He said Meghan and the baby were doing…