Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Mohamed bin Zayed receives President of Gambia

(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 Adama Barrow, the President of Gambia. During their meeting, which took place at the Al Bahr Palace, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and President Barrow discussed ways to […]

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Gargash receives Gambian Foreign Minister

(Abu Dhabi) – Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has met with Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad. The two sides reviewed current ties between the two countries, and the outcomes of the latest meeting between His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown […]

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Lagarde resigns as IMF chief

(Washington) – International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde announced she had submitted her resignation from the global lender. She said she had more clarity about her nomination to be the next head of the European Central Bank, ECB, Reuters reported on Tuesday. Lagarde said in a statement her resignation was effective 12th September, opening the […]

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Abdullah bin Zayed receives UN Special Representative in Libya

(Abu Dhabi) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, received Dr. Ghassan Salamé, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Libya. The meeting held at the Ministry’s Diwan in Abu Dhabi discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations between the UAE and the UN through partnerships in developmental and […]

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Dubai selected as 2020 ‘Capital of Arab Media’

(Cairo) – During its 50th Ordinary Session, chaired by Saudi Arabia, the Arab Information Ministers Council selected the Emirate of Dubai as the 2020 ‘Capital of Arab Media’. The Council’s decision confirms the UAE’s role in supporting Arab and international media and further recognises Dubai’s prominent media stature. Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister […]

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US marks Apollo mission 50 years on

(Cape Canaveral) – Fifty years after a mighty rocket set off from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon, a veteran of the Apollo 11 crew returned to its fabled launch pad to commemorate “one giant leap” that became a defining moment in human history. “We crew felt the weight of the world on […]

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Russia launches space telescope

(Moscow) – Russia launched a space telescope from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, in a joint mission with Germany intended to map X-rays across the sky and replace a project lost in January. Video posted on the website of the Roskosmos, the Russian space agency, showed a Proton-M rocket carrying the Spektr-RG taking off from […]

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UK unveils draft law to tax tech giants

(London) – Britain unveiled draft legislation for a “digital services tax” on global tech giants, which it plans to impose until leading economies reach an agreement on the contentious issue. The proposed levy, which will be consulted on until September, will target “large digital businesses” and reflect “the value derived from their UK users”, according […]

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France to impose green tax on plane tickets

(Paris) – The French government is to impose a tax of up to 18 euros ($20) on plane tickets for all flights from airports in France to fund less-polluting transportation projects, a minister said. The move, which will take effect from 2020, will see a tax of 1.5 euros imposed on economy-class tickets on internal […]

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Egypt opens two ancient pyramids, unveils new finds

(Dahshur) – Egypt opened two ancient pyramids south of the capital Cairo and unveiled a collection of newly found sarcophagi, some containing well-preserved mummies. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told reporters the Bent Pyramid of King Sneferu, the first pharaoh of Egypt´s 4th dynasty, and a nearby pyramid would be reopened to visitors for the first […]

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S. California hit by 7.1-magnitude quake

(Los Angeles) – Southern California was hit by its largest earthquake in two decades Friday, a 7.1-magnitude tremor that rattled residents who were already reeling from another strong quake a day earlier. Emergency workers and security forces were being dispatched early Saturday to the epicenter of the shallow earthquake in a remote and sparsely populated […]