Entries by Diplomat Editor

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UAE, Jordan reviewing latest regional developments

(Abu Dhabi) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and his Jordanian Counterpart Ayman Al Safadi have reviewed the latest regional and international developments of common interest. This came as the UAE top diplomat received Al Safadi at the Ministry’s premises in the UAE capital where they […]

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Google and Android system start to cut ties with Huawei

(San Francisco) – US internet giant Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world’s smartphones, said it was beginning to cut ties with China’s Huawei, which Washington considers a national security threat. In the midst of a trade war with Beijing, President Donald Trump has barred US companies from engaging in telecommunications […]

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EU adopts powers to respond to cyberattacks

(Brussels) – The European Union adopted powers to punish those outside the bloc who launch cyberattacks that cripple hospitals and banks, sway elections and steal company secrets or funds. EU ministers meeting in Brussels said the 28-nation group would now, for the first time, be able to impose asset freezes and travel bans on individuals, […]

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India´s election comes to an end

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 biggest election with 900 million eligible voters from Goa´s beaches to Mumbai´s slums and Ladakh´s Himalayan […]

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Australian former PM Bob Hawke dead

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 died peacefully at home.” The son of a preacher, Hawke led his country during the 1980s, […]

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US F-16 crashed in California

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 the incident injuring five persons. The military said the jet was assigned to the 114th Fighter […]

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Amazon offers employees $10,000 to quit

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 for employees who want to start their own delivery enterprise, and that they would be assured “consistent delivery volume” […]

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Sri Lanka imposes nationwide curfew after riots

(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 to Christian-led mob attacks on several Muslim-owned businesses and mosques, in the latest fallout from the Easter […]

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US government posts $160 bn surplus in April

(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 in 2018, while receipts were $536 billion, up 5 percent compared with April 2018. Treasury said […]

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Andrew Murrison named UK Minister of State for Middle East

(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 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence and Minister for International Security Strategy from September […]