Entries by Diplomat Editor

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30 killed in gold mine collapse in Afghanistan

(Kunduz) – At least 30 people were killed when a gold mine collapsed in northeastern Afghanistan, officials said, in the latest tragedy to strike the war-torn country. Another seven were injured in the incident in Kohistan district of Badakhshan province, district governor Mohammad Rustam Raghi told AFP. Villagers had dug a 60-metre (200-feet) deep shaft […]

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Mohamed bin Zayed receives King of Bahrain

(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 bin Zayed and King Hamad exchanged cordial talk on the longstanding bonds between […]

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Saudi King receives Al Azhar Grand Imam

(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 Dr. el-Tayeb, praising Al Azhar’s role in disseminating the Islamic Sharia and serving the […]

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UAE, Chechnya explore economic cooperation

(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 between the Chechen Republic and the UAE, and the success of these relations that support shared interests in […]

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Saudi king orders major government reshuffle

(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 minister, the decree said. Jubeir was demoted to minister of state for foreign affairs, it added. Turki al-Shabanah was […]

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Trump declares victory over IS in Syria

(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 US policy for Syria and the region, blindsided lawmakers, the Pentagon and international allies alike. “We´ve won […]

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Obama delights sick children as Santa

(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 with rapturous cheers, in a video he shared on his Twitter account. […]

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UAE, Kyrgyzstan advancing ties

(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 Minister of the Central Asian state, at the ministry’s premises in Abu Dhabi. H.H. Sheikh Abdullah underlined the […]

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First Arab Digital Economy Conference concludes

(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 First Arab Digital Economy Conference, which concluded in the UAE capital. The League […]

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Ministerial meeting of ‘UAE-Mali Joint Committee’ held

(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 State for International Cooperation, and Kamisa Kamara, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali. At […]

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Georgia´s first female president sworn in

(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 come into force, transforming the country into a parliamentary republic with a largely ceremonial president. The event was held […]