Entries by Diplomat Editor

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China launches satellite for space environment study

China successfully sent a satellite for space environment study and related technology experiments into the planned orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, Xinhua news agency reported. The satellite, the second of the Shiyan-6 series, was launched by a Long March-2D carrier rocket at 7:44 a.m. (Beijing Time), according to the center. […]

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Saudi Arabia announces health protocols for Hajj season

Saudi Arabia announced health protocols to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus during this year’s Hajj season which includes limiting the number of pilgrims, the state news agency, SPA, said. In a statement, the Saudi Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said the new measures will require pilgrims to wear face masks and will […]

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Etihad Aviation Group oragnises Manchester City Young Leaders Summit

Etihad Aviation Group launched today the Young Leaders Summit, an annual initiative from Manchester City that brings together community leaders for a week of digital learning, delivered through interactive live sessions and webinars. The summit was opened with a virtual address from Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, who spoke about his […]

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Australia closes Victoria-New South Wales border

The border between Australia’s two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), is to close after a spike in Covid-19 cases in Melbourne. The outbreak in Victoria’s capital has seen hundreds of cases in the past two weeks – more than 95% of new Australian infections. Until now, the two states had maintained […]

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China-based Terminus partners with Expo 2020

Terminus Technologies, a China-based leader in smart technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics has been named Expo 2020 Dubai’s latest Premier Partner and has signed a long-term lease at District 2020 as part of the innovation ecosystem that will evolve after the event. As Expo 2020 Dubai’s Official Robotics Partner, Terminus will deploy more […]

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Abdullah bin Zayed, French counterpart discuss regional developments, COVID-19

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and France’s Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian, discussed the strategic ties between the UAE and France and the prospects of cooperation in various fields. In a phone call, Sheikh Abdullah and Le Drian tackled the latest regional developments and various […]

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Macron appoints new PM after Philippe resigns

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has tendered his resignation after heading President Emmanuel Macron’s government for three years. The president swiftly named centre-right mayor Jean Castex to lead a new team of ministers after a reshuffle. Although Mr Philippe was considered more popular than the president, the ruling party had poor local election results at […]

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Putin strongly backed in reform vote

Nearly 78% of Russian voters backed constitutional reforms that could keep President Vladimir Putin in power until 2036, election officials say. With all the ballots counted, 77.9% voted for the reform package and 21.3% against, the electoral commission said. The reforms will reset Mr Putin’s term limits to zero in 2024, allowing him to serve […]

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Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 160

At least 162 bodies have been found after a landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar, officials say. Rescue work has continued all day for people still missing at the site in the Hpakant area of Kachin state. A wave of mud and rock triggered by heavy rain engulfed those collecting stones, the […]

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Tesla overtakes Toyota as most valuable carmaker

Tesla has become the world’s most valuable carmaker, overtaking Japan’s Toyota, after its stock hit a record high. Shares in the electric carmaker touched $1,134 before falling back, leaving it with a market value of $209.47bn (£165bn). That is roughly $4bn more than Toyota’s current stock market value. However, Toyota sold around 30 times more […]