Entries by Diplomat Editor

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UAE, Portugal advancing cooperation

(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 in various sectors. The meeting was co-chaired by Mousa Abdul Wahid Al Khaja, UAE Ambassador […]

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Duchess of Sussex, Gives Birth to a Boy

(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 “incredibly well”, adding that they were still thinking about names for the infant, […]

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Trump sends Ramadan 2019 greetings

(Washington) – US President Donald Trump and his wife greeted Muslims on the eve of Ramadan. In a statement issued by the White House, Trump said: “I send my warmest greetings to all Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan.” He said Ramadan commemorates when the sacred Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (SAW). “At […]

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Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

(Washington) – Tiger Woods, fresh off his epic comeback victory in the Masters, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump at the White House. Presenting the golfing great with the nation´s highest honor, Trump praised Woods´ “relentless will to win, win, win.” “These qualities embody the American spirit of pushing boundaries, […]

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41 dead in Russian plane blaze disaster

(Moscow) – Forty-one people including at least two children have died after a Russian passenger plane made an emergency landing and erupted in a huge ball of fire and black smoke at Moscow´s busiest airport on Sunday, investigators said. Dramatic footage that went viral on social media showed Aeroflot´s Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft crash-landing and […]

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First Forum for Gulf Inventors opens

(Dubai) – Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, has underlined the importance of fostering an innovation-friendly environment combining financial incentives, social norms and know how to ensure smooth transition to an innovation-based economy in line with the UAE Vision 2021. The minister made the remarks as he opened today the First Forum for […]

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Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned

(Bangkok) – Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned with a golden-tiered headpiece, the highlight of an elaborate three-day coronation ceremony two years after he ascended the throne. The 66-year-old monarch, known as Rama X and dressed in a bejewelled golden robe, was handed the 7.3-kilogram Crown of Victory, which he placed on his head […]

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Emirates named Best Airline Worldwide

(Dubai) – Emirates airline has won five awards at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2019. The airline took home the highly regarded industry accolades for Airline with the Best First Class, Airline with the Best Economy Class, Airline with the Best Frequent Flyer Programme, and Best Airport Lounge in the Middle East. The world’s […]

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Thailand breaks ground for Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion

(Dubai) – The Kingdom of Thailand has broken ground for its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, becoming the first South East Asian country to begin the construction of its pavilion. The ceremony officially marks the beginning of construction of the pavilion that will feature contemplative design and construction practices aimed at reducing its environmental impact. […]

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Mohammed bin Rashid meets President of Belarus

(Beijing) – Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum met President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which concludes today in the Chinese capital Beijing. During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed and […]

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Quad meeting on Yemen held

(London) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Adel Al Jubeir Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and David Satterfield, United States acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, met in […]