Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing

(Beijing) – Chinese President Xi Jinping opened Second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. Addressing the opening session, Xi  said BR projects need to be transparent and fiscally sustainable.  There will also be “zero tolerance” for corruption, Xi said at a Belt and Road summit, adding that the initiative “is not an exclusive club”.  Chinese […]

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Microsoft tops trillion-dollar mark for first time

Microsoft hit the trillion-dollar value mark for the first time, becoming the third technology giant to reach the symbolic milestone. Shares in Microsoft rallied some five percent to $130.59 in early Wall Street trade after a robust earnings report a day earlier. That gave Microsoft a market capitalization of just over $1 trillion, before dipping […]

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Extremism must be defeated: Prince William

(Christchurch) – In an emotional meeting with survivors of the New Zealand mosques massacre, Britain´s Prince William appealed for “extremism in all forms” to be defeated. About 160 people gathered at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch to meet the prince who had earlier told first responders to the March 15 carnage that when “a […]

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Abdullah bin Zayed meets British Foreign Secretary

(London) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt have reviewed here the prospects for further advancing the privileged relations between the two friendly countries across all fronts. The two top diplomats also discussed an array of regional and international developments of […]

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Toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 310

(Colombo) – The toll from a string of deadly suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka has risen to 310, with several people dying of their injuries overnight, a police spokesman said. Around 500 people were wounded in the blasts, Ruwan Gunasekera said in a statement. He added that 40 people were now under arrest in […]

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Egypt referendum extending Sisi rule passed

(Cairo) – Egyptians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a referendum on proposed constitutional amendments aimed at extending the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the electoral board said. National Election Authority head Lashin Ibrahim told a Cairo press conference that 88.83 percent voted “yes” for changes that could keep Sisi in power until 2030, […]

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Twitter triples profits, global user base rises

(Washington) – Twitter said its profits tripled in the past quarter even as it ramped up efforts to root out abuse and misconduct on its short messaging platform. Profits in the first quarter hit $191 million, compared with $61 million a year earlier, while revenues increased 18 percent to $787 million. Twitter´s global user base […]

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Egypt hosts Africa summits on Sudan, Libya crises

(Cairo) – Egypt hosted African leaders for emergency talks on the upheavals in Sudan and Libya, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned against “a slide into chaos”. Sisi called for a coherent regional response, as protesters in Khartoum keep up demands for a civilian government and Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar´s forces bear down on […]

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Saudi Crown Prince meets with Commander of US Central Command

(Riyadh) – Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence met with the Commander of United States Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie. According to the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, the two sides reviewed aspects of cooperation between the two friendly countries particularly in the military field, […]

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UAE, Uzbekistan sign government modernisation, development agreement

(Tashkent) – The UAE and Uzbekistan signed an agreement that aims to modernise and develop their government work, strengthen their partnership, and improve the performance of their government sectors, during the visit of a UAE government delegation to Uzbekistan. The agreement was signed by Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the […]

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UAE, Saudi Arabia sign MoU to develop digital education system

(Riyad) – The Ministry of Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia, to develop the digital education system, and several Emirati universities signed twinning agreements with their Saudi counterparts. The signing took place during the participation of an Emirati academic delegation in the 8th International Exhibition and Conference […]