Entries by Diplomat Editor

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EU migration deal welcomed by UN agencies

(Geneva) – UN humanitarian agencies broadly welcomed a freshly-inked deal on migration by European Union leaders which calls for more Member States to take responsibility within their borders for those in need of protection, amid a hardening stance by some since 2015. In a joint statement, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the UN Refugee […]

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Arab Group at HRC reaffirms adherence to UPR mechanism

(Geneva) – The Arab Group has renewed its adherence to the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as the most effective mechanism for evaluating human rights conditions in all countries of the world. This came during a speech delivered by Saeed Ahmed Al Jarwan, from the UAE Mission in Geneva, before the Human Right […]

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Belt & Road Summit opens in Hong Kong

(Hong Kong) – The Third Belt and Road Summit, jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) welcomed more than 5000 participants from 55 countries and regions at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The UAE is participating in the summit […]

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Apple and Samsung settle lengthy iPhone patent battle

(San Francisco) – Apple and Samsung have ended a years-long patent battle over copied iPhone design with an undisclosed settlement, according to a US court filing. The world´s two biggest smartphone makers reached a truce in their seven-year-old court battle a month after a federal court jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple some $539 million […]

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UAE-Hong Kong trade surges to $10.87 billion in 2017

(Hong Kong) – The total trade between the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong increased to US$ 10.87 billion in 2017 from $10.59 billion in 2016, according to Hong Kong government statistics. The UAE is participating in the Third Belt and Road (BnR) Summit, which is opening tomorrow here. Abdullah Al Saleh, Under-Secretary for Foreign […]

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UAE, France team-up to improve competitiveness of SMEs

(Paris) – Ministry of Economy, MoE, represented by the International Centre for Patent Registration, and the French Ministry of Economy, represented by the National Industrial Property Institute, INPI, signed a memorandum of understanding, MoU, to improve the competitiveness of small and media-sized enterprises, SMEs, and promote intellectual property awareness in both countries. The MoU aims […]

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Brexit bill becomes law, allowing UK to leave the EU

(London) – A bill enacting Britain´s decision to leave the European Union has become law after months of debate, the speaker of parliament announced to cheers from Conservative Party lawmakers. Speaker John Bercow said the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which repeals the 1972 European Communities Act through which Britain became a member, had received royal assent […]

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Erdogan win ushers in new presidential era

(Istanbul) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emerged victorious in a high-stakes election, seeing off the most serious challenge. Defeating the twin threats of a reinvigorated opposition and a weakened currency, Erdogan declared himself the winner even before official results were confirmed. With 97.7% of the votes counted, Sadi Guven, chief of Turkey’s Supreme […]

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Polls open in Turkey’s landmark elections

(Ankara) – Polls opened for Turkey’s high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 to complete the country’s transition to a new executive presidential system that was approved in a tight referendum last year. More than 56 million voters began gathering outside polling centers 8 a.m. local time to cast their ballots. President Recep Tayyip […]

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OPEC, non-OPEC pledge supply boost

(Vienna) – OPEC and non-OPEC members said they would raise supply by returning to 100 percent compliance with previously agreed output cuts, after months of underproduction. This came in a statement issued at the end of the 4th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting, which was held and concluded here, where it has been decided that […]