Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Trump announces deal to reopen US government

(Washington) – President Donald Trump announced a deal with opposition Democrats to temporarily reopen the US federal government, shut down for a record five weeks by a bitter row over funding for a US-Mexico border wall. “We have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government,” Trump said. “In a short […]

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DP World increases stake in DP World Australia

(Dubai) – DP World announced that it has acquired an additional stake in DP World Australia, DPWA, from Gateway Infrastructure Investments and other financial investors valuing DP World Australia at an enterprise value of approximately AU$1.4 billion (US$ 997 million). The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in Q1 2019. […]

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France is world champion in social spending

(Paris) – France´s social spending is the highest in the developed world relative to the size of its economy, an OECD study found, as the government weighs how to respond to “yellow vest” protests. Expenditure on healthcare, pensions and other social services was the equivalent of 31.2 percent of GDP last year, said the Organisation […]

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Burkina Faso PM and government resign

Burkina Faso’s government and Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba stood down, according to a statement released by the country’s president. No explanation was given for the resignations, though sources told AFP President Roch Marc Christian Kabore wants to breathe new life into the leadership of the landlocked west African country, which is battling a rising […]

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Abdullah bin Zayed receives AU Commissioner

(Abu Dhabi) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has received Chairman of the African Union, AU, Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat. During the meeting, held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, they discussed the UAE-African relations and ways to enhance them in the light […]

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VP receives Armenian President

(Dubai) – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, received President Armen Sarkissian of Armenia. His Highness welcomed President Sarkissian in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and highlighted the importance of the visit to further […]

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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince receives Ugandan PM

(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 Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda of Uganda, who is currently visiting the country to attend Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. During the meeting, held at the Beach Palace, Sheikh Mohamed bin […]

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Abdullah bin Zayed receives President of Kiribati

(Abu Dhabi) – H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, received the President of Kiribati, Taneti Mamau. During the meeting, held on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), they discussed bilateral relations between the UAE and the Republic of Kiribati and ways to enhance the […]

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Sharjah Ruler awards oil & gas exploration concession to Italy’s Eni

(Sharjah) – H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, received Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni, Italy’s largest energy company, during which a long-term agreement in oil and gas exploration was signed. The agreement awards Eni three long-term concessions to explore and develop onshore oil and gas fields […]