Entries by Diplomat Editor

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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 […]

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Tourism in Saudi Aims to Provide 260,000 Jobs

The Kingdom is working on opening 38 tourist sites in seven tourist destinations by 2022, compared to 15 sites available in four tourist destinations ready to receive tourists. The ministry also seeks to provide 260,000 jobs during the next three years, the Minister of Tourism disclosed recently. The Kingdom aims through the tourism sector strategy […]

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China locks down 400,000 people after virus spike

China has reinstated a strict lockdown near Beijing, affecting around 400,000 people, after a small surge in cases. The restrictions have come into force in Anxin county in Hebei province near the capital. After the pandemic emerged in China at the end of last year, the country has managed to get new infections to a […]

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Huawei’s £1bn UK research centre approved

Chinese firm Huawei’s plans for a £1bn research centre in the UK have been approved. The tech giant, which is under a security review that could lead the UK government to ban use of its 5G network kit, has received backing for the site. As “wider comments” could not be considered, the local council planning […]

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Qantas to cut 6,000 jobs due to virus impact

Qantas will axe 6,000 jobs as part of its plans to survive the coronavirus pandemic, the airline says. The cuts equate to about a fifth of the airline’s workforce prior to the Covid-19 crisis. In March, it furloughed more than 80% of its staff. Australia’s national carrier said the collapse in global air travel had […]