Pound jumps on Brexit hopes as global stocks firm

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(London) - The British pound hit a seven-week high against the dollar on easing fears of a no-deal Brexit. Stock markets meanwhile won support after China said some US agricultural products including pork and soybeans would be exempt from…

Drones spark fires at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities

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(Riyadh) - Drone attacks sparked fires at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities, the interior ministry said, in the latest assault on the state-owned energy giant as it prepares for a much-anticipated stock listing. There was no immediate claim…

Trudeau dissolves parliament, launches election campaign

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(Ottawa) - Justin Trudeau kicked off the campaign for next month's Canadian general election, gunning to hold onto his liberal majority in a tight race against newcomers on both flanks. The parties have already been wooing voters with pre-election…

Netanyahu in Russia to meet Putin ahead of polls

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(Moscow) - Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Russia, hoping to burnish his image as an international statesman, despite Moscow's condemnation of the Israeli Prime Minister's pre-election pledge to annex part of the occupied West Bank. Netanyahu…

New York remembers 9/11 attacks, 18 years on

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(New York) - New York honored the almost 3,000 people killed on September 11, 2001 in a solemn ceremony at Ground Zero where hijacked Al-Qaeda planes brought down the Twin Towers. Relatives of victims, police officers, firefighters and city…

Jack Ma steps down as Alibaba’s chairman

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(Shanghai) - Jack Ma, the Co-founder of the Chinese retail behemoth Alibaba, is stepping down as company chairman, the day high-profile entrepreneur turns 55. Jack Ma, a former English teacher, along with a team of few people founded Alibaba…

Italy´s government wins confidence vote

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(Rome) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte´s new government won a parliamentary confidence vote on Monday following a heated debate in the country´s lower house. Out of 606 MPs who voted, 343 backed the new coalition, while 263 voted…

SEWA, Finland discuss cooperation in sustainability and training

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(Sharjah) - Rashid Al Leem, Chairman of Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, SEWA, has received Marianne Nissila, Ambassador of Finland to the UAE, and a number of officials to brief them on SEWA’s innovative initiatives in the fields…

Mohamed bin Zayed receives two US senators, WFP Chief

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(Abu Dhabi) - The counterterror efforts made by the UAE and US as well as ways of coordinating efforts between UAE humanitarian aid departments and the World Food Programme (WFP) were the focus of a meeting His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed…

Hurricane Dorian pounds Carolinas after Bahamas havoc

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(United States) - Hurricane Dorian pounded the Carolinas with strong winds and driving rain after cutting a swath through the northern Bahamas, where it left at least 20 people dead and thousands homeless. Residents of South and North Carolina…

Four candidates running to lead UN nuclear watchdog

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(Vienna) - Four candidates from three continents are in the running to lead the UN's nuclear watchdog, which is tasked with monitoring implementation of the faltering Iran nuclear deal. Slovakia put forward Marta Ziakova as the latest candidate…

Ministerial Meeting of Arab Economic Council held

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(Cairo) - The 104th session of the Ministerial Meeting of the Arab Economic and Social Council praised the efforts of the UAE to support children, as well as the pioneering role of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council…

3rd Young Arab Media Leaders Programme held

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(Dubai) - His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, met with over 100 young people from 19 Arab countries participating in the 3rd Young Arab Media Leaders Programme. The programme,…

Al Jubeir, Sheikh Abdullah meet with Pakistan’s Prime Minister

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(Islamabad) - Adel Al Jubeir, Minister of state for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia and UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, held in Islamabad trilateral talks with Shah…