Mohamed bin Zayed directs Khalifa Fund to support SMEs in Pakistan

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(Islamabad) - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, directed the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, Khalifa Fund, to allocate US$200 million to…

Mohammed bin Rashid and Mohammed bin Zayed sign last piece of Hope probe structure

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(Abu Dhabi) - His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed…

China starts lifting restrictions on foreign investment

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(Beijing) - China has started lifting major restrictions on foreign investment in its financial sector, a move long demanded by the United States as the world´s two biggest economies are locked in a fierce trade battle. From the start of…

Custodian of Two Holy Mosques receives Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Necklace from ARCO

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(Riyadh) - The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, has received "Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Necklace, First Class", presented by the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organisation, ARCO, in appreciation…

'Significant fears' over 17 missing in Australian bushfires

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(Sydney) - There are significant fears for 17 people who are missing after massive bushfires in Victoria, Australia, quoted the state's premier. While state premier Daniel Andrews said it was possible some of those unaccounted for could still…

Pakistan's PM receives Mohamed bin Zayed

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(Islamabad) - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, discussed friendly Emirati-Pakistani relations and…

9 dead after Indonesian capital hit by flooding

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(Jakarta) - Nine people died after Indonesia's capital was hit by its deadliest flooding in years, authorities said, as torrential rains on New Year´s Eve left vast swathes of the megalopolis submerged. Thousands were evacuated to temporary…

Taiwan´s military chief killed in chopper crash

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(Taipei) - Taiwan´s military chief was killed in a helicopter crash, the defence ministry said, just days before the island goes to polls to elect a new president. The chief of the general staff, Shen Yi-ming, was among eight senior officers…

World leaders share New Year greetings

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Leaders from around the world have sent cables of congratulations to Their Highnesses and Majesties, Presidents, Kings and Princes of friendly countries, on the occasion of the New Year, 2020. They have exchanged wishes for good health and…

Dubai marks arrival of six international cruise liners in one day

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(Dubai) - Strengthening Dubai’s position as the leading "cruise hub of the region", the emirate welcomed six international cruise liners on 29th December 2019, via the Mina Rashid cruise terminal. The terminal dealt with over 60,000 cruise…

15 dead after passenger jet crashes in Kazakhstan

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(Almaty) - Fifteen people have died after a passenger jet from Kazakh airline Bek Air crashed during take-off, Kazakh news agency Kazinform said. The Fokker 100 aircraft carrying 95 passengers and five crew members broke through a wall before…

25th Dubai Shopping Festival opens

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(Dubai) - H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, attended the opening ceremony of the 25th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival, DSF, whose celebrations were flagged…

Afghanistan´s Ghani on track for second term

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(Kabul) - Afghanistan´s President Ashraf Ghani appeared to have secured a second term, narrowly scoring an outright win in preliminary polling results, but his main rival immediately vowed to challenge the tally. After months of political…

Gargash meets with UN official

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(Abu Dhabi) - Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, recently met with Miguel Ángel Moratinos, United Nations High Representative of the Alliance of Civilisations, UNAOC. During the meeting, they discussed…