Milestone UNIDO General Conference adopts historic Abu Dhabi Declaration

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(Abu Dhabi) - The 18th Session of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, General Conference in Abu Dhabi has drawn to a close after five days of progress, developments and renewed determination towards achieving the…

Abdullah bin Zayed holds reception for IORA ministers

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(Abu Dhabi) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, held a reception and special dinner to honour ministers and heads of delegations participating in the meetings of the Indian…

US notifies UN of withdrawal from Paris climate accord

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(Washington) - The United States on Monday formally notified the United Nations that it was withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, making the world´s largest economy the sole outlier from the agreement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,…

Fourth Meeting of the Global Future Councils held

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(Dubai) - H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, attended the opening session of the Fourth Meeting of the Global Future Councils hosted by the UAE government in collaboration with the World Economic…

First woman named as Belgian prime minister

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(BrusselsBelgian Budget Minister Sophie Wilmes has been chosen as the country´s new caretaker prime minister, a first for a woman, the current premier Charles Michel said. The 44-year-old still has to be sworn in by King Philippe, who is…

Evacuations as wildfire breaks out in Los Angeles

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(Los Angeles) - More than 1,000 firefighters battled a wind-driven blaze that broke near the renowned Getty Center in Los Angeles, prompting widespread evacuations as the flames destroyed several homes and forced the shutdown of schools and…

Fernandez wins Argentine election in first round

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(Buenos Aires) - Peronist candidate Alberto Fernandez won Argentina´s presidential election in the first round, official results showed, with 75 percent of the votes counted. Fernandez, 60, had 47.36 percent of the votes -- crossing the…

NATO Defence Ministers' meeting on Afghanistan held

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(Brussels) - Matar Salim Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, has led the UAE's delegation to the meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO, Defence Ministers on its operations in Afghanistan under the ''Resolute…

Indonesia's Jokowi set to announce new cabinet

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(Jakarta) - Indonesia´s Joko Widodo is set to announce a new cabinet in a line-up that could include the former owner of Inter Milan. Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, beat Prabowo Subianto -- a former military general accused of rights…

Russia, Turkey reach 'historic' deal on Syria border

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(Sochi) - Russia and Turkey agreed to ensure Kurdish forces withdraw from areas close to Syria´s border with Turkey and to launch joint patrols, in a deal hailed as "historic" by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After marathon talks in Russia´s…

In first, spacewalk conducted by two women: NASA TV

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(Washington) - The first ever spacewalk with an all-female team began, footage broadcast by NASA showed. US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir´s mission to replace a power controller outside the International Space Station officially…

Tunisia elects new President

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(Tunis) - Tunisia elected an independent former law professor as its new president, after Kais Saied, 61, who ran a low-key volunteer-based campaign, won a landslide victory with 72.7 per cent of the vote against his opponent, TV magnate and…

Ethiopia PM Abiy wins Nobel Peace Prize

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(Oslo) - Hailed as a visionary and reformer, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to resolve the long-running conflict with neighbouring foe Eritrea. Abiy was honoured "for his efforts to achieve…

China celebrates 70 years

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(Beijing) - Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that "no force" can shake China as he oversaw a massive military celebration of 70 years of Communist Party rule, shadowed by a day of protest in seething Hong Kong that threatened to steal…