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…

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…

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…

OIC health ministers conference concludes

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(Abu Dhabi) - The 7th Session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers, ICHM, ended on a high note, with the approval of five key decisions related to priority health issues and main challenges facing Islamic societies. Hosted by the…

Urgency of climate adaptation for prosperity highlighted at COP25

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(Madrid) - The importance behind prioritising climate adaptation to assist vulnerable countries has been highlighted at COP25. On the sidelines of the 25th Conference of the Parties, COP25, to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate…

Sanna Marin of Finland becomes world's youngest PM

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(Helsinki) - Sanna Marin, 34, has been named the next prime minister of Finland after the former transportation minister was elected by her party --Social Democrats -- to the post of the PM. Sanna Marin is expected to take the oath of her…

Saudi assumes G20 Presidency for 2020

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(Riyadh) - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has assumed the G20 Presidency, leading up to the G20 Leaders' Summit in Riyadh on 21st and 22nd November 2020, Saudi Press Agency, SPA, reported today. The Group of Twenty, or the G20, is the premier…

Tens of thousands rally in Europe, Asia before UN climate summit

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(Berlin) - Tens of thousands of protesters, primarily in Europe and Asia, hit the streets to make a fresh call for action against global warming, hoping to raise pressure on world leaders days before a UN climate summit. Carrying signs that…

Bloomberg formally announces US presidential candidacy

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Michael Bloomberg announced he is running for president, joining the crowded field of Democrats seeking to take on his fellow New York billionaire, President Donald Trump. "I´m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America,"…

UN Security Council reaffirms ban on chemical weapons

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(United Nations) - The United Nations Security Council reaffirmed its opposition to chemical weapons in the face of high-profile instances of their use worldwide. The 15-member body unanimously passed a declaration proposed by Britain expressing…

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…