Facebook CEO plans 2019 forums on tech´s role in society

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(New York) - Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his personal goal for 2019, convening a series of public forums on how technology can better serve society. "My challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions about…

30 killed in gold mine collapse in Afghanistan

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(Kunduz) - At least 30 people were killed when a gold mine collapsed in northeastern Afghanistan, officials said, in the latest tragedy to strike the war-torn country. Another seven were injured in the incident in Kohistan district of Badakhshan…

Afghan presidential election delayed until July 20

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(Kabul) - Afghanistan´s presidential election will be delayed until July 20, an official said, three months later than the ballot had been scheduled to be held. The announcement by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) comes after weeks…

Saudi King receives Al Azhar Grand Imam

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(Riyadh) - The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, received at Al Yamamah palace, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Dr. Ahmed el-Tayeb, reported the Saudi Press Agency, SPA. King Salman welcomed…

Trump declares victory over IS in Syria

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(Washington) - The IS has been "beaten" in Syria, US President Donald Trump said in announcing a stunning order to pull American ground forces from the war-ravaged nation. The momentous decision to withdraw, which runs counter to long-established…

Obama delights sick children as Santa

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(Washington) - Former US president Barack Obama took on a new high-profile role as Father Christmas for a surprise visit to sick children in Washington. "I just want to say thank you to all of you guys," Obama told staff, who greeted him…

Saudi Arabia boosts spending in 2019 budget

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(Riyadh) - The Saudi Council of Ministers, chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has approved the largest budget in the Kingdom's history with SAR1.106 trillion spending in 2019, approximately 7…

Georgia´s first female president sworn in

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(Telavi) - Georgia swore in its first female president, Salome Zurabishvili as opposition parties continue to denounce her election as fraudulent and demand snap parliamentary polls. The inauguration paved the way for a new constitution to…

UN warns Yemen could face 'much worse' in 2019

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(Doha) - UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that "much worse" lay in store for Yemen in 2019 unless its warring parties strike a peace deal and head off a humanitarian crisis. A high number of Yemenis have been dying in "very dramatic circumstances"…

Seven killed in Turkey train crash

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(Ankara) - Seven people were killed after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in the Turkish capital, the Ankara governor´s office said, revising an initial death toll. The governorate said in a statement that one of those killed…

39th GCC Summit issues Riyadh Communique

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(Riyadh) - The 40th session of the GCC summit will be held in the UAE, according to a communique issued at the end of the 39th summit in Riyadh. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and King of Saudi Arabia,…

OFID agrees to provide US$50 million to Egypt

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(Vienna) - The OPEC Fund for International Development, OFID, has agreed to provide US$50 million to support Egypt’s purchase of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied natural gas. A statement issued by OFID from its headquarters…

11th Bali Democracy Forum held

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(Bali) - The UAE has stressed that it places the prosperity, well-being and happiness of its citizens and the forefront of its priorities and policies, with a focus on applying innovative technologies that provide smart government services,…

Suicide bomber kills two in Iran’s Chabahar

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(Chabahar) - A suicide bomber killed at least two people and wounded many more outside police headquarters in the port city of Chabahar in restive southeastern Iran, according to a revised official toll. Chabahar lies in Sistan-Baluchistan…