China president in rare visit to coronavirus patients, medics

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(Beijing) - Chinese President Xi Jinping donned a face mask and had his temperature checked Monday while visiting medical workers and patients affected by the deadly coronavirus that has killed more than 900 people. The Chinese president,…

China offers $43bn boost to firms fighting coronavirus

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(Beijing) - China's central bank said it will offer a 300 billion yuan ($43 billion) boost next week to help businesses involved in fighting the virus epidemic which has swept China and infected thousands. The outbreak, which started in the…

Qatari ruler appoints new Prime Minister

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Qatar’s ruler accepted the resignation Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani and named Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani as his successor, the state news agency reported. No reason was given for the change and it…

Powerful earthquake jolts hits Turkey, 14 dead

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(Istanbul) - A powerful earthquake measuring 6.8 hit eastern Turkey, leaving at least 14 people dead and causing buildings to collapse. Eight people died in Elazig province and six others were killed in the neighbouring province of Malatya,…

Berlin International Conference on Libya concludes

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(Berlin) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has underlined the UAE's determination to continue to pursue security and stability in Libya. The diplomat made the statement…

Harry and Meghan begin a new life as ordinary people

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(London) - Britain´s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan began a new life as ordinary people with financial worries and security concerns after being stripped of their royal titles and public funding by the Queen.

12th session of Executive Office of Council of Arab Information Ministers held

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(Dubai) - The UAE participated in the 12th regular session of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Information Ministers, which was held in Dubai, the "Capital of the Arab Media," as part of the meetings of the General Secretariat of…

UN warns more extreme weather ahead

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(Geneva) - The past decade has been the hottest on record, the UN said, warning that the higher temperatures were expected to fuel numerous extreme weather events in 2020 and beyond. The World Meteorological Organization, which based its…

Haitham bin Tariq al-Said sworn in as Sultan Qaboos's successor

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(Muscat) - Haitham bin Tariq, Oman's culture minister and the 65-year-old cousin of late Sultan Qaboos, has been sworn in as the new royal ruler, the government said. "Haitham bin Tariq was sworn in as the new sultan of the country... after…

Historic Brexit bill allowing UK to leave union on Jan 31, passes

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(London) - Britain's parliament finally approved Brexit, allowing it to become the first country to leave the European Union by the end of this month, ending years of arguments that toppled two governments and divided a nation. The House…

Oman's Sultan Qaboos passes away

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(Muscat) - Sultan Qaboos, has died at the age of 79, the royal court said. "With great sorrow and deep sadness... the royal court mourns His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who passed away on Friday," the court said in a statement, as discussions…

EU claims 2019 as second hottest year on record

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The European Union's climate monitoring service said 2019 was the second hottest year on record and ended the hottest decade in history. According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service's (C3S) data, last year's worldwide temperatures were…

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to step back as 'senior' royals

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(London) - In a statement, Britain´s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle said they will step back as senior members of the royal family and work to become financially independent. In their statement, also posted on their Instagram page,…

'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…