US, China hail major progress in trade talks

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(Washington) - The United States and China said their trade war negotiations resulted in major progress as the clock ticks on a March deadline to avert a massive escalation of tariffs that could bruise the global economy. US President Donald…

Global Investment in Aviation Summit concludes

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(Dubai) - The first 'Global Investment in Aviation Summit' concluded Tuesday, 29 January in Dubai InterContinental Festival City Hotel in the presence of aviation industry and key officials. The summit and exhibition began with a pre-event…

King of Jordan receives Abdullah bin Zayed

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(Amman) - His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, has received H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Their meeting took place during Sheikh Abdullah’s…

Macron calls for inter-religious dialogue

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(Cairo) - French President Emmanuel Macron met with Egypt´s top clerics and called for inter-religious dialogue at the end of a three-day visit aimed at boosting ties while raising human rights concerns. Macron and Pope Tawadros II stressed…

Brexit deal not open to renegotiation: EU leaders

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(Brussels) - European leaders moved to reject an attempt by Britain´s Prime Minister Theresa May to re-open talks on the Brexit divorce deal, as British lawmakers voted to demand changes. When May signed the withdrawal agreement in November,…

Floods kill 12 people in Saudi Arabia

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(Riyadh) - Twelve people have been killed in floods after heavy rain lashed northern parts of Saudi Arabia this week, the civil defence agency said. Ten died in the northwestern city of Tabuk and one each in the holy city of Medina and in…

US, Taliban agree on troop withdrawal plan from Afghanistan

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The United States and the Taliban may have agreed on a plan to pull out American troops from Afghanistan, Voice of America reported. VOA quoted sources as saying the insurgent group has given assurances that no international terrorist groups…

Facebook to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger

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Facebook said it is trying to get its messaging apps to be friends, allowing encrypted missives be exchanged no matter which of its services are used. The leading social network is behind free, stand-alone smartphone apps Instagram, Messenger…

Brazil dam disaster leaves 34 dead, hundreds missing

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Thirty-four people were confirmed dead and nearly 300 missing, with hopes fading of them being found alive, after a dam collapsed at a mine in southeast Brazil. The disaster struck Friday at the Vale mine near the city of Belo Horizonte…

Abdullah Sultan new Malaysian King

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(Kuala Lumpur) - Members of Malaysia's royal families elected Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah as the new king, following the unexpected abdication of the previous monarch, Reuters has reported. The leaders of Malaysia's royal houses, known…

ADNOC, Eni and OMV sign landmark partnership agreement

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(Abu Dhabi) - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, witnessed the signing of two new strategic equity partnerships between the Abu Dhabi National Oil…

Trump announces deal to reopen US government

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(Washington) - President Donald Trump announced a deal with opposition Democrats to temporarily reopen the US federal government, shut down for a record five weeks by a bitter row over funding for a US-Mexico border wall. "We have reached…

DP World increases stake in DP World Australia

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(Dubai) - DP World announced that it has acquired an additional stake in DP World Australia, DPWA, from Gateway Infrastructure Investments and other financial investors valuing DP World Australia at an enterprise value of approximately AU$1.4…

British PM promises new EU talks in bid to salvage Brexit deal

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(London) - Prime Minister Theresa May said she would seek further talks with Brussels to salvage her Brexit deal, but offered no new solutions to break the deadlock, just 10 weeks before Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union. MPs…