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…

Global economy will grow by 2.4pc this year: World Bank

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(Washington) - Recovery in a handful of countries will boost global growth slightly this year but the outlook is riddled with potential pitfalls that could derail this tepid upswing, the World Bank cautioned. A renewal of trade tensions,…

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…

Erdogan, Putin inaugurate gas pipeline linking Russia, Turkey

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(Istanbul) - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin inaugurated a new gas pipeline linking their countries at a ceremony in Istanbul with tensions over Libya and Syria also on the agenda. Erdogan described the…

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,…

Mohamed bin Zayed directs Khalifa Fund to support SMEs in Pakistan

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(Islamabad) - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, directed the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, Khalifa Fund, to allocate US$200 million to…

Mohammed bin Rashid and Mohammed bin Zayed sign last piece of Hope probe structure

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(Abu Dhabi) - His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed…

China starts lifting restrictions on foreign investment

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(Beijing) - China has started lifting major restrictions on foreign investment in its financial sector, a move long demanded by the United States as the world´s two biggest economies are locked in a fierce trade battle. From the start of…

Custodian of Two Holy Mosques receives Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Necklace from ARCO

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(Riyadh) - The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, has received "Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Necklace, First Class", presented by the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organisation, ARCO, in appreciation…

'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…

Pakistan's PM receives Mohamed bin Zayed

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(Islamabad) - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, discussed friendly Emirati-Pakistani relations and…

9 dead after Indonesian capital hit by flooding

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(Jakarta) - Nine people died after Indonesia's capital was hit by its deadliest flooding in years, authorities said, as torrential rains on New Year´s Eve left vast swathes of the megalopolis submerged. Thousands were evacuated to temporary…