Kazakhstan renames capital Nursultan after ex-president

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(Almaty) - Kazakhstan´s parliament voted to rename the country´s capital in honour of longtime ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev, a day after he resigned as president, state media reported. "Astana is now officially renamed Nursultan," the state-owned…

Million sign petition to stop Brexit

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(London) - More than a million people signed an online petition within 24 hours asking the British government to stop Brexit, briefly crashing the site Thursday during a surge in support. With just eight days to go until Britain is scheduled…

UN to hold conference on Libya to pave way to elections

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(Tripoli) - The United Nations said it will organise an all-party conference next month to draw up a "roadmap" to lead Libya toward elections and out of the chaos in which it has plunged since a 2011 revolution. The national conference aims…

Afghanistan presidential election delayed to Sept 28

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(Kabul) - War-torn Afghanistan has delayed its presidential election until September 28, officials announced the second time the ballot has been put back and five months later than it was originally scheduled to be held. The Independent…

Abdullah bin Zayed meets Brazilian FM

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(Barsilia) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met with Ernesto Araujo, Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Sheikh Abdullah lauded the growing ties between the UAE and…

UAE, Colombia sign visa waiver

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(Bogota) - The UAE and Colombia have signed an agreement on the mutual exemption of prior visa requirements for ordinary passport holders from both countries. The agreement was signed by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister…

President of Colombia receives Abdullah bin Zayed

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(Bogota) - President of Colombia, Ivan Duque Marquez, has received H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and his accompanying delegation, currently visiting the country. The…

2019 Special Olympics world games start in Abu Dhabi

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(Abu Dhabi) - Seven thousand five hundred athletes are participating from 195 countries in Special Olympics 2019 which kick-started in Abu Dhabi recently. According to media reports, in Abu Dhabi’s Zayed sports city stadium, the inaugural…

New Zealand mosque massacre death toll rises to 50

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(Wellington) - The death toll from Friday´s mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has risen 50, with another 50 injured in the attack, police said on Sunday. The additional death was discovered as bodies were being removed from the two…

Etihad Airways, Saudi Airlines to build on existing codeshare partnership

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(Riyadh) - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi national flag carrier, Saudi Arabian Airlines, announced positive growth in traffic since their codeshare partnership began in November 2018. Jointly,…

UN mourns killing of 21 staff in Ethiopia plane crash

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(United States) - Flags flew at half-staff at the United Nations after 21 UN employees were killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said marked a "sad day" for the world body. Guterres led delegates…

British MPs reject Brexit deal for second time

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(London) - British MPs overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May´s Brexit deal for a second time, pitching Britain into the unknown just 17 days before it is due to split from the European Union. The House of Commons voted by 391…

Seoul passes emergency bills to fight air pollution

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South Korea's parliament passed emergency measures to tackle the "social disaster" of air pollution, after the country saw record levels of pollution earlier this month. The measures include the mandatory introduction of air purifiers in…

FNC Speaker arrives in Morocco on official visit

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(Rabat) - Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council, FNC, arrived in Rabat, heading the council's delegation on an official visit to Morocco. During the visit, Dr. Al Qubaisi will hold talks with senior officials…