UAE, Norway celebrate 40 years of cross-cultural connection

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(Abu Dhabi) - An exhibition titled Norway-UAE: +40 Years of Culture recently opened at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with the attendance of Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State and Jens Eikaas, Norwegian Ambassador…

Russia launches space telescope

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(Moscow) - Russia launched a space telescope from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, in a joint mission with Germany intended to map X-rays across the sky and replace a project lost in January. Video posted on the website of the Roskosmos,…

UK unveils draft law to tax tech giants

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(London) - Britain unveiled draft legislation for a "digital services tax" on global tech giants, which it plans to impose until leading economies reach an agreement on the contentious issue. The proposed levy, which will be consulted on…

France to impose green tax on plane tickets

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(Paris) - The French government is to impose a tax of up to 18 euros ($20) on plane tickets for all flights from airports in France to fund less-polluting transportation projects, a minister said. The move, which will take effect from 2020,…

Brexit minister urges EU to reopen withdrawal deal talks

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(London) - Britain´s Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay warned the EU must reopen the withdrawal agreement reached with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May but rejected by MPs, so as to avoid a "disruptive" no-deal divorce in October. "We…

Macron announces creation of a space force command

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(Paris) - French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a new national military space force command that would eventually be part of his country´s air force. The declaration -- made on the eve of France´s Bastille Day national…

Egypt opens two ancient pyramids, unveils new finds

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(Dahshur) - Egypt opened two ancient pyramids south of the capital Cairo and unveiled a collection of newly found sarcophagi, some containing well-preserved mummies. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told reporters the Bent Pyramid of…

S. California hit by 7.1-magnitude quake

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(Los Angeles) - Southern California was hit by its largest earthquake in two decades Friday, a 7.1-magnitude tremor that rattled residents who were already reeling from another strong quake a day earlier. Emergency workers and security forces…

David Sassoli elected as European Parliament President

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(Brussels) - Newly-elected European Parliament President David Sassoli is a former television journalist who turned to politics 10 years ago as a centre-left MEP. Parliament chose the 63-year-old social democrat to succeed another Italian,…

Alibaba to donate $145m to women's football

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(Shanghai) - China´s second richest man Jack Ma will contribute to a $145 million donation to the Chinese women´s football squad, it was announced, who despite underfunding routinely outperform the men´s national team. The one billion…

France government approves Canada trade deal

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The French government on Wednesday approved a bill ratifying a huge EU-Canada trade deal which will be voted on next month by the parliament. "The cabinet has considered and approved the bill," junior foreign minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne…

Google endorses 'international tax deal' for multinationals

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(Washington) - Google said it supports a global agreement on taxation that could allocate more taxes from multinationals to jurisdictions outside their home countries. "We support the movement toward a new comprehensive, international framework…

Prince Harry, Meghan and baby to visit South Africa

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(London) - Britain's Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their infant son Archie will visit South Africa later this year in their first official tour as a family, Buckingham Palace said. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official…

Trump steps into North Korea, in historic first

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(Panmunjom) - Donald Trump stepped onto North Korean soil as he met Pyongyang´s leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the peninsula, in a symbolic diplomatic spectacle and a first for any American president. After shaking…