Amazon is now the world's most valuable private company

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(New York) - Amazon for the first time closed out Monday’s trading session as the world’s biggest publicly-traded company, overtaking Microsoft and other fellow tech behemoths. The online sales goliath assumed the top spot after notching…

ADNOC named among top 10 oil & gas firms worldwide

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(Abu Dhabi) - The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is among the top 10 most influential companies and organisations in the energy sector, a new ranking from research and intelligence firm GlobalData found. The only Middle Eastern company…

UAE, Burundi sign visa waiver MoU

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(Dubai) - Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, discussed ways of propelling cooperation between UAE and Burundi. This came as the minister received Ezéchiel Nibigira, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Burundi,…

Mohamed bin Zayed meets Pakistan's PM

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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, held talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan, focusing on strengthening the relations between the UAE…

30 killed in gold mine collapse in Afghanistan

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(Kunduz) - At least 30 people were killed when a gold mine collapsed in northeastern Afghanistan, officials said, in the latest tragedy to strike the war-torn country. Another seven were injured in the incident in Kohistan district of Badakhshan…

Afghan presidential election delayed until July 20

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(Kabul) - Afghanistan´s presidential election will be delayed until July 20, an official said, three months later than the ballot had been scheduled to be held. The announcement by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) comes after weeks…

Mohamed bin Zayed receives King of Bahrain

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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, received King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, at Qasr Al Bahr. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed…

Saudi King receives Al Azhar Grand Imam

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(Riyadh) - The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, received at Al Yamamah palace, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Dr. Ahmed el-Tayeb, reported the Saudi Press Agency, SPA. King Salman welcomed…

UAE, Chechnya explore economic cooperation

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(Grozny) - President Ramzan Kadyrov of the Chechen Republic has received a delegation from Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, KFED, led by Hussain Jasim Al Nowais, Chairman of the Fund, and lauded the friendly relations and cooperation…

Saudi king orders major government reshuffle

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(Riyadh) - King Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered a major government reshuffle, replacing the ministers of foreign affairs and information, a royal decree said. Ibrahim al-Assaf, a former finance minister, will replace Adel al-Jubeir as foreign…

US approves $3.5 billion Patriot missile sale to Turkey

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(Washington) - The United States said it approved the sale of $3.5 billion in missiles to Turkey, offering an ultimatum after US outrage over the NATO ally's plans to buy from Russia. The State Department said it had informed Congress of…

Trump declares victory over IS in Syria

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(Washington) - The IS has been "beaten" in Syria, US President Donald Trump said in announcing a stunning order to pull American ground forces from the war-ravaged nation. The momentous decision to withdraw, which runs counter to long-established…

Obama delights sick children as Santa

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(Washington) - Former US president Barack Obama took on a new high-profile role as Father Christmas for a surprise visit to sick children in Washington. "I just want to say thank you to all of you guys," Obama told staff, who greeted him…

UAE, Kyrgyzstan advancing ties

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(Abu Dhabi) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has discussed ways of broadening the scope of cooperation with Kyrgyzstan at a meeting with Chingiz Aidarbekov, the Foreign Affairs…