UAE, Portugal advancing cooperation

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(Abu Dhabi) - The UAE and Portugal have signed two memoranda of understanding, MoUs, on quality assurance and food security during their third meeting of the Joint Committee in Abu Dhabi, where both sides also explored means of boosting cooperation…

Dubal Holding, North China Industries strengthen cooperation

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(Dubai) - Dubal Holding and China North Industries Corporation, NORINCO, signed a comprehensive MoU during the week of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing to strengthen cooperation as part of the UAE Vision 2021 and China’s Belt and Road…

Duchess of Sussex, Gives Birth to a Boy

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(London) - The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a boy, the Duke of Sussex has announced. A beaming Prince Harry said they were "absolutely thrilled" and thanked the public for their support. He said Meghan and the baby were doing…

Trump sends Ramadan 2019 greetings

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(Washington) - US President Donald Trump and his wife greeted Muslims on the eve of Ramadan. In a statement issued by the White House, Trump said: “I send my warmest greetings to all Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan.” He said…

Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

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(Washington) - Tiger Woods, fresh off his epic comeback victory in the Masters, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump at the White House. Presenting the golfing great with the nation´s highest honor, Trump…

41 dead in Russian plane blaze disaster

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(Moscow) - Forty-one people including at least two children have died after a Russian passenger plane made an emergency landing and erupted in a huge ball of fire and black smoke at Moscow´s busiest airport on Sunday, investigators said. Dramatic…

Japan's emperor performs main abdication ceremony

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(Tokyo) - Outgoing Japanese emperor Akihito performed the main ritual to hand over the Chrysanthemum Throne to his son Naruhito -- Japan´s first abdication in more than two centuries. Akihito technically remains emperor until the stroke…

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned

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(Bangkok) - Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned with a golden-tiered headpiece, the highlight of an elaborate three-day coronation ceremony two years after he ascended the throne. The 66-year-old monarch, known as Rama X and dressed…

Emirates named Best Airline Worldwide

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(Dubai) - Emirates airline has won five awards at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2019. The airline took home the highly regarded industry accolades for Airline with the Best First Class, Airline with the Best Economy Class, Airline…

Thailand breaks ground for Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion

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(Dubai) - The Kingdom of Thailand has broken ground for its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, becoming the first South East Asian country to begin the construction of its pavilion. The ceremony officially marks the beginning of construction of…

17 dead, thousands displaced after severe Indonesia floods

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(Jakarta) - At least 17 people are dead and nine missing after days of heavy rain-triggered floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, authorities said. Some 12,000 people have been evacuated while hundreds of buildings,…

Mohammed bin Rashid meets President of Belarus

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(Beijing) - Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum met President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum for International…

Quad meeting on Yemen held

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(London) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Adel Al Jubeir Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi…

Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing

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(Beijing) - Chinese President Xi Jinping opened Second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. Addressing the opening session, Xi  said BR projects need to be transparent and fiscally sustainable.  There will also be "zero tolerance" for corruption,…