China celebrates 70 years

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(Beijing) - Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that "no force" can shake China as he oversaw a massive military celebration of 70 years of Communist Party rule, shadowed by a day of protest in seething Hong Kong that threatened to steal…

Strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake off Chile coast

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(Santiago) - A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific off the coast of Chile, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. "There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage," the USGS said of the earthquake, which it earlier…

Afghans vote in presidential election

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(Kabul) - Afghans voted in presidential elections amid tight security, as Taliban insurgents determined to disrupt the process unleashed a string of attacks on polling centres across the country that killed at least five people. The first-round…

At UN, Malaysia PM seeks to curb use of sanctions

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(United Nations) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad urged greater international control of sanctions, criticizing US attempts to force all countries to stop doing business with Iran. "We do not know under what laws sanctions are…

Austria declares climate emergency ahead of polls

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(Vienna) - Austria´s parliament decided to declare a "climate emergency", making fighting climate change a priority, just fours days ahead of national elections. The environment is the top concern for voters in Sunday´s snap polls in the…

UAE Foreign Minister, President of Burkina Faso review relations

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(New York) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, recently met with President Roch Marc Christian of Burkina Faso, on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly,…

Abdullah bin Zayed meets African Union Chairperson in New York

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(Mew York) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met with Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, AUC, and explored means of developing cooperation. The…

UAE, Russia boosting cooperation

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(Abu Dhabi) - Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, met with Sergei Kuznetsov, Russian Ambassador to the UAE, and his accompanying delegation, where they discussed means of bolstering cooperation. During the…

Int'l Space Station mission carrying first Emirati astronaut launched

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(Baikonur) - The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre,MBRSC, announced the successful launch of the space mission carrying the first Emirati astronaut, Hazza Al Mansoori, aboard the Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-15, at 5:57 pm UAE time. This is…

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry visit South Africa’s oldest mosque

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited the oldest mosque in South Africa during their tour that has garnered attention from all across the globe. The royals who are in the country to voice support for various…

UAE citizens abroad start voting for FNC elections

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(Zunich) - UAE citizens in Geneva, Berlin, and London started voting for the elections of the fourth session of the Federal National Council, FNC. Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other…

Smart Cities Expo & Forum to launch in 2020

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(Abu Dhabi) - As the smart cities market tops US$2 trillion by 2025, the new Smart Cities Expo & Forum at the World Future Energy Summit 2020 will show how technology can be leveraged to improve happiness, health, sustainability and safety…

UAE, Egypt boost defence ties

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(Abu Dhabi) - Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, received Dr. Mohamed Saeed Al-Assar, Egypt's Minister of State for Military Production, and his accompanying delegation, and explored ways of enhancing cooperation…

Dubai soars to number eight amongst global financial powerhouses

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(Dubai) - Dubai has risen up the ranks of the Global Financial Centres Index, GFCI, to number eight position, representing its highest-ever ranking. The city is the only financial centre in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region to…