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…

Saudi Arabia boosts spending in 2019 budget

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(Riyadh) - The Saudi Council of Ministers, chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has approved the largest budget in the Kingdom's history with SAR1.106 trillion spending in 2019, approximately 7…

First Arab Digital Economy Conference concludes

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(Abu Dhabi) - The League of Arab States extended its sincere gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his patronage and support for the…

Ministerial meeting of ‘UAE-Mali Joint Committee’ held

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(Abu Dhabi) - The ministerial meeting of the first UAE-Mali Joint Committee was held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The meeting was chaired by Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of…

Georgia´s first female president sworn in

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(Telavi) - Georgia swore in its first female president, Salome Zurabishvili as opposition parties continue to denounce her election as fraudulent and demand snap parliamentary polls. The inauguration paved the way for a new constitution to…

UN warns Yemen could face 'much worse' in 2019

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(Doha) - UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that "much worse" lay in store for Yemen in 2019 unless its warring parties strike a peace deal and head off a humanitarian crisis. A high number of Yemenis have been dying in "very dramatic circumstances"…

Dubai FDI showcases emirate’s investment advantages in Spain

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(Dubai) - The Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), the investment development agency of Dubai Economy (DED), recently held a meeting with major industries and key investors at the Circulo Ecuestre in Barcelona, Spain in collaboration…

Mohamed bin Zayed, Serbian President discuss cooperation

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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 the visiting President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed welcomed…

Theresa May wins confidence ballot by 200 to 117 votes

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(London) - UK Prime Minister Theresa May survived a vote of no-confidence triggered by members of her own party over her handling of Brexit. May secured 200 votes, with 117 against as the voting by secret ballot started on Wednesday evening…

Seven killed in Turkey train crash

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(Ankara) - Seven people were killed after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in the Turkish capital, the Ankara governor´s office said, revising an initial death toll. The governorate said in a statement that one of those killed…

Apple to build new $1 billion campus in Texas

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(Texas) - Apple Inc said it would invest $1 billion to build a second campus in North Austin, Texas and another $10 billion for new data centers over the next five years, as it aims to create 20,000 jobs in the United States. The announcement…