UAE launches 16th Environment Day

(Dubai) - Under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ministry of Environment and Water launched the 16th Environment Day under the theme 'Desert Pulsing with Life'. A total of 27 major entities…

Australia to go to Polls on Sep 14: PM

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that the nation would go to the polls on September 14, saying she wanted to give ‘shape and order’ to the year. Australians usually know only weeks before when an election will be…

UAE Offers $300m Aid for Displaced Syrians

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(Kuwait) - UAE has announced $300 million as financial aid to support the humanitarian situation in Syria. H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces,…

Number of Syrian Refugees Tops 700,000

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(Geneva) - More than 700,000 Syrian refugees have registered or are awaiting registration in neighbouring countries as the conflict in their war-torn nation spirals further out of control, the UN refugee agency said. "We ve had a huge push…

World Tourist Numbers Exceed 1b

(Madrid) - International tourist arrivals has exceeded one billion number for the first time last year, with the Asia-Pacific region posting the biggest increase in foreign visitors, and numbers will rise further in 2013, a UN body said. The…

UAE Presents Report on Human Rights at UN

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(Geneva) - At the United Nations in Geneva, the UAE government presented a report on the progress that the UAE has made in promoting and protecting human rights. In a bid to improve the protection of human rights across the world, once every…

Dubai to host Global Airport Leaders' Forum

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(Dubai) - Reed Exhibitions has announced the launch of the Global Airport Leaders' Forum (GALF) in Dubai, which aims to become one of the world's leading platforms for airport leaders to address the global challenges that the industry faces…

Obama Lauds Clinton as She Leaves

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(Washington) - President Barack Obama lauded Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as one of his closest advisers. During a joint interview, Obama called Clinton a friend possessing an extraordinary talent, and praised her discipline,…

Sheikha Lubna Attends Partnership Summit 2013

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(Agra) - H.H. Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, is leading a UAE business and investment delegation to take part in the 19th edition of the ‘Partnership Summit 2013 – Global Partnerships for Enduring Growth’…

UAE Signs Agreement with World Economic Forum

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(Dubai) - The United Arab Emirates will host the Summit on Global Agenda Councils until 2018 in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai under a strategic agreement with the World Economic Forum (WEF) during Davos Annual Meeting 2013 in Switzerland, signed…

Apple Loses World's Valuable Company Crown

Apple shares extended their losses, losing its position as the world's biggest company based on market value. Apple ended down 2.36 percent at $439.88, giving it a market capitalization of $413 billion, while ExxonMobil rose 0.36 percent…

US to Lift Ban on Women in Combat

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(Washington) - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has decided to lift ban on women serving in combat, a senior defense official said. Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, "are expected to announce…

Baby Boy Born to Shakira

Colombian pop star Shakira and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique announced the birth of their son Milan. The pair shared the news at twitter stating, "We are pleased to announce the birth of Milan Pique Mebarak, son of Shakira Mebarak and…

Arab Leaders Commit to Free Trade Zone

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(Riyadh) - Arab leaders have pledged to remove obstacles to finalising a free trade zone this year and agreed to facilitate capital flows, as they wrapped up an economic summit in Riyadh. “We stress our determination to complete all the…