Belt & Road Summit opens in Hong Kong

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(Hong Kong) - The Third Belt and Road Summit, jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) welcomed more than 5000 participants from 55 countries…

Apple and Samsung settle lengthy iPhone patent battle

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(San Francisco) - Apple and Samsung have ended a years-long patent battle over copied iPhone design with an undisclosed settlement, according to a US court filing. The world´s two biggest smartphone makers reached a truce in their seven-year-old…

Abu Dhabi tops ranking of smart cities in the Middle East

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(Abu Dhabi) - Abu Dhabi has been ranked top of a list of cities in Africa and the Middle East in the McKinsey Global Institute study ‘Smart Cities: Digital Solutions for a More Livable Future.’ The study looked at how cities all over the…

Saudi Arabia, Oman sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

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(Manama) - UNESCO added Saudi Arabia´s Al-Ahsa Oasis and Oman´s ancient city of Qalhat to its World Heritage List, the world cultural body said. Authorities in Riyadh, as well as Muscat, have put tourism high on their economic agendas as…

UAE-Hong Kong trade surges to $10.87 billion in 2017

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(Hong Kong) - The total trade between the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong increased to US$ 10.87 billion in 2017 from $10.59 billion in 2016, according to Hong Kong government statistics. The UAE is participating in the Third Belt and…

ADNOC Group CEO meets South Korea’s Foreign Minister

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(Seoul) - Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO, met with South Korea’s Foreign Minister, Kang Kyung-wha, during a two-day visit to Seoul, aimed at strengthening economic ties with South Korea and exploring…

UAE, France team-up to improve competitiveness of SMEs

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(Paris) - Ministry of Economy, MoE, represented by the International Centre for Patent Registration, and the French Ministry of Economy, represented by the National Industrial Property Institute, INPI, signed a memorandum of understanding, MoU,…

Brexit bill becomes law, allowing UK to leave the EU

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(London) - A bill enacting Britain´s decision to leave the European Union has become law after months of debate, the speaker of parliament announced to cheers from Conservative Party lawmakers. Speaker John Bercow said the EU (Withdrawal)…

US, Russia agree to Putin-Trump summit in third country

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(Moscow) - Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to hold a summit in a third country with Donald Trump at talks with the US leader´s hawkish national security advisor, voicing hope for an easing of tensions between the two nations. Speaking…

Erdogan win ushers in new presidential era

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(Istanbul) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has emerged victorious in a high-stakes election, seeing off the most serious challenge. Defeating the twin threats of a reinvigorated opposition and a weakened currency, Erdogan declared…

Polls open in Turkey’s landmark elections

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(Ankara) - Polls opened for Turkey’s high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24 to complete the country’s transition to a new executive presidential system that was approved in a tight referendum last year. More than…

OPEC, non-OPEC pledge supply boost

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(Vienna) - OPEC and non-OPEC members said they would raise supply by returning to 100 percent compliance with previously agreed output cuts, after months of underproduction. This came in a statement issued at the end of the 4th OPEC and non-OPEC…

Comoros President receives Abdullah bin Zayed

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(Moroni) - Comoros President Azali Assoumani has received H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, who is currently on an official visit to the country. The meeting was attended by…

Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving

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(Riyadh) - Saudi Arabian women celebrated being able to drive for the first time in decades, as the kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility. The move…