Entries by Diplomat Editor

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Brexit bill becomes law, allowing UK to leave the EU

(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) Bill, which repeals the 1972 European Communities Act through which Britain became a member, had received royal assent […]

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Erdogan win ushers in new presidential era

(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 himself the winner even before official results were confirmed. With 97.7% of the votes counted, Sadi Guven, chief of Turkey’s Supreme […]

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Polls open in Turkey’s landmark elections

(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 56 million voters began gathering outside polling centers 8 a.m. local time to cast their ballots. President Recep Tayyip […]

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OPEC, non-OPEC pledge supply boost

(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 Ministerial Meeting, which was held and concluded here, where it has been decided that […]

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Comoros President receives Abdullah bin Zayed

(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 Comoros’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and the Francophonie, Mohamed El Amine Souef and the country’s Minister […]

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Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving

(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 is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s wide-ranging drive to modernise the […]

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DFSA signs MoU with Astana Financial Services Authority

(Dubai) – The Dubai Financial Services Authority, DFSA, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Astana Financial Services Authority, AFSA. The MoU was signed in the Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, by Bryan Stirewalt, Managing Director, Supervision of the DFSA, and Stephen Glynn, Chief Executive Officer, AFSA. The signing was also attended by […]

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UAE and Jordan sign cooperation agreement

(Amman) – The UAE and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan have signed a cooperation agreement that features a number of initiatives and strategic projects aimed at bolstering the partnership between them and enhancing the performance of the public sector in Jordan. Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, and Majd […]

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GCC Secretary-General attends Rhodes III Conference

(Athens) – Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, has participated in the Rhodes III Conference on Security and Stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, organised by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the presence of delegations representing Mediterranean countries, the European Union and several Arab countries. During the two-day conference, […]

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Mohamed bin Zayed, Ethiopian PM attends signing of MOUs

(Addis Ababa) – The United Arab Emirates and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia signed Memorandums Of Understanding (MOUs), which are aimed at strengthening bilateral partnerships and opening new avenues for cooperation between the two countries. The MOUs signing ceremony, which took place at the Jubilee Palace in Addis Ababa, was attended by His Highness […]

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Egypt to halt imports of LNG by end of FY 2017/18

(Cairo) – Egypt plans to stop importing Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG, by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year ending in June as it speeds up production at recently discovered gas fields, Reuters quoted Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla as saying. Egypt said previously that it would halt imports by the start of 2019. Molla […]

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Empower receives four awards at IDEA conference in Canada

(Vancouver) – Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation, Empower, the world’s largest district cooling services provider, received four awards IDEA Innovation Awards for the ‘360 Solution for Metering Artificial Intelligence, AIMS 360’, IDEA Innovation Awards for the ‘Energy Transfer Solution Flow Control Optimisation Using Statistical Process Control’, Gold Award for Total Number of Buildings Committed and […]