Dubai FDI partners with VFS Global to ease foreign investors licensing

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(Dubai) - Dubai FDI, the investment development agency of Dubai Department of Economic Development, DED, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with VFS Global, one of the leading specialists on visa processing, identity and citizen…

Trump denies planning to pull out of WTO

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(Washington) - US President Donald Trump denied he is planning to withdraw the United States from the World Trade Organization (WTO). “I’m not talking about pulling out,” he told reporters on Air Force One when asked about reports he…

EU migration deal welcomed by UN agencies

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(Geneva) - UN humanitarian agencies broadly welcomed a freshly-inked deal on migration by European Union leaders which calls for more Member States to take responsibility within their borders for those in need of protection, amid a hardening…

Arab Group at HRC reaffirms adherence to UPR mechanism

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(Geneva) - The Arab Group has renewed its adherence to the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as the most effective mechanism for evaluating human rights conditions in all countries of the world. This came during a speech…

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…