President of Montenegro, Hamdan bin Zayed discuss advancing relations

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(Podgorica) - President of Montenegro, Milo Dukanovic, has received H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region, and his accompanying delegation. Sheikh Hamdan conveyed the greetings of President His…

3rd Emirati-Turkmen Political Consultations Committee launched

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(Ashgabat) - The Third meeting of the Joint Emirati-Turkmenistan Political Consultation Committee began in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan. The meeting was co-chaired by Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Jarman, Assistant Minister for Human Rights…

Talks with Russian counterpart fruitful: Saudi FM

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(Moscow) - Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir reaffirmed that the discussions he made with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were fruitful and constructive as they dealt with bilateral…

Bahraini King, Egyptian President hold official talks

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(Manama) - HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain and President Abdul Fatah el-Sisi of Egypt held official talks to review ways to boost the fraternal bilateral relations at various levels in the interest of the two countries and their…

Turkey to buy advanced Russia air defence system

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(Istanbul) - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will buy some of Russia´s highly-sophisticated air defence systems "in the shortest time" -- a purchase that has alarmed Ankara´s NATO partners. "Turkey needs S-400s and its deal has…

Nestle seals deal to market Starbucks coffee around the world

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(Zurich) - Nespresso maker Nestle said it has sealed a deal to market the products of US coffee giant Starbucks around the world, outside of its cafes. Swiss food giant Nestle, which also produces Nescafe instant coffee, had announced in…

Trump threatens to withdraw US from WTO

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(Washington) - US President Donald Trump threatened in an interview with Bloomberg News to withdraw from the World Trade Organisation if “they don’t shape up,” in his latest criticism of the institution. Such a move could undermine…

DFSA, Singapore's Monetary Authority sign FinTech agreement

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(Dubai) - The Dubai Financial Services Authority, DFSA, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore, MAS, entered into an agreement that provides a framework for cooperation and referrals between the innovation teams of each authority. The agreement…

Dubai Duty Free recognised in Singapore

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(Dubai) - Dubai Duty Free was presented with its fifth Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practices Award at the 8th Asia Best Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Awards, in Singapore. Hosted by the CMO Asia, a non-profit…

FNC, Council of Europe boosting ties

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(Abu Dhabi) - Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, FNC, received Werner Amon, Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Chairman of the Anti-Terrorism Committee of the Austrian…

Mnangagwa sworn in as president of Zimbabwe

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(Harare) - Emmerson Mnangagwa was officially sworn in as president of Zimbabwe after winning a bitterly-contested election which was the country´s first since the ousting of strongman Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa, whose victory in the July 30…

WWII bomb defused in Germany after 18,500 evacuated

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(Frankfurt) - A German bomb disposal team successfully defused an unexploded World War II bomb that had forced the evacuation of 18,500 people in the city of Ludwigshafen. The 500-kilogramme (1,100-pound) aerial bomb, thought to have been…

Flood toll in India´s Kerala rises to 445

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(India) - The death toll from devastating floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala rose to 445 with the discovery of 28 more bodies as the waters recede and a massive cleanup gathers pace, government officials said. Around a million…

US senator John McCain dead at 81

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(Washington) - US senator John McCain, a celebrated war hero known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided America, died after losing a battle to brain cancer, his office said. He was 81. "Senator John Sidney McCain III died…