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UAE unveils long-term energy strategy

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has unveiled plans to increase the contribution of “clean energy” in its total energy mix to 50% by 2050. The UAE’s new energy strategy sees half of the country’s energy coming from renewable and nuclear, with the remaining half coming from fossil fuels. The strategy was unveiled by the UAE’s vice president, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid ...

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Lebanese President Michael Aoun visits Saudi Arabia

Saudi King Salman bin Abulaziz Al-Saud meets with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun (L) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 10, 2017. Dalati Nohra/Handout via Reuters

Lebanon’s new president visits Saudi Arabia in an effort to restore billions in military aid, a delicate task as his country grows closer to Iran, the kingdom’s main rival for Middle East power.   King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh official talks with General Michel Aoun, President of the Republic of Lebanon. During the ...

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Portugal mourns ‘father of democracy and liberty’ Mario Soares

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Warm tributes were paid to Mario Soares, Portugal’s former president and prime minister, who has died aged 92. He had mostly been in a coma since he admitted in hospital. Soares was a central figure in the country’s return to democracy in the 1970s after decades of rightist dictatorship. Portugal’s current premier Antonio Costa described him as a man who ...

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Sweden contributes $4 million to support maternal and child health in Uganda

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The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) through the Swedish Embassy in Kampala has contributed 35 million krona – about 4 million US dollars – to support maternal, newborn and child health programmes in Uganda’s West Nile region. The support is expected to reach an estimated 135,000 pregnant women and over 300,000 children with key health interventions. “This contribution is part ...

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Junaid Jamshed – A voice for the 90’s kids

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Marya Tariq   As I sit here with a gloomy heart, gazillion memories are crossing my mind, all of them very fond and most from my childhood. Being raised and brought up in the small but beautiful capital, Islamabad, we the kids of the 90’s know how amazing it was to know almost every other person through a direct or ...

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New ceasefire in Syria allows civilians to evacuate

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Syrian rebels announced a new evacuation deal for Aleppo civilians and the injured, after shelling and air strikes sent terrified residents running through the city’s streets. Under the initial plan, thousands of civilians and rebel fighters were due to evacuate the east of Syria’s second city, scene of some of the worst violence in more than five years of war ...

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Global Affairs appoints Haider Gildred as representative for the USA

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Haider Gildred (aka Terrence Lee Gildred Sr.) reverted to Islam in 2013. He is a former principal engineer and senior engineering manager with over 30 years engineering experience having worked for Digital Equipment Corporation, Lucent Technologies, Sonus Networks, 3Com Corporation, and HP Enterprise. He was the founder of several start-up companies, i.e. Maine Desktop Publishing Inc., the subsidiary Birch Tree Publishing and Agali ...

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Colombia’s President Juan Santos receives Nobel Peace Prize

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has accepted the Nobel Peace Prize of 2016 at a ceremony in the Norwegian capital, Oslo recently. The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the prize to Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to an end. The war has cost ...

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China Seized a U.S. Navy Underwater Drone

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A Chinese naval warship seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater vehicle. The United States has issued an official diplomatic protest and demanded the immediate return of the submarine. The move is an unprecedented escalation of tensions in the South China Sea. The underwater drone was deployed by the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey ship. The craft is used to test ...

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