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Saudi Arabia joins TIR eyeing regional trade boost

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has become the 74th country to ratify the TIR Convention. The Saudi government will use the TIR system to help improve and develop its transport sector, as outlined in its 2030 Vision and 2020 National Transformation Program, positioning the country as a key logistics hub. More than 30% of global […]

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The Zayed Sustainability Prize Calls for Submissions from the African Continent

The Zayed Sustainability Prize (www.ZayedSustainabilityPrize.com) is now open to applicants from across the African continent. Having evolved from the Zayed Future Energy Prize, this annual award recognises achievements that are driving impact, innovation, and inspiration in areas across health, food, energy and water sectors with expanding possibilities for a sustainable future. Applicants are encouraged to […]

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Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari nominated as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean

WHO’s Special Session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, held today in Geneva, has nominated Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari from Oman as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, to be formally appointed by the WHO Executive Board during its 143rd session from 28 to 29 May 2018.  The nominee is […]

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Djibouti: Any port in a storm?

As countries across the Horn of Africa embark on ambitious programmes to attract foreign investment, Djibouti seems a stable option in a volatile region. But are there risks? A new report by political and security risk consultancy Allan & Associates (www.Allan-Assoc.com) offers guidance. Download the study: https://goo.gl/xydCWe When African Development Bank officials meet in Busan, […]

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“Sekketak Khadra” Launching Event: Installing 100 bicycle racks in Cairo

The “Sekketak Khadra” launching event will take place on Friday 11th of May 2018, at 8:00 AM, in Korba, Heliopolis. The event will be attended by Eng. Atef Abdelhamid, the governor of Cairo, H.E. Susanne Shine, the Ambassador of Denmark in Egypt, and representatives from the UN Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT), the implementing partner Green […]

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iflix Capitalises on Egypt’s Exceptional Opportunity with Exclusive New Partnership and Newly Established Regional Hub

Vodafone Egypt subscribers now have access to all of iflix’s features and world’s best content for just EGP 1 per day. iflix further strengthens its position in priority MENA markets establishing new regional hub in Cairo. iflix (www.iflix.com), the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, today announced the launch of its exclusive partnership with […]

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Note with Einstein’s theory on life auctioned for $1.3 million

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Strapped for cash in a Tokyo hotel, Albert Einstein wrote his take on life on a note and handed it to the bellboy instead of a tip. The physicist’s formula for happy living fetched $1.3 million on Tuesday, a Jerusalem auction house said. In 1922, Einstein was en route to Japan when […]

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Djokovic, Wawrinka to return to action in Abu Dhabi

(Reuters) – Former world number one Novak Djokovic and Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka will return from lengthy injury breaks at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) exhibition event in Abu Dhabi in December. After a poor run of form this year Djokovic retired from his Wimbledon quarter-final against Czech Tomas Berdych in July and the 30-year-old […]

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Nigeria Senate to vote on motion to probe Etisalat Nigeria loans

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s parliament plans to vote on a motion to investigate the use of $1.2 billion in loans taken out by telecoms firm Etisalat Nigeria, now called 9mobile, a Senate order paper seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday. The motion if passed would mandate a Senate committee on banking and national security to […]

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Recovering from severe malnutrition in Yemen

By Abduljabbar Zeyad HODEIDAH, Yemen (Reuters) – Smiling and sitting down to bread and milk with her family, Yemeni teenager Saida Ahmed Baghili is barely recognizable a year on from the photo of her emaciated frame that came to symbolize the country’s humanitarian crisis. Baghili now weighs 36kg (80 lb), according to her father, more […]

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Egypt authorities challenge Reuters on casualties in western desert attack

LONDON (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities have accused Reuters and the BBC of “inaccurate coverage” of clashes in the western desert between security forces and armed militants in which police officers and conscripts were killed on Friday.     In a statement, Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) said Reuters had made “grave professional mistakes” by relying on unidentified security sources and […]

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal optimistic about Twitter investment: CNBC

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns investment firm Kingdom Holding, said in an interview with CNBC on Monday that he was optimistic about his investment in Twitter. “It’s not going to be easy because they face some difficulties, but our entry point was very reasonable, so right now it’s holding on […]

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