Report: UAE Behind Hacking of Qatari Media

The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of a Qatari government news site in May, planting a false story that was used as a pretext for the current crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries, according to a Sunday report by The Washington Post. The Emirati Embassy in Washington released a statement in response calling

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The Chinese economy is growing faster than all expectations

Chinese economic growth topped expectations yet again in the June quarter with GDP expanding 6.9% from a year earlier. The figure, marginally ahead of forecasts looking for an increase of 6.8%, was the tenth consecutive GDP report where the year-on-year growth rate was either in line with expectations or exceeded them by 0.1%. An uncanny

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Ministry of Water Resources Works Towards Using Solar Power Pumps for Irrigation

SMC- Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity signed an initial survey contract with the Newtech consultancy for the areas targeted by the project of the use of solar power pumps in the northern state. The Director of the Project on the Promotion of the use of solar power pumps, Eng. Abdel-Moneim Hassan Idris, said

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Qatar Crisis Set to Continue as Bloc Seeks a Solution ‘That Will Stick’

There’s little likelihood of a quick resolution to the Gulf standoff over Qatar as the emirate’s neighbors want a solution “that will stick,” according to a senior United Arab Emirates official. Speaking during a trip to London, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said the four-nation bloc led by Saudi Arabia that’s isolating

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Sudan Oil Minister Calls for Modernizing Oil Sector

SMC- Minister of Oil and Gas Abdul-Rahman Osman Abdul-Rahman has stressed the need to introduce technology and modernize the gas sector in order to achieve the highest efficiency by benefiting from the oil production and its increase. This came during his meeting with the Malaysian-Saudi Investment Group, which desires to enter into the gas field

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ISS Today: With AU reforms, a ‘new African Renaissance’ is possible

Member states of the African Union (AU) all agree that the institution needs to be reformed to make it more efficient. Implementing the reforms is even seen as leading to a “new African Renaissance” in the words of the AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat at the opening of the 29th AU summit in Addis

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African Union Calls on Trump to Lift Sudan Sanctions

SMC- President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mohamed, called on US President Donald Trump to completely lift the US economic sanctions imposed on Sudan. A source at the AU Commission told the SMC that the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union addressed Trump and expressed the disappointment of the African Union

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Trump officials open border to 15,000 more foreign workers

The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from President Trump’s “Hire American” rhetoric, following heavy lobbying from fisheries, hospitality and other industries that rely on temporary foreign workers. The increase represents a 45

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Sudan President in UAE to Discuss Cooperation, Bilateral Ties

SMC-WAM President Al Bashir of Sudan visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday to step up brotherly ties and enhance all-round cooperation, Al Bashir met with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and discussed issues of common concern. The two

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South Sudan Blocks Two News Websites, Citing ‘Hostile’ Reporting

South Sudan’s government said it blocked access to Sudan Tribune and Radio Tamazuj, popular websites for news on the war-torn country, accusing them of “hostile” reporting. The block went into effect Monday, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said by phone from the capital, Juba. “If they have been disseminating hostile messages towards us then we

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