Author: News Desk

Vietnam : Vietnam’s leader Nguyen Phu Trong has died  with  illness.  Mr Trong was seen as one of the country’s most powerful leaders in decades and also known for his “blazing furnaces” anti-corruption campaign. He was stepping back to focus on his health and had handed duties to President To Lam.

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Russia : The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter US journalist Evan Gershkovich has been found guilty of espionage by a Russian court and sentenced to 16 years in a high-security penal colony, after a secretive trial decried as a “sham” by his employer, his family and the White House He was first arrested last March on reporting trip in the city of Yekaterinburg, about 1,600km (1,000 miles) east of Moscow, by security services. Prosecutors accused him of working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), accusations that Gershkovich, the WSJ and the US vociferously deny.

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Colorado : Lieutenant General His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the National Security Advisor and Royal Guard Commander, attended the 15th annual Aspen Security Forum 2024, held from July 16-19. The forum aims to promote dialogue and cooperation between policymakers, experts, and the public to promote a better understanding of security issues and develop innovative solutions to address them. HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad highlighted the interest of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in consolidating the values of dialogue, peace and coexistence. His Highness said this has been reflected through various royal initiatives, which demonstrate…

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Manama : Yasser bin Ibrahim Humaidan, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs, met with Ni Ruchi, the Chinese Ambassador to Bahrain. The meeting discussed means to enhance cooperation and expand it in electricity and water sectors. The Minister underscored the strong relations between Bahrain and China, commending the advanced levels of comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries across various domains. The Ambassador briefed the Minister on China’s efforts in developing solar energy facilities, which enabled China to be one of the leading countries in depending on clean energy sources. The Minister and ambassador also discussed ways to benefit from…

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New York : Noor bint Ali Alkhulaif, Minister of Sustainable Development and Chief Executive of the Economic Development Board, emphasised the importance of strengthening partnerships with UN entities and international organisations to achieve sustainable development. This was highlighted during bilateral meetings held, on the sidelines of participating in the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF 2024) on Sustainable Development at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In a meeting held with Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Minister reaffirmed Bahrain’s strong support for ITU’s work, that has been demonstrated by its active membership in the ITU’s council…

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Manama :  Noor bint Ali Alkhulaif, Minister of Sustainable Development and Chief Executive of the Economic Development Board, held bilateral meetings, on the sidelines of participating in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The meetings aimed at enhancing international cooperation in sustainable development and exchanging expertise and best practices to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Minister Alkhulaif met with Paula Narváez, the current President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). She congratulated her on the success of the High-Level Political Forum and praised the forum’s role…

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Manama : His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa will depart Bahrain tomorrow, Friday, July 19, to visit Malaysia, the Royal Court has announced. The visit comes upon an invitation from His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim ibni Sultan Iskandar of Malaysia to attend His Majesty’s coronation ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.

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Washington : NASA said it’s canceling its water-seeking moon rover, citing cost overruns and launch delays. The Viper rover was supposed to launch in late 2023 aboard a lander provided by Astrobotic Technology, but extra testing and increased costs kept delaying the mission, threatening other projects, the space agency said. The rover had aimed to explore the moon’s South Pole. About $450 million had been spent so far on its development, NASA said. Astrobotic still plans to fly its Griffin moon lander minus a rover by the end of next year. The company’s first moonshot ended in failure in January…

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Paris : A car drove into the terrace of a cafe in the 20th arrondissement in northern Paris on Wednesday evening, leaving one dead and six injured, including three in a critical state, police said. Police said the driver of the vehicle fled the scene. There was one passenger in the car, who tested positive for alcohol and drugs, a police source said. The passenger was not among the casualties. France is on high security alert ahead of the Paris Olympics that start on July 26.

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