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US image suffers under Trump presidency: study

The image of the US has suffered since Donald Trump took office in January, a new Pew Research Centre survey shows. The study found that the US’ favourability dropped from an average of 64% at the end of the Obama presidency, to 49% at the start of the Trump presidency. ...

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UNESCO declares Sharjah ‘World Book Capital’ for 2019

Sharjah has been named the ‘World Book Capital’ for 2019 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). According to news agency WAM, the city was chosen by an international committee of UNESCO experts for the quality of its literary and cultural activities, and its efforts to make ...

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Petrol prices set to drop in July

Petrol and diesel prices are set to drop in July. The UAE Ministry of Energy has announced Tuesday that Super 98 will cost AED 1.86 per litre, while motorists will have to pay AED 1.75 per litre for Special 95. Both will be 10 fils cheaper than current prices. Meanwhile ...

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Colombia’s Farc has completed disarmament, UN says

Colombia’s Farc rebel force formally completed its disarmament process on Monday. According to the United Nations, a total of 7,132 weapons have been registered and boxed away. Farc leader Rodrigo Londono is scheduled to formally conclude the disarmament process alongside President Juan Manuel Santos at a ceremony on Tuesday. The ...

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Philippines says Duterte ‘alive and well’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is “alive and well,” the government clarified on Tuesday, amid growing concerns surrounding his lengthy absence from the public eye. “First and foremost, he is alive and well. He’s just busy doing what he needs to do,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters. His absence at ...

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