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Japan calls for text-based negotiations on Security Council reform

United Nations, Dec 16 (IANS) Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has called to urgently revitalise the long-stalled Security Council reform process by adopting a text on which to base the negotiations during the current General Assembly session. The reform of the Security Council is an urgent task necessary for the Council to more effectively address threats to international peace and s...

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UAE calls on international community to act against Iran

Abu Dhabi, Dec 15 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates has called on the global community to more forcefully address the threat posed by Iran after a UN report this week on violations of Security Council resolutions and evidence presented by the US of Tehran's arming of Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said on Thursday that the UN Secre...

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UNSC reform co-chairs say they find 'openness to dialogue'

United Nations, Dec 15 (IANS) The co-chairs of the Security Council reform process have been holding informal consultations with various countries and have reported that they found openness to dialogue, an official said. Brenden Varma, the spokesperson for General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak, said this on Thursday. The next meeting for the reform process known as the Inte...

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Real Madrid defeat Al Jazira, in final

Abu Dhabi, Dec 14 (IANS) Defending champions Real Madrid came from behind here to beat Al Jazira of the United Arab Emirates 2-1 in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinal. Real Madrid will face Brazil's Gremio, 1-0 winners over Mexican club Pachuca, in Saturday's final, reports Efe. Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci disallowed three goals: two for the Spanish club in the first half and ...

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Macron urges financial boost for G5 Sahel military

Paris, Dec 14 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron has sought to bolster financial aid for the France-brokered West African military coalition at a meeting here to win the fight against terrorism. We must win the war against terrorism in the Sahel-Sahara region. There are attacks everyday, there are states which are currently in jeopardy...We must intensify our efforts, Macron told re...

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Brazilian side Gremio top Pachuca in Club World Cup semi

Al Ain (United Arab Emirates), Dec 13 (IANS) A goal by Everton Soares five minutes into extra time gave Brazil's Gremio a 1-0 victory here over Mexican football club Pachuca in the semifinal of the FIFA Club World Cup. Gremio, winners of the Copa Libertadores, were favored against Pachuca, but the tenacious, disciplined Mexican team made them earn their triumph, reports Efe. Lua...

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Urawa Red beat Wydad Casablanca to finish 5th in Club World Cup

Abu Dhabi, Dec 13 (IANS) Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday defeated Wydad Casablanca of Morocco 3-2 in the FIFA Club World Cup fifth place match. Mauricio Antonio opened the scoring for the Japanese side 18 minutes into the match, but Ismail el-Haddad equalized for Wydad just three minutes later on Tuesday, reports Efe. Urawa Red's Yosuke Kashiwagi put his team ahead 2-1 wit...

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Dubai hosts forum on risk management

Dubai, Dec 12 (IANS/WAM) A two-day forum on risk management has kicked off in Dubai in collaboration with the US Risk Management Society. Titled RIMS Risk Forum Middle East, the event began on Monday and is organised by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA). Addressing the forum's inaugural session, Major-General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, General Dire...

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Paraguay striker Barrios on River Plate radar

Buenos Aires, Dec 12 (IANS) Argentine football giants River Plate are considering making a bid to sign Paraguay international forward Lucas Barrios from Brazil's Gremio, according to media reports. River coach Marcelo Gallardo has identified Barrios as a possible solution to the club's deficiencies in attack, along with America de Mexico's Silvio Romero and Sao Paulo's Lucas Pratto, acco...

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Peru U-18 captain Saravia joins Brazil's Gremio on loan

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 10 (IANS) Brazil's Gremio have signed Peru Under-18 captain Marco Saravia on a 12-month loan as they bolster their squad for the 2019 season. The centre-back joins the Porto Alegre outfit from Peruvian first division side Deportivo Municipal, officials from both clubs said on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency. Deportivo Municipal wishes the defender, Marco ...

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Parrikar downplays role of MEA in diplomacy

Panaji, Dec 9 (IANS) Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday downplayed the role of the External Affairs ministry in international diplomacy, while crediting Defence Ministry officials as the real backroom boys, who slog in the background to actually get international deals going. External Affairs Ministry is a face of diplomacy, defence is the backroom boys. Defence does t...

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UAE's performing art Al Azi in Unesco cultural heritage list

Abu Dhabi, Dec 9 (IANS/WAM) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has added the traditional UAE performance art of Al-Azi onto the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. The decision was taken during the 12th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage on Jeju Isl...

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Playing six Indians in starting XI helping them a lot: John Gregory

Chennai, Dec 8 (IANS) Drawing a comparison with the triumphant English Under-17 FIFA World Cup footballers, Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory put his finger on how the new rule of playing six Indians in the starting XI is helping home-grown talent gain valuable experience. The great thing as I have said from day one is the fact that we have to play dome...

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US shift on Jerusalem sparks protests, global outrage

Washington, Dec 7 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital prompted a global diplomatic backlash and sparked protests in Palestinian territories on Thursday as fears grew of fresh bloodshed in the volatile Middle East. Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers in Ramallah and other places in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Palestinian A...

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World denounces US shift on Jerusalem

Washington, Dec 7 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital triggered global flak, including from some of America's closest allies, amid fears it could strengthen extremists and destroy the region's faltering peace process. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Trump's decision on Wednesday had made for a historic day and was an important st...

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Gremio facing uphill battle in FIFA Club World Cup: coach

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 6 (IANS) Gremio have been unfairly handicapped in their quest to win this month's FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Brazilian club's coach Renato Gaucho. The Copa Libertadores champions are currently unable to maintain match fitness because Brazil's domestic season finished on Sunday, Renato said, reports Xinhua news agency. In ...

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Qatar rift to surface during Gulf leaders' meet in Kuwait

Kuwait, Dec 5 (IANS) The 38th annual summit of the Gulf Arab heads of state will convene here on Tuesday and Wednesday, officials said, despite an ongoing dispute between some members of the group. A rift between the Gulf Cooperation Council members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on one side, and Qatar on the other has put this year's annual meeting in doubt, A...

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UAE Embassy launches new mobile app

New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) The UAE Embassy in India has launched a new mobile app aimed at helping its nationals visiting India and also Indians visiting that country, the Gulf nation's Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna said on Tuesday. Addressing the media here, Albanna said that the mission was trying to offer its various services electronically and the new app also conforms to the Digita...

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Counter-terrorism: UAE sharing information with India, says envoy

New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) The UAE denounces terrorism and regularly shares information with India in the fight against this global scourge, the Gulf nation's Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna said on Tuesday. We exchange a lot of information and we have created a mechanism in terms of dissemination of information and exchange of information, Albanna said in response to a question at a medi...

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Windies to host Sri Lanka for three-Test series in June

Trinidad, Dec 5 (IANS) Cricket West Indies has announced to host Sri Lanka for a three-Test rubber, in May-June next year. The opening game will be played from June 6 at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain followed by the second (June 14-18) and third (June 23-27) Tests at Barbados and St. Lucia, respectively. The islanders will start with a warm-up game from May 30-June 1 at ...

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