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Hassoun: Syria will not forget its friends who backed it

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Damascus, Grand Mufti of the Republic Dr. Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun said that Syria has triumphed over terrorism and will not forget friends who stood by its side, on top the Russian friendly people. Russia stood in one trench with Syria and its people, Mufti Hassoun said during his meeting with a delegation of United Russia party headed by Dmitry Sablin in Damascus on Wednesday.He hailed the sacrifices made by the Russian soldiers in the battle against terrorism alongside their Syrian comrades.Sablin and members of the delegation reiterated their country's support for the Syrian people in the face of terrorism, expressing the desire to strengthen the existing cooperation relations between the two friendly countries.Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Gabon’s Ailing President Returns for Government Swearing-in

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LIBREVILLE, Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who has been out of the country for health reasons since October, has returned for the swearing-in of his new government.Bongo's return comes a week after an attempted coup by officers with the Republican Guard. Two of the plotters were killed and four others were arrested and face life sentences, authorities have said.Local media said Bongo arrived overnight from Morocco, where he had been recovering from a reported stroke he suffered in Saudi Arabia. The government has said little about his condition."His presence is a sigh of relief for the economy of our country. It must reassure businessmen," said Minister of Economy Jean Marie Ogandaga.Bongo made no statements at Tuesday's swearing-in. He appointed a new prime minister, Julien Nkoghe B...

Gabon’s Ailing President Returns for Government Swearing-in

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LIBREVILLE, Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who has been out of the country for health reasons since October, has returned for the swearing-in of his new government.Bongo's return comes a week after an attempted coup by officers with the Republican Guard. Two of the plotters were killed and four others were arrested and face life sentences, authorities have said.Local media said Bongo arrived overnight from Morocco, where he had been recovering from a reported stroke he suffered in Saudi Arabia. The government has said little about his condition."His presence is a sigh of relief for the economy of our country. It must reassure businessmen," said Minister of Economy Jean Marie Ogandaga.Bongo made no statements at Tuesday's swearing-in. He appointed a new prime minister, Julien Nkoghe B...

Derian, Rampling discuss overall situation

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Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, on Monday welcomed at Dar El Fatwa, the British Ambassador to Lebanon, Chris Rampling, who came on a protocol visit. Talks reportedly touched on the current situation in Lebanon and the broad region, in addition to means of bolstering cooperation between the two countries. Mufti Derian also met with MP Adnan Trabulsi, with whom he discussed the general situation in the country.Source: National News Agency

Derian, Rampling discuss overall situation

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Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, on Monday welcomed at Dar El Fatwa, the British Ambassador to Lebanon, Chris Rampling, who came on a protocol visit. Talks reportedly touched on the current situation in Lebanon and the broad region, in addition to means of bolstering cooperation between the two countries. Mufti Derian also met with MP Adnan Trabulsi, with whom he discussed the general situation in the country.Source: National News Agency

Iran Protests Poland-US Mideast Summit

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned a senior Polish diplomat to protest at Poland jointly hosting a global summit with the United States focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said the summit � to be held in Warsaw over Feb. 13-14 � would focus on stability and security in the Middle East, including the "important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence."An Iranian foreign ministry official told Poland's charge d'affaires in Tehran that Iran saw the decision to host the meeting as a "hostile act against Iran" and warned that Tehran could reciprocate, IRNA added."Poland's charge d'affaires provided explanations about the conference and said it w

Juventus Coach Says Ronaldo ‘Calm’ as Rape Case Goes Forward

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TURIN, ITALY, Cristiano Ronaldo is very calm amid the latest developments in an alleged rape case involving an American woman, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Friday.Ronaldo is being asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of the allegation by Kathryn Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher, that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet.It's a private matter so I can only talk about soccer. So I'll respond to how I've seen Ronaldo. He's very calm. He has trained very well and rested like everyone else � which was needed after four intense months, Allegri said at a pre-match news conference. Now he needs to prepare well for the second half and most important part of the season.I see Cristiano very serene and calm and tha

Juventus Coach Says Ronaldo ‘Calm’ as Rape Case Goes Forward

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TURIN, ITALY, Cristiano Ronaldo is very calm amid the latest developments in an alleged rape case involving an American woman, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Friday.Ronaldo is being asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of the allegation by Kathryn Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher, that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet.It's a private matter so I can only talk about soccer. So I'll respond to how I've seen Ronaldo. He's very calm. He has trained very well and rested like everyone else � which was needed after four intense months, Allegri said at a pre-match news conference. Now he needs to prepare well for the second half and most important part of the season.I see Cristiano very serene and calm and tha

Arab Trade Unions underline Joint work for the reconstruction of Syria

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Damascus, Participants in the consultative meeting of Chairmen of Arab Trade Unions and annual meeting of general-secretaries of Arab vocational unions have asserted the necessity of joint action to contribute to the reconstruction of what have been destroyed by the terrorist war on Syria and return of displaced people to their country.The participants' assertion came during their meeting held in Damascus on Friday under the title Role of Arab Vocational Unions in the Reconstruction of Syria.Secretary-General of the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions(ICATU) Ghassan Ghosn underlined the important role played by Arab unions and vocational associations at the national and pan-Arab levels.He emphasized the need for mobilizing ranks to rebuild what have been destroyed by the fier...

Arab Trade Unions underline Joint work for the reconstruction of Syria

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Damascus, Participants in the consultative meeting of Chairmen of Arab Trade Unions and annual meeting of general-secretaries of Arab vocational unions have asserted the necessity of joint action to contribute to the reconstruction of what have been destroyed by the terrorist war on Syria and return of displaced people to their country.The participants' assertion came during their meeting held in Damascus on Friday under the title Role of Arab Vocational Unions in the Reconstruction of Syria.Secretary-General of the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions(ICATU) Ghassan Ghosn underlined the important role played by Arab unions and vocational associations at the national and pan-Arab levels.He emphasized the need for mobilizing ranks to rebuild what have been destroyed by the fier...