Emirates Steel expands to international markets

Abu Dhabi, Emirates Steel recorded a nearly 50% increase over the past two years in the number of its export markets in Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa. The expansion of Emirates Steel’s export footprint to 56 countries in 2021 compared to 38 in 2019 is part of the company’s strategy to diversify its sources of revenue through its marketing channels, improve its agility and enhance the competitiveness of UAE products under the unified brand identity of ‘Made in the Emirates.’ In 2021, Emirates Steel’s exports…

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South African Medical Students Return From War-Torn Ukraine

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — South African medical students, who were evacuated from Ukraine, are now looking for ways to complete their studies. South African universities are discussing options for the students, some of whom are still shaken by the attacks they witnessed and are fearful for teachers and classmates left behind. Concerned students have already launched a “Save Our Studies” campaign with the goal of helping about 50 repatriated medical students find spots at South African universities. Twenty-five-year-old Mandisa Malindisa, a fourth-year medical student who was studying at Kharkiv…

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Covid-19: WTO chief hails vaccines IP compromise

GENEVA, The World Trade Organization chief hailed a breakthrough between the EU, the United States, India and South Africa on waiving intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said the compromise was a big step forward in a bid to end the logjam at the global trade body. However, she cautioned that some of the details on waiving WTO rules on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) still needed to be fleshed out — and it would need the backing of all WTO members to come into force.…

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FAO calls on international community to mitigate drought situation in Africa

NAIROBI, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Deputy Director-General Beth Bechdol has expressed concern over the ravaging drought in pastoralist inhabited areas of Northern Kenya and called on the international community to urgently make interventions to mitigate the situation. Speaking during a tour of Moyale Sub-county in Marsabit County where the organization is implementing a capacity-building project for farmers in a bid to make them resilient to the harsh climatic conditions, Bechdol was shocked by the state of affairs and called for a joint effort to reverse…

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Jota double inspires Liverpool to win over Leicester

Liverpool, Liverpool closed the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to nine points as Diogo Jota’s doubled earned Juergen Klopp’s side a 2-0 victory over Leicester City. After City’s 2-0 win over Brentford on Wednesday extended their advantage at the top, second-placed Liverpool needed to issue a response, edging in front in the first half at Anfield thanks to Jota’s close-range finish, Reuters reports. Mohamed Salah came off the bench to rapturous applause to make his first appearance since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, with the Egyptian…

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Senior UN Official Urges Ethiopians to Find Path to Peace

The U.N. deputy secretary-general on Friday urged Ethiopians to cease fighting, rebuild trust and begin reconciliation, as the conflict in the country’s north continues to inflict unimaginable suffering on civilians. “For me, trust has been broken in Ethiopia,” Amina Mohammed told reporters at the United Nations. “We need to find ways to support the country, the leadership, the people, find that pathway back to rebuilding that trust and, therefore, rebuilding peace for their people.” Just back from Ethiopia, Mohammed said she got a sense from all the leaders she met…

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Omicron Spike Tests COVID Prevention Efforts at Immigration Facilities

The rapidly spreading omicron variant is testing the ability of U.S. authorities to keep tens of thousands of migrants healthy at crowded detention centers, where COVID-19 prevention measures were virtually nonexistent at the beginning of the pandemic but have since improved. More than 2,540 people tested positive for COVID-19 Friday in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 198 immigration detention centers nationwide, according to ICE data, an increase of more than 792% from 285 cases reported on January 3. The surge comes amid a nationwide increase in infections because of the…

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Netherlands: Stowaway smoked out of aircraft nose wheel arriving from South AFRICA

AMSTERDAM, Police in the Dutch city of Amsterdam discovered a stowaway hidden in the nose wheel of a cargo plane arriving from South Africa, a spokeswoman said Sunday. The unidentified man is believed to have slipped on board the plane before it left Johannesburg, Royal Dutch Military Police spokeswoman Joanne Helmonds said. “The man was found alive in the nosewheel section of the plane and was taken to hospital in a stable condition,” she said. The man was not identified, but officials said he is believed to be between 16…

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