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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tours Saudi Arabia, UAE pavilions at Expo Dubai

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited on Wednesday, the pavilions of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates at Expo 2020 Dubai, on the sidelines of his two-day visit to the UAE, before departing to Qatar, his third stop of a tour to Gulf states.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was accompanied by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates and was received by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, state news agency SPA reported.

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Later on, the Crown Prince visited the pavilion of the UAE, and was briefed on its content, which tells the story of the inception of the UAE, and reflects the system of human values on which the UAE people relied in achieving their renaissance and development.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stressed that Expo 2020 Dubai constitutes a global platform for the achievements, creativity and innovations of countries, and also provides a space for bringing together minds, ideas, experiences and human experiences to discover new horizons of cooperation, build bridges between peoples and promote joint action, according to SPA.

For his part, Saudi Crown Prince congratulated the UAE Vice President on the successes of Expo 2020 reflecting the development and prosperity of the UAE.

He then visited the Saudi pavilion, which is the second largest pavilion, where he was briefed on the components of the pavilion, which highlight important aspects of the Kingdom’s renaissance, and shed light on its past and present, as well as its ambitious vision for the future through creative content that reflects the Kingdom’s heritage, nature and diverse society, and defines its future plans in light of “The Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”

The Crown Prince also met with Saudi young men and women working in the pavilion, praising their efforts in receiving visitors to the pavilion, and their ability to express the authentic Saudi values welcoming the world.

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US considering moving troops from Western Europe to Eastern Europe: NATO diplomat

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The United States is considering transferring some troops stationed in Western Europe to Eastern Europe in the coming weeks, a NATO diplomat told Reuters, amid escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

“This has to do with American troops that are already in Europe,” the diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirming a New York Times report that said US President Joe Biden was considering sending US troops to the Baltics and Eastern European allies.

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NATO said on Monday it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets, in what Russia denounced as an escalation of tensions over Ukraine.

The diplomat said the potential troop movements would be gradual and that any filling of NATO gaps on its eastern flank could take place in the coming weeks.

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Several wounded in shooting in German city; gunman dead

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A lone gunman wounded several people at a lecture theater in the southwestern German city of Heidelberg on Monday, police said.

Police said in a brief statement that the perpetrator was dead, but didn’t give details of how that happened. They had earlier asked people on Twitter to avoid the Neuenheimer Feld area of Heidelberg, where the city’s university campus is located.

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Police didn’t specify how many people were wounded, or how seriously, and there was no information on their identities or that of the suspected shooter. The university’s press office declined to give any details on the shooting and referred all inquiries to police.

German news agency dpa cited unidentified security sources as saying that the gunman killed himself.

Police said the weapon used in the shooting was a long-barreled firearm.

Heidelberg is located south of Frankfurt and has about 160,000 inhabitants. Its university is one of Germany’s best-known.

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Aramco CEO says oil demand nearing pre-pandemic levels: Report

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Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Al Nasser said that the demand for oil is nearing pre-pandemic levels, Asharq Business reported in a tweet on Monday.

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