Donald Trump Jr. to give speech at American University of Dubai graduation

Donald Trump Jr. is set to give the keynote address at an American University of Dubai graduation ceremony. (File photo: AP)
Updated 12 May 2017
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Donald Trump Jr. to give speech at American University of Dubai graduation

DUBAI: Donald Trump Jr. is set to give the keynote address at an American University of Dubai graduation ceremony next week.
The eldest child of the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, and his first wife, Ivana, Trump Jr. will address students and their friends and families at the event, which is slated for May 14.
The event will be held at the city’s World Trade Center.
Billed as the executive vice president of the Trump Organization, a businessman and a reality TV star in the AUD announcement, it has not yet been unveiled what topics he will address in the speech.
Arab News has contacted the American University of Dubai for comment but has yet to hear back.
Trump Jr. will be in Dubai just before his father makes his first foreign visit as president.
Donald Trump is set to visit Saudi Arabia in late May and will promote an agenda of “tolerance,” “burden sharing” and “countering both Iran and Daesh,” according to senior US officials.
Trump Jr. praised Dubai and its ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in a February visit to the UAE, saying: "To see the incredible vision Sheikh Mohammed has been able to put forward for this country is truly awe-inspiring."


Libya rivals clash south of capital, causing blackouts

Updated 18 September 2018
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Libya rivals clash south of capital, causing blackouts

  • Tuesday morning’s clashes centered on the main road to Tripoli’s long-closed international airport
  • Libya’s National Electricity Company said its network had been damaged, causing a total blackout across the country

TRIPOLI: New clashes flared between rival militias south of Libya’s capital Tripoli on Tuesday, causing widespread power outages, the national electricity firm said.
The fighting underscored the fragility of a United Nations-backed cease-fire reached earlier this month after days of deadly violence between armed groups in the capital, beset by turmoil since the fall of dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.
Tuesday morning’s clashes centered on the main road to Tripoli’s long-closed international airport, according to witnesses including an AFP journalist.
Libya’s National Electricity Company said its network had been damaged, causing a total blackout across the North African nation’s south and west.
Fighting which broke out late last month killed at least 63 people and wounded 159 others — mostly civilians — before the cease-fire came into effect on September 4.
Last week, the capital’s only working airport came under rocket fire just days after reopening following the truce.
Mitiga International Airport, located in a former military base that includes a prison, is currently controlled by the Special Deterrence Forces, a Salafist militia which serves as Tripoli’s police force and has been involved in clashes around the capital.
Interior Minister Abdessalam Ashour said Monday that a “regular force” would be tasked with securing the airport.
UN envoy Ghassan Salame later reported 14 cease-fire violations around Tripoli, but sought to play them down, saying the deal had been “generally respected.”
Tripoli’s main airport has been out of action since it was severely damaged by similar clashes in 2014.
Since Qaddafi’s fall in 2011, oil-rich Libya has been rocked by violence between dozens of armed groups vying for control of its cities and vast oil resources.
A UN-brokered agreement signed in Morocco in December 2015 established the Government of National Accord (GNA) in a bid to ease the chaos.
But deep divisions remain between the GNA and rivals including military strongman Khalifa Haftar, who is based in eastern Libya and backs a competing authority.
The GNA last week announced a series of measures to secure the capital and curb the influence of militias over state institutions and banks.