The week in review: News roundup for May 2017

A round-up of the latest international news, with hyperlinks. Above, Emmanuel Macron, France’s new president, who last week won election over far-right nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen.  See the story below

By Ayesha Mohammed Al Faheem

Etihad Airways announces leadership change: New CEO Gammell to take charge

ABU DHABI—Etihad current President and CEO James Hogan has been dismissed and will leave the company on 1 July 2017. Ray Gammell, who joined Etihad in 2009, will be taking over and become the new CEO of Etihad. He will be taking full responsibilities from now on. Gammell is Etihad Aviation Group’s current Chief People and Performance Officer and has been a member of the Executive Leadership.


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Euromoney Emirates Conference in Sharjah

SHARJAH—Thirty-five top leading economics, finance and business expert will meet in Sharjah at the opening ceremony of Euromoney Emirates Conference, to consider how the UAE can best quicken its journey by becoming the region’s advance economy. The conference is co-hosted by the Shrajah FDI office and will be operationg inder the Government of Shrajah.


Trump to visit KSA; it will be his first international trip as president

RIYADH—Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said that an upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia by the U.S. President Donald Trump would improve support between the United States and Muslim countries in the battle against extremism. Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, will be Trump’s first international trip as president.

Mua’allem rejects UN monitoring of safe zones

DAMASCUS—Walid Mua’allem, the Syrian Foreign Minister, said on Monday his country would reject any United Nations role in monitoring the operation of a safe zones. “We do not accept a role for the United Nations or international forces to monitor the agreement,” Mua’allem told reporters in Damascus.


Macron becomes president of France, defeating Le Pen

PARIS—Emmanuel Macron’s rise to French presidency holds a stunning rise for the political newcomer and his inexperienced bash but he now faces another battle to form a parliamentary majority, with his rivals already plotting revenge in June’s general election. He defeated Marine Le Pen of the National Front party by nearly 2-to-1.


Trump fires FBI Director Comey

Former FBI Director James Comey served from September 2013 until May 2017. He served under both Barack Obama and Donald Trump, who fired him on May 9 after Comey asked to beef up the investigation of Russian influence on the November 2016 presidential election. (Photo from CBS News via ENEX)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday the US FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump. heading a huge investigation into whether his assistants plotted with Russia effected and changes last year’s U.S. election. Mr. Comey had just asked for more financial resources from the Justice Department for the investigation. “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” President Trump said. Mr. Comey released information to Congress just before the election that stated the FBI was reveiwing more emails related to then candidate Hillary Clinton from her time as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. A polling expert, Nate Silver, recently stated Mr. Comey’s sending this information to Congress probably cost Mrs. Clinton the election.


Photo above: New French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo Copyright 2018 by Conecta Abogados, from, using Creative Commons License.

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