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USA/REAL ESTATE – The Great Real Estate Reset. The office, reimagined: The nature of office work is shifting, and so must downtowns (Tracy Hadden Loh, Brookings)

The office, reimagined: The nature of office work is shifting, and so must downtowns

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IRAN – Khamenei renews revenge vow as Soleimani death anniversary nears (Maziar Motamedi, Al Jazeera)

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei has renewed his promise of revenge in response to the United States’ assassination of Qassem Soleimani during a meeting with the top general’s family some two weeks before the first anniversary of his killing.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/16/khamenei-renews-revenge-vow-before-soleimani-killing-anniversary

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IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL – Iran nuclear deal participants hold virtual talks amid tensions (Al Jazeera)

Senior diplomats from Iran and major powers have met online to discuss the state of a nuclear deal that is eroding despite conciliatory signals from United States President-elect Joe Biden.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/16/iran-nuclear-deal-participants-hold-talks-amid-tensions

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USA/IRAN – Iran ‘very happy’ to see Trump leave office, says Rouhani (Maziar Motamedi, Al Jazeera)

While Iran is not “excited” by Joe Biden taking over at the White House, it was “very happy” to see the end of Donald Trump’s reign as US president, according to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/16/rouhani-iran-happy-trump-leaving

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SAUDI ARABIA – Hundreds of migrants abused in Saudi deportation centre: HRW (Al Jazeera)

Saudi Arabia is detaining hundreds of migrants in squalid conditions in Riyadh, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says, quoting some who claimed they had been tortured or beaten.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/16/hundreds-of-migrants-abused-in-saudi-deportation-centre-hrw

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EUROPE/GREEN DEAL/ROMA – The EU should not exclude the Roma from the Green Deal (Zeljko Jovanovic, Al Jazeera)

Last week the leaders of the European Union struck a deal on a stimulus package and tough emission cuts by 2030. In the next few years, billions of euros will be disbursed in various schemes to help member states with a transition to renewable energy and sustainability under the union’s Green Deal, designed to combat pollution and climate change.

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/12/16/the-eu-should-not-exclude-the-roma-from-the-green-deal

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USA/IRAN – US blacklists four companies for helping export of Iranian petrochemical products (Al Arabiya)

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on companies, accusing them of supporting the sale of Iranian petrochemicals as Washington increases pressure on Tehran even as President Donald Trump’s term nears a close.

The US Treasury Department in a statement said it blacklisted the four entities for facilitating the export of Iranian petrochemical products by Triliance Petrochemical Co. Ltd., which was hit with sanctions by Washington earlier this year.

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UAE/EGYPT – UAE’s Mohamed bin Zayed meets Egyptian President al-Sisi in Cairo (Al Arabiya)

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Wednesday and discussed peace and stability in the Middle East.

https://englishbeta.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2020/12/16/UAE-s-Mohamed-bin-Zayed-meets-Egyptian-President-al-Sisi-in-Cairo

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UNESCO/SAUDI ARABIA/KUWAIT – UNESCO adds Saudi Arabia, Kuwait’s weaving of Al Sadu to its Intangible Heritage list (Al Arabiya)

UNESCO has inscribed Saudi Arabia and Kuwait’s traditional weaving of Al Sadu on the Intangible Heritage list on Wednesday afternoon.

https://englishbeta.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2020/12/16/UNESCO-adds-Saudi-Arabia-Kuwait-s-weaving-of-Al-Sadu-to-its-Intangible-Heritage-list

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