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UAE: Sheikh Khalifa misses Ramadan banquet
As the holy month of Ramadan began, the rulers of the UAE emirates received well-wishers at their palaces, and exchanged greetings with Muslim leaders around the world. Notable for his absence was UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who had a stroke in January 2014, and has not been seen in public since. Official news agency Wam said the president had sent cables of greetings to various leaders, but he does not seem to have engaged in any telephone exchanges of congratulations, and was the only one of the seven Emirati rulers not to attend an iftar banquet in Abu Dhabi on 20 June.
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