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Qatar: Old palace restoration project complete

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Qatar Museums has announced that the historic palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani, the father of modern Qatar, has been successful restored to its former glory. The Old Palace, which has taken a total of three years to restore, … Continue reading

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Refugee catastrophe worst since WWII

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  The number of refugees abandoned to “an unbearable existence” has now reached tens of millions according to a damning report from Amnesty International, which claims the world is witnessing the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. Amnesty … Continue reading

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QATAR: World Cup 2022 under threat?

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Russia and Qatar may be stripped of their rights to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups respectively if any evidence of bribery is discovered, a senior FIFA official has said. Domenico Scala, the chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance … Continue reading

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SOLD, to the highest bidder. Tony Blair’s next mission

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For a moment, it was thought, to borrow a phrase, the “end was nigh” when former British prime minister Tony Blair announced last month that he was stepping down from the Quartet (European Union, United Nations, United States and Russia) … Continue reading

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Palestinian film festival opens in Paris

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More than a century after France’s Lumière brothers first shot “Palestine,” a film festival dedicated to the Palestinians and their lives, Le Festival Ciné-Palestine, has opened in Paris for the first time. It was in 1896 that cameramen working for … Continue reading

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Kurdish Muslims abandoning Islam for Zoroastrianism

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The small, ancient religion of Zoroastrianism is being revived in northern Iraq. Followers say locals should join because it’s a truly Kurdish belief. Others say the revival is a reaction to extremist Islam. One of the smallest and oldest religions … Continue reading

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Tony Blair – the fox left in charge of the hen house – resigns as peace envoy

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Tony Blair’s time as Middle East envoy representing the US, Russia, the UN and the EU has finally come to an end. Eight years after he took up the role, Blair tendered his resignation and left one question: how come … Continue reading

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QATAR’S Sheika Moza speaks out against “dehumanisation” of Muslims

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A senior member of the Qatar royal family has warned that Muslims are being “dehumanised” by the coverage of violent extremism in the Middle East. “Why do Muslim lives seem to matter less than the lives of others?” asked Sheikha … Continue reading

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$1.9bn Seahawk deal to Saudi Arabia approved by U.S.

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The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 10 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia for $1.9 billion, the first step in a major multibillion-dollar modernization of the Saudi navy’s eastern fleet, the Reuters news agency has reported. The … Continue reading

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ISRAEL: “Arabs responsible for nuclear treaty delay”

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 Israel has  accused its Arab neighbors of delaying talks aimed at making the Middle East a region free of nuclear weapons, according to reports in The Jerusalem Post newspaper. In an official statement issued by the Israeli delegation currently observing … Continue reading

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