Qatar Enacts Law to Protect Foreign Domestic Workers

DOHA, Aug 24 – Qatar’s ruler has introduced a law giving broad protection to tens of thousands of foreigners working as maids, cooks, cleaners and nannies, addressing some concerns long highlighted by human rights groups. The new rules on foreign domestic staff mandate a maximum of 10 hours per working day with breaks for prayer,

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Egyptian ‘Despacito’ Goes Viral

A musical duo from Egypt took social media by storm after posting their cover of the chart-topper Despacito, performed on Arabic drums. The song was originally sung by Latino music artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, and recently popularized by superstar Justin Bieber with a remixed version. The video was posted by Adel Nabil, who can

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Mick Jagger a Dad Again at 73

NEW YORK, Dec 8 – Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger became a father for the eighth time on Thursday when his ballet dancer girlfriend gave birth to a son in New York, his publicist said. “Melanie Hamrick & Mick Jagger’s son was born today in New York and they are both delighted. “Mick was at

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OPEC Oil Cut, if it Comes, More Face-Saver Than Meaningful – Analysts

Nov 28 – Oil futures jumped on Monday after heavy falls in the previous session, reflecting volatility as OPEC officials try to salvage a deal to cut crude production ahead of a long-anticipated formal meeting of the group’s ministers on Wednesday. The 14-member Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries announced a preliminary deal in September

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In Hungary’s Migrant Vote, Only the Turnout is in Doubt

By Marton Dunai and Krisztina Than ASOTTHALOM, Hungary, Sept 18  – On a recent evening on Hungary’s border with Serbia, a fleet of police trucks raced along the dusty boundary. A heat sensor trained on the razor wire fence had picked up migrants approaching, officers explained. The migrants, about two dozen in number, quickly split

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Donald Trump is a Problem for the Whole World

BERLIN, Sept 15  – If U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wins the election in November, it would be problematic for the entire world and encourage copycats in Europe, European Parliament President Martin Schulz told a German magazine. “Trump is not only a problem for the EU but also for the whole world,” Schulz said

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Day of the Disappeared: South Asia’s Torturous Wait For the Missing

By Nita Bhalla and Gopal Sharma NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU, Sept 1  – Shova Bhatta vividly remembers the morning 16 years ago, when five men came to her grocery shop on the outskirts of the Nepali capital and took her husband Shyam. “They asked him to accompany them and promised that he would be back after answering

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Srebrenica Buries 127 Victims of Massacre, Serbs Absent Over Genocide Denial

By Maja Zuvela SREBRENICA, Bosnia, July 11 – Thousands of Muslim Bosniaks paid respect to 127 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre buried in individual graves on Monday in a ceremony avoided by Serbs after survivors said they were not welcome because they denied genocide had occurred. Nationalist Bosnian Serb forces led by General Ratko

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Iraqi PM Attends Parliament as Protesters Demand Cabinet Reshuffle Vote

By Saif Hameed and Kareem Raheem BAGHDAD, April 26 – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attended a heavily scrutinised parliament session on Tuesday after tens of thousands of protesters took over part of central Baghdad demanding a vote on a cabinet reshuffle to fight corruption. Most of the demonstrators at the gates of the heavily

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Blast Claimed By Daesh in Riyadh Police Station Kills One

RIYADH, April 3 – An improvised explosive device planted next to a police station south of the Saudi capital Riyadh killed one person, the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement carried on state news agency SPA on Sunday. The ministry said at least three police cars were damaged in the explosion at a parking

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