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Qatar Says FIFA Report Vindicates Integrity of 2022 Bid

DOHA, June 28 – Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizers have welcomed a long-awaited FIFA report on the race to host the tournament, saying the conclusions represented “a vindication of the integrity” of Doha’s bid. The report, which also investigated the bidding process for the 2018 World Cup, made no suggestion that either Russia or Qatar

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Child Marriages Will Cost Poor Countries Trillions of Dollars

By Emma Batha LONDON, June 27 – Child marriage will cost developing countries trillions of dollars in the next decade, seriously hampering global efforts to eradicate poverty, the World Bank said on Tuesday. An estimated one in three girls in the developing world is married before the age of 18, with one girl married off

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U.K. Says 95 Buildings Fail Safety Checks After London Tower Block Fire

LONDON, June 27 – Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday Britain must hold a national investigation into exterior cladding used on high-rise buildings after all those checked after the deadly London tower block blaze this month failed safety tests. At least 79 people died when a fire that started in a fridge freezer engulfed

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Uber Wins Right to Contest English Tests for London Drivers

LONDON, June 27 – Uber said it had won the right to appeal against a court decision in favour of plans by a London regulator to impose new English reading and writing standards in a move which could deprive it of thousands of drivers. In March, the San Francisco-based firm, which allows people to book

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Syrians Fear New Raqqa Turmoil Once Daesh is Defeated

By Michael Georgy RAQQA, Syria, June 21 – U.S.-backed forces are closing in on Daesh in Raqqa, but local Syrians who have escaped the battlefield are worried about what comes after the fight. Dozens of them have volunteered to help rebuild the town once the militants have been defeated. The aim of organisation they have

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Pictures of Mohammed bin Salman Being Appointed Crown Prince

Outgoing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef hands over the post to his successor the new Crown Prince, and son of King Salman, Mohammed bin Salman earlier today. In six steps, Mohammed bin Salman, the young Saudi Royal who will turn 32 this August, became the second in command after his father. The footage which

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UNHCR Wins Nod to Use Islamic Alms to Aid Middle East Refugees

By Aziz El Yaakoubi DUBAI, June 19 – The United Nations, short of funds to support millions of displaced people in the Middle East, has begun a scheme that would let Muslims make donations from the alms they typically pay state bodies for the benefit of the poor. Muslims around the world are expected to

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