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Amid Strains, Qatar Urges Iran, Gulf Arabs to be Good Neighbors

DUBAI, Sept 13 – Qatar’s Emir called for good neighbourly relations between Gulf Arabs and Iran in a telephone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Qatar media reported, amid fresh strains between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran over the haj pilgrimage. Tensions have been rising since Gulf Arab allies variously cut or downgraded ties

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Qatar’s Recruited Athletes Stir Debate on Citizenship

By Tom Finn DOHA, Aug 25 – When 39 athletes from Qatar qualified for the Rio Olympics, the most in the tiny Gulf state’s history, Noor al-Shalaby celebrated the achievement in a Facebook post. “Qatar! You are in my blood and my soul,” wrote the 34-year-old accountant. The small team delivered the country’s first silver

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MENA Soft Power

Meet the region’s leading female politicians BY Leila Hatoum and Bilal Aziz  Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is led by a woman—Angela Merkel. The United States may just elect its first ever female president, Democrat-nominee Hillary Clinton, who has gained further support on the ground according to recent polls. Many people from the Middle East, especially women, wonder if

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Exodus of Professional Workers Reshaping Qatar

By Tom Finn DOHA, July 18 – Five years ago Samer Habib left the United Arab Emirates and moved to Qatar where he opened a restaurant that turned a profit serving Lebanese salads and sandwiches to expats. In June, the business folded. The European lawyers and Indian clerks who for years frequented Habib’s restaurant have

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Egyptian Court Hands Ex-President Mursi Another Life Sentence

CAIRO, June 18 – Egypt’s former president Mohamed Mursi was handed another life sentence on Saturday, after a court found him guilty of espionage and leaking state secrets. Mursi, leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, has already been sentenced in three other cases, including the death penalty for a mass jail break during the 2011

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Middle East’s Smart Cities

Solar energy is creating the Middle East’s very own smart cities BY Vicente López-Ibor Mayor The formation of the first cities more than 9,000 years ago, stands as civilization’s greatest milestone. Yet, it was technological innovation—the invention of the wheel—that made agriculture, farming and by extension, civilization itself, possible. That same spirit of technological innovation

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Qatar Reassures India After Modi Raises Abuse of Migrant Workers

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, June 6 – Qatar has reassured India that labour reforms will improve the conditions of more than half a million Indian migrants, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised concerns of abuses during a weekend visit to the Gulf state, a statement said on Monday. Qatar is home to 630,000 Indian

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GCC: Change Is Needed

GCC central banks need to bolster research to reform decades old dollar pegs BY Martin Dokoupil Oil-rich Gulf Arab states’ central banks lack adequate research capabilities to pursue a currency reform that could help them better control their economies in both harsh periods of low crude prices as well as in times of economic boom, says

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Syrian Rebels Agree in Qatar to Stop Fighting Each Other

BEIRUT, May 25  – Two Syrian rebel groups which have been fighting each other near Damascus have negotiated a ceasefire in Qatar, statements published by the two groups said. More than 500 people have been killed since April when fighting erupted between rival Jaish al-Islam and Failaq al-Rahman groups. Their rift has been exploited by

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