I won’t take medication: Semenya after winning Doha race

Caster Semenya won the 800 metres at the Doha Diamond League meeting on Friday in her first race since losing her appeal over a controversial gender ruling, claiming “actions speak louder than words”. Two-time Olympic champion Semenya timed 1min 54.98sec to defeat Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, who clocked 1min 57.75sec and[…]

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Collateral damage resulting from the Gulf crisis

The Gulf is no longer a single nation after the recent crisis between the states and their communities. This crisis has done away with the ties of brotherhood, history and blood, after transitioning from a political to a social crisis, going even deeper and wider in its targets and effects.[…]

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Gulf row stunts Qatar hajj numbers

Qatar has sent only dozens of its citizens across the border to Saudi Arabia for this week’s hajj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites because of the increasingly bitter crisis between the Gulf neighbours. The annual pilgrimage that draws two million Muslim faithful from across the globe and starts this year[…]

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Saudi Arabia bans Al Jazeera channels in hotels

Saudi Arabia has banned hotels and tourist facilities from airing Al Jazeera news channels and threatened to punish violators with the closure of their facility and a fine of up to $26,000. In a statement released on Friday, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage ordered that “all channels[…]

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Qatar seeks Kuwaiti mediation after Arab rift

Qatar’s ruler postponed an address to his country today following its sudden diplomatic isolation from other leading Arab nations, in order to allow Kuwait some time and room to mediate. In a sign of the potential consequences for the Qatari economy, a number of banks in the region began stepping[…]

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Haniyeh chosen as new Hamas chief

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was elected chief of the group’s political bureau, a Hamas source said today. Haniyeh was selected in polls that were held today in both the Gaza Strip and Doha simultaneously via video conference. He will replace Khaled Meshaal, Hamas’ long-time leader who has been the[…]

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Why Palestinian unity is a misnomer

OPINION by Omar Karmi More than a week has passed since the two main Palestinian political factions, Hamas and Fatah, met in Doha, Qatar, to seek agreement on the issues that have divided them since 2006. After two days of “positive” discussions — one of the oldest clichés in politics —[…]

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