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Comment: The recent soft power push has far more to do with strategic military interests, weapons contracts and the steady flow of oil, than cultural collaboration, writes Joe Odell.

Egypt's Mohamed Salah was named the BBC's African footballer of the year on Monday following a record number of votes.

Qatar projects smaller budget deficit, increased spending for 2018

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Qatar projects smaller budget deficit, increased spending for 2018

Qatar has announced that expects its budget deficit to decline marginally next year as the economy absorbs the aftershock of a Saudi-led boycott.

Qatar buys dozens of Typhoon fighter jets from Britain

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Qatar buys dozens of Typhoon fighter jets from Britain

Qatar has signed an $8 billion deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from the United Kingdom amid an ongoing blockade of the Gulf state.

FIFA commends Qatar for transferring Gulf <em>Cup</em> to Kuwait

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FIFA commends Qatar for transferring Gulf Cup to Kuwait

FIFA has commended Qatar for agreeing to move the 2017 Gulf Cup to Kuwait following a last-minute decision by football's governing body ...

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Qatar and France sign fighter jet deal

Qatar's latest purchase of military and commercial aircraft could help Qatar make more use of its planes after its operations were disrupted by a blockade from four Arab nations.

Fadi al-Qadi

Gulf migrant workers are being abused in complete silence

Comment: Migrant workers across the Gulf suffer abuse and inhumane conditions imposed by their employers in the absence of serious governmental ...

Uri Levy

World Cup fever: This week in Middle East football

Syria's Omar Khribin is named Asian Player of the Year as the region gears up for two Middle Eastern derbies following the World ...

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Who will Arab teams face in the World Cup?

Four Arab nations have finally learned their long-awaited opponents for next year's FIFA World Cup in Russia next year ...

Meet Zahra Lari, the world's first headscarf-wearing professional figure-skater

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Meet Zahra Lari, the world's first headscarf-wearing professional figure-skater

The UAE has become the first Arab state to join the International Skating Union thanks to up-and-coming athlete Zahra Lari, the first ...

Uri Levy

Heartbreak and golden-boys: This week in Middle East football

In the Asian Championship League, Arabs received heartbreaking news this week with Al-Hilal's dramatic loss, but on the other side of the ...

Qatar unveils <em>World</em> Cup's first 'reusable' stadium

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Qatar unveils World Cup's first 'reusable' stadium

Qatar Sunday unveiled the design for what it claims is the World Cup's first 'reusable' stadium, the seventh of eight expected venues ...

Palestine tops Israel in FIFA <em>world</em> rankings

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Palestine tops Israel in FIFA world rankings

For the first time ever, Palestine's national football team has overtaken Israel's in the international football federation's rankings.

History makes itself: This week in Middle East football

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History makes itself: This week in Middle East football

For the first time in football history, Palestine will beat Israel in the FIFA rankings, as the country sees a resurgence in confidence on the ...

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah makes history with goal-scoring record

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah makes history with goal-scoring record

Liverpool's Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah netted two goals in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Southampton making him the Premiership's top scorer ...

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Levelling the playing field at 19000 feet

Long read: a team of women footballers from across the Middle East broke a world record when they played a game on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, writes Ben Jacobs.

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Qatar sets $200 minimum wage for migrant workers

World Cup 2022 host Qatar has come under heavy criticism for its treatment of foreign workers. In its latest labour overhaul, ...

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Erdogan pledges military support for Qatar on Doha visit

Turkey's President Erdogan pledged continued military support for blockade-hit Qatar following a visit to Doha on Wednesday.

Uri Levy

Russia 2018: The most Arab World Cup ever?

With five nations from across the Middle East confirmed for the 2018 World Cup,

Morocco's <em>World</em> <em>Cup</em> qualifier win marred by Brussels violence

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Morocco's World Cup qualifier win marred by Brussels violence

Over 20 police officers were injured in Belgium after riots broke out with football fans celebrating Morocco's win against the Ivory Coast, ...

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Qatar investigates claims UAE tried to rig the riyal

Doha said it is looking into claims that the UAE attempted to sabotage the Qatari riyal and take the World Cup from the Gulf ...

Qatar investigates alleged currency plot

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Qatar investigates alleged currency plot

A government spokesman said Qatar is investigating an alleged attempt to manipulate its currency during the early weeks of a Gulf political ...

Morocco and Tunisia qualify for <em>World</em> <em>Cup</em> 2018

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Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup 2018

Victory for Morocco ends almost two decades of absence from the World Cup, while a draw for Tunisia sees the North African ...

Qatar appoints women to Shura Council for first time

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Qatar appoints women to Shura Council for first time

Four woman will sit on the 45-strong council, which is responsible for discussing draft laws approved by the cabinet, general government policy ...

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