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15 projected selected as Wise Awards finalists

Qatar's World Innovation Summit for Education (Wise) has revealed the names of 15 projects selected as 2016 Wise Awards finalists. Inaugurated by Qatar Foundation in 2009, under the leadership of its chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the Wise Awards identify

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Turkey on verge of completing process for EU visa deal

Turkey is on the verge of completing the necessary work to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the European Union, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday after parliament passed new legislation overnight. The 28-nation EU depends on Ankara's cooperati

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Low-calorie frozen dessert launched in Bahrain

Bahrain-based organic food supplier Orjinal Health Care has launched Naturally Smart, range of low-calorie, gluten-free frozen desserts in the kingdom, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication. To read further, please visit

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UN to inspect commercial shipments to Yemen

The United Nations will start inspecting shipments to rebel-held ports in Yemen in a bid to boost commercial imports and enforce an arms embargo, the world body said on Tuesday. The United Nations will start inspecting shipments to rebel-held ports in Yemen in a bid to boost comm

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Qatar testing turf able to survive desert sun

Critics say Qatar will be too hot to host the 2022 World Cup but it is determined to prove the grass is no greener elsewhere. Beyond the air-conditioned stadiums now slowly rising from the greyer dust, how to keep the football pitches from withering away in the desert sun is a ch

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Solar-powered plane lands in Arizona

A solar-powered airplane midway through a historic bid to circle the globe completed the 10th leg of its journey on Monday, landing in Arizona after a 16-hour flight from California, the project team said. The Swiss team flying the aircraft in a campaign to build support for clea

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Three bombs in Baghdad kill 14

Three bombs went off in and around Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people, including Shi'ite Muslim worshippers conducting an annual pilgrimage inside the capital, police and medical sources said. The largest blast, from a parked car bomb in the Saydiya district of sou

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CSR forum to focus on changing attitudes

The 13th edition of the CSR Summit has been re-branded as Ta’atheer, the Mena social impact and CSR Forum, in recognition of how attitudes are changing towards corporate social responsibility and a shift in focus on business strategies and programmes that ensure long-term sustainable soci

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Asar acts as legal counsel in financing KNPC project

Kuwait-based Al Ruwayeh & Partners (Asar), a leading corporate law firm, acted as legal counsel of several financial institutions in the financing of the Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s (KNPC) clean fuels project. The project includes the upgrade and integration of

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IS boosts attacks as territorial losses mount

Islamic State attacks have increased this year, particularly in Iraq and Syria as the group responds to substantial territorial losses, a US-based analysis firm IHS said on Sunday. There were 891 attacks during the first quarter of 2016 in neighbours Iraq and Syria, more than in

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