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No World Cup joy for Qatar workers

‘I don’t think it is possible for any workers to see matches’ DOHA: Stonemasons Ojor and Raju take their lunch break sitting on a pavement near the smart central Doha…

After years of silence, music fills streets of Iraq’s Mosul

For centuries, it was a magnet for artists across the region and churned out Iraq’s best musicians-but recent years saw Mosul suffer a devastating musical purge. For three years until…

With Sufi rituals, sweets, Muslims mark ‘mawlid’

AKRA, Iraq: From Sufis in Iraqi Kurdistan shaking their hair to rhythmic drumbeats, to Libyan children receiving toys and Egyptians swapping sweets – Muslims across the world celebrated Prophet Muhammad…

Wealth gaps affecting school children in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Economic inequality is massively affecting whether students in war-ravaged Iraq finish school, the United Nations children’s agency warned Monday, urging the fledgling government in Baghdad to spend more on…

Battles flare as UN prepares for Yemen talks

Fresh fighting shakea the flashpoint city of Hodeida SANAA: UN envoy Martin Griffiths was preparing yesterday to head to war-torn Yemen to lay the groundwork for peace talks in Sweden,…

Saudi king urges action against Iran, backs Yemen peace

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman urged the international community yesterday to halt Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and reiterated the kingdom’s support for UN efforts to end the war…

In Dubai, US sanctions pressure historic business ties with Iran

International banks unwilling to handle money transfers DUBAI: With its Persian restaurants and shop signs in Farsi, Murshid Bazaar, a dense maze of alleys in Dubai’s old quarter, has for…

Germany bars 18 Saudis over Khashoggi case

BRUSSELS: Germany will bar 18 Saudis from entering its territory and Europe’s Schengen passport-free zone over their alleged links to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said…

Top Yemen rebel halt to military operations

SANAA: A high-ranking Yemeni rebel official urged his leadership yesterday to freeze military operations and stop firing missiles into Saudi Arabia as the UN prepares for peace talks. Mohammed Ali…

Iranian jobs go as US sanctions bite

US sanctions bring chill to business climate LONDON: Tamnoush, an Iranian company that makes fizzy drinks, has shut down its production line after 16 years and laid off dozens of…

Bloody Iraqi tribal custom is ‘terrorism’

BAGHDAD: A bloody, age-old custom used by Iraq’s powerful tribes to mete out justice has come under fire, with authorities classifying it as a “terrorist act” punishable by death. For…

Saudi king hosts Iraqi president

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman welcomed Iraq’s new President Barham Saleh yesterday on his first official visit to the kingdom, amid a warming of ties between the Arab neighbors after years…