The long-running family rivalries behind the Qatar crisis

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Diplomats in Middle East say issues cannot easily be resolved partly because they are personal as well as political It is a row that is roiling the Middle East, pitting the wealthiest and most influential Arab sheikhdoms against each other, and sparking weeks of shuttle diplomacy. However, behind the Saudi Arabia-led blockade of Qatars air, […]

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House of horrors: inside the US wildlife repository photo essay

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Photographer Matthew Staver and writer Oliver Milman visited the US National Wildlife Property Repository, where illegal wildlife products, from stuffed tigers to worked ivory, are stored and counted If the US had a national house of horrors, it would probably be the federal government compound that lies on the fringes of Denver, Colorado, incongruously set […]

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Facebook was where Pakistan could debate religion. Now it’s a tool to punish ‘blasphemers’

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Laws that criminalize insulting Islam have led to a death sentence for posts, as activists worry Facebooks commitment to Pakistanis voice is mostly lip service Taimoor Raza, a 30-year-old Shia Muslim from a poor but literate family, was blasphemy criticized by both pressure on Facebook and Twitter to identify individuals suspected of blasphemy. On 7 […]

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Thatcher considered SAS-style raid in Kuwait to get food to diplomats

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Newly released papers show foreign affairs adviser investigated possibility of special forces bringing supplies to diplomats Margaret Thatcher considered an SAS-style raid to resupply Britains besieged embassy in Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, which was running out of water, food and fuel in the run-up to the Gulf war in September 1990, newly released Downing Street papers reveal. […]

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China blocks WhatsApp services as censors tighten grip on internet

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Photo, video and voice messages have all been censored although text messages using the Facebook-owned app are getting through China has partially blocked the popular messaging service WhatsApp, as authorities tighten their grip on the internet ahead of a major leadership reshuffle in Beijing. Photo, video and voice messages sent by the Guardian from Beijing […]

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MH370 search maps shed light on remote depths of Indian Ocean

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Australian team failed to find missing Malaysia Airlines plane but images show ocean floors mountains, rift valleys and shipwrecks in unprecedented detail Detailed ocean-floor maps made during the one of the worlds greatest aviation mysteries. However, information gathered during painstaking surveys of some 120,000 sq km (46,000 sq miles) of the remote waters west of […]

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Paris’s Pompidou Centre to open gallery in Shanghai

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The modern art gallery, which also plans to open branches in South Korea and Belgium, has been in talks for more than a decade with China The regarded as the second most important in the world after the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/19/pariss-pompidou-centre-to-open-gallery-in-shanghai

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