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PM stresses on boosting trade ties with India

The Prime Minister announces the establishment of a Qatari-Indian council for the private sector 01:04:35 AM
Foreign Minister meets Kerry in Rome QATAR | Diplomacy 01:01:23 AM
PM meets Qatari students HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani yesterday met with a number of Qatari students in the Indian capital New Delhi. 12:53:15 AM

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Syria opposition puts up fierce resistance in Aleppo district

Syrian government forces have recaptured half the former rebel stronghold of east Aleppo, a monitor said yesterday, in an offensive that has left bodies in streets and sparked global outrage. 12:58:23 AM
Egyptian grows ‘beard of bees’ Mohamed Hagras stands bare-chested as dozens of honeybees congregate around his face, eventually forming what he calls the “beard of bees”. 10:37:46 PM
UN: Nearly 20,000 children flee Aleppo Nearly 20,000 children have fled their homes in battered east Aleppo in recent days, the UN said yesterday, warning that time is running out to provide them with the help they desperately need. 10:36:44 PM

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Brazil grieves for football team killed in crash

A small Brazilian city will hold a massive funeral Saturday to honour its football team, wiped out at the height of their glory in a plane crash that killed 71 people. 09:35:40 AM
Mammoth battles at Nepal elephant polo championship The elephants lumber across the field on the edge of a Nepalese jungle in pursuit of a small white ball. It might be slightly slower-paced than its horseback equivalent, but there’s nothing sedate about these polo pachyderms. 12:01:45 AM
Lanka bus drivers strike over fines Sri Lanka’s private bus operators and taxi drivers stopped work yesterday to protest government plans of a 50-fold increase in traffic fines to curb the rising number of road accidents. 12:00:40 AM

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Oil unlikely to surpass $60 for next five years, says IIF

A deal to cut production, the first in eight years, notwithstanding; oil prices may not surpass $60 a barrel for the next five years as the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) is “not a game changer”, according to the Institute of International Finance (IIF). 11:39:04 PM
Protectionism complaints in China rising: Germany Germany is getting an increasing number of complaints from its companies about a rise of protectionism in China, while Germany is keeping its door open to surging Chinese investment, the country’s ambassador in Beijing told Reuters. 11:36:36 PM
Indian minister denies plan to split Coal India India’s power and coal minister Piyush Goyal said yesterday there was no value in splitting up India’s biggest coal producer Coal India Ltd and denied any plans to break it up. 11:29:38 PM

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Walking out on a high

Nico Rosberg stunned Formula One yesterday with the shock announcement that he was retiring only days after achieving a lifetime ambition by winning his first world championship with Mercedes. 11:43:05 PM
El Jaish extend lead at the top with win over Al Ahli Qatar Stars League leaders El Jaish edged out Al Ahli 1-0 in a close match at Al Ahli stadium yesterday. The match ended 1-0 in favour of the Soldiers thanks to a wonderfully struck free kick from defender Lucas Mendes. 11:39:24 PM
Emirati Abdulrahman named Asia Player of the Year United Arab Emirates playmaker Omar Abdulrahman’s disappointment at failing to win the Asian Champions League with Al Ain last weekend was tempered when he was named the continent’s best player on Thursday night. 11:38:13 PM

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Seeing the year off with laughs

As the holiday season brightens up and another eventful year nears end, three comics from England, Ireland and Australia are teaming up to bring Doha one last mega comedy show of the year. 10:34:30 PM
Samosa filled with chocolate The undoubted leader of Indian snacks, the samosa is probably not so Indian in its origin. Yes you read it right: the common man’s snack originated from Middle East. 10:31:53 PM
Star who scooped her own ice cream Katharine Hepburn may have achieved stardom in Hollywood and triumph on Broadway, but she never, ever lost her connection to her native Connecticut. 10:28:06 PM

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India-Qatar friendship and emerging partnership

HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar, is visiting India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 12:22:16 AM
Morocco’s ‘economic diplomacy’ to win friends in Africa With contracts across Africa running into billions of dollars, Morocco is placing business at the heart of its strategy to win support for its re-entry into the African Union. 12:19:52 AM
Protecting education in conflict zones In conflict zones, it is children who often bear the brunt of the violence. Last month, repeated air strikes on a school compound in Idlib, Syria, killed at least 22 children; and children in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo have, for months, had no way to escape near-constant bombardments. 12:11:17 AM

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