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UK govt offers grant for Gulf-based researchers

UK and Gulf-based researchers and scientists will have the opportunity to get a £400,000 grant from the UK government to research on ‘priority areas’ it identified, British Council and embassy officials announced yesterday. 12:10:45 AM
BrailleEasy app developed in Qatar launched on iOS store BrailleEasy, a custom one-handed Braille keyboard developed in Qatar, has now been launched on the iOS App Store. 12:09:58 AM
HBJ Foundation signs MoU with Marrakesh Jassim and Hamad Bin Jassim Charitable Foundation (HBJ Foundation) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Marrakesh State - Morocco with the aim of implementing a number of charitable projects in health and housing sectors. 11:43:08 PM

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Israel approves 284 new housing units in West Bank settlements

Israel approved on Wednesday 284 new housing units in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank at a time of heightened international concern over a construction drive on land Palestinians seek for a state. 04:34:38 PM
Will hit Syrian Kurdish militia if its stays west of Euphrates: Turkey Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria will remain a target for Turkish forces as long as they are positioned west of the Euphrates river, Turkey's presidential spokesman said on Wednesday. 02:01:05 PM
Bomb blast in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley kills one, wounds two people A bomb blast on a road in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on Wednesday killed at least one person and wounded two others, a security source said. 01:41:10 PM

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Thirteen Indians among Zika infected people in Singapore

Thirteen Indian citizens are among those infected in an outbreak of the Zika virus in Singapore, according to a person at the Indian High Commission in the city-state. 05:00:19 PM
Japan gunman in deadly shooting captured after standoff with police A Japanese gunman accused of shooting dead a construction worker and wounding three others was taken into custody on Wednesday following a long and tense standoff with police, news reports said. 02:25:02 PM
Philippines' Duterte to meet fugitive Muslim rebel Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he planned to meet a fugitive Muslim rebel wanted over a deadly siege, promising to ignore an arrest order in an effort to forge peace. 01:31:00 PM

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Oil prices dip on stronger dollar, Iran output fear

Oil prices extended losses in Asia Wednesday on the back of a strong dollar while reported comments by Iran's oil minister that his country planned to boost output ramped up oversupply worries. 08:20:22 AM
Greece launches auction for TV licences; defies broadcasters’ protests Greece’s left-led government launched an auction of four nationwide TV licences yesterday, defying protests by broadcasters which have criticised the process as an attempt to control media in the crisis-hit country. 11:07:23 PM
Pimco at odds with Goldman on Yellen as Sept rate bets rise Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen’s speech on Friday was hawkish enough for Goldman Sachs Group to boost the odds of a September interest-rate increase, while Pacific Investment Management Co said there was nothing of note in her remarks. 11:04:36 PM

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England hit record 444-3 to beat Pakistan

England struck a world record one-day international total of 444 for three as they crushed Pakistan by 169 runs at Trent Bridge yesterday to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. 11:45:37 PM
Van Basten quits Dutch national team for FIFA job Netherlands assistant coach Marco van Basten is to give up the role by the end of the year as the leadership crisis surrounding the side took another twist yesterday, a week before the Dutch kick off their 2018 World Cup campaign. 10:36:15 PM
Ecstatic Torino fans welcome England goalkeeper Hart England goalkeeper Joe Hart was given a rousing welcome by ecstatic Torino fans yesterday as he held up the team’s jersey ahead of signing a season-long loan with the unfashionable Serie A club. 10:35:24 PM

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The inside story of designing spaces

Working with an empty unstudied space and turning it into a visual marvel is not everyone’s cup of tea. It is an art. While many try their hands at designing spaces, very few excel at it. 11:46:22 PM
Speedbird soars into cyberspace Childhood memories of BOAC, the predecessor of British Airways, have brought a group of people from around the globe together in the cyberspace. 11:41:23 PM
Venice Film Festival promises to be gripping The world’s oldest movie festival at Venice opens today — August 31 — on the breathtakingly beautiful island of Lido, which stands across a lagoon overlooking mainland’s St Marks Square. 11:36:48 PM

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Opinion
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Why I stopped assigning homework to my students?

Nearly everything about the way we teach children has evolved over the past few decades, from phonics to rigorous math standards to children’s literature to classroom furniture. 12:07:01 AM
Cool news on a hot summer day ! Dear Sir, It was great to see the picture of the newborn lion cubs with their mother, taken at the Doha Zoo (Gulf Times, August 30). I enjoyed the news and picture on the front page. 12:05:56 AM
As school year begins, don’t hold back The games of the 31st Olympiad fade into history and the school year of 2016 begins. Parents everywhere are preparing their own little Olympians to charge into the classroom and return with the gold. Or at least a B-plus. 12:04:19 AM

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