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Operetta portrays ‘old Qatari life’, highlights rich heritage

An operetta that portrays ‘old Qatari life’ has become one of the highlights at the Souq Al Wakrah Spring Festival 2017. 11:33:42 PM
Professors explore the normative in their new book A Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) professor and Georgetown University alumni are offering insight into the intersection of ‘oughts’ and the observable world in a new book. 10:44:10 PM
Children learn skills to save vulnerable people In cooperation with civil society organisations, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has conducted health education activities and workshops to equip children with the right skills to save and improve the lives of vulnerable people. 10:42:24 PM

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Region
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Turkey says not ‘realistic’ to exclude Assad from deal

A senior Turkish official said yesterday it was no longer “realistic” to insist on a solution to the Syria conflict excluding President Bashar al-Assad, just three days before new peace talks. 11:32:58 PM
Iran says 25 people still missing after building collapse Iranian officials said yesterday that 25 people were still unaccounted for more than 24 hours after the collapse of a 17-storey commercial building in Tehran, in addition to 20 firefighters who died in the blaze, state TV reported. 11:29:59 PM
Coalition air strikes kill 29 Yemen rebels Coalition air strikes on Yemen’s Red Sea coast have killed at least 29 rebels over the past 24 hours, military sources said yesterday. 11:27:08 PM

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International
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Trump takes office with ‘America first’ vow

Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States yesterday and pledged to end the “American carnage” of social and economic woes in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry. 12:47:59 AM
Chaos and violence at anti-Trump rally Black-clad activists smashed store windows and blocked traffic in Washington during US President Donald Trump’s inauguration yesterday, and fought with police in riot gear who responded with tear gas and stun grenades. 12:42:55 AM
First Lady channels Jackie Kennedy New US First Lady Melania Trump channelled style icon Jacqueline Kennedy yesterday but the Inauguration Day fashion headlines were stolen by a military-style coat worn by one of her husband’s aides. 12:41:48 AM

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Business
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Opec, Russia to meet in Vienna for first check on oil output cut progress

Representatives of Opec and several other major oil producers started arriving in Vienna yesterday for their first meeting to monitor compliance with an agreement to cut output. 10:20:16 PM
QNB Capital is joint-lead manager for Turkey’s $2bn global bond QNB Capital, along with Barclays, Citi and Goldman Sachs, acted as joint-lead manager and book-runner for the Turkey’s $2bn long 10-year senior unsecured global bond, which has seen oversubscription. 10:19:06 PM
Fairfax may sell 25% of India’s ICICI Lombard for up to $1bn Fairfax Financial Holdings is in early talks to sell 25% of India’s largest private general insurer ICICI Lombard in a deal that could fetch up to $1bn, as the Canadian firm looks to cash out and start a new insurance joint venture, sources familiar with the matter said. 09:55:06 PM

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Khor too good for lacklustre Kharaitiyat

Al Khor continued their impressive start to 2017 with a comfortable 2-0 win over Al Kharaitiyat yesterday. The Knights dominated play for most part of the game and grabbed all three points thanks to goals in either half from Kuwaiti defender Sultan al-Enezi and attacker Babou Sidiki. 11:46:28 PM
Ahli, Arabi look to make it two in a row Al Ahli will take on Al Arabi on the up following a morale-boosting win over a struggling Al Wakrah when the two teams meet in Round 17 of the Qatar Stars League today. 11:44:45 PM
Chelsea won’t dwell on Costa, Spurs plan City misery Chelsea will bid to put the Diego Costa crisis behind them when the Premier League leaders host Hull, while title chasing Tottenham aim to maintain their hot streak at troubled Manchester City today. 11:43:11 PM

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Community
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Get ready for Moving Young Artists

Imagine being submerged in a sea of symphony while seated in the plush environs of the Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl, thoroughly in the thrall of the melodies invoked by some exceptionally talented children of Qatar. 10:40:47 PM
Foggy winter and health Fog recently engulfed many parts of Qatar. Here is how it is harmful for your health. On cold winter mornings, you may find the view from your window completely restricted by the cloud like formations that are dense, wispy and nearly opaque. 10:37:35 PM
Building up those concrete disasters I recently followed a drone through the ruined Syrian city of Aleppo, courtesy of YouTube. 10:31:37 PM

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Opinion
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Liability for defects in building

QUESTION: We constructed some villas in Al Khor in 2004 and the contract included a decennial liability clause where the period of liability is 10 years. After four years, one of the villas had some defects and we repaired the same. 11:44:48 PM
America’s Russian hypocrisy I hate agreeing with Vladimir Putin, even a little. Russia’s president is dragging his country – the country of my birth – backwards, and falsely argues that violating international law is somehow good for Russians. 11:42:20 PM
Hope for global health in 2017 Looking back on 2016, there may not seem to be much to celebrate. In terms of global health alone, the year appeared to be one of unrelenting tragedy. 11:38:55 PM

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Family Fun Friday, at Medina Centrale, The Pearl-Qatar

The activities during Family Fun Fridays held at Medina Centrale inside The Pearl-Qatar attracted a large number of visitors, mostly children and their families yesterday. The event was organised by United Development Company, master developer of The Pearl Qatar. 11:59:49 AM
Breathtakingly beautiful In the second and final part of an exciting adventure, we look at Krabi’s spectacular kaleidoscope. 04:39:23 PM
“Tales of Aleppo” operetta at Katara Katara – the Cultural Village presented an operetta for children titled 'Tale of Aleppo' at the amphitheatre in solidarity with the people of Aleppo. 11:24:59 AM

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