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Qatar attends UN conference on South-South co-operation in Buenos Aires

Qatar participated in the opening session of the second United Nations High-Level Conference on South-South Co-operation, which began its work in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, and continues until March 22. 02:14:09 AM
Ooredoo opens online pre-order of Apple Watch Series 4 Ooredoo customers can pre-order the Apple Watch Series 4 from today at ooredoo.qa and Ooredoo eShop and the product will be available in Ooredoo shops from April first week. “Apple Watch Series 4 has been beautifully redesigned with breakthrough communication 02:13:13 AM
MME signs agreements for agriculture projects The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) signed agreements with a number of national companies to implement projects in the field of agriculture, fisheries and livestock for owners of Qatari farms. 02:11:02 AM

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Houston suburbs order residents indoors, close schools after chemical plant fire

Residents of two Houston-area cities were yesterday told to stay indoors and schools in six communities were closed due to air pollution after a petrochemical plant fire. The three-day blaze at Mitsui unit Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) in Deer Park, Texas 02:04:33 AM
Floodwaters keep rising in storm-ravaged Midwest As icy, lethal floodwaters fed by rains and melting snow recede in Nebraska and Iowa, leaving destroyed homes, drowned cattle and swamped farmland, Midwest states downstream were yesterday setting up for a relentless surge of the Missouri River. 02:03:32 AM
New Zealand bans semi-automatic weapons used in mosque massacre New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in its worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday. 02:01:14 AM

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Ferry capsize kills nearly 80 in Mosul

Nearly 80 people died when an overloaded ferry carrying families on an outing sank in the Tigris river in Mosul in northern Iraq, medical sources told Reuters yesterday. Most of the casualties on the ferry were women and children who could not swim, said the head of Mosul’s Civil Defence Authority 02:10:14 AM
At least 71 people killed in ferry sinking in northern Iraq At least 71 people died Thursday in northern Iraq when the ferry boat they were on sank, a security official said, as rescue operations were ongoing in the Tigris River's fast-flowing waters. 06:19:21 PM
Battle for last IS enclave edges towards its end The operation to take Islamic State’s last enclave in eastern Syria looked close to an end yesterday, with no sign of clashes as US-backed fighters said they were combing the area for hidden militants. 01:37:13 AM

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BoE says more firms trigger Brexit plans

The Bank of England said more companies are triggering plans for a no-deal Brexit as it kept policy in a holding pattern while the government takes withdrawal talks to the brink. Around two-thirds of firms surveyed by the central bank said they had started implementing contingencies for a disorderly 12:24:27 AM
Turkey extends tax cuts to boost consumption, lira Turkey took another step to boost consumption and its lira by extending yesterday the deadline for tax cuts on cars and other goods, and raising the withholding tax on some foreign currency deposits. 12:21:47 AM
Bond backlash shows time is running out for Lebanon The market’s memory is so short when it comes to Lebanon that a few weeks of government inaction all but wiped out a bond rally fuelled by Gulf aid pledges and the end of a nine-month political stalemate. 12:20:55 AM

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Srbic reaches Horizontal Bar final in first place

Tin Srbic topped the Horizontal Bar qualifications at the Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup at the Aspire Dome yesterday, but the Croat knew it wouldn’t be easier for him in the final. 02:30:31 AM
Top athletes to descend on Doha for Asian athletics Top athletes to descend on Doha for Asian athletics 02:26:20 AM
Djokovic ready to play tennis not politics in Miami World number one Novak Djokovic on Wednesday dismissed any suggestion of friction with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as tennis politics spilled over to the Miami Open. 02:16:00 AM

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Living alone does not appear to worsen heart disease

For people with well-controlled heart disease, living alone isn’t linked with a higher risk of cardiovascular problems, a large study suggests. For five years, researchers tracked more than 32,000 patients from 45 countries. All were living with stable coronary artery disease 01:48:23 AM
The dangerous absurdity of America’s trade wars Don Quixote fought windmills. US President Donald Trump fights trade deficits. Both battles are absurd, but at least Quixote’s was tinged with idealism. Trump’s is drenched in enraged ignorance. 01:47:44 AM
How Boeing, FAA certified 737 MAX As Boeing hustled in 2015 to catch up to Airbus and certify its new 737 MAX, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) managers pushed the agency’s safety engineers to delegate safety assessments to Boeing itself, and to speedily approve the resulting analysis. 01:13:09 AM

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Howard’s calling

The war on drugs had erupted, apartheid was raging, Jesse Jackson would soon make the campus a staging ground for his inaugural presidential bid. 02:47:06 AM
Surf rocker Dale shaped the sound of Southern California Dick Dale played electric guitar like he was more interested in the electricity than in the guitar. 02:39:38 AM
Art enthusiasts in awe of the works of Panamanian artist Art lovers and dignitaries are continuously in awe of the dexterity of Olga Sinclair, a popular artist from Panama, because of her on-going group exhibition in Building 18 at Katara. 02:35:08 AM

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The second Aspire Lake Festival

The second Aspire Lake Festival took spectators through half-hour ‘magical journey,’ featuring more than 40 artists and experts with a showcase of theatrical performances and fireworks displays at Aspire Park. 07:42:17 PM
Newly opened Orbital Highway Phase-I, Qatar Almost two-third of the ambitious Orbital Highway and Truck Route linking the newly constructed Hamad Port in Mesaieed with the Ras Laffan Industrial City on the northern side is ready now. 04:28:14 PM
The Khalifa International Stadium The Khalifa International Stadium, which is hosting the Emir Cup final on Friday, will give spectators a new experience ... 12:08:25 PM

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