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Al Tarfa Intersection opened after main upgrade works

The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) yesterday announced the completion of main upgrade works at Al Tarfa Intersection and its infrastructure service utilities, in addition to the construction of new service roads. 01:36:34 AM
Amir sends cable of congratulations to Montenegro leader His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and His Highness the Deputy Amir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad al-Thani yesterday sent cables of congratulations to President Milo Dukanovic of Montenegro on the occasion of his country’s Statehood Day. 01:27:24 AM
Amir condoles with president of Ivory Coast His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani held yesterday via telephone a conversation with the President of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara. 01:25:49 AM

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Face masks should be worn in shops, says PM

Boris Johnson has urged the public in England to wear masks in shops as “extra insurance” against the coronavirus, and hinted the government could be poised to make them mandatory. 01:38:17 AM
Actor Depp concludes evidence in libel trial Movie star Johnny Depp yesterday concluded giving evidence in his libel action against the Sun newspaper after five days in the witness box, again rejecting accusations he had hit his ex-wife Amber Heard and accusing her of using violence against him. 01:36:52 AM
Polish conservative president’s second term likely to deepen EU rifts Polish President Andrzej Duda has won five more years in power on a socially conservative, religious platform in a closely fought election that makes renewed confrontation with the European Commission likely. 01:13:56 AM

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Region
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Virus resurgence ‘truly tragic’, says Khamenei

Iran’s supreme leader yesterday called the resurgence of the novel coronavirus in the country “truly tragic” and urged all citizens to help stem what has been the region’s deadliest outbreak. 12:22:51 AM
Yemen's Houthis agree to give UN access to abandoned tanker: sources Yemen's Houthi movement has agreed to provide the United Nations access to a stranded oil tanker that risks causing an environmental disaster off the coast of the war-divided country ... 01:01:42 PM
Mali PM pledges to quickly form an ‘open’ government Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse yesterday vowed to rapidly form a government “open to facing the challenges of the day”, adding that the death toll of the country’s worst civil unrest in years had risen to four. 03:12:25 AM

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Business
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Masraf Al Rayan half-yearly net profit surges to QR1.08bn

Masraf Al Rayan posted a net profit of QR1.08bn for the six months that ended in June, up 0.5% compared to the same period in 2019. 11:34:47 PM
QFB appoints new Acting CEO Qatar First Bank (QFB) has appointed Abdulrahman Totonji as its new Acting CEO (ACEO). 11:32:17 PM
Turkey moving forward to broaden its Islamic finance base The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a situation in Turkey which prompted economists and financial experts to think about the establishment of an alternative economic order to avoid the fragility of debt- and interest-based economic systems and one which would be more effective to react to such crises. 11:30:29 PM

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Hamilton calls for better anti-racism focus, unity

Lewis Hamilton has called on Formula One and his fellow drivers to stay focused on the sport’s anti-racism stance and present a less chaotic image before next Sunday’s Hungarian GP. 01:30:50 AM
Al Rayyan: Lions are within striking distance Football Clubs are continuing their preparations ahead of the resumption of 2019-20 QNB Stars League, with Week 18 matches starting on July 24. 01:29:24 AM
Racing Point confident they can see off Renault protest Racing Point accused Formula One rivals Renault yesterday of making a “misconceived and poorly informed” protest against them at the Styrian Grand Prix and said they were confident of winning. 01:27:45 AM

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We need a vaccine for neoliberal globalisation, too

The coronavirus pandemic has been tearing apart what the world has developed over the last four decades. 12:39:34 AM
After Poland’s Duda re-elected, hardline policy turn not inevitable Poland’s governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) may enjoy a sympathetic president for another three years, but that does not necessarily mean the party will pursue hardline policies and further erode democratic institutions, as many fear. 12:37:49 AM
A space odyssey: Britain rockets into unknown with OneWeb Britain is betting that satellite operator OneWeb will help it boldly go into a post-Brexit era. But it faces formidable challenges to complete a working constellation and rebuild a collapsed venture that has proved a money pit for investors. 12:35:47 AM

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Community
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A humbling experience

The situation resulting from novel coronavirus pandemic has affected people across the world. There are however, some who have been doing everything in their power to help those less fortunate. 12:33:50 AM
Restrained return Gary Semel’s hands trembled in anticipation of the moment he had waited for four months. Finally, he could kneel down in front of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World to propose to his girlfriend of two years, Tia Lovett, 50. 12:31:33 AM
“For me, it’s about balancing the pragmatic with the creative” Debates over immigration and national identity dominate the political discourse in the Trump-era United States, but many Americans may be unaware that Australia has grappled with similar issues for decades. 12:40:52 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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