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Sheep market braces for Eid demand

Sheep market braces for Eid demand

Salesmen in the livestock section of Doha Central Market are getting ready to cater to the high demand for sheep anticipated for the upcoming Eid al-Adha. Speaking to local Arabic daily Arrayah, the salesmen stressed that they have stocked considerable quantities of both local and imported sheep.

Richard Holbrooke: our kind of diplomat

Richard Holbrooke: our kind of diplomat

Our Man, the American journalist George Packer’s new 600-page biography of Richard Holbrooke, is a masterful book, not just for what it says about the late US diplomat himself, but also for how it portrays the evolution of US diplomacy more broadly.

Climate fears lift Greens’ chances of running Germany

Climate fears lift Greens’ chances of running Germany

A former trampolinist and a children’s author have led the Greens to a spectacular comeback in Germany, raising the once-unthinkable prospect of a Green chancellor succeeding Angela Merkel.

Benefits of a bland diet

Benefits of a bland diet

A reader asks, “Can you tell me what is a bland diet for a senior citizen? Thank you.” Senior citizen or not, some people think a bland diet is one that is tasteless and boring. Not necessarily so. In the field of clinical nutrition, a bland diet - also referred to as soft or low residue

A reform opportunity for the IMF

A reform opportunity for the IMF

This month marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Bretton Woods agreement, which established the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. For the IMF, it also marks the start of the process of selecting a new managing director to succeed Christine Lagarde

Von der Leyen faces an uphill task as EU chief

Von der Leyen faces an uphill task as EU chief

Ursula von der Leyen had to dangle a range of promises on migration, taxes, climate change and the rule of law to secure even a wafer-thin margin of support in the European Parliament to become the EU’s first female chief executive.

Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by Vikings

Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by Vikings

Before being colonised by the Vikings, Iceland was lush with forests but the fearsome warriors razed everything to the ground and the nation is now struggling to reforest the island.

Japanese women running for parliament in record numbers

Japanese women running for parliament in record numbers

When anti-nuclear activist Junko Isogai ran for office in Japan’s northern Niigata region, it had an awkward dimension: not just stump speeches and chats with constituents, but entertaining potential backers.

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Cartoon corner

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The age of cynical voters

The age of cynical voters

We all know that politicians are cunning and cynical, but could the same now be said for the electorate?

Tackling migration: Fork is mightier than the wall

Tackling migration: Fork is mightier than the wall

The word “migration” conjures images of war, natural disaster, and severe economic distress. All are important reasons why people seek refuge far from home.

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