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Seven make final cut as world's most wondrous cities

Surviving three years of global voting and competition from almost 1,200 other candidates, seven communities were announced Sunday as New7Wonders Cities.

U.S. pair stuck in Qatar despite acquittal over daughter's death

Doha - An American couple remained in Qatar Monday after being barred from flying home despite being acquitted of parental neglect over their adopted daughter's death, their representative and U.S. officials said.

More allegations emerge of FIFA corruption during World Cup bids

Just when football's world governing body Fifa was trying to sweep the corruption scandal under the carpet, new allegations have emerged of nefarious activity during the bidding process for 2018 and 2022.

US pair acquitted over daughter death 'banned from leaving Qatar'

Doha - A Qatari appeals court on Sunday acquitted a US couple of parental neglect over their adopted daughter's death, but the couple said they were later prevented from leaving the country.

Germany's football chief tells FIFA boss Sepp Blatter to resign

Most football chiefs around the world have commented on the Fifa scandal surrounding corruption, but one executive has decided to speak to Fifa boss Sepp Blatter personally — and told him to quit.

Fifa World Cup investigator comes out against 'erroneous' summary

Fifa was thisclose to tidying up claims of shady bid practices on the parts of cities competing for the privilege of hosting the next two World Cups, only to have its lead investigator call the report "erroneous" just hours later.

Op-Ed: No labour rights, no World Cup

Qatar promised it would reform its horrendous labour rights record last May. It has failed to substantially live up to that obligation.

Crash has Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic, searching for answers

Richard Branson, billionaire founder of the Virgin Galactic space program, has vowed to push on after a crash that killed one pilot and seriously injured another. He added they would not "push on blindly" but first find out what went wrong.

Earth's most wondrous cities narrowed to 14 finalists

Barcelona - The modern seven most wondrous cities of the world will be revealed Dec. 7 from a list of 14 finalists scattered throughout Earth's six inhabited continents.

Op-Ed: Islamic State — The 'wrong' kind of brutality

San Francisco - As the United States and five Arab nations — none of them democracies, most of them repressive dictatorships — begin bombing Islamic State targets in Syria, President Barack Obama has begun boasting on the "broad coalition" he's enlisted in the fight.

Qatar is building a $45 billion city from scratch for the World Cup that it might lose

"People tend to forget that a city is like a tree," the real estate developer in charge of turning the desert north of Doha into a 450,000-person metropolis wrote in 2010. "Without a proper foundation underground, nothing above will flourish."

Op-Ed: The anatomy of perpetual deception in a post-9/11 world

After all we've been through since 9/11 — after fighting a prefabricated enemy created by Washington — Americans still haven't learned a thing. Another illegal war predicated on deception will only make things worse.

Husband and wife die of thirst in Arabia's vast Empty Quarter

Losing your way in one of the world's most inhospitable regions can have fatal consequences, as one couple from Qatar discovered.

Qatar confirms holding Britons probing World Cup labour

Doha - Qatar has confirmed it is holding two British researchers who had been probing the labour conditions of migrants building facilities for the 2022 World Cup, saying they "violated" the emirate's laws.

Op-Ed: ISIS publicity campaign – Multiple threats, multiple backlashes

In keeping with the habitual high profile publicity model started by Al Qaeda, ISIS is making multiple threats against targets around the world. Threats are receiving backlash responses online.

Shake Shack restaurants plan to make it everywhere

New York City - Having already made it in New York and a dozen other places, the Shake Shack restaurant chain is said to be planning an initial public offering of its stock.

Al Gore sues Al Jazeera America over Current TV sale

Al Gore, former vice president under Bill Clinton and the Democratic presidential nominee who lost to George W. Bush in 2000, has filed suit against Al Jazeera America, the Middle East media company that purchased Current TV from him last year.

Op-Ed: Coca-Cola commercializes 21st century slavery

Dubai - A Coca-Cola commercial uploaded to YouTube back in May has suddenly generated a great deal of attention and not the kind Coke's marketing department was seeking.

Violence forces evacuation of US embassy in Libya

Tripoli - Around 150 officials, workers and military security guards were evacuated Saturday from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli to escape mounting militia violence in Libya's capital.

War in Gaza may widen as Netanyahu apologizes for civilian deaths

Gaza - One Israeli soldier has been killed, and 20 Palestinians are dead as the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip enters its second day.
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