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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.

Op-Ed: Tiny Qatar buys $11 billion in weapons from United States

Doha - Qatar with just 278,000 citizens, plus 1.5 million foreign residents mostly workers, is buying Patriot missile batteries and Apache attack helicopters from the US to the tune of eleven billion.

Barcelona's bullring may become Europe's biggest mosque

Barcelona - Bullfighting was banned in Catalonia in 2010. Since then the bullring in Barcelona has been standing mostly empty. Now Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the ruling Emir of Qatar, is offering to convert the building into the biggest mosque in Europe.

UNESCO grants World Heritage status to ancient Inca road system

Doha - The Inca Trail, a complex road network crossing six South American countries was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The award recognizes the historic and cultural significance of the ancient route used by the Incas and later by the conquistadors.

French cave home to earliest drawings wins World Heritage status

Doha - UN cultural agency UNESCO on Sunday granted its prized World Heritage status to a prehistoric cave in southern France containing the earliest known figurative drawings.

Ancient Inca roads win coveted World Heritage status

Doha - UN cultural agency UNESCO on Saturday granted its coveted World Heritage status to a vast and ancient Inca road system spanning six countries in South America.

UNESCO backs Palestinians over threatened West Bank landscape

Doha - The Palestinians scored a cultural victory against Israel on Friday as UNESCO granted endangered World Heritage Site status to ancient West Bank terraces under threat from the Israeli separation barrier.

UNESCO warns Australia over Great Barrier Reef

Doha - UN cultural agency UNESCO on Wednesday warned Australia that the Great Barrier Reef could be put on a list of endangered World Heritage Sites if more is not done to protect it.

Inca trails, ancient French cave vie for World Heritage status

Doha - Inca trails spanning six countries and a French cave with some of the earliest known paintings are among the sites expected to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting that started Sunday in Doha.

Massive sponsors demand World Cup corruption investigation

Football's world governing body Fifa is feeling the heat of its decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Claims of corruption during the bidding process has got sponsors deeply concerned.

Adidas claims Qatar is damaging sponsors

Adidas is the latest of a long line of sponsors that claim many allegations regarding the 2022 bid for the FIFA world cup to Qatar.

FIFA Lawyer’s cup probe involves meetings in Australia

As part of an extended probe into corruption allegations over choosing the 2022 World Cup host city, FIFA special investigator Michael Garcia quietly met with FFA officials in Sydney.

Op-Ed: The darkest season: A ‘Christian Winter’ in the Middle East

New York - Originally lauded as a progressive alternative to tyranny in the Middle East, the Arab Spring has been a season of persecution for Christians. As persecution reaches pandemic proportions, the very survival of Christianity in the region is in question.

Qatar to launch new TV network to counterbalance Al Jazeera

Qatar is launching a new television news network in order to counterbalance the country's well-known Al Jazeera news network.

Abbas, Hamas chief hold first talks since unity deal

Doha - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas held "positive" talks with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal in Doha Monday in the first meeting since their rival movements signed a surprise unity deal last month.
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