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Said & Done: ‘There’s zero tolerance on doping. We always expect fair play’

Quote of the week Alexei Sorokin, Russia’s Fifa executive, on 2018 World Cup head Vitaly Mutko’s IOC life ban for “an unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport”: “It has no connection to football. We’ll just keep on doing what we’ve been doing.” • Fifa’s official line – the ban has “no impact” on Mutko’s fitness to deliver a credible World Cup: “We continue to work on delivering the best possible event.” Part of that planning last week – a 12-month ban for Peru striker Paolo Guerrero for his positive…

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Iran-sponsored hackers have targeted Israel, Saudis, Turkey since 2014

WASHINGTON — Hackers linked to the Iranian government have conducted a long-term cyber espionage operation against government and industry in Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, according to FireEye, a cyber security firm. In a new report, FireEye says the operation by the group it dubs APT34 is “largely focused on reconnaissance efforts to benefit Iranian nation-state interests and has been operational since at least 2014.” The mostly Middle Eastern targets include government agencies and private industries, including financial, energy, chemical, and telecommunications sectors,…

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‘IRRESPONSIBLE’ Turkey condemns Trump Israel speech as protests break out across Istanbul

EPA Several hundred protesters gathered outside the US consulate in Turkey Several hundred protesters gathered outside the US consulate as Mr Trump announced he would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Demonstrators threw coins and other objects at the consulate as they voiced their outrage at the controversial announcement. Protestors also shouted slogans against the US President as they brandished Turkish flags during another rally at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. The protests come as Turkey’s foreign ministry condemned the decision as “irresponsible” and called on Washington…

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Science 

5 Places Where U.S. Diplomats Are Desperately Needed

With or without Secretary of State Rex Tillerson More U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems intent on hollowing out the U.S. diplomatic corps. More than 100 senior Foreign Service officers have reportedly left the State Department since January, some of them forced out, while others are simply frustrated by Tillerson’s lack of engagement with senior staff. Rumors have already begun to surface that Tillerson may be replaced by current CIA Director Mike Pompeo (though they were swiftly denied by President Trump). For anyone who believes that diplomats can help…

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The U.S. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's Capital Would Threaten Mideast Peace, Abbas Says

The U.S. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Would Threaten Mideast Peace, Abbas Says More (RAMALLAH, West Bank) — The Palestinian president on Sunday warned that American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would jeopardize the White House’s nascent Mideast peace efforts. President Mahmoud Abbas’ comments came amid a diplomatic push by the Palestinian leader to rally international support against the possible American move later this week. “Any American step related to the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, or moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, represents a threat to…

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Donald Trump Is Thinking About Replacing Rex Tillerson With CIA Chief Mike Pompeo: Reports

It is exceedingly rare for a secretary of state to be fired or to serve for a year or less More (WASHINGTON) — After months of clashes on policy and personality, President Donald Trump is considering ousting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replacing him with hard-nosed CIA Director Mike Pompeo following less than a year on the job, senior U.S. officials said Thursday as turmoil within Trump’s national security team burst into the open. The White House plan, which Trump has not yet signed off on, would force a…

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When is Eid-e-Milad 2017? The date when Mawlid is celebrated by Muslims around world

The date of Eid-e-Milad, also know as Mawlid and Milad-Un Nabi, varies around the world because it is based on the lunar calendar.  In most countries the Muslim festival falls tomorrow (Friday December 1 2017). In many places, the celebrations begin at sunset tonight (Thursday November 30).  But in some parts of India, the festival will not be celebrated until Saturday December 2 2017 because the moon was not sighted until later.  The state governments of Karnataka and Telangana in Southern India have changed the date to December 2, according…

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Saudi Arabia vows to ‘wipe out terrorists’ chosen from Emmanuel Macron’s ‘hitlist’

The newly elected leader reports that Saudi Arabia has agreed to stop sending money to a list of extremist groups drawn up by France. The head of the Muslim World League Mohammed al-Issa said: “We must wipe out this extremist thinking through the work we do. “We need to annihilate religious severity and extremism which is the entry point to terrorism.” The Gulf kingdom currently backs groups overseen by the Muslim World League which has been dogged by accusations of spreading hardline Wahhabi Islam. Now, Prince bin Salman wants to…

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Iran hits back at ‘immature’ Saudi Prince following ‘Hitler’ jibe aimed at Supreme Leader

The Saudi royal was slapped down as “immature” as the war of words rages on. Prince Mohammed bin Salman was warned to “ponder the fate” of Middle Eastern dictators. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the ominous comments after he was accused of being the “new Hitler” of the region by the Saudi Prince. Iran’s foreign minister Bahram Qasemi blasted bin Salman’s “inconsiderate, and baseless remarks and behaviour”. He said: ”I strongly advise him to think and ponder upon the fate of the famous dictators of the region in…

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Qatar says Middle East is BRIMMING with extremism and Gulf nation has had ENOUGH

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani defended his country’s record on extremism and insisted Qatar is assisting global counter-terrorist operations despite a growing list of groups allegedly backed by the Doha regime. Sheikh al-Thani said: “I come from a region brimming with extremism. “The Middle East was once a region of peace and co-existence but sadly it has transformed into a region of turbulence and extremism where terrorism flourishes.” Speaking at a counter-terrorism conference hosted by a London-based defence and security think-tank the Royal United Services Institute, al-Thani pledged the fight…

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