Category: crisis

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Qatar marks Nationwide Day amid Gulf disaster

Qatar is celebrating National Day amid the ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis, which appears to have created a greater sense unity among the nation’s 2.5 million residents. The annual holiday is observed on December 18 to mark the date in 1878 when Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani succeeded his father as the emir and led…

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Parched for a cost: Karachi’s water crisis

“The mafia is very strong” “We have carried out more than 400 operations against illegal hydrants in recent years,” Rizwan Hyder, a spokesperson for the KWSB, told Al Jazeera. “We are acting against these things … and working with the police …. We have lodged scores of cases against people operating illegal hydrants. The local…

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Q&A: South Africa’s ruling ANC faces ‘a deep disaster’

Johannesburg, South Africa – It is being called a battle that will determine the future of South Africa. This weekend, about 5,000 delegates will descend on Johannesburg to vote for the future leader of the African National Congress (ANC). The two leading candidates, Cyril Ramaphosa, the party’s current deputy president, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former chairperson of…

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Will the GCC summit resolve the continuing crisis?

It remains unclear whether the upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait will have any positive effect on the ongoing fractures between Qatar and a number of Gulf states, analysts say, as the regional body gears into a symbolic rather than functional role. The 38th summit approaches amid the backdrop of a six-month blockade on Qatar…

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What is Oman’s stance on the Qatar-Gulf crisis?

Muscat, Oman – Amid an unprecedented diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, where a Saudi-led blockade of Qatar has reached the six-month mark, the state of Oman has singularly avoided the fray. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, along with Egypt, issued a synchronised series of announcements in June to cut ties with Qatar, followed by…

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Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar amid Rohingya disaster

Pope Francis has arrived in Myanmar on his first trip to the Southeast Asian nation, where tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees have faced brutal military crackdown in the past three months. His trip comes as the Myanmar government is accused of “ethnically cleansing” its Rohingya Muslim minority, more than 600,000 of whom have taken…