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Qatar’s history and politics explained ahead of FIFA World Cup

The country, located on a thumb-shaped peninsula jutting out into the Persian Gulf, has seen its international profile rise as Doha used its massive offshore natural gas fields to make its nation one of the richest per-capita in the world.
It has used that money to host the tournament, as well as expand Al Jazeera, the Arab world’s most-recognized satellite news channel, build a major military base that houses US troops, and become a trusted interlocutor for the West — even with the Taliban.

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Trump’s 2024 Presidential Campaign Announcement and Ivanka Trump’s Response

Tuesday night outside of his Mar-a-Lago residence, Former President Donald Trump announced that he would be pursuing the Republican presidential nomination for the 2024 race. This announcement came as a surprise to few. He made this declaration in the wake of a seemingly unsuccessful midterm election for the Republican party, as the party failed to capture the Senate majority, and has yet to secure the House majority. Trump is utilizing this moment as his chance to better sell himself.

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Supreme Court Says House January 6 Committee Can Get Kelli Ward’s Phone and Text

The Supreme Court cleared the way on Monday for the House select committee investigating the January 6 US Capital attack to obtain the phone and text records of Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward. Ward served as a fake elector for Donald Trump in Arizona, one of the states the former president lost but where Republicans gathered to put forth a pro-Trump slate of electors. Ward has argued the subpoena was too intrusive and violated her First Amendment rights, potentially exposing political connections. The committee has also sought Ward’s testimony. She invoked her Fifth Amendment rights during the deposition.

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Trump Family Signs Deal with Saudi Real Estate Developer

The Trump family has reached an agreement with a Saudi-based real estate company to license its name to a housing and golf complex being built in Oman, reigniting speculation about former President Donald Trump’s mixing of politics and business just as he appears to be preparing to announce a third presidential bid. The agreement is the first such international marketing agreement negotiated by the Trump Organization since Trump left the White House, and it comes as the former president is already facing a slew of investigations into his business. According to a company executive, the project will be built in Muscat, Oman, on a hillside adjacent to the Gulf of Oman, and will include a golf resort, villas, and two hotels.
For the project, the Trump family is collaborating with Dar Al Arkan, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest real estate companies.

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How did Egypt’s Agricultural Sector Become Ravaged by the Climate Crisis

Egypt is one country currently facing the brunt of the climate crisis. The country is already warming at a faster pace than the rest of the world. The rising temperatures and unstable weather patterns have completely disrupted the country’s agricultural sector. Egyptian farmers are struggling with ever decreasing crop yields as the Egyptian people face rising food insecurity.
Greenpeace campaign manager for the Middle East and North Africa, Ahmed El Droubi, recently explained just how bad it is, “we are feeling the impacts of the global food crisis here more significantly than elsewhere. What we’ve seen in the agricultural sector is that new pests and new diseases have been able to acclimatize to the changes in weather.

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Pence Says Trump’s Jan. 6 Rhetoric “Endangered” Him and His Family

In an exclusive new interview with ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir, former Vice President Mike Pence said that Trump’s rhetoric before and during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots were “reckless” and endangered both his family and Capitol staff, who were temporarily forced into hiding as the insurrection unfolded. The interview comes ahead of Pence’s upcoming memoir, “So Help Me God.”

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The Silver Lining in Political Scandals

When faced with something as unpleasant as political scandals it can be hard for people to find the positive side of things. More often than not, these types of scandals leave people feeling downtrodden, evoking feelings of mistrust and hopelessness in a system that we are told is meant to serve us, “the people.” But there is an expression that I think best sums up my outlook on the nature of political scandals, and it is that, “all press is good press.” That is to say, any attention brought to a cause, whether through scandal or not, has the potential to be beneficial.

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US Midterms: 23-Year-Old Indian-Origin Muslim Woman Elected to Illinois Assembly

The 23-year-old Muslim Indian-American Democrat Nabeela Syed makes history by becoming the youngest member to be elected to the Illinois General Assembly after defeating Republican opponent Chris Bos with 52.3% of the vote. In one of the most divisive midterm elections for the 51st District in the Illinois State House of Representatives, a total of five lawmakers of Indian ancestry from the dominant Democratic Party were elected to the US House of Representatives, with several others being elected in state legislatures.
As she announced her significant victory on Twitter, Nabeela Syed introduced herself and thanked the public for their support. I am a Muslim woman of Indian descent who is 23 years old. We recently took control of a Republican-held suburban district.

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Major victories for abortion rights during the midterm elections are achieved nationwide

The biggest shock came in Republican-leaning Kentucky, where an antiabortion amendment was defeated, potentially opening the way for the restoration of abortion access in a state with one of the most stringent restrictions in the nation.
Voters in Michigan approved a ballot initiative that will enshrine the right to abortion in the state constitution, preventing a 1931 abortion ban from taking effect. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) ran for reelection in part by portraying herself as a champion of abortion rights.
And in North Carolina, where the state has developed into a crucial access point for people seeking abortions throughout the Southeast, Republicans failed to secure a veto-proof legislative supermajority, guaranteeing that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper will continue to have the authority to veto restrictions on abortion.

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Maxwell Alejandro Frost Becomes First Gen Z Member of the House of Representatives

Yesterday was election day, marking the last day to vote in the 2022 U.S. Midterm elections. As voting has drawn to a close, ballots are being counted and tallied and many of the results are in. One candidate in particular has made history not only for the state of Florida but for an entire generation of people. Maxwell Alejandro Frost made history by becoming the first member of Gen Z to get elected into the House of Representatives. He won Florida’s 10th Congressional District, becoming the first member of the current youngest voting-aged generation to serve in the U.S. Congress, marking a turning point in U.S. politics. Frost reclaimed the Orlando-based seat for the Democrat party, from former Democratic Representative, Val Demings. The new Congressman conquered the Republican candidate, Calvin Wimbish, with a 19% point lead.

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Midterm Elections Will Take Longer Than You Think

Here is some advice for anyone following Tuesday’s U.S. midterm elections: Be ready for a long night and maybe days of waiting before it’s clear whether Republicans or President Joe Biden’s Democrats will control Congress. This is normal, election officials and experts said, because the results of a number of decidedly tight, consequential federal and statewide races will be counted on each state’s separate calendar for canvassing early and mail-in votes and ensuing recounts or challenges to results that could further prolong the certification of votes.

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Fetterman Sues to Have Undated Absentee Ballots Counted

Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman, who has served as the state’s lieutenant governor since 2019, has gone to federal court to try to have Pennsylvania voters’ undated mail-in ballots counted. A divided Pennsylvania court recently ordered counties to not count absentee ballots with unsigned or invalid dates on their outer envelopes. It’s a contentious issue that’s gripped the pivotal northeastern swing state for some time, but Fetterman, who maintains that the refusal to count such ballots violates the U.S. Constitution, hopes that his new lawsuit will urge the federal court to supersede the state court’s decision.

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