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Morocco fans in Belgium elated over World Cup win

Brussels, Belgium – When Morocco scored its second goal and secured its victory over Belgium at this year’s World Cup, a crowded youth centre in Brussels burst into cheers and hugs. The Belgian capital is home to a sizeable Moroccan diaspora, and on Sunday, some 50 teenagers, young adults and volunteers gathered at Capital’s three-storey […]

Ukraine’s Kyiv mayor rebuffs Zelenskyy criticism amid energy woes

The energy deprivation facing Ukrainians has renewed tensions between Ukraine’s president and Kyiv’s mayor amid a looming power crisis and the winter period setting in. Mayor Vitali Klitschko on Sunday defended himself against allegations levelled by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that too many Kyiv residents were still without power and that centres that had been set […]

Zelenskyy warns of more Russian missile attacks on Ukraine

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned of new Russian missile attacks on his country, urging defence forces and citizens to be prepared to withstand a new week of strain on the power grid. The warning on Sunday came as snow fell in Kyiv and temperatures hovered around freezing with fog forecast overnight. City authorities said […]

US eyes long-range rockets for Ukraine as arms supplies dwindle

The Pentagon is considering a proposal to supply Ukraine with cheap, small precision bombs fitted onto abundantly available rockets, allowing Kyiv to strike far behind Russian lines as the West struggles to meet the demand for more weapons. US and allied military inventories are shrinking, and Ukraine faces an increasing need for more sophisticated arms […]

Zelenskyy criticises Kyiv Mayor Klitschko over power cuts

In an unusually divisive statement, Ukraine president took boxing legend Vitali Klitschko to task over long periods without electricity in the capital. In a rare public spat involving Ukrainian leaders, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy criticised the mayor of Kyiv for doing what he said was a poor job setting up emergency shelters to help those without […]

Palestinians wave their flag high at the Qatar World Cup

Doha, Qatar – The large Palestinian community in Doha knew that having the globe’s attention on Qatar during the World Cup, the world’s biggest sporting event, was an opportunity, and one they do not get very often. “The World Cup has given us a platform to make our voice heard,” Bader, a Palestinian based in Qatar, […]

‘It’s our time to shine’: Qataris on hosting the World Cup

Doha, Qatar – When Qatar was announced as the host of the 2022 World Cup 12 years ago, Aisha al-Ali and her husband had recently married and were starting to build their new house in Rawdat al-Hamama, a village neighbouring Lusail, Qatar’s second-largest city. Her husband had some doubts, saying the location was too remote, […]