It's after midnight in Doha and it's 32C. I knew it was going to be hot, so it shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, that's what everyone's told me about the place. Yet it still comes a shock, as I step off the plane into a glittery sauna. It doesn't take long to glide through the vast and ostentatious airport. Despite the obvious wealth, outside, the flow of traffic is controlled by a couple of men aggressively blowing on whistles. Travelling to Doha, Qatar - What you need to know Dubai: A day in in the United Arab Emirates metroplis The heat is pervasive - as if a range of Fujitsu's have attached themselves to me, ramped the temperature up to maximum, and pumped hot air all over. The drive into the city is spectacular. Giant, cylindrical glow sticks guide the way, and it's not long before the clustered array of buildings come into view. Action movies often showcase a foreign city by night. Doha, as I quickly find out, takes evening cityscape views to the next level - it's a … [Read more...] about Doha: A day in the capital of Qatar
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Swansea City winger Dan James' agreed move to Manchester United will lead to a financial bonus for Hull City. As reported by Sky Sports, the 21-year-old has agreed a move to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side in a switch reported to be worth around £15 million. Should the move be completed, the Tigers will be set for a cash injection, with James being a product of their academy prior to his exit to South Wales in 2016. A £15 million transfer would earn £750,000 for City, who have a small sell-on percentage in James' current contract at the Liberty Stadium, which set to expire next year. James was first called into Wales' national side in November 2018 and was recently selected by manager Ryan Giggs for an upcoming training camp in Portugal ahead of their EURO 2020 qualifying matches against Croatia and Hungary next month. The winger has played 38 times this season for the side whose manager, Graham Potter, left for Brighton and Hove Albion yesterday. He is not the only … [Read more...] about Hull City set for pay-day as Dan James agrees Old Trafford move
LONDON (Reuters) - Beyond determining the balance of power of the next European Parliament, this week’s EU elections can have knock-on effects in the domestic politics of Europe’s member states. Here are some examples of how the elections play out nationally. FILE PHOTO: A European flag is seen ahead of the start of a political rally of the Renaissance (Renewal) list for the European elections in Strasbourg, France, May 11, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File Photo FRANCE - The election will serve as a referendum on French President Emmanuel Macron’s first two years in power. Having put Europe at the heart of his presidential campaign and having wagered on France leading euro zone reform, if he comes second to Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National, as polls indicate, it will be a body blow to his ambitions. It may also leave him weakened when it comes to negotiations over top EU jobs, including the European Commission president, whom Paris … [Read more...] about Factbox: The national stakes in the EU elections
Earlier this year, US officials briefed reporters on an extraordinary operation: they claimed to have launched an offensive cyber-attack against Russia to protect the integrity of the country’s midterm elections. Government hackers from US Cyber Command had pre-emptively cut off the internet to a St Petersburg office building that houses the Internet Research Agency, better known as Russia’s troll factory, to prevent the spread of misinformation on election day in November 2018, US newspapers reported. News of the attack, which was never confirmed by Russian officials, did not cause much surprise in Moscow. For years, global connectivity has been portrayed as a dangerous vulnerability in the escalating conflict between Russia and the west. Days earlier, Vladimir Putin had warned that Russia could potentially be cut off from the global internet entirely. The west might hesitate to attack, he said, only because it could disrupt their spying operations. “[Western … [Read more...] about Russia’s great firewall: is it meant to keep information in – or out?
By Laman Ismayilova With its countless natural treasures, Azerbaijan boasts some of the most beautiful national parks. Regardless of whether you’re looking for places to walk or picnic, these magnificent sights are worth visiting. National parks Absheron, Altiaghaj, Shirvan, Aggol, Hirkan, Goygol, Shahdag, Samur-Yalama, Gizilaghaj and Zangazur will be completely free to visit on on April 20-21. The country’s national parks are home to a wide variety of wildlife including eagles, gazelles, bears, wolves, deer and wild boar. Those who are lovers of amazing landscapes and brilliant nature formation should definitely visit some of these parks. Absheron National Park Absheron National Park is a great place for all those fascinated by nature. Established on the basis of Absheron State Nature Sanctuary, the national park stretches 783 ha area of administrative territory of Baku city. The national park is situated in the south-eastern … [Read more...] about Free entrance days in national parks [PHOTO]