The tiny Gulf state of Qatar has been literally and figuratively isolated by the escalating row with its Arab neighbours, with land, sea and air routes closed off in an unprecedented crisis in the Arabian peninsula that threatens longstanding trade deals. The closure of the only land route into Qatar as well as the airspaces of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in effect established a blockade on Doha, which relies almost entirely on imports to feed its population. It will damage the prospects of a recovery for Doha’s national carrier, Qatar Airways, amid a slowdown caused by the US administration’s ban on electronic devices in the cabins of aircraft flying from the Middle East, and will raise questions about the future of al-Jazeera, the flagship television network established by the Gulf kingdom and which has been at the centre of diplomatic rows with the rest of the region. Along with the block on re-exports from Dubai to Qatar, together the measures … [Read more...] about Qatar blockade could hit state airline, al-Jazeera and World Cup
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Black Friday is well and truly underway, and now some of the UK's top retailers have revealed the products shoppers are going wild for. Tech and gadgets are all performing strongly, and Amazon has revealed that the All-new Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa and the Fire TV Stick 4K Ultra HD with All-New Alexa Voice Remote are among its tops sellers for Black Friday 2018. Velvet sofas are bang on trend so it's no surprise that a luxurious orange three-seater with more than £300 off is one of Habitat's top sellers today. Halfords has also revealed its top ten, including a men’s mountain bike with £170 off, while Escentual.com is selling out of a Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi gift set. At Carphone Warehouse, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Apple iPhone XR were the biggest sellers of the annual shopping extravaganza. According to retail sales aggregator LovetheSales.com, a massive … [Read more...] about Get them while you can! Retailers reveal the bestselling products of Black Friday 2018 including the Echo Dot and trendy velvet sofas – but have YOU managed to bag a bargain yet?
FC Augsburg Perennial underdogs Augsburg got a taste of Europe in the 2015-16 campaign and, having kept the core of their side intact, are talking about a surprise run at a top six finish again this season. Possible lineup for matchday 1: Luthe — Schmid, Gouweleeuw, Hinteregger, Max — Baier, Khedira — Hahn, Gregoritsch, Richter — Ji Transfer window: Augsburg's squad has grown with a number of loanees returning, while Andre Hahn, who scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists in 48 games in his first stint with FCA, also makes a comeback. Not signing a replacement for number one Marwin Hitz could prove a costly decision. Grade: D+ Key player: Don't let the meager two assists from last season fool you. Michael Gregoritsch is just as capable of creating chances for teammates as he is creating for himself. The Austrian is just better at finishing them as proven by the 13 goals he scored last season despite not playing as an out-and-out striker. Fun … [Read more...] about Bite-size Bundesliga breakdown: 2018-19
It may feel as if Black Friday has already being going on forever, but after a week of early deals the big day is finally here - with some attractive options for bargain hunters on the high street. While some retailers launched their deals as early as a week ago, others have held off until today meaning there's plenty to tempt shoppers who feel they haven't spotted anything that takes their fancy just yet. And according to retail sales aggregator LovetheSales.com, this is set to be a bumper year for customers in search of a deal. A massive 42 per cent of stock across 950 retailers is currently discounted, and last night alone 154,000 extra products were added. The discounts are better too, at an average of 37 per cent, compared with 33 per cent last year and 30 per cent in 2016. Debenhams for instance is launching its biggest deals this weekend as part of its extended Black Friday shopping event with almost 200,000 items across the department store, while Amazon's deals continue with … [Read more...] about Black Friday is FINALLY here! Shopping bonanza continues with even MORE cut-price deals on everything from clothing to tech – and we reveal the best bargains on offer
Donald Trump has confirmed he is interested in buying Greenland, saying it would be "essentially a large real estate deal".Asked about reports that he was exploring the purchase of the 850,000 square mile island from Denmark, the US president said he was "looking at it" as "strategically for the US it would be nice".Mr Trump's interest in the Danish territory emerged last week when he reportedly discussed it in a private meeting with advisers. Why does Donald Trump want to buy Greenland? Sky News looks at how buying the Danish territory could benefit the US president Danish politicians poured scorn on the idea, with former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen describing it as an "April Fool's Day joke".However, that does not appear to have put off Mr Trump. Advertisement Speaking to reporters in New Jersey, he said: "It is something we talked about. Denmark essentially owns it, we are very good allies with Denmark, we protect Denmark like we protect large portions of … [Read more...] about Donald Trump confirms interest in buying Greenland in ‘large real estate deal’