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Arab Times

Distributing oil riches

Case of history failure The oil concessions given to the giant oil companies of major European colonial powers and America was based on the investments of millions of dollars and British pounds these companies made in the exploration of oil in the 1920s and 1930s before actually acquiring profitable returns. …

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Germany, Brazil top list of WC favourites

Russia throws off isolation as it gears for tournament MOSCOW, June 6, (AFP): Russia throws opens its doors for the World Cup in a week’s time, with superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi performing in a country sharply at odds with some of the participating countries. The month-long celebration of …

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Al Qwassem All Stars overpower NLB to grab FTBK tourney lead

Clash of Strikes brush aside K2E2 Thunders KUWAIT CITY, June 6: Living up to their billing as one of the most likely title contenders, the juggernaut lineup of Al Qwassem All Stars proved their worth once again as they grabbed the tournament leadership after overpowering erstwhile front runner NLB Corporation …

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‘From Palestine, thank you Messi’

Israel in uproar over Argentina pre-WC friendly snub JERUSALEM, June 6, (AP): The sports-crazed nation of Israel was in uproar Wednesday over Argentina’s abrupt cancellation of a World Cup warmup match following pro-Palestinian protests, with some of the country’s leaders accusing Lionel Messi and his teammates of caving to terrorism. …

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‘Ocean’s 8’ getting fresh attention

H’wood gender-swap remakes empowering LOS ANGELES, June 5, (Agencies): From the polarizing “Ghostbusters” remake to the controversy over female versions of James Bond and Doctor Who, Hollywood’s proclivity for gender-swapped retreads is among its most enduring and contentious. The trend — seen as empowering or annoying, depending on who you …

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Raf Simons ‘wins’ yet again at CFDA awards

Campbell ‘fashion icon’ NEW YORK, June 5, (AP): Designer Raf Simons scored a repeat win at fashion’s glittery awards ceremony Monday night, again displaying his considerable influence in American fashion less than two years after taking the reins at Calvin Klein. “Thank you, women!” Simons said, accepting the prestigious womenswear …

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Actress on directing, stigma of failure

Foster plays strong woman in ‘Artemis’ LOS ANGELES, June 5, (AP): Writer-director Drew Pearce hadn’t even sent out the script for his futuristic, hospital-for-criminals thriller “Hotel Artemis” when Jodie Foster called asking to be part of it. Foster said she’s done that quite a few times: It’s a strategy for …

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King Abdullah … this is the solution

THE Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, its people and its king deviated from the Arab norm — actually the Third World’s norm — in the recent protests which reflected awareness and excellence in dealing with a major crisis. Both the people and the authority dealt with the crisis by striving towards …

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Futsal Boutique, Al-Medmar outlast rivals

Kuwait Cables advance in second round KUWAIT CITY, June 5: Kuwait Cables reached the second round of the Late Abdullah Meshari Al-Rawdhan Futsal Tournament on its 19th day after defeating Wolver Hampton University. In the first game, the Futsal Boutique defeated Late Saad Al-Rasheedi team by three goals which were …

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Belgian police ‘detain’ 13 in match-fixing probe

BRUSSELS, June 5, (AFP): Belgian police on Tuesday held 13 people as part of a major international investigation into match-fixing in tennis, barely a month after a report warned of a “tsunami” of corruption in the lower levels of the sport. Officers swooped on 21 addresses in Belgium, while simultaneous …

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