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News: Qatar Airways touches down in Australian capital Canberra

The first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Canberra, the capital city of Australia, touched down at Canberra Airport earlier, where it was welcomed with a celebratory water cannon salute. Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways is delighted to be expanding its reach in Australia by launching our fifth gateway into this beautiful country. “In 2016, we launched flights to Sydney and Adelaide, clearly demonstrating our commitment to the people of Australia. “We are extremely happy to be offering our loyal Australian passengers the chance to…

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Kabul bomb attack kills 17 and injures 79 in Afghan capital

A suicide bombing has killed at least 17 people and injured 110 others in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, officials say. It happened near the old interior ministry building, which is close to the offices of the European Union and the High Peace Council. The Taliban have said they carried out the attack. There are reports an ambulance was used to hide the bomb. A week ago, Taliban militants killed 22 people in a luxury Kabul hotel. Witnesses say the area – home to foreign embassies and the city’s…

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News: Wanda Vista Beijing welcomes first guests in Chinese capital

Wanda Vista Beijing has officially opened as the 19th Wanda Vista branded hotel. The move follows a re-flagging of the Sofitel Wanda Beijing. Wanda Vista Beijing strives to deliver an unrivalled experience to guests. This experience reflects the venerable culture of Beijing City: a keen sense of courtesy, a deep-rooted philosophy of gastronomy, an artistic and classy environment. Wanda Vista Beijing primarily focuses on urban elites who relish extraordinary services in Eastern elegance that seamlessly blends with local culture, bringing them “Pure Oriental Delight”. ADVERTISEMENT Located in the heart of…

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Paris cracks down on fat shaming as fashion capital hosts plus-size show

Paris: Chic, svelte, feline. This is the caricature of “la Parisienne,” the well-heeled woman who embodies the essence of the world’s most fashionable city. A plus-size model during a fashion show as part of a day against fat phobia in Paris on Friday. Photo: Christophe Ena Think Coco Chanel, Catherine Deneuve and Inès de la Fressange: paragons of style, arbiters of taste. To make the cut, you have to be many things. Until recently, one of those things was thin. Not any more. On Friday, the city of Paris formally launched a…

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Jerusalem is Israel's capital, says Donald Trump

Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, overturning decades of official US policy. Mr Trump described the move as “a long overdue step” to advance the Middle East peace process. The president said the US would support a two-state solution, if approved by both the Israelis and the Palestinians. Ahead of the decision, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned of “dangerous consequences”. Latest updates Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had…

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US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital in world first

US President Donald Trump will unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, senior administration officials say. But the officials said Mr Trump would not immediately move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The news comes ahead of an expected speech by Mr Trump on Wednesday. Arab leaders earlier warned against moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, with one saying this would be “a flagrant provocation to Muslims”. Israel has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital city, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a…

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The Look: The Rhythm of Colombia’s Salsa Capital

Advertisement Style Supported by the look The Rhythm of Colombia’s Salsa Capital In Cali, dancing can start as early as the afternoon, and the energy never lets up. ImageA couple salsa dancing at Viejoteca Pardo Llada.CreditRose Marie Cromwell for The New York Times Two kinds of dancers pack the salsa clubs of Cali, Colombia. There are the purists, who like to keep their footwork on the ground, the way salsa was first danced in the 1970s. Then there are the more daring — typically younger — provocateurs, who incorporate demanding…

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