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News: Voting opens for World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2018

The worldwide voting window for the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2018 is now open. Industry insiders, consumers, and stakeholders from around the globe have been invited to cast their votes for the Middle Eastern organisations they consider the very best in the business, ahead of the event. Ras Al Khaimah – one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE – will host World Travel Awards’ much anticipated ceremony on April 19th at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah. It will be the first time that…

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Arsenal FC: Arsene Wenger likens modern football to Britain voting for Brexit

Arsene Wenger has likened modern football’s need for instant success to Britain voting for Brexit. The Arsenal boss turned 68 last weekend and has been in charge of the Gunners for over 21 years. In recent times he has seen an increasing number of supporters wanting him to leave as Arsenal have not won the title since 2004. Wenger penned a new two-year deal in May despite organised protests calling for the Frenchman to be replaced. After a recent defeat at Watford, he was once again greeted with chants of…

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X Factor shake-up sees viewers left in charge of voting on live shows

The X Factor has scrapped the sing off, as it makes major changes to the show’s format. The shake-up means voters at home will be in control of which contestants leave the show – not the judges. In previous series, the two performers who got the fewest public votes would have to perform their song again to try to stay in the competition. Now the contestant with the fewest numbers will leave immediately, which means an end to deadlock as well. There are going to be more contestants being voted…

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Catalan referendum: Separatists defiant as voting day arrives

Catalan leaders insist that voting will go ahead in the coming hours for an independence referendum banned by the Spanish government. Regional officials said ballot boxes were ready and predicted a big turnout. Crowds began forming outside schools designated as polling stations hours before they were due to open. The Madrid government has pledged to stop the vote and dozens of police vehicles have left their base in the port of the regional capital Barcelona. Overnight, thousands of separatist supporters occupied the schools that were to be used as voting…

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Venezuelan officials killed as voting starts

A leading candidate in Sunday’s assembly elections and an opposition activist have been killed in Venezuela. The killings took place before voting started to elect a new assembly with powers to rewrite the constitution. The opposition says it is a power grab by President Nicolás Maduro and is boycotting the vote. The government says the constituent assembly is the only way to bring peace back to the country after months of violent protests. José Felix Pineda, a 39-year-old lawyer running in the election, was shot in his home on Saturday…

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Woman, 61, shot dead in Venezuela voting queue

Media playback is unsupported on your device A nurse aged 61 has been shot dead while waiting to vote in an unofficial, opposition-organised referendum in Venezuela’s capital, Caracas. Men on motorbikes fired at a queue, killing her and wounding three others. The opposition blamed a “paramilitary” gang. Video from the scene showed people rushing away from the gunshots. Many fled to a church. Venezuela is in crisis, and more than 100 people have died in political clashes since April. Opposition spokesman Carlos Ocariz said of the shooting: “We lament this…

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