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A fight is looming between rich and poor countries over the value of the dollar and other key currencies, as governments use monetary tricks to boost their national recovery at the expense of other nations, political and business leaders warned today.

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Summer temperatures which can soar to above 50 degrees Celsius and a concern about lack of infrastructure did not deter Fifa from awarding the 2022 World Cup to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar.

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Chelsea were last night seeking an explanation from Brazil as to why Alex was named as a substitute for the international against Argentina in Doha despite both the club's doctor and his counterpart with the national team insisting the defender requires surgery on a knee injury.

Spot-fixing tribunal date set

The three Pakistan players facing spot-fixing charges will have their hearings in front of an International Cricket Council Anti-Corruption Tribunal in January.

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