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Everyone knows that the Assad regime – from father Hafez onwards – has employed torture and executions to preserve the doubtful purity of the Baath party

The World Cup will be held in Middle East for the first time ever. The Doha Port stadium is pictured in this artists impression

Premier League: winter World Cup is 'not workable'

Fifa want to move the 2022 tournament in Qatar to avoid the summer heat

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It's yet to happen, but when it does, surely the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take some beating for a strange place to play the most prestigious sporting tournament in the world. Temperatures during the summer reach 50 degrees and the tiny alcohol restricted state will have to find some way to accommodate beer swilling fans from around the world.

Sepp Blatter reiterates desire for winter 2022 World Cup - and decision could be made by October

Such a move would lead to huge upheaval in domestic leagues

Coronavirus was the official cause of the Sars virus, which caused hundreds of deaths in 2003, said the WHO

Man dies from new Sars-like coronavirus in central London hospital

The patient, believed to be 49, was being treated for acute respiratory syndrome and kidney failure

Wimbledon 2013 Diary: Serena's support thin on the ground

The Williams family entourage is normally a feature of Wimbledon but this year Serena has been supported only by sister Isha. Her father, Richard has stayed home following the birth of a son, Dillon, while the rest of the family, including Venus, have also remained Stateside. Serena is staying in the same house in Wimbledon where they have previously passed the fortnight and despite her big sister not being there, she is still sleeping in the smaller bedroom.

Jim Armitage: Politicians put all eggs in one basket on energy

It's really little wonder fracking is such a big deal for our political leaders. Because they some years ago bet our energy future on the hissing stuff when deciding on the next generation of electricity power stations.

New Qatari emir refuses to ‘take direction’ from anyone

In his accession speech, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who was handed power by his father on Tuesday in a rare example of a hereditary Arab ruler stepping down, said that the Gulf state would not “take direction” from anyone.

If it’s like father, like son, Qatar's Emir Tamim will certainly be no pushover

The nation he built is  a flea which happily bites any great power that gets in its way

Qatar's 'historic day': Emir abdicates and hands power to his son Sheikh Tamim

Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed news of Qatar's new leader as a “historic day”.

Balfour wins £56m Qatar engineering job

Balfour Beatty has snaffled a £56m highways contract in Qatar.

Iran and South Korea qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

South Korea lost but still progressed to next summer's tournament

Qatar sells back its stake in Porsche

The German family shareholders of Porsche got their keys back yesterday when Qatar's sovereign wealth fund sold its 10 per cent stake in the car marque's owner back to its founders.

<b>2022 World Cup</b><br/>
It's yet to happen, but when it does, surely the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take some beating for a strange place to play the most prestigious sporting tournament in the world. Temperatures during the summer reach 50 degrees and the tiny alcohol restricted state will have to find some way to accommodate beer swilling fans from around the world.

Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino adds weight to winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022

There are concerns over the heat during the summer months

WHO team studies Sars-like outbreak in Saudi Arabia

World Health Organisation experts will visit a Saudi hospital where the Sars-like coronavirus has spread, killing seven people.

A Roman marble statue depicting Vibia Sabina

Qatar returns statues to Greece after row over nudity

Male statues had their genitalia covered with black cloths by authorities

Ryan Mania after his victory in the Grand National

Grand National winner Auroras Encore to be reunited with Ryan Mania at Ayr

The Grand National heroes Auroras Encore and Ryan Mania will be re-united at Ayr on Saturday in the Scottish version of the marathon chase. The horse, who came out of Aintree unscathed and has been in good form since, was given the go-ahead yesterday by his trainer, Sue Smith, and the rider, who injured his neck in a fall the day after his headline triumph, by the sport’s chief medical adviser, Michael Turner.

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