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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

England manager Roy Hodgson talks in Manchester April 2013

Roy Hodgson attacks players taking 'holidays' in international breaks

England manager fears trips like Rio Ferdinand's are relegating country's games to 'lesser stage'

President Karzai is due to step down next year

Hamid Karzai hopes to open peace talks with the Taliban

The President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, was in Qatar today for talks with Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in an attempt to reach a peace deal with the Taliban, as the West prepares to leave Afghanistan.

Families may be forced to turn off heating as their gas bills soar

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Families may be forced to turn off heating as their gas bills soar

Qatar targets historic feats on the pitch too

Qatar are not just looking to 2022, they retain an interest in Brazil 2014.

Qatar ready to host 2022 World Cup 'in summer or winter'

Summer heats could see tournament moved

Fifa are 'not losing control' despite claims Qatar could face re-vote for the 2022 World Cup?

Sepp Blatter hints at vote re-run, although Fifa move to clarify comments

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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.

Premier League remains opposed to winter World Cup, despite calls to switch 2022 tournament in Qatar

Summer heats in Qatar pose huge problems for football's greatest tournament

The Times admits to 'massive mistake' over Qatar Dream League story

The original story suggested teams would be offered £175m to play in the league

Qataris 'poised for M&S bid'

Is Britain’s best-known retailer about to fall into Middle Eastern hands?

Qatari fans cheer their side on

Dream League or fantasy football – has 'The Times' scored an own goal?

The paper stands by its story about a new, Qatar-led contest. But, says a French website, 'we made it all up'

City pours scorn on talk of £1.5bn bid for Arsenal

The City of London reacted with intense scepticism last night to reports that there is an imminent bid £1.5bn for Arsenal from a Middle East consortium.

Doctors to decide on 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Fifa confirmed yesterday that they would only switch the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter months if there was strong medical evidence that the Gulf's searing summer heat could endanger players.

Victoria Azarenka (right) after beating Serena Williams in Qatar

Serena Williams confirmed as the oldest ever world number one

American returns to the top of the rankings

'Third family member' contracts Sars-like virus

A second relative of a UK patient who recently contracted a potentially fatal Sars-like virus has become infected with the disease, taking the total to three within the family, health experts said.

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