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'Nation-state' bill sparks controversy in Israel

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a controversial "nation-state" bill will pass into law in the coming days. The bill has sparked intense debate, with critics claiming it will deny equal rights to non-Jewish citizens. We tell you more.

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Meanwhile, after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, attention turns to Qatar. The Gulf state is forging ahead with preparations for hosting the 2022 tournament despite a blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia. Qatar has also faced allegations of corruption and poor working conditions for labourers. We take a closer look.

And in Iraq, political and cultural life appear to be slowly regaining momentum following the defeat of the Islamic State group. A year ago, well-known actress Iqbal Naeem was named head of Iraq's theatre and cinema industries. Since then, she's wasted no time in taking up the challenge. Our correspondents report.

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