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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.


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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