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Palestinians seek Guinness World Record with massive keffiyeh

  • November 16, 2019 - WEST BANK

    Palestinians plan to establish a Guinness World Record with a woven 5,000-square-metre (53,820-square-foot) keffiyeh, to be exhibited at Dura International Stadium in Hebron on National Keffiyeh Day. The keffiyeh, a square of fabric with a check pattern that is traditionally worn as a headdress, has long symbolized Palestinian nationalism.

Chile cancels APEC summit in forum’s 30th anniversary year

  • November 16, 2019 - CHILE

    The theme of the 27th summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Santiago was to be Connecting People, Building the Future, but Chilean President Sebastián Piñera canceled it at the end of October because of massive civil unrest in his country. It might be relocated or rescheduled.

Havana plans to recapture its exuberance for its 500th anniversary

  • November 16, 2019 - CUBA

    Havana turns 500 with a birthday gift for its denizens and a restoration project that will give tourists a taste of the seductive capital’s pre-revolutionary flavor. The United States is shaping up as a killjoy.

International Seabed Authority turns 25 with underwater mining in its sights

  • November 16, 2019 - JAMAICA

    The International Seabed Authority (ISA) turns 25 amid arguments about rules for mining the seabed, and continuing delays to extraction plans. The rules are only the first obstacle for mining companies: there is pushback from environmentalists, and the high cost and technical difficulties still need to be resolved.

2019 Dubai Airshow spotlights Boeing’s troubles and host’s Mars mission

  • November 17, 2019 - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

    Boeing’s rivals stand to benefit at the 2019 Dubai Airshow from the company’s crashing fortunes, and the host country can look forward to strong interest in its plans for the region’s first spaceport and its Mars mission. A space pavilion is a new feature at the show.

Suez Canal turns 150 as major and perhaps threatened revenue source for Egypt

  • November 17, 2019 - EGYPT

    The Suez Canal opened in 1869 as a vital shortcut for military and commercial shipping. One-hundred-and-fifty years later, those vessels have options other than the venerable Mediterranean-Red Sea shipping lane.

Czech Republic marks 30th anniversary of Velvet Revolution

  • November 17, 2019 - CZECH REPUBLIC

    The protest movement is alive again in Prague 30 years after the Velvet Revolution, but the country’s strong economic growth gives Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his ANO party a bulwark against a return of the revolutionary fervour that shaped the events of 1989.

Madrid hosts first revamped Davis Cup finals

  • November 18, 2019 - SPAIN

    Novak Djokovic has confirmed his participation in the revamped 2019 Davis Cup Finals in Madrid, adding star power in a year that will test the recent decision of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to radically alter the 119-year-old competition. Not everyone is happy with the changes.

The Prado art gallery turns 200 – unshackled

  • November 19, 2019 -

    The Museo del Prado turns 200 as a top tourist magnet for Madrid and with long-awaited freedom to choose its own path. One of Spain’s national museums, it is marking the bicentenary with an ambitious redevelopment project and special exhibitions of its prized works.

The Prado art gallery turns 200 – unshackled

  • November 19, 2019 - SPAIN

    The Museo del Prado turns 200 as a top tourist magnet for Madrid and with long-awaited freedom to choose its own path. One of Spain’s national museums, it is marking the bicentenary with an ambitious redevelopment project and special exhibitions of its prized works.