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Texas A&M is shutting down its Qatar campus amid charges of a disinformation campaign

In the two decades since Texas A&M opened a campus in Doha, there have been plenty of challenges, including ongoing conflicts in the region. The school also faced criticisms because it operated under the autocratic Qatari government and censorship is common. But the partnership brought in millions of dollars and the campus flourished. So, Qataris were stunned when the Texas A&M Board of Regents voted to close the school in part because of “instability” in the region.

Argentinian players celebrate after winning penalty shootout during the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. 

Argentina hailed World Cup champions after dramatic win

A giant inflatable copy of the trophy is displayed prior to the start of the World Cup group A soccer match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Nov. 20, 2022.

Qatar opens World Cup with lavish half-hour ceremony

Branding is displayed near the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, in Doha, Qatar, March 31, 2022.

Qatar treatment of migrant workers under spotlight again ahead of World Cup

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is shown looking to his right while walking and wearing a dark face mask with a solider stands in the distance.

US top diplomats visit Persian Gulf to reassure allies

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A group of six men are shown holding guns and wearing military fatigues with the domestic departure entrance to the Kabul airport.

Qatar says it’s not clear when Kabul airport will reopen


Qatar’s top diplomat said Thursday that experts are racing to reopen Kabul’s airport but warned it was not clear when flights would resume.

Soldiers are shown standing guard near a barbed-wire fence with a larger crowd of people shown standing and waiting.

Taliban announce ‘amnesty,’ urge women to join government


The Taliban declared an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join their government Tuesday, seeking to convince a wary population that they have changed a day after deadly chaos gripped the main airport as desperate crowds tried to flee their rule.

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Women in Afghanistan push for rights and more representation amid ongoing talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban

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Afghan women and other minorities fear losing impact in negotiations as US troops begin to pull out of the country.

Smoke plumes from airstrikes in Gaza.

Israel and Hamas agree to ceasefire

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Israel and Hamas agree to ceasefire in Gaza after more than a week of fighting.

A group of schoolboys are escorted by Nigerian military and officials following their release after they were kidnapped last week, Dec. 18, 2020, Katsina, Nigeria.

344 schoolboys return home in northwestern Nigeria; Milley meets with Taliban in Doha; Pence gets vaccine on TV

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Several hundred schoolboys abducted in northwestern Nigeria have been freed. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley held an unannounced meeting with Taliban officials in Doha, Qatar. And, outgoing US Vice President Mike Pence received a COVID-19 vaccine on live television.