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In tribute to Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner, today we review news and media from outside the U.S.

In Qatar, the reigning sheikh turned over rulership of his country to his heir apparent, fourth son Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Sheikh Tamim was named heir apparent in 2003. His responsibilities include serving as president of the Qatar National Olympic Committee and deputy commander-in-chief of the Qatar Armed Forces.

He is the chairman of the committee organising the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted by Qatar, and chairs the Supreme Education Council.

Sheikh Tamim is also chairman of Qatar Investment Authority, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, which reportedly has assets of more than $100bn and owns stakes in many major companies such as Barclays, Xstrata, Harrods, and Volkswagen.

Continuing protests in Turkey and upcoming elections in Germany were instrumental in EU hearings on membership being postponed.

For their part, Turkish diplomats earlier warned there would be a “harsh” reaction if Wednesday’s IGC was cancelled.

But its foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, put a positive spin on the EU decision on Tuesday.

He told press in Ankara that: “Chapter 22 has been opened. The question has been resolved.”

Meanwhile, the delay means the EU decision will fall after German elections in September.

A pro-Turkish decision could have cost Chancellor Angela Merkel right wing votes.

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.

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