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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates â¿¿ Dubai says it's getting back in the business of biggest. After years of downsized ambitions because of a debt crisis, Dubai has unveiled plans for a new tourism-retail hub that will include a shopping complex that would outclass the Dubai Mall, billed as the world's biggest.


Voters in the economically powerful region of Catalonia on Sunday punished the leader who made a referendum over breaking away from Spain a central plank of his campaign, seeing his party's majority reduced by a dozen seats.

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KUWAIT CITY â¿¿ There is little middle ground â¿¿ but plenty of high-stakes tension â¿¿ as Kuwait stumbles toward elections for the politically empowered parliament among the Gulf Arab states. The voting next Saturday is certain to hand the Western-backed ruling family a near sweep of friendly lawmakers because of a wide-ranging opposition boycott, but it opens greater risks for unrest that could spill over into oil prices and Washington's plans to use Kuwait as a military hub in the regional face-offs with Iran. By Hussain Al-Qatari.

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