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    Going Global With Real Estate ETFs

    Domestic real estate stocks and related exchange traded funds are struggling this year. For example, the Vanguard Real Estate ETF (NYSE: VNQ), the largest fund in this category and the largest sector ETF of any stripe, is lower by more than 6 percent year-to-date. Global real estate funds have been significantly better. Just look at the FlexShares Global Quality Real Estate Index Fund (NYSE: GQRE), which sports only a modest year-to-date loss. GQRE, which debuted in November 2013, tracks the Northern Trust Global Quality Real Estate Index and has $264.59 million in assets under management. The Federal Reserve boosted interest rates three times last year. One rate hike has been…

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    Turkey makes major presence at Cityscape Qatar

    DOHA: At the four-day Cityscape Qatar, where top-notch regional and international developers are showcasing their projects, Turkish players are out in full force at the event. Over half a dozen developers have showcased their iconic projects at the expo, inviting international investors to be part of Turkey’s economic and social growth. Turkish companies have displayed a wide range of real estate opportunities including residential, office, commercial, hotel & leisure, retail, industrial and infrastructure. Turkey’s foreign investment bodies; project management companies, construction companies, property advisors, real estate solution providers, corporate end users and retailers are also making their active presence at the event. Turkey is an attractive partner of choice for…

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    Florida Museum Unearths Ancient Mosaics It Buried Years Ago and Forgot About

    Mosaic fragment from the east lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida (all photos courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg) For almost three decades, buried treasure lay beneath the lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in St. Petersburg, Florida. Conservators recently unearthed two ancient mosaics, originally excavated from the ancient city of Antioch, that the museum had acquired in the 1960s. It turns out that those responsible for placing them beneath soil were actually museum officials, who did so as an unorthodox and mysterious storage solution that puzzles staff to this day. Mosaic fragment from the east lawn of the Museum of Fine…

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    White nationalist alliance plans “White Lives Matter” rally for Tennessee

    Over the next few months, the Nationalist Socialist Movement, along with southern nationalist groups, will hold rallies in Tennessee. When the Nationalist Front first formed in 2016, they united the fledgeling white nationalist groups scattered across the U.S. under a banner of common values: traditionalism, anti-capitalism and the achievement of a white ethno-state. The last time they met — in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a part of the Unite the Right rally in August — it brought the subject of white nationalism into the public consciousness like no other rally yet this century. And now, they’re coming together again. On Oct. 28, the Nationalist Front will descend on the small town…

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    12 Hidden Athens Gems Spotted by Locals

    What is it that makes Athens special to live in and experience on a day-to-day basis? If you ask our Spotters, that would be the unpretentious Mediterranean-meets-Oriental tsipouro and meze bars/restaurants; the indie cinemas (always playing movies in their original language with Greek subtitles); it’d be the sidestreets in the centre that so delicately strike the balance between decline, neglect, vitality and reappropriation, or the great weather that makes exploring in the city a joy of its own. Here are some of our picks for some of the most unique, locals gems in Athens, in the words of our very own team of Spotters. Stunning views from atop a neglected…

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    2,000-Year-Old Mosaics Unearthed Under Florida Art Museum

    After five mosaics dating back to ancient Antioch were acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg in the mid-1960s, museum officials buried two of them in the east lawn near the sculpture garden. The reason why the Hellenistic art ended up underground has been lost in the subsequent decades. But as Maggie Duffy reports for Tampa Bay Times, a restoration project is underway to revive the mosaics and their history. Duffy reports that mosaics were first discovered by a team from Princeton University in the 1930s during a dig in the ancient Greco-Roman city’s ruins near the modern-day borders of Turkey and Syria. According to the museum’s…

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    Let’s Eliminate The Term Middle East – And Response

    The term Middle East is imprecise, culturally and geographically biased, susceptible to misunderstanding, and therefore useless in terms of accuracy. Though the term has been called Eurocentric, it is more precisely Anglo-centric, originating at the height of the British imperial century (1815-1914). I also suggest that the related acronym “MENA” (Middle East-North Africa) also be dropped. The broadest definition of the term “Middle East” came at the 2004 conference of the G8 nations, based on the definition of USA’s Bush administration. This included the entire Muslim world, because to the Bush administration Middle East = Muslim = terrorist (or oil in the case of “friendly” regimes). Often called the “Greater…

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    Antioch killing over stolen laundry

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Russia’s military says a pilot who ejected after Syrian insurgents shot down his plane traded fire with militants on the ground and then blew himself up to avoid being captured. The Russian Defense Ministry said Maj. Roman Filipov on Saturday bailed out successfully from the burning plane over the northern Idlib province, but was surrounded by al-Qaida-linked militants when he landed. It says he fought the militants and then blew himself up with a hand grenade when they came close. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has ordered that Filipov be honored posthumously with the nation’s highest medal,…

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    Patriarch Aphrem II: Syrians remained steadfast thanks to diversity and harmony

    Damascus, SANA- Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church Mor Ignatius Aphrem II said that the diversity and harmony of the Syrian society have endowed it with the strength to stand in face of the global war waged against it. Speaking at a ceremony honoring Speaker of the People’s Assembly, Hammoudeh Sabbagh, at the Cathedral of Saint George for Syriac Orthodox in Damascus, Aphrem II added that the Syrian society is coherent in a way that makes Syria able to foil all the schemes which seek to empty the region of the Christians similar to what happened in Turkey, Iraq, al-Quds…

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    Central Hotels signs with Green Valley Real Estate

    First Central Hotel, one of the properties managed by Central Hotels Management. Green Valley Real Estate and Central Hotel Management Group have signed a partnership agreement to manage hotel properties, with the former currently having projects in Turkey. The signing ceremony was attended by Green Valley Real Estate Group director general Ali Al Salami, and Central Hotel Management chairman Ahmad Al Abdullah Al Ansari. This cooperation will kick off with Central Hotel Management Group managing a number of Green Valley’s projects in Turkey, followed by projects in Morocco, Georgia and Bosnia. The new brand will be named ‘Green Valley Central’ and will manage all projects in Bursa, Yaluva, Trabzon and…