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Paris has decided against broadcasting World Cup matches on giant screens in public fan zones amid concerns over rights violations of migrant workers and the environmental impact of the tournament in Qatar. Pierre Rabadan, deputy mayor of Paris in charge of sports, tells France Bleu Paris radio “there is the problem of the environmental impact.” He cited “air-conditioned stadiums” and “the conditions in which these facilities have been built are to be questioned as well.” The move comes despite the city’s football club, Paris Saint-Germain, being owned by Qatar Sports Investments. A growing number of French cities are also refusing to erect screens to publicly broadcast the World Cup despite France being the defending champion.

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Saudi Arabia will host the Asian Winter Games in 2029 in mountains near the $500 billion futuristic city project Neom. The Olympic Council of Asia has picked the Saudi candidacy that centers on Trojena. It is planned to be a year-round ski resort by 2026. The OCA announces “The deserts & mountains of Saudi Arabia will soon be a playground for Winter sports!”  Saudi sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal says the kingdom's winter sports project “challenges perception.” The Neom megaproject is being fund by Saudi sovereign wealth vehicle the Public Investment Fund.

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The city council of Kyiv says it is providing evacuation centers with potassium iodine pills in preparation for a possible nuclear strike on the capital. Potassium iodine pills can help block the absorption of harmful radiation by the thyroid gland if taken just before or immediately after exposure to nuclear radiation. The upper house of the Russian Parliament has ratified the treaties with four Ukrainian regions to absorb them into Russia following the Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” in the four regions that Ukraine and the West have rejected as a sham. The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War says Ukrainian troops are making “substantial gains” in the east and south of the country.