THE YEAR THAT WAS
A recap of some of the landmark moments of 2017, a year in which the blockade on Qatar grabbed headlines across the world.
The Saudi Arabia-led blockade imposed on Qatar since June 5 has made Qatar and the rest of the Middle East a hotbed of conflict, controversy and strained relations. The year 2017 saw Qatar hold its ground and come out stronger than ever before. In other major news concerned with the region, after years of bloodshed in Iraq, terrorist organisation Daesh was ousted from the country. The announcement was made by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Jawad Kadhim Al Abadi on December 9. Unfortunately, there was no let-up in acts of violence in 2017 as terrorists continued to make their presence felt, with the UK having to grapple with the consequences of three attacks on its soil. As far as world news was concerned Emmanuel Macron of the En Marche! Party became, at age 39, the youngest-ever president of France when he defeated Marine Le Pen of the National Front. Elsewhere in the world, Robert Mugabe finally relinquished his position as the president of Zimbabwe after ruling the roost from 1987-2017. Sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa was named as the new president on November 24. In other news that literally shook the earth, North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test on September 3, 2017. And another development which had similar implications: US President Donald Trump officially recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.