World Cup gets underway with welcome from Qatar’s ruler

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Reuters

By Andrew Mills and Maya Gebeily AL KHOR, Qatar (Reuters) -Qatar’s ruler opened the World Cup on Sunday with a call for people of all races and orientations to put aside their differences, speaking as the host nation faced a barrage of criticism over its treatment of foreign workers and LGBT rights. The Muslim Gulf nation is staking its reputation on delivering a smooth tournament and has denied accusations of abuse of workers and discrimination. Governing body FIFA hopes the spotlight will now turn to action on the pitch. Organisers have also denied allegations of bribery for winning the righ…

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