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Fast track for Fifa

Qatar’s rail building plans include an extraordinary 216km long network - 95km of it underground - to be built from scratch between now and 2030, with the first chunk needed even sooner, in time for the country to host the 2022 World Cup. Mark Hansford reports from Doha.

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