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A Qatari man releases his falcon during a falcon contest at Qatar

A Qatari man releases his falcon during a falcon contest at Qatar International Falcons and Hunting Festival at Sealine desert, Qatar January 29, 2016. The participants at the contest compete for the fastest falcon at attacking its prey. Scores of wealthy Gulf Arabs descend on Iraq to hunt the houbara bustard, a rare desert bird, with trained falcons through the winter months. But the kidnapping of 26 Qataris in December 2015 in the Iraqi desert while hunting, including members of the country’s royal family, has highlighted the risks of pursuing the “sport of kings” at a time of heightened regional turmoil. Picture taken January 29, 2016. REUTERS/UNI PHOTO

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