New York The Huffington Post is forming a partnership with Wadah Khanfar, the former head of Al Jazeera to launch an Arabic-language edition targeting a fast-growing population of mobile-connected Middle Eastern youth, Gulf News has reported. The launch of HuffPost Arabi is the latest step in the AOL-owned US news and commentary website’s international expansion strategy, which has taken it from the UK and Canada to local language sites in Germany, Brazil and South Korea. Huffington Post’s decision to make its Arabic debut, set for early 2015, comes as the region is gripped by events from the Gaza conflict to renewed sectarian violence in Iraq to the fallout from Libya’s elections. “HuffPost Arabi aims to increase the diversity of news in this part of the world and engage Arabic-speaking youth in a region where more than a third of the population is aged 15 to 30,” said Wadah Khanfar, former director-general of Qatar-based Al Jazeera.
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