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Qatar to finish work on first World Cup venue by 2016

Doha - Controversial football World Cup host Qatar will complete work on the first venue for tournament matches by 2016, six years before the event takes place, officials announced on Tuesday.

Qatar backs Turkey over bombing raids in northern Iraq

Doha - Qatar has broken ranks with the Arab League to give close ally Turkey its full support for air strikes in northern Iraq, according to an official foreign ministry statement.

US to speed up arms sales to Gulf after Iran deal: Kerry

Doha - Washington has agreed to speed up arms sales to Gulf states, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday after talks in Doha on their concerns over the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran nuclear deal was best available option: Qatar

Doha - Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah on Monday backed the deal on Iran's nuclear programme as the best available option, after talks in Doha with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry arrives in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal

Doha - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Qatar on Sunday for talks with his Gulf Arab counterparts on the next leg of a regional tour to ease allies' concerns over the Iran nuclear deal.

Germany urged to investigate Al-Jazeera journalist arrest

Doha - The German authorities should carry out an investigation into the two-day detention of Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour, a global rights watchdog said Wednesday.

Arrested Al-Jazeera journalist arrives back in Qatar

Doha - Jailed Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour arrived back in Qatar on Tuesday, blaming his controversial two-day detention in Germany on pressure from the Egyptian government.

Op-Ed: FIFA scandal — Challenge to Blatter from a Jordanian prince

Zurich - Amid a slew of corruption allegations FIFA is due to elect its President today. Incumbent Sepp Blatter, whose position seemed impregnable just days ago, is challenged by Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, vice-president of the Asian soccer confederation.

Qatar still failing labourers on reform, says Amnesty

Doha - Football 2022 World Cup host Qatar is "failing" many of its migrant workers by not delivering on labour law reform, Amnesty International claimed on Thursday.

Qataris elect two women for first time

Doha - Qataris have for the first time voted two women in to the Gulf emirate's only directly elected body, the Central Municipal Council, officials announced on Thursday.

Global sports gambling worth 'up to $3 trillion'

Doha - The global sports betting market is worth up to $3-trillion, the vast majority of that generated by illegal gambling, a United Nations conference on crime being held in Doha heard on Wednesday.

Croatia Flights: Qatar expands, Toronto to Zagreb, China to Zadar

Zagreb - The Croatian travel revolution continues with Qatar Airways strengthening their Zagreb route, as Toronto and Chongqing are set to connect directly to Croatia.

FIFA ignored own risk report, now 2022 World Cup is a nightmare

A FIFA task force on Tuesday recommended scheduling the 2022 World Cup in Qatar for November-December, all but moving the tournament to winter less than five years after the Qataris centered their bid around a summer tournament.

ISIS vows to take down Rome

In the most recent propaganda video released by the militant group ISIS, the terroristic group vows to conquer Rome. Some say it is a blatant attack on Christians.

Mohamed Fahmy gets retrial, remains in prison

Cairo - Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy remains in prison as he awaits a retrial along with fellow Al-Jazeera journalists Baher Mohammed and Peter Greste. The trio were denied bail by the judge who ordered the retrial on Thursday.

Seven make final cut as world's most wondrous cities

Surviving three years of global voting and competition from almost 1,200 other candidates, seven communities were announced Sunday as New7Wonders Cities.

U.S. pair stuck in Qatar despite acquittal over daughter's death

Doha - An American couple remained in Qatar Monday after being barred from flying home despite being acquitted of parental neglect over their adopted daughter's death, their representative and U.S. officials said.

More allegations emerge of FIFA corruption during World Cup bids

Just when football's world governing body Fifa was trying to sweep the corruption scandal under the carpet, new allegations have emerged of nefarious activity during the bidding process for 2018 and 2022.

US pair acquitted over daughter death 'banned from leaving Qatar'

Doha - A Qatari appeals court on Sunday acquitted a US couple of parental neglect over their adopted daughter's death, but the couple said they were later prevented from leaving the country.

Germany's football chief tells FIFA boss Sepp Blatter to resign

Most football chiefs around the world have commented on the Fifa scandal surrounding corruption, but one executive has decided to speak to Fifa boss Sepp Blatter personally — and told him to quit.
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