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France agrees 'strategic' pact with Qatar

Doha - Qatar and France signed a deal Monday to cooperate on security and economic matters, in a boost to the tiny Gulf state still locked in a diplomatic rift with neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Qatar says committed to labour reform after Amnesty criticism

Doha - Qatar said Wednesday it is committed to labour reform following an Amnesty International report that the 2022 World Cup host is failing to stop widespread labour abuse.

Qatar rejects normalising ties with 'criminal' Assad

Doha - Qatar's foreign minister ruled out on Monday the possibility of re-opening an embassy in Damascus, in line with some other Gulf countries, calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a war criminal.

World Cup host Qatar to introduce 100 percent booze tax

Doha - World Cup 2022 host Qatar is to introduce a 100 percent tax on alcohol from January 1, a government official confirmed on Monday.

Nobel laureate urges Yazidi protection until IS leaders tried

Doha - Nobel laureate and former jihadist captive Nadia Murad called for the protection of women belonging to her Yazidi minority until Islamic State leaders are tried for crimes against the community.

UN calls for 'credible' probe into Khashoggi murder

Doha - UN chief Antonio Guterres called Sunday for a "credible" probe into journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

US sanctions won't change Iran policies says FM

Doha - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday said US sanctions will have no impact on the policies of the Islamic republic at home or abroad."It is obvious that we are facing pressure by the US sanctions.

Turkey won't 'give up' on Khashoggi murder probe: minister

Doha - Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday his country would "not give up" on finding out the truth about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

Qatar says emir receives Saudi invite to GCC summit

Doha - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has received an invite from Saudi Arabia to attend this month's Gulf Cooperation Council summit, despite an ongoing diplomatic crisis, Doha state media said Tuesday.

Qatar to quit Saudi-dominated OPEC in 2019

Doha - Qatar is to leave OPEC next month in order for the Gulf state to focus on gas production, the country's new Energy Minister Saad al-Kaabi announced in a surprise move on Monday.

Four years to go but little World Cup joy for Qatar workers

Doha - Stonemasons Ojor and Raju take their lunch break sitting on a pavement near the smart central Doha complex they have helped build as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup in exactly four years' time.

Qatar warns of 'long-lasting' impact of Gulf crisis

Doha - Qatar's ruler said Tuesday "crises pass" but warned of "long-lasting" scars from an acrimonious diplomatic dispute that has seen Doha isolated by Saudi Arabia and its allies for more than a year.

Qatar denies meddling in Bahraini affairs over spy case

Doha - Qatar denied Monday accusations it interfered in Bahrain's internal affairs after a Manama court sentenced the head of the Shiite opposition to life in jail for spying for Doha.

Qatar sets up support fund for migrant workers

Doha - Qatar said Wednesday it has set up a support fund for foreign workers who run into difficulties, such as not being paid, the latest in a series of UN-backed labour reforms.

Qatar may benefit from Khashoggi fallout: analysts

Doha - Global diplomatic fallout from the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate may help Qatar in its political stand-off with the kingdom, experts said.

Qatar announces $150 million aid to Gaza

Doha - Qatar on Wednesday pledged $150 million in aid for Gaza, a day after fuel purchased by the Gulf state arrived at the only power station in the Hamas-run enclave.

US university in Qatar scraps God debate after backlash

Doha - An American university in Qatar scrapped Tuesday a student debate on whether God can be depicted as female after sparking a sharp public backlash by conservatives in the Muslim country.

Qatar's emir travels to crisis-hit Turkey in show of support

Doha - The emir of wealthy Qatar flew to Turkey Wednesday to meet close ally President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an apparent show of support as Ankara grapples with a currency crisis.

US wants to 'build momentum' for Gulf crisis summit

Doha - The United States is looking to "build some momentum" towards resolving the Gulf crisis ahead of a possible summit in the autumn, a US diplomat said Tuesday.

Review: Mutaz Essa Barshim sets world leading mark, attempts world record Special

On July 2, 2018, Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim competed in the Gyulai Istvan Memorial track and field event in Hungary, where he won the men's high jump.
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