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Al-Jazeera says news crew kidnapped in Yemen freed

Doha - Al-Jazeera said on Thursday that a three-man news crew for the Qatar-based channel has been freed more than 10 days after being kidnapped in the flashpoint Yemeni city of Taez.

UN rights chief says Syria starvation 'war crime'

Doha - The United Nations human rights chief said on Thursday that any side in Syria that has deliberately used starvation as a weapon has committed a "war crime".

Qatar's former emir breaks leg in holiday accident

Doha - Qatar's former emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has undergone an emergency operation in Switzerland after breaking a leg while on holiday, the government said on Tuesday.

Where on Earth is the purest fresh water found?

Puerto Williams - American and Chilean scientists examined the chemical properties of freshwater in rivers and lagoons in the Puerto Williams area (Chilean Patagonia) and concluded that this region has "the purest water on the planet.”

Qatar says Amnesty labour abuse claims 'simply untrue'

Doha - Qatar on Wednesday dismissed claims it has done almost nothing to tackle migrant labour abuse since being awarded the 2022 World Cup exactly five years ago as "simply untrue".

Michelle Obama talks 'Let Girls Learn' in Qatar

Doha - First Lady Michelle Obama visited the largest US Air Force base outside the United States Tuesday on the first full day of a Middle East tour.

Rights activists attack 'sham' Qatar labour reforms

Doha - Rights groups on Wednesday dismissed as a "sham" long-awaited reforms of Qatar's much-criticised "kafala" labour system for foreign workers, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery.

Qatar cabinet backs changes to 'kafala' labour system

Doha - Football World Cup 2022 host Qatar has agreed changes to its controversial "kafala" sponsorship system for foreign workers, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery, state media reported on Wednesday.

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.
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