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Qatar, UAE matches become political footballs in Gulf crisis

Doha - An Abu Dhabi football ground may seem an unlikely venue for a rare let-up in a protracted diplomatic crisis, but a match between Qatari and Emirati clubs marks a first since Doha's neighbours imposed a crippling blockade.

Fear and diplomacy fuel Qatar's military spending

Doha - Since the Qatar diplomatic crisis started, one response by the emirate has become increasingly clear -- Doha is using its extraordinary wealth to fund a massive push in defence spending.

Qatar backs Turkey's military action against Kurds

Doha - Qatar has thrown its weight behind Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish militia in Syria, coming to the defence of the "national security" of one of its closest allies.

El Salvador urges Qatar to employ nationals facing US deportation

Doha - El Salvador wants some of its 200,000 nationals facing potential deportation from the United States to be recruited by Qatar, the central American country's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Macron sees Iraq's total 'liberation' from IS this month

Doha - France's President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that Iraq would announce its total "liberation" from the grip of the Islamic State jihadist group by the end of December.

Qatar, France sign billion-dollar fighter jet deal amid Gulf crisis

Doha - Qatar agreed Thursday to buy 12 French-built fighter jets, part of a multi-billion-dollar raft of deals announced as President Emmanuel Macron visited the emirate, hit by the Gulf's worst political crisis in years.The 1.1-billion-euro ($1.

Qatar calls to resolve Gulf rift with 'dignity'

Doha - Qatar's emir called Thursday for a negotiated settlement to a damaging dispute with other Gulf states, but insisted any solution should not come at the expense of "our sovereignty and dignity." "Qatar's sovereignty is above all considerations.

Qatar, France sign $1bn fighter jet deal amid Gulf crisis

Doha - Qatar announced Thursday a deal to buy 12 French-built Rafale fighter jets, as it faces a boycott by neighbouring Gulf states in the region's worst political crisis in years.The 1.1-billion-euro ($1.

Emir of boycott-hit Qatar to attend Gulf summit: minister

Doha - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will attend a crucial summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council this coming week, Doha's foreign minister said on Sunday.

Qatar investigates alleged currency plot

Doha - Qatar is investigating an alleged attempt to manipulate its currency during the early weeks of a Gulf political crisis, now in its sixth month, a government spokesman said Sunday.

World Cup, Olympics terror threats growing, says Interpol

Doha - Terror and cyber-security threats to major global sporting events, including football's World Cup and the Olympics, are growing, Interpol's secretary general warned on Wednesday.

No dialogue yet between rivals in Gulf crisis: Tillerson

Doha - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday said talks between feuding Gulf states remained unlikely, as a Saudi-led boycott of Qatar nears its sixth month.

Tillerson woos Gulf allies in push to undercut Iran

Doha - Top US diplomat Rex Tillerson pursued efforts to curb Tehran's influence in talks with his country's Gulf allies Sunday, demanding that Iran pare down its involvement in Iraq as the fight against the Islamic State group draws to a close.

TV deal for 2026, 2030 World Cups 'advantageous' for FIFA - BeIN

Doha - The TV broadcasting rights deal agreed for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups, which is under investigation by Swiss prosecutors, was "advantageous for FIFA", a beIN spokesman claimed Saturday.

Qatar leading bank posts profit rise despite crisis

Doha - Qatar National Bank, the Gulf emirate's top lender, on Wednesday reported a rise in its quarterly profits despite a trade boycott against Doha by a Saudi-led bloc of countries.

Gulf rivals trade barbs over 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Doha - Qatar reacted angrily Wednesday after its Gulf rival the United Arab Emirates questioned whether it should be allowed to host the 2022 football World Cup without a change of policy.

Hopes fade as Gulf crisis hits 100-day landmark

Doha - As the boycott of Qatar by a Saudi-led bloc of countries approaches its 100th day Wednesday, experts have warned the increasingly bitter dispute could last into 2018 and beyond.

Gulf row stunts Qatar hajj numbers

Doha - Qatar has sent only dozens of its citizens across the border to Saudi Arabia for this week's hajj pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites because of the increasingly bitter crisis between the Gulf neighbours.

Qatar denies blocking Saudi hajj pilgrimage flights

Doha - Qatar on Monday denied it had banned Saudi Arabian flights from landing in the emirate to transport Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, after an accusation by authorities in Riyadh.

Gulf diplomatic crisis splits families, dashes dreams

Doha - For Qataris affected by the diplomatic crisis rocking the Gulf, the reality of politics is stark: families divided, assets frozen and dreams put on hold.
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