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Qatar urges Saudi to remove hajj obstacles to its citizens

Doha - Qatar has urged Saudi Arabia to remove "obstacles and restrictions" for its residents wishing to perform the hajj pilgrimage, as the two Gulf neighbours remain locked in a bitter diplomatic dispute.

Qatar allocates $480 mn in aid to Palestinians

Doha - Qatar said Tuesday it has allocated $480 million in aid to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority to support education and health services and provide urgent humanitarian relief.

US-Taliban talks stumble over troop withdrawal: Taliban

Doha - Talks between the Taliban and the US have become bogged down over the key issue of when foreign forces might leave Afghanistan, a Taliban spokesman told AFP on Sunday.

Review: Sam Kendricks wins the 2019 IAAF Diamond League in Doha Special

Doha - On Friday, May 3, American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks triumphed in the men's pole vault at the IAAF Diamond League competition in Doha.

'I won't take medication': Defiant Semenya wins first race since gender ruling defeat

Doha - Caster Semenya won the 800 metres at the Doha Diamond League meeting on Friday in her first race since losing her appeal over a controversial gender ruling, claiming "actions speak louder than words".

Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end: UN

Doha - Qatar is set to abolish its controversial exit visa system for all foreign workers by the end of the year, the UN's International Labour Organization said Friday.

Peace hopes suffer setback as Taliban-Afghan talks derailed

Doha - Hopes for a breakthrough in a push to end Afghanistan's gruelling conflict suffered a major setback Friday after a key summit between the Taliban and Afghan officials was indefinitely postponed.

Taliban-Afghan talks derailed by delegate row

Doha - Critical peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Qatar appeared to have been suspended Friday, with Washington signalling its disappointment and urging both sides to return to the table.

Qatar 'stronger' despite Gulf dispute, says emir as he opens vast museum

Doha - Qatar's ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said Wednesday his country had become "stronger" since the start of a Gulf diplomatic crisis almost two years ago, as he formally opened the country's national museum.

Qatar's $434m desert rose museum finally blooms

Doha - Almost a decade in the making, three years late and at an estimated cost of $434 million, Qatar's vast national museum, built in the shape of a desert rose, opens this week.

FIFA Qatar 2022 plan would 'exacerbate' Gulf tensions

Doha - FIFA President Gianni Infantino's plan to expand the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams and increase the number of host countries risks worsening existing Gulf diplomatic tensions, claim analysts.

US envoy says 'real strides' made in longest Taliban talks

Doha - US and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their latest round of marathon peace talks on Tuesday with "real strides" made but no agreement on a timetable for troop withdrawal, the US special envoy said.

US envoy meets top Taliban political leader in Doha as new talks begin

Doha - US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Taliban's top political leader in Doha Monday, in what is believed to be the highest level engagement between the US and the Taliban since the months-long peace push began.

US envoy meets top Taliban political leader in Doha as new talks begin

Doha - US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with the Taliban's top political leader in Doha Monday, in what is believed to be the highest level engagement between the US and the Taliban since the months-long peace push began.

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.
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