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Qatar-Saudi border reopens after thaw

Doha - Qatar and Saudi Arabia reopened their land border Saturday, Qatari sources told AFP, as they restore ties following a landmark deal to end a three and a half year rift.

Gulf's surprise reconciliation masks underlying acrimony

Doha - Qatar has been embraced by its neighbours at a landmark summit after over three years of isolation, but the hasty reconciliation did not address underlying resentments which observers say risk resurfacing.

Gulf crisis resolution in balance ahead of summit

Doha - The Gulf crisis, which has pitted regional players against Qatar, could be moving closer to resolution as the key countries prepare to meet in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Qatar says identified parents of dumped baby in airport scandal

Doha - Qatar said Monday it had identified the parents of a baby girl dumped at its airport, an incident that prompted officials to order departing female passengers to undergo invasive examinations, sparking global outrage.

Qatar hotels fighting to survive until 2022 World Cup

Doha - Qatar has marketed its opulent skyscraper hotels as jewels in its World Cup 2022 crown but coronavirus curbs and a glut in new properties are jeopardising the industry.

Qatar emir sets first national election for next October

Doha - Qatar's ruler said Tuesday that a long delayed vote for the country's policy reviewing chamber will be held in October 2021, marking the Gulf emirate's first national election.

Qatar to charge those behind invasive airport searches of women

Doha - Qatar said on Friday that those responsible for invasive gynaecological searches of passengers at Doha airport had been referred for prosecution over the "violations" following widespread outrage.

Qatar says to prosecute those behind invasive airport searches

Doha - Qatar said on Friday that those responsible for the invasive gynaecological searches of women passengers at Doha airport had been referred for prosecution over the "violations".

Red lines, high stakes for Brand France in conservative Gulf

Doha - French brands have long enjoyed prestige in the Gulf, but the country's clout in the conservative region is in jeopardy amid fury over the French president's defence of cartoons insulting Islam.

Qatar 'regrets distress' of invasive searches on women passengers

Doha - Qatar expressed regret on Wednesday after women on 10 flights were forced to endure invasive physical examinations, and announced an investigation that an informed source said could lead to criminal prosecutions.

Qatar faces scrutiny after women 'forcibly examined'

Doha - Revelations that passengers flying through Doha were forced to endure vaginal inspections have upended Qatar's efforts to boost its reputation before the Gulf state hosts World Cup 2022, experts say.

Fury after Qatar 'forcibly examined' women at airport

Doha - Female passengers flying from Qatar were subjected to invasive searches after a premature baby was found abandoned in an airport bathroom, in procedures the Australian government on Monday described as "grossly disturbing" and "offensive".

Macron comments provoke Mideast ire, boycotts of French goods

Doha - Calls to boycott French goods are growing in the Arab world and beyond, after President Emmanuel Macron criticised Islamists and vowed not to "give up cartoons" depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Afghan president urges Taliban to 'have courage' and silence guns

Doha - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to "have courage and declare a national ceasefire" on Tuesday as he visited Doha where peace talks between government and Taliban negotiators have stalled.

Afghan government presses truce demand in Taliban talks

Doha - The Afghan government on Monday pressed its calls for a truce with the Taliban, reiterating its desire for a long-term ceasefire at historic talks in Qatar.

At Afghan peace talks, the hard work begins

Doha - Peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators get down to business Sunday, with the search for a lasting ceasefire one of many key issues up for discussion.

Taliban could swap inmates for truce: Afghan govt peace chief

Doha - The Taliban could offer a truce in exchange for the release of its jailed fighters, the head of the peace process for the Afghan government said as talks opened Saturday.

Historic talks begin between Taliban, Afghan government

Doha - Historic peace talks opened between the Taliban and the Afghan government on Saturday, with the warring parties meeting face to face in Qatar even as violence continued on the ground in Afghanistan.

Parkour piques interest in Doha's urban jungle

Doha - Three friends perform synchronised backflips off a dry stone fountain near one of Doha's top luxury hotels, an unusual sight in the normally staid Gulf city.

World Cup 2022 organisers to cut staff: sources

Doha - The organisers of the 2022 World Cup will lay off an undisclosed number of staff as gas-rich Qatar cuts costs amid the coronavirus economic downturn, several sources have told AFP.
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