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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.

Gulf crisis sees new 'fake news' flurry online

Doha - A tweet claiming to show the start of a coup in Qatar, with shaky footage of an illuminated window and crackling gunfire, spread quickly after being posted early last month.

Made in Qatar: embargo and pandemic stoke autonomy drive

Doha - A Qatari arms factory that makes rifles and grenade launchers has added a product that saves rather than takes lives -- ventilators, needed at home and abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Deadlock as Qatar embargo marks three-year anniversary

Doha - A bitter feud between Qatar and a Saudi-led alliance drags into a fourth year on Friday with no end in sight.

Qatar virus tracing app stirs rare privacy backlash

Doha - Privacy concerns over Qatar's coronavirus contact tracing app, a tool that is mandatory on pain of prison, have prompted a rare backlash and forced officials to offer reassurance and concessions.

Qatar confirms virus in jail, denies widespread outbreak

Doha - Qatar confirmed 12 cases of COVID-19 at a jail on Tuesday as campaign group Human Rights Watch warned other prisoners could be at risk of contracting the disease.

Pompeo in highest-level US talks with Taliban to break impasse

Doha - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late Monday met Taliban leaders in Qatar in the highest-level talks ever between the two sides as he sought to break an impasse over Afghanistan through shuttle diplomacy.

Afghanistan's future in the balance as US, Taliban sign deal

Doha - Washington and the Taliban are set to sign a long-sought deal in Doha on Saturday that would see the two foes agree to the withdrawal of thousands of US troops from Afghanistan in return for insurgent guarantees.

Uncertainty looms ahead of US-Taliban deal signing

Doha - Washington and the Taliban are set to sign a deal Saturday to secure America's exit from its longest war through gradually withdrawing troops and starting talks between Kabul and the insurgents.

Qatar eyes diplomatic win with US-Taliban deal

Doha - Providing neutral space for talks on ending Afghanistan's 18-year conflict has boosted Qatar's international profile and helped it defy a painful embargo enforced by neighbours and former allies.

Qatar emir to skip Gulf summit in Riyadh: state media

Doha - Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, will not attend the Gulf summit in Riyadh, state media reported Tuesday, dampening hopes of a reconciliation between Doha and a Saudi-led bloc.

Qatar FM talks of 'some progress' in mending Gulf rift

Doha - Qatar's foreign minister has spoken of "some progress" in talks with Saudi Arabia on ending a bitter two-year-old rift between Doha and the kingdom and its allies.

US resumes talks with Taliban in Doha

Doha - Washington resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar Saturday, both sides said, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America's longest war.

US resumes talks with Taliban in Doha: US source

Doha - Washington resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar Saturday, a US source said, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America's longest war."The US rejoined talks today in Doha.

Qatar, Saudi edge towards diplomatic thaw despite hurdles

Doha - The Saudi monarch's personal invitation to Qatar's emir to take part in a Gulf summit in Riyadh next week is the latest sign of a highly anticipated thaw in a damaging two-year row.

Qatar to end controversial migrant worker restrictions

Doha - Qatar announced plans Wednesday to scrap key aspects of its controversial "kafala" labour rules, including the requirement for some workers to obtain employers' permission to change jobs and exit permits to leave the country.

UN calls for greater heat protection for workers in Qatar

Doha - Improved safeguards and working hours are needed to protect labourers in Qatar from the effects of heat and humidity, the United Nations said Friday, as it published new research.

Review: Sam Kendricks wins pole vault at 2019 World Championships in Doha Special

Doha - Congratulations are in order for American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks. He won the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Empty seats present major headache to Qatar and Coe

Doha - Qatar confidently promised there would be "no empty seats" when it first bid for the World Athletics Championships -- three days into the 2019 championships that promise rings as hollow as the Doha stadium.

Review: Anzhelika Sidorova – Pole vault queen at 2019 World Championships Special

Doha - On September 29, Russian pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova won the pole vault crown at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
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