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US envoy to Qatar says news from home 'increasingly difficult'

Doha - The US ambassador to Qatar has expressed her dissatisfaction with political events back home in a decidedly undiplomatic message posted on social media.

Hamas eases stance on Israel with new policy document

Doha - Hamas unveiled a new policy document Monday easing its stance on Israel after having called for years for the country's destruction, as the Palestinian Islamist movement seeks to improve its international standing.

New Hamas document accepts Palestinian state with 1967 borders

Doha - The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas unveiled Monday a new policy document easing its stance on Israel after having long called for its destruction, as it seeks to improve its international standing.

Djokovic still the biggest rival, says Murray

Doha - World number one Andy Murray insisted Sunday that Novak Djokovic will remain his biggest threat in 2017, as the pair prepare for a potential first clash of the season in Doha this week.

Qatar abolishes dreaded 'kafala' labour system

Doha - Qatar on Monday formally announced the end of its controversial "kafala" system, arguably the biggest ever labour reform undertaken by the 2022 football World Cup host nation.

Qatar's workers seek security with labour law change

Doha - "I've heard about a change in the law, but what the change will be I don't know," says Girijesh, an Indian electrician, during his hour-long lunch break in downtown Doha.

Qatar's 'illegals' scramble to leave under amnesty

Doha - Kalawani has spent the past six years hiding from the Qatari authorities, but finally she is going home to Sri Lanka for the first time since 2010.

Russia's doping clean-up complete, says sports chief

Doha - Russia’s top Olympic official said his country has cleaned up its sports doping problem and should be allowed to return to all international competitions.

Qatar could move Summer Olympics date, says Coe

Doha - Sebastian Coe said on Friday that Qatar could move the Summer Olympics to later in the calendar year if the Gulf country ever successfully bids to host the Games.

Qatar World Cup stadium worker dies

Doha - Qatar's World Cup organisers have announced that a worker employed in the construction of one of the stadiums for the 2022 tournament has died in a "work-related" incident.

Turkey Mideast allies rally behind strongman Erdogan

Doha - Turkey's regional allies on Saturday condemned a deadly but foiled coup attempt by a faction of the army against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rule.

Qatar convicts Dutch tourist who says she was raped

Doha - A Doha court on Monday convicted a Dutch woman of adultery and handed her a one-year suspended sentence after she reported being raped while on holiday in Qatar.

Tunisia president says its war on 'terror' has cost $4 bn

Doha - Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi said in Doha on Thursday that his country's battle to fight "terrorism" has cost it around $4 billion diverted away from the country's economy.

Qatar's prized racing camels swim for success

Doha - Deep in the Qatari desert, Musharif spends his afternoons swimming in a large pool that doubles as a jacuzzi, just one of the perks of being a racing camel.

Qatar announces death of World Cup stadium worker

Doha - An Indian steelworker taken ill at a Qatar World Cup site has died, organisers of the 2022 tournament announced in a statement on Saturday.

Bill Gates predicts end for polio

Doha - Bill Gates said Wednesday that "with any luck" polio will be eradicated by 2017 in the last two countries where it remains active, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Syria talks 'doomed' unless Assad fate on table: opposition

Doha - Syrian peace talks which fail to address the question of President Bashar al-Assad's fate are "doomed to failure", a spokesman for the main opposition grouping involved in negotiations said.

Qatar royal freed by Iraq kidnappers after 4 month ordeal

Doha - A member of the Qatari royal family and a Pakistani have been released by kidnappers in Iraq after nearly four months in captivity, the Qatari foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Amnesty accuses Qatar of abusing World Cup workers

Doha - Qatar has been accused of abusing more than 100 mainly Asian migrants working on one of its World Cup stadiums, in an Amnesty International report released Thursday.

Tiger on the loose in Doha traffic jam

Doha - A tiger was spotted wandering through a traffic jam on one of Doha's busiest roads on Tuesday, and government officials said they would investigate the incident after footage appeared online.
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