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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 criticizes S.Africa, Qatar for taking Cuban doctors

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday criticized South Africa and Qatar for accepting doctors from Cuba to battle the coronavirus, accusing the communist island of profiting from the pandemic.

US envoy says Kabul, Taliban in first prisoner exchange talks

Washington - The Afghan government and the Taliban on Sunday held their first discussion on arranging prisoner exchanges, a key step in a broader push for peace, the US special envoy for Afghanistan said on Twitter.

Afghan delegation to meet Taliban in Doha: government

Kabul - An Afghan government delegation is going to Doha to make "initial contacts" with the Taliban, a senior official said Thursday, days before the signing of a historic deal in Qatar to withdraw US troops.

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 skips summit but warm words point to thaw with Saudi

Apo - Qatar's emir on Tuesday skipped a Gulf summit billed as a potential "reconciliation conference", but leaders' calls for integration provided more signs of a thaw between Doha and regional power Saudi Arabia.

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.

Once propped up by Qatari high-rollers, Saudi city prays for truce

Jackhammers and cranes gather dust at half-built Qatari-funded hotel sites in a Saudi city hit hard by an abrupt diplomatic rupture, but signs of thawing cross-border ties are reviving economic hopes.

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.

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.

Turkey's Erdogan to visit Qatar Monday

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Qatar on Monday for discussions on Middle East issues, as the two countries have grown closer since the Saudi-led blockade of the small Gulf state.

Football diplomacy with Qatar hints at Saudi 'peace' effort

Apo - A Saudi-led bloc's decision to play a football tournament in rival Qatar could herald a rapprochement after a two-year stand-off, and signal Riyadh is tempering its muscular approach that stoked regional crises.

Saudi, UAE, Bahrain to play in Qatar, signalling thaw

Apo - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have said they will participate in this month's Gulf Cup football tournament in Qatar, signalling a thaw in their bitter two-year feud.

US's Mnuchin to lead 5-nation trip, including controversial Saudi event

Washington - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will lead a US delegation next week on a five-country tour of the Middle East and India, including attending a Saudi investment conference he boycotted last year over the gruesome murder of a journalist, officials said...

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: Mondo Duplantis claims silver medal at 2019 World Championships Special

Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis has a major reason to celebrate. He took home the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

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.

Review: Thiago Braz makes pole vault finals at 2019 World Championships Special

Doha - Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz has a major reason to be proud. He is headed to the men's pole vault final at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Review: Sam Kendricks makes pole vault final at 2019 World Championships Special

Doha - American pole vaulter and world leader in the sport, Sam Kendricks, has made the pole vault final at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

Review: Mondo Duplantis makes pole vault final at 2019 World Championship Special

Doha - Swedish pole vault Mondo Duplantis has a major reason to be proud. He made the finals at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Review: Renaud Lavillenie fails to make World Championship final in Doha Special

Doha - The men's pole vault final in Doha, Quatar will not consist of world record holder Renaud Lavillenie. The Frenchman failed to qualify for the final.

US envoy returns to Doha for more Taliban talks: State Dept

Washington - US negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad has returned to Qatar for further talks with the Taliban as he fine-tunes a deal on withdrawing troops, the State Department said Thursday.

US and Taliban on 'threshold' of deal, says US Afghan envoy

Kabul - The US and the Taliban are on the brink of striking a deal after 18 years of war, Washington's top negotiator said Sunday, ahead of a visit to Kabul where he was to meet with Afghan officials.

US, Taliban on 'threshold' of deal: US Afghan envoy

Doha - US and Taliban negotiators are "at the threshold of an agreement" to end 18 years of conflict between them, Washington's top negotiator said Sunday as he concluded their latest talks.

US-Taliban deal 'close', insurgents claim

Kabul - The US and the Taliban are "close" to a deal that would see the Pentagon slash troop numbers in Afghanistan, the insurgents said Wednesday, although the US military insisted that the country must not become a sanctuary for extremists.

US-Taliban deal 'close', insurgents claim

Kabul - The US and the Taliban are "close" to reaching an agreement for a deal that would see the Pentagon slash its troop numbers in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the insurgents said Wednesday.

Deal nears in talks with US: Taliban

Doha - US and Taliban negotiators moved closer Tuesday to a deal, the insurgent group said, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced guarded hope for a deal under which Washington will withdraw large numbers of troops from Afghanistan.
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Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty holds up a report titled  The Dark Side of Migr...
Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty holds up a report titled "The Dark Side of Migration: Spotlight on Qatar’s construction sector ahead of the World Cup", during a news conference in Doha
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Al Jazeera news desk in Doha, Qatar.
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Polish pole vaulter Piotr Lisek in Doha, Qatar
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A twenty-member Goan Konkani tiatr group which landed here in Qatar on Sunday night from London is seen outside the Doha International airport. The group will staged their Konkani tiatr “Mahanand Monis Vo Soitan ?” (Mahanand, human being or devil) on Friday February 12, at Al Ghazal Hall (QP) at 4.00 pm. The Tiatr written and directed by Tony Dias held two shows in UK, in London and Swidon. The troupe has been touring different Gulf Cooperation Council countries which has a sizeable Goan po
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An al-Jazeera studio
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A twenty-member Goan Konkani tiatr group which landed here in Qatar on Sunday night from London is s...
A twenty-member Goan Konkani tiatr group which landed here in Qatar on Sunday night from London is seen outside the Doha International airport. The group will staged their Konkani tiatr “Mahanand Monis Vo Soitan ?” (Mahanand, human being or devil) on Friday February 12, at Al Ghazal Hall (QP) at 4.00 pm. The Tiatr written and directed by Tony Dias held two shows in UK, in London and Swidon. The troupe has been touring different Gulf Cooperation Council countries which has a sizeable Goan po
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A delegation from the ITUC holds up a banner for a campaign asking FIFA to reconsider its awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
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Renaud Lavillenie competing in the men's pole vault at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha
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Mutaz Essa Barshim
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Sam Kendricks wins the men's pole vault competition in Doha, Qatar
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Doha, Qatar
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Mondo Duplantis at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar
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Adultery  or illicit sex  is treated as a serious crime in the conservative Gulf emirate of Qatar
Adultery, or illicit sex, is treated as a serious crime in the conservative Gulf emirate of Qatar
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Qatar's Search and Follow Up Department is now dealing with some 300 migrant workers a day applying under an amnesty so they can leave the country
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Renaud Lavillenie competing in the men s pole vault competition at the 2019 IAAF World Championships...
Renaud Lavillenie competing in the men's pole vault competition at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
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Qatar family member's ‘Glow-in-the-dark’ Lamborghini seized by London police
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Climate activists gathered for a march on the waterfront in Doha; calling on Arab countries to take the lead in UN climate change negotiations. But notice the banner being carried by the activists to the right-front of the picture.
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