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Bird strike forces Qatar Airways jet into emergency landing

Istanbul - A Qatar Airways passenger plane made an emergency landing at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport Thursday after a bird strike on one of its engines, the Gulf carrier said.All 312 passengers and crew were evacuated safely, Qatar Airways said.

Egypt's Morsi sentenced to life in espionage trial

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison in an espionage trial in which six of his co-defendants were handed death penalties.

Dutch woman leaves Qatar after adultery conviction

Den Haag - A Dutch woman who was convicted of adultery in Qatar after she reported being raped has left the Gulf and returned home, officials in the Netherlands said on Thursday.

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.

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.

Canadian freed five years after Taliban kidnapping: Ottawa

Ottawa - A Canadian has been freed from captivity in Afghanistan after being taken hostage by the Taliban five years ago, Canada's foreign minister said Monday.

Qatar's former emir breaks leg in holiday accident

Doha - Qatar's former emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has undergone an emergency operation in Switzerland after breaking a leg while on holiday, the government said on Tuesday.

Gunmen kidnap at least 26 Qatari hunters in Iraq

Baghdad - Gunmen kidnapped at least 26 Qatari hunters in southern Iraq, officials said on Wednesday, the second high-profile abduction of foreigners in the country in three months.

Qatar says Amnesty labour abuse claims 'simply untrue'

Doha - Qatar on Wednesday dismissed claims it has done almost nothing to tackle migrant labour abuse since being awarded the 2022 World Cup exactly five years ago as "simply untrue".

Qatar mulls family-only mall days, banning bachelor labourers

Qatar’s municipal council is planning to introduce family-only days at major shopping malls prohibiting blue-collar migrant workers from entering malls on the weekends.

Tuareg and Tebu tribes in south of Libya agree to ceasefire

Doha - After a conflict that has lasted over a year, the Tebu and Tuareg tribes that control territory in the south of Libya have signed a ceasefire. Much of the conflict has been in the southern city of Obari.

France sells iconic Vienna palace to Qatar

Vienna - France has sold an iconic neoclassical palace with a large park in the heart of Vienna to Qatar following a belt-tightening drive.

Michelle Obama talks 'Let Girls Learn' in Qatar

Doha - First Lady Michelle Obama visited the largest US Air Force base outside the United States Tuesday on the first full day of a Middle East tour.

Rights activists attack 'sham' Qatar labour reforms

Doha - Rights groups on Wednesday dismissed as a "sham" long-awaited reforms of Qatar's much-criticised "kafala" labour system for foreign workers, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery.

Qatar cabinet backs changes to 'kafala' labour system

Doha - Football World Cup 2022 host Qatar has agreed changes to its controversial "kafala" sponsorship system for foreign workers, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery, state media reported on Wednesday.

Qatar to finish work on first World Cup venue by 2016

Doha - Controversial football World Cup host Qatar will complete work on the first venue for tournament matches by 2016, six years before the event takes place, officials announced on Tuesday.

Qatar backs Turkey over bombing raids in northern Iraq

Doha - Qatar has broken ranks with the Arab League to give close ally Turkey its full support for air strikes in northern Iraq, according to an official foreign ministry statement.

Iran nuclear deal was best available option: Qatar

Doha - Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah on Monday backed the deal on Iran's nuclear programme as the best available option, after talks in Doha with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Germany urged to investigate Al-Jazeera journalist arrest

Doha - The German authorities should carry out an investigation into the two-day detention of Al-Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour, a global rights watchdog said Wednesday.

Qatar still failing labourers on reform, says Amnesty

Doha - Football 2022 World Cup host Qatar is "failing" many of its migrant workers by not delivering on labour law reform, Amnesty International claimed on Thursday.

Qataris elect two women for first time

Doha - Qataris have for the first time voted two women in to the Gulf emirate's only directly elected body, the Central Municipal Council, officials announced on Thursday.

Global sports gambling worth 'up to $3 trillion'

Doha - The global sports betting market is worth up to $3-trillion, the vast majority of that generated by illegal gambling, a United Nations conference on crime being held in Doha heard on Wednesday.

Gulf states back Qatar in row with Egypt over Libya

Riyadh - Gulf Arab states threw their support behind Qatar Thursday in a row with Egypt, which accused Doha of backing "terrorism" during heated discussions about Cairo's air strikes on jihadists in Libya.

U.S. pair stuck in Qatar despite acquittal over daughter's death

Doha - An American couple remained in Qatar Monday after being barred from flying home despite being acquitted of parental neglect over their adopted daughter's death, their representative and U.S. officials said.
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