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FIFA Qatar 2022 plan would 'exacerbate' Gulf tensions

Doha - FIFA President Gianni Infantino's plan to expand the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams and increase the number of host countries risks worsening existing Gulf diplomatic tensions, claim analysts.

ExxonMobil finds largest Cyprus gas reserve yet

Nicosia - US energy giant ExxonMobil has discovered a huge natural gas reserve off the coast of Cyprus, Cypriot authorities said Thursday, a find that could raise tensions with nearby Turkey.

Cuba eyes Qatar, Algeria for oil with Venezuela in crisis

Havana - With top ally Venezuela in crisis, Cuba is moving to cover its oil needs elsewhere, seeking possible alternative supplies in Qatar and Algeria, officials said Monday.

France agrees 'strategic' pact with Qatar

Doha - Qatar and France signed a deal Monday to cooperate on security and economic matters, in a boost to the tiny Gulf state still locked in a diplomatic rift with neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Qatar says committed to labour reform after Amnesty criticism

Doha - Qatar said Wednesday it is committed to labour reform following an Amnesty International report that the 2022 World Cup host is failing to stop widespread labour abuse.

Qatar confirms will no longer pay Hamas salaries

Gaza - Qatar said Saturday it will no longer fund salaries of Hamas employees in Gaza but will still give aid to poor families, after the Palestinian enclave's Islamist rulers refused to accept wage payments over conditions allegedly attached by Israel.

Netanyahu pledges 'lethal' response to Gaza violence after blocking aid

Gaza - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian Islamist group Hamas Wednesday of a "lethal" reaction to any renewed Palestinian violence on the Gaza border, after blocking aid to the strip in response to the wounding of a soldier there.

Qatar rejects normalising ties with 'criminal' Assad

Doha - Qatar's foreign minister ruled out on Monday the possibility of re-opening an embassy in Damascus, in line with some other Gulf countries, calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a war criminal.

Pompeo on diplomatic tightrope in Saudi talks over Khashoggi murder

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced a tough balancing act Monday as he pressed Saudi Arabia's crown prince over critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder while shoring up strategic ties with Riyadh.

Pompeo to press Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi's murder

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday arrived in Riyadh, where he is set to press Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to hold the killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi accountable.

World Cup host Qatar to introduce 100 percent booze tax

Doha - World Cup 2022 host Qatar is to introduce a 100 percent tax on alcohol from January 1, a government official confirmed on Monday.

Nobel laureate urges Yazidi protection until IS leaders tried

Doha - Nobel laureate and former jihadist captive Nadia Murad called for the protection of women belonging to her Yazidi minority until Islamic State leaders are tried for crimes against the community.

US sanctions won't change Iran policies says FM

Doha - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday said US sanctions will have no impact on the policies of the Islamic republic at home or abroad."It is obvious that we are facing pressure by the US sanctions.

Turkey won't 'give up' on Khashoggi murder probe: minister

Doha - Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday his country would "not give up" on finding out the truth about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

Qatar says emir receives Saudi invite to GCC summit

Doha - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has received an invite from Saudi Arabia to attend this month's Gulf Cooperation Council summit, despite an ongoing diplomatic crisis, Doha state media said Tuesday.

Qatar to quit Saudi-dominated OPEC in 2019

Doha - Qatar is to leave OPEC next month in order for the Gulf state to focus on gas production, the country's new Energy Minister Saad al-Kaabi announced in a surprise move on Monday.

Ceasefire puts Qatar's role in Gaza back in spotlight

Gaza - At the end of a dirt track, an imposing new court complex stands as a symbol of Qatar's investment in the Gaza Strip -- back in the spotlight after a controversial ceasefire with Israel.

Four years to go but little World Cup joy for Qatar workers

Doha - Stonemasons Ojor and Raju take their lunch break sitting on a pavement near the smart central Doha complex they have helped build as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup in exactly four years' time.

Netanyahu defends Qatari cash infusion to Gaza

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended allowing Qatar to transfer millions of dollars to Hamas-run Gaza despite criticism from within his own government over the move aimed at restoring calm after months of unrest.

Netanyahu defends Qatari cash infusion to Gaza

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended his decision to enable Qatar to bring $15 million into Hamas-controlled Gaza for salaries, saying it would calm tensions and prevent a Palestinian humanitarian crisis.

Qatari cash reaches Gaza in campaign to ease tensions

Gaza - Palestinian civil servants formed long queues in Gaza on Friday to receive millions of dollars in Qatari-funded salaries, as part of efforts to ease tensions in and around the impoverished territory.

Qatar announces aid for Gaza amid Israel truce talks

Gaza - Qatar has announced it will provide temporary support to 50,000 impoverished Gaza families as mediators attempt to broker a truce between the Palestinian territory's Islamist rulers Hamas and Israel.

Qatar warns of 'long-lasting' impact of Gulf crisis

Doha - Qatar's ruler said Tuesday "crises pass" but warned of "long-lasting" scars from an acrimonious diplomatic dispute that has seen Doha isolated by Saudi Arabia and its allies for more than a year.

Qatar denies meddling in Bahraini affairs over spy case

Doha - Qatar denied Monday accusations it interfered in Bahrain's internal affairs after a Manama court sentenced the head of the Shiite opposition to life in jail for spying for Doha.

Qatar sets up support fund for migrant workers

Doha - Qatar said Wednesday it has set up a support fund for foreign workers who run into difficulties, such as not being paid, the latest in a series of UN-backed labour reforms.

Gaza power plant boosts output as fuel deal takes hold

Jerusalem - The sole power plant in the Gaza Strip reached its highest production level in months on Thursday, the United Nations said, as part of a deal to overcome chronic power cuts.

Qatar may benefit from Khashoggi fallout: analysts

Doha - Global diplomatic fallout from the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate may help Qatar in its political stand-off with the kingdom, experts said.

Qatar announces $150 million aid to Gaza

Doha - Qatar on Wednesday pledged $150 million in aid for Gaza, a day after fuel purchased by the Gulf state arrived at the only power station in the Hamas-run enclave.

Qatari-bought fuel enters Gaza to ease humanitarian crisis: Hamas

Gaza - Qatari-bought fuel arrived at the Gaza Strip's only power station after entering through Israel on Tuesday in a bid to alleviate conditions in the Palestinian enclave, a Hamas spokesman and sources said.

US university in Qatar scraps God debate after backlash

Doha - An American university in Qatar scrapped Tuesday a student debate on whether God can be depicted as female after sparking a sharp public backlash by conservatives in the Muslim country.
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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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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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Al Jazeera news desk in Doha, Qatar.
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Adultery, or illicit sex, is treated as a serious crime in the conservative Gulf emirate of 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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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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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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