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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.

US pair acquitted over daughter death 'banned from leaving Qatar'

Doha - A Qatari appeals court on Sunday acquitted a US couple of parental neglect over their adopted daughter's death, but the couple said they were later prevented from leaving the country.

Garcia cries foul as FIFA clear Qatar, Russia

Paris - FIFA's probe into the controversial bidding race for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was thrown into turmoil Thursday after its own investigator Michael Garcia complained that a summary of his report misrepresented his conclusions.

FIFA rules out 2018, 2022 World Cup re-votes

Paris - Football's world governing body FIFA has cleared 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar of corruption and ruled out a re-vote to decide the host of the competition despite widespread allegations of wrongdoing.

Op-Ed: No labour rights, no World Cup

Qatar promised it would reform its horrendous labour rights record last May. It has failed to substantially live up to that obligation.

Op-Ed: Libya's civil strife and foreign intervention

Tripoli - The intervention in Libya politics traces back to foreign support for the rebellion against Gadaffi. The intervention not only involved western powers led by the US but also Arab countries with the UAE and Qatar supporting different rebel factions.

Op-Ed: Islamic State — The 'wrong' kind of brutality

San Francisco - As the United States and five Arab nations — none of them democracies, most of them repressive dictatorships — begin bombing Islamic State targets in Syria, President Barack Obama has begun boasting on the "broad coalition" he's enlisted in the fight.

Qatar is building a $45 billion city from scratch for the World Cup that it might lose

"People tend to forget that a city is like a tree," the real estate developer in charge of turning the desert north of Doha into a 450,000-person metropolis wrote in 2010. "Without a proper foundation underground, nothing above will flourish."

Qatar confirms holding Britons probing World Cup labour

Doha - Qatar has confirmed it is holding two British researchers who had been probing the labour conditions of migrants building facilities for the 2022 World Cup, saying they "violated" the emirate's laws.

A mother's appeal as fears mount for Syria hostages

Washington - The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist militants pleaded for his life on Wednesday amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria.

Investing in Hamas infrastructure

Before stepping down as president for the final time later today, Israel's Shimon Peres wagged his finger at a state supporting of terrorism. Not Iran, as par the norm, but Qatar.

Gaza cease fire proposals ongoing amid confusion

Gaza - An early cease fire proposal supported by Egypt, Israel, Abbas, and others without consultation with Hamas failed. However, there is considerable diplomatic activity attempting to forge a new proposal that will gain approval from Hamas as well.
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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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Qatar family member's ‘Glow-in-the-dark’ Lamborghini seized by London police
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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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