Qatar sports minister lashes out at World Cup critics

Nov 12, 2014

Qatar sports minister lashes out at World Cup critics

Qatar’s sports minister says the 2022 World Cup will set a benchmark of excellence that will be “almost impossible to beat” and promised in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that the Gulf nation will implement labor reforms in the next few months. ...

Qatar cuts its help for Islamists carefully

Nov 4, 2014

Qatar cuts its help for Islamists carefully

Qatar has joined the American-led coalition to fight Islamic State, yet the emirate is a haven for anti-Western groups and foreign diplomats have reported seeing cars with Islamic State logos in an affluent bay district. Such ambiguity runs through Qatari policy. When the United ...

Oct 29, 2014

Qatar emir to face questions on jihadist funding on U.K. state visit

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is expected to reject allegations that his country is funding Islamic State militants during a three-day state visit to Britain that began on Tuesday. Sheikh Tamim’s first official visit to Britain since becoming emir ...

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

Sep 17, 2014

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

Just kilometers from where former Guantanamo Bay terrorist suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar’s al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. The contrast in images illustrates why tiny but rich Qatar is an intriguing player in what President Barack ...

Aug 29, 2014

Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar

Egypt’s state prosecutor is investigating allegations that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi leaked secret documents to Qatar via the Doha-based Al-Jazeera broadcaster, according to judicial officials. If the charges are referred to court, it would be the fourth case under way against Morsi, who ...

Kidnappers free U.S. journalist missing in Syria since 2012

Aug 25, 2014

Kidnappers free U.S. journalist missing in Syria since 2012

Kidnappers in Syria have freed a U.S. journalist missing since 2012, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, following what Qatari-owned Al Jazeera said were efforts by the Gulf Arab state to win his release. Kerry said in a statement announcing the ...

Palestinians voice cautious optimism as Gaza truce holds

Aug 15, 2014

Palestinians voice cautious optimism as Gaza truce holds

Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an end to the fighting in Gaza and secure new arrangements for the war-battered territory. But with the sides’ demands still seemingly irreconcilable, that optimism may be premature ...

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Jul 23, 2014

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.” Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference ...

Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar bribe claims

Jun 9, 2014

Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar bribe claims

Sponsors Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola called on soccer’s rulers Sunday to deal thoroughly with allegations that bribery was used to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue overshadowing this week’s kickoff in Brazil. With its showpiece event only four days away, ...

Sony urges vigorous FIFA probe of Qatar World Cup 'bribes'

Jun 8, 2014

Sony urges vigorous FIFA probe of Qatar World Cup 'bribes'

Sony Corp. became the first World Cup sponsor to call for a thorough investigation into accusations bribes were paid to secure the 2022 tournament for Qatar, raising pressure on soccer chiefs who have threatened to move the event if the allegations are proved true. ...