Dec 3, 2014

U.S. couple to fly home Wednesday from Qatar: Kerry

Qatar will allow an American couple to fly home Wednesday, three days after being cleared of wrongdoing in the death of their adopted daughter, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said. An appeals court in Doha acquitted Matthew and Grace Huang on Sunday of ...

U.S. couple absolved by Qatar in child's death

Nov 30, 2014

U.S. couple absolved by Qatar in child's death

A Qatari appeals court on Sunday overturned a ruling against an American couple over the death of their adopted daughter in a closely watched case that may have stemmed from cultural misunderstandings in the conservative Gulf nation. The ruling is likely to end a ...

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 ...