Apr 11, 2016

U.S. deploys B-52 bombers in fight against Islamic State forces

The U.S. Air Force on Saturday deployed Cold War-era B-52 bombers to bolster the fight against the Islamic State (IS)group in Syria and Iraq, stepping up efforts to defeat the extremists. The B-52 Stratofortress aircraft, which arrived in Qatar, were based in Saudi Arabia ...

Apr 6, 2016

Two foreign hunters kidnapped in Iraq released

One of the roughly two dozen Qatari hunters kidnapped in Iraq this December has been freed along with an Asian who had accompanied the trip, the peninsular nation’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. Authorities offered no details regarding their release, and did not give any ...

Mar 3, 2016

Qatar-based beIN buys 100% of Miramax film studio

A Qatar-based media group that has already moved into international sports broadcasting has purchased a 100 percent stake in the film studio Miramax, part of its expansion into the entertainment business. The beIN Media Group, which earlier spun off from Doha’s Al-Jazeera network, bought ...

Jan 27, 2016

Doha worlds bids under investigation

Qatar’s bids for the 2017 and 2019 world athletics championships have been referred to the IAAF ethics commission for bribery allegations to be investigated, the head of U.K. Athletics said on Tuesday. The 2017 championships were awarded to London, which defeated a rival bid ...

Dec 3, 2015

Coe in dark over Qatar worlds bid legitimacy

During a three-hour grilling at a British parliamentary hearing, IAAF president Sebastian Coe said Wednesday he is unsure whether Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2019 world athletics championships was clean. Coe’s hesitation about Qatar’s bid came exactly five years to the day since ...

Qatar gets a year's worth of rain in just a few hours

Nov 26, 2015

Qatar gets a year's worth of rain in just a few hours

Qatar was hit by more than a year’s worth of rain in a matter of hours Wednesday, almost bringing the country to a standstill and prompting Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, the country’s prime minister, to order an inquiry. Bad weather across ...

Jun 4, 2015

Feds probing how FIFA favored World Cup host bids by Russia, Qatar

The FBI’s investigation of soccer governing body FIFA includes scrutiny of how the organization awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 competition to Qatar, a U.S. law enforcement official said on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said ...

May 25, 2015

Tepco wins Qatar utility contract estimated at ¥300 billion

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has jointly won a large power and water infrastructure contract in the desert state of Qatar, it said Monday. Tepco and trading house Mitsubishi Corp. have been selected by a firm backed by the Qatari government to build and operate ...

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

Feb 22, 2015

Qatar tried to help free Japanese hostages

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah said Saturday during a visit to Japan that Qatar’s government tried to mediate the release of Japanese hostages before they were killed by the Islamic State group. In an interview with Kyodo News, al-Attiyah said, “The Japanese ...

U.S., Taliban deny peace talks planned in Qatar

Feb 20, 2015

U.S., Taliban deny peace talks planned in Qatar

The U.S. and the Taliban’s central spokesman Thursday denied plans to hold peace talks in Qatar, contradicting earlier claims by militant leaders that contacts would resume in the Gulf state within weeks. The denials came after multiple commanders said five former members of the ...