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 ...

UAE, Iran advance to knockout stage

Jan 15, 2015

UAE, Iran advance to knockout stage

Ali Mabkhout eased the tension quickly for his team, scoring after just 14 seconds to set up a 2-1 win over Bahrain that secured a spot in the Asian Cup knockout stage for the United Arab Emirates. Three-time champion Iran earned a place in ...

Iran sends Bahrain to opening defeat; UAE routs Qatar

Jan 11, 2015

Iran sends Bahrain to opening defeat; UAE routs Qatar

Tournament favorite Iran downed a spirited Bahrain 2-0 and the United Arab Emirates trounced Qatar 4-1 in the opening Group C matches of the Asian Cup on Sunday. Ehsan Hajsafi and Masoud Shojaei scored late in each half to give Iran the win over ...

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 ...