Feb 5, 2017

Usually sweltering Qatar suffers its coldest ever day

The desert state of Qatar recorded the lowest ever temperature in the country’s history Sunday — just 1.5 degrees Celsius — according to a statement posted online by state media. Abu Samra weather station in the southwest of the country recorded the temperature, equivalent ...

/ Dec 13, 2016

Qatar abolishes dreaded 'kafala' labor system

Qatar on Monday formally announced the end of its controversial “kafala” system, arguably the biggest ever labor reform undertaken by the host of the 2022 football World Cup. In a long-expected announcement, Labor Minister Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi said the kafala rules would ...

Sep 15, 2016

Shinoyama sparks Japan past Qatar at FIBA Asia Challenge

Point guard Ryusei Shinoyama scored 16 points to lead Japan to its third win of the FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran on Wednesday, beating Qatar 79-65 and in the process setting up a quarterfinal clash with Jordan. Shinoyama, 28, had his second standout performance ...

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 ...