Category Archives: Qatar

Turkish foreign minister defends idea of ‘safe zones’ in Syria

Turkey’s foreign minister, on a visit to Qatar on Wednesday, defended the idea of “safe zones” in war-ravaged Syria and pressed the need for them to be properly funded. Mevlut Cavusoglu said that only through making the zones habitable would

Uber willing to talk with Qatar drivers on strike

Uber’s communication department in the GCC announced that they are willing to hold talks with a number of Uber drivers in Qatar, who previously announced their plans to strike on Sunday. “Uber is committed to dialogue with partner drivers and

Qatar will help Syrian rebels even if Trump ends US role

Qatar will continue to arm Syrian rebels even if Donald Trump ends US backing for the multinational effort, Doha’s foreign minister said in an interview, signaling its determination to pursue a policy the US President-elect may abandon. But Foreign Minister

King Salman in Qatar to offer his condolences

Saudi King Salman has arrived Monday in Qatar to offer his condolences following the death of the Gulf country’s former Emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The former Emir of Qatar passed away

Qatar: 11 killed in labor accommodation fire

A fire which broke out at a labor camp in Qatar late on Wednesday has killed 11 people and injured 12, the interior ministry said. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze from spreading to adjacent areas. The cause of

US deploys B-52s to Qatar to fight ISIS

The US Air Force deployed B-52 bombers to Qatar on Saturday to join the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the first time they have been based in the Middle East since the end of the Gulf War in

Oman says US man held by Houthis freed

Sultan Qaboos bin Said

A US man held captive in Yemen’s rebel-controlled capital has been released after Omani negotiators interceded on his behalf, authorities said, becoming the latest American freed through the sultanate’s quiet diplomacy. In a statement posted online late Friday, Oman’s Foreign

Two kidnapped members of Qatar hunting party freed in Iraq

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

Defense no-show delays Qatar murder retrial

The retrial in a high-profile case of a Qatari man accused of killing a British teacher was adjourned on Sunday after the defence lawyer failed to show up in court. The case of Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah al-Jabar was adjourned

Qatar delays new Arab League head: diplomats

Qatar has delayed the appointment of a veteran Egyptian diplomat as the next head of the Arab League over his “hostile positions” towards the Gulf state, diplomats said on Thursday. Egypt was expecting Ahmed Abul Gheit, the last foreign minister

Gulf states declare Hezbollah a ‘terrorist’ group

Gulf states on Wednesday declared Lebanon’s Hezbollah a “terrorist” group, in the latest regional move against the Shiite organization fighting in support of Syria’s regime. The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council took the action against Hezbollah members because of “hostile actions

Qatar schools attract Saudi teachers with top salaries

Qatar’s Supreme Edu-cational Council (SEC) has been offering top wages to attract Gulf citizens, particularly Saudis, Bahrainis and Kuwaitis, to its schools. In an interview with a local publication, Yousef Al-Marri, a teacher, said he applied for a teaching job

Qatar names new foreign minister in cabinet reshuffle

Qatar’s emir on Wednesday ordered a cabinet reshuffle in which he named a new foreign minister, according to state news agency QNA. Foreign minister Khalid al-Attiyah was replaced with Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. Attiyah was named state minister for defense

Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for peace talks

The Afghan Taliban Sunday reiterated their preconditions for the resumption of peace talks with Kabul, including their removal from international terror blacklists, at an informal meeting with lawmakers and activists in Doha. Members of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar

Taliban reaffirms authority of its Qatar ‘political office’

The Afghan Taliban says its “political office” in Qatar is the only entity authorized to carry out negotiations on its behalf, reinforcing the authority of the man who took over amid a tussle over command following the death of Mullah

Taliban want removal from UN blacklist before talks

Afghanistan’s Taliban want to be removed from a UN blacklist before considering rejoining peace talks aimed at ending a 15-year civil war, a senior member said, as its political wing met activists at an unofficial forum in Qatar. After months

Putin, Qatari Emir talk Syria, economic cooperation

President Vladimir Putin and the Emir of Qatar on Monday discussed the Syrian crisis, as global powers seek to push the warring sides towards the negotiating table. “Russia plays a main role when it comes to stability in the world,”

Qatar hikes petrol prices by 30 percent

Energy-rich Qatar has decided to raise the cost of petrol by a third or more from Friday, according to the state fuel company, amid a slump in global oil prices. The surprise hike comes into force from midnight (2100 GMT)

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