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FIFA drop idea of 48 teams for 2022 World Cup

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be a 32-team tournament as originally planned, Fifa has announced. The world governing body had considered expanding its showpiece event to 48 teams but has now determined this is not practical. “The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will, therefore, remain as originally planned ...

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Qatar’s $434m desert rose museum finally blooms

DOHA: Almost a decade in the making, three years late and at an estimated cost of $434 million, Qatar´s vast national museum, built in the shape of a desert rose, opens this week. A glittering ceremony, expected to include Qatar´s ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah ...

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Qatar promises more jobs to Pakistanis

DOHA: Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al Thani on Sunday assured Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi that his country will take new measures to provide more jobs to Pakistanis. The assurance came during Foreign Minister Qureshi’s one-day official visit to Qatar. Qureshi held ...

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Qatar to quit OPEC in 2019

DOHA: Qatar is to leave OPEC next month in order for the Gulf state to focus on gas production, Energy Minister Saad al-Kaabi announced on Monday. “Qatar has decided to withdraw its membership from OPEC effective January 2019,” Kaabi said at a Doha press conference. He added that Qatar would ...

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Qatar to boost gas production

DOHA: Qatar announced on Wednesday plans to boost natural gas production for the second time since a Gulf diplomatic crisis erupted last year pitting the energy-rich emirate against a rival Saudi-led bloc. The head of state-owned Qatar Petroleum, Saad al-Kaabi, told a press conference that the country intends to raise ...

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Qatar says Saudi blocking hajj access to its citizens

DOHA: Qatar on Sunday said its citizens were unable to take part in the annual hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia as the two countries remain bitterly locked in a diplomatic dispute. “There is no chance this year for Qatari citizens and residents to travel for hajj,” a government official told ...

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Currency crisis in Turkey – Qatar offers aid to Ankara

ISTANBUL: The United States on Wednesday ruled out removing steel tariffs that have contributed to a currency crisis in Turkey even if Ankara frees a U.S. pastor, as Qatar pledged $15 billion in investment to Turkey, supporting a rise in the Turkish lira. The White House stance appeared to give ...

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In Policy Shift, US Open To Meeting With Taliban

WASHINGTON: The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war, US officials said. That marks a tactical shift by the Trump administration, which has previously only appeared willing to participate ...

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Emirati prince flees to Qatar, exposing tensions in UAE

DOHA/DUBAI: An Emirati prince is seeking asylum in Qatar after fleeing the UAE saying he feared for his life because of a dispute with the rulers of oil-rich Abu Dhabi, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad al-Sharqi, 31, is the second son of the Emir of Fujairah, ...

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Nato rejects Qatar membership ambition

BRUSSELS: Nato declined an overture by Qatar to join the Western military defence alliance, saying membership was reserved to the United States and Europe. It was responding to a comment by Qatar’s defence minister on Tuesday that his country’s long-term strategic “ambition” was to join Nato. “According to Article 10 ...

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