VIENNA, Dec 4 (Reuters) – What is Saudi Arabia’s bottom line
for propping up oil prices unilaterally before it leans on the
rest of OPEC to help share the burden?
At $112 a barrel for Brent crude, well above OPEC’s
preferred $100, it may not look like a hot issue just yet.
DUBAI/DOHA, Dec 2 (Reuters) – With one notable exception,
wealthy Gulf Arab states are encouraging investment in Egypt to
help shore up its army-backed government: the absentee is Qatar,
rattled by the collapse of Islamist power in the biggest Arab
The contrast between Qatar’s reluctance and the enthusiasm
shown by fellow Gulf financial powers illustrates the way
politics can shape investment between the Gulf and the poorer,
more populous countries of the Levant and north Africa.
DOHA/LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Scientists have found cases
of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in camels in Qatar,
health officials said on Thursday, fuelling speculation that
camels might be the animal reservoir that allowed the virus to
infect and kill humans.
The SARS-like coronavirus, which emerged in the Middle East
last year and has killed almost 40 percent of the around 170
people so far infected, was found in three camels in a herd in a
barn also linked to two human cases of MERS infection.
UMM AL-AMAD, Qatar (Reuters) – On a patch of desert far from Syria, dozens of men gathered under a white tent to commemorate Abdelqader Saleh, a renowned Syrian rebel commander who died this week from wounds after an air strike in Aleppo.
The mourners, who included senior Syrian opposition members and relatives of Saleh, assembled on Tuesday evening in the empty expanses of Qatar, 20 km (13 miles) from the skyscraper-dotted skyline of the gas-exporting Gulf Arab state.
(Reuters) – Qatar’s construction industry is rife with abuse of migrant workers who are “treated like cattle” and live in squalid accommodation, Amnesty International said on Sunday, calling on world soccer’s governing body to help address the situation.
Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, and the human rights organization asked FIFA to work with the Qatari authorities to stamp out abuses of workers who mainly come from South Asia.
Nov 17 (Reuters) – Qatar’s construction industry is rife with abuse of migrant workers who are “treated like cattle” and live in squalid accommodation, Amnesty International said on Sunday, calling on world soccer’s governing body to help address the situation.
Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup, and the human rights organisation asked FIFA to work with the Qatari authorities to stamp out abuses of workers who mainly come from South Asia.
DOHA (Reuters) – A U.N. official called on Qatar on Sunday to abolish a sponsorship system for migrant workers he said was a source of labor abuse, raising pressure on the 2022 World Cup host for reforms of its workplace practices.
Francois Crepeau, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants told a news conference in Doha that living conditions of foreign workers tended to be poor, describing one compound he had visited as a “slum”.
DOHA, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Qatar Airways, the launch customer
for Airbus’s A350, expects the European planemaker to
start delivering the aircraft by the second half of next year
and plans to order more planes next month, the airline’s chief
executive said on Tuesday.
The Gulf carrier has ordered 80 A350 jets.
“We are confident that Airbus will deliver the A350 by the
second half of 2014,” Akbar al Baker said on the sidelines of an
event to mark Qatar Airways’ entry into an airline alliance.
DOHA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Upset at President Barack Obama’s policies on Iran and Syria, members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family are threatening a rift with the United States that could take the alliance between Washington and the kingdom to its lowest point in years.
Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief is vowing that the kingdom will make a “major shift” in relations with the United States to protest perceived American inaction over Syria’s civil war as well as recent U.S. overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday.
DOHA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief has said the kingdom will make a “major shift” in relations with the United States in protest at its perceived inaction over the Syria war and its overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday.
Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that Washington had failed to act effectively on the Syria crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran, and had failed to back Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011, the source said.