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Aug 26, 2014

Qatar seeks to free more U.S. hostages in Syria: source

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar is working to help free four Americans held hostage in Syria by various armed groups, a Gulf source familiar with the matter said on Monday, a day after the Gulf Arab state’s diplomacy helped free a journalist held since 2012.

The source declined to name the four or provide details, and Reuters could not independently verify the assertion, but his account was broadly supported by other sources.

Aug 6, 2014

Qatar emir issues law raising foreign ownership limits for stocks

DOHA/DUBAI, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Qatar’s emir has issued a law
providing for foreign investors to own up to 49 percent of
listed Qatari companies, part of reforms to expand the stock
market and develop the financial industry.

“The law stipulates that non-Qatari investors are allowed to
own no more than 49 percent of the shares of Qatari shareholding
companies listed on Qatar Exchange,” the official Qatar News
Agency (QNA) said on Wednesday.

Jul 21, 2014

Analysis- Arab rifts may complicate search for Gaza truce

DOHA/CAIRO (Reuters) – The push for a Gaza ceasefire risks becoming mired in a regional tussle for influence between conservative Arab states and Islamist-friendly governments, with rival powers competing to take credit for a truce, analysts and some officials say.

The main protagonists are Arab heavyweight Egypt and the tiny Gulf state of Qatar, on opposite sides of a regional standoff over Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, and its ideological patron the Muslim Brotherhood.

Jul 21, 2014

Arab rifts may complicate search for Gaza truce

DOHA/CAIRO (Reuters) – The push for a Gaza ceasefire risks becoming mired in a regional tussle for influence between conservative Arab states and Islamist-friendly governments, with rival powers competing to take credit for a truce, analysts and some officials say.

The main protagonists are Arab heavyweight Egypt and the tiny Gulf state of Qatar, on opposite sides of a regional standoff over Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, and its ideological patron the Muslim Brotherhood.

Jul 20, 2014

U.N., Qatar condemn Gaza killings, call for immediate ceasefire

DOHA (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned as an “atrocious action” the killing of dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by Israeli shelling on Sunday and called for an immediate end to almost two weeks of fighting that has cost more than 400 lives.

Ban, in Doha on the first leg of a Middle East tour to try to end the bloodshed, met Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiya before heading for Egypt.

Jul 19, 2014

Qatar to host Gaza ceasefire talks with Abbas and U.N. chief

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar will host a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday to try to reach a ceasefire agreement with Israel to bring an end to 12 days of warfare, a senior Qatari source told Reuters.

Due to take place in Doha, the meeting will be headed by the Gulf state’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who has been acting as a “channel of communication” between Hamas and the international community, said the senior source familiar with the matter.

Jul 17, 2014

Qatar seeks role as Gaza mediator, Israel wary

DOHA (Reuters) – With Egyptian efforts to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas making little headway after 10 days of warfare, Qatari officials say it is time for the Gulf state to step in, citing its close links to the Palestinian group.

But while U.S. officials say Washington has asked Qatar to try to influence Hamas, whose leader lives in Doha, they emphasize that those links mean Israel is unlikely to accept it as a mediator.

Jul 2, 2014

Defiant Al Jazeera faces conservative backlash after Arab Spring

DOHA, July 2 (Reuters) – Al Jazeera, the Qatari-funded
television station whose reporting of the 2011 Arab Spring
uprisings won it millions of viewers in the Middle East, is
defiant following a backlash by Arab governments that accuse it
of supporting Islamists.

On June 23, three Al Jazeera journalists were sentenced by
an Egyptian court for up to 10 years in jail for aiding a
“terrorist organisation” – a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood
that helped sweep Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011 only to be
ousted itself last year in an army-backed coup.

Jun 23, 2014

Influential cleric calls for Sunni-Shi’ite dialogue in Iraq

DOHA (Reuters) – An influential Sunni Muslim cleric said on Monday that only dialogue could solve Iraq’s crisis, sounding a conciliatory note on the threat posed by Sunni Islamist insurgents that could further polarize the Middle East along sectarian lines.

Fighters from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS) have seized a swathe of northern Iraqi towns, as well as border posts with Syria, in a thrust towards Baghdad, stunning the country’s Shi’ite Muslim-led central government.

Jun 19, 2014

With eye on Iran, Saudi insists Iraq solution is internal

DOHA/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia kept up a drumbeat of opposition to any foreign intervention in Iraq on Thursday in an apparent message to regional rival Iran, which has hinted at possible cooperation with the United States in quelling insurgents menacing Baghdad.

Washington is considering an Iraqi request to launch air strikes on the positions of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rebels, and the Iranian president has said his countrymen will not hesitate to defend Shi’ite shrines there if need be. Either scenario would probably dismay Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab governments wary about what they see as meddling by Shi’ite Muslim power Iran in the region and opposed to any armed action that could harm Sunni communities in Iraq.