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Jun 3, 2015

Qatar says ‘prejudice and racism’ behind criticism of 2022 World Cup

PARIS/DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar said on Wednesday there was no way it would be stripped of the right to host the World Cup despite the corruption scandal surrounding FIFA, dismissing a “bashing campaign” of criticism of its 2022 bid as anti-Arab prejudice.

Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah said Qatar would one day show “who is behind this campaign against Qatar”, suggesting the country was being unfairly targeted over allegations of graft in the vote that won it the Cup, and of abuse of migrant workers.

Jun 1, 2015

Stung by FIFA furor, Qatar’s soft power at risk

DOHA (Reuters) – “It will blow over” tends to be Qatar’s unofficial response to criticism of its World Cup bid, but with a FIFA corruption scandal exploding onto the world’s front pages, the Gulf state has glumly realized it may have a real fight on its hands.

Super-rich Qatar would suffer no economic pain if it lost the right to host the world’s top soccer event. At stake is influence, including its use of sport as a platform to operate on the global stage, opening doors to finance, media, diplomacy, property and tourism.

May 4, 2015

Taliban, Afghan negotiators unable to agree ceasefire

AL-KHOR, Qatar/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Taliban representatives met with Afghan political figures for a second day in Qatar on Sunday, and one participant said the two sides discussed a possible ceasefire but ultimately disagreed over the continued presence of U.S. troops in the country.

The United States and Pakistan, long-regarded by critics as sympathetic to the Afghan Taliban, both welcomed the closed-door talks aimed at ending an insurgency that has raged in Afghanistan since U.S.-backed forces drove the Taliban from power in 2001.

May 3, 2015

Taliban, Afghan figures talk ceasefire but fail to agree

AL-KHOR, Qatar/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, May 3 (Reuters) – Taliban
representatives met with Afghan political figures for a second
day in Qatar on Sunday, and one participant said the two sides
discussed a possible ceasefire but ultimately disagreed over the
continued presence of U.S. troops in the country.

The closed-door talks hosted by Qatar’s foreign ministry
represent a tentative sign of life in the effort to end the
devastating 13-year-old war in Afghanistan.

May 3, 2015

Progress toward peace talks unclear as Taliban, Afghan figures meet

AL-KHOR, Qatar (Reuters) – Taliban representatives met with Afghan political figures for a second day on Sunday, but it was unclear if the dialogue hosted by Qatar moved any closer to long-awaited formal negotiations to end Afghanistan’s devastating war.

Participants in the meeting in Al-Khor, a seaside town north of Doha, emerged from the venue smiling and laughing on Sunday, but they refused to talk to reporters.

May 2, 2015

Qatar says hosting dialogue with Taliban, Afghan officials

DOHA, Qatar (Reuters) – Qatar said on Saturday it was hosting a dialogue this weekend between Afghan officials and representatives of the Taliban insurgents on ways to end the country’s long war.

Taliban’s official spokesman said the insurgents were sending an eight-member delegation to a conference in Doha held by the Pugwash Council, a global organization that promotes dialogue to resolve conflicts. But he denied any move towards negotiations.

Apr 29, 2015

Heavy fighting in Yemen, Saudi Arabia trains tribal fighters

ADEN/DOHA (Reuters) – Saudi-led air strikes hit five Yemeni provinces as fighting raged in the southern city of Aden on Wednesday, and sources in the region said the kingdom was training armed tribesmen to fight the Iran-allied Houthi group.

Houthi rebels’ tanks and snipers killed at least 12 civilians overnight in Yemen’s Aden as they advanced toward the centre of the city, residents said, and a Saudi-led coalition airdropped arms to anti-Houthi fighters in the city of Taiz.

Apr 29, 2015

Exclusive: Saudi Arabia trains Yemeni tribal fighters in war against Houthis – sources

DOHA/CAIRO (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is providing military training for hundreds of Yemeni tribesmen to fight the Iranian-allied Houthi militia, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

A Saudi-led alliance has been bombing the group from the air for over a month, but it remains Yemen’s dominant force.

Apr 29, 2015

Saudi Arabia trains Yemeni tribal fighters in war against Houthis- sources

DOHA/CAIRO, April 29 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is providing
military training for hundreds of Yemeni tribesmen to fight the
Iranian-allied Houthi militia, sources familiar with the matter
told Reuters.

A Saudi-led alliance has been bombing the group from the air
for over a month, but it remains Yemen’s dominant force.

Apr 14, 2015

Qatar launches first Chinese yuan clearing hub in Middle East

DOHA, April 14 (Reuters) – Qatar opened the Middle East’s
first centre for clearing transactions in the Chinese yuan on
Tuesday, saying it would boost trade and investment between
China and Gulf Arab economies.

“The launch of the region’s first renminbi clearing center
in Doha creates the necessary platform to realise the full
potential of Qatar and the region’s trade relationship with
China,” Qatar’s central bank governor Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud
al-Thani said at a ceremony.