Qatar en Qatar begins preparing for World Cup 2020 Preparations for World Cup 2020 will likely include a change in mentality. Qatar Culture & Lifestyle Middle East Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:12:24 +0000 Ken Shulman 5647083 at World Cup 2022: Can Qatar handle a drunken invasion? <p> DOHA &mdash; Last December, Qatar triumphed over heavily favored contenders Great Britain and the United States when it landed the 2022 World Cup, but now the real challenge begins.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Qatar World Cup 2022 Culture & Lifestyle Middle East Thu, 26 May 2011 10:26:33 +0000 Ken Shulman 5647084 at Qatar pulls out of Syria after attacks over Al Jazeera coverage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Qatar has withdrawn its ambassador from Syria after its embassy was attacked by pro-Assad mobs protesting Al Jazeera’s coverage of the uprising </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Annasofie Flamand and Hugh Macleod </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Beloved of all Syrians when covering Israeli aggression against Arabs, such as the famous <a href="">live broadcasts</a> of the onslaught on Gaza , Al Jazeera and its financial backer the Emir of Qatar have run afoul of regime supporters in Damascus.</p> <p> Infuriated by what they see as Al Jazeera&rsquo;s exaggerated coverage of the regime&rsquo;s crackdown on protestors, pro-Assad mobs have twice attacked the Qatari embassy in Damascus in the past week, hurling tomatoes and rocks, just as they did at the<a href=""> US and French embassies</a> a few days earlier.</p> <p> Qatar and Syria had long enjoyed cordial relations, but recently Al Jazeera, the Doha-based satellite news channel with both Arabic and English versions, has come under strong criticism by the Syrian regime for its coverage of the popular revolt against President Bashar al-Assad&#39;s dictatorship.</p> <p> Qatar&rsquo;s emir, a Sunni Muslim, is believed to have turned decisively against the Assad regime in part when the majority <a href="">Sunni Muslim protestors</a> in Syria continued to be killed by Assad&#39;s security forces, which mainly, like the president, belong to the minority Allawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Qatar Syria Middle East The Casbah Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:40:00 +0000 Annasofie Flamand and Hugh Macleod 5670946 at Six cities, including Baku, bid to host 2020 Olympics <p> The United States, South Africa and Dubai had also considered bidding for the 2020 Olympics.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Azerbaijan Qatar Sports Europe Middle East Italy Japan Spain Turkey Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:25:24 +0000 News Desk 5674525 at Has France become a charity case? Paris — The Persian Gulf state’s generosity irks some. “It’s an attack on state sovereignty,” says a local official.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> France Qatar France Aid Middle East Sun, 29 Jan 2012 14:03:21 +0000 Clea Caulcutt 5689120 at Qatar wealth fund becomes major shareholder in French oil company <p> Qatar&#39;s sovereign wealth fund recently accumulated a 2 per cent stake in France&#39;s major oil company Total SA.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> France Oil Qatar Business Middle East Wed, 14 Mar 2012 20:54:23 +0000 Alexander Besant 5696135 at World Cup 2022: Qatar considers not serving alcohol <p> Qatar is debating whether or not it will serve alcohol at the 2022 World Cup, said a senior official in charge of the football championship.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Qatar World Cup 2022 Entertainment Middle East Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:23:47 +0000 Alexander Besant 5696181 at Qatar fire kills 19 foreigners, including 13 children A fire in a shopping mall in Qatar killed 19 foreigners, including 13 children.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Qatar Middle East Mon, 28 May 2012 19:03:18 +0000 News Desk 5705890 at Qatar seeks $5BN investment in Chinese markets Energy and Industry Minister Mohammed Bin Saleh al-Sada said Qatar plans to draw on some of its income earned from selling about 5 million tons of liquefied gas to Beijing annually, and invest it in the Chinese markets via securities and initial public offerings.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Qatar Business Emerging Markets China Global Economy Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:44:50 +0000 Luke Browne 5709338 at How Qatar spends its billions When it was announced that Qatar would host the 2022 World Cup, many in the international community were taken aback. To them, Qatar and its capital Doha still represented an economically backward desert area incapable of keeping up with booming growth centers like Rio de Janeiro or Shanghai. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Qatar World Cup 2022 Business Middle East Wed, 11 Jul 2012 22:51:00 +0000 Eli Epstein, Business Insider 5711432 at Syria: Ex-ambassador Nawaf Fares urges others to "turn guns" on regime (VIDEO) "I ask ... the members of the military to join the revolution and to defend the country and the citizens," Fares said in a video statement. "Turn your guns on the criminals from this regime."<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bashar al-Assad Qatar Conflict Zones Syria Iraq Politics Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:03:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5711573 at Qatar emir visits Gaza to Hamas leaders' delight Qatar has been one of Hamas' main benefactors since the group fell out with Syria and relations with Iran cooled.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gaza Qatar Israel and Palestine Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:06:00 +0000 Priyanka Boghani 5723547 at COP18: UN climate change talks open in Qatar The 18th United Nations climate change conference opened today in the Qatari capital, Doha.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Climate Change Global Warming Qatar United Nations Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:15:00 +0000 News Desk 5727146 at Qatar jails poet for life The poet criticized Qatar's own monarch and wrote lines about things like "sheikhs playing on their PlayStations."<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Qatar Middle East Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:04:14 +0000 Jill Langlois 5727640 at Egypt pound slips to record low despite Qatar aid of $2.5 billion CAIRO, Egypt — The Egyptian pound has fallen 5 percent since Dec. 30, reaching a record low of 6.5121 to the dollar on Wednesday.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Qatar Global Economy Middle East Wed, 09 Jan 2013 16:40:00 +0000 Priyanka Boghani and Erin Cunningham 5732178 at