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July 11, 2013 | By Kathy Gannon, Associated Press
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Afghanistan's Taliban have shuttered a newly opened office in the Gulf state of Qatar, vowing to fight on against President Hamid Karzai's government while abandoning a diplomatic approach seen as the best hope of finding a political end to the protracted 12-year war. Experts said Tuesday that the final withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014 offered the Taliban the hope of a military victory while limiting their incentive...
NEWS
February 2, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Palestinian Authority, and Palestinian officials said yesterday that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have promised $33 million in quick aid to ease a severe budget crisis. Saudi Arabia promised $20 million and Qatar pledged $13 million to help the Palestinian Authority pay January salaries to 137,000 employees, a senior Palestinian official said. Earlier, Israel said it was suspending the transfer of $45 million in tax and customs revenues it collected in January, while Western nations weigh whether to continue supporting the Palestinian Authority after Hamas, with its history of suicide bombings and rejection of Israel, forms a government.
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | Associated Press
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - With a few words in a short speech, Qatar's huge energy riches and its expanding political influence passed into the hands of a 33-year-old ruler Tuesday in a seamless transition from a region where old-guard leaders have been toppled by the Arab Spring. The transfer from father to son was stunning for both its simplicity and far-reaching repercussions. It quietly brought a new generation to the forefront of Middle East affairs in an apparent Gulf-style riposte to the pressures for a new style of leadership inspired by the region's upheavals: More youthful and possibly more attuned to demands for a greater public voice in political decision-making.
NEWS
July 9, 2002 | By Cassio Furtado and Warren P. Strobel INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
A Jordanian citizen who FBI officials say lived last summer with two men who later were among the hijackers on Sept. 11 will remain in federal custody, a federal magistrate said yesterday. Rasmi Al-Shannaq, 27, shared a northern Virginia apartment with the two after entering the United States using a phony visa provided by U.S. Embassy personnel in Qatar, according to court papers presented yesterday. The possibility that embassy personnel in Qatar supplied false papers to hijackers or their allies is under investigation, a U.S. official said on condition of anonymity.
NEWS
June 23, 2013 | By Karen DeYoung, Washington Post
DOHA, Qatar - The Syrian opposition's major international backers agreed here Saturday to provide "urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment" to rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The agreement did not specify what kinds of weapons would be sent or which supporters would provide what. But officials attending the Doha conference said that both Saudi Arabia and Qatar are prepared to quickly supply shoulder-launched antiaircraft missiles and armor-piercing shells to be used against Assad's air force and tanks.
NEWS
January 15, 2012 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The leader of Qatar has said Arab troops should be sent to Syria to stop a deadly crackdown that has claimed the lives of thousands of people over the last 10 months. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani's comments to CBS's 60 Minutes , to be broadcast Sunday, were the first statements by an Arab leader calling for the deployment of troops inside Syria. They come amid growing claims that a team of Arab observers dispatched to the country to curb the bloodshed has failed in its mission.
NEWS
March 11, 2012 | By Rahim Faiez and Anne Gearan, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Five top Taliban leaders held by the United States in the Guantanamo Bay military prison told a visiting Afghan delegation they agree to a proposed transfer to the tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar, opening the door for a possible move aimed at bringing the Taliban into peace talks, Afghan officials said Saturday. The United States is considering transferring the five from the prison in Cuba to a presumably less restrictive custody in Qatar as an incentive for the Taliban to enter negotiations - though Washington has not yet outright agreed to the step, and some in Congress oppose it. Talks with the Taliban are seen as key to bringing some level of calm to Afghanistan, allowing U.S. troops to come home without the country descending into further chaos.
SPORTS
August 8, 1993 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Come October, the tiny Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar will be an international hot spot, host to ancient rivalries and angry confrontations. Late in the month, Iran will be there opposing Iraq. Two days later, Iraq - vowing revenge for the gulf war - will take on Saudi Arabia. Four days after that one, North Korea and South Korea square off far from the demilitarized zone. They'll be on a soccer field. The five countries are in the final phase of the Asian region of World Cup qualifying, along with Japan.
NEWS
March 14, 2000 | By Barbara Demick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It started five years ago with palace intrigue. While the aging emir of Qatar was summering in Switzerland, reportedly undergoing treatment for alcoholism, his 45-year-old son staged a bloodless coup d'etat. What looked at the time like just another dynastic tussle was in fact the beginning of a quiet revolution. The new emir, Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, is transforming this obscure desert sheikdom into the most progressive country in the Persian Gulf, and one of the most progressive in the entire Arab world.
SPORTS
December 3, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The theories were out there as soon as the vote was announced. How could the United States lose the right to host soccer's 2022 World Cup in a head-to-head matchup with Qatar? The Mideast country, with a population of about 840,000, not only beat the United States in a head-to-head duel, but won rather decisively in the voting, 14-8, on Thursday. FIFA, soccer's governing body, awarded Qatar the 2022 World Cup moments after announcing that Russia would host in 2018. There were four rounds of voting conducted by 22 FIFA voting members to decide among the five contenders to host in 2022, according to FIFA.
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June 3, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Although American, Delta, and United want to squelch the rapid U.S. growth of Persian Gulf airlines, Qatar Airways announced Monday that it will fly a larger wide-body aircraft daily between Philadelphia and Doha, the Qatari capital, starting Jan. 1, 2016. Qatar picked Philadelphia to be the first U.S. airport to fly its larger Airbus A350 XWB jet, which offers wider seats in business and economy classes, less engine noise, and mood lighting to reduce fatigue, the airline said. "Philadelphia is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S.A., and is an important international business hub that is home to seven Fortune 1000 companies," Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.
NEWS
June 24, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sue Johnson knew the departure day was coming. She'd been through this when her husband was deployed to Iraq in 2009. But the past experience proved little comfort to Johnson, of Turnersville, as she spent the last few minutes with her husband in the shade of trees, before he joined his unit for a farewell ceremony Wednesday at Doughboy Field at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. "I don't think you can prepare for this," said Johnson, 47. "I just take it one day at a time. " Staff Sgt. Richard Johnson is one of more than 450 members of the New Jersey Army National Guard who will leave Friday for final training at Fort Bliss, Texas, then head to Qatar as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Spotting Charlie at their mutual friends' rehearsal dinner, Alexis walked over to say hello. They had met a few years before, when Alexis, who is from Mount Airy, was a student at Barnard College in New York, and Charlie, from Glencoe, Ill, was at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. Mutual friends had a party at Penn. Alexis hadn't thought about Charlie until a few weeks before that June 2010 wedding, when another mutual friend suggested they might get along.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike and Sue Edmonds were on Qatar Airways' inaugural flight to Doha from Philadelphia on Wednesday, on their way to visit their daughter, 22, a teacher in Bangkok. "We got an excellent fare - $950 round-trip to Bangkok," said Sue Edmonds. "We looked into Qatar Airways because it has a good reputation. It's a long flight. We wanted to be comfortable. We're very excited. " The couple from Emmaus, Lehigh County, joined dozens of passengers boarding the 10:15 a.m. flight, which had arrived from Doha two hours earlier to cheers and a water-cannon salute at Philadelphia International Airport.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bali, Casablanca, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Bangkok. Philadelphia's geographic reach is about to get wider. Qatar Airways, the flag carrier of the oil-rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar, will begin nonstop daily flights Wednesday from Philadelphia International Airport to Doha, the capital of Qatar, which borders Saudi Arabia. The Boeing 777-200 LR is expected to land at 7:30 a.m., with about 250 passengers on board, including Qatar Airway's CEO Akbar Al Baker. The plane's return flight to Doha is 10:15 a.m. Fares from Philadelphia start at $1,540 round-trip.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Kathy Gannon, Associated Press
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Afghanistan's Taliban have shuttered a newly opened office in the Gulf state of Qatar, vowing to fight on against President Hamid Karzai's government while abandoning a diplomatic approach seen as the best hope of finding a political end to the protracted 12-year war. Experts said Tuesday that the final withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014 offered the Taliban the hope of a military victory while limiting their incentive...
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | Associated Press
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - With a few words in a short speech, Qatar's huge energy riches and its expanding political influence passed into the hands of a 33-year-old ruler Tuesday in a seamless transition from a region where old-guard leaders have been toppled by the Arab Spring. The transfer from father to son was stunning for both its simplicity and far-reaching repercussions. It quietly brought a new generation to the forefront of Middle East affairs in an apparent Gulf-style riposte to the pressures for a new style of leadership inspired by the region's upheavals: More youthful and possibly more attuned to demands for a greater public voice in political decision-making.
NEWS
June 23, 2013 | By Karen DeYoung, Washington Post
DOHA, Qatar - The Syrian opposition's major international backers agreed here Saturday to provide "urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment" to rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The agreement did not specify what kinds of weapons would be sent or which supporters would provide what. But officials attending the Doha conference said that both Saudi Arabia and Qatar are prepared to quickly supply shoulder-launched antiaircraft missiles and armor-piercing shells to be used against Assad's air force and tanks.
NEWS
June 21, 2013
KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban leaders proposed a deal in which they would free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their most senior operatives at Guantánamo Bay, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai eased his opposition yesterday to joining planned peace talks. The idea of releasing these Taliban prisoners has been controversial. U.S. negotiators hope they would join the peace process but fear they might simply return to the battlefield, and Karzai once scuttled a similar deal partly because he felt the Americans were usurping his authority.
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Patrick Quinn, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban and the United States said Tuesday they would hold talks within days on finding a political solution to ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan, as the international coalition formally handed over control of the country's security to the Afghan army and police. The Taliban met a key U.S. demand by pledging not to use Afghanistan as a base to threaten other countries, although the Americans said it must also denounce al-Qaeda. President Obama cautioned that the process won't be quick or easy.
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