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February 15, 2018 12:52 AM England set for Qatar friendlies after FA agrees deal which could include senior and youth team fixtures

The Football Association has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Football Association ahead of the Gulf State hosting the 2022 World Cup. Three years after then-FA chairman Greg Dyke described Qatar being awarded the World Cup as 'the worst moment in FIFA's history', his successor Greg Clarke was in Doha to forge links with the country 68

February 12, 2018 2:03 AM Qatari soccer team plays in UAE amid Gulf diplomatic rift

The eight-month long boycott of Qatar by regional neighbors has been broken by a soccer team. Al Gharafa of Qatar was opening its Asian Champions League campaign on Monday in Abu Dhabi against Al Jazira, the champions of the United Arab Emirates. Rather than taking a short direct flight from Doha to Abu Dhabi, Al Gharafa was forced to go via Oman on Sunday 41

December 31, 2017 7:10 PM WhatsApp goes down on New Year’s Eve angering MILLIONS of users across globe

Users have flagged the issue on Twitter with the hashtag #WhatsAppDown. shows the problem has spread across the globe, with users in the UK and Europe worst off. Users in other countries including Barbados, India, Panama, South Africa, Spain and Qatar are also unable to access the app on New Year's Eve. One wrote: “Messages won’t deliver 147

December 27, 2017 1:42 PM Turkish president calls Syria's Assad a 'terrorist'

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - Syria's peace efforts cannot include President Bashar Assad, Turkey's leader said Wednesday, calling him a "terrorist." President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke during a visit to Tunisia at the end of a four-day Africa trip focusing on economic issues. At a joint news conference with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Erdogan called 46

December 27, 2017 1:33 PM How Airbus A380 output hinges on Emirates negotiations

PARIS, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Future production of the world's largest airliner is under threat as Airbus tries to rescue a proposed deal for 36 A380 superjumbo aircraft with Dubai's Emirates. Following is a breakdown of likely remaining A380 deliveries, according to industry sources, and the impact on A380 production if a deal with Emirates is either reached 39

December 8, 2017 1:09 PM Leave Lebanon alone, world powers tell Saudi, Iran

French President Emmanuel Macron led calls Friday for countries to stop meddling in Lebanon at an international meeting aimed at preventing the fragile nation becoming a pawn in the power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended the eight-nation talks in Paris with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, whose 43

December 3, 2017 6:03 PM Emir of boycott-hit Qatar to attend Gulf summit: minister

A photo provided by the Qatar News Agency shows Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani attending the inauguration of the new Hamad Port in Doha on September 5, 2017. Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani will attend a crucial summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council this coming week, Doha's foreign minister said on Sunday. Speaking at a forum, Sheikh 23

December 3, 2017 9:16 AM Iran inaugurates new extension to its main Arabian Sea port

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated on Sunday a newly built extension to the country's main Arabian Sea outlet, the strategic Chabahar Port on the Gulf of Oman, which more than triples its capacity and poses a challenge for a port under construction in neighboring Pakistan. The $340 million project was constructed by a Revolutionary 28

November 30, 2017 1:51 PM MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi edges up to chart barrier, Qatar slips before MSCI decision

DUBAI, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's stock market edged up to technical resistance on Thursday while Qatar's bourse softened, as regional trade was thinned by the closure of markets including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Egypt for public holidays. The Saudi index added 0.5 percent to 7,004 points, rising for a seventh straight day to test resistance 38

November 23, 2017 1:02 PM Djokovic looking to add experienced former world No.8 to coaching team alongside Andre Agassi

Radek Stepanek could join Djokovic's coaching team after retiring earlier this month. Radek Stepanek's wish to remain in tennis after his retirement looks to have been granted sooner than expected with reports suggesting that he is about to join Novak Djokovic's coaching team alongside Andre Agassi for the upcoming 2018 campaign. The 38-year-old Czech 58