Qatar called on to address rights issues

Qatar called on to address rights issues

DOHA, Qatar, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Qatar is called on to use the 2022 World Cup as an opportunity to improve its human rights record, a U.N. special envoy said Wednesday from Doha.

Qatari ruler appoints son as new Emir

DOHA, Qatar, June 25 (UPI) -- Qatari ruler Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said it is time for a new generation to lead and appointed his 33-year-old son Tamim the next emir of Qatar.

Warm embrace for Qatar's new emir

LONDON, June 25 (UPI) -- The British government said Tuesday it looks forward to building a stronger working relationship with the new emir of Qatar, Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani.

Qatar begins change of power; emir to step down

DOHA, Qatar, June 24 (UPI) -- The emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, met with members of his ruling family in Doha Monday in anticipation of a transfer of power.

Commentary: Israel: Crises 360 degrees

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Surrounded by crises in all its Arab neighbors, Israeli leaders are not about to facilitate the birth of a Palestinian state.

Kerry to return to Mideast in new peace effort

ROME, May 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Israeli-Palestinian peace had an urgent, new opportunity to make headway, and he intended to take advantage of it.
Obama to meet with Qatar's al-Thani

Obama to meet with Qatar's al-Thani

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Qatar Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani Tuesday, the White House said.
Obama to meet with UAE, Qatari, Jordanian and Turkish leaders

Obama to meet with UAE, Qatari, Jordanian and Turkish leaders

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- President Obama will meet with leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan and Turkey during the next month in Washington, the White House said.

Afghan leader meets with emir in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, April 1 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai traveled to Qatar and met with the emir of the Persian Gulf state where the Taliban may set up an office.

Qatar's emir proposes $1B Palestinian fund

DOHA, Qatar, March 27 (UPI) -- Qatar Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, speaking at an Arab League summit, proposed a $1 billion fund to support Arabic and Islamic heritage in Jerusalem.

Qatar ruler takes title to 6 Greek islands

VATHY, Greece, March 6 (UPI) -- The emir of Qatar, one of the world's richest men, has taken title to six uninhabited Greek islands after a year and a half of paperwork.

Arab TV network said now pushing agenda

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Arab television broadcaster al-Jazeera is no longer a voice for change, but of propaganda for its royal owner, journalists who used to work for the network say.

Emir of Qatar to visit Ramallah

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Qatar's emir will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his first visit to the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian officials said.
Qatar Emir's Gaza visit boosts Hamas

Qatar Emir's Gaza visit boosts Hamas

GAZA, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- In the first visit by a head of state to Gaza since Hamas took control, the emir of Qatar pledged to double funds earmarked for construction.
No break yet in Sudan-S.Sudan stalemate

No break yet in Sudan-S.Sudan stalemate

KHARTOUM, Sudan, July 31 (UPI) -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir declined to meet with South Sudan leader Salva Kiir Tuesday in a bid to try to resolve differences between the two countries.
EU tightens arms embargo against Syria

EU tightens arms embargo against Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 23 (UPI) -- The European Union bolstered its arms embargo against Syria Monday, as well as tightened sanctions against supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Qatari mall blaze probe ordered

DOHA, Qatar, May 29 (UPI) -- Qatar's public health minister confirmed the Villagio mall fire claimed the lives of 19 people, including 13 children at a nursery school.

Qatar eyeing big Malta energy investment

VALLETTA, Malta, April 20 (UPI) -- Qatar is eyeing $1.3 billion in investments in Malta's Enemalta energy company and a gas distribution hub on the island, a local report indicated this week.
E-mails purport to show Assad private life

E-mails purport to show Assad private life

LONDON, March 15 (UPI) -- Iran advised Syrian President Bashar Assad on crushing the uprising while Assad's wife bought chic goods online, files purported to be private e-mails showed.

Russia signals possible shift on Syria

CAIRO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Russia, which has vetoed previous U.N. resolutions condemning violence in Syria, signaled Monday it may shift its stand amid fresh violence.
U.N. considers call for Assad to step down

U.N. considers call for Assad to step down

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Syrian government troops reclaimed two central squares in Damascus suburbs Monday and the United Nations considered a call for President Bashar Assad to resign.

Arab, Western states press Russia on Assad

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Arab and Western nations will press Russia to back a U.N. resolution supporting Arab League demands that Syrian President Bashar Assad resign, envoys said.

Syria rejects Arab League proposals

CAIRO, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Syria dismissed Arab League calls for President Bashar Assad to relinquish power to his deputy and for the country to form a unity government within two months.

Syria 'surprised' by Qatar's call to arms

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- No more Arab blood should be spilled in Syria to serve a foreign agenda, the government said after rejecting a proposal for Arab military intervention.

Government forces kill 13 in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Syrian government forces Monday killed at least 13 people, activists said, as Arab League officials appeared divided on whether to send troops to the country.
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