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Emir of Qatar: Send Arab troops to Syria

DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Arab troops should be used to "stop the killing" in Syria, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, ruler of the oil- and gas-rich state of Qatar, told CBS News.
Assad warns Turkey of protest 'fire'

Assad warns Turkey of protest 'fire'

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad, critical of Turkey's stance on the unrest in Syria, warned Monday the "fire" in Syria threatened to spread to Turkey.

Arab League to keep Syria mission

CAIRO, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Arab League officials, meeting in Cairo Sunday, again called on Syria's government to end the violence against its people and said monitoring would increase.

Official: League monitors made mistakes

HATAY, Turkey, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The Arab League made mistakes in its monitoring role in Syria and is seeking the United Nations' help for the mission, Qatar's prime minister said Thursday.

Commentary: The world's wealthiest

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The wealthiest state in the world is run by two men who say that democracy as practiced in the West would simply slow down economic development.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Russia to reduce relations with Qatar

MOSCOW, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Russia said Monday it will be reducing the level of diplomatic relations the country has with Qatar, after an incident involving the Russian ambassador.
Syria launches offensive to retake Homs

Syria launches offensive to retake Homs

HOMS, Syria, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Syria has begun an offensive to retake Homs as armed defectors fight government efforts to seize the third-largest city in Syria, analysts in Syria say.
Group reports 3 deaths in Syrian violence

Group reports 3 deaths in Syrian violence

DAMASCUS, Syria, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Syrian forces killed at least seven people Thursday, despite government agreement to halt violence and meet with the opposition within two weeks, officials say.
Arab League: Syria to end crackdown

Arab League: Syria to end crackdown

CAIRO, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The Arab League announced in Cairo Wednesday Syria agreed to end its deadly crackdown on anti-government forces, even as activists said 21 more people died.

Qatar's 1st national election set for 2013

DOHA, Qatar, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Qatar will hold its first national election for the country's advisory council in the second half of 2013, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said Tuesday.

Sudan, rebels agree to peace talks

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Arab mediators say Sudan will have talks with rebels from the country's Darfur region in an attempt to end a six-year uprising there.

GCC says Iran not invited to summit

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- While the Gulf states want to strengthen ties with Iran, the Gulf Cooperation Council hasn't invited Iranian officials to its next summit, officials said.

Suleiman to become Lebanese president

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 23 (UPI) -- Gen. Michael Suleiman, commander of the Lebanese armed forces, will assume the presidency in a special session of Parliament, Speaker Nabih Berri announced.

UPI Energy Watch

Turkey courts German firms; Japanese energy firms not overactive on oil supply route from Russia; Gazprom, Qatar Petroleum mull joint projects

Analysis: Future natural gas cartel?

To a world reeling from record-high prices, the April 9 meeting in Doha, Qatar, of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum attracted intense media scrutiny. Pundits s
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Church to be built in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A Christian church will be built in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, the first in a Muslim state since the advent of Islam in the 7th century.

Qatar Emir, Mousa slammed for indifference

BAGHDAD, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- A pro-government Iraq daily blasted Qatar Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Arab League Secretary General Amr Mousa for lack of sympathy with Iraq.

Global South summit opens in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, June 15 (UPI) -- Qatari Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani called for a special fund for development and fighting poverty in countries of the Global South.

Toppled Qatar emir returns home

DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The former emir of Qatar, Sheik Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, returned home from exile Thursday, eight years after he was ousted by his son, Sheik Hamad.

Qatar FM in hospital for heart trouble

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Qatari Foreign Minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani was admitted to the American University Hospital in Beirut Wednesday because of chest pains.

Qatar approves 1st permanent constitution

DOHA, Qatar, June 8 (UPI) -- Qatar's Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani Tuesday approved the country's first permanent constitution endorsed in a referendum last year.

Russia, Qatar friendly over agents' trials

MOSCOW, April 20 (UPI) -- Russia and Qatar have put aside diplomatic wrangling over the trial of two Russian agents for the death of former Chechen President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev.

Russia seeks release of suspects in Qatar

MOSCOW, April 6 (UPI) -- Russian officials are trying to free two nationals accused in Qatar of killing a top Chechen exile, a foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

Russian diplomat expelled from Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, March 25 (UPI) -- Qatar has expelled a Russian diplomat who was held last month in the assassination of former Chechen President Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev.

Bush meets Qatar leader; key Gulf ally

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush met with key Gulf ally Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar Thursday and expressed the nation's appreciation for Qatar allowing its territory to be used as the headquarters for U.S. military operations in the Iraq war.
RICHARD TOMKINS, UPI White House Correspondent
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