Qatar - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Qatar The Latest: Trump asks Mideast to extinguish extremism RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 11:15 p.m. President Donald Trump is imploring Middle Eastern countries to extinguish what he calls "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region. Speaking Sunday to Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, Trump described the... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:18:00 GMT 2017-05-21T20:18:00Z The Latest: Qatari, Dutch groups pledge to educate refugees BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the large number of refugees and migrants trying to reach the continent (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Organizations from Qatar and the Netherlands are joining forces to get 6,000 Syrian refugees into higher education courses, a move aimed at helping them integrate in the countries where they live now and rebuild their own natio... Fri, 19 May 2017 15:32:00 GMT 2017-05-19T15:32:00Z Dutch Qatari groups aim to get Syrians into higher education THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Organizations from Qatar and the Netherlands are joining forces to get 6,000 Syrian refugees into higher education courses, a move aimed at helping them integrate in the countries where they live now and rebuild their own nation if they are able to return. The organizations, Al Fakhoora and Spark, announced Friday that their ... Fri, 19 May 2017 13:50:00 GMT 2017-05-19T13:50:00Z Royal Jordanian diverts flight after suspicious object claim AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's national carrier says it diverted a flight and searched the plane during an unscheduled stop after a passenger told the cabin crew that a suspicious object was on board. Royal Jordanian says the Airbus 320 with 124 passengers was on its way from Dubai to the Jordanian capital of Amman on Thursday when the pilot received word of the passenger's c... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:30:00 GMT 2017-05-18T14:30:00Z The Latest: Comey sends farewell letter to FBI colleagues WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey's firing (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Former FBI Director James Comey says in a farewell letter that he does not plan to dwell on the decision to fire him or the "way it was executed." He says in the letter that although he'll ... Thu, 11 May 2017 05:04:00 GMT 2017-05-11T05:04:00Z New Hamas chief tours native Gaza, highlights power shift GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The newly elected leader of Hamas paid tribute in Gaza on Monday to Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel, his first appearance in the new role and a sign of the group's internal power shift from the diaspora to the Hamas-ruled territory. Since the Palestinian group's founding 30 years ago, its top leaders had moved betwe... Mon, 08 May 2017 17:17:00 GMT 2017-05-08T17:17:00Z New Hamas program softens language, but some goals remain GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Islamic militant Hamas on Monday unveiled what had been billed as a new, seemingly more pragmatic political program aimed at ending the group's international isolation. With the new manifesto, Hamas rebrands itself as an Islamic national liberation movement, rather than a branch of the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood, which ha... Tue, 02 May 2017 07:15:00 GMT 2017-05-02T07:15:00Z The Latest: Hamas unveils changes to political program GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Here is the latest on the presentation of Hamas' new political program (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The Islamic militant Hamas has unveiled a new, seemingly more pragmatic political program that the group hopes will help it end years of international isolation. With the new manifesto, Hama... Mon, 01 May 2017 18:16:00 GMT 2017-05-01T18:16:00Z FIFA official Sheikh Ahmad resigning amid bribery claims GENEVA (AP) — Under pressure from allegations in an American federal court that he bribed FIFA voters, Asian Olympic leader Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah of Kuwait resigned from his soccer roles on Sunday. Sheikh Ahmad's move ended his candidacy to retain a seat on FIFA's ruling council before eight days of voting by Asian soccer officials in Bahrain. "I... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:46:00 GMT 2017-04-30T16:46:00Z Marc Marquez wins MotoGP pole position again in Texas AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Marc Marquez found enough speed and balance to grab another pole position at the Grand Prix of the Americas. Maverick Vinales may have what it takes to finally beat him to the checkered flag in Texas. Repsol Honda's Marquez won pole position Saturday for the fifth consecutive year, edging Movistar Yamaha's Vinales in a pulsating final... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:01:00 GMT 2017-04-22T23:01:00Z Delicate bargain frees 26 hostages, including Qatar royals BAGHDAD (AP) — Qatar has secured the release of 26 hostages after nearly a year and a half in captivity, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region's most complex and sensitive hostage negotiation deal in recent years. Several people with knowledge of the talks and a person involved in the negotiations said the hostage deal... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 07:02:00 GMT 2017-04-22T07:02:00Z Former FIFA head Blatter quizzed by US, Swiss investigators ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter has met with U.S. Department of Justice investigators and insists he is not a suspect in their bribery and corruption case linked to FIFA. "I was never a person of interest or under scrutiny by the American justice. Never," the former FIFA president said on Friday. Blatter's most recent contact "with lawyers f... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:17:00 GMT 2017-04-21T17:17:00Z In Syria, first phase of population transfer concludes BEIRUT (AP) — The first phase of a troubled population transfer concluded Friday as thousands of displaced Syrians were evacuated out of besieged areas and an agreement was reached to release hundreds of government detainees, government media and rebels said. One of the largest population transfers in Syria's civil war had been tied to the fate of 26 host... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:17:00 GMT 2017-04-21T14:17:00Z US, Canada, Mexico ask FIFA for faster World Cup bid process GENEVA (AP) — The North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup has asked FIFA for a decision in June 2018, two years ahead of schedule. In a letter seen by The Associated Press, the soccer federations from the United States, Canada and Mexico asked FIFA to consider their request next month in Bahrain at its annual congress. The proposa... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:33:00 GMT 2017-04-11T14:33:00Z Tillerson, top diplomats hold urgent meeting on Syria crisis LUCCA, Italy (AP) — With fresh urgency but scant solutions, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and top foreign diplomats held an urgent meeting Tuesday to strategize on a way forward to end the protracted civil war in Syria. A meeting of the "likeminded" countries was hastily arranged on the sidelines of a Group of 7 industrialized economies in Italy, ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:16:00 GMT 2017-04-11T08:16:00Z FIFA lifts Qatari official's 1-year ban on appeal ZURICH (AP) — The FIFA appeal committee says Saoud Al-Mohannadi of Qatar was wrongly barred as a FIFA Council election candidate last year. FIFA says its appeal panel lifted a one-year ban imposed on Al-Mohannadi last November for failing to cooperate with a previous, unspecified ethics investigation. His case emerged last September, da... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:00:00 GMT 2017-04-06T15:00:00Z ExxonMobil, Qatar Petroleum sign drilling deal with Cyprus NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — ExxonMobil and partner Qatar Petroleum on Wednesday signed an agreement with Cyprus to carry out exploratory drilling off the east Mediterranean island's southern coast, where officials hope sizeable deposits of oil and gas could be found. Qatar Petroleum Chief Executive Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said the area, or block, where the partn... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:48:00 GMT 2017-04-05T08:48:00Z EU, UN assess Syria's reconstruction needs as donors gather BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat said Tuesday that the United Nations, EU and world financial institutions have begun technical work to figure out what will be needed to rebuild war-ravaged Syria. Speaking on the eve of an international conference on Syria, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the work would foster peace effort... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:59:00 GMT 2017-04-04T15:59:00Z The Latest: US envoy at Arab summit: Mideast peace possible DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The Latest on the Arab summit being held in Jordan (all times local): 8:20 p.m. Donald Trump's international envoy has told officials at an Arab summit that the U.S. president believes an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is possible and would "reverberate positively throughout the region and the world." ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:26:00 GMT 2017-03-29T19:26:00Z CEO of airline association criticizes electronics device ban MONTREAL (AP) — The head of the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday it's difficult to understand how banning electronic devices in carry-on baggage will improve flight security. In a prepared text of a speech, IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac calls on governments to work with the transport industry to ensure passengers aren't separated from their laptops, tablet... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:38:00 GMT 2017-03-28T19:38:00Z Qatar to invest 5 billion pounds in Britain over 3-5 years DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The energy-rich nation of Qatar says it plans to invest 5 billion pounds in the British economy within the next half decade. Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani announced the $6.3 billion investment at an investment forum in London. He said the outlay would come over the next three to five years through investment funds and other "r... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:06:00 GMT 2017-03-28T08:06:00Z New security measure could cause travelers to reroute trips DALLAS (AP) — A new security measure banning many electronic devices on flights from 10 mostly Muslim countries is leading travelers to reconsider their plans to fly through some airports in the Middle East and Africa. Paula Berger, an energy-company manager, and a co-worker have tickets to fly from the U.S. through Dubai to Hyderabad, India, where her co... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:02:00 GMT 2017-03-21T22:02:00Z Glasgow club Rangers hires Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Fallen Scottish giant Rangers has turned to the Qatari league for a new manager, hiring Pedro Caixinha on a three-year contract. The 46-year-old Portuguese coach has been in Qatar since 2015 with Al Gharafa. Caixinha, who was a goalkeeper for lower-league Portuguese clubs, has also coached Uniao de Leiria and Na... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:10:00 GMT 2017-03-11T16:10:00Z Russia World Cup head Vitaly Mutko barred from FIFA Council Russia World Cup head Vitaly Mutko has been barred from seeking re-election to FIFA's top decision-making body after failing an eligibility check. FIFA's review committee has ruled that Mutko can no longer sit on the FIFA Council because of his role as a deputy prime minister of Russia, people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The people spoke on conditio... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:59:00 GMT 2017-03-10T08:59:00Z FIFA World Cup inspector appeals to CAS against 3-year ban GENEVA (AP) — The FIFA official who led inspections of 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidders has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his three-year ban for seeking unpaid intern work in Qatar for relatives. Harold Mayne-Nicholls's hearing at CAS could be the first time that evidence from former FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia's investig... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:14:00 GMT 2017-03-01T18:14:00Z FIFA bans ex-executive Amos Adamu for 2 years ZURICH (AP) — Former FIFA executive committee member Amos Adamu has received a second ban for unethical conduct. FIFA's ethics committee said Tuesday that its latest ban was the result of Adamu's "involvement in the organization of an event in 2010" which violated the rules of conduct and constituted a conflict of interest. A FIFA inves... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:20:00 GMT 2017-02-28T17:20:00Z UN chief to visit Turkey, 5 Mideast countries and Germany UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to Turkey, five Mideast nations and Germany on his first major trip since taking the helm of the United Nations on Jan. 1. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N. chief was leaving late Thursday for Istanbul for talks with government leaders and will then travel to Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, for ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:19:00 GMT 2017-02-10T00:19:00Z Airline CEOs inbound for White House DALLAS (AP) — With U.S. airline executives meeting this week with President Donald Trump, the White House appears skeptical about a push by carriers and their unions to block competition from a European airline. Pilot unions in particular want Trump to overturn an Obama administration decision that allows European budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle to e... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:35:00 GMT 2017-02-08T18:35:00Z North America mulls soccer World Cup bid in the Trump era GENEVA (AP) — When Donald Trump was just a presidential candidate, there was a belief in soccer that the United States, Mexico and Canada would be a strong choice to team up for a North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup. That still holds, even now the candidate is now President Trump. A widely speculated three-way hosting bid by Canada, the U.S and ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:16:00 GMT 2017-01-31T18:16:00Z The Latest: Somali refugee won't be reunited with girl, 4 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump, his travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries and other immigration actions (all times local): 7:40 p.m. A Minnesota mother who planned to bring her daughter to the U.S. this week after years apart has learned the girl won't be making the trip after President Donald Trump suspended refugee arrivals from seven ... 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