Qatar - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Qatar FIFA struggles to regain trust as judge decries new leaders MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Even after a year under new leadership, FIFA is still pleading with the world: Trust us. The message is proving as hard to sell as sponsorship of the World Cup. Especially when FIFA President Gianni Infantino has been accused of ousting the ethics leadership whose mission was to clean up soccer's scandal-tainted image. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 23:26:00 GMT 2017-05-09T23:26:00Z 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 Specter of bribery cases hangs over FIFA Council elections MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The specter of fresh corruption scandals hangs over the annual gathering of world soccer leaders, two years after the FIFA Congress was shaken by the exposure of far-reaching fraud. The election of Asian members to FIFA's ruling council on Monday kickstarts a week of meetings in Bahrain, with powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sab... Sun, 07 May 2017 22:49:00 GMT 2017-05-07T22:49:00Z 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 Australia warns gas companies they risk export restrictions CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister warned energy companies on Thursday that they would be restricted from exporting gas if Australians are not also provided with adequate supplies at internationally competitive prices. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said it was unacceptable that Australia was about to overtake Qatar as the world's bigg... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:43:00 GMT 2017-04-27T01:43:00Z Qatar Airways sees 'manageable' decline in flights to US DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The CEO of one of the Middle East's largest carriers said Monday passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival, but expressed confidence in President Donald Trump as a "very good businessman." Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:45:00 GMT 2017-04-24T15:45:00Z US officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia DJIBOUTI (AP) — Pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend, senior U.S. officials said Sunday. The attacks follow about a five-year respite for the region, where piracy had grown to crisis proportions during the 2010-2012 period, drawing the navies of the United States and other nations int... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:40:00 GMT 2017-04-23T18:40:00Z 26 hostages, including Qatar royals, freed in bargain 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 07:14:00 GMT 2017-04-22T07:14:00Z 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 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 Pentagon's Mattis discussing war aims in Mideast this week WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is looking to the Middle East and North Africa for broader contributions and new ideas to fight Islamic extremism as the Trump administration fleshes out its counterterrorism strategy. His trip to the region, which began with his departure Monday night, includes stops with longstanding allies Saudi Arabia and... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:18:00 GMT 2017-04-17T23:18:00Z Iran boosts gas production from underwater field TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Sunday that it has more than doubled production at a giant undersea gas reservoir over the last four years. President Hassan Rouhani, who will stand for re-election next month, had campaigned in 2013 on promises to boost Iran's natural gas production. He said daily Iranian production at the South Pars Gas Field, which Iran shares with Qatar, has... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:01:00 GMT 2017-04-16T12:01:00Z Fly the funnier skies: Mideast airlines troll United DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mideast carriers are having fun at United Airlines' expense. Dubai-based Emirates released an ad after video went viral of a United passenger being forcefully removed that toyed with the Chicago-based carrier's longtime slogan. "Fly the friendly skies ... this time for real," it read. Royal Jordanian t... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:57:00 GMT 2017-04-13T08:57:00Z Study: Migrant workers exploited en route to Arab Gulf DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Asian migrants working in the multi-billion dollar construction industry in Arab Gulf countries are shouldering the costs of their own recruitment fees while companies and their clients are reaping the benefits from inexpensive labor, according to a study released Tuesday. The research by New York University's Ster... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:28:00 GMT 2017-04-11T07:28:00Z Qatar to boost production from vast underwater gas field DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar laid out plans on Monday to boost production from a vast underwater natural gas field by 10 percent, giving the energy-rich Gulf nation potential new revenue as it pursues ambitious infrastructure plans. Qatar is a small but wealthy member of OPEC that generates most of its income from natural gas rather than crude oil. It exports... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:52:00 GMT 2017-04-03T12:52:00Z 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 For some airline passengers, new warnings bring new hurdles NEW YORK (AP) — As far as the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between taking off shoes at the security checkpoint and testing baby food and milk for bomb residue. It's yet another impediment in the name of security for already weary travelers, especially those from or... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:50:00 GMT 2017-03-22T20:50:00Z No new threat led to airline laptop limits, officials say WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and British officials said Tuesday the decision to bar laptops and tablets from the cabins of some international flights wasn't based on any specific threat but on longstanding concerns about terrorists targeting jetliners. Unimpressed, some travelers and civil liberties groups denounced the ban, raising concerns that included lost ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:17:00 GMT 2017-03-22T00:17:00Z The Latest: Royal Jordanian to enforce ban starting Friday CAIRO (AP) — The Latest developments related to the U.S. government move to bar passengers in eight Muslim-majority countries from bringing laptops and other electronics onboard direct flights to the United States (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Jordan's national carrier says it will begin to restrict most electronics equipment, including laptops, on direct... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:20:00 GMT 2017-03-21T20:20:00Z Ban aimed at electronics in cabins of some US-bound flights WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is temporarily barring passengers on certain flights originating in eight other countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and most other electronics in carry-on luggage starting Tuesday. The reason for the ban was not immediately clear. U.S. security officials would not comment. The ban was revealed Monday in st... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:52:00 GMT 2017-03-21T01:52:00Z New York, New Jersey pols ask Trump to stop Emirates flight NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty-five members of the New York and New Jersey Congressional delegation sent a letter asking President Donald Trump to stop a Gulf-based airline from starting a roundtrip flight between Newark, New Jersey, and Athens this month, the latest salvo in a dispute over claims of unfair competition. The letter released late Tuesday contends E... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 13:37:00 GMT 2017-03-08T13:37:00Z Qatar says producers sticking to oil output cuts DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar's energy minister says OPEC members and oil-producing allies are adhering to previously agreed production cuts aimed at taking supply off the market to push up the price of crude. Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada said in Doha on Wednesday that "adherence is excellent" to cuts in oil production agreed on in December 2016. He currently se... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:30:00 GMT 2017-02-08T10:30:00Z Qatar official: Gulf value-added tax could begin in 2018 DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar's finance minister says a new unified value-added tax across the Gulf Arab countries could come into effect as early as next year as the oil-rich region searches for new sources of revenue. Ali Sherif al-Emadi told reporters Tuesday that all six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council had signed onto the agreement. The bloc includ... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:12:00 GMT 2017-02-07T13:12:00Z Qatar Airways launches longest flight with Auckland route DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar Airways has launched the world's longest scheduled commercial airline route with the arrival of its flight from Doha to Auckland, New Zealand. The Gulf carrier said flight QR920 touched down in Auckland early on Monday after covering a distance of 14,535 kilometers, or 9,032 miles. That is the fu... Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:42:00 GMT 2017-02-06T14:42:00Z US suspends enforcement of travel ban, DOJ appeals WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has appealed a judge's order temporarily blocking President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban, saying it's the "sovereign prerogative" of a president to admit or exclude aliens in order to protect national security. The appeal filed late Saturday at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, c... Sun, 05 Feb 2017 07:02:00 GMT 2017-02-05T07:02:00Z The Latest: Trump appeal: Aliens lack constitutional rights WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the reaction to a court order blocking U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on travelers and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries (all times Eastern): 1:30 p.m. The Justice Department has appealed a judge's order blocking his travel ban at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisc... Sun, 05 Feb 2017 06:37:00 GMT 2017-02-05T06:37:00Z US judge temporarily blocks Trump's travel ban nationwide SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge's order blocking President Donald Trump's ban on admitting travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries or any refugees left authorities, advocates, embassies and airlines wondering what to do Saturday. The White House said it would try to get a court to reinstate the ban that prompted the State Department to cancel v... Sat, 04 Feb 2017 13:56:00 GMT 2017-02-04T13:56:00Z US airlines renew campaign to rein in Gulf carriers DALLAS (AP) — Leaders of the three biggest U.S. airlines are seeking to meet with new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to revive their stalled complaint that rivals from the Middle East are getting unfair government subsidies. The issue took on new urgency last month when one of the fast-growing Middle Eastern carriers, Emirates, announced plans to begin ... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 23:55:00 GMT 2017-02-02T23:55:00Z NYC airport becomes scene of anguish after Trump travel ban NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Kennedy airport became a scene of anguish and desperation Saturday for the families of people detained after arriving in the U.S. from nations subject to President Donald Trump's travel ban. Many flights to the U.S. already were in the air Friday when the president's order barred entry to citizens of seven predominantly Mus... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 04:12:00 GMT 2017-01-29T04:12:00Z