June 25, 2013 |
CAIRO -- The emir of Qatar handed power to his son Tuesday at a time when the country has parlayed its media empire and natural gas riches into prominent regional influence that includes arming Syrian rebels and building a grandiose Museum of Islamic Art. In a nationally televised speech, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani tapped his fourth son, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, 33, to succeed him. A Cabinet shuffle is expected in the transition, but...
June 18, 2013 |
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland -- Senior Obama administration officials said Tuesday that the Taliban has agreed to participate in peace talks based in Qatar, a key step forward in the effort to jump-start a political resolution of the war in Afghanistan ahead of U.S. plans to withdraw troops. Officials said direct talks between U.S. officials and Taliban representatives could begin this week in Doha and would be followed soon after by a meeting between the Taliban and the High Peace Council, which will represent the Afghan government in the talks.
June 18, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - For more than a decade, the U.S. and the Taliban have met almost exclusively on the battlefield of America's longest war. In coming days, both sides said, they will sit down at a negotiating table to discuss ending the bloodshed in Afghanistan. U.S. and Taliban officials announced separately Tuesday that they would hold their first formal meeting in Doha, Qatar, as early as this week. In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai said that he would send a delegation to Doha and that he hoped it would begin talks with the Taliban "as soon as possible.
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June 13, 2013 |
On a soundstage in Van Nuys, Behrooz Afrakhan was calling play-by-play for Iran's latest World Cup qualifying match against Qatar. "Ball in the net! Ball in the net!" he shouted in Farsi after Reza Ghoochannejad tapped the ball in for the game's only score. Across Southern California, people cheered with Afrakhan, even at 10 a.m. on a weekday. For soccer-mad Iranian expatriates, the question of whether to watch the national team is a no-brainer. The question of how has become more complicated.
June 4, 2013 |
If there was a moment when the United States could have intervened in Syria, it looks like that moment has passed. Shiite militants, including Hezbollah - partly at the behest of their paymasters in Iran - are racing to the defense of Bashar Assad's regime. According to a witness account in the New York Times, there were some 11,000 Hezbollah fighters in the besieged town of Qusair alone. A Shiite religious student in Najaf, Iraq, told the Times that his colleagues believe the leader of Qatar, a backer of Syrian rebels, is a long-prophesied demonic figure who, it is foretold, will raise an army in Syria to wipe out Shiites in Iraq.
April 4, 2013 |
Valentino Rossi, the Italian many consider to be the greatest motorcycle racer in history, will be seeking his eighth world title as the MotoGP series opens its season Sunday in Qatar. Rossi, who has won seven championships, is back with the Yamaha race team after two years with the Ducati team. He rejoins Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo of Spain, the two-time and reigning MotoGP champion. The two had frosty relations when they previously were teammates but claim that's all behind them.