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December 3, 2010 | GRAHAME L. JONES
Taking two uncommonly large risks, FIFA, world soccer's governing body, Thursday awarded the World Cup to two countries that as of now are particularly ill-prepared to stage the sport's showpiece event. Russia, a massive country with a limited infrastructure, most notably in terms of suitable stadiums and reliable transportation, was given the 2018 World Cup. Qatar, a tiny country with apparently unlimited financial resources but a searing summer climate and a rather strict set of Islamic laws, was handed the 2022 World Cup. The questions that arise from these decisions are almost unending, but two come to mind right away: Will Russia allow the unfettered movement of tens of thousands of foreign fans across its vast landscape?
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March 25, 2014 | By Shan Li
Conflict roiling the Middle East will hamper efforts by Occidental Petroleum to unload as much as $8 billion of its assets in the region, according to a report. Speaking at an energy conference in New Orleans on Tuesday, Occidental Chief Executive Steve Chazen said the oil and gas giant may have to sell its Middle East stake to individual buyers rather than to a consortium made up of Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, according to Bloomberg. Chazen told investors that that the likelihood of the three countries cooperating on the deal is "difficult at best right now," the report said.
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June 25, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
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...
OPINION
February 23, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar, flush with oil riches and seeking to push its way to the front of the international stage, is in the midst of an enormous, decade-long building boom to construct facilities and infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament, the largest and most-viewed sporting event in the world. Unfortunately, Qatar is preparing for that moment of international cooperation and sport by grievously exploiting its foreign workers, subjecting them to dangerous conditions that should be drawing forceful condemnations from the world community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1988 | From Reuters
Qatar on Saturday beheaded two men found guilty of murder, an Interior Ministry official contacted by telephone from neighboring Bahrain said.
NEWS
February 1, 1991
According to news reports, troops from the oil-rich kingdom of Qatar engaged this week in their first ground combat action of the war. Last week, Qatar's air force reportedly began conducting aerial raids against Iraqi targets in Kuwait with other allied forces. Qatar is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council--along with Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates--and is part of the council's 10,000-member peninsular force in Saudi Arabia.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2008 | Associated Press
Qatar has teamed up with Robert De Niro and other founders of New York's Tribeca Film Festival to host a similar annual event starting next year in the small, oil-rich Persian Gulf nation. The announcement is part of a broader trend of rival, wealthy Gulf countries launching high-profile cultural and sporting events to attract international attention and outside investment. The festival in Qatar next November will be modeled after the original in New York City, which is going into its eighth year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
For the first time since the 7th century, a church is to be constructed in Qatar, a predominantly Muslim Persian Gulf emirate. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams blessed a cross-shaped stone for the new building at a service for Qatar's Anglican community conducted by the Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf. Williams was in Qatar for the second "Building Bridges" seminar of Christian and Muslim scholars, including seven from the United States, to examine the state of Christian-Muslim relations.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
FIFA, world soccer's governing body, is demanding Qatar explain how it is improving the welfare and living conditions for immigrant workers brought to the Gulf kingdom to build venues for the 2022 World Cup. Qatar's harsh treatment of the migrant workers has been condemned by human rights groups and FIFA said Thursday it expects, within the next two weeks, to be sent "information on specific steps" that have been taken to address those concerns....
BUSINESS
May 22, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Enron Corp. pulled out of a $2-billion pipeline project to export gas from Qatar as it became increasingly likely that an Indian power-sales agreement will collapse. The company said the move is not related to a filing by its 65%-owned Dabhol Power Co. to India's Maharashtra state's electricity board to stop supplying power because it's owed about $63.9 million by the board.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
FIFA, world soccer's governing body, is demanding Qatar explain how it is improving the welfare and living conditions for immigrant workers brought to the Gulf kingdom to build venues for the 2022 World Cup. Qatar's harsh treatment of the migrant workers has been condemned by human rights groups and FIFA said Thursday it expects, within the next two weeks, to be sent "information on specific steps" that have been taken to address those concerns....
WORLD
January 12, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
DOHA, Qatar - As the hot sun cut through the morning haze of the seemingly perpetual summer of this Persian Gulf city, commanders of Syria's Western-backed opposition forces convened for a series of high-level meetings. The participants, leaders of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army, were desperately engaged in damage control after a loose coalition of Islamist groups had taken over the council's warehouses on the Syria-Turkey border, seizing U.S. donations and prompting a suspension of American aid. The choice of Doha, Qatar's capital, was not a strange one. The tiny emirate of Qatar, home to the world's third-largest natural gas reserves and its highest per capita wealth, was once the opposition's staunchest and most vocal supporter.
SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
FIFA, the soccer's world governing body, has generally displayed a unique grasp on reality that often differs from the world the rest of us live in. But in two interviews with European media outlets this week, the group's highest-ranking officials have shown they may indeed understand the obvious. First FIFA President Sepp Blatter told a Swiss newspaper that Brazil is hopelessly behind in construction for this summer's World Cup and predicted that the event will be the target of protests, as was last summer's Confederations Cup. And now, CNN reports, FIFA is conceding it's hot in the Middle East in summer and appears ready to change the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to avoid summer temperatures that frequently soar above 112 degrees.
SPORTS
January 4, 2014 | Wire reports
Rafael Nadal opened his 2014 campaign by winning his first title of the year, defeating Gael Monfils , 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2 at the Qatar Open tennis tournament on Saturday. Nadal showed why he's the top player in the world throughout the week. Although he wasn't in top form in his first event of the season, he battled to win his 61st career title, one shy of Guillermo Vilas' total, seventh on the all-time Open era list. "I think I played my best match of the season -- of the tournament -- today," Nadal said after the exciting, two-hour final.
SPORTS
October 4, 2013 | By David Wharton
Faced with continuing criticism over their decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, international soccer leaders have concluded a two-day meeting by deciding to put off any immediate decisions. Qatar was a controversial choice from the start, if only because the Persian Gulf can be oppressively hot in summer. More recently, there have been reports of widespread labor violations in that country. After meeting in Zurich, members of FIFA's executive committee said Friday they will begin a consultation process to further examine moving the summertime tournament to a winter date in 2022.
WORLD
July 30, 2013 | By Pablo Jaramillo Viteri
QUITO, Ecuador --  Much of Ecuador was in mourning Tuesday over the sudden death in Doha, Qatar, of one of its most popular soccer players,  27-year-old Christian  “Chucho” Benitez. Benitez was a stalwart on the South American country's national team, the leading scorer this year in the Mexican league, and most recently an imported star on the Al Jaish team in Doha. Benitez also was expected to play a major role in Ecuador's bid for the  World Cup next year in Brazil.
WORLD
March 20, 2005 | From Associated Press
A car bomb tore through a theater popular with Westerners in Qatar on Saturday, killing one person, officials said. Twelve people were injured in the blast in the capital, Qatar's Interior Ministry said. It gave no other details. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. The British Foreign Office confirmed that the fatality was a British national, but did not identify the victim. "One building at the theater collapsed. There was pandemonium in the area.
WORLD
April 30, 2003 | From Associated Press
Voters approved their nation's first real constitution Tuesday -- a move toward democratic rule in a country where the emir has held absolute power since independence from Britain in 1971. The constitutional referendum was approved by 96.6% of the voters, Qatar's Interior minister, Prince Hamad bin Nasser Al Thani, announced four hours after polls closed. The constitution envisages a 45-member parliament, of which 30 will be elected in polls where women may run and vote.
WORLD
June 25, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
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...
WORLD
June 18, 2013 | By David S. Cloud, Hashmat Baktash and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
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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