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June 28, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The United States quickly recognized this oil-producing Persian Gulf state's new government after assurances it will work cooperatively with neighbors and the rest of the international community. Neighboring Saudi Arabia also declared its support for Qatar's crown prince, who seized power from his father unexpectedly in a bloodless coup while the emir was vacationing in Switzerland.
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March 9, 1999 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With one of the world's highest per-capita incomes and only about 150,000 citizens, this small, close-knit state on a peninsula in the Persian Gulf is practically as much a club as it is a country. Despite its pint size of 4,247 square miles, however, Qatar proved itself on Monday to be a leader in bringing democracy to the region.
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March 9, 1999 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With one of the world's highest per-capita incomes and only about 150,000 citizens, this small, close-knit state on a peninsula in the Persian Gulf is practically as much a club as it is a country. Despite its pint size of 4,247 square miles, however, Qatar proved itself on Monday to be a leader in bringing democracy to the region.
NEWS
June 28, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The United States quickly recognized this oil-producing Persian Gulf state's new government after assurances it will work cooperatively with neighbors and the rest of the international community. Neighboring Saudi Arabia also declared its support for Qatar's crown prince, who seized power from his father unexpectedly in a bloodless coup while the emir was vacationing in Switzerland.
WORLD
January 31, 2005 | From Associated Press
Al Jazeera, the Arab satellite TV station that has drawn the ire of officials in Washington, is studying how to become a private company without subsidies from Qatar's government, a station spokesman said Sunday. Since its start in 1996, Al Jazeera has won a large following across the Arab world with a reputation as an independent voice in a region where most news media are state-controlled. U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By Meg James
Peter Chernin's media company has received an investment of approximately $100 million from Qatar Holding, considerably expanding its ability to make strategic acquisitions. "The Chernin Group will use this capital to expand and diversify the company's media and entertainment operations in the U.S. and across Asia," the company said in a statement Thursday. Terms of the deal were not officially disclosed, but a person familiar with the agreement put the investment in the $100-million range.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Al Jazeera hopes it can succeed where Al Gore failed with Current TV. Gore and his business partner Joel Hyatt tried to turn Current TV into a legitimate news/talk channel and compete with MSNBC for liberal-minded viewers. Current spent heavily to woo commentator Keith Olbermann, hoping he'd be the linchpin of the channel. Instead, Olbermann clashed with management and was bounced out last March, barely a year into a five-year deal. With him went any momentum Current had to increase its tiny audience and add advertisers.
NEWS
February 3, 2002 | From Associated Press
An influential Arab television station said Saturday that it never aired an October interview with Osama bin Laden because the interview was conducted under duress and the questions were dictated to its correspondent. The statement from Al Jazeera was the latest round in a rift between the satellite outfit and CNN over the Bin Laden interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing if I won the baby pool.  The Skinny: I was just thinking it is time to watch "Midnight Run" again when the sad news that Dennis Farina, who has a memorable role in that underappreciated comic classic, had died. I've been afraid to watch "Midnight Run" again because Robert DeNiro makes those Marlboros look so good. Tuesday's headlines include Al Jazeera putting a management team in place, Netflix reporting second-quarter earnings and a popular Univision radio host is history.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Current TV, the small cable news channel that was co-founded by former vice president Al Gore, has been sold to Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based media company. The acquisition gives Al Jazeera, which is funded by the Qatar government, the opportunity to establish a footprint in the United States, where it already has an English-language version of its Qatar service -- called Al Jazeera English -- but only limited reach. Just buying Current does not guarantee instant distribution, however.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out if it's too late for law school. The Skinny: I worked last Sunday and I'll be working this Sunday. Doesn't the industry know it's football time? Some things should be sacred! Thursday's headlines include Al Jazeera's acquisition of Current TV and a look at why Dish Network may not be the funnest place in the world to work. Daily Dose: Several top women golfers on the LPGA tour are from South Korea, and pay-TV distributors are making it easier for Koreans in Southern California to get the Golf Channel.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
With the sale of Miramax Films completed, the future of the pioneering independent studio will be a test of one of Hollywood's newest sources of money: Colony Capital. Since the 19-year-old Santa Monica investment firm joined in late June with construction magnate Ron Tutor to bid for Miramax, Colony has taken the lead in shaping the acquisition, raising money and charting a new course for the studio. The $663-million deal's lead investor was the Qatar government's sovereign wealth fund, which was recruited by Colony founder and Chief Executive Tom Barrack.
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