Soccer club president latest tie to French corruption probe

Sports 05/25/19, 01:03

The president of French soccer champion Paris Saint-Germain is the latest sports official implicated in a sprawling five-year corruption probe that keeps spreading.Prosecutors in France have implicated Nasser al-Khelaifi — who leads Qatar-owned PSG, is chairman of Qatar-owned broadcaster beIN Sports, and sits on the executive committee of European soccer ...

Taliban say gap narrowing in talks with US

Asia & Pacific 05/04/19, 05:09

The Taliban on Saturday said the gap is narrowing in talks with Washington's special peace envoy over a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The two sides are continuing to meet in Qatar, where the insurgent movement maintains a political office.In a voice message to The Associated ...

Semenya responds to court case with victory on track in 800

Sports 05/03/19, 13:09

Caster Semenya raised a fist to the crowd when her name was called, then easily won what could be the last 800-meter race for the Olympic champion.She responded to her defeat in a landmark court case against track and field's governing body with a dominant victory Friday in a place ...

Infantino holds Kuwait talks on staging 2022 World Cup games

Soccer 04/14/19, 13:44

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has held talks with Kuwaiti politicians and soccer leaders about the country staging games at the 2022 World Cup if the Qatar tournament is enlarged from 32 to 48 teams.Infantino was flying to Qatar on Sunday night to talk to the World Cup leadership about his ...

Longest US-Taliban peace talks see ‘progress’ in Qatar

World 03/12/19, 12:47

The longest peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban to end America's 17-year war in Afghanistan concluded Tuesday night in Qatar, with both sides saying progress had been made. The nearly two weeks of talks produced two draft agreements between the militants and the U.S. government on a "withdrawal timeline ...

Senior Taliban leaders in Qatar for talks with US envoy

World 02/25/19, 03:11

Senior Taliban leaders, including one of the group's founders, were to hold another round of talks Monday in Qatar with Washington's special peace envoy as U.S. efforts intensify to find a negotiated solution to Afghanistan's 17-year war, America's longest.The Taliban, some of whom arrived in Doha, Qatar's capital, from Pakistan ...

Victorious Qatar returns to Doha to a “rapturous” welcome

Soccer 02/03/19, 01:04

The Asian Football Confederation said Sunday that Qatar's victorious Asian Cup football team returned home to Doha to a "rapturous welcome" and was greeted by the country's ruler and hundreds of thousands of fans.The AFC said Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met the players to begin a second straight ...

US envoy claims ‘significant progress’ in talks with Taliban

America 01/26/19, 13:58

The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan said Saturday that "significant progress" was made during lengthy talks with the Taliban in Qatar and that he was traveling to Afghanistan for more discussions aimed at ending the country's destructive 17-year war.Zalmay Khalilzad said on his official Twitter account that he wants to ...

Infantino hopes ‘dreams come true’ over Qatar sharing WCup

Soccer 12/13/18, 11:49

FIFA President Gianni Infantino says political tensions won't prevent him deciding whether to place some World Cup games outside Qatar.Infantino used a news conference in Doha on Thursday to continue his mission to add 16 teams to the 2022 tournament — a move that would require Qatar sharing games.In June ...

Qatar will pull out of OPEC amid tension with Saudi Arabia

World 12/03/18, 02:50

The tiny, energy-rich Arab nation of Qatar announced on Monday it would withdraw from OPEC, mixing its aspirations to increase production outside of the cartel's constraints with the politics of slighting the Saudi-dominated group amid the kingdom's boycott of Doha.The surprise announcement from Qatar's minister of state for energy affairs, ...

Qatar’s evolution a work in progress as 2022 World Cup nears

Soccer 11/26/18, 03:00

Nasser Al-Khater glances out his window across Doha Bay. The view is far different than it was eight years ago, when al-Khater served as part of the team that helped Qatar pull off a staggering upset to land the 2022 FIFA World Cup.In the distance the bare bones of Ras ...

Qatar’s evolution a work in progress as 2022 World Cup nears

Soccer 11/26/18, 03:00

The signs of progress are impossible to miss. And that's the point. Four years out from hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar wants you to know it's growing. Evolving. Not just physically but politically and — this small Muslim nation tucked into a corner of the Arabian Peninsula insists ...

Biles fights through kidney stone at world championships

Sports 10/27/18, 15:53

Simone Biles spent a portion of the night before her return to world championships in the emergency room. The sensation she chalked up to the usual pre-meet stress evolved into searing agony that at times left her crawling on the floor.When a CT scan revealed a kidney stone — one ...

Olympic star Biles leads Team USA at world championships

Sports 10/12/18, 15:33

Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is ready to take on the world again.The four-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world all-around champion headlines the six-woman group Team USA will send to the 2018 world championship in Doha, Qatar later this month.The world championships are the first international meet for Biles ...

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