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Qatari News Site Says Website Blocked, Blames State Censorship

DOHA, Dec 1 – An independent English-language news site in Qatar accused the Gulf state of censorship on Thursday, saying two internet service providers had blocked access to its website. The Doha News, which stirred a debate about the limits of tolerance in the conservative country in August with an opinion column on gay rights

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Some OPEC Ministers Likely to Meet in Doha on Friday – Algerian Source

ALGIERS, Nov 16 (Reuters) – A number of energy ministers from OPEC oil-producing countries are likely to meet informally in Doha on Friday to try to build consensus over decisions taken by the full group in September in Algiers, an Algerian energy source said. At the September meeting, OPEC agreed on modest, preliminary, oil output

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Swiss-Based Trade Union to Inspect Qatar 2022 World Cup Sites

DOHA, Nov 15  – A global trade union for construction workers that has criticized labour conditions in Qatar will inspect soccer stadiums being built for the 2022 World Cup in the Gulf Arab state. The Geneva-based Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), whose general secretary in 2015 said Qatar’s migrant workers faced conditions akin to

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Worker Dies in “Work-Related Fatality” at World Cup Stadium in Qatar

DOHA, Oct 23  – A worker has died in a “work-related fatality” at the site of a 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar, the country’s World Cup organizing body said late on Saturday. The incident occurred on Saturday morning at the Al Wakrah Stadium and is being investigated, Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

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Exodus of Professional Workers Reshaping Qatar

By Tom Finn DOHA, July 18 – Five years ago Samer Habib left the United Arab Emirates and moved to Qatar where he opened a restaurant that turned a profit serving Lebanese salads and sandwiches to expats. In June, the business folded. The European lawyers and Indian clerks who for years frequented Habib’s restaurant have

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Middle East’s Smart Cities

Solar energy is creating the Middle East’s very own smart cities BY Vicente López-Ibor Mayor The formation of the first cities more than 9,000 years ago, stands as civilization’s greatest milestone. Yet, it was technological innovation—the invention of the wheel—that made agriculture, farming and by extension, civilization itself, possible. That same spirit of technological innovation

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Doha Oil Freeze Talks Face Last-Minute Trouble

By Rania El Gamal and Reem Shamseddine DOHA, April 17 (Reuters) – A meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers on an agreement to freeze output ran into last-minute trouble in Qatar on Sunday due to what looked like a new spike in tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, sources told Reuters. Oil ministers met

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IEA Expects Limited Impact From Oil Output Freeze at Doha

By Dmitry Zhdannikov LONDON, April 14 – A deal to freeze oil production by OPEC and non-OPEC producers will have a limited impact on global supply and markets are unlikely to re-balance before 2017, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. The IEA, which oversees the energy policies of industrialized nations, said even though

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Iran Could Decide Fate of First Global Oil Deal For 15 Years

By Rania El Gamal DOHA/LONDON, Feb 17 – The fate of the first global oil deal in 15 years could be decided on Wednesday when OPEC members travel to Iran to persuade the country to participate in a deal to freeze output levels, possibly by offering Tehran special terms. Dominant OPEC power Saudi Arabia and

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