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Egyptian Court Recommends Death Penalty for Journalists, Mursi Verdict Postponed

CAIRO, May 8 – An Egyptian court on Saturday recommended the death penalty for three journalists and three others charged with endangering national security by leaking state secrets to Qatar, in a ruling condemned by the Doha-based Al Jazeera channel as shocking. Jordanian national Alaa Omar Sablan and Ibrahim Mohammed Helal, who both work for Al Jazeera,

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Three Spanish Journalists Kidnapped in Syria Freed

MADRID, May 8 – Three Spanish freelance journalists who went missing in Syria last year and were believed to have been kidnapped have been released, the Spanish government said on Saturday. The three men – Antonio Pampliega, Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre – disappeared last July. They were working on an investigative report in the northern city of Aleppo, where other journalists have been captured

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Iraq Bans Al Jazeera Network Over Coverage

DOHA, April 28  – Iraqi authorities have revoked the operating license of the pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera and closed its offices in Baghdad, accusing it of violating government guidelines issued in 2014 to regulate media “during the war on terror.” Al Jazeera, based in Qatar, said it was dismayed by the action. “We remain

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U.S. Poised to Approve Boeing Fighter Jet Sales to Qatar, Kuwait

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON, April 18 – The U.S. government is poised to approve two long-delayed sales of Boeing Co fighter jets to Qatar and Kuwait, and could announce the multibillion-dollar deals during President Barack Obama’s visit to the Gulf this week, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Both deals have been stalled

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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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FIFA Must Step Up Human Rights Commitment: U.N. Report

By Scott Malone BOSTON, April 14  – Soccer’s embattled world governing body must make human rights one of its primary goals, on a par with promoting the sport and making money, according to a set of recommendations by a top U.N. official released on Thursday. FIFA should be prepared to use its negotiating leverage to

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Kidnapped Qatari Released in Iraq: Qatar Ministry

DUBAI, April 6 – One of more than two dozen Qataris kidnapped in the south of Iraq last year has been freed, along with an Asian man who was travelling with them, and Doha is working for the release of the rest, Qatar’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. A large group of unidentified armed men

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Amnesty Says Workers at Qatar World Cup Stadium Suffer Abuse

By Tom Finn DOHA, March 31 – Workers in Qatar renovating a 2022 World Cup stadium have suffered human rights abuses two years after the tournament’s organizers drafted worker welfare standards in the wake of criticism, Amnesty International said. Dozens of construction workers from Nepal and India were charged recruitment fees by agents in their

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Low Oil Prices: A New Opportunity for Gulf Cooperation

BY Omar Al Ubaydli When the founders of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), convened in Baghdad in 1960, they made life difficult for themselves by violating virtually all of the ideal conditions for operating a cartel. That is why, 55 years later, Saudi Arabia has made the right decision by maintaining its production,

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