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Qatar reports new coronavirus cases at World Cup sites

Apr 17, 2020 - 6:39 PM

A total of 8 workers involved in the construction of the World Cup stadiums tested positive for COVID-19

HOST. This picture taken with a fish-eye lens on December 2019 shows a view inside the new al-Bayt Stadium in Doha, which will host the 2022 World Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

WATCH: Doha Debates 2020

Mar 13, 2020 - 7:26 PM

Watch the discussions on gender equality and genetics here

USA Soccer cancels plans for men's team to train in Doha

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:51 AM

The US men's soccer team drops plans to set up a training camp in Doha 'due to the developing situation in the region'

NEW PLANS. The US soccer team, which had hoped to check the country hosting the 2022 World Cup, looks for a new training site. Photo by Tytus Omijewski/EPA-EFE

Saudi king invites Qatar emir to Riyadh summit

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:45 AM

The invitation to the December 10 summit of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation (GCC) comes amid signs of reduced animosity between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which has led an economic boycott of Doha since 2017

INVITATION. This combination of pictures created on December 03, 2019 shows Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz (left) Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. Photos by Fethi Belaid, Bandar Al-Jaloud/Pool/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

U.N. expert warns of racial profiling 'prevalence' in Qatar

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:12 AM

Migrants from specific countries are often recruited for certain roles such as women from southeast Asia for domestic work and men from south Asia for unskilled construction jobs

RACIAL PROFILING. File photo of Doha, Qatar wih the Fanar Mosque in the foreground and behind the city skyline at night. Photo by ibrar.kunri/

Qatar Airways to launch Doha-Davao route on June 18

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Qatar Airways will fly from Doha to Davao City once a week beginning June 18

LAX LANDING. This file photo taken on March 21, 2017 shows a Qatar Airways aircraft, flight 739 from Doha, coming in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. Frederick J Brown/AFP

New round of U.S.-Taliban talks starts in Doha

May 01, 2019 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) The latest negotiations come as pressure builds for some sort of breakthrough in the gruelling Afghan conflict, with Washington jostling for a resolution

Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Qatar introduced a series of labor reforms since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which sets in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

NEW POLICY. Migrant workers eat during a break at a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Photo by AFP

Balanga Chooks shocks world No. 3 Latvia in 3x3 World Tour return

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:03 PM

Travis Franklin comes through the clutch as the Philippine club team gets its campaign off to a rousing start

STUNNER. Alvin Pasaol and Travis Franklin celebrate Balanga Chooks’ upset win right in the opener. Photo release

U.N. rights chief: PH's 'drug war' not a model for any country | Evening wRap

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s Evening wRap with Quita Chuatico

U.S. envoy meets top Taliban political leader in Doha as new talks begin

Feb 25, 2019 - 10:06 PM

The participation of Taliban deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in the talks seen as a sign that both sides are serious in the negotiations

In this file photo taken on February 08, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on "The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan" at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC. A senior US diplomat is set to lead a large delegation on a six-nation tour, including Afghanistan, to boost that country's peace process and bring "all Afghan parties together in an intra-Afghan dialogue," the State Department said Sunday, February 10, 2019. JIM WATSON / AFP

Djokovic crashes out of Qatar Open

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut shocks world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to advance to the final round

FRUSTRATED. Novak Djokovic admits he thought he was ‘pretty much in control’ of his semifinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Simone Biles claims record 13th world gold medal

Nov 02, 2018 - 11:34 PM

The American superstar makes history after winning another gold in the individual vault competition of the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships

SPECTACULAR. Simone Biles has a shot at sweeping all her events in the world championships. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Unstoppable Biles claims record 4th all around world title

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Despite taking a year off, gymnastics superstar Simone Biles makes history yet again in the 2018 World Championships

INCREDIBLE. Team USA's Simone Biles picks up her 12th world title. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

PH gymnast Yulo fails to medal, but makes history in World Championships

Nov 01, 2018 - 12:01 AM

The 18-year-old Filipino finishes 23rd out of the 24 competitors in the men's individual all-around final

HISTORIC. Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo is the first Filipino to qualify in an all-around final of a world championship. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Filipino gymnast Yulo pockets 3rd world cup medal in a span of 1 month

Mar 24, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Carlos Edriel Yulo nabs silver in the 2018 Doha World Cup

Filipino players Biado, Garcia make it to World 9-Ball Championship final 4

Dec 14, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Half of the players in the last 4 of the World 9-ball Championship are from the Philippines as Biado and Garcia face opponents from Taiwan and Albania, respectively

CRUNCH TIME. Filipino veteran Carlo Biado was awarded an 11-0 win over his quarterfinal opponent after he failed to show up on time. Photo from WPA

Ketika minyak dan gas habis, pendidikan jadi senjata utama Qatar

Dec 04, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Di tengah blokade negara-negara Arab, Qatar meyakini pentingnya pendidikan untuk bertahan di atas kaki sendiri

Salah satu sudut di Qatar National Library yang baru diresmikan pada Oktober 2017. Foto oleh Abdul Qowi Bastian/Rappler

Qatar 'to introduce' minimum wage for workers

Oct 25, 2017 - 11:42 PM

The announcements of the reforms come on the eve of an International Labor Organization meeting that could open an investigation by the UN agency into Qatar's treatment of migrant workers

WATCH: OFWs' baking class in Doha

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:39 PM

OFWs in Qatar learn new skills so they could have a fall back when they come home

SKILLS TRAINING. The baking class taught by Gerry Atencio is the most popular course at the women's resource center. Photo by OM

Migrant life in Qatar: Ladies in waiting

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The women’s resource shelter offers skills training so the OFWs will have a fall back when they go back home

Photo by OM

How the kafala system enslaves workers in Qatar

Sep 09, 2017 - 5:00 PM

In the Middle East, an unregulated labor market gives employers so much control over workers but limits workers from airing grievances and complaints

The workers make a queue to go to the stadium to see the final of the Workers cup 2016. It's their main entertainment in the whole year. Photo by OM

WATCH: A look inside Qatar's labor camps

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Majority of Qatar's migrant labor force live inside camps set up far away from the city center

Dela Rosa, Pacquiao, Gulf crisis | Midday wRap

Jul 04, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Acor Arceo

Qatar crisis, martial law, Duterte and Carpio | Evening wRap

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:49 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Qatar Airways to increase Manila-Doha flights

Jun 01, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The Philippine Department of Transportation has one condition for Qatar Airways: eventually have flights from Davao City

AMENDMENTS. The new MOU increases the traffic rights between Manila and Doha to 18 flights per week for the current 14 for the designated airlines of each country

Qatar 'hacking' revives Gulf tensions

May 26, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Doha launches an inquiry and goes into damage control after accusing hackers of publishing false remarks attributed to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on state media

Cebu Pacific to stop flights to Kuwait, Doha, and Riyadh

May 24, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Service to Kuwait will end in June 2017 while service to Riyadh and Doha will end in early July

U.S. defense secretary visits key ally Qatar

Apr 22, 2017 - 8:33 PM

The visit to Doha is part of a regional tour that has included stops in Saudi Arabia Egypt and Israel

DEFENSE CHIEF. US Defense Secretary James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defense ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Results: September 2016 Electrical Engineer Licensure Examinations (Middle East)

Oct 12, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Check the full list of passers of the Electrical Engineer board exam held in Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates; Al Khobar Jeddah and Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Doha Qatar and in Kuwait

Qatar convicts Dutch woman who says she was raped

Jun 13, 2016 - 10:11 PM

A Doha court convicts a Dutch woman of adultery and hands her a one year suspended sentence after she reported being raped while on holiday in Qatar

TRIAL. A general view shows the building of the Doha lower criminal court where the trial of a Dutch woman, who was jailed after reporting she had been raped, is taking place on June 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital. Photo by AFP

Qatar National Bank says systems 'secure' after hack attack

May 01, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The bank also assures its customers that their accounts are safe

epa04558258 A promotion for the men's Handball World Championship 2015 covers the Qatar National Bank (QNB) Corperate Head Office in Doha, Qatar, 13 January 2015. The Qatar 2015 men's Handball World Championship 2015 takes place in Qatar from 15 January to 01 February. Qatar 2015 via epa/NIC BOTHMA Editorial Use only/No Commercial sales

Iran: Oil production freeze would prolong sanctions

Apr 19, 2016 - 9:20 PM

Accepting a production freeze in practice amounts to a voluntary acceptance of sanctions by our country says Iran s oil minister

epa05244381 (FILE) A file picture dated 09 November 2007 showing an oil worker under an oil well as he checks the oil pumping equipment at Gudong oil field which is a part of China's Shengli oil field, Dongying, China. The basket of crude oil used as a benchmark indicator by OPEC has dropped to 33.33 US dollars, the OPEC said on 05 April 2016. The basket includes 13 varieties of crude oil. EPA/WU HONG

Oil prices plunge after Doha output talks fail

Apr 18, 2016 - 9:32 AM

3rd UPDATE An analyst warns oil price losses could reach 15

In this file photo, an attendant fills up a motorcycle with gasoline at a gasoline station in Kamuning, Quezon City. Joel Liporada/Rappler/File

Oil producers fail to agree output freeze

Apr 18, 2016 - 9:31 AM

Qatar s energy minister says oil producers concluded after 6 hours of talks that they needed more time

The logo of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at the organization's headquarters in Vienna, Austria, February 11, 2016. Christian Bruna/EPA

No guarantee of oil deal at Doha talks

Apr 15, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Iran s oil minister will skip the talks on Sunday April 17 triggering more doubts that an agreement could be reached

epa05192674 A general view of installations of the Zubair oil field, some 20 kilometers south west of Basra, southern Iraq, 03 March 2016. The redevelopment of the onshore oil field, that is said to contain some 4.5 billion barrels of oil reserves, was granted to a consortium of international oil companies in 2009. The oil field in a distance of about 500 kilometers of the Iraqi capital originally was discovered by the Basrah Petroleum Company in 1949. EPA/HAIDER AL-ASSADEE

OPEC warns on oil 'oversupply' ahead of crunch Doha meeting

Apr 13, 2016 - 10:20 PM

UPDATED Positive market sentiments continue to arise but hurdles prevail as oversupply persists

epa05244378 (FILE) A file picture dated 11 November 2008 shows barrels of oil stacked up at a fuel depot in Jakarta, Indonesia. The basket of crude oil used as a benchmark indicator by OPEC has dropped to 33.33 US dollars, the OPEC said on 05 April 2016. The basket includes 13 varieties of crude oil. EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO

Fire at under-construction Qatar shopping complex

Apr 02, 2016 - 11:59 PM

UPDATED Local media says the fire broke out at the construction site of the Mall of Qatar Authorities say they have completely contained the fire and that there are no injuries

Al-Jazeera to cut around 500 jobs

Mar 27, 2016 - 11:25 PM

UPDATED A network official says up to 60 of the job cuts – 300 positions – could be at the headquarters in Doha Qatar

A general view shows the newsroom at the headquarters of the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite channel in Doha 01 November 2006. The English-language Al-Jazeera International, to be launched 15 November 2006, hopes to extend its reach to 40 million viewers in the world and to compete with international news networks such as CNN. Al-Jazeera International, whose launch was initially planned for 2005, but had to be put off partly for technical reasons, will transmit from four regional broadcast centers in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, London and Washington.  AFP PHOTO/KARIM JAAFAR / AFP / KARIM JAAFAR

New route: PAL flies to Doha starting March 28

Mar 26, 2016 - 10:21 AM

This new flight will serve about 200 000 Filipinos living and working in Qatar

MORE QATAR FLIGHTS. PAL launched its flights to Jeddah and Kuwait last January. Photo from PAL Corporate Communications

OPEC, non-OPEC producers to meet on April 17 in Doha

Mar 16, 2016 - 8:25 PM

UPDATED Qatar s Mohammed al Sada the current OPEC president says the meeting is a follow up after the proposal to freeze oil output

epa05054144 Participants attend the start of the 168th OPEC Conference in Vienna, Austria, 04 December 2015. Oil ministers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) showed no inclination to pump less to ramp up prices as they met in Vienna, arguing that non-OPEC countries would first have to agree to follow along with such a move. EPA/HERBERT PFARRHOFER

Is Trans-Pacific Partnership friendly to small businesses?

Nov 19, 2015 - 6:43 AM

New Zealand and Hong Kong s leaders also weigh in on a trade deal for the region while China pushes for the FTAAP

OFWs sa Qatar puwede nang magpa-deliver ng passports

Aug 13, 2015 - 7:48 PM

Kinontrata ng embahada ng Filipinas sa Doha ang Qatar Postal Services Company QPost para sadyain sa tanggapan o tirahan ng OFWs ang mga luma nilang pasaporte at ihatid ang kapalit ng mga ito

Cebu Pacific launches maiden flight to Doha

Jun 05, 2015 - 10:54 AM

The budget carrier becomes the first Philippine carrier to fly to Qatar’s capital

Qatar drops death penalty for Filipino 'spy'

May 31, 2015 - 6:14 PM

Life imprisonment sentences against two Filipinos have also been reduced to 15 years in jail by Qatar s Court of Appeal

Qatar pledges $50 million to Indonesia for Rohingya

May 29, 2015 - 12:19 AM

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday indicated that Jakarta would need international help to foot the bill for housing thousands of destitute people

FIFA must compensate, says German league boss

Feb 26, 2015 - 7:06 PM

DFL president Reinhard Rauball believes FIFA should compensate leagues that will be affected by the change of dates for World Cup 2022

The official DFL (German Football League) match ball for the Bundesliga season 2014/2015. Photo by Stefan Puchner/EPA

FIFA kicks off talks on 2022 World Cup dates

Feb 24, 2015 - 7:22 PM

Doha proposes moving World Cup 2022 to winter to avoid the scorching summer heat in the Gulf state

A file picture dated 14 September 2010 of the FIFA 2022 World Cup bid logo in front of a showcase stadium built with zero carbon, solar powered cooling technology for open-air stadiums in Doha, Qatar. Photo by EPA

US couple cleared in daughter's death leave Qatar

Dec 03, 2014 - 9:46 PM

American ambassador to Qatar Dana Shell Smith who had escorted the couple through immigration Tweets: Matt and Grace Huang are wheels up from Qatar Emotional These are the moments all diplomats live for

In this file photo, Matthew (L) and Grace Huang speak to the press outside the entrance of the Court of First Instance before their trial in Doha, March 27, 2014. Karin Jaafar/Al-Watan Doha/AFP

WTO at a crossroads amid blocked trade deal

Oct 12, 2014 - 1:01 PM

The World Trade Organization s continued sparring between members puts the long sought Trade Facilitation Agreement on ice

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo of Brazil (L) looks on next to the chairperson of the general meeting, Ambassador Shahid Bashir (R), on November 26, 2013 in Geneva, after a crunch general council meeting to decide whether they could put a deal on the table at a make or break summit next month. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI