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Gulf economies to shrink 7.6% over virus, oil slump – IMF

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:40 AM

The International Monetary Fund's 2020 projection for the 6-nation Gulf Cooperation Council dramatically worsens

EMPTY. An aerial view shows a deserted highway due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on May 24, 2020. Photo by Faisal al-Nasser/AFP

Qatar Airways says no new planes in 2020 or 2021

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Qatar Airways says it already notified both Boeing and Airbus of its decision

QATAR AIRWAYS. A cargo plane of the airline. Photo from Shutterstock

Qatar tracing app flaw exposed 1M users' data – Amnesty International

May 27, 2020 - 11:56 AM

Data exposed in the flaw includes users' ID numbers, location and infection status, vulnerable to hackers

CORONAVIRUS. A field hospital set up by Qatari authorities to treat people infected with the coronavirus Covid-19 is pictured here, dated May 11, 2020 in Doha. File photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Qatar virus tracing app stirs rare privacy backlash

May 25, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Qatar's contact tracing app goes considerably further – it forces Android users to permit access to their picture and video galleries, while also allowing the app to make unprompted calls

QATAR'S APP TROUBLES. A man wearing a protective mask checks his phone as he walks by at Qatar's touristic Souq Waqif bazar in the capital Doha, on May 17, 2020. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Qatar imposes mandatory wearing of masks in public

May 17, 2020 - 6:48 PM

Violators of Qatar's new rules will face up to 3 years in jail and fines of as much as $55,000

IN QATAR. In this file photo taken on March 16, 2020, a man wearing a mask as a precaution against COVID-19 walks along the Doha corniche in the Qatari capital. Photo by AFP

Qatar Airways warns of 'substantial' job losses

May 06, 2020 - 9:45 AM

'The truth is, we simply cannot sustain the current staff numbers,' Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker writes in a memo to cabin crew

QATAR AIRWAYS. A cargo plane of the airline. Photo from Shutterstock

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

Qatar flies to the rescue, winning plaudits as virus halts aviation

Apr 16, 2020 - 10:50 AM

While Qatar Airways is only operating 35% of its normal services, it has used spare capacity to carry 17,000 people on special charter services for countries with stranded citizens

QATAR AIRWAYS. This file photo taken on March 21, 2017, shows a Qatar Airways plane coming in for a landing at the Los Angeles International Airport in California. File photo by Frederick J Brown/AFP

30 organizations urge Gulf governments to unblock VoIP platforms

Apr 08, 2020 - 4:59 PM

Access Now, alongside 29 other organizations, petitions the governments of the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Oman to permanently lift a ban on VoIP services

4 overseas domestic workers die in Qatar house fire

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:32 PM

One of the victims had just sent her family in Ilocos Norte money for food hours before her death, her sister says

Gulf stocks battered by coronavirus, oil price war in Q1 2020

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:45 PM

The 5 major bourses in the Gulf region plummet in the first 3 months of the year, with Dubai's market losing more than a third of its value

SLUMPING STOCKS. A Kuwaiti trader wearing a protective mask follows the market at the Boursa Kuwait stock exchange in Kuwait City on March 1, 2020. Photo by Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP

Gulf's massive migrant workforce fears virus limbo

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Some laborers in Saudi Arabia, home to 10 million expat workers, complain that they are required by bosses to work while Saudis are permitted paid quarantine leave

WORKERS. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. AFP photo

Qatar reports first coronavirus death, Gulf toll hits 11

Mar 29, 2020 - 9:48 AM

A 57-year-old Bangladesh national residing in Qatar dies from the coronavirus disease or COVID-19

FIRST DEATH. This photo shows a view of the corniche, a waterfront promenade and popular tourist site, in Doha. File photo by AFP

WATCH: Doha Debates 2020

Mar 13, 2020 - 7:26 PM

Watch the discussions on gender equality and genetics here

Qatar coronavirus cases jump by 238 in one day

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:20 AM

Qatar, which now has the most cases in the Gulf, has not reported any fatalities but has closed universities and schools, canceled many public events, and banned travelers from 14 countries entering the country

PRECAUTION. In this file photo, Ecuador's health minister personnel gives gel alcohol to those entering the Carondelet presidential palace, as preventive measure against the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, in Quito, on March 10, 2020. File photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Qatar bans travelers from PH, 13 other countries over coronavirus fears

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:47 AM

The Qatari government says restrictions will cover all individuals, including those with residence or work permits, temporary visas, and visas upon arrival

TRAVEL BAN. This photo shows a view of the corniche, a waterfront promenade and popular tourist site, in Doha. File photo by AFP

Gulf shares slump after OPEC fails to agree on virus action plan

Mar 08, 2020 - 11:55 PM

All the 7 bourses in the Gulf close in the red on Sunday, March 8, amid a panic sell-off over fears that energy prices could collapse

A picture taken with a fisheye lense shows traders walking by beneath a stock display board at the Dubai Stock Exchange in the United Arab Emirates, on March 8, 2020. - Saudi's stock exchange fell 6.5 percent and other Gulf markets tumbled to multi-year lows at the start of trading after OPEC and its allies failed to clinch a deal over oil production cuts. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Coronavirus compounds Gulf economic woes as oil prices slump

Mar 05, 2020 - 12:25 AM

Capital Economics estimates the 6 Gulf Cooperation Council states will lose some $40 billion of oil revenues in 2020

This picture taken on December 11, 2019, shows a view of a refinery at the Jubail Industrial City, about 95 kilometres north of Dammam in Saudi Arabia's eastern province overlooking the Gulf. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Gulf bourses dive as coronavirus hits oil price

Mar 01, 2020 - 10:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Gulf region's stock markets are badly hit on Sunday, March 1, with oil prices sagging below $50 a barrel amid novel coronavirus fears

A Kuwaiti trader wearing a protective mask follows the market at the Boursa Kuwait stock exchange in Kuwait City on March 1, 2020. - Boursa Kuwait decided to close the main trading hall due to the COVID-19 coronavirus disease developments. Stock markets in the oil-rich Gulf states plunged on March 1 over fears of the impact of the coronavirus, which also battered global bourses last week. All of the seven exchanges in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which were closed the previous two days for the Muslim weekend, were hit as oil prices dropped below $50 a barrel. The region's slide was led by Kuwait Boursa, where the All-Share Index fell 10 percent, triggering its closure. Kuwait's bourse was closed for most of last week for national holidays. (Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP)

Qatar confirms 1st coronavirus case

Mar 01, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Qatar has repatriated a number of its citizens from Iran – which is battling the worst outbreak outside China – and confined them to a 14-day period of quarantine

IRAN TRAVEL HISTORY. A Tehran Municipality worker cleans a bus to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 illness on February 26, 2020. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

EU rights envoy sounds alarm on Qatar freedom of speech

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Publications can be suspended under the law for up to 3 months for printing items deemed against the public interest

TGIF. A leisurely Friday in Qatar. Photo by Olya Morvan/Hans Lucas

Qatar emir appoints trusted confidant as new prime minister

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:26 AM

'This is part of a wider trend in Qatar to become more meritocratic, getting the right people for the job,' says regional expert Andreas Krieg

EMIR. A handout picture provided by the official website of the Iranian Presidency on January 12, 2020 shows Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani speaking during a joint press conference with the Iranian president in Tehran. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

Qatar emir skips summit but warm words point to thaw with Saudi

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:48 PM

In a sign of the changing mood, the Doha delegation receives a warm welcome in Riyadh, with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the Qatari prime minister exchanging smiles and pleasantries

THAW? Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar's Prime Minister, is seen waiting for a family picture during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

U.S. resumes talks with Taliban in Doha – US source

Dec 07, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The source says the focus of discussion will be reduction of violence that leads to intra-Afghan negotiations and a ceasefire

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 to end controversial migrant worker restrictions

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Qatar has introduced a series of reforms to its 'kafala' sponsorship system since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which set in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

QATAR. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Ever since being chosen as the 2022 World Cup host, Qatar's labor laws have been internationally condemned and kafala has been at the heart of that criticism. AFP photo

LOOK: Qatar gov't opens visa center in Philippines

Sep 29, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Processing of Qatar visa applications will be free for overseas Filipino workers. The Qatar Visa Center will also serve as a place for Filipinos to review and sign employment contracts.

U.S., Taliban on 'threshold' of deal – U.S. Afghan envoy

Sep 01, 2019 - 9:31 AM

Washington's special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad says the deal would help foster 'a unified, sovereign Afghanistan that does not threaten the United States, its allies, or any other country'

SHORAB CAMP. A US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province on August 28, 2017. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

U.S., Taliban push for peace in day 2 of talks

Aug 04, 2019 - 10:44 AM

Efforts are underway to organize a meeting between US envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar

SHORAB CAMP. A US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province on August 28, 2017. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

U.S. eyes breakthrough in push for peace with Taliban

Aug 03, 2019 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) The United States wants to withdraw thousands of troops but only in return for the insurgent group renouncing Al-Qaeda and curbing attacks

PEACE TALKS. In this photo taken on June 6, 2019, US soldiers look out over hillsides during a visit of the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Scott Miller at the Afghan National Army (ANA) checkpoint in Nerkh district of Wardak province. A skinny tangle of razor wire snakes across the entrance to the Afghan army checkpoint, the only obvious barrier separating the soldiers inside from any Taliban fighters that might be nearby. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

U.S., Taliban resume talks on ending war

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:03 PM

The talks mark the 7th round of negotiations aimed at ending America's longest war

SHORAB CAMP. In this photograph taken on August 28, 2017, a US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs (improvised explosive devices) at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

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

Saudi, UAE slam Doha for 'backtracking' on Mecca talks

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Doha, which attended the 3 meetings in the holy city, says the concluding statements of the summits 'were ready in advance and we were not consulted on them'

MECCA SUMMIT. This handout photo taken and released by the Jordanian Royal Palace shows a family picture with OIC leaders during a summit meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi holy city of Mecca in the early hours of June 1, 2019. AFP PHOTO/JORDANIAN ROYAL PALACE/YOUSEF ALLAN

U.S.-Taliban talks wrap up in Doha with 'some progress' – Taliban

May 09, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'In general, this round was positive and constructive. Both sides listened to each other with care and patience,' says Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban's political spokesman in Doha

US-TALIBAN TALKS. In this file photo taken on February 8, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on 'The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan' at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

UAE drags Qatar to court over crisis

May 07, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Qatar has faced an economic and diplomatic boycott since June 2017 by Gulf rivals who accuse Doha of backing terrorism and being too close to regional rival Iran

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE. A picture released by the International Court of Justice in The Hague on February 3, 2012 shows a general view of the court during the reading of the Judgment of the International Court of Justice in the case concerning Jurisdictional Immunities of the State. AFP FILE PHOTO/UN-ICJ-FRANK VAN BEEK

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

Asian championship: Natalie Uy cops pole vault bronze

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Fil-Am Natalie Uy surpasses the Philippine record she also set last March at the National Open

RECORD SETTER. Natalie Uy celebrates  her record-setting feat with Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico. Photo from PATAFA

EJ Obiena shatters records in golden Asian Athletics meet

Apr 22, 2019 - 8:02 AM

EJ Obiena's advances to the world championships following his golden performance in the 2019 Asian Athletics Championship

RECORD-BREAKING. Filipino pole vault star EJ Obiena sets a new Asian Athletics Championship record in the men's pole vault. Photo from Edward Kho's Facebook

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

Thirdy, Barroca in for Gilas lineup vs Qatar

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:32 PM

The Filipinos look to stun the Qataris on their own turf in the final window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers

PROVING HIS WORTH. Thirdy Ravena will debut for the Philippines' senior basketball team. Photo by Czeasar Dancel

Ali's 'golden touch' floors Japan as Qatar lifts Asian Cup

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Record-breaker Almoez Ali slots in a brilliant early goal as Qatar deals Japan its first loss in an Asian Cup final

CHAMPS. Qatar celebrates its historic title romp in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Afghan president calls for 'serious talks' with Taliban

Jan 28, 2019 - 8:38 PM

'I call on the Taliban to... show their Afghan will, and accept Afghans' demand for peace, and enter serious talks with the Afghan government,' says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

TALKS. In this file photo, Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at Presidential Palace in Kabul on June 30, 2018. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Pompeo to push for end to Gulf dispute during Qatar visit

Jan 13, 2019 - 6:33 PM

'It is time for old rivalries to end for the sake of the greater good of the region,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018.  JOHN THYS / AFP

Djokovic's conqueror Bautista Agut takes Qatar Open title

Jan 06, 2019 - 10:45 AM

After stunning world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semis, Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut completes his stellar run with a championship

SURPRISE CHAMP. Roberto Bautista Agut bags his ninth career title and improves his world ranking to No. 23. Photo from Live Tennis

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

Djokovic battles through to Qatar Open semifinals 2019

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:27 AM

The world No. 1 wins back-to-back matches from a set down for the first time since Cincinnati in August last year, a tournament he went on to win

NO COMPLACENCY. Novak Djokovic says he still has plenty of room for improvement. File photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Djokovic to injured Nadal: 'We need you'

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:51 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says Rafael Nadal must return from injury again as the sport needs a 'legend' like him

ALL-TIME GREATS. Novak Djokovic (right) believes Rafael Nadal can pull off another comeback. File photo by Nic Bothma/AFP