Qatar women launch start-ups despite social constraints

Qatari women are increasingly defying social constraints and joining the workforce in the booming energy-rich country, which offers support for new enterprises and encourages start-ups by university graduates.

Victoria Azarenka powers past Venus, Safarova awaits in Qatar final
Victoria Azarenka powers past Venus, Safarova awaits in Qatar final

Former world number One Victoria Azarenka continued her comeback from injury by powering past Venus Williams in three sets on Friday in Doha to make the Qatar Open final.

Indian teacher in Doha forced to quit over Modi caricature

A woman teacher at a prominent Indian school here was forced to resign after she posted a derogatory caricature of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on her Facebook account, a media report said on Thursday.

FIFA kicks off talks on 2022 World Cup dates
FIFA kicks off talks on 2022 World Cup dates

A FIFA taskforce met Tuesday in Doha to discuss moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter due to scorching summer temperatures in the Gulf state.

600 million people will have diabetes by 2035: Report

A report looking at the prevalence of type-2 diabetes worldwide has warned that an estimated 600 million people will suffer from the disease by 2035.

Hamas backs Qatar minister`s `courage` in Israel spat

A Qatar-based senior Hamas leader on Monday praised the Gulf state`s "courageous" foreign minister, Khalid al-Attiyah, after an apparent spat with Israel`s intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz at a German security conference.

Syria opposition 'embassy' renewing passports in Qatar

Syria's opposition "embassy" in Qatar began on Thursday to renew expired passports for some of the estimated 60,000 Syrians living in the tiny Gulf country, its chief said.

Qatari held in US since 2001 returns home

A Qatari who was held in the United States since 2001, part of the time as an "enemy combatant," has been released and returned to Doha on Saturday, a family member told AFP.

Qatar removes 'offensive' bottles from lingerie store shelves

Authorities in Qatar have ordered bottles of perfume pulled from the shelves of a lingerie store after the name of the product -- "Victoria`s Secret: Strawberries and Champagne" -- was deemed offensive.

Javier Martinez on Bayern Munich comeback trail
Javier Martinez on Bayern Munich comeback trail

Javier Martinez, who tore cruciate ligaments in August, flew out to Doha on Friday as part of a 26-player Bayern Munich squad warming up for the second-half of the Bundesliga.

Boston will be `strong` 2024 candidate: IOC chief
Boston will be `strong` 2024 candidate: IOC chief

IOC president Thomas Bach said Friday that Boston will be a "strong" candidate for the 2024 Olympic Games because of the US city`s sporting fervour and the United States` sporting power.

Rafael Nadal bullish about Australian Open despite setback
Rafael Nadal bullish about Australian Open despite setback

Rusty World No.3 tennis player Rafael Nadal has denied reports that injuries might force him to sit out this month's Australian Open.

Junior India women lifters bag medals
Junior India women lifters bag medals

India's junior women lifters, Pramila Krisani and Joti Mal bagged a silver and a bronze medal, respectively at the 17th Asian Youth (boys & girls) and 22nd Junior Women Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Qatar and Egypt officials discuss reconciliation: Sources

Egyptian and Qatari intelligence officials met in Cairo to discuss a possible reconciliation as part of Saudi efforts to broker an end to the 18-month standoff over Doha`s support of the Muslim Brotherhood, security sources said.

Saudi says security forces kill four militants in Shi'ite village

Security forces killed four militants in eastern Saudi Arabia on Saturday in a raid on a hideout used by gunmen who killed a policeman in the area last week, the Interior Ministry said.

Etiene Medeiros sets new world 50m backstroke record
Etiene Medeiros sets new world 50m backstroke record

Etiene Medeiros set a new world record of 25.67sec on her way to gold in the women`s 50m backstroke at the World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Doha.

Peerless Dutch women break fourth world record
Peerless Dutch women break fourth world record

The Netherlands set a new world record of 1min 34.24secs in the women`s 4x50m freestyle relay en route to victory in the opening final of the concluding session at the World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Doha.

Katinka Hosszu sets two world records on same night
Katinka Hosszu sets two world records on same night

Katinka Hosszu claimed her second world record of the night as she won gold in the 100m individual medley at the World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Doha on Friday.

Record breaking Katinka Hosszu takes 200m backstroke
Record breaking Katinka Hosszu takes 200m backstroke

Katinka Hosszu set her second world record in the space of 24 hours as she claimed the 200m backstroke title in 1 min 59.23sec at the World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Doha on Friday.

World Short-Course Swimming: More records tumble as Denmark claim relay gold
World Short-Course Swimming: More records tumble as Denmark claim relay gold

Denmark set a new world record in the women`s 4x50m medley relay as they claimed the gold medal at the World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Doha on Friday.