Qatar emir denies funding Syria extremists

The emir of Qatar has denied accusations that his country funds extremist groups in Syria, while stressing the Gulf state`s commitment to the US-led campaign against Islamic State jihadists.

Removing Serena Williams as No 1 a step too far: Simona Halep
Removing Serena Williams as No 1 a step too far: Simona Halep

Simona Halep looked back on a "special year" Sunday following her remarkable ascent to number two in the rankings, but said the top spot remains a distant dream while Serena Williams is still playing.

Middle East ready to host Olympics, says OCA chief
Middle East ready to host Olympics, says OCA chief

Doha and Dubai are capable of hosting the Middle East`s first Olympic Games and the region would simply have to trust itself to deliver a great event in the face of doubt and criticism, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia has told Reuters.

Middle East ready to host Olympics, says OCA chief
Middle East ready to host Olympics, says OCA chief

Doha and Dubai are capable of hosting the Middle East`s first Olympic Games and the region would simply have to trust itself to deliver a great event in the face of doubt and criticism, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia has told Reuters.

Qatar releases Brit-Nepalese researchers investigating World Cup labour conditions
Qatar releases Brit-Nepalese researchers investigating World Cup labour conditions

Two British-Nepalese human rights researchers, who were apprehended by Qatari authorities for investigating the working conditions of Nepalese labourers in Qatar have been released.

Qatar frees Britons arrested while probing World Cup labour
Qatar frees Britons arrested while probing World Cup labour

 Qatari authorities have freed two British researchers held in Doha as they were probing the labour conditions of migrants building facilities for the 2022 World Cup, an embassy spokesperson said Tuesday.

Gaza peace prospects shaky after Hamas refusal to disarm

Prospects of a final deal on a long-term Gaza truce between Israel and Hamas were seen as shaky on Friday after its leader ruled out Israeli demands to disarm the Palestinian militant group.

Morsi accused of smuggling top secret documents to Qatar

Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi has been accused of smuggling top secret documents to Qatar through Doha-based Al-Jazeera Channel harming national security during his rule.

Sepp Blatter discusses work for FIFA 2022 in Qatar

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani discussed Wednesday with FIFA president Sepp Blatter the preparations for the 2022 football World Cup which the Gulf state hosts.

Ancient Inca roads win coveted World Heritage status

UN cultural agency UNESCO today granted its coveted World Heritage status to a vast and ancient Inca road system spanning six countries in South America.

UNESCO lists Tanzanian reserve among endangered heritage sites

UN cultural body UNESCO on Wednesday put the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania on the list of endangered World Heritage sites because of widespread poaching.

IATA adopts resolution to tackle in-flight passenger behaviour

To check growing instances of unruly in-flight behaviour by passengers, airlines around the world have decided to work jointly on steps to check the menace.

Airlines meet in Doha under shadow of MH370 disappearance

The mystery of how Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 flew into oblivion, and the challenge of finding new ways to track aircraft, will hang over the annual conference of airlines that opens Sunday in Doha.

Azarenka out of French Open due to foot injury

World number five Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the French Open as she continues to recover from a foot injury that forced her earlier withdrawals from tournaments in Doha, Miami, Madrid and Rome.

Fraser-Pryce wins Diamond League opener, Dibaba flops

Jamaican sprint sensation Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce kicked off the 2014 Diamond League season with a comfortable victory in the women`s 100m in Doha on Friday.

Vikas Gowda wins silver at the IAAF Diamond League in Doha

Ace discus thrower Vikas Gowda won the silver medal in the IAAF Diamond League Series in Doha, on Friday.

Saudi Arabia reports seven more deaths from MERS, 10 other cases

Saudi Arabia said on Friday that seven more people infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) had died and identified 10 new cases of the virus, pushing the total number of infections in the country to 473.

Injured Rudisha to skip Doha Diamond League meet

Kenya`s David Rudisha will not be returning to the track in Doha, Qatar May 9 for the first leg of the 2014 Diamond League series.

World champion Marquez edges Rossi in Qatar thriller

World champion Marc Marquez won the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix on Sunday just a month after breaking his leg.

Fraser-Pryce set for Doha opening

World and Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will open her Diamond League campaign in Doha.