Egypt probes Morsi for `giving security papers to Qatar`: MENA

Egypt has opened an investigation into deposed president Mohamed Morsi for allegedly handing over to Qatar "documents relevant to national security," state news agency MENA reported on Wednesday.

Qatar says ready to rebuild war-battered Gaza

Qatar, a key backer of Palestinian militant group Hamas, hailed the Gaza ceasefire accord and offered to help rebuild the enclave battered by seven weeks of Israeli bombardment.

Kidnappers free American missing in Syria since 2012

Al Qaeda-linked militants in Syria on Sunday freed an American writer missing since 2012 following what officials said were efforts by the Gulf Arab state of Qatar to win his release.

Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group

The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State extremist group, saying that "determined, collective action" is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria.

Abbas, Hamas chief hold second day of talks in Qatar

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal held a second day of talks in Qatar, a Palestinian source told a news agency.

Foley beheading `crime` against Islam`s principles: Qatar

Qatar, accused by a German minister of financing Islamic State (IS) jihadists, condemned today the group`s beheading of US journalist James Foley as a "crime against the principles of Islam".

Qatar financing IS jihadists: German minister

Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel this week urged a "debate" about who has been and is financing the IS, but without naming any countries.

Turkish FM flying to Qatar to seek Gaza truce: Official

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu cancelled a scheduled trip to France and flew to Qatar on Friday to help efforts for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, a Turkish official said.

Kerry reaches out to Hamas allies to press truce

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke on Thursday to his counterparts in Qatar and Turkey, which support the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as he pressed for a Gaza ceasefire.

Qatar to buy Patriot missiles in USD 11 bln deal: US officials

Qatar plans to buy US Patriot missile batteries and Apache attack helicopters in an arms deal worth about USD 11 billion, senior Pentagon officials said on Monday.

Qatar confirms two citizens held in UAE

Qatar has confirmed the arrest in the United Arab Emirates of two of its citizens, described as "spies" by Emirati media, adding to tension between the Gulf neighbours.

President congratulates Qatar`s Emir

President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on the first anniversary of his accession as the Emir of Qatar.

Renegade Libya general warns Turks, Qataris

The spokesman for a renegade Libyan general who has been waging an offensive against Islamists today called on Turks and Qataris to leave the country`s east within two days or suffer a backlash from the public.

Israeli air forces strike military sites in Gaza

Israeli air force carried out a number of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip Sunday, destroying military sites of Palestinian military groups, security sources said.

Israel threatens UN envoy over Qatar cash for Palestinians

Israel`s foreign minister said today the UN`s special envoy could be declared persona non grata for offering to help transfer Qatari funds to the Gaza Strip.

Iraq crisis: US deploys `military personnel`; mulls joint action with Iran

Over three years after US troops pulled out of Iraq ending nine years of war, President Barack Obama is sending American troops back to Iraq.

Qatar to pay former Hamas civil servant salaries

Qatar is stepping in temporarily to help the new Palestinian unity government pay former employees of Islamist movement Hamas`s disbanded Gaza government, an official said today.

`Qatar allowing freed Taliban men to move freely in country`

Qatar has moved five Afghan Taliban prisoners freed in exchange for a US soldier to a residential compound and will let them move freely in the country, a senior Gulf official said on Tuesday, a step likely to be scrutinised by Washington.

Freed US soldier celebrated Xmas, played badminton with captors

Freed US soldier Bowe Bergdahl developed a love for Afghan green tea, taught his captors badminton, and even celebrated Christmas and Easter with the hardline Islamists, a Pakistani militant commander said.

For one US soldier, five Taliban leaders freed; Mullah Omar calls it `big victory`

In a rare public statement, Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar on Sunday hailed the release of five senior insurgents in exchange for US soldier Bowe Bergdahl as a `big victory`.