Travel ban ends for Guantanamo inmates swapped for Bergdahl

A one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders held in US detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until they were released last year in exchange for US Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, raising the possibility that the five can move freely around the world as early as Monday.

Syrian dissidents to form new coalition at Cairo meet

A number of Syrian opposition factions will gather in Cairo next month to form a new coalition as an alternative to an exiled West-backed alliance, officials said Saturday.

Amnesty report says Qatar still failing migrant workers

Qatar, host of soccer`s 2022 World Cup, is doing little to improve conditions for its 1.5 million migrant workers despite promising reforms last year, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

Amnesty report says Qatar is still failing migrant workers
Amnesty report says Qatar is still failing migrant workers

Qatar, host nation of the 2022 World Cup, is still doing little to improve conditions for migrant workers despite promising reform last year, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

South Korea reports first case of MERS virus; patient stable

South Korean health officials on Wednesday confirmed the country`s first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in a patient who recently returned from Bahrain and is in stable condition after being treated for a high fever and cough.

Qatar arrests BBC journalist on government press trip

A BBC journalist invited to Qatar to examine the living conditions of workers building infrastructure for the 2022 football World Cup was detained for more than 24 hours, the broadcaster reported Monday.

Egypt sentences deposed Islamist president Morsi to death
Egypt sentences deposed Islamist president Morsi to death

An Egyptian court sentenced deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants to death on Saturday over jail breaks during the 2011 uprising.

Mo Farah backs plans for 2019 night marathon
Mo Farah backs plans for 2019 night marathon

British double Olympic champion Mo Farah on Thursday backed plans for a night-time marathon at the 2019 World Athletics Championships to be held in Qatar.

Qatar elects two women for first time

 Qataris have for the first time voted two women onto the Gulf emirate`s only directly elected body, the Central Municipal Council, officials announced on Thursday.

FIFA bans Tahitian football head for eight years
FIFA bans Tahitian football head for eight years

FIFA on Wednesday banned Reynald Temarii, General Director of the Tahiti Football Association, for eight years for breaking the world body`s ethics code by accepting more than 300,000 euros from former Qatari official Mohamed bin Hammam.

Afghan Taliban `soften stance` on women`s rights: Activists

 The Afghan Taliban, condemned for their misogynistic ideology, were surprisingly open with female delegates who attended peace talks in Qatar, pledging support for women`s education and their right to work in "male-dominated professions", activists said.

Saudi King Salman warns of Iran threat to Gulf states

Saudi Arabia's King Salman warned at a summit on Tuesday of a threat from Iran as guest of honour President Francois Hollande said France was "by the side" of Gulf nations.

Arrested German TV crew had no permits, say Qataris
Arrested German TV crew had no permits, say Qataris

Qatari authorities say they arrested a German television crew for filming a documentary without permission, not because of corruption allegations or the building conditions for the 2022 World Cup it exposed.

Indonesia to stop sending domestic workers to Mideast: Reports

Indonesia will stop sending new domestic workers to 21 Middle Eastern countries, reports said Tuesday, after the recent execution of two Indonesian women in Saudi Arabia angered Jakarta.

Afghan talks agree on reopening Taliban political office

Representatives at preliminary talks aiming to end Afghanistan`s long war have agreed that Taliban insurgents should open a political office for negotiations, but disagreement over foreign troops is still hampering prospects for a ceasefire.

Qatar hopes to end 'kafala' system in 2015: Minister

Qatar`s labour minister said Monday he hopes the country`s controversial "kafala" system, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery, will be abolished before the end of this year.

Taliban welcome Afghan peace efforts after Qatar talks

Taliban militants who have been waging war on the Afghan government for more than a decade have expressed a willingness to soften their position on a range of issues that could lead to talks on ending the conflict.

Qatar inks deal for 24 French Rafale fighter jets

Qatar signed a multi-billion-euro deal with French defence group Dassault on Monday to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets, in a ceremony attended by the leaders of both countries in Doha.

Qatar inks deal for 24 French Rafale jets

Qatar signed a multi-billion-euro deal with French defence group Dassault on Monday to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets, in a ceremony attended by the leaders of both countries in Doha.

France`s Hollande in Qatar for warplane deal

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Qatar on Monday to oversee the signing of a multi-billion-euro deal to sell 24 Rafale fighter jets to the gas-rich emirate.