Latest Doha News

World Cup hotel shortage for supporters planning Qatar trips

Dec. 29, 2021 09:14 AM EST

Qatar wants to attract 1.2 million people to the World Cup but will struggle to accommodate many of them. With ticket sales beginning in January, supporters are in for a shock when they look for somewhere to stay: Qatar already looks sold out. Extensive searches by The...

Turkey, Qatar to discuss Kabul airport plans with Taliban

Dec. 23, 2021 08:45 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A joint Turkish and Qatari delegation is traveling to Afghanistan to discuss plans for companies from their two countries to run Kabul’s international airport in a partnership, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported Thursday. The Anadolu Agency said...

FIFA touts billions to be gained from biennial World Cups

Dec. 20, 2021 10:43 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — FIFA is making a financial pitch to win support for biennial World Cups. On the day it hoped to hold a vote for the overhaul of the game — before it was abandoned — FIFA claimed Monday that revenue would jump by $4.4 billion to $11.4 billion over four years,...

The AP Interview: Karzai 'invited' Taliban to stop chaos

Dec. 15, 2021 09:57 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban didn't take the Afghan capital — they were invited, says the man who issued the invitation. In an Associated Press interview, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai offered some of the first insights into the secret and sudden departure of...

Afghan musicians look to recreate famed school in Portugal

Dec. 13, 2021 14:21 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Students and faculty members from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music arrived with their families Monday in Portugal, where they are being granted asylum and where they hope to rebuild their acclaimed school. The 273-person group, including some 150...

Saudi crown prince in 1st visit to Qatar after embargo ended

Dec. 09, 2021 08:37 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s crown prince visited Qatar on Thursday, his first trip to Doha since the kingdom rallied other Arab states to end their yearslong rift and embargo of the tiny Gulf Arab state. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit also marked...

Lebanon's president discusses Gulf crisis with Qatar's emir

Nov. 29, 2021 08:29 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's president Monday discussed his country's economic meltdown and an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Beirut and Persian Gulf nations with the Emir of Qatar. The emir promised to help the small country ease its problems. The meeting between...

A year to go, Qatar World Cup still feels heat of scrutiny

Nov. 21, 2021 19:32 PM EST

The eight stadiums — all within a 30-mile radius of Doha — are now largely complete. The 2022 World Cup has been preserved after fending off hostility from neighbors, corruption investigations and concerns about worker abuses. And a clock on the Corniche waterfront in the Qatari capital...

IOC hails progress at meeting with Afghan sports officials

Nov. 18, 2021 13:04 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Sports leaders appointed by the Taliban have promised Olympic officials that Afghanistan will continue to allow its athletes and teams to compete internationally. The International Olympic Committee announced the pledge Thursday after its...

Women travelers to sue Qatar over 'invasive' body searches

Nov. 15, 2021 06:20 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A group of seven Australia-based women plan to sue Qatar's government for being forced to undergo invasive gynecological examinations at Doha's international airport after an abandoned newborn was found in a trash can there last year, their lawyer said on Monday....