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Defiant in war and isolation, Hamas plays long game in Gaza

Dec. 20, 2021 08:09 AM EST

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Each month, hundreds of trucks heavy with fuel, cement and other goods cross a plowed no man’s land between Egypt and the Gaza Strip — and Hamas becomes stronger. Hamas collects tens of millions of dollars a month in taxes and customs at the crossing in...

Defiant in war and isolation, Hamas plays long game in Gaza

Dec. 20, 2021 08:06 AM EST

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Each month, hundreds of trucks heavy with fuel, cement and other goods cross a plowed no man’s land between Egypt and the Gaza Strip — and Hamas becomes stronger. Hamas collects tens of millions of dollars a month in taxes and customs at the crossing in...

Cyprus issues 2nd offshore drilling license to ExxonMobil

Dec. 10, 2021 10:03 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — ExxonMobil and partner Qatar Energy expanded their stake in potential oil and gas deposits off Cyprus by signing a deal with the east Mediterranean island nation Friday for a second exploration license in waters that Turkey partly claims. Drilling off Cyprus...

Qatar detains 2 Norway journalists amid World Cup coverage

Nov. 24, 2021 11:11 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Security forces in Qatar detained two journalists from Norwegian state television for over 30 hours and deleted footage they gathered at a migrant labor camp as they tried to report on worker issues ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup, authorities said...

World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

Nov. 23, 2021 15:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tiny Arab nation of Qatar has for years employed a former CIA officer to help spy on soccer officials as part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold on to the 2022 World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. ...

World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA

Nov. 23, 2021 01:47 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA officer has spied on top soccer officials for years while working for Qatar, the tiny Arab country hosting next year’s World Cup tournament, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. Qatar sought an edge in securing hosting...

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....