Latest Qatar News

FIFA clears Cameroon to pick new recruits ahead of World Cup

May. 16, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Cameroon’s recruitment drive ahead of the World Cup continued on Monday with FIFA approving the change in international eligibility of former France Under-21 winger Georges-Kévin Nkoudou. Nkoudou, who was with Marseille and Tottenham before joining current club...

Qatar, key US ally, faces new accusations of terror funding

May. 13, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

Qatar, a key U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, is facing increased scrutiny over its alleged financial ties to terrorism in a lawsuit from relatives of a slain American journalist and a separate federal investigation into a member of the country’s royal family. The family of Steven...

Qatari emir in Iran offers support for reviving nuclear deal

May. 12, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Qatar’s emir met with Iranian leaders on Thursday, offering support for efforts to revive the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, even as talks on the tattered accord remain deadlocked. Despite its small size, the tiny Gulf Arab sheikdom plays a...

Atlanta's Robinson likely to miss World Cup with Achilles

May. 09, 2022 22:38 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson will likely miss the World Cup for the United States after rupturing the Achilles tendon in his left leg during an MLS game. The team announced that Robinson was to undergo surgery Monday after an MRI confirmed the worst-case...

3m ticket requests for World Cup final; 1.4m for England-US

May. 05, 2022 06:41 AM EDT

FIFA has received 3 million ticket requests for the World Cup final in Qatar and high demand to attend some of its biggest group-stage games, even as issues linger about the tiny Persian Gulf nation's ability to accommodate fans. The data revealed to The Associated Press by FIFA...

FIFA blockchain deal is first new US WCup sponsor since 2011

May. 02, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA got a first new American sponsor of the men's World Cup in 11 years on Monday, signing a deal for this year’s tournament in Qatar with blockchain technology provider Algorand. The deal is also a “technical partnership” to help FIFA develop a digital assets...

Infantino on Qatar: Migrant workers get pride from hard work

May. 02, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said migrant workers gain pride from hard work when he was questioned on Monday about workers suffering in Qatar while building World Cup infrastructure. Despite the abuses, Infantino claimed workers would feel proud at being given the chance to...

EXPLAINER: Why are foes Turkey and Saudi Arabia fixing ties?

Apr. 29, 2022 02:15 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in Istanbul sent an already tense and shaky relationship between Turkey and Saudi Arabia into complete free fall. Fast-forward 3 1/2 years later and it appears Turkey and Saudi Arabia are...

Turkey's Erdogan visits Saudi Arabia to mend strained ties

Apr. 28, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan landed in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening in a major reset of relations between two regional heavyweights following the slaying of a Saudi columnist in Istanbul. The visit marks the latest in Ankara’s bridge-building efforts...

Former top State official to plead guilty for helping Qatar

Apr. 27, 2022 15:03 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former top-ranking State Department official is set to plead guilty for improperly helping a wealthy Gulf country try to influence U.S. policy and not disclosing on a government ethics form gifts he received from a disgraced political fundraiser. Court...