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Airbus revokes Qatar Airways A321 jet order amid dispute

Jan. 21, 2022 09:51 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — European planemaker Airbus terminated a multibillion dollar order by Qatar Airways for 50 of its single-aisle in-demand A321neo jets. The termination of the contract for the A321neo, confirmed by the planemaker to The Associated Press on Friday,...

Taliban to hold meeting in Norway next week

Jan. 21, 2022 09:21 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Taliban delegation plans to travel to Norway next week for talks with the Norwegian government and several allied countries, as well as meetings with civil society activists and human rights defenders from Afghanistan. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry...

Ticket price hike for World Cup final in Qatar reaches 46%

Jan. 19, 2022 10:12 AM EST

The cost of attending the World Cup final is up to 46% higher in Qatar than the previous tournament in Russia, fans discovered Wednesday as tickets went on sale. The steep rise in the prices for the FIFA showpiece match since 2018 contrasts with the group stage — apart from the...

Bahrain names its first ambassador to Syria in over a decade

Dec. 30, 2021 12:46 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Bahrain appointed on Thursday its first ambassador to Syria in more than a decade, the island nation's state news agency reported, the latest sign of a stepped-up outreach to Damascus by Gulf Arab countries. The decree by Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa came...

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...

Analysis: As US focus wanes, Mideast turns inward for talks

Dec. 28, 2021 20:54 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After years of looking abroad for answers, countries in the Middle East now appear to instead be talking to each other to find solutions following two decades defined by war and political upheaval. The American withdrawals from Afghanistan and...

Bidens mark Christmas with holiday calls to service members

Dec. 25, 2021 17:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden marked his first Christmas in office by making calls to military service members stationed around the world, offering them holiday wishes and gratitude for their service and sacrifice for the nation. Joined by his wife, Jill, and their new...

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...

Qatar Airways goes after Airbus citing aircraft quality

Dec. 20, 2021 14:19 PM EST

Qatar Airways is taking Airbus to court charging the manufacturer of failing to correct what it says is accelerated surface degradation impacting the Airbus A350 aircraft. The airline said Monday that it's seeking a rapid resolution in the High Court in London. The airline has now...

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,...