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Qatari ambassador faces LGBT-rights appeal before World Cup

Sep. 20, 2022 11:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Qatar’s ambassador to Germany was urged Monday to abolish his country’s penalties for homosexuality at a human rights congress hosted by the German soccer federation two months before the Middle East country stages the World Cup. Fan representative Dario Minden...

Egypt's president in Qatar on 1st visit amid rapprochement

Sep. 13, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Egypt’s president met on Tuesday with Qatar's ruling emir during his first visit to the energy-rich nation after ties soured following the Egyptian military’s overthrow of an Islamist president backed by Doha. The scene of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi...

FIFA promises free concerts for fans at World Cup in Qatar

Sep. 07, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA promised Wednesday to stage free concerts with international stars for visitors to the official Fan Festival in Qatar during the World Cup. FIFA said the Al Bidda Park in central Doha will host “concerts starring top global and local music acts and live...

World Cup beer policy finally agreed by Qatari organizers

Sep. 03, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Organizers of the World Cup in Qatar have finalized a policy to serve beer with alcohol to soccer fans at stadiums and fan zones in the Muslim-majority country. FIFA said Saturday fans will be allowed to buy Budweiser beer with alcohol within the eight stadium...

Qatar detains workers protesting late pay before World Cup

Aug. 22, 2022 05:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar recently arrested at least 60 foreign workers who protested going months without pay and deported some of them, an advocacy group said, just three months before Doha hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The move comes as Qatar faces intense...

FIFA moves World Cup start in Qatar up 1 day to Nov. 20

Aug. 11, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA has formally moved the World Cup start up by one day to give host nation Qatar an exclusive Sunday evening slot with a global audience. Qatar will now play Ecuador in Doha on Nov. 20 — just 101 days after FIFA’s decision Thursday — stretching the World Cup...

Chad's junta, rebel groups sign pledge in Qatar before talks

Aug. 09, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Chad's military government signed a pledge Monday with more than 40 rebel groups and opposition figures ahead of planned national reconciliation talks, though the deal did not include the country's main rebel group. Under the terms of the deal in...

Chad junta leader in Qatar after months of peace deal talks

Aug. 06, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of Chad's military government met Saturday with Qatar's ruling emir after months of talks between Chadian forces and rebel factions, hosted by the Arab country. Chad's Gen. Mahamat Idriss Deby spoke with Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin...

Most World Cup team bases in Qatar in and around capital

Jul. 26, 2022 10:05 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Three-quarters of the 32 teams at the World Cup in Qatar will stay within a 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) radius in and around the capital city, FIFA said Tuesday. Qatar will be the smallest country ever to host the World Cup, barely a quarter of the size of the...

FIFA, Qatar prepare beer policy for soccer fans at World Cup

Jul. 08, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Beer with alcohol is expected to be sold at World Cup stadiums in Qatar but fans may be allowed to take only non-alcoholic drinks to their seats. FIFA and Qatari organizers are still working on plans to serve all fans who want to drink at games when the...