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'World not ready for a gas Opec'

Staff Reporter

Egyptian Energy Minister Sameh Fahmi said on Sunday that forming an Opec-like gas cartel was not a good idea as the world is not prepared to have a new energy organisation. "It's not a good idea at this stage," Fahmi said when asked about the idea of forming a cartel for the gas-producing and -exporting countries.

Schwartzel makes his move at Qatar Masters

Benedict Johnson

Swede Johan Edfors shot a scintillating six-under-par 66 to take a two-shot lead going into the third round at the $2,5-million Qatar Masters on Friday. South African Charl Schwartzel, who was on two-under at the end of the first round, picked up five shots in a flawless round of 67.

Defending champ Goosen withdraws from Qatar Masters

Staff Reporter

Defending champion Retief Goosen has been forced to withdraw from the $2,5-million Qatar Masters suffering from vision problems, he announced on Wednesday. He has been replaced by Sweden's Henrik Nystrom. Goosen came to Doha for the European PGA Tour event after undergoing corrective laser surgery ten days ago.

Goosen targets repeat win in Doha

Benedict Johnson

Retief Goosen is hoping to become the first golfer to win the European Tour's Qatar Masters on two occasions when the 11th edition of the $2,5-million event gets under way on Thursday at the picturesque Doha Golf Club. The South African responded with a confident "You mean not yet" when told that no player has won the tournament twice since its inception.

The Goose soars in Qatar

Staff Reporter

South African Retief Goosen won the $2,2-million Qatar Masters with a one-stroke victory over Australian Nick O'Hern on Sunday. The South African, aiming for his first win in more than a year after a disappointing 2006, held his nerve on the final hole to curl in an eagle to finish the tournament on 15-under-par 273.

Goosen continues to impress in Doha

Staff Reporter

Retief Goosen continued to impress at the $2,2-million Qatar Masters with a second-round four-under-par 68 at the Doha Golf Club on Friday. The South African, who teed off in the morning with a one-shot lead after the first round, is in the comfort zone, his 11-under-par aggregate of 133 giving him a share of the lead with Australian Richard Green.

Goosen takes charge in Doha

Staff Reporter

Retief Goosen took a big step towards re-discovering the form he lost in 2006 with a clinical seven-under-par 65 in the first round of the $2,2-million Qatar Masters on Thursday. The South African held his own in the sometimes blustery conditions in the afternoon to take a one-shot lead over Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiminez and Aussie Nick O'Hern, who shot both shot 66.

Chinese-dominated Asian Games 'put Qatar on map'

Eric Talmadge

There was doping. There was a death. There were more medals and more countries than ever before. And there was no stopping the Chinese. Tiny Qatar's effort to prove that the Arab world is ready to host the Olympics came to a close on Friday as the 15-day Asian Games wrapped up.

Freak storms wreak havoc at Asian Games

Odai Sirri

Shivering in a corner at Qatar's al-Sadd Stadium stands security guard Nasser Abdullah, his traditional white robe and headdress no protection against freak weather wreaking havoc at the Asian Games. Since the start of the Asian Games on December 1, more rain has fallen than the desert state has seen in 40 years.

IOC never expected so much traffic in Beijing

Christopher Bodeen

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had not envisaged how fast Beijing's traffic situation would worsen, and are waiting to see the city's plans for avoiding gridlock during the 2008 Summer Games. Hein Verbruggen, who leads the IOC's coordination commission for the Beijing games, said the rise in vehicle numbers had taken the IOC by surprise.

Asian games hit by chickenpox outbreak

Staff Reporter

The Asian Games has been hit by a chickenpox outbreak amongst the Maldives team but organisers insist that the problem will not affect the 10000 athletes taking part. The disease hit three members of the Indian Ocean island's volleyball squad.

Davydenko fights to restore reputation

Richard Eaton

Nikolay Davydenko, the world number four from Russia who remains at the centre of an investigation into a betting scandal, on Tuesday described his treatment by the Association of Tennis Professionals as "idiotic". Davydenko recently had a fine, for allegedly not trying at the St Petersburg Open, overturned.

Davydenko enters Qatar Open quarterfinals

Staff Reporter

Nikolay Davydenko of the Russian Federation defeated Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday, leading the top six seeds into the quarterfinals of the $1-million Qatar Open. Second-seeded Ivan Ljubicic, number three Marco Baghdatis and number four Andy Murray also advanced with straight-set victories.

Amaglug-glug down Japan 1-0

Staff Reporter

Amaglug-glug beat Japan 1-0 during their first opening match of the under-23 international friendly in Doha, Qatar. The only goal of this Group A encounter was scored by the deadly Cosmos striker, Sibusiso Hadebe, in the fourth minute. The next Amaglug-glug game is against the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.

Rival Lebanese sign deal to end crisis

Nadim Ladki

Rival Lebanese leaders signed a deal on Wednesday to end 18 months of political conflict that had pushed their country to the brink of a new civil war. The deal, concluded after six days of Arab-mediated talks in Qatar, paved the way for parliament to elect army chief General Michel Suleiman as president, filling a post vacant since November because of the political deadlock.

Wary Persian Gulf leaders host Ahmadinejad

Taieb Mahjoub

Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council, wary of the repercussions of Iran's nuclear programme, opened a two-day summit on Monday at which they were joined by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He was the first Iranian president to attend the gathering of the neighbouring bloc of wealthy Gulf Arab oil producers.