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/ 21 May 2008

Rival Lebanese sign deal to end crisis

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.

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/ 23 January 2008

Goosen targets repeat win in Doha

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 ,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.

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/ 2 January 2008

Davydenko fights to restore reputation

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.

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/ 3 December 2007

Wary Persian Gulf leaders host Ahmadinejad

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.

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/ 9 April 2007

‘World not ready for a gas Opec’

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.

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/ 28 January 2007

The Goose soars in Qatar

South African Retief Goosen won the ,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.

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/ 26 January 2007

Goosen continues to impress in Doha

Retief Goosen continued to impress at the ,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.

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/ 25 January 2007

Goosen takes charge in Doha

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-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.

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/ 22 January 2007

Amaglug-glug down Japan 1-0

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.

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/ 4 January 2007

Davydenko enters Qatar Open quarterfinals

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 -million Qatar Open. Second-seeded Ivan Ljubicic, number three Marco Baghdatis and number four Andy Murray also advanced with straight-set victories.

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/ 13 December 2006

Freak storms wreak havoc at Asian Games

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.

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/ 4 December 2006

IOC never expected so much traffic in Beijing

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.

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/ 15 November 2006

Al-Jazeera English hits the airwaves

Al-Jazeera’s English-language news channel hit the airwaves on Wednesday with a heavyweight cast of presenters and the ambition to compete with Western broadcasting giants. Al-Jazeera English, sister channel of Qatar’s Arabic television al-Jazeera, said its launch ushered in "a new era in international news" as it began broadcasts.

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/ 10 August 2006

Man held on Qatar flight after hijack scare

Passengers and stewards on board a Qatar Airways plane heading to Qatar from Jordan overpowered an Eritrean passenger who tried to force his way into the cockpit on Thursday, an airline spokesperson said. She told Al Jazeera television that the Eritrean man (21) was carrying a box containing an unknown substance, prompting the captain to return to Jordan immediately.

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/ 1 June 2006

Hamas chief opposes Palestinian referendum call

Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal has opposed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s referendum call, protesting that it would annul the results of the January elections. ”This matter represents a nullification of the legislative institution and an annulment of the outcome of the elections,” Meshaal told the Qatari daily al-Watan.

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/ 13 May 2006

Gatlin breaks 100m world record

America’s Justin Gatlin set a new 100m world record at the Qatar Super Grand Prix on Friday with a time of 9,76sec. The Olympic champion bettered the old mark of 9,77sec held by Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, which was set in Athens last year. The 24-year-old American, who clocked 9,85sec in the semifinal, was overjoyed by his record.

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/ 8 January 2006

Federer off to a flying start

Roger Federer went a long way towards dispelling doubts about his fitness to remain world number one for a third successive year with a successful defence of his Qatar Open title in Doha on Saturday. Federer celebrated a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) win in a fine final over Gael Monfils, the exciting 19-year-old Frenchman.

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/ 6 January 2006

Federer gains momentum

Roger Federer’s preparation for an attempt at recapturing the Australian Open title gathered momentum as he reached the semifinals in defence of his title at the Qatar Open on Thursday. The world number one from Switzerland showed signs of developing rhythm and improving movement during a 6-4, 6-3 win over Marcos Baghdatis.

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/ 17 November 2005

Qatar opens world’s biggest sports dome

Football legends Pele and Maradona were headlining the guest list for the official unveiling in Doha on Thursday of the world’s biggest covered sports dome. The Aspire Academy of Sports Excellence venue is the work of French architect Roger Taillibert and funded by the oil and natural gas revenues which have turned this tiny Gulf state into one of the richest countries in the world.