World Cup host Qatar used ex-CIA spy for FIFA bid

An Associated Press investigation has found that World Cup 2022 host Qatar has for years employed a former CIA officer to help spy on FIFA officials as part of a no-expense-spared effort to win and hold on to the most popular sports tournament. (Nov. 23)

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How to beat the heat at Qatar World Cup

Soccer players could lose up to three liters of sweat per match during the Qatar World Cup. Reuters sports correspondent Mitch Phillips got a small taste of the conditions players will face, and can report that it will be tough.

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Qatar ‘unfairly treated and scrutinised’, says 2022 World Cup chief exec

Qatar has been ‘unfairly treated and scrutinised, according to the chief executive of the 2022 World Cup.

Speaking to Sky News exacrtly one year before the World Cup kicks off in Qatar, Nasser al Khater, chief of the organising committee, hit out at the criticism at the country.

Organisations, including Amnesty International, have accused the country of failing to protect migrant workers and having a poor record on human rights – but the chief of the organising committee has insisted there has been "a lot of progress".

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Fans threaten boycott of Qatar World Cup over corruption, human rights | DW News

It’s just a year until the football World Cup kicks off in Qatar. Allegations of vote buying and human rights abuses have marred the run-up to the competition. Some fans are threatening a boycott. But Qatar says it deserves to host the cup.
The stadiums are all but ready with just a year to go until the Qatar World Cup. But many football fans are not yet ready to embrace the tournament.
Human rights groups say many thousands of migrant workers may have died building the stadiums and infrastructure.
They have also criticized the living conditions of workers as well as Qatar’s repression of women and homosexuals.
Qatar rejects the number of deaths and says it has done more than any neighboring country to improve worker welfare, including limits on working hours in the heat. But the likes of Amnesty Intentional are not convinced.
Qatar holding FIFA’s iconic tournament is also unpopular because of allegations it bought the hosting rights. Despite the US Department of Justice saying so, Qatar denies it.
But the controversies have led these fans in Europe to boycott the tournament. They are planning their own amateur version instead.
National sides such as Germany have also made their feelings clear. But there is no sign any teams will actually boycott the World Cup.
Proponents say Qatar has shown its commitment to football and Western arrogance is at play. Many in the Middle East and Arab World are proud to be hosting a first World Cup and only the second in Asia.
Its gas riches mean Qatar will put on a spectacular tournament but at a heavy price for many.

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Vaccinated travel lanes: Quarantine-free travel from India, Indonesia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE

Quarantine-free travel arrangements will be extended to India, Indonesia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. This brings the number of countries with quarantine-free travel to Singapore to 21. Transport Minister S Iswaran said these countries had contributed just under half of the total daily arrivals at Changi Airport before the COVID-19 pandemic. The new quota of 10,000 VTL travellers a day will restore a quarter of this volume.

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Singapore to launch VTLs with India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE | In full

Singapore will extend its vaccinated travel lane (VTL) scheme to India, Indonesia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates from Nov 29, the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force announced on Monday (Nov 15). https://cna.asia/3ChgMRr

It will also soon allow dine in for groups of up to 5 from the same household at some hawker centres. https://cna.asia/3nf0jZv

COVID-19 restrictions for migrant workers living in dormitories will be further relaxed and more vaccinated workers will be allowed to visit places in the community. https://cna.asia/3kFhemt

In addition, a pilot scheme has been launched, easing the capacity limits and zoning requirements for selected MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions), performance and spectator sports events. https://cna.asia/31Sao6u

This is a recording of the full news conference, including the Q&A session with journalists.

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US picks Qatar as transit hub for Afghan refugees

The Gulf nation of Qatar and the United States signed an agreement Friday formalizing Qatar’s role as a main transit hub for those wishing to flee Taliban rule in Afghanistan following the closure of the American Embassy in Kabul. (November 13)

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Qatar to represent US interests in Afghanistan

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that the Gulf nation of Qatar has agreed to represent American interests in Afghanistan following the closure of the U.S. embassy in Kabul in late August.(Nov. 12)

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Blinken says Qatar to act as U.S. diplomatic representative in Afghanistan

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the U.S. and Qatar have signed an agreement making Qatar the U.S. ‘protecting power’ in Afghanistan. The move comes as Washington grapples with how to engage with the Taliban after two decades of war.

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‘Eternals’ Pulled From Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait For Showing Same-Sex Couple I THR News

The all-star superhero film, which was due for release across the Gulf region on Nov. 11, is understood to have been met with a series of edit requests by the local censors, edits that Disney was not willing to make.

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