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  • David Ferrer beats Tomas Berdych in Qatar Open final January 10, 2015

    Doha: David Ferrer won his 22nd career ATP title when he defeated Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday. The fourth-seeded Ferrer broke the third-seeded Berdych in the first game, and raced to 4-1. Berdych hadn't dropped his serve in 34 service games through the semifinals, but surrendered...
  • Tomas Berdych to play Ferrer in Qatar Open final January 10, 2015

    Doha: Third-seeded Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic beat Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-3 on Friday to set up a Qatar Open final against fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain. Berdych hasn't dropped his serve in four matches this week, winning all 34 service games played. "It's four very good matches which I'm happy with,"...
  • David Ferrer moves into Qatar Open final with win over Ivo Karlovic January 9, 2015

    Qatar: Fourth-seeded David Ferrer defeated seventh-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) to make the Qatar Open final on Friday. Ferrer will play either third-seeded Tomas Berdych or Andreas Seppi of Italy in Saturday's final. There were no service breaks by Ferrer or Karlovic during their intense 2-hour,...
  • Novak Djokovic bounced out of Qatar Open in quarterfinals January 8, 2015

    Doha: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was upset by Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-4 while playing through a sandstorm in the Qatar Open quarterfinals on Thursday. Karlovic took advantage of a second break point in the seventh game of the third set with a perfect forehand pass. He never offered...
  • Novak Djokovic eases into Qatar Open quarterfinals January 7, 2015

    Doha: Top seed Novak Djokovic moved his Qatar Open debut into the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine on Wednesday. Djokovic won 29 of 34 points when his first serve went in, and saved all three break points he faced. Djokovic will play seventh-seeded Ivo Karlovic of...
  • Rafael Nadal crashes out of Qatar Open January 7, 2015

    Doha: Defending champion Rafael Nadal was ousted in the first round of the Qatar Open, losing to German qualifier Michael Berrer 6-1, 3-6, 4-6. Nadal had three break points on Berrer's serve in the final game, but couldn't convert on those opportunities to draw the third set score even to 5-5...
  • Qatar Open: Djokovic wins first match of year in under an hour January 6, 2015

    Doha: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic started off his 2015 season with a swift 6-2, 6-1 win over Serbian countryman Dusan Lajovic at the Qatar Open on Tuesday. Djokovic's first-round victory took 59 minutes. He put 72 percent of his first serves in play, and was successful on five of six break-point opportunities. He...
  • FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes December 19, 2014

    Marrakech: Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and that the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts. The decision...
  • Chess: B Adhiban holds Bu Xiangzhi; Vladimir Kramnik shoots into lead at Qatar Masters December 4, 2014

    Doha: Indian Grandmaster B Adhiban held higher-ranked Bu Xiangzhi to a draw while Vladimir Kramnik of Russia put it across Salem Saleh of UAE to emerge as the sole leader in the Qatar Masters international Open Chess tournament. With his first draw in the tournament after two losses and five victories,...
  • Egypt court sentences 188 to death for killing police December 3, 2014

    Cairo: An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced 188 people to death over charges of murdering 11 police officers in 2013, media reported. The ruling will be referred to the Grand Mufti, Egypt's highest Islamist legal official, for a legal opinion before carrying out the executions, Xinhua quoted state-run Ahram Arabic news...
  • Chess: Abhijeet Gupta holds Vachier Lagrave at Qatar Masters December 1, 2014

    Doha: Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta missed out on his chances but still got an easy draw against fourth seeded Frenchman Maxime Vachier Lagrave in the fifth round of the Qatar International Open Chess Tournament. Catching Lagrave in an unfamiliar territory, Gupta was not quite happy that he...
  • Chess: P Harikrishna crushes Bartosz Socko; Abhijeet Gupta held by Matthieu Cornette at Qatar Masters November 30, 2014

    Doha: P Harikrishna, the highest rated Indian in fray, crashed through the defences of Polish Grandmaster Bartosz Socko while Abhijeet Gupta played out a hard-fought draw with French Grandmaster Matthieu Cornette in the fourth round of Qatar Masters International Open Chess tournament. Losing the third round to Mikhailo Oleksienko of Ukraine,...
  • Qatar Airways launches 'buy one get one free' ticket offer for Indian customers November 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Gulf carrier Qatar Airways has rolled out a 2-for-1 ticket offer for Indian customers, under which travellers booking one business class ticket will receive a second business class ticket for free on select global destinations. Booking of tickets under the five-day promotional scheme commences on Tuesday and the journey can...
  • Ambassadors of Gulf Arab states to return to Qatar November 17, 2014

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Monday said they will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in an unprecedented move eight months ago. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which also includes Kuwait and Oman, had been rattled by the rift in relations that was widely...
  • FIFA clears Russia and Qatar to host World Cup November 13, 2014

    The soccer World Cups of 2018 and 2022 are set go ahead in Russia and Qatar as planned after FIFA's ethics committee said on Thursday it could find no grounds for reopening the controversial bidding process. In a long-awaited report, the committee said that "the various incidents which might have occurred...
  • Qatar Airways' free companion travel offer October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Qatar Airways on Tuesday launched a limited-period global sales offer of free companion travel for business class passengers across most of its network. The promotion, called 'Double the Luxury' offer, would be up for sale till October 31 and travel until March 31 next year to select destinations...
  • Qatar pulls out of women's basketball at Asian Games over hijab row September 25, 2014

    Qatar have pulled out of the women's basketball competition at the Asian Games in South Korea after they were denied permission to wear the Islamic headscarf, an official with the Qatari delegation told Reuters on Thursday. The Qatari players had been asked to remove the hijab before their group game against...
  • Qatar will not host 2022 World Cup, says FIFA's Zwanziger September 22, 2014

    The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Monday. "I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar," the German told Sport Bild...
  • Egypt to try Morsi for leaking secrets to Qatar September 6, 2014

    Cairo: Egypt's top prosecutor says ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi will be tried for leaking national security secrets to Qatar during his turbulent year in office. In a statement released on Saturday the prosecutor said Morsi and two of his assistants leaked classified documents, including information on military deployments, to Qatari...
  • FIFA opens talks on 2022 World Cup dates in Qatar September 1, 2014

    FIFA will host its first consultation meeting next week to agree dates for playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. FIFA says its six confederations plus clubs, leagues and players' unions from around the world will be represented at talks led by Asian Football Confederation President Sheik Salman bin Ebrahim al...
  • Qatar denies funding extremist Islamic State group August 24, 2014

    Dubai: The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State extremist group, saying that "determined, collective action" is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria. The energyrich OPEC member has come under renewed scrutiny over its ties to extreamists, including the Palestinian...
  • Jets escort Qatar Airways plane into Manchester airport after bomb threat August 5, 2014

    London:Britain scrambled two fighter jets on Tuesday to escort a Qatar Airways plane into Manchester airport after the pilot reported a possible explosive device on board. A passenger was later arrested on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat. The incident, which prompted the authorities to close the northern England airport...
  • Michel Platini backs possible 2022 football World Cup revote June 5, 2014

    Paris: European soccer chief Michel Platini, one of the most prominent figures to vote four years ago to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, has called for the vote to be held again if allegations of corruption in Qatar's bid are proved. World soccer governing body FIFA is investigating the...
  • Platini says 'somebody, something' out to hurt him June 5, 2014

    Paris: Michel Platini says "somebody, something" is out to discredit him. The UEFA president told sports newspaper L'Equipe he's hurt by British media reports that cast doubts on his links to now disgraced Qatari official Mohamed bin Hammam. Platini said: "For a year now, everything is being done to discredit me." He added,...
  • FIFA investigator set to submit report on 2018, 2022 World Cup bids June 3, 2014

    London: FIFA investigator Michael Garcia will submit his report into alleged corruption regarding the bidding process and controversial awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar two weeks after the upcoming spectacle in Brazil. Garcia's team "intends" to complete the twoyear investigation, for which he spent millions...
  • '2022 football WC vote must be rerun if corruption proved' June 2, 2014

    The vote for the hosting of the 2022 World Cup must be rerun if corruption allegations surrounding Qatar's winning campaign are proved to be accurate, Lord Goldsmith, a member of FIFA's Independent Governance Committee, said on Monday. A British newspaper on Sunday claimed it had evidence that around $5 million was...
  • Qatar's football World Cup 2022 committee denies wrongdoing June 1, 2014

    Zurich: Qatar's 2022 World Cup organizing committee has denied being aware of any alleged payments by the disgraced former head of the country's soccer association to an exvice president of FIFA. Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Tuesday that a company under the control of Mohamed Bin Hammam paid $1.2 million...
  • No comment on Qatar corruption claims: FIFA June 1, 2014

    Zurich: FIFA has declined comment on a British newspaper report that questions the integrity of choosing Qatar as 2022 World Cup host. The Sunday Times says a "senior FIFA insider" was its source for "hundreds of millions of emails, accounts and other documents" detailing payments Qatari official Mohamed bin Hammam gave...
  • Newspaper alleges corruption in 2022 World Cup vote June 1, 2014

    A former member of FIFA's executive committee was accused on Sunday of making payments totaling $5 million to senior football officials in return for support for Qatar's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup. British newspaper The Sunday Times said it has obtained millions of secret documents proving that Mohamed Bin...
  • SpiceJet says not selling slots to Qatar Airways May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Friday refuted reports that it was in talks with Qatar Airways for selling its overseas slots. The company, however, reiterated that it is in discussion with an external entity for getting funds. The news of Qatar Airways' interest in buying SpiceJet's overseas slots led...