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  • India supports Russian resolution opposing benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff 6 days ago

    United Nations: At a time when there is a raging debate calling for decriminalising gay sex back home, India has supported a Russian-drafted resolution that opposed benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff but it failed to pass in the General Assembly committee. The Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, that...
  • FIFA to pay clubs $209 million in World Cup compensation March 20, 2015

    Zurich: FIFA will pay $209 million to clubs releasing players for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the same sum again for the 2022 tournament in Qatar, nearly three times the amount distributed in 2014. "A total of $209 million will be distributed among the clubs releasing players to the...
  • FIFA says 2022 World Cup final in Qatar will be on December 18 March 19, 2015

    The final match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played on Dec. 18, the country's national holiday. FIFA spokesman Walter De Gregorio confirmed the date on Thursday, but did not say when the tournament would start. He says the governing body's executive committee prefers a 28-day tournament -...
  • Sepp Blatter says Qatar needs to do more to protect workers March 16, 2015

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter visited Qatar's emir on Sunday and said that while progress has been made in improving workers' rights in the 2022 World Cup host nation, more still needed to be done. "It is encouraging to hear the emir's personal commitment to workers' welfare and to get a sense...
  • Qatar Airways interested in more airline stakes, including IndiGo March 5, 2015

    Berlin: Qatar Airways would like to raise its stake in the owner of British Airways and Iberia at some point and may invest in other well-run airlines, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Qatar Airways bought a 9.99 per cent stake in International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) in January, aiming to...
  • Seeking unity in the party, AAP global supporters launch social media campaign #UnitedAAP March 4, 2015

    Washington: With the rift in AAP deepening, non-resident Indian supporters of the party have appealed to its leadership to stand united and resolve all their differences peacefully. NRI AAP chapters across the world have launched a social media campaign #UnitedAAP, appealing for "reconciliation and togetherness" among party leadership. "We are...
  • Lucie Safarova beats Victoria Azarenka to win the Qatar Open February 28, 2015

    Qatar: Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday. It was her sixth career title and first since Qubec City in 2013. "It's an amazing feeling. I'm so happy to win the title. It's been a long time. I'm happy at the way...
  • Victoria Azarenka beats Venus Williams for first time at Qatar Open February 28, 2015

    Doha: Victoria Azarenka defeated Venus Williams for the first time on Friday, rallying for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory to reach the final at the Qatar Open. A two-time champion in Doha, Azarenka made adjustments in the second set and took a 5-1 lead in the third. Azarenka had 36 winners...
  • Agnieszka Radwanska lines up Qatar quarter-final with Venus Williams February 26, 2015

    Doha: Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska brushed aside Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday to set up a quarter-final with Venus Williams in the Qatar Open. Radwanska, who had lost both their previous meetings, including the Indian Wells final in March last year, dropped just 11 points in her seven service games. The...
  • Andrea Petkovic, Jelena Jankovic advance to second round of Qatar Open February 25, 2015

    Doha: Sixth-seeded Andrea Petkovic advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 win over Belgian qualifier Kirsten Flipkens on Tuesday. Flipkens, who beat Petkovic in the second round at New Haven last August, showed a good touch in the first set - only to...
  • FIFA task force recommends shorter Nov-Dec World Cup for Qatar 2022 February 24, 2015

    Doha: The FIFA task force looking into dates for the Qatar World Cup has recommended a shorter tournament to be staged in November and December 2022, the head of the Asian Football Confederation told reporters on Tuesday. Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa said all options would be reviewed at the FIFA...
  • Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka wins at Qatar Open February 24, 2015

    Doha: Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka beat Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-3 in the first round of the Qatar Total Open on Monday. The Belarusian, who won in 2012 and 2013, was forced to withdraw last year due to a foot inflammation. Returning to Doha as a wild card entrant, Azarenka needed just 66...
  • We have no information on captured Indians: Syrian Ambassador February 3, 2015

    The Syrian Ambassador to India spoke to CNN-IBN on Indian construction workers who are still held captive by ISIS. He has said that India should talk to Turkey and Qatar for the release of the Indians. ...
  • Shiv Kapur and Jeev tied 38th, Branden Grace wins Qatar Masters January 24, 2015

    Doha: Shiv Kapur and Jeev Milkha Singh finished in a tie for 38th place even as Branden Grace produced a stunning eagle on 16th and a closing birdie to grab the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters golf tournament here on Saturday. Kapur, who was inside top-10 after the first day, shot one-over...
  • 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...