Doha pharmacy offers drive-thru services amid pandemic | AFP

Qatar residents collect their prescriptions at a drive-thru pharmacy service offered at Doha’s Sidra hospital, a women’s and pediatrics hospital, as part of preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the Gulf country.

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Coronavirus: Qatar residents get prescriptions at drive-thru pharmacy | AFP

Qatar residents collect their prescriptions at a drive-thru pharmacy in the capital Doha as part of preventive measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease in the Gulf country which has registered 693 cases and suffered one death. IMAGES

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US negotiator and Taliban co-founder shake hands after signing historic deal | AFP

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (left) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (right) shake hands after signing a landmark deal during a ceremony in the Qatari capital Doha. IMAGES

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Taliban negotiators arrive for the signing of the agreement with Washington | AFP

Taliban negotiators arrive at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha for the signing of the historic agreement with Washington that paves the way for the withdrawal of American troops after more than 18 years of war in Afghanistan and for unprecedented peace negotiations that promise to be perilous. IMAGES

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Morning shots of Kabul skyline before expected US-Taliban deal | AFP

Kabul skyline on Saturday morning the day that Washington and the Taliban are set to sign a long-sought deal in Doha that would see the two foes agree to the withdrawal of thousands of US troops from Afghanistan in return for insurgent guarantees. IMAGES

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Yulimar Rojas make victorious return to Venezuela after World Athletics Championships | AFP

Venezuela’s triple jump world champion Yulimar Rojas arrives home after retaining her world crown in Doha.

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Feeling blue: Qatar road turned azure to cool city | AFP

Qatar’s transport authority hopes to give Doha a cooling new look by painting some of its roads blue, a pilot project to cool the tarmac surface and reduce the temperature of surrounding areas.

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Afghan rivals conclude talks on ‘roadmap for peace’ | AFP

Dozens of influential Afghans concluded two days of talks with the Taliban on Monday in Doha, laying the foundations for renewed negotiations between the United States and the militants.

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Closing session of the Intra-Afghan peace talks in Doha | AFP

Dozens of powerful Afghans conclude two-days of talks with the Taliban in Doha, laying the foundations for renewed negotiations between the US and the militants. IMAGES

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Victims of Kabul blast arrive at hospital

Victims of a mortar attack on a large ceremony attended by Afghanistan’s chief executive and other leading government figures arrive at hospital. The Kabul attack killed three people and injured 22 others and represents a major security breach and marks a resumption of violence in the capital after weeks of calm amid ongoing peace talks between the US and Taliban in Doha. IMAGES of victims being taken to the hospital

Taliban encouraged about latest round of talks

Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said in Doha on Tuesday that the withdrawal of foreign forces is a core issue in the talks aimed at ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan. (Feb. 26)

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17 Years Since 9/11 And There’s Still No Clear End To The War In Afghanistan (HBO)

As Americans mark the anniversary of 9/11, the war that was launched in response to those attacks shows no sign of ending.

Seventeen years later, American troops are still fighting and dying, civilian casualties are at record highs, and the Taliban now controls more territory than at any point since 2001.

Earlier this month, a new American general took control of the effort — the ninth change of command in what is now the longest war the United States has ever fought.

Outgoing U.S. commander General John Nicholson had a simple message as he handed over reigns to his successor after being in command for the last two years: “It’s time for the war in Afghanistan to end.”

But how the war might actually end remains anyone’s guess. The Trump administration appears to be looking for way to get out — and pinning its hopes on encouraging peace talks between the two sides. In July, a high-level State Department official met with Taliban leaders at their headquarters in Doha, the militants said, to encourage them to come to the table.

“Nearly all of these conflicts won’t be solved militarily, the military aspect of it has to apply pressure, has to get people to the table and ultimately its a political solution that’s got to take hold here,” General Joseph Votel, commander of United States Central Command, told VICE News.

Votel pushed back against critics who view negotiating with the Taliban as some sort of defeat.

“I don’t look at it that way,” Votel said. “That’s what the object of the strategy is, it’s to get that reconciliation and reconciliation can only be done by talking — so we’ve got to get to that. I don’t see that as a defeat at all.”

But for the moment, the Taliban don’t seem very interested in reconciliation.

Four weeks ago, fighters scored their biggest victory in years, overrunning the city of Ghazni, less than a hundred miles from Kabul, and killing dozens of Afghan soldiers and police officers in the process.

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Qatar takes standoff with UAE to UN’s top court

Qatar Wednesday launches an urgent case before the UN’s highest court against United Arab Emirates, accusing it of human rights violations after its Gulf neighbours cut all ties with Doha last year. During a three-day hearing at the International Court of Justice, judges will hears arguments by Doha’s lawyers, with the UAE to respond on Thursday. Both will talk on Friday. 1ST IMAGES

Qatar bans goods from Arab rivals 1 year into diplomatic crisis

Qatar is stripping shop shelves of goods that come from rival nations embroiled in the nearly year-long diplomatic spat with Doha. Items imported from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are now off-limits.

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Qatar is spending $200 billion on the World Cup — here’s a first look at its newest stadium

Qatar has unveiled plans for a new massive soccer stadium for its turn as World Cup host in 2022.

The arena, which will be built in the capital city of Doha, is designed to look like a traditional Arabian skull cap.

Qatar is pushing ahead with construction despite the sanctions imposed on the country by four of its Arab neighbors: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.

These countries accused the United States ally of supporting terrorism — a charge Qatar has denied.

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Qatar blockade: Arab states give Doha 10 days to cut ties with Iran & close Turkish base

The Arab states which have imposed an economic blockade on Qatar over its alleged financing of terrorism have issued a severe list of demands, which includes giving Doha 10 days to cut ties with Iran, shutting down Al Jazeera, closing a Turkish military base and paying a fine.

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RAW: First batch of Turkish troops arrives in Qatar

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The first batch of Turkish troops arrives at a Turkish military base in Doha on Sunday, as Ankara is trying to strengthen Qatar in the standoff with Gulf neighbors. Last week Turkish Parliament has approved the deployment of troops & a deal to train gendarmerie force personnel.

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US sells $12bn worth of fighter jets to ‘terrorist funder’ Qatar

Qatar has signed a $12-billion contract to buy F-15 fighter jets from the US, the country’s defense ministry reported. The deal was announced just days after US President Trump accused Doha of supporting terrorism.

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