Qatar mega-library defies boycott and woos youth | AFP

The Gulf’s largest book collection, Qatar’s National Library is one-year-old and has enhanced ties with libraries outside the region as the anti-Doha boycott drags on while also wooing younger readers.

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Qatar World Cup chief unconcerned by Platini corruption questioning | AFP

Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organising committee chief Hassan Al Thawadi insists that the Gulf nation has nothing to worry about in relation to a French corruption investigation, as Qatar presents Brazilian football legend Cafu as one of the ambassadors for Qatar 2022 World Cup.

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US Iran drone crisis | AFP Animé

Videographic locating Iranian territorial waters in the Gulf. Iran said Friday it had “indisputable” evidence a US drone it downed had violated its airspace, as reports emerged in the US that President Donald Trump had approved then scrapped retaliatory strikes against Iranian targets.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Tension in the Gulf | AFP Animé

Videographic locating recent incidents in the Gulf region. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said on Thursday it had shot down a US “spy drone” which violated Iranian airspace near the Strait of Hormuz. The incident comes at a time of growing antagonism between Iran and the United States following two waves of still unexplained attacks on Gulf shipping.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Kokuka Courageous off the port of the Gulf emirate of Fujairah | AFP

Images taken during a guided tour by the US Navy (NAVCENT) show the Japanese oil tanker Kokuka Courageous off the port of the Gulf emirate of Fujairah. IMAGES

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US military bases in the Middle East | AFP Animé

Videographic showing US military bases in the Gulf. China and Russia warned Tuesday about escalating Middle East tensions after Washington said it would deploy 1,000 more troops to the region and renewed accusations that Iran was behind a tanker attack.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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