The sad and happy tails of stray dogs in Qatar | AFP

Stray dog Izzy was found in a stretch of barren wasteland in Qatar, so emaciated she could barely stand. She is one of many thousands of stray and abandoned animals who roam the scorched streets of the wealthy Gulf nation, struggling to survive. While she was lucky enough to be rescued, many more are destined to a sadder fate.

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Gaza families receive Qatari financial aid | AFP

Palestinians queue up at a post office in Gaza City to receive Qatari aid payments of $100 allocated per family, as part of millions in support from the Gulf emirate. The Hamas communications ministry says it has received $30 million in aid from Qatar, a rare Middle East ally.

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Qatar imposes mandatory masks on pain of prison | AFP

Residents in Doha head to pharmacies to buy face masks after Qatar begins enforcing the world’s toughest penalties of up to three years’ imprisonment and fines of as much as $55,000 for failing to wear masks in public, as it battles one of the world’s highest coronavirus infection rates.

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Qatar Philharmonic performs last balcony concert before Ramadan | AFP

Members of Qatar’s philharmonic orchestra perform from their balconies one last time before Ramadan in Qatar’s Qanat Quartier, a part of Doha’s man-made Pearl island. The musicians had made it a weekly tradition to perform outside since the orchestra was forced to stop its regular concert series due to the measures put in place by the authorities to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.

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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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Taliban negotiator Shuhabuddin Dilawar arrives to sign US-taliban peace deal | AFP

Taliban negotiator Shuhabuddin Dilawar arrives at the Sheraton Grand Doha hotel in Qatar for the signature of a long-sought deal between Washington and the Taliban 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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US chief negotiator arrives to sign US-taliban peace deal | AFP

US chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad arrives at the Sheraton Grand Doha hotel in Qatar to sign a long-sought deal between Washington and the Taliban 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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Qatar releases images of 2022 World Cup stadiums | AFP

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the organising body for the 2022 World Cup, releases footage of the construction progress to mark 1000 days before the opening match. Two of the eight stadiums that will host World Cup matches are up and running, another 2 are expected to be launched before the end of 2020 and the others are still under construction, but all should be ready at least a year before the opening match. IMAGES

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Islamic leaders gather for summit shunned by Saudi Arabia | AFP

Leaders of Muslim nations, including Saudi rivals Iran, Turkey and Qatar, attend a summit in Kuala Lumpur, which analysts say is aimed at rivalling the OIC, a 57-member pan-Islamic body headquartered in the Saudi city of Jeddah. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday mounted a veiled attack on the summit, saying such gatherings would weaken Islam. IMAGES

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Sporting ban: “We did everything we could” says Russia’s Sports Minister | AFP

Russia says it “did everything we could” to avoid sanctions, as the World Anti-Doping Agency hands down a four-year ban from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar over manipulated doping data. including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It accused Russia of falsifying laboratory doping data handed over earlier this year to investigators probing claims of widespread doping.

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Dairy farm brings milk to the desert | AFP

The cows of Qatar’s Baladna farm, housed in climate-controlled farms in the desert, exemplify the lengths to which Qatar has gone to resist what it calls an economic “blockade” enforced by its Saudi-led neighbours.

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Building underway for Qatar’s first fully dismountable stadium | AFP

Construction gets underway for the first FIFA World Cup stadium that will be fully dismountable and re-usable ahead of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

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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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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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Platini arrest: Images outside the police station | AFP

Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini is arrested in connection with a probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, according a source close to the investigation. IMAGES outside the French anti-corruption police station where Platini is being held

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Qatar turns desert into giant vegetable farms | AFP

Farmers in Qatar are turning arid desert land into giant farmland to provide fresh produce to its population after the country was cut from its neighbours and main food suppliers due to a severe diplomatic crisis which is entering in its second year in June.

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