Football: FIFA recommends increasing 2022 World Cup to 48 teams

FIFA has recommended expanding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 teams, world football’s governing body confirmed on Friday. SOUNDBITE. MORE TO FOLLOW

Qatar’s Emir arrives to meet with Austrian President

The Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani arrives in Vienna to meet with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. The visit comes as Qatar, still locked in a diplomatic rift with neighbouring Saudi Arabia, seeks to bolster security and economic cooperation with EU countries. IMAGES of the Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen receiving the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani

Football: Qatar fans react in Doha after Asian Cup triumph

Doha exploded in noisy celebration as jubilant Qataris flooded the streets after the national football team’s maiden Asian Cup triumph, over Japan. Qatar stunned Japan 3-1 on Friday, sparked by a moment of magic from record-breaker Almoez Ali. IMAGES

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(13 Jan 2019) Here are the top stories for Sunday, January 13th: Graham nudges Trump on shutdown; Pompeo urges nations to reach deal with Qatar; Snowstorm snarls mid-Atlantic travel; An NBA arena is demolished with explosives.

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Pompeo gives a press conference with Qatari FM in Doha

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives a joint press conference with Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Doha.

Qatari female ‘pioneers’ bask in filmmaking spotlight

While the film industry is mostly dominated by men in the rest of world, in Qatar women are at the forefront of the local movie industry, making for nearly 60% of all emerging filmmakers. For young female directors like Amal al-Muftah, making a film as a woman in Qatar is a way shine a light on the stories of a community that is known to be “very private”.

Qatar’s emir visits crisis-hit Turkey in show of support

The emir of wealthy Qatar Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al-Thani meets with close ally President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an apparent show of support as Ankara grapples with a currency crisis. IMAGES

British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes Emir of Qatar

British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, to Downing Street. IMAGES