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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Here’s the latest for Tuesday August 6th: El Paso Mayor says President Trump to visit; 2 more El Paso shooting victims die; Ohio Gov. DeWine to outline gun proposals; US-Taliban talks on Afghanistan war held in Qatar.

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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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Algeria: People await the arrival of Abassi Madani’s body from Qatar

People gather outside the house of Abassi Madani, founder of Algeria’s banned Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), in Belcourt neighbourhood in Algiers, waiting for the arrival of his body from Qatar where he lived in exile. IMAGES

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

2018 was deadliest year for Afghan civilians in a decade – UN

A new UN report says that 2018 was the deadliest year in a decade for civilians in Afghanistan. Some 4,000 were killed. The report says increased terrorist activity, as well as Afghan and US military operations, are to blame for the spike in civilian fatalities. Meanwhile, a fifth round of peace talks between the Taliban and the US is being held in Qatar on Monday. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9p0s

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Scaremongering 2.0? Leaked docs expose pitch to strip Qatar of World Cup 2020

Leaked documents are claimed to reveal that a UK-based campaign group was asked to come up with a plan to try to get Qatar stripped of the World Cup in 2022.

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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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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”.