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